Washington, D.C. – Washington National Cathedral announced today that it will once again clear its nave of all chairs to transform the expansive space of the Cathedral’s interior ahead of its second annual “Seeing Deeper” program. The week–long event, scheduled for January 12-16, 2015 will feature extended hours at the Cathedral, as well as an array of unique programming, including Tai Chi and dancing classes, concerts and a drum circle.

In preparation of this week of special offerings, thousands of chairs will be removed, transforming the nave to allow new paths for reflection and creative expression. The full expanse of the Cathedral’s main interior space will be open, providing a fresh look at the building for past visitors and a striking way to view the building for first–time sightseers. The openness will feature the nave as cathedrals looked during medieval times and opens striking vantages of the ongoing the restoration work.

Media are invited to all events and are encouraged to list events in their community calendars. Please contact Meredith MacKenzie at the West End Strategy Team to RSVP for events or for more information at (202) 427-2007 or via email at [email protected]

Clearing of the Nave
BEGINNING MONDAY, JANUARY 12 at 6 a.m.
Thousands of chairs will be removed from the nave of Washington National Cathedral, transforming the nave to allow new paths for reflection and creative expression. Photographers and morning show producers are especially encouraged to come.

Nordic Nocturne: Light from Darkness
JANUARY 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Washington National Cathedral and the Embassy of Norway will present a free concert celebrating the life of late Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt, including a premiere by Andrew Smith.

The Heartbeat of God: Sacred Drumming
JANUARY 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Drumming is an embodiment of prayer inviting us to listen deeply to the heartbeat of God. Drum circle facilitator Kathy Guaghan from Music Heals Us will host three beginners drum circles, helping participants to discover their own rhythms and connect with the rhythms of others. The event is free and open to the public. Drums and percussion will be provided.

Spacious Mind, Body and Spirit: Tai Chi
JANUARY 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Local Tai Chi instructor Nick Gracenin, one of the first non-Chinese teachers recognized as a master of his art, will lead a class in the Cathedral’s nave exploring the week’s themes of expansiveness, immediacy and insight. The class will include simple movements of exploration, allowing guests to experience of the joy of this ancient system which fosters a deep and abiding calm while improving balance, coordination, and relaxation.

The Cosmography of Spheres
JANUARY 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
During Medieval times, great cathedrals often juxtaposed the earthbound needs of mortal man with upward elevation of divine worship under one vaulted ceiling. This evening Cathedra evokes those medieval times in presenting two dramatic works by the Baroque composer Henry Purcell, Dido and Aeneas and Saul and the Witch of Endor.

Spirits in Motion: Dances of Universal Peace
JANUARY 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Simple, meditative and joyous, these multi-cultural circle dances use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements from the many spiritual traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and to recognize it in others. Interfaith minister and dancer Kathryn Ashera Rose will lead a class on the Dances of Universal Peace. Beginners are welcome. All movement will be taught.

A Vigil for Seeing Deeper
JANUARY 16, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. – JANUARY 17, 12:00 a.m.
The week concludes with a vigil to awake and “see deeper” in the new year. The intention is to meditate, pray, and listen to the call of the Holy. People of all faiths and no faith are welcome to participate in quiet prayer and reflection for all or any part of the evening.

Labyrinths and candle reflection stations are available. Also, written prayers, yoga mats, zafu meditation cushions, poetry and mandalas to draw and color are available as reflection tools. Every 30 minutes prayers and guided meditations from many faith traditions are offered, interspersed with contemplative music and silence.

Closing meditations begin at 11:40 pm with the expansive and inspirational music of the Hang Drum played by Gary Hardnett. Prayers and closing ritual at midnight complete the Vigil.