SEPTEMBER

 

samadhi-oasisSaturday Sept 22 7:30-9:00pm
Samadhi LIVE!! FREE!! AWESOME!
ON FOR TONIGHT!!

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. A w

 

 

Sunday September 23  6:30-8:00pm
CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION: OUR LONG SLOW EMERGENCY
VIDEO & DISCUSSION NIGHT

We are at a crossroads in our history. We are on the precipice of destroying our habitat, the very earth that gives us sustenance and supports life. Our multiple challenges of climate change, deforestation, overgrazing, fisheries collapse, food insecurity, and the rapid extinction of species are all part of a single, over-arching problem: Humanity has overshot the carrying capacity of the Earth.

Join with others willing to honestly face our situation and have the most important discussion of our lives: how we pull out of our ecological nosedive and transition to a life-affirming global culture, an earth community of sustainability, justice, and peace!

We show a different video each session and discuss a range of important issues and options to address them.

For detailed information on each session, see https://betseydowning.com/upcoming-events/ <https://betseydowning.com/upcoming-events/>. Information will be posted 5-6 days prior to the event.
PRACTICES AND ACTIONS TO CREATE RESILIENCE ~ 4th Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:00pm

In these sessions we focus on creating resilience, both individually and in community. It includes personal practices such as deep breathing and meditation to calm and center ourselves, as well as actions we can take in our communities to adapt to the coming changes brought on by climate destabilization.

Bring your comments, questions, ideas, and friends! Free! Open to all!
Presented by the Citizens Climate Collaborative:
Betsey Downing, Tana Hartman Thorn,
Dirk Kelder, and Jim Sander

 

Wednesay September 26  7:00-9:00pm
Intuitive Life Coaching and Energy Healing Mini sessions
with Kezia Renee Lechne

Many people right now are finding core issues rising more strongly to the surface to be acknowledged, healed and released. Bring whatever you feel you are working with at the moment, be it a relationship challenge, a desire for more clarity about your life’s path, a weight issue, loss and grief, an urge to create more forward momentum in your life.The possibilities, of course, are endless.

Come enjoy an experiential evening of Transformational Intuitive Coaching and hands on Energy 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 feeling lighter and less burdened, with more passion and clarity about moving forward on your path.

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

 

Thursday September 27  7:00-8:00pm
Introducing Holotropic Breathwork:
Safe extraordinary states work with the potential for healing

Bob has been facilitating Holotropic Breathwork sessions since 1993 and is certified by the founding group GTT.  Holotropic Breathwork is a natural, safe technique to expand awareness and access extraordinary states of consciousness.  Indigenous cultures have used extraordinary states for healing throughout the ages. Reports of healing, self-discovery, inner peace, and transformation often occur with this process.

Developed by Dr. Stanislav Grof, this highly experiential process combines deep relaxation, enhanced breathing, evocative music, expressive/integrative bodywork, art, and group process.  We will talk about the process and how the psyche seems to “select” the experience which evolves to teach us.  We will discuss the myriad of experiences, the unlimited nature, and the benefits.

Bob graduated from UNC-CH 1971, worked in business and began to explore spirituality and consciousness in 1991. He has taught meditation, yoga, stress management and massage therapy.

His global travels provided him insights and openings to himself which he willingly shares with others. He is a licensed massage therapist, an approved provider for continuing education for massage therapists, and a certified consultant/instructor of Touch for Health. His love of nature is displayed at his retreat in Mebane, North Carolina where he lives and hosts workshops in Holotropic Breathwork.  www.holoquest.org     (the search for wholeness)

 

Friday September 28  7:00-8:30pm
Movies-to-Matter/Spiritual Cinema
A Leaf of Faith

 

Documentary filmmaker Chris Bell has built his career on investigating drug-related issues that plague athletes and the general public. Best known for Bigger, Stronger, Faster, a bold expose of steroid use by top competitive athletes — including his own ‘doping’ to gain muscle in his pursuit as a body builder — Bell is back with a documentary that addresses wide spread addiction worldwide, and especially in the US, to opioid painkillers. Having reached epidemic proportions, opioid addiction is currently one of the top causes of death in the U.S. — ranging from heroin (an opioid) overdose to abuse of synthetic opioids to withdraw from heroin addition and prescription of addictive opoids to relieve chronic pain.

STAGGERING STATISTICS

Bell’s documentary reveals the staggering statistics, and goes on to describe and advocate for an alternative substance — the Kratom leaf, harvested from a plant, Mitragyna speciosa, that grows abundantly in Southeast Asia, where it has for centuries been brewed into tea and used for mood elevation and to ease pain, without reported incidents of addiction or death.

THE QUEST FOR A SOLUTION

The documentary chronicles Bell’s quest for a full status report on Kratom’s standing with physicians, pharmacists, marketers, patients and various government agencies including the FDA and DEA. He finds varying opinions about the effectiveness, safety and need for regulation of Kratom, which is currently being sold over the counter in health food stores and head shops. The bottom line is that there have not yet been clinical tests to determine the effects and effectiveness of Kratom, so all opinions — including commentaries based on personal experience with the leaf — are is somewhat speculative, but it is generally agreed that there must be regulations regarding product authenticity and quality, and the requirement for accurate product labeling put into place.