1:30-5pm - Saturday May 6 Fee: $60 @ the door or $55 if pre-reg through May 5 with Dean Sluyter When people try to meditate, they find it ... well, trying. Trying to block out thoughts, trying to feel peaceful, trying to control the mind—it’s frustratingly counterproductive. Any effort to create a nonagitated state of mind is itself a form of agitation. It’s like trying to make the ocean flat by smacking down the waves with a paddle. You just wind up thrashing around and creating more turbulence. This is why, in the highest meditative traditions, the ultimate teaching is effortlessness—not doing, just being. Once you give up trying, you start to sink into the silent waters that have been just below the waves all along. This natural process requires no powers of concentration, no philosophical adjustment, no nothin’, so anyone can do it. With a little skillful guidance, it becomes forehead-slappingly obvious. How’d I miss this? Dean Sluyter has spent a lifetime studying and practicing with Eastern and Western sages who are preeminent masters of this natural approach. One of the most experienced (and clearest, and funniest) meditation guides in the United States, he has taught since 1970, from the prisons of New Jersey to the rainforests of Guatemala. His latest book, Natural Meditation, is an Amazon #1 bestseller in stress management and the winner of the Nautilus Prize for the best mind-body-spirit book of the year. Dean’s books and “workshops” (which involve no work) have shown thousands of people how simple it can be to find inner happiness. The mind gravitates toward it naturally—just get out of the way and let that gravity take over.
“Dean Sluyter demystifies a timeless practice that brings lasting peace.” —MC Yogi “Dean’s sessions are relaxed and accessible, with a pop-culture-tinged playfulness that pulls you in and puts you at ease.” —Lisa Leeman, past president, International Documentary Association
1-2:30pm - Sunday, May 7 Fee: $15 with Jennie Backstrom Replenish Yourself by Opening up to Receive Springtime is a perfect opportunity to open to receive and to dispel any negativity that may be blocking us emotionally. As we experience the power of aromatherapy, we'll learn about oils that help to maintain an open mind, oils that are balancing and uplifting, as well as oils that help to cleanse (both internally and externally) and encourage us to let go of the non-essentials in life. Free samples will be given and you'll have the chance to win even more essential oil gifts. minimum of 4 participants to run
4-6pm - Saturday May 13 Fee: $40 @ door or EB (save $5) reserving your space early with Christine Harrelson Spend two hours luxuriating in supportive restorative postures while receiving waves of gentle Thai bodywork, designed to move tension out of the body and encourage suppleness in the muscles and connective tissue.
This workshop bestows both a calming and renewing vibe to the rest of your day - bring a friend/partner and share the love! What is Thai Bodywork? Thai Bodywork follows the energy lines ("sen") in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the massaging. A full Thai Bodywork session may last up to two hours and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include manipulating fingers, toes, ears, and moving the recipient's body into many different positions.
6:15-8:15pm, Friday May 19 Fee: $25 early bird/$30 day of With Julie Crantz
Have you ever wanted to start writing yet didn’t know where to begin? Or, are you currently a writer seeking a creative community? If so, this ongoing workshop is for you! We will begin with guided meditation and then give breath to our voices through creative writing exercises in a safe and nurturing environment.
Please bring a journal and writing instrument or your laptop plus wear comfortable clothes. Each workshop will have new and inspiring content. Feel free to attend one workshop or sign up for multiple workshop dates. Light refreshments will be provided.
2-4pm, Saturday May 20 Fee: $35 Please sign up unpaid & pay when you arrive With Christine Harrelson
Who is this workshop for? Bodyworkers, Yoga Teachers, Energy Healers, Sports Coaches. Anyone who wants to give physical/mental relief to friends/loved ones.
What will you learn?
How to apply rhythmic pressure to the receiver with your feet, fingers, and hands Proper use of body weight both to protect yourself and to apply correct pressure to the receiver How to manipulate the receiver's limbs safely and effectively Techniques for table massage and for larger/stiffer bodies
Thai Bodywork is known for increasing flexibility, stimulating blood and lymph flow, and leaving the receiver with a natural energy high for hours!
Wear loose clothing, bring water, and bring a notebook and writing utensil. Phones allowed in class for picture taking purposes.
6-8pm - Wednesday, June 21 Fee: $45 @ the door or $40 if pre-reg with Christine Harrelson & Priscilla Gale The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year; a time where we have equal day and equal night. It is a sacred time of both celebration and reflection. As we absorb the healing energies of the sun's light, it is also a time to honor and respect the light and dark within ourselves and to see it all as One: as
Love. In a peaceful setting, experience healing through soothing sounds of Himalayan and Crystal Singing Bowls played by Priscilla Gale.
Mindfully move through a soothing set of yoga postures as the sweet vibrations of these bowls envelop the room, enhance and deepen your yoga experience while the stresses of everyday life are cleared, cleansed and washed away. The calming songs of these bowls enter the body in a targeted way to balance, heal, restore feelings of well-being, reduce pain, and release stress - infusing you with more joy, peace, confidence, energy and clarity of thought. Limited Space - advanced sign up is strongly recommended. learn more about Priscilla Gale
12-3pm - Wednesdays, August 2, 16, 30, September 13, 27 Fee: $220 for all 5 sessions or $60 per class with Theresa Murphy, E-RYT-500, Endorsed Insight Yoga Teacher and senior Prajna Yoga Teacher Designed for aspiring teachers, teachers, and dedicated students. Come to one session or come to all five! Each week will focus on a different group of standing poses.
Enjoy standing poses? Standing postures can provide great strength in one’s body as well as giving one a strong sense of wellbeing in life. They also offer opportunity to realign one's feet, knees, hips and spine for better health and balance in the body. This 15 hour course running every other Wednesday for 10 weeks is an opportunity to strengthen your understanding of the shapes we make in yogasana and how they overlay on our anatomy. We’ll look at commonly taught alignment techniques and compare it to our embodied experience.
study anatomy of the feet, legs and pelvis
practice and study a broad spectrum of standing postures
study shape and experiencing standing postures
studying different body shapes and how to adapt the postures
Would like to join the next session? Want to be on the next list of participants? Please send us your information viaemail
The key components of MBSR that make it so unique: EXPERIENTIAL learning - a dynamic group setting allows the participants to tap into their own wisdom, attend to their own experience and develop self awareness. CREATING the space and time for DAILY PRACTICE as a way of self nourishment and being responsible for your own well being. BODY MIND HEART integration that includes the practices of attention training, body awareness and mindful movement exercises, developing compassion towards yourself and others. BUILDING the FOUNDATION for regular home meditation and yoga practice that contributes to: managing anxiety, being with difficult emotions in a new way, developing resilience, cultivating joy, spontaneity and creativity, meeting the everyday life in its fulness with presence and open heart. Daily home practice (recordings and a workbook are provided)
TBA with Ilia Walsh Fee: Donation*minimum donation requested $5 *you have the option to donate $5 or $10. You may also enroll as unpaid & pay the evening of the event.
This is a workshop to celebrate the feminine in every woman. Historically, woman have gathered together to speak encouragement, celebrate friendship, offer comfort, hear confessions, mark important events in our lives, share experiences, tears and laughter. Join us to build a community of like-minded women that encircle each other with bonds of sisterhood, linking women everywhere and bringing joy and creativity into our lives. We work, play, pamper ourselves and each other, build energy together, and honor the essence of our feminine spirit. At this meeting we will be discussing talking about what we are grateful for and sharing a pot luck meal. When you RSVP please let us know what you will be bringing to share.