Archive for January, 2016

Schedule Updates

I am called to assist my Mom in NY as she deals with a new medical issue; thus, I will be traveling unexpectedly to the East Coast, just post historical blizzard, this Tuesday January 26th. There will be NO CLASS on January 26th, for the 9:45 am Tuesday Turtle Haven class. I will post at a later time the make up date for this class. Charlotte Davis will substitute for me for the Monday 1/25 8Petals 5:30 class, as well as the 1/27 Turtle Haven 5:45 pm class. Additionally Charlotte will substitute for me on February 1st for the Monday night 5:30 class at 8Petals. Please feel free to drop in or do a make up in the classes Charlotte is teaching for me. I travel on the 1st, and will teach the classes on the 2nd and 3rd of February.

The original Winter schedule called for no classes February 7th through 14th. This is still accurate. Please consider following this blog to receive updates in general, due to changes in my schedule, or weather related cancellations. You can sign up to follow, on the homepage at

I look forward to seeing you before long, if you are coming to classes this quarter! Please send a message if you need any clarification.

Kirtan: 2/12 Shantala Maher Benefit!

I am excited to announce a forthcoming benefit kirtan by Shantala, who have brought their beautiful music to Bellingham many times before! Heather and Benjy travel and record extensively, and have been kind and generous in offering kirtan as a benefit for Maher here in our community, as they will again on February 12th at the wonderful Presence Studio. We are grateful also to have Michele from Living Earth Herbs in the Public Market organizing and gathering up the energy to manifest this lovely event. Please see the attached flyer to know the details. Shantala and Maher both have websites if you wish to explore in that way!


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A Passage

Those students who participated in the Winter Intersession classes know that Cathy Hansen, a long time student who practiced with me at Yoga Northwest, Turtle Haven and 8Petals became ill  just after Fall Quarter, and subsequently died December 12th during the Intersession time. Cathy had planned to take the Intersession Monday night class, but then fell ill. She was a remarkable student, who practiced nearly to the very end of her life. Despite challenges most of us only could imagine, the result of congenital physical challenges, Cathy practiced yoga with dedication, gratitude and a deeply kind and patient attitude. The inner aspects of yoga spoke deeply to Cathy, and she would remark on this from time to time.  We will miss her quietly inspiring presence. I am including below the obituary from the Bellingham Herald.


Cathy Hansen embarked on her next journey Dec. 12 following a courageous fight, battling both Acute Dilated Cardio-myopathy and Myocarditis. She was born Aug. 8, 1948 in Seattle, WA. to Harold and Dorothy Rogers, the second of three children. Cathy was preceded in death by her parents; brother George; and her husband Dick Hansen. Upon graduation from Highline HS in 1966, she came to Bellingham to attend WWSC earning a degree in education. It was in Bellingham where she made lifelong friends and met her future husband and soulmate, Dick Hansen. Cathy taught special education and then kindergarten classes in several area schools, primarily at Carl Cozier and Sunnyland Elementaries. She adored teaching and working with her students. Cathy and Dick loved the “farm life”, first in Everson where they were married, and then in Wickersham where they raised their son, Ryan. Once retired, they downsized to a home at Lake Samish. Cathy had many interests and did everything to perfection. She always dressed with class and had a great appreciation for music, reading, art, gourmet cooking and travel. Having been to Europe and Mexico in the past, one would find her in recent years, enjoying sunny Palm Springs during the coldest winter months. After her husband passed, Cathy generously donated her time to volunteering at Hospice House. Known to many as “Ms. Rogers”, she will be remembered and deeply missed by family and over-lapping circles of friends– “The Chiwawas”; her book club; her knitting groups; her yoga classmates; her crafting circle and last but not least, “The Babes”. Cathy leaves behind her cherished son Ryan, of whom she was extremely proud; her beloved brother Doug; brother-in-law Steve (Karolyn) Hansen, sisters-in-law Kathleen (Paul) Armstrong and Judy (Peter) Heyman; cousins: Sandra, Joanne, and Phyllis; nieces: Theresa (Ted) Mayer, Jennifer (Larry) Fransson, Kerri Hansen, and Susan (Stan) Lovetro, Dana (Peter), Angela Arroyo; nephews: Bill (Lea) Armstrong, Bill (Ali) Hansen, Jeff (Trinh) Haselton, Kris (Kelly) Haselton, Brian (Becca) Haselton; and The Worley Family (Bob, Lana and Rita). This extraordinary woman, Cathy Hansen–loving wife, mother, and sister will remain in our hearts forever. A memorial celebration will be planned later next spring. Donations in Cathy’s honor can be made to, Hospice House, public libraries or to any organization for the developmentally disabled.
Published in Bellingham Herald on Dec. 20, 2015

Lydia Place


Just wanted to let folks know that Jillian and I were able to donate $400 from the Solstice class benefit in December. Thanks to those who participated.

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New Offering Begins March

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We have imagined this offering for several years, and at last find ourselves ready for flight!

Below you will find our flyer (no pun intended) for a circle that will meet on two Saturdays, and three Tuesday evenings over several months time at Turtle Haven, with an intention to support people in generating and sustaining meaningful and authentic spiritual inquiry and practice individually and in community.

On a beautiful, slow morning this past week, we engaged in our own joint daily morning practice and contemplation, when a “distraction” of great beauty and inspiration ensued. A mature eagle perched atop a tree branch at a visible gateway to the Nooksack first called to us. We noticed then a repeated rhythm of fluttering wings at river level, as several mottled young eagles flew up and then back down to the ground in a thrilling ongoing “dance” of wings. At that moment we felt the signal to at last follow the call to formulate this offering and set in motion the movement towards this circle’s formation!


A Flutter of Wings: Collective Spiritual Inquiry and Practice provides an opportunity for individuals to be inspired individually and in community to move towards a daily, authentic and meaningful spiritual practice while nourishing our deep yearnings as humans for connection with the innermost and all beings. While this longing can be powerful for certain ones of us, it can be challenging to find sustained, nourishing and meaningful continuity on a path. This circle will assist participants in finding their way towards creating this gratifying path of active, engaged and rooted spiritual practice and expression.

We have been reading of the next couple of years being an auspicious time to consciously pursue the marriage of the spiritual and the worldly, what some call “visionary and sacred activism.” We will structure this offering with integrated awareness of each one’s call to align with true “vocation” while energizing courage and commitment to deeply listen and take action.

Do let us know if you have any questions beyond the information in this flyer that includes registration details. If you have difficulty reading the information on the flyer, here it is…

communion of the contemplative and the active…the body and the soul mutual discovery and support for establishing one’s own authentic, generative path of committed spiritual practice while moving one’s daily life towards compassionate contribution and engagement with self, other and the greater community

inspirational readings
creative expression and ritual for self reflection
the way of council
relaxation, prayer & meditation practices
weekly peer support
guidance from the natural world
Saturdays, March 5 and June 4, 1o am to 4 pm and Tuesdays, March 22, April 12 and May 3, 6 to 8:30 pm at Turtle Haven Sanctuary in Deming, WA

Tuition: $465 received by February 5, 2016; $495 February 6 and after. 12 participants maximum. Payment plans and partial exchange of goods or services are possible; please inquire. To register, please send full tuition or a deposit of $150 payable to Elizabeth Kerwin, 6551 Rutsatz Road, Deming, WA 98244.

For more information:;; 360.319.8704

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May this season of New Beginnings bring you inspiration and hope,

Elizabeth and Jillian Continue reading