The Kolo, the Slavic folk round dance and to be in a circle is light manifesting. Note the oak tree and burning of oak- Badjnak in Serbo-Croatian.
Oak Tree ─ Slavic Secret Language in harmony with Mother Nature.
Powered oak bark mixed with honey heals menstrual problems.
A blend of ground acorns mixed with water treats diarrhea.
The mixture of acorns and oak bark milk is an antidote to poisonous herbs.
The Winter Solstice Log in former Yugoslavia
─ Serbian Orthodox rite ─ is burned on January 6th. Candlemas and the Croatian Day of Bread in February.

Blood & Honey the Secret Herstory of Women Book Excerpt

Storied Instructions

In Travnik, Bosnia, a group of internally displaced refugees huddled in a dilapidated gymnasium more than ten years after the war. Electricity was turned off by the municipality, making the search for firewood a life and death priority. When the Novi Travnik, Kolo Sumejja women came with their huge bags of flour, oil, milk, cheese, and juice, the refugees were profoundly moved.

Funded with a donation from an American woman, Cindy Escott, the Kolo Sumejja women did not hoard the cash and promptly designated it to those in most need. At the end of the gathering with the Travnik refugees, a cassette tape was played. An old kolo, round dance, and song sliced through the air as we all danced the steps out of the cold and filthy gymnasium that had a foul smell seeping into our pores. The women refugees were crying and said how they had not heard that song since before the war.

The female solidarity was felt despite the stench of poverty and despite a caste system rivaling India’s social hierarchy. Observing how a scratchy old cassette tape on a 1980’s boom box propelled the kolo dancing and song amongst the females ─ both living in the gymnasium and visiting ─ is in actuality bearing witness to the miracle manifestation found in Slavic Thaumaturgy.

• Reflect back into your life. Take each decade of your life and name a symbol for it.

• Next, for any period of your life, or for one of the decades, speak three sentences that speak your first-person story. Please discard any “You”, or “that you are,” and speak in sentences with “I”.

An interesting activity is to take each sentence and say them again, one after another ─ what we will hear is a single rhythm, and a universal first-person story is manifested.

Let’s hear what your rhythm, first-person story and life experiences in each sentence would sound like!

• In the last year, can you name when there was a time when you felt refreshed, rejuvenated and alive ─ without any wrinkles of fatigue?

• When was the last time you “named” events, symbols or situations in your life ─ or do you tend to use the definition given out in dictionaries, academia or institutional devices and policies?

Dr. Danica Anderson
Social Scientist, Trauma Expert
The Kolo: Women’s Cross-Cultural Collaboration