Serena, the central figure in these linked stories and a born New Yorker, is outrageous, stubborn, mystical and deeply engaged with love of all kinds: emotional, physical, intellectual, and with intimacy that extends into the wider realms beyond the visible world. The stories begin with her birth and follow her life and the lives of her friends and lovers. We meet Ingrid, artist and wild woman; Rose, sensible and intelligent, with a dry wit; Leo, architect and musician, a compassionate, soulful and endearing man and many others, whose origins and connected lives reveal the paradoxes, struggles, bliss and complexities of love. The stories embrace the sensual world and the capacity to hold it with an open heart. They explore the grace of loving in a variety of ways.
As Dancing Home unfolds, Serena’s intuition leads her to an enhanced relationship with a larger reality and the challenges of integrating that world with ordinary life.
Ultimately, this puzzle of who the characters are and the nature of their intertwined lives plays itself out and comes to a fluid conclusion.
Dancing Home is a love affair with New York and to the affairs of love.
In this book, Julie Winter touches on areas of the human experience that I have
read nowhere else in any literature anywhere. Serena is a unique character, and
this is a unique book. A must read for anyone interested in the journey inward.
— ALAN ARKIN
Academy Award Winning Actor, Author, Writer, Director
Dancing Home is a collection of linked stories, written by Julie Winter, that
draws on her years of experience of meditation, spiritual practice and teaching. The
stories are held together by a cord that vibrates with a life lived in her home,
Manhattan, NY. Winter speaks eloquently of a universe inhabited by guardians
and animal spirits that infuse the hearts and souls of her characters. The rituals are
here: “You are going to be born, going to be our baby,” spoken by her mother after
the loss of a daughter at birth; funerals—the loss of an adored father; family feasts
and celebrations and the change of seasons. She offers each reader the possibility of
a personal journey that her most practical character refers to as, “The way to do.”
Perhaps for us, it is “The way to be.”
Read this book slowly . . . Savor it. Like Julie, it is a treasure.
— PAUL BINDER
Founder of The Big Apple Circus, Author
Julie Winter has created a world of vivid detail where beauty and suffering are
gracefully intertwined. Serena’s haunting vulnerability and courage to pursue her
purpose and to seek what lies beyond our limited perceptions in a world that may
be in opposition more often than not is a beautiful reminder for us to stay curious
and trust our own journeys as they unfold.
We experience Serena’s joys and pain which reflect the duality of the human experience. In her story, we realize that both can exist as healing takes place.
— ASHLEY TORRENT
Writer, Psycho-spiritual Counselor, Reiki Practitioner
Julie Winter, well known as a brilliant teacher, healer and psycho-spiritual
therapist for many years, gifts us with her talents as a storyteller. With this
quintessential New York love story, she evokes the bravery of a young girl's
emergence into of the joys and pitfalls of womanhood. What's more, we are
allowed to follow the extraordinary woman she becomes as she navigates the
complexities of lovers, friends and community while encompassing an astonishing
Author, Playwright, Director
Such a beautiful book! Julie Winter has a rich inner life!
— PHILIP CORNER
Composer, Visual Artist
Reading this book is an invitation into a world rich with texture, vivid
descriptions, emotional aliveness. It offers a journey into a life touched by the
magic of a mind open to adventures in consciousness and also a rich dive into the
complexities, joys, and challenges of navigating deep human relationships. I found
myself wanting to keep reading, to continue immersing myself in the beautiful
writing that painted pictures in my imagination.
— Nancy J. Napier, LMFT
Author, Sacred Practices for Conscious Living
Julie reads an excerpt from the Dancing Home story Hooks and Stars as part of a virtual presentation and reading on Zoom by the Ministry of Maåt on March 7, 2021. The session is hosted by Ione, CEO at Ministry of Maåt. This video an edited segment from the presentation.
The full Zoom presentation can be viewed [ HERE ].
| [from the chat]
Kathy High: So much vulnerability in your characters and what is revealed and hidden as you said. The way you use your hands as you speak Julie is amazing to watch. And then the way you placed your characters hands first touching was breath-taking.
Julie Winter presents Dancing Home at the launch party at Tibet House US on December 15, 2019.
|Julie Winter introduces her book Dancing Home at Tibet House US on December 15, 2019.
“To me, one of the central themes of this book is about intimacy.”
|Julie Winter reads an excerpt from “Born. Again.”, one of the linked stories in her book Dancing Home. The reading took place during her book launch party at Tibet House US on December 15, 2019.
“Serena was born in a blizzard. Implacable, it raged through New York, surprising in its ferocity…”
|In this segment Julie Winter introduces Max and Ingrid and then reads an excerpt from “Crossing”, one of the linked stories in her book Dancing Home. The reading took place during her book launch party at Tibet House US on December 15, 2019.
“It develops into a pattern. Max stops by when he has the time and drives her home…”
|In this segment Julie Winter tells a personal anecdote about healing. Then she reads an excerpt from “Bedside Manners”, one of the linked stories in her book Dancing Home. The reading took place during her book launch party at Tibet House US on December 15, 2019.
“Shortly before Christmas Serena walks quickly towards the hospital on her way to visit Anton, who is ill—but this time, not yet, not very ill—with an as yet mysterious complication from HIV…”
|After having read excerpts from Dancing Home Julie Winter responds to questions from the audience. And then Ione, the publisher at Ministry of Maåt and Bob Gitlin, the sponser of the launch party add their closing remarks.|
Julie and Ione, CEO at Ministry of Maåt, sat down together one afternoon in late Summer to talk about the origins of Dancing Home and various aspects of bringing the book to print.
|Julie describes her process of choosing a publisher and the surprise apparition of a photo of Pauline Oliveros, Ione's partner in Ministry of Maåt who has passed, confirming the choice.|
|Julie Winter and Ione discussing the inspiration and process of writing Dancing Home|
|Julie comments about the hard part of being an author for her is typing.|
|Julie describes writing about the beginning of channeling, exploring other realms and the support of her community.|
|A segment in which Julie discusses channeling models for her own work and in which she speaks of her author’s desire to write about human intimacy, etc.|
|Ione does a summing up of Dancing Home as a book with New York City as a character over time periods and communities of characters interacting within and with each other.|