Archive for October, 2011


an exploration of voice, attention, heart and presence

Join us as we explore chanting through guided group practice

as a means of:

  • focusing attention
  • deepening embodied spiritual awareness
  • freeing the body from habitual attitudes and blocked energies

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

ONLY A DESIRE TO EXPLORE YOUR VOICE THROUGH CHANTING

Sliding free: $50-$65. Some space available at reduced tuition for those in need; call for details.

To register, please mail your check, payable to Elizabeth Kerwin,

6551 Rutsatz Rd., Deming, WA 98244. Confirmation of registration will be by email.

A $20 administrative fee is applied to cancellations.

For more information, call Elizabeth at 360.303.3892

or email elizabethkerwin@hotmail.com

About Darlene Franz, D.M.A.:

Darlene is a freelance oboist, music educator, singer and chant composter residing in Seattle, Washington. Her contemplative chants enhance retreats in Canada and the United States. She has contributed her musical gifts at a number of Cynthia Bourgeault’s Wisdom Schools.

I am delighted and grateful to report, [our recent Wisdom School] struck a new high water mark of subtlety and profundity, thanks largely to the inspired teaching brought by Darlene Franz and her inquiry into “Singing and Conscious Attention”. Not quite singing lessons, not quite mindfulness training, but a magical blend of both, it helped us all to relax, embody, chant more confidently and miscally, and cruise the updrafts of vibration (both personal and collective) ‘in which all things hold together.’ It was amazing to watch people get used to a different sort of attunement, not just of the mind, but of energy fields as well, and to watch the level of attention held by the group become finer and more sensitive.”

-Cynthia Bourgeault

Click here or on the image at the top of this post for a flyer in pdf form with all the information.


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Kirtan on Friday 11-11-11

On Friday November 11, Presence Studio will be hosting the kirtan described in the above poster. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Maher Ashram. Click on the poster above to download a pdf version.

Community Day Reflections

A flow of people came and went throught the hours of the day yesterday, practicing, reflecting, exploring the labyrinth, making song, sharing a meal, and visiting together in the poignant glow of an autumn hued day at Turtle Haven. I was so touched by each person’s presence, and the warmth and interaction I sensed between and among people, some who knew one another, others meeting for the first time. The day culminated in Paul heartfully calling us to kirtan singing with his kind and open presence. Chris Boerneke brought a guitar and some drums, and we were guided in song by her as well, called towards divine sweetness through her lovely voice and presence! I went out on a limb and played a violin accompaniment to some of Paul’s poetry reading… a new freedom in spontaneity for me. I welcome input as to YOUR interest in community gathering, classes focussed on more than asana—- philosophy, singing, meditation, yoga in healing what ails us and so forth. Our path can be so broad, and so deep, holding and nourishing us beyond even the wondrous ways it can help us to sustain and uplift our physical selves.

A few words from Rabindranath Tagore’s volume entitled Stray Birds:
“These little thoughts are the rustle of leaves; they have their whisper of joy in my mind.”

 

(photo credit:http://www.portwallpaper.com/imgwal/autumn-leaves-light.jpg)

Elizabeth first met Sister Lucy as she traveled on tour across the country with Will Keepin and Cynthia Brix, authors of the book about Maher, the community Sister Lucy seeded more than a decade ago.

In December, William Keepin & Cynthia Brix are offering a workshop on Whidbey Island:

Men and women discover a liberating healing
and new spiritual communion.

Introductory Workshop
December 2-4, 2011
Whidbey Island, Washington
(just north of Seattle)

The Power of Reconciliation creates a rare forum for women and men to jointly confront gender injustice and unravel the insidious knots of cultural conditioning and oppression relating to gender and sexuality. In this unique context the ‘undiscussables’ of gender are confronted unflinchingly as participants plumb the depths of their experiences and move beyond habitual ways of relating to discover new forms of healing and authentic intimacy between the sexes.

Key to our methodology is the direct application of spiritual teachings and contemplative practices drawn from a rich spectrum of spiritual and religious traditions. This makes the work effective in a wide range of religions and cultures and it invokes a higher, universal wisdom that both empowers and protects the sometimes delicate and sometimes volatile healing process. The Power of Reconciliation model has proven effective not only in the United States and other affluent Western countries, but also in more challenging cultures where gender oppression is severe, such as India and South Africa.


Who is it for? 

The Power of Reconciliation is appropriate for adults of all ages, sexual orientations, faith traditions, race, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. Mental health professionals, clergy, students, singles and couples encouraged to attend.

How does it work? 
The Power of Reconciliation creates a forum for buildling trust and compassionate communication through a skillful combination of interactive exercises, contemplative practices, and group process. Participants plumb the depths of their own experiences, and move beyond habitual ways of relating to discover new pathways of healing, mutual respect, and authenticity between women and men.

For more information and to register, go here.

Retreat on Haiku & Spirituality

 

For those who may be interested in haiku and spirituality, please click on the poster above for more information!

 

 

Update on James Boag and Kirtan is ON for Friday!

Paul Millage gives this update on his website about what (and who) held James up in his travels:

“James was detained at Seatac and was cuffed and secretly driven to a detention center. Officials lied to us and said they sent him back. Meanwhile, he was actually sitting in a detention center while family and friends worried about his safety and whereabouts. Because James was honest with Customs/immigration in that he does not charge for his teachings but accepts donations, they see him as a threat to the US economy. The ignorance of our country scares me sometimes…He is safe in England now; feel free to send him warm thoughts jamesrboag@gmail.com.”

Happier News – On Friday, the 21st, Paul will offer Kirtan at 7:15 at 8Petals, by donation freely offered; please don’t let financial limitation prevent you from coming— you may come for free!

UPDATE: Unfortunately, James is now unable to be in Bellingham. So the Thursday event below is cancelled. There may, however, be an alternate kirtan event on Friday with Paul. Please check back for more info.

Just about a month ago, James Boag presented a talk and kirtan with Paul at 8Petals, and the evening was rich and inspiring. We imagined that James, who generally resides in India would not be back until Spring, but he will surprisingly and happily be returning shortly, and you can read about his teachings with Paul in the information shown below. Paul will offer kirtan as part of the offerings I am hosting at Turtle Haven on October 23rd; this is a reminder that if you wish to partake of any of the events that day, I would like to have registrations by Sunday, the 16th! I appreciate your honoring of this date, so I may organize for parking and potential carpooling. I hope you might find some time to enjoy an Autumn day at Turtle Haven.

CANCELLED
‘Yoga: The Heart of it’ Talk and short kirtan with James Boag.
Thursday 20th October 7:15-9:15pm at 8 Petals, Bellingham

Using a beautiful short poem as a start point, this talk will illustrate the core teachings of the holistic, wonderfully inclusive and practical yoga tradition. Integrating different approaches and aspects of practice, the talk will also show how to apply these teachings into all aspects of our lives, so we can live more heartfully, with greater purpose, clarity and joy.

 

Suggested donation: $10-40

CANCELLED – BUT STAY TUNED FOR A POSSIBLE ALTERNATE KIRTAN
‘Tonight the topic is love’ with James Boag and Paul Millage
Friday 21st October 7:15-9:45pm at 8 Petals, Bellingham

Join Paul and James for an inspiring evening of poetry, stories, insights and kirtan.

Poetry, stories and song are universal means, treasured by wisdom traditions from all around the globe, to help us unveil and recognise the beauty, glory and immensity of the love and light that is our essence. This should be an evening to remember!

 

Suggested donation $10-40

Also, in Bellingham, Paul is leading a kirtan on Friday 14th October and an acroyoga playground workshop on Saturday 22nd October. Further details below:

KIRTAN: Come sing from the heart, for the heart. All are welcome. Free event.

Friday 14 October at The Ground Floor (1113 State St. Bellingham): 7:30-9:30 pm

Acro Yoga Playground workshop led by Paul Millage at 3 OMS Bellingham (3omsyoga.com)

Saturday, 22 October 1:00-3:30PM  (?? – Paul’s blog says this same time, but Erin says she registered for this class and the time is actually 3:00-6:00)

Learn to fly with grace and joy with Acro Yoga! We’ll begin by flowing through standing, sitting, dynamic, & balancing partner yoga poses to warm our bodies then enter a playful exchange between acrobatic balancing, yoga and therapeutic Thai Massage. This workshop is accessible to anyone with basic body awareness and an adventurous spirit.

Questions about any? Contact Elizabeth 360 303 3892

The Niyamas

Elizabeth has been discussing the niyamas this quarter, so…what are they again?

Ravi Ravindra’s translation of Patanjali’s yoga sutras, sutra 2.29 says:

The eight limbs of yoga are: yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi.

So the niyamas are one of the eight limbs, or eight petals, of yoga.

And what comprises the niyamas?

Saucha – cleanliness.

Santosha – contentment

Tapas – burning effort

Svadhyaya – self study

and

Ishvara pranidhana – making a dedication of one’s practice to something

an exploration of voice, attention, heart and presence

Join us as we explore chanting through guided group practice

as a means of:

  • focusing attention
  • deepening embodied spiritual awareness
  • freeing the body from habitual attitudes and blocked energies

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

ONLY A DESIRE TO EXPLORE YOUR VOICE THROUGH CHANTING

Sliding free: $50-$65. Some space available at reduced tuition for those in need; call for details.

To register, please mail your check, payable to Elizabeth Kerwin,

6551 Rutsatz Rd., Deming, WA 98244. Confirmation of registration will be by email.

A $20 administrative fee is applied to cancellations.

For more information, call Elizabeth at 360.303.3892

or email elizabethkerwin@hotmail.com

About Darlene Franz, D.M.A.:

Darlene is a freelance oboist, music educator, singer and chant composter residing in Seattle, Washington. Her contemplative chants enhance retreats in Canada and the United States. She has contributed her musical gifts at a number of Cynthia Bourgeault’s Wisdom Schools.

I am delighted and grateful to report, [our recent Wisdom School] struck a new high water mark of subtlety and profundity, thanks largely to the inspired teaching brought by Darlene Franz and her inquiry into “Singing and Conscious Attention”. Not quite singing lessons, not quite mindfulness training, but a magical blend of both, it helped us all to relax, embody, chant more confidently and miscally, and cruise the updrafts of vibration (both personal and collective) ‘in which all things hold together.’ It was amazing to watch people get used to a different sort of attunement, not just of the mind, but of energy fields as well, and to watch the level of attention held by the group become finer and more sensitive.”

-Cynthia Bourgeault

Click here or on the image at the top of this post for a flyer in pdf form with all the information.


Details for the Community Day have now been finalized! You can click on the flyer above for a pdf with all the information, or see below:

AUTUMN SEASON COMMUNITY GATHERING

Turtle Haven – Sunday, October 23

10 am to 12 pm Yoga Breathing and Restoratives to Brighten Your Spirit

Learn a sequence of yoga breathing and restorative poses to help you feel brighter and lighter in spirit as we navigate the darker days of autumn and winter. Take home a handout with the poses that could be your prescription for a happier few months ahead!

Cost $20

12:15 to 1:15 Philosophy Circle and Meditation on Santosha or Contentment  

We will consider with more depth our relationship to our own desires and how to navigate the inner territories of acceptance, while sustaining our motivation to move forward in our lives.

Cost: Donation requested of $5 to $10 for Maher Ashram

1:30 to 3   Potluck Lunch, Bring a dish to share

3:00 to 5:00   Kirtan guided by Paul Millage

For more about Paul or to contact him, see http://www.paulmillage.com

Cost: Donation of $5 to $15

Please register by October 16th so carpooling may be organized! Register with a check for class, kirtan; email or call for lunch, philosophy circle. 360.303.3892 elizabethkerwinyoga@gmail.com