Sat, Nov 09


Danish American Center

Nordic Women's Retreat 2019

Workshops, ceremony and sauna combine to create a safe and nurturing space for all Women to share Nordic Heritage!

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Nordic Women's Retreat 2019

Time & Location

Nov 09, 2019, 9:00 AM – Nov 10, 2019, 1:00 PM

Danish American Center, 3030 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA

About the event

$75 Saturday and Sunday with Sauna

$35 Saturday Only (No Sauna)  

Overnight Rooms Contact Danish Center -

($40 shared room/night and $45 single room/night - checks payable to Danish American Center)

Friday arrivals may want to join in the fun of Danish Dance from 7-9 pm in the Atrium. With traditional musicians, called instructions, and lots of seasoned dancers, it is a delight for first timers!      

Saturday  9:00 am registration      

9:30 Opening Ceremony with Komme Alle!    

10:30 am    Introduction to Volva Stav and the importance of Sauna. Water in healing, water and memory.    

11:00 am - 12:30 pm Rotating Sessions 

Nystav/Primstav Calculating time in an Old Norse Way with Sara Axtell - Atrium  

Primstav, the old Scandinavian calendar, is a system that contains knowledge about time, place, and our connection to the natural world.  How did our Scandinavian ancestors mark time, and what can this teach us about the rhythm of their lives and their relationship to the land where they lived?  In this session we will learn about the history of the primstav, take a look at the symbols used to mark important times of year, and talk about the teachings the primstav holds for our own lives today.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice the primstav symbols and begin to create your own (paper) primstav.


Ancestral SoulCollage and Song with Bethany Jacobson - South Porch      

Explore connections with your ancestors using a creative intuitive art process called SoulCollage. There will be time to make one or two cards during the retreat, and blank cards or kits available to purchase if people want to continue to make cards on their own. Bethany will share stories about embracing our ancestors through SoulCollage and ritual. We will learn a simple song as we ask our ancestors to join us, and  different ways to use our cards, to create altars, or use for other work. Participants can bring copies of actual ancestor photos, or use images from magazines to create cards representing your ancestors. All materials will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring images or magazines if they wish. 

Sauna Session One - 11:15 to 12:30 - Lithuanian Tradition   

12:30 - 1:30 Potluck Lunch        

1:30  - 2:00    

Bees Wax Cloth in Kaffe Stue

In this workshop we will create our own waxed food wraps. We will provide some fabric, wax and brushes. You are invited to bring your own fabric. A tight weave cotton is preferred, muslin will work. 

Please bring a 12”-16” square swatch to trim as you see fit.


Staving in the Atrium   

 Craft and Coffee in the Living Room as you wish!      

Sauna Session Two - 2:00 - 3:15 - Birth and Death in the Sauna  

2:00 - 3:30 Rotating Sessions

Nystav/Primstav Calculating time in an Old Norse Way with Sara Axtell - Atrium      

Ancestral SoulCollage and Song with Bethany Jacobson - South Porch     

Sauna Session Three 3:45 - 5:00 - Finnish Tradition  

3:45 - 4:30 Living Room Discussion Session - Ancestor Work / Altar    


Potluck Dinner at 5:00 - 6:00 pm      

Sauna Session Four 6:30 - 7:45 Sister Touch Sauna  

6:30 - 7:00 Song Session with Amanda Atrium      

7:00 - Social Time!     

 8:15 -  pm End of Day Ceremony   


Share and Sell - we invite our creative guests to bring things that they have made to show other women what they are doinand to sell if you are so inclined (donating a percent of sales to the Guild will be greatly appreciated). We will set up after dinner and take down when ever you are ready for bed!  

Fire Pit with stav and song  

Sunday Morning  8:00 am (Coffee/tea on - boiled eggs and toast)      

9:30 am Meditative motion in the Morning - feeling and moving the muscles surrounding your stav!    

10:00 am Sharing Circle      

11:00 am Stav Journey        

Noon - Smorgasbord Luncheon     

1 - 2 pm Closing Ceremony with the Web of Wyrd 





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