Weekly Sacred Circles

For details on these weekly circles, please click here.

 

Sunday Sacred Circle Zoom

Sundays 5-6 pm

Spiritual Ecology Circle Hybrid

Mondays 6-7:15 pm

A Course in Miracles 

Zoom

Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm

Compassion in Action Hybrid

Wednesdays 10:30 am-noon

Lynn Woodland's Miracles Zoom

Wednesdays  7-8:30pm

Dream Discovery Hybrid

Thursdays 10:30am - noon

Spiritual Journey Circle Hybrid

Thursdays 5-6 pm

AA Open Meeting Meditation In Person

Thursdays 7-8 pm
 

We Treasure You, Our Community

 

Please Note our New Printable Listing of January Programs.

We have some wonderful new facilitators and some of our old favorites returning, too. Some groups are meeting at The Red Shoes, some circles are meeting only on Zoom and some are gathering in person and on Zoom. However you choose to join us, we hope you find your experiences meaningful. If you wish to join us on Zoom, please register online the day before the start of class and we will email the link prior to class.

 

Yoga will remain in person and on Zoom.

 

We are eager to welcome you into our sacred space and into our warm, supportive community.

 

Wendy Herschman, Executive Director

Morning Yoga

Monday-Saturday   

8-9 am
Hybrid

 

Get your day off to a great start! Wake up the body and invigorate your mind and spirit with morning yoga. This integrated class offers a slow, meditative approach to yoga with a focus on breathing, core strength and proper body alignment. All levels of experience welcome.

 

Facilitated by Nichole Mena-Rovai, RYT 200, Jo Ann Ray, RYT 200,

Beth Tomlinson, RYT 500 and Tina Ufford, RYT 200, Zoe Klein, RYT 200

 

 $8 per class / 7 classes $48 (one class free)

One month unlimited $75 
Register

Compassion in Action

Wednesdays Weekly

Beginning February 1

10:30 am -12:00 pm

Hybrid

 

Be Present, Positive and as Extraordinary As Ever in Our Golden Years!

 

Compassion In Action gathers to expand awareness and support one another into action on the social issues we're confronted with in our society today. Two Old Broads: Stuff You Need to Know That You Didn't Know You Needed to Know, by M.E. Hecht and Whoopi Goldberg, uses humor to explore the challenges of aging: "You've survived the past; why not embrace the present and prepare for the future."

 

Join this thought provoking discussion as we begin a new book study focusing on a woman's perspective that allows for self-reflection and stirs us to individual and/or collective action in the larger community.

 

Facilitated by Compassion in Action Circle members.

  

Suggested Monthly Donation $20

  Register

Tai Chi

Wednesday Weekly

Beginning February 1

10:30 – 11:30 am

At The Red Shoes

 

Tai Chi is a wonderful mind-body exercise. Mind-body exercises combine body movement with mental focus and slow breathing. This combination supports relaxation and improves health and fitness. Clinical studies have shown that the slow, circular, and flowing movements enhance muscular strength, flexibility, and stamina while improving balance and posture.

 

In this beginner’s level class, you will practice the elements of a 14 move Yang style Tai Chi form. Come join us for this interesting and unique form of exercise that can be practiced throughout life. This is a very gentle exercise for all skill levels and no previous experience required.

 

Facilitated by Lisa Langlois, PhD, DMs, Reiki Master, and Meditation Teacher Certified as a Meditation Teacher by Natura Institute, Dr. Lisa has extensive practice and understanding of different meditation practices. 

 

 $12

Register

Outrunning Age: Workshop Series

Wednesdays Weekly

January 18 - February 8

6 - 7:30 pm

At The Red Shoes

 

Do you ever wonder how to stay positive in the face of the inevitable changes that getting older brings? We know we can’t actually outrun age, but we can learn to run wisely with it by challenging our self-imposed limitations with kindness. It's time to step forward and do the things that scare you. This experiential workshop based on Melinda Walsh’s upcoming book, Outrunning Age: Meeting Midlife with Courage, Compassion, and a Few Blisters will guide you to let go of limiting life patterns and unlock resilience, confidence, and optimism for what comes next in life.

 

Facilitated by Melinda Walshan award-winning communicator whose experience both in front of and behind the camera has made her an expert in the intentional use of story to make transformational shifts. Drawing from her experience as a mentor and certified ontological coach, Melinda is on a mission to help women rewrite their stories and step fully into their own power.

 

4 weeks/$50

  Register

Lynn Woodland’s Miracles Course

Wednesdays Weekly

Beginning February 1
7-8:15 pm Central Time 

Zoom Only

  

Live your miraculous life! Miracles take us out of the predictable and into the extraordinary where frequent serendipities, personal breakthroughs, and joy become the new normal. We are all capable of living a miraculous life.

  

February is Love and Relationship Month

No matter what the nature of our goals, aspirations, and heart’s desires, other people are one of our richest resources for helping us create what we most want in life—and we often overlook this precious resource.

 

Every Wednesday in February classes on

Attracting helpful, loving, and respectful people and interactions

Drawing less unpleasant interpersonal drama into our lives

Enhancing the overall quality of our personal communities

Calling in a specific kind of relationship such as a new romantic partner, teacher, clients, employer, future child, etc.

 

Sessions include information and exercises for applying spiritual principles to everyday life. They are experiential and interactive with opportunity to ask questions and receive personal input. Join any time. Drop in or attend regularly.

 

Facilitated by Lynn Woodland, creator of the Miracles Course, is an international teacher and human potential expert whose particular expertise is in what gives rise to miracles and in teaching ordinary people to live extraordinary lives so that miracles become, not just possible, but natural.  

 

Lynn is donating this year long study to The Red Shoes to support the growth of our Red Shoes community.

 

Learn More 

Suggested Weekly Minimum Donation $10

To Receive the Zoom Link: Register

Spiritual Journey Circle

Thursdays Weekly

Beginning February 2

5 - 6 pm

Hybrid

 

Begin your 2023 Spiritual Journey by joining us to study, The Liminal Odyssey: The Alchemical Power of the Spaces In-Between, by Sande Hart. Enjoy the rich spiritual texture of her words and the diversity of her life experience that unfolds through her stories. We will move from our heads into our hearts, opening to wisdom. Together, we will begin the year in a space of becoming... aware of the Heroine's Journey and the opportunities along the path.

For our first class, please read An Invitation, Introduction and Chapter One.
To get to know a little about the remarkable author https://www.sandehart.com/

As a circle of seekers, we immerse in diverse spiritual teachings. Share in discussions that enrich life on a deep, personal level. Return weekly for spiritual connection and community.

 

Facilitated by Wendy Herschman, Executive Director of The Red Shoes, & Spiritual Journey Circle members.

Monthly suggested donation $20

  Register

Gentle Yoga
Thursdays  Weekly

Beginning February 2

5:30 - 6:30 pm

At The Red Shoes

 

In a supportive setting, enjoy a gentle practice that will help quiet the mind, increase your energy and stretch your body. Yoga weaves together body, mind and spirit in a healing and refreshing way. Classes include a combination of yoga postures, breathing practices and meditation. All levels are welcome.

 

Facilitated by Nichole Mena-Rovai, RYT-200.

$8 per class / 7 for $48

  Register

AA Open Meeting Meditation
Thursdays  Weekly

Beginning February 2

7 - 8 pm

At The Red Shoes

  

Together we explore guided meditation and share our experience, strength & hope toward living a Sober Life.

Sunday Sacred Circle: Matters of the Heart

Sundays Weekly

Beginning February 4

5-6 pm

1st Sunday at The Red Shoes only

Other Sundays by Zoom

 

Nourish your spirit: a time of introspection, ecumenical and inter-religious unity expressed through prayer, chanting, inspirational readings and silence with Spirit.

  

Facilitated by inspired members of the circle.

 

Donations Appreciated

 

Book Study: The Wisdom of Not Knowing

Mondays Weekly

Beginning February 6

noon -1:30 pm

Hybrid

 

Have you noticed a certain discomfort when you are not in control? Do you want to know how things will turn out? Join us to discuss concepts and experience exercises and meditations taken from The Wisdom of Not Knowing, by Estelle Frankel, an exploration of the challenges and possibilities of the unknown. We will draw from other sources that reveal that the unknown is a deep current that runs throughout all religions and mystical traditions. It can be a source of paralyzing fear or a starting point for transformation and creativity. We will try to grow our personal tolerance for “not knowing.”

 

Facilitated by Joan McCaskill, MA, Spiritual Director.

    $40 / For 4 Weeks

   Register

A Course in Miracles

Mondays Weekly 

Beginning February 6

6:30-8:00 pm

Zoom Only

 

Seeking happiness and peace? Our weekly study of A Course in Miracles is a powerful, life-changing course. This universal spiritual teaching offers daily exercises to raise awareness of love’s presence, and through forgiveness, heal relationships. Join us to discuss the daily exercises and build a circle of support for this transformative inner work.

 

Facilitated by Jamie Allison, who has studied A Course in Miracles for many years.

 

Monthly suggested donation $20
To Receive the Zoom Link: Register

Spiritual Ecology Circle

Mondays Weekly

Beginning February 6

6:00 -7:15 pm

Hybrid

 

The evolution of Spiritual Ecology Circle has brought us to choose our new book Spiritual Ecology: THE CRY of the EARTH, a collection of essays by authors who fostered the emergence of the "Spiritual Ecology Movement". We will be learning from the writings of Joanna Macy, Thich Nhat Hanh, Wendell Berry, Bill Plotkin, Sandra Ingerman & Others.

 

Through weekly discussions, we will reclaim and strengthen our capacity to face planetary crises and respond with unexpected resilience and creative power.

 

To find out more about the Spiritual Ecology Circle, click here

 

Facilitated by members of Spiritual Ecology Circle.

 

Monthly suggested donation $20

Register

Tai Chi

Tuesday Weekly

Beginning February 7

4:30 – 5:30 pm

At The Red Shoes

 

Tai Chi is a wonderful mind-body exercise. Mind-body exercises combine body movement with mental focus and slow breathing. This combination supports relaxation and improves health and fitness. Clinical studies have shown that the slow, circular, and flowing movements enhance muscular strength, flexibility, and stamina while improving balance and posture.

 

In this beginner’s level class, you will practice the elements of a 14 move Yang style Tai Chi form. Come join us for this interesting and unique form of exercise that can be practiced throughout life. This is a very gentle exercise for all skill levels and no previous experience required.

 

Facilitated by Lisa Langlois, PhD, DMs, Reiki Master, and Meditation Teacher Certified as a Meditation Teacher by Natura Institute, Dr. Lisa has extensive practice and understanding of different meditation practices. 

 $12

Register

A Conversation with Jeff Tweedy

Manship Partnership Event
Tuesday, February 7   

7:30 pm

At Shaw Center for the Arts

 

Join us for a conversation with Jeff Tweedy about his new book How to Write One Song: LOVING THE THINGS WE CREATE AND HOW THEY LOVE US BACK.

Jeff Tweedy brings his captivating storytelling to live events for fans, performers, or anyone who wants to make more room for art in their lives. Beyond stories from his incredible career, Tweedy gives concrete advice on working through a creative block, becoming comfortable with failure, and bringing play back into the creative process.

Hailed by George Saunders as “our great, wry, American consolation poet,” Jeff Tweedy opened up about his past, his music, and the people who inspired him in his New York Times bestselling memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back). This long-awaited memoir contained never-before-told stories about childhood and family, career and collaborators, addiction and mental health, honesty, and morality. His follow-up 2020 book, How to Write One Song, not only brings readers into the intimate process of songwriting, but reaches beyond music to stress the importance of making space for creativity as a balanced part of life. 

Please register and pay by February 6 at noon.


Discounted Ticket Price $40

  Register

Dream Discovery: A Portal to the Source

2nd & 4th Thursdays Monthly

Beginning February 9 & 23

10:30 am - noon

Hybrid

 

Begin a new year of self-discovery through dream work. We will enrich our discussion with an ongoing study of Dreams, A Portal to the Source , by Edward C. Whitmont & Sylvia Brinton Perera.

 

Discover more about yourself as you learn to work with your dreams. The language of dreams offers valuable insights into understanding your relationships, your choices, your past and your future. Basic elements of Carl Jung’s work are a part of this exploration. While studying and sharing dreams, we learn ways to understand them in a meaningful way.

 

Facilitated by Joan McCaskill, Spiritual Director, MA.

Monthly $20
Register

Pride & Prejudice Presented by Aquila Theatre -- Manship Partnership Event
Sunday, February 12   

2:00 pm

At Shaw Center for the Arts

 

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

 

Published in 1813, Jane Austen's ultimate romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice, has stood the test of time. As the Bennet sisters try to navigate their way toward love and marriage, Austen humorously skewers the hypocrisies and absurdities of the English class system, and puts the thoughts and feelings of her women characters front and center. Filled with unforgettable characters, this sharp social satire has it all: wit, romance and lots of dancing!

 

Aquila Theatre will bring this classic thrillingly to life with its signature passion, energy, and visual flair. The New Yorker says that “Aquila’s productions are beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.”

  

Please register and pay by February 10 at 3pm.


Discounted Ticket Price $20

  Register

Volunteer: Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank 
Tuesday,  February 14  10 am - 12 pm

Location: 10600 S Choctaw Dr.  
(Fraenkel Center) 

 

Can you offer two hours that will make a big difference? Join our team, register to volunteer below. Help The Food Bank achieve their mission to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge - especially at this time when the need has grown. All food 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.

 

Wear Closed-toe shoes/No Fee 

Register

Community Healing Clinic

2nd Wednesdays Monthly

February 14

6:00-8:00 pm

At The Red Shoes

 

Experience 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 and enjoy feeling revived and energized. Pranic Healing® sessions are offered after the meditation, as time permits.  

 

Facilitated by Lisa Hernandez and Pat ColeLisa Hernandez is a Life Coach and has been using Energy Healing with her clients for over 20 years. She attributes Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga with strengthening her spirituality and intuition, and enhancing her healing ability. Pat Cole has been studying and practicing Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga for many years. Her mission is to introduce the benefits of Pranic Healing to others through healing clinics and workshops, to enhance both their healing abilities and spiritual growth.

 

Suggested donation $10

  Register

Restore, Refresh, Renew: Meditation

Wednesday, February 15

5 - 6 pm

At The Red Shoes

Have You Been Wanting to Try a Meditation Practice?
Time to clear away the fog and see the light of your inspiration. Guided Meditation and Visualization will quiet and calm your mind, opening you to a new sense of peace. Join Robyn Vie-Carpenter-Brisco, aka Goddess of Joy, for an enlightening, joyful, evening meditation class that is sure to create more space and clarity of the mind, and brighten your inner and outer world.

 

Facilitated by Robyn Vie-Carpenter-Brisco, Spiritual Life Coach, Author of Let's Get Stoned: Using Stones & Crystals, teaching spiritual empowerment to lead you to a life that rocks!

$5

  Register

Creativity with Community 225: Self-Love is Divine Love

Saturday, February 25

10:00-3:00 pm

At The Red Shoes

 

Five fabulous local teachers will offer four ways to use creative, spiritual practice to celebrate and honor the Self.

Declaring February 25225 - a community day of Self-Love! 

 

Experience various forms of spiritual practice to express Self-Love, celebrating all that we bring to the world and how we contribute to making Baton Rouge a great place to live and love. 

 

Holding Our Vision of Love for Self

Our host and facilitatorRobyn Vie-Carpenter-Brisco will engage us in using stones and crystals to anchor in the principle of Self-Love daily. 

 

Exploring Poetry as a Spiritual Practice

Rev. Larrye-Marie Heyl will invite us into relationship with poetry,  receiving the message of a poem from various viewpoints, with time for journaling about your experience of what you see, feel, and "hear."

 

Creating Love for Self

Robin McAndrew inspires: Encourage your full creative Self to bloom using exercises that will help tap into your imagination, see things from a unique perspective, and then craft from your creative heart.

 

“Love is”

Ciara Arielle and Derrineshia Porter will be using journaling with musical influences, reflection, and Self-letters as a path to healing and self-love.

We’ll have time to learn together and from one another.  Be sure to bring your favorite lunch and snacks, a water bottle and your journal.

 

Facilitated by Robyn Vie-Carpenter-Brisco, spiritual life coach, teacher and author of, Let's Get Stoned - using stones and crystals to create a life that rocks

 

Instructors:

 

Rev. Larrye-Marie Heyl, spiritual leader of Centers for Spiritual Living Southeast Louisiana, and teacher and facilitator of numerous workshops and classes designed, as she describes it, “to expand your spiritual territory."

 

Robin Mc Andrew has been teaching, promoting, and planning art for the past 15 years. She currently manages BREC art programs throughout the parish.

 

Ciara Arielle (Founder) and Derrineshia Porter (Co-Founder) of I’M Possible Movement says their purpose is to serve as a resource for individuals to cope, heal, and develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

$44

  Register

Memory: Creating a Sacred Space Within

Sunday, February 26

2:00-4:00 pm

At The Red Shoes

 

Many of us have experienced loss in the past few years and the pandemic stripped away a sense of community and many of our rituals. Together, we will pause to remember and to touch into the sacred space where we store all that we love.

 

In memory of Susan Lambert and Pat Godfrey, we are welcoming one of Susan's favorite teachers, "that lady rabbi," Rabbi Yael Levy, named as one of "America's Most Inspiring Rabbis". As the founder and rabbinic director of A Way In, Rabbi Yael’s teachings offer “a way in” to spiritual practice and awareness that addresses universal issues using the language of Jewish tradition. Yael will use Text study and Psalms, woven together with meditation and creative response, to create a sacred path leading us to our inner space of healing, holiness and wholeness. Rabbi Yael Levy will join us only on Zoom. 

 

After our inspiring program, we will create a memory circle for sharing in community, followed by a reception. Please consider bringing small "pick up" food that can be enjoyed at our reception. We look forward to being in this healing community. 

Suggested minimum donation $10

  Register

In Conversation with Vimalasara

Monday, February 27

6-8 pm

At The Red Shoes

 

This is an opportunity to explore the literary works of Vimalasara. Curious about how to Emancipate your heart, or about the 8 Buddhist Steps to Recovery, and the Afrikan Wisdom that we can all benefit from? Come for a lively conversation, about Freedom, Gender, and Race. 

 

Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John, M.A (hon.doc) is a public speaker and master trainer in the field of conflict transformation, leadership and mindfulness. Valerie has been practicing mindfulness for over 30 years and is one of the leading African-descent voices in the field of mindfulness and addiction. Valerie is the award-winning author of 10 books, and the co-author and co-founder of Eight Step Recovery: Using The Buddha’s Teaching to Overcome Addiction.

Suggested Minimum Donation $20

  Register

Women Remembering: Facets of the Sacred Feminine 

Last Tuesday Monthly

February 28

5:30-6:45 pm

Zoom Only

 

Join Anne Scott, an inspired leader of women's circles across the country, for an intimate monthly circle of sharing and witnessing: How do we cherish our inner light and live it into the world? How do we remember and embody our connection to the earth? The circle will include a short silent meditation of the heart, and time for sharing and discussion. 

 

Facilitated by Anne Scott, Founding Director of Dreamweather Foundation

 
Suggested Minimum Donation $15

  Register