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

Happy 20th Birthday Celebration

The Red Shoes

November 1-3

Please join us for our special weekend. No set fees for classes. Offer a gift from the heart for each activity. 

The Red Shoes: A Fairy Tale Comes to Life 

Friday  November 1  7-8:30 PM

Explore  the meaning of the fairy tale that explains our mission and our passion. We have a treat in store for you. Wear your Red Shoes! 

 The Wonders of The Red Shoes - Open House 

Saturday    November 2    10 am - 6:30 pm

Pick and choose or stay all day.  Refreshments served between classes.   

10-11 am                    Hopes for the Holidays

11:30 am 12:30 pm    Meditation and Yoga Nidra

1-2 pm                         Favorite Local Artist Shares Her Style

2:30-3:30 pm              Paint Your Passion

4-5 pm                         Dream Discovery

5:30-6:30 pm              Yoga for Every-Body

20th Birthday Celebration Open House

Sunday    November 3    2-4 pm

 Join us to blow out the candles at our celebration reception. Experience warm community and delicious treats.


A Taste of Zen:  Zazen and Dharma Talk

November 4
7-8:30 pm


Join us each week 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.


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.


Suggested donation $10


Book Study: The Archetypal Imagination

November 5-26
10:30 am - 12 noon


“the spiritual realm alone is the source

of ultimate meaning.” - Rilke


Do you ever feel adrift, unsure of your life’s purpose? It is human nature to seek meaning and connection to something greater than ourselves. Author James Hollis, in The Archetypal Imagination, says that without such seeking, we would lack culture. James Hollis explains the importance of exploration through active imagination and how this practice can help us connect to meaning and offer the ability to re-imagine larger possibilities for the world and the self.


Facilitated by Joan McCaskill, Spiritual Director, MA.  



Compassion in Action 

10:30 am-12:00 noon


Join a vibrant group for thought provoking dialogue of current social justice topics in a respectful setting.  Based on books chosen by the group, discussion will increase your awareness, deepen your compassion, and inspire action to create a better community and world.


October 16 – November 20

Living Undocumented: Join us as we encounter the “faces” of immigration in the United States through this Netflix series produced by Selena Gomez.  The documentary showcases the lives of eight undocumented families marked with uncertainty and insecurity as the United States’ immigration policies are transformed.  Viewing of each episode will be followed with time for discussion.  All are welcome.

Suggested Monthly Donation $20


Develop Your Intuition: Angels and Guides

November 6
6:30-8:30 pm

Your higher power (Angels, Guides, God, etc) speaks to you every day, throughout your waking moments and in your dreams. Do you know how to see the signs and symbols sent to you daily? Do you know how to understand what is sent to you? You can learn to see, acknowledge and understand the symbolic signs that your spiritual Guides send you in response to your needs or requests. Discover how to access your intuition.


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




Spiritual Journey Circle 


Beginning November 7
6-7 pm


We look forward to beginning our new book, on November 7, reading Chapters 1 & 2 of I Will Not Die An Unlived Life by Dawna Markova. This is an ideal time for anyone new to join our circle. 


As a circle of seekers, we immerse in diverse spiritual teachings. Share in discussions that enrich life on a deep, personal level. A study of thought-provoking writers and luminaries enhance this spiritual journey. Return weekly for spiritual connection and community.


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


Suggested monthly donation $20


Open Mic Poetry & Music:
Fall, Feasts and Family

November 8
7– 8:30 pm

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 “coffee-house” setting. Consider sharing poetry and music with themes of Fall, Feasts and Family.We now have a piano, if you would like to play for us! Call early to reserve your 5-minute spot.




The Heart of Meditation: DeeDee Jones

November 9
9:30 am-12:30 pm


Explore self-care and non-judgmental presence through the practice of meditation upon the heart center. You will learn simple and clear techniques to create a bridge to your true essence which is compassion-filled peace in the midst of all influx. Expect Yoga Nidra, singing crystal bowls, visualization exercises and plenty of relaxation and stress relief. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket and a pillow(optional). There are pillows and yoga mats if needed available through the Red Shoes.


Facilitated by Delisha ‘DeeDee’ Jones, certified yoga instructor, meditation facilitator and energy healer.  



Embrace the Power of the Full Moon: Ritual

November 9
5-7 pm


Enter our monthly women’s circle to greet the Full Moon. The presence of the Full Moon reminds us of the need to release the things in our lives that no longer serve us. Each month we will enjoy a period of meditation and a talk about the astrology associated with the Full Moon. Enjoy a sacred time to journal personal reflections before our circle closes in gratitude.

Facilitated by Lisa Hernandez, a Life Coach, Energy Healer and Spiritual Consultant for over 20 years.

 Each month $20


Discover the Power of Art Journaling

November 10
2-4 pm


The expressive arts, journaling and meditation are all powerful tools for focus, self-discovery and exploration. When used in combination, it’s possible to experience, more deeply, how our intuition and creativity can bring a new clarity that helps light the way forward. During this workshop, we will tap into our inner wisdom through meditation and then use that insight to begin an art journal that can inspire and grow with us over time.


Facilitated by Laura Gaddy, a professional artist who leads the Healing Arts program for Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.




Volunteer: Baton Rouge Food Bank 

2nd Tuesdays
November 12
10 am-12 noon
Location: 10600 South Choctaw Dr.
(Fraenkel Center)


Can you offer two hours that will make a big difference? Join our team, call today to volunteer. Help The Greater Baton Rouge 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


Parents of Estranged Children

November 12
6:30-8:30 pm


Many families can look back to the past and find a relative who removed themselves from the larger family. Recently, however, the incidence has risen dramatically. Parents are abruptly abandoned often without explanation, leaving them bewildered and

emotionally bereft. Parents of estranged children often feel ashamed and become isolated in their pain. Join us to address this difficult topic and learn more about the problem, coping skills and possibilities for resolution.


Facilitated by Dr. Christine M. Turin, a Clinical and Forensic psychologist.




Community Healing Clinic with Meditation & Pranic Healing
2nd & 3rd Wednesdays
November 13 & 20
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 Debra Tongue, (2nd Wednesdays) student of Master Choa Kok Sui; and Pat Cole, (3rd Wednesdays) a student of Master Choa Kok Sui’s teachings on Pranic Healing & Arhatic Yoga, a practitioner since 2014.


Suggested Donation $10


Volunteer - Women Build:
Habitat for Humanity
November 16
7:45 am—3:00 pm
1028 N. 28th Street Lot #4
Baton Rouge, LA  70802


Women Build: It’s not about excluding men, it’s about including women. Join us for a day of giving with Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build. You will know you are actively addressing the problem of children living in poverty by helping to build a safe family home. A professional construction staff will greet us at the Women Build site to explain the task for the day and basic safety measures. We will learn skills and have the tools necessary for the job. Together, we can build safe, affordable Habitat for Humanity homes for those in need. Closed-toe shoes only. Drinks and snacks are provided. More information and a consent form will be available on registration.


Registration Required/No Fee


Forest Bathing: Shinrin-yoku
November 17
2-4 pm
The Burden Center
4569 Essen Lane


Go to a Forest. Walk slowly.

Breathe. Open all your senses.

Enjoy a time to wander, to wonder, to embrace the awe! Come for a walk in the woods and experience the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-yoku, forest bathing. It’s a simple practice that promotes positive change: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way, there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits. We will meet at the Burden Center trailhead behind the L’Orangerie.


Facilitated by Sherry V. Smelley, MSW, LCSW, DCSW, BACS and Mary "Lulu Wemple, M.Ed.




Volunteer: A Gratitude Party

Sweet Dreams

Women and Children’s Shelter

November 21
6:45-8 pm
Location: 1623 Convention Street


Volunteer to participate and help plan a Gratitude 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


The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone

November 25
7-8:30 pm


Join us for a discussion of Musho Roshi's new book, The Zen of You and Me: A Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone.


Diane Musho Hamilton is an award-winning professional mediator, author, facilitator, and teacher of Zen and Integral Spirituality. She has been a practitioner of meditation for more than thirty years. Diane facilitates Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed to help elicit the insights of Zen in Western audiences.


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


Suggested donation $10