"It's a small world after all!"
and, as Tiny Tim said,
"God bless us every one!"
Whatever you can do,
or dream you can,
Boldness has genius,
power and magic in it.
Copyright: Penny McManigal is freely showing her art in the service of
world harmony and "Peace for Our Children". Reproducing or distributing
any of Penny McManigal's art for profit, without her written consent is
Celebrate our common ground. Become
for Whole-Earth Millennium Celebrations
Penny McManigal, designer and Artist for
This "Weaving the Dream!" Millennium interactive Live
Art Project has been designed to be easy to organize for 50-200 people,
inexpensive ($50-100.), simple to plan and to co-create!
You can co-create "Weaving the Dream!" in a small
yard, in a park, on a beach or high on a mountain top. You can create
it in a church or community hall. Invite your entire neighborhood, your
church or school; invite the entire community! "Weaves" can honor
existing Sacred places or you can create new Sacred spaces by weaving
your memories of yesterday into the potencies of today, thus
co-creating the "new fabric" of tomorrow.
Materials and approximate costs
for"Weaving the Dream!"
- An attitude of good will throughout
- Your commitment to manifest this vision
- A Team of similarly minded co-creators (3-5 will do)
- date, time and guest list;
- send invitations in plenty of time,
- collect materials for construction of sacred circle,
- choose your own "gift" of cloth and have extras on
- organize setup time for sacred circle, plan out the
celebration (e.g additions of any special commentary, music, folk
dances, potluck supper, volunteers to help set up and clean up, taking
photos or taping the event, etc.)
- 25 poles, bamboo (7 feet long), inside diameter 3/4"-1",
ends hollowed (or substitute: pvc pipe,1 inch wide. Priced around $2.25
for a 10 foot length)
- 25 rebar (reinforcing steel rods) 3/8"x 17" sections, (40
feet total= $ 8.00 (total + cost for cutting into sections with a rebar
- 1 volleyball net (approximately 30 feet x 4 feet) about
Materials for assembly:
- 24 colorful pieces of cloth (pennants) for pole tops
- 1 special flag or pennant or wind sock for the center
- Many lengths of "gifts" of cloth* for "weaving" (3-4 feet
long x 6-12" wide)
- Construction Materials: sledge hammer, scissors, 30 or so
strong rubber bands, connectors: market bag "twisties", twine, thin
wire, many clothes pins, safety pins, heavy tape or string; laundry
pens (for making prayer flags), other decorative "goodies".
- Optional: Use a 7 foot ski bag as a great carrier for
- The Sacred Circle can be enlarged easily by doubling
- Guests: bring "gift" cloth* and any desired musical
Set Up Time (45 minutes to one
hour, if all materials are assembled)
How to Construct the Sacred
- choose level area for the 10 foot diameter circle
- assemble all needed materials
- construct 10 foot circle with 12 pairs of evenly spaced
pairs of rebars hammered 1/2 way into the ground and 1 in the center of
- fit the bamboo poles over each of the 25 rebars
- secure the volleyball net between each pair of poles with
thin wire, or twisties, string, etc. (leaving the space between two
sets of poles open for a "Gateway" to the center). Bottom of net
- tuck colorful cloth "pennants" into tops of each pole
(secure with rubber bands)
- Optional Gateway: the final opening size can be
adjusted by the circumference of the circle. An extra piece of cloth
can be added to the open space to make a "gate" which can be opened or
closed, if desired.
How to "Weave" the Sacred Circle
Volunteers make grass roots grow!
To give you some idea of the possibilities, the following
is a compiled description of the process of "Weaving the Dream!" (from
The Healing Summit in Monterey in 1997 and at Sacred Theater in
Ashland, Oregon in July 1998).
All of the participants gathered in a line, holding their "gifts" of
cloth and small instruments. The line began and ended with 2 drummers
as the participants proceeded toward the Sacred Circle and then circled
it several times. (This would be also be a good time for someone to
read some poetry or for all to sing a song).
The circle disbanded as each person began their own process of weaving
their "gift" cloth into the netting. Some people began immediately and
others sat in silence at a distance for a time before doing so. As "The
Weaving" began and the drummers continued the sacrality began to be
felt. Some guests tied their cloth "peaces" to those of the person next
to them, others wrote prayers with laundry pens on small squares of
sheeting (creating prayer flags). As the interactive co-creation
continued some participants added additional contributions of cloth.
The Weave began to grow. A musician played a zither in the center of
the circle. The organic and colorful "weave" began to come alive as an
image of wonder and shared wholeness!
Finally everyone gathered around The Weave, holding hands. Going around
the circle, one at a time, each person spoke a word or short phrase of
their intention for "Weaving the Dream!" for the future of our planet.
The ceremony ended with all raising their linked hands high above their
heads! (This would be a good place to end with a prayer or song for
Peace in the New Millennium).
You are invited to co-create your own "Weaving the Dream!" event in the
way you choose. We invite you to share your ideas on our Message Board
so that others can benefit from your creativity as we plan for the
simultaneous and worldwide, shared event of Weaving The Dream!.
Thank you and pax (peace)!
"Weaving the Dream!"