I blinked and July was here. As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, endings and beginnings are a recurring theme in my life and it seems in many peoples around me. There are chances here with changes in structures, relationships, etc..to examine outdated beliefs, habits and patterns that no longer serve us and find ways to nourish, support, sustain and ourselves, in our relationships with each other, in our homes and in our communities. I love building community and am blessed to have communities from my open door homestead to those that extend beyond my geographic area to far away places on this planet.
In Adrianne Maree Brown’s Book, “Emergent Stragety”, she speaks of looking to systems in the natural world for tools for navigating life as opposed to the way we are socialized to consume, think of ourselves as separate from creation and each other and competition is valued more than collaboration.
We know that matter doesn’t disappear, it transforms. Energy is the same way. It cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. To be crass, we can turn shit into fertilizer! Practices that emerge from creating new neural pathways in the brain, of mixing it up, intentionally bringing awareness into what fuels you and what drains you and moving away from what we are socialized into and moving towards Wisdom that comes from the Planet herself and Wisdom traditions. A collective awakening that moves away from destroying the planet and each other to life and abundance where there is enough for all. Let’s explore this together. Find the Wisdom in the Collective. That is the heart and soul of the retreat I am co facilitating in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in September. Much of our time will be sharing dialogue with each other on using simple conversations to restore hope to the future (from the work of Margaret Wheatley, Brown, Joanna Macy and rev angel Kyodo Williams) and supporting this with practices of sound healing with crystal bowls, gongs and didgeridoo, Expressive Movement, Collective Lament, Collective Joy, Chant, Mantra, Drumming and Yoga for Transformation. We have the Early Bird Specials up until early August and we are intentionally limiting the size of the retreat to bring a sense of intimacy into the experience. More information can be found here and on my YogaSong Facebook Page.
Here are some words from Emergent Strategy:
”I am living a life I don’t regret.
A life that will resonate with my ancestors,
and with as many generations forward as I can imagine.
I am attending to the crises of my time with my best self,
I am of communities that are doing our collective best to honor the ancestors and all beings to come. “ Adrianne Maree Brown.
501 Cypress in Moxham. YogaSong Home Studio Offerings!
Living in Harmony. Saturday All Levels Yoga! 9:00 or 10:30! July 7, 14, 21 and 28. join Rachel in a blended practice that combines yoga philosophy with breathwork, asana, sound, mantra, and live music for meditation. Please RSVP as to which class you prefer. Contribution based. Payment options include: $30.00/month, $10.00/class or offer what you can. We will explore tending to balance through the ebbs and flows of life.
!Friday Morning Dance Party! July 13, 7:30 am-8:30 am. Join our Conscious Dance community as we explore non choreographed movement for self expression and community building! $10.00 suggested contribution. All contributions welcomed! RSVP!
Mantra! Movement! Meditation! Thursday, July 26 @ 6;30 pm. $10.00 suggested contribution. All contributions welcomed.
All classes above held in home studio @ 501 Cypress. Street parking available. Additional parking at Grove Ave UMC Church. Come right in door on small porch by fenced in yard! Take your shoes off and make yourself at home!
Private yoga sessions and Reiki sessions are made by appointment. I also offer synchronized healing sessions which include Reiki, movement/yoga and sound healing through Quartz Crystal bowls and mantra practice. We can create the session that best supports your needs.
Sharing Practice in Community!
July 8, 2018 6:00 pm Roxbury Bandshell w/ Johnny Bayush Band: Free Concert
July 9, 2018 6:30 pm. Johnny and Rachel/ Mother/Son Acoustic Duo at Penn Area Library, Harrison City, Pa. Free Concert.
Mindful Movement, Music and Meditation! Wednesday, July 11, 7:00-8:30 pm @ Trinity Lutheran Church, 918 Tayman Ave. Somerset, Pa. $10.00 suggested contribution. All contributions welcomed! No experience necessary!
Bottle Works Yoga in funky, creative historic Cambria City!
Tuesday, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 @ 10:00 am. $30/session or $10/drop in, This is a gentle class and can accommodate a range of abilities.
Come for class! BottleWorks Arts on Third always has something creative and exciting happening! Stay and shop the gallery store or linger and explore the current exhibit or other classes happening! www.bottleworks.org
Checking in! Who is interested in exploring Body Image? Menopause? Let me know!
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” Cornel West