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Me to We — The Spirit of Relationship

  • The Assemblage 17 John Street New York, NY, 10038 United States (map)

This event will take place at The Assemblage on 17 John Street, New York, NY

With the rise of the New Age, the concept of community is being revisited in the West. Many people are banding together to reclaim what indigenous cultures have always known: we are inherently tribal.

In partnership with the Heart & Mind Festival Annex, M.A.I.S.C. (Movement of the American Indian Solar Culture), NYC Chapter of the Universal Initiatic College, The Sacred Arts Research Foundation (S.A.R.F.), and The Assemblage, please join us for a Summer Solstice gathering to celebrate the relationship, traveling in consciousness from the I Am to the We Are, the Me to We. Featuring: Taino Elder Maestro Manuel Rufino, renowned Andean musician Tito La Rosa, meditation leader Nithya Shanti, and shamanic sound ensemble Dream Seed. 

This event is a fundraiser that supports the education of aboriginal youth from indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories.

Our celebration is free to the public; all donations collected will be used for this cause. 



6:00pm  Dream Seed welcomes guests to space with a shamanic sound journey

6:30pm  Event begins

6:45pm  Nithya Shanti: The Joy and Grace of Collaborative Meditation

7:10pm  Maestro Manuel Rufino: The Spirit of Relationship

8:00pm  Q & A

8:25pm  Intermission*

8:50pm  Tito La Rosa: Andean Sound Healing

9:40pm  Closing Ceremony

*Food will be available for purchase throughout the evening


Donate through Golden Drum here


About the Fundraiser

All donations will support NWT, a non-profit organization in Fort Smith. Under the guidance of Malina Dawn, a Métis Granddaughter of the Northwest Territories, and collaborator with NWT, a gift of 20-30 Drums will be given to benefit ongoing programs for aboriginal youth from indigenous communities across the Northwest Territories to continue learning traditional cultural ways and ceremony.

Malina Dawn is an avid beader, singer, traditional healer, workshop facilitator, and yoga teacher. For over 10 years, Malina has found herself drawn to working with people and communities through the means of holistic healing.

About the Presenters

  • Maestro Manuel Rufino - Maestro Manuel Rufino is a recognized elder in the Taino tradition and World Director of M.A.I.S.C. He is a spiritual guide, gifted ceremonial leader and teacher of sacred initiatic traditions of the world.

  • Tito La Rosa – Tito La Rosa, is a descendent of the Quechua Indians of the Peruvian Andes. Tito has spent more than two decades recovering and preserving, studying, and intuiting the ancestral music of Peru. He is a Curandero de Sonido (sound healer) and performs with numerous exotic instruments of Incan and even pre-Incan cultures.
  • Nithya Shanti - A Unique Approach To Meditating Together led by. Nithya Shanti is an ambassador of conscious living. He trained as a forest meditation monk for many years and now teaches around the world.

  • Dream Seed - Dream Seed is a sound healing ensemble created by members of Golden Drum, Sacred Arts Research Foundation, and Didge Project. Shamanic chanting, mantras, overtone singing, Native American songs, indigenous music, didgeridoos, crystal singing bowls, bells, gongs, harmoniums, tuning forks and other overtone-emitting instruments are used to create an environment conducive to deep relaxation and inward investigation.