Weekly Sacred Circles

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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

Compassion in Action 
Wednesdays    10:30 am -12:00 pm


Join our circle and participate in the Summer Speaker Series which will enlarge our social justice awareness. Local speakers will come to discuss initiatives bringing positive change to our community. 


August 1 - Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, Rosa Gomez-Herrin
August 8 - Mental Health in Baton Rouge, Sheidra Boutte
August 15 - Mothers of Black Boys United, Davondra Brown
August 22 - 100 Black Women of Baton Rouge, Dr. Leah Cullins
August 29 - VOTE (Voice of the Experienced), Checo Yancey


Suggested Monthly Donation $20


Be Your Healthiest Self

Wednesday      August 1     6:30-8 pm


Why do we crave carbs and sweets so much? Well, Ellen says, "It's not our fault, those foods are addictive, and the food industry knows it!" Learn why we crave certain foods and how to manage and overcome the cravings. Explore the health risks of excess sugar and artificial sweeteners and which natural sweeteners are the healthiest. Leave with valuable handouts.

Facilitated by Ellen Bander, Certified Health Coach, MA.



Fermentation and Gut Health: Why and How?

Saturday     August 4     3-4:30 pm


This free fermentation class is part of Cultured Guru's initiative to make microbiome health accessible to all. Join us for this informational session on gut microbiome health, probiotics, and safely fermenting vegetables at home. Session includes a live demonstration on how to make sauerkraut at home. Cultured Guru fermented foods and fermentation supplies will be available for purchase after the class.


Facilitated by Cultured Guru owners, Microbiologist Kaitlynn Fenley and Photographer Scott Chachere.


Everybody Has a Story - Everybody Has a Song!

Sunday      August 5      2:30-4:30 pm


Explore the art of “song building” in a supportive atmosphere where musical ability is not necessary. Cindi DiMarco, a local singer-songwriter, will help navigate the tapping of your unsung song and shape it into an affirmation of joy. She will perform some of her original songs and talk about her process of writing before leading us in guided meditation to both ground us and help gather the beautiful energy of the song catcher that resides within. Working with a unifying theme and chorus, we will create together. Come ready to meet you inner Muse.


Facilitated by Cindi DiMarco, local acoustic singer/song writer. She has recently released a cd of original music “All Are One.” Cindi is also a Reiki Master Teacher. and is studying to become a Shamanic Facilitator.



Book Study: The Way: Using the Wisdom of Kabbalah for Spiritual Transformation and Fulfillment
Mondays      August 6-27      6:30-8 pm


“I would ask you to open yourself to the possibility that this is the exact moment when you are most ready to discover these teachings and take them to heart.” — Michael Berg, author

Kabbalah has emerged from being a hidden treasure of Jewish mysticism to a way of thinking and living that is supporting people from every walk of life in improving their lives. The teachings of kabbalah are action-oriented, it is a dynamic tool to use in daily life. We will explore the understandings and ideas behind the action.  In The Way, Berg notes, Kabbalah explores “the interwoven nature of wisdom and action, and the ultimate purpose they share, which is the transformation of our souls.” Join this inquiry into relationships: Creator and Created, life and death, suffering and peace.

Facilitated by Joan McCaskill, Spiritual Director, MA.



Workshop: Introduction to Pranic Healing

Tuesday      August 7      6:30-8:30 pm


In this experiential workshop learn how to use Prana/Life Force to accelerate your body’s ability to heal itself. Discover how energy affects you physically, emotionally, mentally & spiritually. Learn how to purge negative thoughts and energies that prevent you from becoming prosperous and successful. Explore simple techniques to stay calm and mentally clear in stressful situations.

Facilitated by Pat Cole, a disciple of Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui and an introduction leader of his courses. Pat leads the monthly Pranic Healing Clinic at The Red Shoes and does private and distant healing sessions.



Beyond the Book: New Professional Women's Networking Book Group

2nd Wednesdays    August 8      6:30-8:00 pm


Join this monthly gathering of professional women ready to step up in their lives and careers. This book group is not your Mama’s book club. We are a community of action takers. For four months, we will network with like-minded women to “activate” lessons learned in each month’s book.


Beyond the Book is for you if you want a supportive network of leaders who are ready to elevate to their next personal best! At each gathering, we will create a list of “best for you” action steps. If you don’t get a chance to read the book in advance ... No worries, we will have a print out of “top takeaways,” so you’ll stay front and center in the discussion. No leader left behind. (The August book will be announced at prior gatherings.)


Facilitated by Monique Moliere Piper, MA, a Keynote Speaker, 2x time Best-Selling Author and Founder of Piper Training International LLC, a global success coaching and training company.

Each month $10


A Taste of Zen: Meditation and Koan Discussion

Sunday      August 12      3-4:30 pm


The great Way is not difficult
If you just don’t pick and choose.
~ Sengcan

Curious about Zen? Led by an ordained monk, we will experience sitting mediation and working with a koan. A koan is a set of words that evoke a non-conceptual experience that Zen Buddhists use to promote a shift in perspective from which to view the world and the self. It is up to the student to let go of mental constructs and open to the deeper meaning of the koan. Guidance on posture & sitting practice will be offered.


Facilitated by Gary Muso Pettigrew, an ordained monk in the White Plum Zen Lineage who leads No Hindrance Zen. After 10 years of Koan training, he is authorized to teach. Gary is a psychotherapist in Baton Rouge.


Suggested donation $10


Twin Hearts Meditation and Pranic Healing 

3rd Wednesdays    August 15    6:30-8:30 pm


Mid-week – mid-month stress have you down? Join us for an evening of rejuvenation and healing with energetic cleansing and meditation. We begin with light stretching followed by the “Meditation on Twin Hearts.” Based on the Prayer of St. Francis, this guided meditation activates the heart and crown energy centers by blessing the world with loving kindness. Afterwards, participants receive a personalized healing session with a trained Pranic Healing practitioner.


Facilitated by Pat Cole & Rita Riggio and trained students of Master Cho Kok Sui and members of Pranic Healing of Baton Rouge.


Suggested Donation $10


The Graceful Sovereign:
Manifesting Your True Purpose


Pasha Hogan
Mind-Body Therapist, Author,
Three-Time Cancer Survivor
Friday       August 17    7-9 pm
Saturday  August 18    10 am-5 pm
Sunday     August 19    10:30 am-1 pm


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Volunteer: Baton Rouge Food Bank 

3rd Tuesdays    August 21    10 am-12 pm

Location: 10600 South Choctaw Dr. (Fraenkel Center)


The Food Bank’s mission is to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes. Can you offer two hours that will make a big difference? All food donated must be sorted and categorized for distribution. That is where we come in: we will meet at the food bank to sort or bag food. Join our team, call today to volunteer.


 Wear closed-toe shoes / No Fee


Body Wisdom: Empower the Healer Within

Wednesday      August 22      6:30-8:30 pm


Learn from Brent Baum, a trauma resolution specialist, how trauma manifests as illness and pain in the Bodymind. This pain is an invitation to spiritual awakening and emotional healing. In this age of random violence, sexual abuse and elevated levels of anxiety, explore the innate wisdom of the Bodymind to map and reveal the path to wholeness and integration. Discover tools to "take us out of trances induced by stress and trauma" and return us to optimal health. 


In addition to this workshop, private appointments may be scheduled. Brent will see clients August 23 and August 27 at The Red Shoes.  Contact Antoinette Kleinpeter at (225) 247-8202 or email majk1111@cox.net to schedule an appointment.


Facilitated by Brent Baum, a trauma resolution and relapse prevention specialist who developed “Holographic Memory Resolution®.” Through his work with over 30,000 trauma survivors, he has discovered breakthrough principles that help in healing and development.  An interdisciplinary specialist in fields of trauma, spirituality, and addictions, Brent travels throughout the world providing workshops, training, and lectures on new and innovative strategies for resolving trauma.