John Keats (1795 – 1821), a poet, from the English Romantic Era was a main figure of the second generation of Romantic poets. He famously stated, “The poetry of the earth is never dead”.
My name is Rose Fields, I’m 27 years old and from the small town of Pikeville, here in NC. I lacked stability in my childhood and supplemented with reading and writing. Falling in love with poetry at a young age, I turned to it to connect and express. In return poetry allowed me to channel my feelings and redirect them in a healthy way. Poetry is a peaceful outlet for self-expression, in addition to, the processing of emotions. I often say, to write a poem is to have a conversation with one’s intrinsic, otherwise-neglected self. I wanted to create a safe place for young people to connect with one another and process through the more convoluted aspects of life. Thus, the Never Dead Poets Society was born! Whether you are a writer, a listener, or a reader, you are welcome to come join this group!
A typical meeting consists of reading, writing, and creating a prompt for the future meeting. This keeps all involved writing and processing through a collection of topics decided on and discussed throughout each meeting. Our group is not full of writers by trade, though we do have a few accomplished writers in the group. I, myself am a science major…if that helps you to feel more comfortable with your background. Everyone has the ability to write poetry! Although this group is centered on the collaborative experiences of young adults, anyone can come and participate! Please feel free to contact me with the email provided below with any further questions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday September 19 7:00-8:00pm
Sacred healing space with Emma Stow
Join us for a beautiful evening and sacred space offered to all. This evening will support the healing of your body and heart and will also support the connection to your divine Self through intuitive healing with love and life force energy. There will also be a Q&A.
Emma Stow is a Soul guide, healer, writer and wisdom keeper from the UK. She is the author of the book Revolution of Being (2012)
and is known for her work and retreats on the soul. Her focus is on love, healing and awareness as a catalyst for personal and global change. Her background is in astrology, sacred land and intuitive healing, having run the 50 mile Summer Solstice Pilgrimage to Glastonbury in 2012. She has held retreats for 10 years in the UK and USA. In 2019 she was invited to be part of the international Wisdom Keepers collective in the UK.
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.
Sunday September 22 6:30-8:30pm
CLIMATE DESTABILIZATION: OUR LONG SLOW EMERGENCY
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.
Come find out how this amazingly effective holistic energy healing therapy called Tong Ren can help you regain your health and vitality by removing blockages from, and adding more balance to, your body and your field, so you can feel (and look) younger, enjoy more well-being, and get more out of life! Certified Tong Ren Practitioner Sophie Dangtran will discuss the history and theory of Tong Ren, and will share personal examples of its effectiveness. She will also include a demo, so you can actually experience it!
Sophie Dangtran is a Certified Tong Ren Practitioner and Reiki Master/Teacher. For the past 14 years, she has been blending her own healing abilities with many other forms of holistic energy healing, including tuning forks, breaths, sounds, Reiki: The Polarity Way, Tong Ren, and Access Consciousness, and more, to bring more ease and joy to people near and far.
For more info about Sophie Dangtran and her practice, go to
Science and Shamanism have just collided! And the resulting explosion has generated a reality shifting burst of illumination, lighting up the reality that our world is pure energy! Join Francis on Friday, September 27, at 7:00pm at Oasis at Carr Mill Mall for an evening of proactive shamanism – stepping out of the trance of “objective” reality and on to a high-vibration path of wild explosive energy!
From the truly “far-out” discovery by astrophysics that the foundation of our cosmos is “One Love” – to the deep inner realms of your own personal neurophysiology – this evening will be illuminating! You’ll experience 3 shamanic practices to help you negotiate our rapidly changing world, along with a direct experience of practical magic.
This evening promises to be a full house – come early for a beverage and a snack before lift-off! Join Francis where the past meets the present as the future unfolding! Francis Rico apprenticed with his Grandfather, a Maketo shaman. From this early start, he has followed pathways of indigenous wisdom traditions around the world. He is the author of the foundational shamanic classic “A Shaman’s Guide to Deep Beauty.” Contact www.shaman.zone
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.)