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|
NIA: The Spiritual Power of Dance
Friday March 3 10:30-11:30 am
"We dance to shed skins, tear off masks, crack molds, and experience the breakdown -- the shattering of borders between body, heart and mind, between genders and generations, between nations and nomads... This is our dance."
- Gabrielle Roth
Use pure feminine energy to emerge, heal your emotions and raise your awareness. Embody the art of the Graceful Warrior and experience self-healing through the powerful exploration and integration of energy. Nia combines dance, martial arts and mindfulness to tone your body and transform your mind. Create power and grace focused around your body’s core. More than just a workout, it’s a holistic fitness practice that addresses your entire self: mind, body and soul. All fitness levels welcome.
Facilitated by Julie Wylie, first degree black belt and Nia training faculty member.
Living Within the Mystery
A Spiritual Retreat with Paula
Friday March 3 7-9pm
Saturday March 4 10am-5pm
Location: St. Joseph's Academy Cafeteria
Presented in partnership with St. Joseph’s Spirituality Center
In Honor of Sister Lydia Champagne's Legacy
Treat yourself to an inspiring weekend with Paula D’Arcy, beloved retreat leader, author and spiritual teacher. Paula will welcome us into the landscape of Mystery. We'll explore the changes that arise as we experience life in a greater way, more fully aware of the unknown and the immensity of being here. She will help us imagine “what if” this deepening knowledge were to become the world's intention...what might be born? Explore the changes that arise when life is experienced not as a series of events, but as participation within the Mystery. Discover how this change in awareness has the potential to transform the world we are co-creating.
Using poetry, film, music, storytelling and brief experiences of silence, Paula will
lead us to become more fully aware of the immensity of being alive. Her presentation is rich with her own discoveries following the deaths of her husband and two year old daughter, Sarah,
in a drunken driving accident in 1975. Paula survived the accident and was three months pregnant at the time. She gave birth to her daughter, Beth, six months
“I had to ask myself how I would meet these circumstances.
What were my truths? And if I were able to live from
deeper truths and a new awareness, what would I discover?
I never imagined, in the beginning, that the beauty of being
alive would have such power. ”
Paula D’Arcy is an author, playwright, former therapist, retreat director and founder of Red Bird Foundation: a non-profit dedicated to hearts in need of
healing and hope.
Meditation for Stress Relief: Pranic Healing
Monday March 6 7-9 pm
Experience intense peace, stillness and bliss through this guided, “Twin Hearts” meditation. This experiential talk will demonstrate how to use prana (life force) to help reduce stress and generate prosperity and success. Join us to feel energy and enhance your knowledge of the chakras and the energy body.
Facilitated by Misagh Naderi, Prantic Healing practitioner since 2008 and a disciple of Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui.
Alexander Technique: Mindful Movement to Health
Tuesdays March 7-21 7-8:30 pm
The Alexander Technique is a way of learning to move mindfully through life. It identifies harmful tension habits built over a lifetime of stress and teaches how to change habits and move more freely by finding the space of stillness within from which all movement emerges. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination while reducing pain. We will explore the basic principles through discussion, experiential movement and hands-on work.
Facilitated by Patricia O’Neil, professor of Voice Emerita at LSU and a certified Teaching Member of Alexander Technique International since 2002.
The Dialogue on Race: Louisiana
Wednesdays March 8-April 12 12-2 pm
It’s time to talk. Racism is perhaps the most elusive, penetrating and permeating challenge in our society. Understanding what racism is and how it operates through institutions in our system is the core of The Dialogue, an award winning program that helps people understand racism as an institutional construct that was built into our system and still exists today. So daunting a question is racism, the conversation is often avoided. The series is led by trained facilitators and participants prepare for the weekly discussions by reading short articles before each session. The facilitators create a safe environment for open, honest discussion.
Oneness: Meditation with Art Journaling
Wednesday March 8 6:30-8:30 pm
A powerful spiritual experience awaits you when we combine the art of meditation, internal reflection and art journaling, external expression. Both meditation and journaling open us to discovery by observing without judgment. Oneness Baton Rouge, part of an organization with the mission to awaken humanity to higher states of consciousness, offers this sacred time to go within and connect with whatever wants to be expressed in the moment. Materials will be provided.
Facilitated by James Brinson, coordinator of Oneness Baton Rouge and Lisa White.
Suggested donation $15
Book Study: Women Who Run with the Wolves
Fridays March 10-31 10:30 am-12 pm
“Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain
psychic characteristics: keen sensing, a playful spirit,
and...are relational by nature, inquiring and possessed of
great endurance and strength…”
This extraordinary book is dedicated to the powerful, often untapped force, which lives deep in every woman. A book study of Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes was the inspiration for the name of our organization, The Red Shoes. Through an understanding of these fairy tales, as women, we reconnect to deep creativity, to our good instincts and the ageless wisdom of the feminine. We will read stories, including The Red Shoes, noticing how they inform, illuminate and challenge us in our own lives. Are you ready to embrace your wild woman? “Let us return now, wild women howling, laughing, singing...." Please read the Introduction before the first class.
Facilitated by Joan McCaskill, spiritual director, MA.
Simple Wisdom for Women
Saturday March 11 9 am-5 pm
“Simple Wisdom for Women” is a learning experience that teaches us how to live each day in a healthier, more balanced and joyful way. It combines cutting-edge science with enduring ancient wisdom to improve your life and the lives of those we love. Each topic: food choices, movement, stress, environmental medicine and mental processes, is paired with experiential exercises to reinforce the teachings and offer tools to implement immediately. Join us to learn how simple, sustainable lifestyle choices can have a big impact on the health, vitality and purpose of our lives.
Facilitated by Gloria Dunn, M.D., a board-certified Anesthesiologist for 20 years. “GiGi” left that path to impact the lives of women by becoming a physician educator, completing the Integrative Medicine fellowship, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Includes a nutritious, well-sourced lunch from MJ’s Cafe
Early Bird Paid by March 1 $75/$85
Why Didn’t I Know about This Sooner?
A Three-Part Healthy Aging Series
Sundays March 12-26 2-4 pm
As many of us help a friend or family member through the aging process, we begin to
think about our own “golden years.” How can we best advocate for a loved one? Do we want our senior years to happen to us or do we want to actively choose how we live the later years of our
lives? For this three part series, we have invited an outstanding panel of caring experts on aspects of aging and end of life issues to begin an important conversation. Each session will
target a specific topic and informed speakers will share their wisdom. This series will weave spiritual, ethical, practical, financial and medical components together in a way that empowers us to
have necessary conversations. Each Sunday lecture will be followed by discussion. Among the topics that will be addressed: options for living models, spiritual needs, writing a will that supports
your values, conversations with a physician about end-of-life choices, why and when to call hospice, medical directives that can be put in place to honor our wishes and how do we know what our
wishes are. Join us and explore the stages of aging – from the golden years to the last good-bye. Register today to receive the topics and speakers for each week or check our
Community Healing Nights -
3rd Wednesdays March 15 6:30-8:30 pm
Pranic healing is a powerful “no-touch” healing modality developed by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui using “life force” or prana (chi) to heal emotional and physical ailments. Pranic healing offers specific protocols for each condition. Enjoy receiving a healing session and learn to heal yourself.
Facilitated by students of Master Stephen Co.
Suggested Donation $10
Your Questions Please! We Have Answers:
Yellow Brick Academy for Entrepreneurs
Wednesdays March 22 & 29 6:30-8 pm
Do you need help thinking through your ideas for starting or growing your business? This series will help answer your questions so you can take the next steps to success. Please bring at least one question to our first class. With your questions answered, we will talk about some business basics and plan three individualized next steps on your path to your business goals.
Facilitated by business professionals in collaboration with the SELA Women's Business Center, the Good Work Network and The Red Shoes Lifting Loans program.
Painting the Music: An Intuitive Painting Evening
Friday March 24 7-9 pm
The true beauty of music is that it connects people.
It carries a message, and we, the musicians,
are the messengers." Roy Ayers
What is your favorite music and what does it do for you? Chances are, regardless of the genre, your favorite music transforms your mood and transports your soul. Now, what would that look like in color? Let's experience together some of the ways that music can inform and transform a painting!
Facilitated by Antoinette Johnson, visual and intuitive artist, owner of Source Connect Studio and Gallery.
Yoga Nidra: Entering the Heart
Saturday March 25 10 am-12 pm
Through affirmative prayer and meditation enter into communion with the non-judgmental, compassionate aspect of your being. We will experience deep relaxation to facilitate self-healing through
the energy of the heart. Yoga Nidra is a reclined, guided meditation. No yoga postures; no experience is needed. Bring a blanket/pillow/mat. Dress comfortably.
Facilitated by Delisha “Dee Dee” Poullard, certified yoga instructor, meditation facilitator & energy healer.
Gong Bath - Sounds of Spring: Vernal Equinox
Saturday March 25 7-9 pm
Join us for a concert and gong bath to transition from the energies of winter to the pensive notes of spring. 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 or blanket to rest comfortably. Some mats and blankets are available.
Facilitated by Daniel Leonard, practitioner of yoga, sound arts and meditation leader; and Olivia Sophia, music educator, musician and sound arts promoter.
Lunations: New Moon Ritual
Sunday March 26 6-7:30 pm
Join us to tap into the cycle of the moon as a source for re-centering and re-grounding.
Volunteer: Baton Rouge Food Bank
4th Tuesdays March 28 10 am-12 pm
Location:10600 South Choctaw Dr. (Fraenkel Center)
Can you find time in your schedule? Just 2 hours makes a difference. The food bank counts on volunteers for over 20,000 hours of help each year. 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 us today to volunteer. (Wear closed-toe shoes.)
Volunteer - Step Into Spring Party at Bishop Ott
Sweet Dreams Women and Children’s
Thursday March 30 6:45-8:30 pm
Location: 1623 Convention Street
Volunteer to participate and help plan a 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 you
meet during this heart-warming evening. Register today and we will coordinate this special evening via email!