The Festival Butterfly by Wendy Morrell Co-Director, SDG Festival 2010

butterfly-wendyButterflies are beautiful creatures that delight children and adults alike. They flutter, soar, land momentarily, and then…off again! They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The butterfly is a universal symbol of transformation—of rebirth into a new life from the cocoon.

Anyone who has been at a Sacred Dance Guild Festival will quickly see the link between butterflies and Festivals! Participants at Festival are beautiful creatures who flutter and soar though five days, landing here and there momentarily, and then off again to explore another attraction. Festivals are transformational, and are like being cocooned for a short period of time. Leaving Festival is somewhat like being reborn, nourished again—at once the same and, yet, forever changed by the experience.

The butterfly also reminds us of those who have transitioned from life on earth. We dedicated Festival 2010 to our beloved member, Phyllis Stonebrook, who was in her place of transition and was not able to be with us at Festival. So for Festival 2010 – Simply Soaring – what better symbol to include than a butterfly!
Diane (one of the Festival Administrators who is a visual artist) created the shell of a butterfly on a large poster board, then invited Festival participants to flutter by during the first few days of Festival and, with the vivid paints and brushes provided, add a bit of themselves to the creature.

 

Diane (one of the Festival Administrators who is a visual artist) created the shell of a butterfly on a large poster board, then invited Festival participants to flutter by during the first few days of Festival and, with the vivid paints and brushes provided, add a bit of themselves to the creature.

 

A beautiful butterfly emerged from the collective contributions of many! A butterfly card was also created, signed by participants, and sent to Phyllis. Our Festival Butterfly, in all her glory, spread her wings at the Wednesday evening banquet and welcomed those who were photographed with her. These beautiful images are a symbol of the Sacred Dance Guild where each member is a “body” that soars on the wings of all of us.

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