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

#Me Too with Ava Haymon: The Voice of Women

Saturday     June 1    10:30 am - 3 pm


The #MeToo movement reminds us that, in one way or another, we women have all been hurt by inappropriate male behavior. This behavior takes many forms, from cat whistles on the street to grotesque violations of girl-children. These experiences can be seen as a spectrum: some violations are normalized while some are more obviously violent and women often feel insecure about telling their stories. This workshop will provide a safe place for women to share, no matter what their hurt or embarrassment has been. We will use paper, color, words, even movement, so that each of one of us can discover the individual voice in which to communicate her own story.


Facilitated by Ava Leavell Haymon, essayist, teacher, Poet Laureate of Louisiana 2013-2015. Her most recent published poetry collection is Eldest Daughter. 



Summer Gardening: Growing Healthy Greens 

Sunday  June 2     2-3:30 pm


Are you used to growing your favorite braising greens in the fall in Louisiana? Favorites such as mustard greens, collards and arugula are cool season crops in Louisiana. Come learn which greens you can grow during the summer to keep the greens pot filled up in the Louisiana heat. Learn about different tropical greens crops from around the world, where you can find the seeds or plants and how to cultivate them! Enjoy a hands-on educational experience, where participants will have the opportunity to bring their work home!  


Facilitated by Stephanie Elwood, licensed horticulturist. 



Book Study: Holy Envy  with Chris Andrews Mondays June 3-17              10:30-12 pm


Add curiosity to your spiritual toolbox and join a discussion that welcomes us to an appreciation and understanding of diverse theologies.  In Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, she contemplates the myriad ways other people and traditions encounter the Transcendent. She senses that God is the one calling her to disown her version of God and invites us to do the same — a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God. Open to the Divine in a new way, without boundaries, remembering that God is bigger than any one religion.  


Facilitated by Chris Andrews, congregational leader of Jubilee Pioneers, Director of Rebuilding Together BR. Chris has an MA in Theology. 




Chris Andrews Invitation
Holy Envy, Chris Andrews Invitation.pdf
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A Taste of Zen

Mondays    Beginning June 3   7-8:30 pm


Join us on Mondays to develop the practice at the heart of Zen Buddhism, Zazen. Experience seated Zen meditation and a Dharma talk with time for questions and discussion. Guidance for beginners. Join us to learn Zen basics to build a meaningful life practice.


Facilitated by Gary Muso Pettigrew, an ordained Dharma holder (Hoshi) in the White Plum Zen lineage, and Shelby Jikai Gallagher, B.A. in Religious Studies. 


Donation per class $10


Self-Care for Helping Professionals

Saturday          June 8 

session 1          9am– 12pm

Session 2         1-4pm
6 CEHs  LPC, MSW only given for combined sessions

Repetitive care-giving and sustained service to the emotional and psychic needs of others can leave you exhausted and disconnected from your own feelings. Absorbing the traumas of your clients, through your senses, your mind and your heart, can overwhelm your emotions, zap your energy and weigh you down. A sustained self-care practice can keep burnout at bay and invigorate your practice. This workshop is designed to encourage you to incorporate self-care into your daily practice and provides clear strategies for doing so. Fees include CEHs.  


Facilitated by Angeletta KM Gourdine, PhD, CPC, ELI-MP reVisions Lifestyle Salon.   


Early-bird paid by May 24:Each session $40/Full Workshop $75

After May 24: Each session $45/Full Workshop $85


Inspirational Pre-Owned Book Sale 

Thursday    June 6       10 am-6pm

Friday         June 7        10 am-4 pm

Saturday    June 8        9 am-4 pm

Monday     June 10      10 am-7 pm

Tuesday     June 11      10 am-6 pm
Wednesday June 12    10 am-5 pm


We just have too many outstanding books to keep them all for ourselves. Join us for our used book sale. If you are clearing out books at home, bring us your spiritual, inspirational, self–help books for “re-homing” by May 31. Your old books will become someone’s new treasure. The proceeds from all books benefit The Red Shoes’ scholarship fund. This is recycling at its finest! 

Paperbacks $2/Hardbacks $3 

Book Study: Becoming

by Michelle Obama 

New Beginning Date: June 12 6:30-8 pm


For eight years we have heard details about then First Lady Michelle Obama’s likes, dislikes, thoughts and even her story. Some “facts” were clearly rumors, leaks, or prepared promotions. Now, the country’s first black FLOTUS, designated Mom-in-Chief, shares what happened on her way from Chicago’s working class Southside to a global icon. Besides the peek behind the curtain sensation of Obama’s memoir, her story helps us to understand the subtle intersections of gender, race, class and politics. It gives us a chance to think about how we grow under the various spotlights and judgments we face and how we finally can acknowledge and become “enough.”  

Please read Part 1: "Becoming Me" for June 5th, the first session discussion. 


Facilitated by Angeletta KM Gourdine, PhD in cultural studies, CPC, ELI-MP reVisions Lifestyle Salon.



Field Trip: Blueberry Picking 

*Family Friendly

Saturday     June 15     4:30 pm


2199 Holly Ridge Rd, Jackson, LA 


We’ll carpool and caravan to the beautiful Blueberry Ridge Orchard to  pick our own blueberries and eat as we pick! We will go in the evening to avoid the heat of the day and enjoy sunset amongst the blueberry bushes. Not only will you come home with pounds of nutritious berries, but you will feel refreshed and inspired by the beauty of the loaded bushes. Maps provided when we meet in the parking lot at The Red Shoes. Please arrive by 4:30 so we can leave at 4:45 for this 45 minute ride. 


Volunteer: Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank 
3rd Tuesdays     June 18     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, call today to volunteer. Help The Food Bank achieve their mission to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge. 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 


Community Healing Clinic with Meditation and Pranic Healing 

3rd Wednesdays    June 19   

6:30-8:30 pm


Experience Pranic Healing, a path to rejuvenation and healing. We begin with light stretching followed by the “Meditation on Twin Hearts,” a meditation based on the universal prayer of St. Francis. The meditation promotes physical and mental well-being, while also blessing loved ones, your career and Mother Earth.  Healing sessions are offered after meditation, as time permits.  


Facilitated by Pat Cole and Misagh Naderi - students of GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui and members of Pranic Healing of Baton Rouge


Suggested Donation $10


Volunteer: Summer Luau Party

Sweet Dreams Women and Children’s Shelter Thursday     June 20     6:45-8 pm
Location: 1623 Convention Street


Volunteer to participate and help plan a Summer Luau party for women and children, complete with games, crafts and treats. But rather than giving, you will receive the greatest gift, the smiles of those who call this shelter “home.”  Register today and we will coordinate this special evening via email.

No Fee


Gong Bath:

Welcome the Rhythms of Summer

Saturday     June 22     6:30-8 pm


Join us for a concert and gong bath to transition from the energies of Spring to the warmer notes of Summer. Feel the vibrational change and sense the subtle tones of transformation. No water is involved in a gong bath; participants sit or recline and allow the sounds to "wash over" them. The concert includes a variety of instruments and "singing" bowls. You may bring a yoga mat, pillow and blanket to rest comfortably. Some mats and blankets available.  


Facilitated by Daniel Leonard, practitioner of yoga, sound arts and meditation leader; and Olivia Sophia, music educator, musician and sound arts promoter.




Intuitive Art:

Through the Looking Glass

Sunday     June 23     2-4 pm


We will venture into the world of intuition through an expressive arts experience that incorporates guided imagery, meditation and acrylic painting as paths for reflection and a deeper expression of self. We will focus on the creative process and enjoy the language of color and texture with no emphasis on the finished product. Intuitive art opens a door for us to access our power, that inner knowing, that waits quietly within, obscured by our busy lives.   


Facilitated by Laura Gaddy, a professional artist who leads the Healing Arts program for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. She became an artist through her own journey of personal healing and growth.




Past Life Regression Journey
Tuesday     June 25     6-8 pm

Embark on a Past Life Regression journey to a previous lifetime and uncover the origin of some of your current issues, blocks, beliefs and struggles.

Through a guided experience, travel back to one or more of your previous incarnations to release buried situations and fears. Move forward cleared and more open in areas that previously held you back.  It's safe, easy and fun.


Even if you don't believe in Past Lives or Reincarnation - this process still works. The Past Life Regression journey allows you to not only see the root of an issue, but then take powerful steps and actions to resolve it.  Join us to release a previously blocked area in your mind and life!


Facilitated by Sarah Paola a certified Intuitive Healer, Instructor, Speaker, certified Soul Coaching® Master Practitioner, and certified through Denise Linn to conduct Past Life Regressions.




Stonewall ...Still Rising - 50 Years
Friday     June 28     7 pm
Location: Lake House Reception Center, 12323 Old Hammond Hwy

The Red Shoes joins Baton Rouge community partners in support of a vigil commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall UprisingThis is a commemoration of the Stonewall Uprising that took place in June of 1969 in New York City's Greenwich Village. The Baton Rouge vigil event will include poetry, a little history, singing and other input from community voices. For more info, please visit their website: www.stonewallstillrising.org