For the One Dance, Johannesburg - South Africa

Dates: 15 - 17 November 2013
Location: Simunye Ngothando, South Africa (see below)


Coordinators - cajun, Susie Spies
Host - Elba Duminy
Alpha Dog - Morten Østbye
Moon Mother - cajun
Kitchen Archangel - Danette Spies
Drum Chief - Beate Pruegner
Drummers - Gogo Nomzimane
Kitchen Angel - Susie Spies
Water-Fire Crew - Frauke Mumm
Chief In Training - cajun
Head Moon Mother - Irit Barber
General Information
Brett Almond (UK), Teresa Hutson (USA), Susie Spies (South Africa) and cajun (South Africa) look forward to welcoming you to South Africa for the "For the One" Dance in November 2013.

Medicine Dances are part of ancient cultures and traditions around the world – ceremonies that offer us an opportunity to heal and reconnect with who we really are. In September of 1996, Jeanne White Eagle was given a vision of a new Dance, a singing dance with the purpose of reawakening to who we are and where we come from. It is a dance that reminds us that ‘there is only one of us here’ and that ‘the time of separation is over’. The name that she was given for the Dance was “For the One”. See The Vision

The very first two "For The One" Dances were danced in the United States and the third was in South Africa. Since then the For The One took place annually in South Africa, until 2010. After a two year rest the For The One Dance is returning to South Africa, chiefed by Brett Almond (England) and Teresa Hutson (United States).

The dance is being held on the land at Simunye Ngothando in Midrand owned by Fritz and Elba Duminy, who have realised their vision to create a magical ceremonial space offering peace and tranquillity. This land is also home to the only Peace Sound Chamber in Africa, the Makhosini, a beautifully crafted structure built in the traditional Zulu way.

The exquisite gardens and amenities are perfect for sacred gatherings and ceremonies. The Arbour is home to the For The One Dance and also the Fire Dance. There is a lavender labyrinth and a medicine wheel as well as other spaces for quiet reflection.

We - Teresa, Brett, Susie and cajun - will be at Simunye Ngothando from Tuesday, the 12th. We invite you to join us in the days leading up to the Dance, to share this time of working in community as we prepare for the Dance. Thursday is a particularly important work day as this is when we will be completing the many tasks that enable us to serve the Dancers in a good way. For those who are only able to join us on Friday, we ask that you arrive before noon.

Although the Dance ends on Sunday we invite you to consider staying on until Monday, to be part of the heart space of love; a time of sharing and community.

Feel free to join the Facebook event "For The One" Dance, South Africa 2013 for up to date information.

Cost / Donation
Crew Donation: your contribution helps to cover the cost of accommodation, food and other general expenses for the weekend of the Dance. We ask that you donate on a sliding scale between R600 and R960, as Spirit (and your pocket) calls you. A donation of R600 would cover camping accommodation and a donation of R760 and up would include one of the lovely shared rooms on Friday and Saturday (see Sleeping Arrangements).

Dancer Donation: this varies according to your country of origin, currency and ability to pay. Please see Dance Fees below under "General Information about the "For the One" Dance".

To secure your place please make your payment into the FFLAG bank account as soon as you can and EMAIL your proof of payment to spies.susie@gmail.com. Please use FTO13 and your name as reference. If your payment is for more than one person, please provide the names of the people for whom the payment is made and the amount that applies to each person.

If you are camping: R600 and upwards
If you are sharing a room: R760 and upwards
Dancer donation: R1850 and upwards

Account Name: FFLAG
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Midrand
Branch code: 001155
Account No.: 062791214
Depositors details: FTO 13 -your name

If you want to stay in one of the rooms we encourage you to register as soon as possible. The crew is growing rapidly and we are allocating rooms on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration
The co-ordinators of the For the One Dance in South Africa this year are Susie Spies and cajun. We are waiting to hear from you.

You can contact Susie directly at spies.susie@gmail.com +27 (0)82 663-6692
As soon as you tell us that you are thinking of coming, we will follow up with further information.

In the meanwhile, here are some things to think about.

Travel plans
  • When do you plan to arrive and leave? We invite you to stay to be part of the informal gathering on Monday after the dance; many of us enjoy the heart space and don't want to say goodbye.

  • If you are travelling by air, what are your flight details so that we know when someone must meet you at the station? Do you know how to catch the Gautrain to Midrand? If not, we can give you guidance.

  • If you are coming from abroad and you are planning to do some sight seeing, we would be happy to provide some guidance.

There is more information on travel logistics as well as other places to visit while you are here, in the Travel Advice section further down the page.

If you are planning to arrive at Simunye Ngothando before the FTOD or leave later than Sunday, please let us know as soon as you can; further details are in the Sleeping Arrangements section further down the page.

Food
  • Do you have any special food needs or allergies? Please let us know.

  • If you are arriving before Friday we will most likely be sharing food costs; we will be in touch in this regard nearer the time.

  • Please feel free to bring something that is important to you to add to the feast; a favourite dish or dessert, perhaps.

Work Day
Although you are invited to join us from Tuesday onwards we are having our main work day on Thursday. There is much to be done building up to the Dance and we invite you to put your energy into creating the sacred space for the ceremony. We need a strong crew working on tarping the arbour, as well as hands to do the other tasks. We ask that you bring lunch to share and we will provide a hearty dinner that night!

An important part of the work day is the crew meeting after dinner; we do hope you will be able to join us.

Feast, Sharing and Giveaway Blanket
The Dance ends with a Feast, Sharing and Giveaway Blanket.

Whether you are going to crew or dance, we invite you to bring something special to contribute to the feast. This is a very special meal, as the Dancers break their fast.

After the Sharing, there is a Giveaway Blanket. The way this works is that you bring something that is ‘no longer yours’ and place it on the blanket for someone to pick up. The thought is that when you pick up something that belonged to someone else there is a connection created between you. In this way we keep parts of each other when we leave. The giveaway is not about buying a fancy gift; it is often precious and sacred items that are shared with others.

For the One Dance Leaders for Past Years
2012 - No dance held
2011 - No dance held
2010 - Hlin Hansen (Norway) and John Pehrson (USA)
2009 - Teresa Hutson (USA) and Geoffrey Tracey (South Africa)
2008 - Brett Almond (UK) and Rhonda Joy Eagle (Israel)
2007 - Sonja Flying Deer(RSA, Germany & UK) and Dominique De Bruin (South Africa)


General Information about the "For the One" Dance

Dance Fees
The fee you pay is based on the country you are from or you work in. The reason for this is because of the different economies in the world. Each country has a sliding scale based upon ability to pay. If you are say unemployed then you might want to pay the lower end. Or if you are in full time employment then you may be able to pay nearer the upper end.

If you are from USA, UK, Germany, France, Canada, Norway or similar economies the fee if you wish to dance is between $450-580 US dollars / 330-450 Euros or equivalent.

South Africa the fee to dance is 1850-2500 ZAR.
Israel, Palestine is 900-1300 NIS.
Bosnia / Croatia 175 Euro - 230 Euros

There is a discount for Youth Dancers under the age of 21: this amount is one half of the above fee.

Pricing & Dance Contribution
The For the One dance is a not for profit organisation. The Crew, Coordinators or Chiefs are not paid. We pay the Chiefs' reasonable travel expenses whenever possible.

There are many expenses with the dance, and if we have any money left over after expenses, it is used by For the One Dance to support the work going forward. The “For the One” Organization is a not for profit organisation and any monies remaining are used to support the work on a global level.

Crew Fees
Each dance has a crew that is larger normally than the number of dancers. Help is always needed. As a member of the crew, you will pay a fee to cover food and general expenses. This fee may vary from country to country but is typically about 50-75 US dollars.

For youth under the age of 21 it is one half of the above stated amount.


Location
Simunye Ngothando, South Africa

Address:
Simunye Ngothando
Midrand
Johannesburg
South Africa

General Information about the Venue
Is held at Simunye Ngothando (which translates to "We are One in Love") in Midrand, Johannesburg.

This is held on the land of Fritz and Elba Duminy. There is a permanent arbor on the land.

Simunye Ngothando is situated at 36 Modderfontein Road, President Park, Midrand, halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. It provides a beautifully sculpted background with space for training, space for meditation and spiritual work, the labyrinth for a walking meditation, overnight accommodation or just quiet serene space in the beautiful gardens.

Travel Advice
If arriving by plane, landing at O.R. Tambo Airport please contact Susie Spies on +27 82 663 6692 or spies.susie@gmail.com to let her know your flight details so that we know roughly what time someone needs to fetch you.

It is easiest to catch the Gautrain directly from the airport to Midrand, and be collected from the station which is very close to Simunye. The cost is around R100 one way. Follow the signs from the arrivals hall to the train station (upstairs). Change trains at Marlboro to get onto the red line north towards Pretoria. The next station is Midrand. For more information on the Gautrain timetable and route click here

Please note, the last train leaves the airport at around 8:30pm. If your flight comes in late, let us know so we can arrange for someone to pick you up from the airport.

Simunye Ngothando is situated about half an hour's drive from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Below is an aerial view of Simunye Ngothando. You can actually see the arbor! (It's the circle in the top right). This is from Google maps and you can zoom in and out or convert to the map view.

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Sleeping Arrangements
Accommodation is in the Taj Mahal - there are 7 rooms, each sleeping between two and four people, and each room has its own bathroom. Rooms are equipped with bedding and towels. There are limited beds available and these will be filled up on a first-come, first served basis, so make your booking as soon as possible.

There is a meeting room in a tranquil garden setting and the arbour is surrounded by coral trees.

The cost is R200 per night per person sharing for the bed and no single rooms available.

You can also bring a tent and camp on the land for a nominal fee of R70 per person.

There is a covered kitchen and shaded areas for eating. For the times before and after the Dance we usually have a communal kitchen and share the food costs.

Overseas visitors
The Pilanesburg National Park is two hours from Johannesburg and provides a wonderful excursion to experience some of the beauty that the African wilderness has to offer. Please ask Sue or cajun for more details if you are interested in a group outing.

The Call of Africa

When you’ve acquired a taste for dust,
The scent of our first rain,
You’re hooked for life on Africa
And you’ll not be right again
Till you can watch the setting moon
And hear the jackals bark
And know that they’re around you
Waiting in the dark.

When you long to see the elephants,
Or to hear the coucal’s song,
When the moonrise sets your blood on fire,
You’ve been away too long.
It’s time to cut the traces loose
And let your heart go free
Beyond that far horizon,
Where your spirit yearns to be.

Africa is waiting… come!
Since you’ve touched the open sky
And learned to love the rustling grass,
The wild fish eagle’s cry,
You’ll always hunger for the bush,
For the lion’s rasping roar,
To camp at last beneath the stars
And to be at peace once more.

Emily Dibb


Photographs of venue - Click for larger photo