FAQ's

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Q. Can I come early?

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Yes you can. But you will need to let us know. The venue, with the buses, are normally run as an Airbnb. As a group we have the place booked from Wednesday 24th July until Monday 29th July. But many are coming early (from the previous Sunday) and staying later. Please do get in touch with Anna on and she can help.

There will be some extra charges, payable to Esjan Airbnb, not to the dance itself. Much of this you will be able to arrange with Anna (the dance coordinator) and then pay Linda (the land owner) directly. Let us know your plans as you book with us on iceland@sacredceremony.com

On the Wednesday evening the 24th July, we may have a Fire Ceremony & Drumming led by Brett Almond. The event will be posted on Facebook.

There may also be a couple of other small ceremonies happening earlier in the week. If so, we’ll let you know on the Facebook events page.

There will be people from the dance community on the property from the Sunday before. We will be setting up. And we would love help from anyone who can come earlier. But we also suspect people will be making trips here and there in Iceland and having fun.

Q. How are crew positions decided?

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The Chief of the dance is the person who oversees the entire ceremony. He or she is the person who will allocate crew positions. And in deciding this the Chief will spend time visioning where each person is meant to serve. 

In reality the crew are “as one” and there is lots of cross over. For example, a Dance Guardian will also be rattling, a Drummer will often help on night watch, and a Wisdom Keeper may be needed to help settle a dancer into their place. Please see the Crew Positions section at the end of this document.

Q. I am here for my first time. And I am not dancing. Which crew position is best for me?

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You are welcome to discuss this with the Chief if you need to. But they will take this into account. Dance Guardian can be an excellent position to get a good objective viewpoint of the dance as you serve. But Brett will be more than happy to talk with you on brett@sacredceremony.com. It can sometimes be that someone will be asked to do a role that they are actually unfamiliar with, and this is sacred in it’s own way. Because you get to approach it in innocence and trust. You will not be judged in any way at this dance.

Q. How should I get to the dance site? I’m coming from outside Iceland?

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There are various ways to get to the dance site. Last year, a few people rented cars. Others took the bus to Reykjavik, and then another to Esjan. We have a how to get to the Fire Dance page here

Anna on iceland@sacredceremony.com will be able to offer further advice if needed.

Q. Will I be accepted?

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You will be welcomed. This is an open hearted group and we try our best to be authentic! There is no hierarchy of who has done it the longest. Each ceremony is a ceremony in its own right, and your unique gifts will be respected. And we come together as a unique group of people to go on a journey together.

Q. I’d love to dance but I cannot afford the full dance fee?

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Then please do talk to us. No dancer is ever refused if you are truly called to dance. But we also have many costs to cover for this event, so that is a consideration too.

Q. Will I need to bring any food?

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Food will only be provided from the Friday lunchtime until Sunday lunchtime. So for any time outside of these days you will need to be catering for yourself. Having said that, it is quite possible that in the days leading up we will club together as a group here and there and a few people will cook at different meal times. So bring the food you need for this time. 

Also, during the dance, please do bring any snacks or extra food you need between meal times.

Q. Dietary needs and allergies - will these be catered for?

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The predominant style of cooking will probably be vegetarian, however there may be meat and fish here and there.

In terms of allergies and dietary requirements we will try to have some gluten free and some vegan. But we may not be able to cater for every possibility. When you register please tell us of any food allergies and restrictions so we can keep you in mind. And if there are special foods you need please do bring them with you.

Q. Are there shops nearby for buying food etc?

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There are no shops within walking distance of the venue. You will need to drive about 15 minutes to a supermarket like Kronan, Vínlandsleið 1, 113 Reykjavik.
 

Q. I want to camp but I haven’t got a tent. Is there anywhere I can hire from?

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Yes there are a number of places to rent tents and camping gear.

“Last year I rented from http://rentatent.is/en/ I pre-booked and paid online then just went to pick up a tent and ground mattress. It was really easy.” - Brett

Q. Can I arrive late on Friday as I have to work?

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We ask that everyone arrives by 12 noon on the Friday. There is a reason for this. We have found, in general, that those arriving later find it harder to settle. They may miss meetings that important information is shared. But also we are forming a tribe here to go on a powerful journey. And it is best to have everyone on the journey from the start. Thanks. (That's a polite no, :)

Q. Can I visit for some of the time? Say all day Saturday for example?

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No this is not possible. As above, we like people to be here for the whole journey.

Q. Can I sleep off site and turn up each day?

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In general, no. We like to keep the tribe together. It might be that sometimes someone may need to sleep a little further from the dance site if we do not have enough places to sleep. 

Q. What will the weather be like in Iceland at this time of year?

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Here is a link to a web page that talks about the weather in July in Iceland:

https://www.icelandairhotels.com/magazine/blog/july-weather-in-iceland-mag

But there is loads more information on the web.

But in general the weather is temperate. It is light nearly all the time. So you won’t need a torch or flashlight. But you may want to bring eye masks for at night. Up on the mountain it can be windy. And temperatures of between 9 and 14 celsius (48-57 F) are about average in the day. Rainfall can happen but it is likely to be light.

In summary, bring warm clothing. Bring a raincoat. But the sun can be stunning too.

Q. Am I able to attend Fire Dances held in other countries?

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Not only, yes, but it is actively encouraged. There are Fire Dances held in Iceland, North Carolina USA, Netherlands, Norway and South Africa at this time. Consider yourself invited to all of them! You will be welcomed. 

“Each Fire Dance is like a tribe meeting up. There will be different people at each but the energy is similar in each, but each dance is unique. And you may get the feeling you have known someone for years and you only just met.” - Brett Almond

Every Fire Dance around the world will have a corresponding Fire Dance events page.

Also on Facebook there is a Fire Dance Group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/127497547380946/

Just ask to join and you will be able to see the latest information.

Q. Can children come to the dance?

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Children are welcome at the dance. Having said that, it is important that they are supervised. For example, if you are a dancer and your child is with you, you would need to have someone else come with you to look after them, as you won't be able to from the arbor, as you will be in your own process.

We need to be sure that a child is looked after for their entire time at the dance. If you would like to have your child be with you, the best position to serve in is either in the kitchen or as a Dance Guardian. As a Dance Guardian you will find it much easier to look after them and be with them. And they can help too.

This ceremony is a big ceremony, and can sometimes have powerful energies, so a child may need reassurance. Although oftentimes we find they are really comfortable with it all.

“From my experience, some children absolutely love the dances and want to be involved in everything, while others are more than happy to do their own thing. It can vary from child to child. A child under 12 will rarely want to be at every single dance round. So you will need to be flexible in yourself if you bring them with you.” - Brett Almond.

Q. What is the timetable?

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We ask everyone to be at the dance site by 12 midday on the Friday. And stay until the event is over, which will be by about 5pm on Sunday.

From 11am there will be registration. But we do ask that monies can be paid as much as possible before the event. There will also be some lunch and various meetings during the afternoon. The dancers will be placed in the arbor. And then later on in the afternoon the dance will begin. The dance will then continue until Sunday morning.

After the dance stops on Sunday, we will break the dancer’s fast. Then after a break we will all attend a feast. And after the feast there will be a sharing and then the Give-Away. We ask that all stay for the feast and the sharing as this is a part of the ceremony.

Q. I love the Fire Dance. How do I become more involved?

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Just turn up! Let the coordinator or Chief know you are coming. Work your way through the different roles in different countries, learning as you go. Also, coming early helps. In that way you get to find out how the dance arbor is set up and what needs to be done and these are all lessons in ceremony and how to hold ceremony. And also we would love your help.

Also, help with coordination is always needed. Buying food supplies and other supplies.

Q. Any More questions?

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Email us at iceland@sacredceremony.com 

Q. What is a Social Enterprise?

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Q. What if I want to leave the sweat lodge early?

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Q. What tradition do you follow in your sweat lodge?

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