Category: Workshops & Retreats


For those planning ahead for Autumn, here is our flyer announcing the next retreat at Turtle Haven with Ravi.We’re especially excited for this theme! There will as always also be a public talk on Friday of the retreat. Let me know if you have any questions; other announcements will be forthcoming.

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In another posting, I mentioned a forthcoming series of classes this summer that will follow the 6:15 Wednesday night Turtle Haven class, from 8 to 9 pm. In his book Inner Yoga, Sri Anirvan a great yoga teacher of the last century, says “To create an atmosphere conducive to meditation, a few things are necessary. You must make your lifestyle simple and disciplined, so that there is no unneccessary cause for restlessness or dispersion of the mind. You must develop the habit of remaining satisfied with whatever comes to you, so that your mind remains filled with a radiant gladness. You must keep a watchful eye on what happens in your mind when it comes into contact with external objects, so that this awareness of objects may be transformed into an awareness of self. And always you must cultivate a continuous stream of meditativeness, so the mind never never forgets its chosen object of seeking. To these disciplines, one more may be added— control of speech…..

During these Wednesday night explorations of meditation, we will consider our own personal lives, and our alignment, as well as lack of that, in relation to Sri Anirvan’s ideas of what is necessary in “creating an atmosphere conducive to meditation.”  The subjects for each class will follow the theme presented in the passage above:

July 16: Simplifying Lifestyle and Discipline for Practice

July 23: Contentment with Whatever Comes: Acceptance

July 30: Relationship of External Objects/Perceptions with My Own Inner Self

August 6th: Remembering the the Chosen Object of Seeking: Spiritual Life Woven into Daily Life

August 13th: What is the Control of Speech? How Do I Practice?

 

In our time together, we will engage in some discussion, supportive of establishing a practice of meditation, as well as engage with breathing practices useful in bringing a deeper state of inwardness. And of course we will practice sitting meditation with various methods!

$45 for all five classes; otherwise, $12 per individual class

Note: Please inquire if your financial situation is such that a reduced tuition is needed; no one turned away for lack of funds!

Dear Friends,
Coming in November is an opportunity to engage in a daylong retreat exploring DREAM TENDING with Jillian Froebe.  Per Jillian:
Many of you know that this form of inquiry is one of my deepest passions and that dream images comprise the only “foreign” language I have studied for over forty years!  Some often ask when I will offer a daylong workshop on Dreams in our beloved community, so I have heeded the call from Stillpoint and will do so on Saturday, November 9, 9am-3:30 pm. Even if you don’t regularly remember your nighttime dreams, this retreat  will honor life as a waking dream as well. I would be honored to have you join us in this collective exploration of the mysteries offered in our waking and sleeping dreamtime.

May the clarity of these autumn days and nights bless your being,

Jillian

Illumination From Within - The Listening Dreamer - Jillian Froebe - Nov 2013

Our dreams arrive as gifts from Soul, originating in Divine wisdom  far greater than our rational, waking consciousness. Our dreams are not bound by cognitive, linear restrictions; they speak in the language of poetry, image and symbol.  Dreams shed light on how we may live more deeply from our authentic selves, revealing truths not always apparent in our conscious, waking state.

With societal emphasis on productivity and speed, it is often challenging to take time to listen to dreams and allow them to unfold.  In this day together, we will enter kairos time and honor the wisdom many indigenous cultures have accessed and revered while we apprentice ourselves to the mystery held within our own and each other’s dreams.  We will offer ourselves to what waking and sleeping dreams whisper, what doors they open, and what thresholds they beckon us to cross.  In our gathered community we will tend to dreams offered, befriend the images, listen to what stories they tell and what they ask of us.

  • DATE AND TIME: Saturday, November 9th, 2013, from 9:00am-3:30pm. 
  • COST: $45 (sliding scale and work exchange available). Registration required; deposit of $20 requested to hold your space. Coffee and tea provided. Bring your lunch or a simple potluck dish to share.
  • LOCATION: Stillpoint At Beckside, 1625 Huntley Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
  • FACILITATOR: Jillian Froebe, MA, ATR
  • CONTACT/RSVP: Contact Linda Conroy at 360-733-9414 or lnd.conroy@gmail.com.
  • MAIL PAYMENT TO: Stillpoint, c/o 908 Indiana, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Jillian Froebe, MA, ATR, is an ordained Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Director and Companion, Labyrinth Facilitator and Expressive Arts Psychotherapist and Teacher.  Jillian has lived and practiced in Whatcom County for 23 years where she guides individuals and groups in connecting body, mind and spirit in the quest for meaningful relationship with Divinity.  Her passion for integrating sacred arts and dream tending takes many forms, all incorporating and honoring the foundational practice of witnessing.  She has an abiding commitment to enliven awareness of interdependence and sustainability of our innate and collective resources.

This Friday, Oct 18th, at 7:30PM, Ravi Ravindra will be giving a public talk at 8 Petals Yoga Studio.  Please come – the public is welcome to participate!

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As the glorious summer days continue to grace us with sun and abundance, a few subtle signs of waning light and the transition towards autumn gradually reveal themselves. We notice the invitation towards more inner reflection as we move into a new cycle of harvest, then quiet, and the revitalization of our spiritual exploration which comes with Ravi Ravindra’s wisdom, heart and presence. He returns October 18th through 20th, in the usual format, with a Friday public talk in Bellingham at 8Petals Yoga Studio and a Saturday and Sunday weekend retreat in Deming. Our theme this time will be “Journey of the Soul: Self Knowledge and Self Transformation.” Weather permitting, we also plan for time to walk the labyrinth, and to enjoy the forest and river trails, and the ever evolving land and shrines of Turtle Haven (retreat site).

Ravi Ravindra Fall 2013 Retreat Flier Image

To get a pdf of the flyer, click on the image above.

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Dear Friends,
 
I write to you from the National Iyengar Convention, where I have been deeply moved by the classes, the community and cultural events, and the sense of depth and longevity in our tradition. A special guest teacher, Birjoo Mehta, who is a Senior Iyengar teacher from Mumbai has come from India for this Convention. I am struck by the combination of stucture and continuity in our form, and the wisdom, maturity and new flowering I experience within this trustworthy vessel over time—  especially as experienced through Birjoo’s teaching.  I look forward to the seeds of these current teachings I am experiencing sifting through my body and being in my own practice, and finding their way into my teaching as well.
 
On May 18th, THIS COMING SATURDAY, I will offer the last opportunity of the season for gathering with others in community to explore deeper aspects of yoga, this time at Turtle Haven! Please come and join in for any, or all of the following:
 

9:30 to 11 am:  Gait of Freedom: Hips that Hike, Dance, Garden and Meditate! Hip openers for all our two legged activities! Sliding Fee: $10 to $20

 
11:15 to 12:30 pm:  Sitting Meditation followed by Community Reading of the Yoga Sutras. This will be a wonderful moment to simply read aloud this profound text, and let it flow through us without analysis, but to have exposure to the work as a whole. I will present a very brief orientation, and we will read taking turns.   No Charge!
 
12:45 pm until 2:30 pm:  Community Potluck Lunch and Meanderings
 
It will be possible to walk the trails, visit the Patanjali shrine, and any other shrine areas which call to you. You may also draw nourishment from the river, and peaceful atmosphere of Turtle Haven… 
 
Please do let me know by Tuesday the 14th if you plan to attend, so I may organize accordingly, with the hopes of organizing some carpooling! 

This is early notice of the 4th annual Shantala fundraising event for Maher, to be held on June 14th at Presence Studio! We hope you can attend. Also, if you would like to contribute in a larger way, Friends of Maher will host a silent auction at the event, as we did last year. We need items, gifts certificates, and services such as professional healing work, that may be offered in this auction. Please speak with Elizabeth if you have an offering for the auction!

To see a pdf of the flyer, click on the image below.

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Our Feeling Yogi class will now be from NOON UNTIL 3 PM ON MAY 4TH. This change in timing is to accommodate those who will move on to the SPECIES PARADE AT 4pm. This parade is a wonderful event, in case you have missed it in the past!

UPDATE: Elizabeth has decided that late notification for the content of the April 20th class means it would be better to reschedule the same class for May 4th, still at 8Petals from 1 to 4 pm.

Dear Friends,

This coming Saturday, April 20th, On Saturday, May 4th, I will offer a Saturday afternoon Deepening Yoga class at 8Petals from 12 to 3 pm from 1 to 4:00 pm, with a focus on working with emotions within the context of yoga practice.

The Feeling Yogi: Emotions, Svadyaya or Self Reflection, and the Practice of Yoga

Our emotional natures have a place within practice, though there is not much guidance directly offered in the classical yoga scriptures suggesting how we might utilize our feeling selves within the inner search that is at the heart of the journey. We will honor the emotional dimension, and consider fruitful approaches to working with the gifts of our feeling selves, especially as this emerges within our practice in class, or on our own.  We will practice asana, pranayama, and meditation geared towards soothing our emotional bodies, based on a practice sequence offered by BKS Iyengar in his book Light on Life. Please bring an image or altar object that reflects something of your emotional relationship with your practice of yoga.

The tuition will be $30 to $45 for the class; please inquire about bartering if you need to pay less. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions in advance via email or phone.
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“ If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. ”
May these days of Spring bring each of us inner nourishment and vitality.
Sending warm greetings, Elizabeth

Ravi Ravindra will once again be returning to Bellingham, this time to explore the presence of love in the Bhagavad Gita and the Gospel of John. There will be a Public Talk and Meditation on Friday April 12.There will be a retreat at Turtle Haven in Deming on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th.

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To get a pdf of the flyer, click on the image above.

Chant for Peace: December 30th

Elizabeth shares this information, hoping you might attend; if she were not in India, she would be there!

Attend Mountain Lamp Chant for Peace

Mountain Lamp warmly invites individuals and groups to join us in chanting for peace. This inviting and joyful practice opens our hearts and clears our minds. A diverse group of faith and community groups who practice chanting are invited to lead a chant in their tradition.

Individuals may attend this event any time on the hour (e.g. 8am, 9am etc.) and can stay for as many hours as they like- leaving only at the end of an hour. You are also welcome to join for a few hours, take a break for an hour or more and then rejoin again on the hour.

For full details click on the image below for a pdf of the flyer.

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Saturday, December 8th – Last Deepening Yoga Class

Greetings on a crisp late autumn night. I have been breathing in the Northwest clean air, and witnessing the beauty of the Nooksack River as spawning ground of the wondrous, wild salmon, blessed to visit them daily at the moment. I am especially touched by “home,”  as I prepare to leave for India in just a couple of weeks! I am sending this email to invite you to the final class of the autumn Deepening Yoga series on saturday, December 8th at 8Petals, from 3pm to 5:30 pm; we will share our reflections in community circle on Sutra 1-33, that reminds us that tranquility and an inner state of yoga emerges through compassionate conduct in our relationships. We will also practice a bit of restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation together, sharing inner nourishment in silence and in community. The tuition is $20 to $30 sliding fee scale, and I am always open to trade if financial assistance is needed. Please let me know if you will be joining the circle on the 8th!

I include here the sutra 1-33 itself, and a blog entry I wrote a while back reflecting on one element of the sutra.

Sutra I-33   A clear and tranquil mind results from cultivating friendliness towards those who are happy, compassion towards those who suffer, joy towards the virtuous, and impartiality twoards wrong-doers.

 

 

Is it possible to align ourselves with what we find to be true and good without “condemnation”? Does condemnation have its place? To condemn, according to the dictionary I consulted, is “to declare to be reprehensible, wrong or evil, usually after weighing evidence and without reservation.” I know there are situations in close proximity, and afar, actions by individuals and collectives, and by formal governing bodies which I would easily judge and perhaps in my mind “condemn.” Does this Sutra tell me to follow an alternate course of action? I know it does not CONDEMN me for my impulse to judge!

When we judge, and we condemn we create separation, and ultimately yoga is a practice of union, of love, of communion. And yet we live in a world where at least for most of us, there is much to speak out against, and attempt to rectify, each of us having our small say, our one drop impact in the giant ocean of the world.

I myself will continue to make my attempts to align with what I perceive as justice and compassion, while trying to hold a larger view of imagining that Marshall Rosenberg is right in suggesting that any behavior we find reprehensible in another,  somehow tragically expresses an unmet need. I will hold the possibility of there being a larger picture, and elements of mystery beyond my individual understanding. While attempting to align myself with love, justice and kindness I will continue to wrestle with what is asked for in this Sutra as I try to comprehend impartiality as a way of nonjudging that still allows for me to stand up for what calls to me as fair and “right” on the world stage, whether it is in my small, immediate world, or in another country.

And I know my yoga practice helps me to maintain faith and peace within as I observe the world inside and around me.