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Winter Solstice Blessing
December 16th - December 18th, 2016 CST
Online sale ends: 12/17/16 at 5:30pm CST
The Minnesota Opera Center
620 North First Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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You'll be inside the thunder of 100+ drummers (and be one of them, because everyone drums - bring your own, or borrow one from the "Great Mound 'O Wahoo.")

You'll open your ancient connection to the Great Mystery as you hear the chorus of women singers chant shamanic songs inspired by Celtic and Scandinavian tradition. You'll revel in powerful mythic stories that teach us how to reconnect with our soul power in these confusing times.  

The evening culminates in a ceremony in which the "Antlered One" - an embodiment of the divine feminine and powers of the earth, comes to give you a blessing of life force at this, the darkest time. Dancing and ecstasy are absolutely encouraged (but not required).

Please feel free to enter this experience in any way that is meaningful to you. It's is a very entertaining holiday show with plenty of laughs and music, but it's also a shamanic ceremony. You don't have to believe anything or do anything that is not authentic to you. You are free to see it as a theatrical performance, as a sacred ceremony, as surreal dance-spoken-word-art, as worship, or as a lucid dream. Wahoo, dear traveler on the road of Mystery!

The performance space is wheelchair accessible. Some free parking across the street in the Minnesota Opera parking lot (the far east side of the giant parking lot across the street - look for signs that say MN Opera staff parking). Plenty of parking on the street and in the paid lot 1/4 block away. We love children, but this is not an event suitable for young children (some extended silence, deep ceremony and the storytelling is aimed at adults.) Teens accompanying parents are welcome.

What past audience members say:

"Dear Jaime Meyer, I don't know who you are or how you learned this, but you blew my mind in exactly the way I've been wanting. I haven't felt this alive in years. Thank you." 

"Great event, great ceremony. This guy is the real deal." 

"Thank you for the fantastic Sat eve winter solstice event.  I have never attended a drumming event--much less a winter solstice event and I loved it---felt renewed and blessed. Thank you. Looking forward to future events....and I especially loved dancing with you!!"

"Crazy Amazing. It's like church on acid."

"Just wanted to say what an amazing experience last weekend was. I felt the reindeer goddesses coalesce into a sisterhood as you rattled around the reindeer hide and antlers. It was a transcendental moment for me in which I loved my life and felt incredibly grateful for everything of every flavor that has led me to where I am now. So Be It."

 "Wow!  What a great night with so many blessings for all beings in all realms!  Such beauty and a good feast for the Ancestral World! We both felt deeply blessed and healed by the ceremonies and the magic that you and the team wove for us!"

"I want you to know I found the service Friday night to be powerful, authentic and healing. I know shamanic shape-shifting and merging when I see it. I encountered the spirits in a powerful way through your leadership, Jamie. And I thank you!"

"Thank you so much for Sunday night: beautiful show, great stories, needed ritual."

"The wonderful energy created by your storytelling, the singing and the vibrations from the drumming was magical. Thank you for blessing us with this ceremony!"

From the Official Press Release:

Jaime Meyer’s “Winter Solstice Blessing” is part theater, part laugh-out-loud storytelling, and part interactive shamanic ceremony. It’s played to sold-out houses for 12 years. Everyone in the audience plays drums or rattles supplied by Meyer (many audience members bring their own drums). Dancing and ecstasy are encouraged but not required. The evening blends Meyer’s seminary degree with his 30 years of studying indigenous spiritual traditions with shamans from various traditions.  

The experience takes the audience deep into the realm of the reindeer as the “great beating heart of blessing at the center of creation.” The evening culminates with a shamanic ceremony in which everyone on the audience can receive a blessing from the Reindeer Spirit. 

Meyer first encountered the spiritual reindeer while studying with a shaman, an ethnic Sami—the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia. Meyer’s fascination with the reindeer as a spiritual image, and how that image has been twisted by the patriarchal, industrial culture into the story of Rudolf lead him to create this unique winter solstice event. 

The show includes live musicians playing a variety of unusual ethnic instruments and a chorus of women chanting mysterious Celtic and Nordic melodies with a dark and ancient feel, songs that, as one audience member said, “Lutherans are simply not allowed to learn.”  

Meyer has a long background as a playwright and theatre producer. For the last 17 years he has lead drumming circles, performed shamanic healings and taught workshops on shamanic practice for thousands of people.  He has written 20 plays that have been produced in various cities around the nation, and he is the author of "Drumming the Soul Awake," a funny and touching account of his journey to become a modern shamanic healer in an urban setting. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has hailed Meyer’s writing as “…enormously seductive. It’s far-fetched whimsy with thickly textured thoughtfulness. It’s like metaphysical cartoons on speed.”

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Please refrain from wearing fragrances. Please don't take video or photos of the performance. We love children, but this is not an experience suitable for young children (there are times of extended silence, and there is one ceremonial element in act one that can be frightening to smaller children.) We recommend 12 years old+ with a parent.
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7:30pm to 9:45pm
Doors open at 7:30pm

General Admission: $25.00


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