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Ravi Ravindra Returns!

A wonderful new version of the Bhagavad Gita was born into the world of fine literature this past Spring, as Ravi Ravindra’s new translation and commentary on this remarkable text was published by Shambhala Press. Turtle Haven will have the honor of hosting Ravi in teaching on this major text, and its profound subject matter this November 10th through 12th. Please note that there is a substantial Early Bird discount for those registering by September 5th. Also, for those interested in staying nearby on Rutsatz Road, there will be room for a few participants to have overnight accommodations. Please see the flyer in this post for further details. For those on my mailing list, an email with the flyer and additional information will be forthcoming. I have just received another batch of Ravi’s book for those who wish to purchase the text.

(Green) Ravi Weekend



Sound Healing Event at Turtle Haven

Our neighbors Dean and Dudley are once again bringing a classical Indian musician to Bellingham! A special sound healing workshop will be happening at 7:30 pm at Turtle Haven, and I am really excited for this– my favorite listening to Indian music has happened as I have heard the passionate and deeply gifted Mishras offer their beautiful music in Bellingham over many years. Imagining this sound in an interactive workshop is magical. I am including the flyer for Bellingham. Please visit the Soundings of the Planet website for details of events in our area, July 8th through 11th, including the one at Turtle Haven. PLEASE NOTE:  All registration details will be handled by Soundings of the Planet!

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Summer Yoga

Settling back into life at Turtle Haven and beyond, I am posting again the Summer Yoga flyer! I look forward to teaching through this time of such great warmth and blossoming forth, and to seeing many of you in our times of practing together. Please do register if you plan to come. For those who come regularly, but will be on trips for a portion of the summer classes, let me know if you need a partial sign up.  Registered students are welcome to come to either class each week, or to both, for making up a class!

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Yoga Schedule Updates from My Journey!

Greetings Friends! I have been on a marvelous journey in the South of France and in Ireland for nearly a month, and am on the verge of traveling homeward. As can often be the case, little bits of “the word from home” travel my way in a glimpsed email or two, and I am aware that there may be confusion regarding schedule. The classes for Spring will culminate this coming week, that of the 19th, with restorative classes I will teach, full of gratitude for the continuity of study and practice that has been carried by Constance and Charlotte in my absence. Tuesday June 20th, and Wednesday June 21st will be the last classes of the Spring quarter, and then classes for summer will begin after we have sailed through the 4th of July holiday, beginning the week of July 10th. For this moment I share this portal of light from a megalithic site, one of many we visited in Ireland, as I look forward to reuniting with my Whatcom county life, and all its many blessings. IMG_1533


Summer Classes with Elizabeth

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Join us at the Deming Library!

We will have a second round of council, and a shared meal on Thursday April 27th for our Project Neighborly grant! We hope you can join us; this time there will be an opportunity to begin a quilt piece if you like. Please do let me know if you plan to attend. Since we hope for people of diverse points of view, it is wonderful if we encourage folks to come who may not share our own ideologies, and social and political perspectives. The project is really about exploring what keeps us connected and working together, in our common interests and values that help us transcend the apparent divisions of the moment.Stitching the Fabric of Difference Deming 04-2017

Spring Yoga

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Project Neighborly

Stitching the Fabric of Difference Deming 03-2017Greetings! In hopes that some of you may wish to partake of pizza and neighborliness in a conversation to be held at the Deming Library this coming Thursday on March 30th at 6:30 pm, here is a letter we sent out via email this past week. In these days of deepening divides, here is an opportunity to find community connection despite the differences.

Our conversation is part of a larger project called Stitching the Fabric of Difference: Our American Quilt for which we received a “Project Neighborly” Whatcom Community Foundation grant, just after the election and in the wake of the deepening recognition of some great divides in our very own Whatcom County community as well as in communities across the nation. The conversation will be part of the inspiration for the creation of a quilt, a tangible reflection of what binds us in a community that works and plays together, as we stand by and help each other regardless of our differences. Certainly our most recent experiences throughout the winter storms and silver thaw are evidence that we are indeed “neighborly.”
Our first gathering will feature Sheryl Fullner speaking about the significance of community quilt making throughout American history. We will engage in our conversation and share locally prepared pizza together! We look forward to a lively and engaging evening with friends and neighbors in a circle of varying opinions, respectfully noting our differences, as we simultaneously discover and honor that which connects us. Quilt squares and directions on embellishing them will also be available that evening.
Please send an email letting Elizabeth know of your plan to come, and how many will be in your party, so we can estimate how much food we will need!
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Deming Library on the 30th!
We would appreciate you helping us to spread the word, by passing this along to others in our community.
Elizabeth and Jillian

Full Dimensionality

Lois points out that I shared a condensed version of the Rabindranath Tagore quote! Here is the full quote, with gratitude to Lois.

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”

Yes, there is much added beauty in knowing the bird SINGS upon feeling the light.

Gems From Class: March 14th, 2017

I was asked to share some quotes, and am doing that here!
The first is from a few weeks back, and is a quote from Rabindranth Tagore on faith:

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.

The next is from the Dalai Lama on compassion, that seems especially relevant at present:

You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them — for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.

Lois shared these words from Andrew Harvey:
A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an
authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal
juggernaut of history.

On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual
and psychological self-awareness will only perpetuate the problem it is
trying to solve, however righteous its intentions.

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