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

Learn To Meditate for Stress Release and Healing Friday     February 1     6:30-8 pm


"By Practicing Stillness, one becomes aware of the Divine Presence within one's Self.”
Master Choa Kok Sui


Join us for a powerful introductory talk to learn the purpose of meditation and how it can help you manage stress, connect with intuition, experience forgiveness and embrace your strength. Learn the powerful "Meditation on Twin Hearts" to calm your emotions and connect with inner peace and a sense of the divine.

Facilitated by Misagh Naderi, a disciple of Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui and an introduction leader of his courses. Focusing on health, Misagh has a PhD in Biochemistry.



Reframing Our Story:  Words Matter
Saturday     February 2     10 am-3 pm


The stories we tell about ourselves and our experiences shape our present and future. We’ll work with a personal story that we see as a not so good experience and change our perception of the story and the emotions it evokes by using different words to retell the story. Become conscious of the power of your words and how their vibrational frequencies can be felt in the body through our involuntary emotional reactions. This technique brings us back into our bodies, promoting healthy body awareness and brings us into “the now” as we practice true reality story telling.

Facilitated by Tammy Zechman, certified Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapist, Abraham Hicks Law of Attraction coach and Intuitive Therapist. Tammy has a BA in Philosophy and Religion. 



Author Talk: Reckoning with Our Roots

Sunday     February 3     2-4 pm


“I’m tired of carting around decades of rage and shame about my white people.”

Author Joan Wynne tells the story of her love hate relationship with the south in this book of essays that awakens the past as a path to healing. Her ambivalence, she explains, began when she was 8 years old: she saw a magazine photo of men and women swinging chains threateningly at young black children, trying to integrate a school. From that moment on, Wynne wrestled with the good, the bad, and the ugly of the southern experience. She challenges us to confront the country’s past and present institutional tyranny, so we can ultimately come home to our nation’s founding ideals. Join us as Wynne examines power and privilege, and wonders, ”are we serious about sacrificing privilege so equity might finally begin to bloom in America?”

Facilitated by Joan Wynne, author, educator, Florida International Community retired professor and winner of the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award.  Dr. Wynne is the author of Reckoning with Our Roots: Unearthing Injustice to Find Our Way Home.



Sunday Sacred Circle 

Sundays    Beginning February 3   5-6 pm


Nourish your spirit. Enjoy a time of introspection, an inter-religious, ecumenical experience for those yearning to unite through prayer, chanting, inspirational readings and silence with Spirit.


Facilitated by inspired members of the circle.

Donations appreciated


The Path of Descent is the Path of Transformation: 

Talks from Richard Rohr's Conspire Conference

Mondays   Feb 4-18   10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Continue this study based on Center for Action and Contemplation’s 2018 CONSPIRE conference:

How do we change and grow? How do we become our most whole and holy selves, deeply connected with God and others? The mystics of many spiritual traditions teach the path of descent—surrender, generative self-emptying—as the way of transformation. Learn with Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, Brian McLaren, Barbara Brown Taylor and Mirabai Starr. Open heart, mind and body to the wisdom found in darkness and descent.


Facilitated by Kerri D’Amico, a student of Richard Rohr’s Living School for Action and Contemplation.

$10 per Session


A Course in Miracles 

Mondays      Beginning February 4     7-8:30 pm


Seeking happiness and peace? Join our weekly study of A Course in Miracle, a powerful, life-changing course that guides us to happiness and peace. Enjoy the miracles of life. 


Facilitated by Nic Ourso, who has studied A Course in Miracles for many years.


Suggested Monthly Donation $20


Zen in the West:

An Introductory Short Course 

Mondays    February 4-25   7-8:30 pm


Join us to learn Zen basics to build a meaningful life practice. Each week we will deepen our understanding.

Feb 4 - What is Zen? How is this ancient practice relevant to my life?

Feb 11- Sitting Practice (Zazen) Explore mindfulness, posture, and presence.

Feb 18 - Koan Practice: Great Doubt and Awakening

Feb 25 - Morality (Compassionate Life Practice) - Explore three perspectives on manifesting the precepts.

Facilitated by: Gary Muso Pettigrew Hoshi, an ordained monk and Dharma holder in the White Plum Zen Buddhist lineage, and Shelby Jukai Gallagher, B.A. in Religious Studies.


Donation per class $10


Tools to Discover Peace: Meditation 

Tuesdays     February 5-26     6-7 pm


Meditation helps us to stop doing and start being. We will enjoy practicing basic meditation techniques that help us to enter the meditative mind state. Beginners and advanced practitioners of meditation welcome.

Week 1: The relaxation response - Meditation: progressive muscle relaxation, create your sacred space (guided meditation)

Week 2: Stress management, slowing down your breathing - Meditation: chakra breathing, using nature sounds to relax (whales)

Week 3: Brain waves, brain wave entrainment, trance - Meditation: drumming patterns

Week 4: Pillars of meditation, mantra, raising your vibrations - Meditation: musically guided with mantra.

Facilitated by Lisa Langlois, Ph.D. in physics, D. MS. in Metaphysical Sciences, Reiki Master and Meditation teacher - dedicated to women’s healing and empowerment.


$10 each/4 week series $30


Compassion in Action 
Wednesdays  Beginning February 6

10:30 am -12:00 pm


Thought provoking discussion will be based on social problems including race, education, healthcare, oppression, the court system and incarceration.  Expand your awareness on social justice issues at the forefront of our society today. Books and guest speakers stimulate our discussion. Learn more about the issues and discover how you can be part of the solution. Be the change!


Facilitated by Compassion in Action Circle members.


Suggested Monthly Donation $20


Meditation and Spiritual Awakening 

Wednesdays     Beginning Feb 6   5-6 pm


Relax into a quiet time of exploration and meditation. Enjoy stillness that creates a time to empty and reconnect to Source. The first Wednesday of each month is a time of coloring meditation with quiet music. Some instruction offered each week as we develop and deepen our practice.


Facilitated by Wendy Herschman, who enjoys sharing the joy of group meditation.

Suggested Donation $5


Discover Kundalini Yoga

Thursdays     Beginning Feb 7     9:30-11 am


What is kundalini yoga and what makes it different?

Discover this uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices. Come to learn the beauty and value of kundalini yoga. Sample the exercises, breath work, meditation and short chant.


Facilitated by Janet Sullivan, a licensed massage therapist practicing Shiatsu healing work for 20 years.



Dream Discovery
Thursdays    Beginning February 7  10:30 am-12 pm


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 interpret and understand them in a meaningful way.


Facilitated by Joan McCaskill, Spiritual Director, MA.


 Monthly $40


Qigong/Chi Gong: A Path to Wellness

Thursday     February 7   
11 am-12 pm


Chi Gong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation to cleanse, strengthen and circulate the life energy (Chi). Chi Gong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. 


Facilitated by Janet Sullivan, licensed massage therapist who teaches chi gong and yoga.



Spiritual Journey Circle 

Thursdays    Beginning February 7     6-7 pm


Join in community, sharing wisdom from the book, If Women Rose Rooted, which has been described as both transformative and essential - a life-changing journey from the wasteland of modern society to a place of nourishment and connection. Join author Sharon Blackie's quest to find one's place in the world, drawing inspiration from the wise and powerful females in native mythology, and guidance from contemporary women who have re-rooted themselves in land and community and taken responsibility for shaping the future. 


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


Suggested monthly donation $20



Scholar in Residence


Dr. Michael Conforti


The Winds of Psyche

Understanding the winds of collective storms blowing through us today


Friday     February 8     7-9 pm

Saturday     February 9     9 am-1:30 pm



Facilitated by Dr. Michael Conforti, a Jungian analyst in private practice in Mystic, CT, and the founder and director of the Assisi Institute.


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Volunteer: Baton Rouge Food Bank 
2nd Tuesdays    February 12     10 am-12 pm

Location:10600 South Choctaw Dr.
(Fraenkel Center)


Can you find time in your schedule? Just 2 hours makes a difference. Meet us in the lobby of the Food Bank on S. Choctaw Dr. (Wear closed-toe shoes.)



Indigo Women's Enlightenment Circle

2nd Tuesdays     February 12    7-8:30 pm


Calling together women of spirit. Each month enjoy themed spiritual teachings and support, discussion and guided meditation and/or sound healing. February theme: Oracle Card Instruction & Spirit Messages.

Facilitated by Jennifer Lauret, Reiki Master, Psychic, Trance-Medium, Hypnotherapist and Teacher and Rachel Chamness, Spiritual Counselor, Channel Medium, Reiki Master and Sound Healer.



Strengthening Chakras with Calming Tones

Saturday     February 16     1-2:30 pm


“The resonance of the bowls seems to grow our interior spaces.”


Enter a transformative space as we tune our energies with vibrational tones in this gentle yoga class. We will focus on aligning the chakras through movement and sound. Yogic movements and the vibrations of the quartz crystal singing bowls will strengthen the chakras and guide us on this journey. All levels welcome.


Facilitated by Daniel Collins, Clayfire LLC, & Tina Ufford, Certified Yoga Instructor.



Open Mic Poetry & Music 

Saturday     February 16     7-8:30pm



Celebrate the best of the arts in Baton Rouge! Enjoy a night of unique creative offerings: poetry and music to stir your heart and soul. Join our audience to experience this tapestry of talent. Stay for coffee and desserts. Musicians, singers and poets: share your favorite works in this appreciative, supportive “coffeehouse” setting. We now have a piano, if you would like to play for us! Call early to reserve your 5-minute spot.



Presented in Partnership


Southern University Law Center’s

Louis A. Berry Institute for

Civil Rights and Justice


The Role of the People in Justice Battles:

An Overlooked Aspect of

Civil Rights Litigation

Sunday     February 17     2-4 pm


"My twenty-one years as a lawyer has caused me to conclude that systemic injustices often require

an in-court strategy and a simultaneous out-of-court advocacy effort. On these advocacy teams, I work for the people, my client is justice and the venue is outside the courtroom."


Join us to learn that we each have a role to play in social justice and criminal justice reform and gain insights on how we can each take an active role in creating change. In observance of Black History month, Professor Angela Allen-Bell, Director of the Institute for Civil Rights and Justice will lead a discussion about how “working from the streets”  was used to fight injustice during the civil rights era and how it is still necessary today. She will explain her professional contributions to three historic advocacy campaigns: Louisiana’s non-unanimous jury campaign, Soledad Brother John Clutchette’s case and the Angola 3 case.



Facilitated by Professor Angela Allen-Bell, B. K. Agnihotri Endowed Professor Southern University Law Center and Director of Louis A. Berry Institute for Civil Rights and Justice—and advocate for social, criminal and restorative justice.

 Donation $10
Students with ID - Free


Community Clinic*:  Pranic Healing 
Wednesday    February 20     6:30-8:30 pm


*Special Focus: Learn techniques to assist you in dealing with relationships at work and with family and friends.


Experience rejuvenation and healing through Pranic Healing. Light stretching is followed by the Meditation on Twin Hearts, a meditation based on the universal prayer of St. Francis that promotes physical and spiritual well-being. It blesses loved ones, your job and Mother Earth. Healing sessions offered after meditation.


Facilitated by Pat Cole, Misagh Naderi, and Mike Benton, students of Master Choa Kok Sui and members of Pranic Healing of Baton Rouge.


 Suggested Donation $10


Diving Deeper Into the Work of Carl Jung

Wednesday  February 20 & 27  6:30-8 pm


We enjoyed a stimulating weekend with Michael Conforti.  If it left you curious, interested and wanting more ...

Join Joan McCaskill to explore and discuss the ideas that Michael Conforti brought to us.  This will give us an opportunity to ask questions as well as an opportunity for deeper exploration of Jungian thought.  Further explanation of ideas about how to apply these ideas to better understand your life, your relationships and your work.

Bring your questions and together we will uncover answers.


Facilitated by Joan McCaskill, Spiritual Director, MA., Dream Group facilitator.


Each Session $10


The Red Shoes Krewe in Mid City Mardi Gras Parade 

Sunday, February 24


The Red Shoes Krewe
in Mid City Mardi Gras Parade 

Sunday    February 24     Lineup 11 am
Parade Rolls 1-4 pm


Join us to walk in the 2nd annual Mid City Gras Parade, the theme is Peace, Love and Nuts!  Each Red Shoes Stepper will provide their own red T-shirt to decorate according to our theme.  Steppers can wear red shoes or make a red felt cover for shoes of a different color.  Show your Red Shoes pride and Mardi Gras spirit!  Sign up today to join our "krewe" of this family friendly parade. We will schedule one meeting to discuss official regulations, simple, creative throws and decorate T-shirts.


The parade begins on North Blvd at 19th Street and ends at BRCC.  We will line up at 11 am and the parade begins rolling at 1 pm. Men, women and children - All ages welcome!


Limited Spaces - Sign up deadline - February 1

Parade fee: $25
Children: $15