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Sacred Dance and Sound Healing Events in Ossining

In June and July, the Ossining Camp Meeting Association (OCMA) will hold a series of sacred dance and sound healing events at Ossining Campwood Grounds. These ecumenical summer services—intended to raise spirits, enhance community and promote individual healing and self-attunement—continue a tradition of previously religious meetings that have taken place on the grounds for more than 150 years.

“The Summer Services at Campwoods Grounds offer local and world-renowned musicians and dancers whose performances range from ancient to modern, introducing audience members to historical and emerging arts,” says Jill Sitkin, a member of the OCMA Board of Trustees. “Many events are interactive, encouraging audience members to participate in sound and movement.” There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted for the historic preservation of Campwoods Grounds and maintenance of the auditorium where the services are held.

All events take place at 7 p.m., beginning on June 9 with Inti-Raymi: An Evening of Sacred Dance, which will include Maryknoll Sister Dora Nuetzi’s brief demonstration of liturgical dance from the Marshall Islands, followed by a performance by Inti-Raymi, an Ossining-based Ecuadorian folkloric dance troupe, which will recreate the ancient Incan solstice celebration and other traditional Andean dances.

On June 16, Campwoods resident, bass player and songwriter Lee Marvin and his band, the 3rd Bell, will make a special Father’s Day appearance with original music and storytelling. On June 23, composer and drummer Nanette Garcia, her husband Maurice Minichino and their band, Skin Against Metal, will perform Afro-Cuban music followed by an interactive drum circle. Guests are encouraged to bring shakers, rattles or other instruments.

Members of Brooklyn-based dance group MoJazz, led by teacher, dancer and choreographer Audrey Madison, will perform on June 30, as will Campwoods musician and composer Cheryl Edelman (aka Dr. Sherry), who will play music from her newly released album, Tranquil, and tell the stories that inspired the songs.

Musician Erik Lawrence, who has traveled the world with Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, Joan Osborne, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne and many other well-known performers, will return to Campwoods for his annual sound healing visit on July 7. Lawrence practices sound guidance, healing and encouragement, both in private and large-group settings, using various sound and vibrational modalities.

“Erik’s visits are always inspirational,” Sitkin says. “Who knows what surprises or special guests he has in store for us this year?”

Cost: Free; donations appreciated. Location: Campwoods Grounds Auditorium off Campwoods Road (between Pugsley Place and Belle Avenue), Ossining, NY. Please find street parking, as there is no parking at Campwoods Grounds. For more info about Campwoods Grounds and the Summer Services, visit

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