Dance on Mount Tamalpais

05/02/2013

The 33rd Annual Planetary Dance, which will take place on Sunday, June 2, is calling for peace among people and with the Earth. The main event starts at 11 a.m. at Santos Meadow in Mount Tamalpais State Park, where people can commit themselves to supporting a peaceful planet during a simple dance accompanied by drums. The Planetary Dance Association also asks attendees to bring food and utensils for the potluck celebration. The dance originated after six women were murdered on the mountain. A group of community members performed a dance in the areas where the women died; a few days later the serial killer was caught. A Huichol shaman instructed the participants that, in order to truly purify the mountain, the dance must take place for the next five years. Afterwards, they expanded the scope of the dance to heal not just the mountain but the Earth. A sunrise ceremony will also take place atop Mount Tamalpais at 5:45 a.m., though the association asks that people bring flashlights and arrive at the parking lot by 5:20 a.m. to walk up. Parking costs $8.