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    • Welcome to Summer Quarter 2014

      Kim will offer this Yoga again in the fall.

      On Wednesdays starting May 7th from 1:30 - 2:45 P.M. As a complement to the more active yang asana practice, Yin Yoga is a slow & meditative practice and poses are held for longer periods of time. Allowing muscle to rest passively, students will sit deeper into the connective tissue of the body- cultivating more mobility & suppleness in the joints- as well as practice the observation of the mind. Cost: $10

      Our regular Kirtans are on Fridays at 7 p.m. The date of our next Kirtan is Friday, July 25, 2014. Kirtan is one of the fastest-growing forms of sacred music in the world. The songs are sung in a response style and use a few simple names of God or phrases sung in Sanskrit or other sacred languages. These sacred languages which are based upon the ancient science of vibration, are uniquely able to create an atmosphere of rejuvenation, peace, and well-being. It is our hope that this will be a powerful transformative spiritual experience for everyone!! Check out our Sacred Waters Kirtan video and webpage.

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      Saturday, July 26 Diane Winn, Brenda Statzer and others will gather for an evening of chanting, drumming and sharing as women gather to honor creation. This sacred fire for women is from the Cherokee tradition as taught by Momfeather Erickson. Momfeather is our elder and the keeper of the fire ceremony. The coming together of feminine energy and spiritual insights makes this a wonderful event. We begin with a carry in "feast" at 4:00 pm. At 6:30, we will move to the fire circle near the creek at Sacred Waters. There, upon the completion of our traditional talking circle, we will drum throughout the night until 7:00 am. Wearing a skirt is an important part of this ceremony. This opportunity to participate in ceremony will replace our regular 2nd Thursday gathering in July. All donations for this event will be shared with Mom Feather Erickson, who is experiencing health issues. If you wish to spend the night at Sacred Waters please make an additional $20 contribution.

      A dreamwork group will meet again on Sunday, July 27 from 2-3:30 PM. Furture dates are: August 24th, September 7th and September 21st.

      Carl Jung believed dreams were direct communications from the unconscious to the conscious, and therefore an opportunity for personal growth. If you're not familiar with dream interpretation, the process is quite simple: learn to remember your dreams and develop your intuition. But since it's often much easier to interpret someone else's dream than your own, we'll share our dreams in a supportive environment to benefit from each others' intuitive insights.

      If you have any recent dreams to share, please type each one up and give it a title. Then bring your written dreams for the group to work on.

      On Sunday, July 27th from 2 - 4 p.m.

      What is Sacred Dance? Sacred Dance enables us to connect ecstatically for the purposes of worship, renewal, healing of old wounds, and exploration of the visionary and archetypal realms of the collective unconscious. This dance is a creative expression of the Sacred through body movement.

      Sacred Dance is about letting go of our self-imposed restrictions. It is about setting aside our intellect and inhibitions. It is about being open to new ways of expressing our self in body, and exploring the world anew. This dance is not a structured dance that follows a certain form. It is not taught, but invited in a trusting and safe space. It is an invitation to explore our different rhythms, patterns and movements. It is an invitation to listen to our body, which now becomes the teacher. It is about finding your own dance from within.

      Sacred dance is an invitation to push the envelope, to break free of personal boundaries, to co-create fantastic energetics on the floor with other dancers, to play again with the wild abandon of a child, to revel in spirit and the joy of life while moving to the sounds of world rhythms.

      We all become co-creators of the energy on the dance floor. This union creates the sacred space. It is a place for a moving meditation that can take many forms. It can be deep, introspective inner work or high energy, extroverted dancing alone or with others.

      Sacred Dance is perhaps the oldest spiritual practice on the planet. This dance is the abandonment of the intellect, forming a direct body-spirit connection experience. Love Donation

      Next Evening To Be Announced. John will share with us his experiences from his study at the Arthur Findlay College which is the world's foremost institution specializing in the psychic sciences. Mediums from all over the world attend to expand and strengthen their skills. John will connect with those in the spirit world that have messages for their loved ones in the room. John will also give a demonstration of trance mediumship which he has been practicing at the Arthur Findlay College. John has published a new book called An Engineer's Guide to the Spirit World: My Journey from Skeptic to Psychic Medium. It is a fascinating story and he will have copies available. Cost: $20 for the evening. Purchase of the book is an extra $15.

      The next 200-hour Yoga Teacher-Training starts in September 2014 at Sacred Waters Center in Mishawaka, In. This is a very comprehensive program, and allows students time to be guided through the integration and their own process. Please read on for information and meeting dates; see all details including faculty, application, and tuition at website: Yoga for Your Life

      Curriculum includes:

      In-depth training in different Yoga techniques including how to safely and effectively teach and practice Asanas (poses), Pranayama (Yoga breathing), Meditation, & Mantra. Introductions to Ayurveda, Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, and teaching to Children and other special populations will be given.

      Teaching Methodology gives the principles of instructing students including skills such as observing, demonstrating, assisting, adjusting, sequencing, and prop use; how to instruct students effectively with your words; also some time will be given to the business and legal aspects of teaching yoga.

      Knowledge of anatomy and physiology are essential for teaching Yoga to many different populations, and we will devote large amounts of time to learning the actions, alignment, and structure of each pose. We offer a very experienced faculty with a clear understanding of the body's structure and the mechanics of the poses.

      Yoga Philosophy and Lifestyle: Emphasis will be placed on the importance of your own practice, and ways to develop it. The Yoga philosophy component consists of assigned reading and group discussion of traditional Yoga texts and ideas. The Ayurvedic module will look at bringing these teachings into your practice and teaching.

      Practicum is comprised of outside class observations, assisting in yoga classes, and abundant group time spent practice teaching with feedback from both fellow students and experienced teachers. Beginning Sept. 20 -21, 2014.

      On Tuesday, September 16th at 7 p.m.
      A presentation about how and why dreams are important. Covered will be:
      - How dreams help the unconscious to become conscious
      - Recording your dreams
      - Working with a partner
      - Symbolic language because it's how dreams speak to us
      Love Donation.


      On Wednesdays from 1:30 - 2:45 P.M. As a complement to the more active yang asana practice, Yin Yoga is a slow & meditative practice and poses are held for longer periods of time. Allowing muscle to rest passively, students will sit deeper into the connective tissue of the body- cultivating more mobility & suppleness in the joints- as well as practice the observation of the mind. Cost: $10

      We will continue our chakra bowl meditation on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. The beautifully lit crystal bowls and the purity of their vibrations, combine to create a perfect atmosphere for meditation and energy balancing.

      The 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Ginny does not teach during June, July or August. She will be back in September. Ginny Null leads us in her wonderful evenings of spirituality in the Native American tradition. Since Ginny is Spirit-led the evenings are always full of surprises.

      On the 2nd Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. Diane Winn, Brenda Statzer and others will lead us in an evening of chanting, drumming and sharing as women gather to support one another. This sacred fire for women is from the Cherokee tradition as taught by Momfeather Erickson. Momfeather has a Native American center in Mantlerock, Kentucky. The coming together of feminine energy and spiritual insights makes this a wonderful event. Wear a skirt. In July, we will have our monthly Fire Ceremony on Saturday, July 26th outside. After the fire there will be a potluck and then an all night drummng.

      On Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. Gentle Yoga. Asanas/Poses are just one aspect of Yoga. Time will still be spent working with the poses, in addition, we will be looking at the meaning and application of the other Limbs of Yoga as described in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras including the Yamas, Niyams, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana. Suggested Donation: $10.

      On the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:20 p.m. This is a movement-based meditation practice based on a traditional Tibetan Buddhist practice developed by Prema Dasara under the direction of Lama Tenzin of the Maui Dharma Center. Tara is an enlightened being and female bodhisattva. This practice involves visualization of Tara, movement meditation on her 21 qualities and chanting her mantra(s). We typically follow the video of the short practice of the 21 qualities followed by the Tara Mantra Dace given to the Dances of Universal Peace.

      The 2nd Tuesday of the month. This summer we will meet on the 3rd Monday starting June 16th. Includes Buddhist meditation techniques, study of the scriptures, discussion and videos. Kirby has been a practicing Buddhist for many years and has written a book called Buddhism: A Westerner's Compendium.

      On the 4th Tuesday or Wednesday of the month from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Andrew Harvey once said that if he could take only one book to a deserted island "The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna" would be his choice. The book is written in dialogue form detailing the conversations Ramakrishna had with people that came to see him. It records his moods, his songs, his humor and gives one a sense of what it would be like to be in the presence of a Divine Incarnation. Using wonderful analogies, Ramakrishna discusses some of the most profound spiritual topics and his own spiritual experiences. We will stop often for discussion and sharing. I will have extra copies for everyone.

      Usually on the 3rd Thursday at 7 p.m.
      Come celebrate the full moon at our sacred drumming/didgeridoo night. Enjoy the vibrations of the didgeridoo, drums, and rattles. We improvise to create some beautiful, meditative, patterns. We do have extra drums and shakers. Love Donation.

      On Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon. Do you feel stressed and unable to find time to just Be? Do you find it difficult to meditate at home with so many distractions? Come join us on Sunday mornings. According to the great mystic Meister Eckhart: "Wherever this Word (of God) is to be heard, it must occur in stillness and Silence. We cannot be of greater service to this Word than through stillness and silence. There we can hear and understand it correctly." Sermon 18. We will begin the hour with 20 minutes of silent meditation. We will then do a 5 minute silent walking meditation followed by another 20 minutes of silence. For more information e-mail jhug@michiana.org.

    • QIGONG
      On most Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. The practice is done with a DVD and involves very basic movements. We have been using the Spring Forest QiGong method and we all find that it really does enhance your energy. There have been times when we all felt exhausted when we came and left feeling fine.

      Contact us at 574-277-0034 or e-mail us at jhug@michiana.org

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