Evening events are free & no reservations needed but come early for great food and beverages!  

book signingWednesday August 23 7:00-8:30pm
And Still I Rise – book signing with Normia Vázquez Scales (Mia)

And, Still I Rise is an anthology of feminine voices that is as richly diverse as it is startlingly original. Encompassing spirituality, falling in love, choosing to call another country home, accepting God’s calling, finding creativity, care-taking, and other life-changing experiences, And, Still I Rise is a collection of inspiration, faith, hope, and love that will inspire all who read it. The Women’s Compilation Project is hosted by Mutual Partners Association, a nonprofit organization that implement after-school and summer programs for youth in urban communities. The proceeds from this book will help pay for youth to attend after school and summer programs that teach character development, self-esteem, leadership skills and experiential learning through fun activities such as theater, music, art, dance and sports. Books can be ordered direct;ly at http://www.againirise.org/ or Click to Amazon book link

20160202_152530-1Normia Vázquez Scales (Mia), one of the contributors in the book, will be there to sign books. Mia is a savvy entrepreneur, educator, writer and motivational speaker. Mia passionately advocates and promotes balance to both adults and youth alike via educational mediums such as the nationally renowned AVID Program. However, her comprehensive experience entails Reading/Language Arts Instruction for Miami-Dade Public Schools coupled with efforts in primary school districts encompassing Illinois and North Carolina, respectively.

Furthermore, Mia’s Communications credentialing yielded/birthed from DePaul University has afforded her the opportunity to serve both DePaul and Florida State Universities. Dyson Inc. also labors as a prior landmark which enabled her to engage in International Sales, Marketing and Communications. However, her specialty/niche embodies aiding disadvantaged women and youth yearning to re-hydrate, reinvent and become reacquainted with their former and reinvented selves. Mia’s spare time is torn between travelling, humanitarian endeavors such as her pro bono “Recalibrating the Scales” teleconference calls and youth advocacy in primary academia.


Beth BThursday August 24 7:00-8:00pm
The Gift of Grief – Honoring the Experience with Beth Burke

Numb? Emotional highs and lows? Disrupted sleep patterns? Is this a loved one? Is it you? • Incomplete recovery from grief can hinder us in many ways • Come learn about the issues and the solution • Specific actions help to accept loss and complete the grieving process.

This presentation is an introduction to the Grief Recovery Method®. Recent alumni share their experience – bring your curiosity. Presenter: Beth Burke, CGRS, LMBT for more info visit www.vital-living.net

Beth is one of three Certified Grief Recovery Specialists® in the Triangle. As a massage therapist, she has come to notice that unresolved grief can be a major underlying issue in people’s discomfort and disquiet. She facilitates this unique method with grievers in small groups, or one-on-one.


samadhi-oasisSaturday August 26 7:30-9:00pm

Samadhi is a soulful kirtan band based in North Carolina. Although the term kirtan is originally from India, we celebrate traditions from around the world that foster community gatherings centered around devotional call and response singing. Kirtan transforms the spirit, bringing us together, unifying our hearts and voices, sharing in the spirit. Because kirtan requires participation, WE NEED YOU! Our music is as diverse as our band, and with influences that include jazz, gospel, indie, rock n’roll, and soul, our chants range from moments of sweet intimacy to resounding expressions of the heart. Our members include Krishna Nama, Prema, Rangadevi, Steve, Kat, Julian, Courtney & Vikram. www.samadhikirtan.com


greatSunday August 27 6:30-8:00pm
Climate video & discussion night

Our climate is changing, it is happening now, humans are the primary cause. This affects all of us.

Join us for a different video each meeting, and find a supportive group to explore possibilities to address our climate disruption.
Join In! Join Us! For a great discussion. Bring your comments, questions and concerns. For more detailed information, see:


Presented by Citizens Climate Collaborative: Betsey Downing, Marty Adams, Tana Hartman Thorn, Vic Rhodes, & Dirk Kelder


MPHCropC copy (1)Tuesday August 29 7:00-8:00pm
Shamanism with Maryphyllis Horn

Maryphyllis Horn’s talk will be about Shamanism. She will describe various types of shamanism, how they differ and possibly why, why it’s called Shamanism instead of some other name, and how the shamanic field is at times like the metaphysical field and in some ways quite different. She will describe the various ways in which tribal people became shamans, how that applies to our modern culture, what benefits shamans gave to their tribes, and ways in which today’s forms of shamanism differ from each other as to what they offer people. She will relate that to what Core Shamanic forms of counseling and healing are available in our culture. The audience is invited to ask questions throughout the talk.

Maryphyllis studied briefly with numerous Native American elders: Cherokee, Apache, Hopi and Lakota…the latter in both workshops and sweat lodges. When she attended The Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO, she took a semester-long course in Native American Spirituality. The instructor was Eagle Cruz, a full-blood Yaqui who had been adopted by the Lakota tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He invited numerous tribal elders to talk with us: Mayan, Blackfeet, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Crow, Cree, and the well-known Lakota elder, Wallace Black Elk. It is serendipitous that she also studied in-depth metaphysics and was ordained at Sancta Sophia Seminary by Carol Parrish who is 1/4 Cherokee. Carol established her seminary on Sparrow Hawk Mountain just outside Tahlequah, OK, which is the site of the western end of the Cherokee “Trail of Tears.”

Maryphyllis, a former high school choral music teacher, studied shamanism with Michael Harner and his faculty at the Foundation of Shamanic Studies. She has had a private practice in shamanic and spiritual counseling and healing in Pittsboro for the past 23 years. Her spirit guides are integral in all sessions with clients, and have also channeled 2 books: “Transforming the Soul, Beyond Soul Retrieval” and “Ancestral Lines Clearing.” More info is available on her website: www.soulshaman.com/


dante smiles with singing bowlsWednesday August 30 7:00-8:00pm
Sound, Breath and Meditation Workshop
With Dante Baker, 200 Hour RYT

Experience sounds from the Tibetan and modern crystal bowl during the breathing exercises and meditation to re-harmonize the entire body. Allow the sound vibrations to soothe the mind, clear any blockages within the body and guide you into the present moment.

All levels of practitioners are welcome to deepen their understanding, heighten their awareness and strengthen application of meditation and breathing exercises while using Tibetan Singing and Modern Singing Bowls. Discover how controlled breathing not only keeps the mind and body functioning optimally, but it will also lower blood pressure, promote a calm and relaxing mind-set and help students de-stress.

Different Meditation techniques can relax the body while keeping the mind singularly focused. When this is done regularly, a deep sense of inner peace, mental clarity and tranquility is cultivated with the practitioner.

Throughout history many ancient civilizations and cultures have used crystals and stones for a numerous purposes such as healing, meditating, activating and strengthening psychic abilities. Within the last century, modern society has discovered, and continues to discover, the powerful and healing effects the singing bowls can produce with the backing of science. The quality of the materials and the structure of these bowls are highly important as these two foundations are what produce the harmonic sounds; while Tibetan bowls are made of brass and copper, crystal bowls are formed from mostly pure crushed quartz and heated in high boiling temperature in a centrifugal shape. The sounds that are created when the bowls are struck with a mallet, release a powerful and potent sound vibration, with the larger bowls creating a deeper and longer reverberation due to the size and amount of crystal used. Each bowl is tested with digital technology to identify its unique sound, with each sound corresponding to a particular note, similar to notes of a piano.

Dante Baker has been a native to the Washington DC area his entire life, growing up in Reston, VA. Since his childhood years, Dante has always had a fascination with the human anatomy and all of its abilities to heal, move, and process. This interest led Dante to studying and receiving certifications through AFAA and NASM in 2007. As he pursued personal training he worked with wide a range of clients such as over-weight clients, young athletes and elderly adults. As he gained more experience and confidence in his teaching he extended his expertise to larger classes such as boot camp, athletic conditioning, kids physical education, kickboxing and body pump.

Dante personally trains and sees private clients for massage, physical exercise and Reiki, teaches meditation, yoga, qi gong classes, performs crystal and Tibetan Sound Concerts. His personal philosophy is that the body has an innate wisdom within itself and the tools and services he provides, allows the body to perform the healing that it knows how to do.

KEZIA2Thursday August 31 7:00-8:00pm
Tune into your Soul Essence, Release the past, and Step into the New you !
with Kezia Renee Lechner, Reiki Master and Intuitive Life Coach

We came into this incarnation with a unique soul signature, carrying certain frequencies, embodying particular attributes and gifts. We were once connected to the pure light of Source, but forgot our connection as we entered this reality and were blanketed by the veil. This is the time to reconnect with your Soul Essence, to release that which no longer serves you, and share your gifts with the world. It’s your time to shine !

Come enjoy an experiential evening of Intuitive Life Coaching and hands on healing.If the group is small, I will provide short individual sessions for each person. If the group is large, I will work with as many people as I’m able. You will leave with more clarity and knowledge about your Soul Essence and what it is you wish to share with the world.

Kezia Renee Lechner moved to this area from Philadelphia. She offers private sessions and hosts a monthly, sliding scale Healing Clinic in Chapel Hill. Formerly a professional artist, she was a member of a National Artist’s Coaching Community for over a decade. Drawn to the Healing Arts, she became a Reiki Master in 1999, explored a number of other healing modalities and soon after established her own practice.

Over the years, as her sensitivity to energy and her intuitive abilities grew, she began to combine Intuitive Life Coaching with Reiki/Energy Healing, a blend she finds highly powerful and effective in helping clients move forward in their lives. To learn more about Kezia visit www.HeartofaHealer.comwww.OpenintoChange.com or contact her at 919 929 8749 – keziarenee@gmail.com


Now serving organic Counter Culture Coffee (chosen #1 in Southeast, fresh-ground & French-pressed), kratom, kava, large selection of organic teas, smoothies and lemonade, gluten-free, a few vegetarian and vegan meals from Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, veggie quiches from Whole Foods, personal no-GMOs Naan pizzas, organic North Coast beer, wine, gluten-free, vegan, raw and regular pastries and fine chocolates from Matthews Chocolates in Hillsborough. 

During the daytime hours, The Oasis operates as a traditional coffee/cafe/tea/wine lounge. Come alone or with friends and enjoy the relaxing environment. At night, The Oasis transforms into an environment of entertainment, connections and inspiration. On week nights, we host free presentations (7:00-8:00pm) on life-affirming topics (holistic health, environmental issues, indigenous wisdom, sustainability, etc.). On weekend nights we have Movies-That-Matter and live music. All our events are free. (The Oasis is also available to rent for presentations, meetings, workshops, parties, etc.)