determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to

samadhi-oasisSaturday April 20

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.


Tuesday April 23 7:00-8:30pm

Join Onye Onyemaechi, renowned African master drummer, teacher, author and healer, as he brings us together in a celebration of life, building community for personal and global transformation. This session will include drumming, traditional and intuitive wisdom and healing power that flows from Spirit through Onye. He is able to perceive the imprint that past thoughts, trauma, emotions, decisions and relationships have left on an individual’s soul memory. He is a channel of divine energy, universal spiritual values and wisdom to help others. In addition to international retreats, musical performances, and workshops, Onye offers personal consultations: home/office energetic clearing, spiritual guidance and body healing sessions which may be scheduled during his visit.

His websites are villagerhythms.com and onyeonyemaechi.com. See his book The Drum: Voice of the Village. Other Intuitive Consulting Services: intuitive business consultant, spiritual advisor, life coach for corporations, small businesses, professionals, entrepreneurs, entertainers, actors and professional athletes. “Mr. Onyemaechi brings healing to many patients.” J. A., OD “My experience with Onye was miraculous.” DM, teacher “I felt a powerful wave of healing energy.” JR, social services “My experience with Onye was filled with wonder.” TS, consultant “Onye gave me healing, guidance, and spiritual grounding.”


Wednesday April 24 7:00-8:30pm
Guidance-based Decision Making from the Heart, Mind & Spirit
with Belinda Macri of Clearwater Retreat & Robert Roskind of Oasis

Decision making – it defines much of our life, who we really are as a person and how much joy or pain, success or failure we create in our lives. Most of our decisions are effected, even warped, by our fears, ego, pleasuring, romantic fantasies, and/or our desires to be perceived in a certain way by others.

There is, however, a clearer way to make decisions in our lives, both large and small and that is to release as much fear and ego defining as possible and open to guidance from your Higher Self. It will be offered, both through outer signs and inner guidance. It leads us to our true path that we incarnated here to walk.

Belinda’s journey has been rich in healing.  She owns and operates Clearwater Retreat, the perfect place for body/mind/spirit healing,  her passion for her work is evident.  Her journey both personally and then achieving certifications as an Ayurvedic Consultant (lifestyle practices), Hatha Yoga Instructor, Meditation Teacher and Health Coach working with people with Lyme, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue.

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.




Thursday April 25  7:00-8:00pm
Book Launch “Poems from the Heron Clan with Doug Stuber

Poems from the Heron Clan launches its sixth edition on Tuesday April 25th at Oasis in Carrboro. This edition has 80 poets mostly from  North Carolina, but also Brazil, Australia and New York City.Come listen to the poets themselves read their work.



Friday April 26 7:00-8:30pm
Movies-That-Matter/Spiritual Cinema
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in forty languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression.

This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences by filmmakers Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Bill Plympton (Guide Dog), and a host of award-winning animators from around the world. Set in a Mediterranean sea-side village, Kamila (Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra, (Quvenzhané Wallis) out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home – but first they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard and Yo-Yo Ma.


Saturday April 27. 7:30-9:00pm
Pline and Ken Wilson LIVE! FREE!

Ngo– strength of the panther
Ma– given

– a drum or a spiritual ceremony to help people work with difficult issues, a
healing ritual as in “doing ngoma”

Join Pline Mounzeo and Ken Wilson by dancing together and supporting each other. Let your body-mind enter the integrative mode of consciousness to work with your difficult issues. They provide the music; you provide the dance; everyone along with the whole universe creates the spirit. Pline’s home, the Congo River Basin around Kinshasa and Brazzaville, is the musical epicenter for the great Ngoma healing tradition of Central and Southern Africa.

Though Europeans once were afraid and referred to Congo as “the heart of
darkness”, most people now value this extraordinary rain forest, its people,
its possession mediums and its healing drums. Pline is a world class drummer
from Brazzaville; Ken has played and loved these rhythms for 39 years.



Sunday April 28 6:30-8:30pm

VIDEO & DISCUSSION NIGHT ~ 2nd Sunday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm

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/ . 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.


BEAUTY_PATH_NEW_267x360Monday April 29  7:00-8:00pm
Infusing Native American Wisdom in Our Daily Lives
with Oasis founder Roberrt Roskind author of The Beauty Path, A Native American Journey Into One Love

Until they were invaded by European conquerors, all Native American societies were based on three truths – we are all One with our Creator, one with our brothers and sisters, and one with the Earth. From this mindset they created societies that brought out the best in humanity. They were co-operative and love-based. The mindset of the conquerors – a mindset that now dominates the planet – is the opposite and based on three lies – we are separate from our Creator, from all our brothers and sisters and from the Earth. This world perspective brings out the worst in us as leads to the fractured world we have been sent here to heal through our love. As we heal this misconception within our own minds and hearts, our lives enter a mystical stream of energy that is the inheritance of every human – lovingly given to us by the Great Spirit.

ME REDWOODSRobert 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 has worked closely with Hopi, Havasupai and Mayan Elders. He lives in Carrboro and operates the Oasis.



Tuesday April 30   7:00-8:30pm
Meditation and Healing Workshop
with Tom Spector, PhD

Tom’s Meditation Workshop is for everyone, even people who believe they could never meditate. Learn techniques to calm your busy mind and experience your precious Inner Being. Tom is internationally regarded as a refreshingly effective meditation teacher. His teachings are clear and easy to follow. They combine profound meaning with light humor. Participants regularly enjoy the benefits of meditation. Many have life-transforming experiences. Tom will also present healing techniques for stress, worry and pain. He has a special gift for helping people understand the root causes of their suffering and how to create healing.

Tom began meditating in 1968 while enrolled in a highly selective, intense graduate program at Yale University. He was struggling not only with the curriculum, but also with anger and a battered down self-esteem. Meditation clarified issues and elucidated the paths forward. Tom then completed the full PhD Program in record time. He has been teaching meditation and healing since 1976. Tom’s book, Our Two Gardens: How to Cultivate Healing and CD, Meditation and Healing, will be available at a discount. Tom lives in North Carolina with his wife, Joanna, who teaches yoga at their studio. Learn more about meditation and yoga at www.hathahouse.com.


Now serving organic Counter Culture Coffee (chosen #1 in Southeast, fresh-ground & French-pressed), kratom, kava, CBD products, drinks and edibles, large selection of organic teas, smoothies, gluten-free, vegan and regular pastries and chocolates. 

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.)