Circleway: The Story of the Women’s Dream Quest
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These are the flute pieces and chants that I recorded for a candlelit Labyrinth walk in Chartres Cathedral on May 28, 2009. You will hear the footsteps of the walkers, the bells in the distance and feel the ambiance of this sacred space as I respond musically to the profoundly devotional experience of the walk. Some of the pieces are recorded near the labyrinth and some take advantage of the remarkable acoustics of the 800 year old Gothic cathedral as I stroll around the nave.
Long before Chartres was a center of devotion to Mary, it was a place of pilgrimage for our long time ancestors who honored the sacred feminine in the old ways. Today, we return again to walk the winding path of the labyrinth, to visit Her candle-filled shrine and to listen to the reverberations of the ages in the vaulting nave.
These are the songs of the Women’s Dream Quest that began at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California in 1987 and has since spread to many other locations around the country over the years. These songs have been sung by thousands of women as we have gathered to celebrate our lives in sisterhood. They are the sound track of our rituals and reminders of the circle we form again and again. I offer them as a dedication to the circles of women who have sung, danced, dreamed and transformed in the Quest.
Listen to “Return Again” Selections:
1. Return Again (entire track):
2. Mother, I sing to you (segment):
3. Irish Blessing (entire track):
homage is a compilation of solo flute pieces performed by Judith Tripp, recorded live at various sacred sites in England and France. Included are Judith’s musical responses to the inner circle at Stone Henge, Merlin’s Cave at Tintagel, The Chalice Well Garden and Abbey Kitchen at Glastonbury and the Crypt at Chartres Cathedral. homage is meditative and haunting. It is a perfect accompaniment to sitting meditation, labyrinth walking and relaxation.
Listen to “homage” Selections:
1. Chartres Cathedral Crypt (entire track):
2. Glastonbury Abbey Kitchen (entire track):
3. Chalice Well Garden – Winter Water (segment):
4. Chalice Well Garden Spring Song (segment):
5. Stonehenge Trilogy (segment):
6. Merlin’s Cave at Tintangel (entire track):
7. The Cave and the Sea (segment):
8. Woodacre Meadow Labyrinth (segment):
Windscape is a set of solo pieces performed by Judith Tripp, recorded with synthesizer accompaniment. The pieces, Windscape, Reiki, Li Sun, Call to Turning and Turning are invitations to relaxation and inner exploration.
This 36 page booklet contains the song, meditation and wisdom of The Women’s Dream Quest as it has evolved over the past 17 years. It is both a chronicle and an inspiration for those who seek the wisdom of spirit.
This collection of 24 poems was written during Judith’s sabbatical in Chartres in 2004.