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Ecstatic Drumming Circle (for Everyone), with Sharon Gervasoni

Saturday, September 23 & November 25, 3pm to 5pm. $30 per circle (cash or check only)

Drumming in community is magical.  You don’t have to be a drummer to experience the joy and healing power of playing together. Studies have confirmed what all indigenous cultures know–that drumming in a group releases endorphins and can lead to a sense of self-transcendence (ecstasy) that is nourishing and healing. See for example https://www.thoughtco.com/drum-therapy-1729574. This circle will be an opportunity to communally create rhythms, using drums, rattles, and other percussion instruments.

Sharon is trained as a massage therapist and shamanic practitioner, and is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister and former hospice volunteer. She has been drumming for decades, and facilitating monthly ecstatic drumming circles in spiritual community for 5 years.

No drumming experience is needed; instruments will be provided. If you do have a drum, rattle or other percussion instrument, please bring it! Space is limited to 20 participants.  Register by emailing Sharon at RevSharonG@gmail.com.

 

Whole Heart Connection: Intro for People of Color, Co-facilitated by Thea Elijah & Rachelle Rosario

Saturday and Sunday • October 7-8, 2017 • 9am – 5pm
There is no tuition for this workshop! We are accepting donations only.

Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Communities, Healing Our Nation Right now is a time when we need to be at our most clear and most strong, so that we can reach out to each other and create connections that will serve everyone’s health and the health of our planet. This has been a time of great pain for many people of color. We aim, specifically, to offer this workshop to this specific group at no cost in an effort to heal wounds, repair damage, and assist our communities in moving forward together in health.

Whole Heart Connection is a set of tools for mutual empowerment, and for holding non-violent core alignment in conflictual situations. The body-based nature of these practices makes them ideal for becoming conscious of, and clearing, unconscious embodied racism and sexism, including internalized racism and sexism. These are tools for fostering equality even in the midst of social power imbalance.

Our goal is the well-being of entire communities, and so we are committed to fostering personal health every step of the way. There is no division between being an activist and taking care of ourselves.

Students of this workshop qualify for 14 NCCAOM-approved CEUs. (10 Core Knowledge, 4 Ethics) Visit here for registration and more information.

 

Fresh-ish Off The Boat:  A Mindfulness Daylong for Immigrant and First Generation People of Color,
with La Sarmiento and Sebene Selassie

November 11, 2017 • 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM • Fees: Base $75, Mid $85, Sponsor $95

The base offering covers direct expenses for this event. Your payment at the two higher levels includes a tax-deductible donation to the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW). Scholarships are available. Please apply early as funds are limited.

As immigrant and first generation people of color, our sense of belonging is often split between two worlds as we honor and respect where we’ve come from as well as navigate a new life and culture in the US. The Buddhadharma can offer us a way to come home to ourselves with compassion and understanding for the complexities of our lives.
This daylong is an opportunity for reflection, practice, and dialogue around what it means to be an immigrant or first generation person of color awakening through teachings and practices rooted in ancient wisdom traditions. The day will include time for guided mindfulness and heart meditations, movement, relational practices, and community building.
Beginners and experienced practitioners are welcome!
Registration Information
For more information, email: lasarmiento108@gmail.com

Ecstatic Drumming Circle for Therapists and Bodyworkers, with Sharon Gervasoni

Saturday, December 16 • 3pm to 5pm • $30 per circle (cash or check only)

In these times, therapists are being called upon to hold even more than usual for their clients. This circle will be an opportunity to rest into communally-created rhythms and silence, using drums, rattles, and other percussion instruments. Studies have confirmed what all indigenous cultures know–that drumming in a group releases endorphins and can lead to a sense of self-transcendence (ecstasy) that is nourishing and healing. See for example https://www.thoughtco.com/drum-therapy-1729574

Sharon is trained as a massage therapist and shamanic practitioner, and is an ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister and former hospice volunteer. She has been drumming for decades, and facilitating monthly ecstatic drumming circles in spiritual community for 5 years.

No drumming experience is needed; instruments will be provided. If you do have a drum, rattle or other percussion instrument, please bring it! Space is limited to 20 participants.  Register by emailing Sharon at RevSharonG@gmail.com.

Crossings’ Director Acupuncturist Alaine Duncan and Acupressure Therapist Cathy Miller just had a research paper published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.  The paper describes a year-long Restore & Renewâ Wellness Clinic offered at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for hospital caregivers. We offered ear acupuncture, clinical acupressure and Zero Balancingâ.  Our hope was that by helping these noble caregivers find more relaxed and calm alertness, we could undo, soften, and release the trauma of war – in them and for everyone they touched. The number we are proudest of is a striking finding on the possible impact we had on patient care. Among those who visited the wellness clinic nine or more times, 75% strongly agreed that they experienced more compassion with patients as a result of clinic participation. When health care providers of war-wounded patients are given opportunities to experience more balance and wellness, this evaluation suggests that they may have the potential to “spread” their wellness to their co-workers and their patients.  We couldn’t have asked for more.  Read it here:
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