Looking for a new prescription for serious illness? Take eight intrepid patients, add a team of indigenous medicine men and shamans, and mix for 30 days in the Peruvian Amazon. Suffering from conditions ranging from Parkinson’s to prostate cancer to diabetes, these patients are motivated by a commitment to heal naturally and sheer desperation to end their suffering. Immersed in nature, silence and solitude, shamanic medicine ceremonies open them to the emotional and psychological issues underlying their dis-ease. The experienced shamans mindfully harvest and prepare specific remedies for their patients, with treatments that include healing songs and spiritual counsel. Entering the heart of healing in the heart of the Amazon, we find that saving the rainforest really does mean saving ourselves.
CityFolk is an acoustic folk group that plays their own original compositions as well as music spanning from acoustic contemporary folk to light jazz, bluegrass and country folk/rock. Originally based in Washington, D.C., but now residing in North Carolina, the group consists of Jane Muldoon-Smith (lead vocals, guitar, and mandolin), along with husband Peter Smith (lead and background vocals, lead 6 and 12 string guitars, mandolin, walkabout dulcimer, and guitar synthesizer) and occasionally their daughter, Joanna, on upright bass and guitar.
Jane performed in the DC folk music scene while attending college there, having shared the stage with such local DC celebrities as Mary Chapin-Carpenter. She is an active member and soloist in the Symphonic and Chamber Choirs of the Concert Singers of Cary. She has sung in several programs with the choir and the North Carolina Symphony and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. Jane has also been selected to sing the National Anthem at Durham Bulls games.
Pete is a classically trained guitarist having studied music at The American University with John Marlow, a protégé of Andres Segovia, and he has studied with noted jazz guitarist and former Chapel Hill resident, Howard Morgen. Pete played solo guitar for many years in the DC area including several folk and rock bands before joining with Jane to form CityFolk. He has performed classical guitar accompaniment for several Concert Singers of Cary performances. Pete expanded his performance credits to include writing and performing a portion of the score used in the Applause! Cary Youth Theater’s production of the “Pied Piper of Hamelin”. He also plays the walkabout dulcimer and is a certified guitar repair technician/luthier.
Joanna provides upright bass for CityFolk when she is not attending school. She has served as the Principal bassist for the Triangle Youth Symphony and has been a NC All State musician. She has performed in several concerts at the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh with the Youth Symphony and has performed with the UNC Wilmington string orchestra.
Kyra Moore is an environmental activist with Stop the Pipeline: Atlantic Coast Pipeline. She will share information about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a proposed natural gas pipeline that would bring fracked natural gas from WV, through VA, and then run through the northern border of North Carolina to the Southern border of North Carolina. Learn how it will affect you and other North Carolinians and what actions you can take to stop it, and discover contact information for groups you can connect with.
Kyra will guide us through some easy action steps during this event. She has small oval “No ACP” bumper stickers, “Stop the Pipeline” yard signs, “Frack Free NC” yard signs, pre-addressed and pre-typed postcards, as well as pre-addressed blank postcards and postcard stamps! She provides the addresses and phone numbers for local, state and federal politicians and for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She will help you navigate the FERC Web site to “e-file” your objections and she will have official paper comment forms for those who prefer to write their comments. Kyra will direct you to the most important online petitions and will bring paper petitions you can sign. She will give out literature that you can pass along to your friends including a bulleted list of the 6 most important arguments against this natural gas pipeline and also a calendar of events.
The ACP is a proposed pipeline that’s costly, unneeded and dangerous. It would be a 42 inch, highly pressurized pipeline starting at the southern end of the Marcellus shale in West Virginia, would take fracked gas extracted in severely impacted communities and move it through VA and 8 counties in NC, ending near Lumberton. Only 18 permanent jobs would be created, only large industries would be able to tap in to the pipeline, and Duke Energy wants ratepayers to pay for this unnecessary project to boot.
Recent studies have shown that:
1) it’s utility customers who would pay the $5 Billion cost of construction even if the pipeline is under-utilized
2) there’s simply no need for more gas pipelines to the southeast US!
3) recent, hastily built pipelines have more failures than any pipelines built since before 1940!
Get involved, to protect communities, landowners, utility ratepayers, and the environment!
If possible, bring your laptop.
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.
Just as breath, the key ingredient for our existence is our listening, life is unraveled in how we listen. Listening is a continuous practice, a continuous loop, for the deeper we go the deeper we want to go and the more we find. During this evening we will explore listening as a multilevel experience from the practical to the spiritual. Our focus is on the listening that is below our level of our conscious awareness. Is that our intuition or something else?
Marilyn will share about how she “listened” her newly released popular book, In Just One Afternoon – Listening Into The Hearts Of Men” into being. Marilyn will read a bit from her book and will facilitate a Q&A. Why did a woman write a book about men? What was the process to invite men to share their story, secrets and their life?
Marilyn Shannon is a devout optimist. As a coach, author, mediator, speaker, online TV host of The Breaking Free Show and Founder of Women’s Power Networking Marilyn believes by taking a little time to listen, share, and understand each other we will live in peace. Marilyn has released her book, “In Just One Afternoon – Listening Into The Hearts Of Men”, a compilation of stories shared by men about their lives and their secrets and is releasing her second book “In Just One Afternoon – Listening Into The Hearts Of Twins”, dedicated to her mother and aunt, identical twins who at 91 are rocking it. Marilyn taught special education, owned a furniture store, was a marketing representative, holds a degree in Communications and Public
Speaking, is a wife, mother of five, and grandma to Landon, Liev and Nolan.
Reach Marilyn at: Marilyn@MarilynShannon.com http://www.youtube.com/user/reenchanter
Do you cry easily? Do you often get accused of over-reacting or being too sensitive? Do you have a high degree of empathy? Do you find that good and bad things affect you more deeply than those around you? You might be one of the 20 percent of the population who are highly sensitive individuals, an often misunderstood physiological trait examined in depth through the new documentary Sensitive: The Untold Story.
Sensitive: The Untold Story is the first ever documentary on the trait of high sensitivity — a phenomenon identified by psychologist Dr. Elaine Aron in the 1990s — and it opened to a full house at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor theater on September 10, 2015, featuring a live stream in which people from 50 countries around the world also attended.
Interestingly, research presented in the film found that roughly 30% of the highly sensitive community are extroverts, and the trait of high sensitivity manifests in equal measure in males and females. Unfortunately for many highly sensitive people — and especially ones who live in cultures in which sensitivity is not considered a positive trait, for males in particular — often the perspectives and behaviors of the highly sensitive can be misunderstood or misdiagnosed as shyness, introversion, autism, Asperger’s, or even social phobias because of a lack of general information on this personality trait.
In Sensitive: The Untold Story Dr. Aron breaks down the four major traits of a highly sensitive individual into the acronym DOES: depth of processing, overstimulation, empathy and emotional responsiveness, and sensitivity to subtleties.