APRIL

 

Thursday  April 4  7:00-8:00pm
An Evening of Satsang with Grace of Mt. Shasta

Grace is a love-realized mystic, spiritual teacher and internationally known healer. An Essene minister, she has devoted her life to her healing ministry of Love; bringing awareness of our interconnectedness with all life and the sacredness of Being. Over the years she has touched the hearts and lives of people all over the world with her loving presence, deep wisdom, mystical poetry, and powerful healing energy. Please do come and experience…. Grace. “ In the midst of the greatest challenges on our planet at this time, we also have available to us the greatest potential for spiritual awakening… a time of accelerated vibrations inviting us all to Rise up into higher and more luminous expressions of Being.” ~ Grace

 

Monday April 8 7:00-8:30pm
Introducing Hart’s Mill Ecovillage and Farm Establishing a Housing Cooperative: An Unfinished Story about Hart’s Mill Ecovillage

How do you live? There are lots of different kinds of residential spaces in which we live. The ways in which we actually own these spaces, however, turns out to be a rather short list. One possibility on that list is called a Housing Cooperative. A housing cooperative is a unique form of home ownership in which a cooperative corporation holds title to dwelling units and directly assumes the mortgage, tax and other obligations necessary to finance and operate the development. A resident becomes an owner of the corporation by purchasing a share in the business. This exciting and educational exploration of housing cooperatives will be the focus of the evening. How does it work? What are the advantages/disadvantages of this unfamiliar form of home ownership? Is it for me? The discussion will include some of the details of how the Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, located in west-central Orange County, is working to organize its housing ownership as one form of housing cooperative. Hart’s Mill member Paul Voss will lead the discussion.

 

Tuesday April 9  7:00-8:00pm
The Harmonies of 4 and the
 Art of Balance

A conversation with Kenneth Turner, PhD (Board Secretary for the Jung Society of the Triangle)
http://jungnc.org/

The smaller integers (0, 1, 2, 3, etc.) are what Carl Jung has described as ‘Archetypes,’ objects wired into our unconscious minds as human beings which form the broad general structures of our inner lives. Looking at some of the many examples of ‘fourness’ in our ideas and experience, we will attempt to see, and if necessary, create, more balance and wholeness in our daily lives.

Carl Jung, arguably the most important psychologist of the last century, was first a younger colleague and later a rival of Sigmund Freud. In contrast to Freud’s materialistic model of our human nature, which sought to increase happiness by adjusting us to the demands of society, Jung had a more expanded view of humanity. He sought, not adjustment, but becoming who we were meant to be as individuals, a process he called ‘individuation’.

 

Kenneth Turner brings a variety of life experience to his work with people. He earned a PhD in Physics (Princeton, 1962), an MA in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology (University of West Georgia, 2007), and passed the National Counselors exam. He has been an astronomer, an administrator, a federal bureaucrat, an executive at a high tech start-up company, a college professor, an entrepreneur, and a psychotherapist. He has married, helped raise children (his own and others), lived abroad, been widowed twice, and retired. Kenneth holds certifications in the Body Centered Transformation work of Gay and Katlyn Hendricks, and in the Enneagram approach of Kathy Hurley and Theodorre Donson. He is an authorized facilitator for the Institute of Noetic Sciences Conscious Aging program and has been involved with Jungian psychology for more than fifty years.  http://jungnc.org/

 

Sunday April 14 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

 

samadhi-oasisSaturday April 20
7:30-9:00pm
Samadhi LIVE!! FREE!! AWESOME!

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
Onye LIVE! FREE!

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

Ngo– strength of the panther
Ma– given
Ngoma

– 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
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