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Indian dance provides both physical and emotional benefits, but it is first and foremost a form of worship and spiritual practice. In 1981 I was living in England, teaching German at a university, when, one drizzling grey evening, I went to the dance performance of a young Indian woman. I returned enchanted, entranced, transformed. “You…(Read More)

The attendants of warrior goddess Durga helped her conquer the ever-multiplyingdemons… and today they have a message for women everywhere. By Jalaja Bonheim The day I stepped into India’s heat, colors, sounds and smells, I instantly felt a sense of profound homecoming. It was 1981 and even though I had come to learn…(Read More)

Sacred sexuality honors pleasures as a gift from God. Sitting with my friend Roseanne in the darkening twilight, I ask her a question I’ve been asking many people lately: “What does sacred sexuality mean to you?” Roseanne hesitates, searching for the right words. “It’s not something you can force, but once in a…(Read More)

Question 1. What happens in a circle gathering, like the one you facilitated between Palestinian and Jewish women?  In my circles, we cocreate and extremely potent field of love that changes how we perceive ourselves and others- I call it “Seeing with sacred eyes.” We’re still Jews or Palestinians, Christians or Muslims, but more…(Read More)

Dancers around the world are giving the gift of dance, offering inspiring ideas to help us get involved in our communities. Working with underserved populations like prison inmates, low-income women, and the elderly, these movement devotees present opportunity to share movement and artistic expression for the greater good. Simultaneously giving and receiving, dancers create…(Read More)

For over thirty years, I’ve been leading circle gatherings for women from all corners of the world—India and Afghanistan, Kenya and Australia, Europe, North and South America. The method I teach, Circlework®, is both a spiritual practice and a peace practice. It creates safe, sacred spaces where women connect deeply and authentically, find…(Read More)

I count myself immensely blessed because creating sacred space is something I get to do for a living. Specifically, I lead retreats and trainings for groups of women who are seeking immersion in sacred space. Of course, for every hour I spend working with amazing, open-hearted women, I spend another ten alone in my…(Read More)

Four Keys to Initiating Meaningful Political Dialogue Most of us prefer to hang out with people who share our political views. This is only natural—as they say, birds of a feather flock together. Yet our habit becomes problematic when instead of approaching the “others” as friends who happen to see things differently, we start…(Read More)

Jalaja Bonheim agreed to answer a few questions for us about the Circlework she does, her childhood as a Jewish German, her work with Palestinian and Jewish women, and her upcoming book The Sacred Ego. We’re delighted to be publishing Jalaja’s book on July 28 and hope you enjoy getting to know more…(Read More)

Invisible and oppressed- that’s our stereotype image of Arab women. But here I am, leading a retreat in the West Bank for forty Palestinian women who seem every bit as powerful as any of my Western sisters. Most are Muslim, a few are Christian, and the four of us who have come from the…(Read More)

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