Monday June 18  7:00-8:00pm
Reinventing Ourselves: The Next Blessed Chapter with Robert Roskind

In today’s fast changing environments we are being called on to constantly learn and grow and to often go through life-changing events that cause us to have to reinvent ourselves. Sometimes these events are pleasurable like a spiritual awakening, the birth of a child, meeting a mate, beginning your life work. Other times they are painful involving a physical, financial, spiritual, or relationship “crisis.” In either case, these are the milestone markers on our path – in fact they are our path – and they are all for our highest good. As a veteran of countless, reinventions, Robert will discuss how to navigate these life changes with calm and clarity – no matter how intense they might appear.

Robert Roskind is the author of twelve books including Rasta Heart: A Journey into One Love, The Beauty Path: A Native American Journey into One Love, The Gathering of the Healers, In the Spirit of Marriage and In the Spirit of Business. He is also the producer of a record-breaking PBS series and the organizer of over 200 One Love Events in the U.S. and Jamaica. He lives in Carrboro and operates the Oasis.

Tuesday June 19 7:00-8:00pm
Prepare for Aging: Your sense of

balance can save your later years – training is advised
with Dr. Morgan (aka Kevin aka FitOldDog)

As we age, our senses can decline, especially in the absence of appropriate exercises. This is true of olfaction, sight, hearing, and balance. A loss of balance in your 80s could result in a broken hip, and you’re done. Let’s not go there.

Your sense of balance is handled
in four ways:
1. Inner ears (semicircular canals, utricle and
2. Somatic sense (proprioceptive detection of tension in muscles, tendons and
3. Sight – harder to balance with your eyes closed.
4. Mechanoreceptors on the bottom of your feet.

These all work in concert, and each can be trained, to somedegree. The one most neglected? Bottom of our feet. Let’s share our vertigo stories, for mutual learning.

Dr. Morgan (aka Kevin aka FitOldDog) is a retired veterinary scientist
and entrepreneur. His business, Old Dogs in Training, LLC, is working to help
people handle the challenges of aging. As a life-long athlete, he received a
medal at the end of every Ironman race he finished. He noticed that aging is
tougher than the Ironman, but there was no medal, not that he’s in a hurry to
finish that race. Aging comes with more aches, pains and challenges. One such
challenge is decline of our sense of balance. If you ask him how he’s doing, 99%
of the time he replies, “I’m happy.” If you ask him why he’s happy,
he’ll reply, “It’s a choice. Being miserable is hard work.” Kevin is
now making his living writing and selling books on aging. His main marketing
tool is story-telling. As a life-long athlete, Kevin trains his sense of
balance every day, using balance exercises and his VOXXLife Socks.



Wednesday June 20  7:00-8:30pm
Stephanie Massingale and Arya

Stephanie Massengale is an Intuitive Life Coach and channeler for Arya. This talk will be channeled messages from Arya. In a style similar to Esther Hicks with Abraham, Stephanie channels a loving 5th dimensional being named Arya, from the Arcturus star system. Please bring your questions as Stephanie responds to your intentions for the evening.

In 2006, Stephanie had a near death experience which lead to a reawakening of her psychic abilities. In 2007, Stephanie was teaching non-verbal autistic children. They began to start talking to her telepathically. This completely changed the direction of her life. This evening will help you to understand the changing times in which we are currently living.
If you would like to know more about her, here is her website address:
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June 21 7:00-8:00pm
Love God NOW
with Andy and Shef

Come explore the wonders and fullness of life and dig deep into what it means to Love God Now Who is God? How is Love? What is Now? When is Love? Where is God? Why is Now?
How is Now? Where is Love? Why is God? When is Now? What is Love? Who is Love?
Why is Love? How is God? Who is Now? What is God? Where is Now? When is God?

You dig?
Andy Ross is a progressive, independent minister who seeks to awaken others to the peace, love, and joy of God’s being through deep personal insight and transformative spiritual practice. His first book, Where is God? , is the introduction to a NEW theology for the HERE and NOW, honoring both the eternal moment and the progress of humanity. Andy lives in
the moment, but resides with his wife and two daughters in Wake Forest, NC.




Sheffield Pulley is the author of the soon to be released NAO TE CHING and teaches carpe iam , a series of pillars and principles born out of the text that reveal a way of life founded
on The Way, the foundation of life and the space in between and beyond the contrast and chaos of life. This way of being lends clarity and context to one’s story, leading to a new sense
of self grounded in wholeness, hope, and service. He lives in the research triangle with his guru, his 8 year old son Fo.


*Warning: Conversation will most definitely induce laughter and leave you light.


Friday June 21  7:0-9:00pm
Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie: Seven Years in the Counterculture

A one-man play by author and Oasis founder Robert Roskind, set to photos and the music of the era!

The counterculture of the 60s and 70s has been viewed as everything from naive to hedonistic. However, most of these views were formed by observing the movement from the outside. “Memoirs of an Ex-Hippie” offers a vastly different perspective, one developed from within.
After graduating college in 1968, Robert Roskind hit the road for seven years. Roskind’s travels lead him into the heart of the counterculture–to Esalen Institute, Tassajara Hot Springs, Big Sur, Vancouver Island, the communes of Oregon and North Carolina, Altamont Pop Festival, Mt. Shasta, the Haight-Ashbury and the “motherland”–Northern California.
His personal odyssey, sometimes profane and funny, sometimes profound and serious, reveals this tumultuous era as a cultural and spiritual renaissance that birthed many of the solutions to problems humanity now faces.


Robert Roskind is the author of twelve books including Rasta Heart: A Journey into One Love, The Beauty Path: A Native American Journey into One Love, The Gathering of the Healers, In the Spirit of Marriage and In the Spirit of Business. He is also the producer of a record-breaking PBS series and the organizer of over 200 One Love Events in the U.S. and Jamaica. He lives in Carrboro and operates the Oasis.




Saturday June 23  7:30-9:00pm
Pilgrims and Troubadours

Songs and Stories from a Musical Pilgrimage with Alexandra and William Riggins


Saturday June 23  7:30-9:00pm
Pilgrims and Troubadours

Songs and Stories from a Musical Pilgrimage with Alexandra and William Riggins

In 1996, Alexandra and William left their home in the USA and began a long pilgrimage. Traveling by bicycle, they carry a guitar and tent, and visit holy places of all religions. Along the way, they sing for people: in schools, universities, retirement homes, clinics, prisons, churches, conferences, camps, monasteries and where ever they are invited. Accompanied by the guitar, they sing songs in about 16 different languages from the various countries they visited as well as songs they have composed based on their experiences. You are invited to join them on a bit of their journey as they sing, recount experiences and share insights gathered while traveling through forty-nine countries and four continents, covering 36 000 miles by bicycle. Their book, P i l g r i m s a n d T r o u b a d o u r s , was published with Lulu books in 2013. A German version, Pilger und Troubadoure, appeared in 2016 in Residenz Verlag, Salzburg, Austria. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/wayofpilgrims/


Sunday June 24 :30-8:30pm

VIDEO & DISCUSSION NIGHT ~ 2 nd Sunday of each month
PRACTICES AND ACTIONS TO CREATE RESILIENCE ~ 4 th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm

On the 2 nd Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm, we show a different climate video and discuss a range of important issues and options to address them, both individually and collectively.

Our perspective is that the core ecological problem is not climate change, but rather it is overshoot, of which our climate destabilization is a symptom. We have overshot the ability, i.e.,“carrying capacity”, of the earth to support the population by using up resources faster than they can be replenished. In the process we’ve put an amount of CO2 into the atmosphere that has destabilized our climate.

“There can be no greater crime against humanity than the destruction of conditions that make human life possible…” Lawrence Torcello
We are in an unprecedented time of risk, uncertainty, and opportunity … and with some urgency we are called to greater participation to serve our Emerging Future.

Join us for this important discussion of how we move forward to create an Earth Community of justice, sustainability and peace! Bring your comments, questions and ideas. Free! Open to all!

For detailed information of the specific video that will be shown, see
https://betseydowning.com/upcoming-events/ . Information will be posted 5-6 days prior to the event.

PRACTICES AND ACTIONS TO CREATE RESILIENCE ~ 4 th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm

On the 4 th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm, we focus on creating resilience, individually and in our communities. The first 30 minutes focuses on our individual resilience and includes practices such as meditation, deep breathing, guided imagery, and/or gentle movement to calm and center ourselves, so that we function at our best. Following that we discuss actions to prepare for the coming challenges to create greater resilience in our communities as well as in our individual lives.

No experience necessary. Free! Open to all!

Presented by a group of concerned and dedicated citizens:
Betsey Downing, Marty Adams, Tana Hartman Thorn,
Dirk Kelder, and Jim Sander


Tuesday June 26  7:00-8:15pm
Gift of the Tao- Chi Kung, High-Level Energy Healing
with Link Freedom

Join us for a deep dive into the nature of reality, energy, and how to work with it! For thousands of years Taoists have explored and mapped out the inner realms, drawn the energy pathways, and created systems of movements to align ourselves with natural energy patterns.
Gift of the Tao Chi Kung is unique in that is comes full circle with the shamanic practices that gave rise to Taoist thought, and utilizes energy patterns from the Higher Levels. The whole point of the practice is to shift our energy body through different vibrations, ending in a crescendo that aligns us with our highest Self! This is the essence of what “High-Level” healing means: simply to work on the Spiritual root cause of the issue manifesting in your life.
No experience with Chi Kung is necessary, though an open mind and ability to feel (or desire to) ‘Chi’ is recommended! Gift of the Tao focuses on the energy, not so much the movements so it is modifiable to any physical capacity.

Link Freedom is a licensed bodyworker, and healing arts professional with half a decade of experience in his field. In his pursuit of finding the most effective healing practice, he studied Philosophy at NC State to understand all the ways in which our perspective creates our reality. His practice of Clinical Chi Kung for his own healing and that of others began in 2014. He emphasizes the path of embodiment-of integrating and embracing our Wholeness as the deepest healing. His travels have taken him to Japan, Brasil, and Peru to broaden his approach to the healing arts. Learn more about his vision @ Healcyon.com, or contact him directly (212) 765-2693, healcyon.sky@gmail.com

Thursday June 28th  7:00-8:00pm
Transactionality in Intimate Relationships: Troubles with Trading in the Bedroom
with Morgan Leming

Transactionality” deals with the ways we can turn sex into a transactional activity, even within intimate, romantic relationships. In the presentation, we will talk about the different forms transactionality can take in the bedroom, when it is definitively unhealthy versus when it is more ambiguous, the pitfalls of transactional approaches to sex in a loving relationship, reasons why we might fall into it, and some ways we can avoid it. Attendees can expect to gain a greater awareness of their own transactional behavior patterns in the bedroom (and out!) and begin to explore their feelings about transactionality in their sex life. Long term, this information may help us to have healthier relationships with ourselves and our partners, as well as have a more enjoyable sex life.

Morgan F. is a human being with several years of experience living and recovering from life. The materials presented are based on his own thoughts and experiences around how to be in healthy relationship with his self and others.

FRIDAY June 29 EVENING CHILL  6:30-8:30pm
Food & Beverages are 1/2 Price!
Come in and relax in our Oasis!

Saturday June 30  7:30-9:00pm

‘The Get Togethers’ have been cooking their jams in North Carolina since 2017, but the songs are much older. The guitars, banjo and fiddle-cello combine with hand drums and beats combine the energy of country and bluegrass together with the power of reggae and Senegalese hip-hop. Like the minimal music in film scores that combine different sound-worlds, ‘The Get Together’s’ put their love into their sound and International vibrations in to their music.
Born in Senegal, Mamoudou ‘Le Nomad’ Baldé moved to the United States in 2008. He’s a Singer, Drummer and Rapper. In Senegal his group SSK was selected by Usain Bolt personally to be the featured song in one of his promotional ads. He’s played all over the world, in Africa, US, the Carribean, Senegal and Paris to name a few.

For ‘The Get Togethers’ Mamoudou works closely alongside composer and improviser Kenneth ‘Doc’ Stewart. Kenneth spends his time exploring fusions of genres like country, blues and jazz with experimental electronic classical music. When in his PhD Music studies at Duke University he regularly performed with the Duke New Music Ensemble in Durham at local venues such as Motorco, Fullsteam Brewery and Baldwin Auditorium.

Regular members of the band include Mamoudou on Voice, Drums and Guitar, Bennie on Banjo, Kenneth on Guitar and Cello, Douglas Stridiron on Bass, with John Osburn (ADF) and Curt Hoffmann on Drums. ‘The Get Togethers’ believes in peace and fairness with justice for ALL people around the world. The lyrics preach their brand of love in four languages, English, French, Wolof and Fulani. The songs are born in Africa, but bred in Durham, North Carolina.
‘Le Nomad’ and ‘Doc’ met at a friends get-together, just prior to playing with one another they switched guitars. The novelty of this was a silly meet-cute at first, but when they channeled the live energy into the music, they knew the party is only getting started. Soon after this first get-together, each member joined in succession. The melodies are infectious and the themes are universal. It’s real when ‘The Get’ gets together and when the tunes are flowing, remembering that people are free when love abounds.

Samples –
Mamoudou “Nomad” Balde @World Beat Fest 2014 @ Cat’s Cradle

Africa (Music Video)

Khaley – ”Children are our Future”
To have a better today and tomorrow, we have “To love, teach and protect and guide them…”

Mamoudou Balde and the Red Blues Family Live in August 2017




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.)