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

Transcending Trauma: Release & Heal

with Therapeutic Yoga

Sundays  September 2-23   3-4:30 pm


Did you know that roughly 20% of Americans will experience post-traumatic stress in their lifetime? Maybe you have experienced it as a heartbreak, the loss of a loved one or a major life change. This trauma-informed movement class is gentle and taught at a beginner level.  We will learn how to have safety in the body, quiet in the mind and a new experience of the world.  Time to get your life back.


Facilitated by Jillian Guinta, a Trauma Recovery and Somatic Healing Educator, motivational storyteller, and celebrated teacher in the fields of wellness and personal development. She has completed several advanced trainings in therapeutic yoga as well as a certificate program in Applied Positive Psychology. Jillian holds a Master's Degree in Education from Seton Hall University.


   Per Session $22


Sunday Sacred Circle 

Sundays    Beginning September 2     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


A 4-Week SELF-CARE Challenge: Joy to You
Tuesdays      September 4-23      6:30-8 pm


Everything we read and listen to tells us the importance of self-care. Curiously, everyone focuses on the “care” and very little attention is paid to the “self.” What if you practiced self-care by actually caring about yourself: emphasizing the importance of inner nurture, connection, and peace? This four week challenge revises your self-care with a strategy to Center, Acknowledge, Recognize and Embrace yourself. This practice is about recovery, healing and maintenance. As you begin to care for yourself from the inside out, you can identify what makes you feel cared for and guiltlessly claim space for yourself, EVEN while caring for others. Developing a sustained self-care practice honors how you matter, not because of what you do and not as a special treat, but as a healthy way to experience life.


Facilitated by Angeletta KM Gourdine, Ph.D. in cultural studies and relationship coach who believes women need to know, understand and write their own story.

$10 per class


Compassion in Action 
Wednesdays   Beginning September 5 10:30 am -12:00 pm

Voices from the Bayou: After the tumultuous summer of 2016—a summer that saw the murders of Alton Sterling and innocent police officers as well as a historic flood—BRCC Professor Clarence Nero had no idea what to expect from students. He was determined to let them give expression to their experiences and reactions. Come to hear his students share from the collection of narratives born of their healing journey.



Suggested Monthly Donation $20


Meditation and Spiritual Awakening 

Wednesdays  Beginning Sept 5, 12
5-6 pm

(Note Wednesday Meditation will not be held on Sept. 19th, nor Sept. 26, but will resume on Oct. 3 and will then continue on Wednesdays.)

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


Dream Discovery
Thursdays     Beginning September 6    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

Thursdays      September 6     11:15 am-12:15 pm
(Note Chi Gong will not be held for the remainder of September, but is scheduled to resume on Thursdays, beginning October 4.)


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 September 6   6-7 pm


Find inspiration on this journey that opens the door to the ideas of diverse spiritual teachers. New paths appear as we look and listen from fresh perspectives.


Facilitated by Wendy Herschman, & members of the circle.


Suggested monthly donation $20


Alcoholics Anonymous Open Meeting - Meditation 

Thursdays    September 6, 13, 20, 27     7-8 pm


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


A Course in Miracles 

Mondays      Beginning September 10     7-8:30 pm


Seeking a new, joy-filled perspective on life? Join our weekly study of A Course in Miracles, a powerful, life-changing course that guides us to happiness and peace. Open to all the possibilities of each day and enjoy the miracles of life.


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


Suggested Monthly Donation $20


A Taste of Zen: Zazen and Dharma Talk

Monday      September 10      7-8:30 pm


Join us twice each month 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. We will regularly meet on the first and second Mondays of each month. Guidance for beginners.


Facilitated by an ordained Zen monk, Muso Yuki. 


Suggested donation $10


Volunteer: Baton Rouge Food Bank 

2nd Tuesdays    September 11    10 am-12 pm

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 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


Workshop: Introduction to Pranic Healing

Tuesday      September  11      6:30-8:30 pm


Join us to experience Pranic Healing®. Learn how to use Prana/Life force to accelerate your body’s ability to heal itself. Discover how energy affects you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Learn how to purge negative thoughts and energies that prevent you from becoming prosperous and successful. Experience techniques to help you keep emotionally calm and mentally clear even in stressful situations.


Facilitated by Pat Cole, a disciple of Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui. Pat leads our monthly Pranic Healing Clinic and does private and distant healing sessions.



Indigo Women's Enlightenment Circle

2nd Tuesdays     September 11    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. September theme: Bringing in Abundance.


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



Compassion in Action Circle 
Wednesdays   Sept 12- Dec 5 
10:30 am -12:00 pm


How can we work to dismantle racism? Using the books Voices from the Bayou by BRCC Students, and Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debbie Irving, we will explore how greater self-awareness releases thoughts of “the other.” While we all harbor unconscious biases that contribute to a culture of racism, we can peel back the layers of our unconscious and awaken our Higher Self, embracing everyone as members of One Human Family.


  Suggested Monthly Donation $20


Yoga Nidra: Relaxing Into Your Life's Purpose

Saturday     September 15     10 am-12:30 pm


Take time out of your day to experience this soothing meditation, which will help ground you in your own spirit. Cultivate space to uncover your heart's true desires without distraction. We will create a clear space to focus on your intention for your life. Yoga Nidra is a simple meditation technique that can help you to create clarity and connect you to the deeper levels of consciousness. Dress comfortably, bring a journal and yoga mat. Some mats available on site.



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



Fall Vegetable Gardening
Saturday      September 15      2-4 pm


Cooler weather is coming. Learn which plants grow well in the cool season and the best way to keep them producing! We’ll discuss soil preparation, container, raised bed and in-ground gardening. Our climate offers lots of options: collards, mustard, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots.... Take home some fall plants and get ready to enjoy home-grown, healthy eating.


Facilitated by Stephanie Elwood, licensed horticulturist.




Louisiana Habitats: Ecological Awareness

Sunday     September 16      1-2:30 pm


Louisiana’s natural landscape supports much greater diversity than just “swamps.” There are around 70 different habitat types native to the state, some of which were historically large-scale, and some are unique and of limited. Enjoy a “tour” of Louisiana’s natural habitats, using a generous number of images. The forces maintaining habitats, conservation statuses and threats as well as ecological management will be discussed.


Facilitated by Chris Reid, PhD, Instructor, L.S.U. School of Renewable Natural Resources.



Everything Belongs: A Spiritual Discussion of Talks from Richard Rohr's Conspire Conference

Mondays   Sept 17-October 22   10:30 am - 12:00 pm


No one needs to be punished, scapegoated, or excluded… I invite you to conspire—to breathe together and imagine peaceful ways of changing the world.”

Richard Rohr invites us to let great love, suffering and contemplative practice teach us that everything belongs, even our faults and weaknesses. Only the contemplative mind has the ability to hold light and dark together; only unitive consciousness allows transformation at the deepest levels. We have the capacity to grow into a new identity, one that holds space for everyone to belong and be loved. Join us as we study the wisdom offered by Richard Rohr, Christena Cleveland, James Alison and Mirabai Starr.


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



Twin Hearts Meditation and Pranic Healing 

3rd Wednesdays    September 19    6:30-8:30 pm


Mid-week – mid-month stress have you down? Join us for an evening of rejuvenation and healing with energetic cleansing and meditation. We begin with light stretching followed by the “Meditation on Twin Hearts.” This non-denominational meditation promotes physical and mental well-being, as well as inner illumination. Healing sessions are offered after meditation.


Facilitated by Pat Cole - Rita Reggio and trained students of Master Cho Kok Sui and members of Pranic Healing of Baton Rouge.


 Suggested Donation $10


Memory Bracelet Making

Saturday     September 22     10 am-2:30 pm

The universe begins with roundness; so say the myths. The great circle, the spiral … the infinite womb:

such are the symbols that try to express …

the wholeness of things… Barbara G. Walker

Find the gems in each chapter of your journey. We will center our minds as well as our hands and reveal to the world what’s in our hearts through bracelet making. Guided imagery, meditation and journaling will inspire us to create a unique bracelet as a personal, “circle of life,” story-telling tool. With carefully chosen beads and meaningful sequencing, our “circle” jewelry will reflect our journey. Your unique and beautiful bracelet will tell your story and inspire your future.  Please bring a light lunch for yourself.


Facilitated by Carolyn Burns, a licensed marriage and family therapist and Elaine Pote, who has been making jewelry for 40 years and enjoys beading as meditation.



Autumn Equinox Gong Bath

Saturday     September 22     6:30-8 pm


Join us for a concert and gong bath to transition from the hot energies of Summer to the calmer notes of Fall. 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 and pillow. 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. 



Let's Do Lunch ... at The Watermark
Louisiana Artist Angela Gregory
Is the Main Course

Tuesday    September 25   11:30 am-1:30 pm


It’s your treat! Join us for a day of art, history, delicious food and good company. Meet at the LSU Museum of Art to enjoy a guided tour of the Angela Gregory exhibit with historian, Susan Hymel. We will walk to the Watermark Hotel and have lunch in the restaurant, The Gregory, to enjoy the full flavor of the artist's reliefs that span the space. We’ll learn about these panels by Gregory and we will also take a “backstage tour” to see other areas and art that fills the halls of the historic Watermark hotel. Museum admission, full lunch with choice of 3 entrées, dessert, beverage and tip included.

Prepaid by September 21 cash or check $30


Breast Vitality - Isle of Woman

Saturday    September 29   10 am-12 pm


Women, it is time to learn about breast care. We will cover some basics of breast vitality: understanding them and their needs, how to nourish them and heal our inner messages to them. We will also learn a daily breast self-massage. Students will leave with knowledge, know-how and a little bottle of handmade herbal breast massage oil and recipe to make at home.


Facilitated by Megan Assaf, BFA, LA- LMT #7999; WildRose Wellness Arts, INC.