Weekly Sacred Circles
Sunday Sacred Circle
|Sundays 5-6 pm|
|A Course in Miracles||Mondays 7-8:30 pm|
|Compassion in Action||Wednesdays 10:30 am-12 pm|
|Meditation||Wednesdays 5-6 pm|
|Dream Discovery||Thursdays 10:30 am-12 pm|
|Spiritual Journey Circle||Thursdays 6-7 pm|
Book Study: The First Love Story: Adam, Eve & Us
Wednesdays August 2-23 6:30-8 pm
It is time to take a new look at a very old story and reflect on what we might learn from “the first family.” The author, Bruce Feiler, relates how he began contemplating Adam and Eve obsessively while visiting the Sistine Chapel in Rome with his 8-year-old twin daughters. One of the girls examined the ceiling, saw the image of God pointing at Adam, and asked, “Why is there only a man? Where am I in the picture?” So begins a journey into our collective history of relationships, love, patriarchy, misogyny and balance. Join a discussion that brings Adam and Eve into our modern lives, to be studied in terms of their strengths, weaknesses and their resilience in relationship.
Facilitated by Joan McCaskill, spiritual director, MA and Celia Strickler, LCSW who completed the priestess training program at the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.
Introduction to Meditation
Saturday August 5 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Explore the expansive practice of meditation. Learn simple, peace-enhancing techniques to incorporate in to your daily life. Join DeeDee Jones for this 3-hour workshop to relieve stress, deepen self awareness and learn to face anxiety with peace of mind.
Facilitated by Delisha “DeeDee” Jones, certified yoga instructor, meditation facilitator & energy healer.
Book Study: Women Who Run with the Wolves
Mondays August 7-28 6:30-8 pm
Within every woman there lives a powerful instinctual force, passionate creativity and ageless knowing - the archetypal “Wild Woman” who culturally has been suppressed, caged into compliance. In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Dr. Estés unfolds fairytales to help us reawaken the fierce, healthy and visionary attributes of our own “wild woman.” This summer, we will work in- depth with three tales (one each month) to see how they illuminate our life patterns and perspectives.
The Handless Maiden - This fairytale is a path through a woman's initiation which can make her a strong and complete woman. Katharine Volk leads this exploration, looking at the tests and tasks of a journey that is not just a one-time occurrence, but a lifetime task.
Facilitated by Katharine Volk, LCSW, in training as a candidate with the Inner Regional Society of Jungian Analysts.
Deconstructing Technology Tension
Saturday August 12 9 am-12 pm
Every day we unknowingly create tension in our bodies from using cell phones and computers. What do you do when this tension turns into aches and pains? Yoga and breathwork to the rescue! Explore how to use your body and position yourself while doing these activities, and most importantly, learn how to unwind after use. Develop adaptive new responses to these always changing habits that can impact our health and well-bring. We will be working in chairs, mostly on the upper body (no mats required). Bring a notebook with you!
Facilitated by Tina Ufford RYT 200 through YogaSteps.
Prayer Flags: Signs of the Sacred
Sunday August 13 2-4 pm
Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. Design your own version of the “Tibetan Prayer Flags” which originated in the Himalaya Mountains of Tibet. A prayer flag is a colorful cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside. We will each create 2 flags on fabric. Embellish your flags with symbols, words, prayers or inspirational phrases of your choosing. Use paints and materials provided or bring anything that you feel your flags will need to make it special for you.
Facilitated by Antoinette Johnson, visual and intuitive artist, owner of Source Connect Studio and Gallery. She believes that we are all artists and when we focus on our creative energy, it calms and centers us.
Volunteer: Baton Rouge Food Bank
3rd Tuesdays August 15 10 am-12 pm
Location:10600 South Choctaw Dr. (Fraenkel Center)
Can you find time in your schedule? Just 2 hours helps provide food for the hungry in our community. The food bank counts on volunteers to help each year. All food donated must be sorted for distribution. That is where we come in: we will meet at the food bank to group or bag food. Join our team, call us today to volunteer. (Wear closed-toe shoes.)
Tuesday August 15 6:30-8:30 pm
Join us for a special night of Kundalini Yoga. We will learn yogic philosophy, basic yogic breath, intermediate breath and a physical exercise set. Enjoy 20 minutes of full rest (savasana), followed by beautiful singing and chanting and a meditation to align our egos with Universal Energy. This preparation is designed to allow us, once again, to experience our true nature.
Facilitated by Janet Sullivan, a licensed massage therapist practicing Shiatsu healing work for 20 years.
Community Healing and Meditation Night
3rd Wednesday August 16 6:30-8:30 pm
Experience intense peace, stillness and bliss through a guided “Meditation on Twin Hearts.” Together we set the intention of achieving peace and insight, reducing stress and generating success. Clear your energy body of stale and dirty energies and enjoy feeling revived and energized. Experience one-on-one sample healing sessions.
Facilitated by Pranic Healing Baton Rouge.
Suggested Donation $10
Isle of Woman: Nourishment for the Skin
Sunday August 20 2-4:30 pm
The Isle of Woman series blends herbal crafts with nourishing our relationship to Self. Classes are dynamic, hands-on and inspirational. Each course involves learning simple skills and crafts you can do at home for self-care on many levels.
Join this “Isle of Woman” class to learn to care for your skin, your largest organ of protection and deepen your awareness of what is good for your skin. Learn the basics of making your own herbal skin cream for hands and body. Take home a small jar made in class and easy instructions on how to make it yourself.
Facilitated by Megan Assaf, BFA, LMT, Certified Massage Therapist, Abdominal Massage and Craniosacral and Energy Therapies.
Product supplies included $25
Lunations: New Moon Ritual
Thursday August 20 6-7:30 pm
Join us as we tap into the cycle of the moon, a source for re-centering and re-grounding. Inspired by Christine Page's research on the "healing power of the sacred woman," our monthly gatherings on the evening of the new moon include discussion, meditation, music and a water ritual. Tap into your own power and let go of thoughts and feelings that no longer serve you. This gathering provides a safe, nourishing space for support. Learn more about Lunations here.
Facilitated by Lisa Bovenkamp-Langlois, who enjoys sharing this transformative ritual.
Painting from the Soul
Saturday August 26 9 am-4 pm
Join us for a fun, lively workshop to let loose and enjoy creating art. Line and color come alive as renowned artist, Billie Bourgeois, leads us in an intuitive painting experience. We’ll all “dance” the art of mark making to achieve images that satisfy the soul. This will be an exercise in allowing intuition and spontaneity to take over and spark insights into a new visual vocabulary.
Facilitated by Billie Bourgeois, local artist and teacher. MFA Painting and Drawing. She is certified in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and is a member of Mississippi Art Colony, and associated with Abbey Artworks, St Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA.