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Kirtan with Leeds Davis

Date: Friday, December 22nd
Time: 6 - 7:30 pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

Begun in India centuries ago, Kirtan is simply singing and meditation. With harmonium accompaniment we will chant together in English several spiritualized songs brought to this country nearly 100 years ago by Paramahansa Yogananda. After a period of chanting with deeper and deeper attention and devotion, we will then sit in meditation, absorbing and internalizing the affirmation inherent in the chant.

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Winter Solstice Celebration and Healing Ceremony

Date: Friday, December 22nd
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: University of Earth, Graeagle, CA,
64274 Highway 70, Graeagle, CA 96103
Suggested Donation $20-30; no one turned away for lack of funds
Reserve your space by emailing inneractiontherapy@gmail.com or calling 530.587.1978

Come celebrate the Winter Solstice 2017, Friday, December 22nd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at University of Earth in Graeagle, CA, with Polly Ryan, MA, authorized teacher of Lama Tsultrim Allione, founder of Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and Emily Williams, owner of Trails Within Yoga Studio, Graeagle, CA. We will join together to center ourselves and begin the holidays by quieting our minds, settling in our bodies, and opening our hearts to the great mystery of the turning of the sun, and the return of light.

Click here for more information.


Kirtan with Leeds Davis

Date: Friday, December 22nd
Time: 6 - 7:30 pm
Location: For Goodness Sake

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Begun in India centuries ago, Kirtan is simply singing and meditation. With harmonium accompaniment we will chant together in English several spiritualized songs brought to this country nearly 100 years ago by Paramahansa Yogananda.

After a period of chanting with deeper and deeper attention and devotion, we will then sit in meditation, absorbing and internalizing the affirmation inherent in the chant.

Kirtan is a very simple and powerful way to meditate….effortless and joyful. The music does the work for you and no one cares what you sound like. All voices merge to become one voice, creating a joyful journey through melody and rhythm toward oneness with the divine.

Leeds Davis has been a resident of Truckee for nearly 25 years and has enjoyed the beauty and spirituality of the area as well as the bountiful activities that serve as a springboard for deepening meditative practices. He is a Kriyaban with Self Realization Fellowship, which was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda nearly a century ago. Together with Yogoda Santsanga Society in India, it is the spiritual home of the teachings of Yogananda with spiritual centers in all countries of the world. He attends both the Grass Valley Meditation Group, where he conducts Sunday services, and the Reno Meditation Group.

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Winter Solstice Celebration and Healing Ceremony

Date: Friday, December 22nd
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: University of Earth, Graeagle, CA
64274 Highway 70, Graeagle, CA 96103
Suggested Donation $20-30; no one turned away for lack of funds
Reserve your space by emailing inneractiontherapy@gmail.com or calling 530.587.1978

polly
emily

Come celebrate the Winter Solstice 2017, Friday, December 22nd from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at University of Earth in Graeagle, CA, with Polly Ryan, MA, authorized teacher of Lama Tsultrim Allione, founder of Tara Mandala Buddhist Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, and Emily Williams, owner of Trails Within Yoga Studio, Graeagle, CA. We will join together to center ourselves and begin the holidays by quieting our minds, settling in our bodies, and opening our hearts to the great mystery of the turning of the sun, and the return of light.

The Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year, has been celebrated throughout history by many cultures. It is a special time for us to pause and reflect: a time to cultivate vitality, take extra care to nurture ourselves and to set strong intentions for the upcoming year. As we align with the magnetic rhythm of nature, the solstice is a powerful time to let go of that which no longer serves us and to invite in what we wish to manifest for the next cycle around the sun. Moving into stillness, we can return to our lives refreshed and strengthened for the New Year to come.

We will begin our celebration with yoga, enjoying a practice of lingering hip openers, relaxation, rejuvenation, restorative postures and meditation by candlelight. All levels are welcome. We will then write down that which we wish to release and share a candlelight walking meditation around a ceremonial fire, making each step a prayer for ourselves and the world. After putting into writing our intentions for the upcoming year, we will close our Winter Solstice celebration with an offering of the Tibetan Chöd practice for clearing away obstacles and creating healing on behalf of all participants led by Polly and students of the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha.

Chöd is a unique blend of the Tibetan Shamanic traditions and the Buddhist principles of compassion and emptiness. This centuries-old practice is sung in Tibetan by the Chödpa(s) while recipients relax on the floor. The practice is accompanied by the use of a traditional Chöd drum that symbolizes the masculine and the inseparability of cyclic existence and nirvana, hopes and fears, god and demons, and bell that symbolizes the sound of emptiness and represents the feminine and transcendent wisdom. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through, giving rise to the awareness of the pure nature of emotions and the emptiness of mental obscurations. Chödpas were traditionally called in when there were epidemics of infectious diseases and practiced in frightening places in order to transcend fear.

Please join us as we begin this new cycle on this precious planet!

The suggested donation for the evening is $20 - 30; no one is turned away for lack of funds. Reserve your space by emailing inneractiontherapy@gmail.com or calling 530.587.1978.

Meet the facilitators:

Emily Williams teaches alignment based Hatha yoga, encouraging her students to find their own authentic practice through the deep wisdom, grace, and intelligence found within the body. She inspires her students to be courageous, confident and self-accepting. Emily is an intuitive and creative teacher, offering intelligent sequencing, clear instruction and sense of humor. She helps people build yoga, both from a physical and philosophical perspective, into their everyday lives. Emily has over 1,000 hours of yoga training and has been teaching yoga for 15 years. She is the founder and owner of Trails Within yoga studio in Graeagle, California.

Polly Ryan, MA has been a devoted student of Lama Tsultrim Allione since 1991. Under the tutelage of B. Alan Wallace, she has also studied Shamatha, The Four Applications of Mindfulness, Seven Point Mind Training, The Four Immeasurables, Dzogchen, and other practices for over two decades. She has received teachings from many other Tibetan teachers including Kalachakra and Dzogchen teachings from H.H. the Dalai Lama in the late 1980's. Having met the educational and practice requirements of Lama Tsultrim’s Kapala Training in 2008, Polly is now certified as a Feeding Your Demons™ Therapist and utilizes this process as a vital and transformative therapeutic life tool to assist clients in feeding rather than fighting their inner blocks to healing, growth and transformation. Polly has practiced psychotherapy for over 25 years in Truckee, CA; and Reno, NV. She leads the Tara Mandala Northern Sierra Sangha at For Goodness Sake in downtown Truckee.

Rich Silver is the founder of the University of Earth and an award winning educator who has spent nearly forty years investigating the mysteries of nature and human potential. Living in the northern Sierra Nevada, he is currently directing the development of the school while practicing as an EcoTherapist and EcoEducator. Rich holds a Bachelor's degree in a special major Mind and Nature, a Master’s degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology, and is ABD having completed all course work for a PhD in Applied Ecopsychology. His deepest satisfactions come in service to life and his greatest pleasures arise from solitude in nature, solo backcountry skiing, river running, nature-based group process, and soulful conversations.

University of Earth is a nature-based wisdom school dedicated to helping create a world that works for all, in these changing times; where the human community, the natural world, and divine worlds go forward as one sacred community. U of Earth offers online courses for discovering and fulfilling personal life purpose and our greater human potentials. On campus workshops and retreats in nature connection, human development, sacred activism and sustainable living are ongoing. Hosting seasonal celebrations and ceremonies at the solstices and equinoxes for personal and planetary healing and transformation is central to our project. The campus located at the foot of a sacred mountain landscape along the wild and scenic Middle Fork of the Feather River in the Lost Sierra; the Land of Re-Enchantment offers personal and group cabin retreat facilities for a wide variety of people and organizations. See our website: www.UofEarth.org

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Some Favorite Quotes:

1.  If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.
Meister Eckhart

2.  Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French

3. I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton

4.  For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.  ~William Faulkner

6. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

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