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New Year News

I am glad to let you know that the $400 generated by the two Solstice Candlelight classes was donated to Lydia Place and The Lighthouse Mission. Many thanks for participating in benefitting these important local organizations and helping those without resources for a home in our community.

If you would like to attend the day retreat Jillian and I will teach this coming Saturday at Stillpoint on prayer and embodiment, please visit the Stillpoint at Beckside website. I understand there are a few places left! http://stillpointatbeckside.com

I look forward to resuming yoga classes at Turtle Haven next week. Please do preregister in case classes fill.

May the New Year kindle the light of generative hope in our hearts; I remain full of gratitude to share a path with you.

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Teaching with Jillian at Stillpoint: January 6th

IMG_0304“Someone’s Praying Lord”… and They Have a Body!

The term “embodiment” invites us into a more holistic and integrated way of living in relation to the Divine. Many of us have limited connection with our body’s inherent wisdom, however when we witness and listen deeply to this trusted source, we may find more direct connection to our bodies as messengers and vessels for Soul and Spirit. In this experiential day of reflectection, we will engage in breathing practices, embodied awareness practices, and creative expression which will help us live into a more integrated, spiritually informed presence.

Facilitators:
Elizabeth Kerwin is a psychotherapist and classical Certified Iyengar yoga teacher, engaged at the heart of her life in her own Interspiritual search which began in her Catholic childhood, now circling back to those roots, infused with decades of yoga and meditation practice that have informed her adult vision.

Jillian Froebe, an ordained Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Companion and Authentic Movement teacher, with in depth psychological training, values the rich gifts and wisdom teachings of all faith traditions and embodied, direct experience. She offers compassionate soul care, guidance, and mentoring to individuals, partners and groups, with a focus on contemplative and creative practices.

Turtle Haven Sanctuary is where Elizabeth and Jillian live, practice and teach. They welcome seekers to this nature based environment and will soon host self-guided or accompanied retreats at the Turtle Haven Forest Hermitage.

Date and Time: Saturday, January 6th, from 9:00am to 3:30pm
Place: Stillpoint at Beckside Spirituality Center, 1625 Huntley Road, Bellingham Fee: $55.00 (full and partial scholarships available upon request)
Contact: Linda Conroy lnd.conroy@gmail.com

Winter Classes Registration!

The New Year nearly upon us, I am sharing this beautiful poem I read at the end of the Winter Quarter! It is Annunciation by Marie Howe:

Even if I don’t see it again—nor ever feel it
I know it is—and that if once it hailed me
it ever does—
And so it is myself I want to turn in that direction
not as towards a place, but it was a tilting
within myself,
as one turns a mirror to flash the light to where
it isn’t—I was blinded like that—and swam
in what shone at me
only able to endure it by being no one and so
specifically myself I thought I’d die
from being loved like that.

For those planning to attend class in Winter Quarter, registrations in advance are suggested, in case the classes fill!  Please see the flyer here for details. I look forward to practicing with you as the the next season unfolds, and the dark days of winter begin to yield to light and new beginnings.

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Chanting Sutra 3.35 Patanjali YS

In class today we chanted the sutra that is in this clip, with a well know East Coast Iyengar Sanskrit teacher. For those interested in continuing to work with this sutra, here is a link to the video: http://chantwithleslie.com/chanting-patanjali-yoga-sutra-3-35-by-leslie-freyberg/

 

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Winter Solstice and Winter Quarter!

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Ravi on the Bhagavad Gita

One last reminder of the public talk, meant as initiation for the weekend retreatants, and a stand alone for those coming for a taste of the teachings! The timing is 7pm at 8Petals,  1317 Commercial Street, tomorrow November 10th upstairs!  Please bring cash if Ravi’s books may be of interest. The requested donation, partially contributed toward’s Maher and Sister Lucy’s vision, is $15-$20, sliding scale, again in cash please. We have no plastic set up for our tiny potatoes operation. Please consider bringing friends and family, and all the places that overlaps! 1c3dc6181a7455b9d63ac1167da8e96d-1

A reminder that Ravi will offer his presence and wisdom this Friday, focussed on the Bhagavad Gita from 7 to 9pm at 8Petals, suggested donation $15 to $20, with a large portion of proceeds donated to Maher. No advance registration! Please come and bring your friends and family. There will be a selection of Ravi’s books for sale; please bring cash or check if you wish to make a purchase.

If you or another whom you know is interested in coming last minute, and would not be able to afford tuition, pease contact me about scholarship monies that just became available! Email turlehavenpilgrim@gmail.com or call 360-303-3892.

(Green) Ravi Weekend

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Lois, local poet and yogi, shared these words after Tuesday’s class, so I thought I would share them with whomever reads this blog post!  As far as we can tell, they were inspired by the Talmud, from our online research. Meanwhile, the photograph honors  the shrine tenders, who grace Patanjali’s post on the Turtle Haven land with beautiful flowers, and now a trinity of little orange pumpkins who smile at me each time I walk by…. may we each find small blessings such as these words, this pumpkin, these flowers, and the loveliness of Autumn, as we witness the profound challenges of the world and the earth itself at this time:

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
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Fall Quarter Yoga Schedule

Greetings! Just so all are aware, the Fall flyer did not indicate that classes will NOT happen the week of Thanksgiving, on Tuesday morning, nor Wednesday evening!

Enjoy the beauty of the season. Meditation on a pumpkin anyone? A few words from Henry David Thorea, great lover of the Bhagavad Gita:

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

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