Pacific Cultural Ceneter & Yoga Institute

PCC Events Guide

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SPECIAL/MONTHLY EVENTS - FEBRUARY 2017



Brant
DANCE OF THE DEER CEREMONY
Lead by Brant Secunda
Friday, Feb 3, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join world-renowned shaman and healer Brant Secunda for a special evening of sacred celebration. Experience ancient ritual and dance your prayers into the altar of Mother Earth during this traditional shamanic ceremony.

Ancient Ritual • Sacred Dance • Drumming • Prayer • Community

This special community event is an opportunity to participate in indigenous ceremony, listen to ancient song and chanting, drum and rattle together, purify your mind and find vision for your life.

The Huichol Tribe
The Huichol (Wixaritari) are a small indigenous tribe of approximately 35,000, living in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. They are considered one of the last cultures in North America to have maintained their pre-Columbian traditions unto the modern day.

Origins of the Deer Dance Ceremony
According to Huichol cosmology, the origins of this ceremony date back to the birth of the Sun. The dance is a reenactment of creation itself and honors our sacred relationship to the light. Kauyumari (The Magical Deer Spirit) is representative of our super-conscious mind and acts as an intermediary between our hearts and the spiritual world of nature.

Brant Secunda
Huichol Shaman & Healer
Brant Secunda is an internationally acclaimed shaman, healer, and teacher in the indigenous Huichol tradition of Mexico. During an intensive 12-year apprenticeship, Brant became the adopted grandson and close companion of Don Jose Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. Brant founded the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies in 1979 and leads seminars, retreats, and pilgrimages worldwide. His work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the world.

To help provide sustainable cultural and economic support for the Huichol tribe, Brant founded the Huichol Foundation, which continues to expand upon his more than four decades of indigenous cultural preservation projects throughout the Sierra Madre Mountains and around the globe.

Alongside other dignitaries including President Jimmy Carter, Brant cofounded the Peace University in Berlin and was also a co-founder of the Humanistic Medicine Conference with the World Health Organization. Recognized as a global thought leader and spiritual teacher, Brant has been a lecturer at the Mayo Clinic, the American Holistic Medical Association Conferences and a faculty member of the Five Branches Institute of Chinese Medicine.

Striving to bridge the worlds of fitness and spirituality, Brant co-authored the award-winning book Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You. Tickets:
• $15 online / $20 at the door
• visit https://CEREMONY.shamanism.com
Children: Free Students & Seniors (65+): $5 online / $10 at the door

Learn more about the Huichol, Brant Secunda, & the Dance of the Deer Foundation at https://www.SHAMANISM.com





Kirtan
COMMUNITY KIRTAN & BHAKTI NIGHT
Saturday, 7:00 - 9:00PM
February 4th, March 4th, April 1st

Come and sing our hearts open.

Kirtan is the call and response chanting of the many names of God. As we breath, sing, clap and dance, our unified expressions create a transformative experience, infused with the qualities of peace, joy and love.

This is a community event open to all. Families and children are welcome. The atmosphere is both meditative and celebratory.

Donations greatly appreciated - no one turned away for lack of funds.





Bloom of the Present
MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS AND PAIN 5-Week Class
January 17th through February 21st

Teacher: Carla Brennan

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Contact Betsy Blessing at: gardenblessings@gmail.com.
Please only register if you can attend at least 4 of the 5 classes. Attending all 5 sessions is best. Space is limited; we will have a wait list if class fills.

COST: This 5-week class will be offered by donation. We have a suggested sliding scale of $60 - $100. However, more or less is gratefully accepted. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Non-monetary donations are also accepted.

This 5-class will focus on the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation with an special emphasis on working with physical pain. It is for people new to meditation as well as experienced students who would like support for their practice.

Each class will include group meditation, explanatory talks and Q & A. You will be expected to meditate daily a minimum of 20 minutes during the five weeks. Handouts and readings will be distributed each week along with assignments. A guided meditation audio will be emailed after each class.

We will:
- Learn to meditate, including several approaches for focusing the mind and paying attention.
- Offer suggestions and support for creating a regular daily practice.
- Explore what mindfulness is and is not; learn why is it effective in pain management.
- Discover how our thoughts and emotions can alleviate or intensify our pain.
- Learn what to do about pain-how to work with intense and unwanted sensations

As living creatures, we are all subject to pain; it's serves as a simple warning that the body is injured or out of balance. Therefore we all need to learn to respond to pain with greater ease and skill. Most pain is temporary, often fleeting or easily alleviated by medical treatments. However, many of us, due to known or unknown causes, have chronic pain which can undermine the quality of life and can be difficult to manage. This class is for people with either ordinary or chronic levels of pain.

Even with extensive modern research, the exact mechanisms of pain are still not known. But we do know that is pain is actually experienced in the brain, not the body, and that how we think about or react to pain can significantly affect its severity and intensity. Using meditation approaches, we can retrain the mind to perceive pain differently and we can create an attitude of caring attention. We can learn to relax even when experiencing intense unpleasant sensations.

Mindfulness is the practice of bringing nonjudgemental awareness to our moment to moment changing experience. This approach can be applied to all aspects of life, whether we are experiencing physical sensations, sensory input, thoughts, or the vast range of feelings and emotions. Mindfulness is part of a larger group of teachings in Buddhism that can lead to spiritual maturity, increased compassion and inner freedom. These qualities contribute to more peace in our lives and in the world around us.

CARLA BRENNAN has been practicing meditation for over 40 years and has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for 18 years. She is the guiding teaching for Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation in Santa Cruz.




Doula Salon
SANTA CRUZ DOULA SALON
Second Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
February 8th

Offering a space for education, networking, and community, the Santa Cruz Doula Salon is a gathering for all doulas in the Santa Cruz region (and beyond). We welcome both practicing and retired doulas and those simply interested in this work. We share experiences and stay current on pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics.

Please join us in the Studio every second Wednesday of the month from 6-8pm.

For more information, please contact Jodi and Carmen at santacruzdoulasalon@gmail.com.





Sue
MONTHLY ASTROLOGY CLASS
2nd Friday of each month, starting February 10, 9:30 am to 11:15am

Join astrologer, Susan Heinz, for a discussion of astrological perspectives. Astrology broadens our perspectives on the meaning of these times. through illumination of the planetary cycles, their recurring trends, and their archetypal meaning. They inform us as to the best way to be and act within these times. This is addressed globally, nationally, and for personal well-being. Particular emphasis will be given to the changes now happening in the USA. We will discuss the upcoming alignments for the month in a way that supports our ability to navigate the shifts and changes now present. Participants are encouraged to bring their charts for questions toward the end of the class. Handouts and monthly articles will be available.

Admission cost: Sliding scale, suggested between $20 and $10. No reservation necessary. Drop in Class.

For more information contact Susan Heinz, 831 479-3751, susan@susanheinz.com





Jon Bernie
SATSANG WITH JON BERNIE
Saturday, February 11th, 11:00-1:00PM

Jon Bernie: A Heart-Centered Approach to Awakening

Author of Ordinary Freedom, Jon Bernie is a contemporary spiritual teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti and was also profoundly influenced by mentors Jean Klein and Robert Adams. Once an ordained Zen monk and with study in many contemplative traditions as well as extensive training in somatic embodiment, he works with people on a deep level to facilitate consciousness development and profound emotional healing. Adept with over 14 years of teaching experience, he offers satsangs, retreats and private sessions around the Bay Area and beyond.

Satsang includes silent sitting (meditation), a brief talk, and then a dialog period during which attendees are invited to ask questions and work with Jon directly.

Suggested donation: $10

WEBSITE: www.jonbernie.org EMAIL: clearwatersangha@gmail.com





Ukulele
HOLISTIC BEGINNER BLUES WORKSHOP
Feb 11 / 2:00-4:00

This Holistic Beginner Blues Ukulele Workshop focuses on the relationship between the breath, the ukulele, and the blues. Learn to use meditation exercise, to connect with the ukulele and the blues structure. This workshop has been designed to help you play ukulele blues chord progressions, signature blues strumming patterns, and scales to lead over the blues. You can play the blues on ukulele.

"There is so much healing and enjoyment to be discovered with this instrument. My approach to the Ukulele is that of holistic understanding - music and the ability to play is already within you; I am just a guide to help you become aware of it. Everyone begins at different starting points and travel individualized musical journeys, therefore, I am flexible with my teaching to help you reach your goals."-Haji Basim

Workshop only $45
Workshop w/t new concert ukulele $115

To register:
http://www.hajibasim.com/ukeworkshops





Cosmic Dance
☆ COSMIC DANCE MONTHLY ☆
with DJ Moody Shapes and Light Facilitation by Brynne Flidais
Saturday, February 11th, 8:00-10:00PM

We dance and move and breathe to feel the cosmic pranic life force swirling within us...

DJ Moody Shapes (aka Michael Reinhold) has a passion for music that inspires ecstatic movement. He is always looking for the unique sonic gems that give a sense of permission to move in ways you may have never moved before, to light up the dance floor with the joy of discovery and the unexpected. Drawing from the freshest of world and electronic music, his sets span an eclectic swath of tempos and genres, taking dancers on an adventurous journey of freeform expression.

Brynne Flidais brings Light Facilitation and Cosmic Channeling to the dance floor, infusing our movement exploration with cosmic knowledge.
Moveintuit:
Just as the moon's force pulls the ocean's tides, our bodies are influenced by the movements of celestial spheres. Blending our moving meditation with astrological wisdom facilitates a deep understanding of how the dance of the planets is connected to our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves. This practice strengthens the subtle messages of our inner and outer universes, enabling us to more tangibly manifest our soul's purpose."

Please help us hold the container of this dance ... please no talking in the space, you are invited to communicate through your body and movement ... please request permission through eye contact or playful dance before making contact, and respect others' choice to dance alone -- hands-to-the-heart (namaste) is a good way to say "no thanks" or to end a dance... please no chemical colognes or perfumes (for those of us with sensitivities)... please respect others' inner journey and dance space... please turn your cellphone to mute. ♥

COST:
Name your price ($10-15 suggested)
moodyshapes@gmail.com





Tso
HOW TO GROW FAITH
February 13th, 6:30-8:00pm

Learning what is faith and how to increase it is extremely useful today. The Buddhist view encourages us to be proactive, to grow our trust in ourselves and the Buddha's teachings. It also gives us the ability to build and increase our confidence. With this wisdom we can gracefully meet the challenges of the changes we experience throughout life. Please join us and learn a beneficial way of growing faith with wisdom and merit.

Ani Padma Dechok Tso, a Tibetan Buddhist nun, is an authorized Dharma Teacher of the Buddha Path under the guidance of her root teacher, H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche. She has studied closely, for a number of years, with Rinpoche, a 33rdlineage generation Buddhist Meditation Master of both the Dzogchen Kandro Nyingthig and Longchenpa Nyingthig Lineages. She has attended many retreats and completed five Dzogchen Lineage Internships, 2011 through 2016.





Sufi Chanting
SUFI CHANTING ZIKR     
Friday, February 18th, 7:30-10:00pm

For more information, contact Anwar Brad Silling at bsilling@hotmail.com or 415-240-7163




Healing Circle
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HEALING CIRCLE OF SOUND ~ SANTA CRUZ
Sunday, February 19th, 8:00-9:30pm

The Santa Cruz Sound Healing tribe joins together monthly to share the healing sound vibrations of Gongs, Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls, Didgeridoos, Native Flutes & a variety of other instruments with the community. The vibrations fill the room & bathe you in sacred sound. These sounds can help guide us into a deep meditation as the vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages & allowing our minds to quiet. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions & cognition is apparent. Through the vibrations of these instruments we can experience an inner calm & deep relaxation allowing our body, mind & spirit to heal.

Please bring a mat, pillow & blanket for your comfort

One Space Presents:
A Danny Goldberg Production- www.DannyGoldberg.org
Kim Molloy, Tahra Singh, Athene Eisenhardt, Lewis Regen, Ashley Keith

$20- Door
Presale tickets available PayPal (Friends & Family) to: Dannyg.art@gmail.com
:::FREE FOR CANCER PATIENTS:::
:::FREE FOR BLIND OR DEAF:::
$15- Students, Veterans & Elderly (70+)

7:45pm - Doors open. Please arrive early, this event fills
8:00pm - Doors close & sound healing begins

Danny Goldberg- Gongs, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Chimes
Kim Molloy- Crystal Singing Bowls
Tahra Singh- Gongs, Crystal Singing Bowls
Athene Eyes-Inheart- Didgeridoo, Native Flute
Lewis Regen, Alonso Potolo, Ashley Keith- Didgeridoos

PLEASE NOTE, The Pacific Cultural Center is a "fragrance free" venue. Please honor the PCC fragrance free policy which includes NO perfumes, colognes and essential oils. Thank you!
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DANNY GOLDBERG
Healing Circle of Sound- Producer
Danny shares the celestial sounds of Singing Bowls, Gongs & Chimes to offer a blanket of healing tones. The vibrations of these instruments enable us to relax & go inward. The sound provides a channel for release & opening, tuning our vibrational frequency. Danny performs solo & in collaboration with Yoga, Qigong, Breathwork, EFT & Meditation. Danny offers the Sound Immersion Experience for individual or group sessions at yoga studios, healing centers & events throughout the U.S.including: Globe Sound Healing Conference, Phases of the Moon Festival-Sanctuary Producer, New Living Expo, Wanderlust Yoga Festival, Breathe Yoga, Divinitree Yoga & many more. Danny has performed for UC Santa Cruz & Foothill College Music Programs, Science & Nonduality Conference, Lightning in a Bottle, Beloved, Lucidity & Symbiosis Gathering & many other events. Danny is also an artist, teacher & guide with many years experience in Event Production at various capacities.
www.DannyGoldberg.org
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo3DcUkyfV0





Womb Song
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WOMB SONG
3rd Monday of the month
February 20th
7:00-8:00pm

~ Birth-Centered Singing Circles ~
Womb Song is a community based singing circle for mothers, mothers-to-be, women trying to conceive, female birth workers, and women who love to sing. Prepare for labor through vocal toning and breathing exercises, strengthen your connection to your baby through sound, and discover a deeper sense of your own voice and power. Use music to explore emotions and support your journey into motherhood, celebrating the seasons of our lives. Learn beautiful, simple songs and lullabies from around the world.

No musical experience necessary, drop-ins welcome.
cost: $10 - $20 suggested donation, no one turned away

For more info: www.wombsong.com
Megan & Amanda wombsong@gmail.com





New Moon
NEW MOON YIN YOGA & SOUND IMMERSION EXPERIENCE
Friday, February 24th, 7:30-9:30pm

Restorative Yoga with Katie Jacobson
Gongs & Singing Bowls with Danny Goldberg

We will embrace the New Moon energy with a deeply meditative Yin Yoga practice. Passive floor postures will be held for several minutes to unwind tension, soothe the nervous system, and enliven the flow of prana/chi in the body. The divine collaboration with the Gongs, Singing Bowls, and Chimes will guide us even deeper into our meditation. The healing vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages, and allowing our minds to quiet. It's in this space of relaxation that we can really listen, release, and surrender to the rise and fall. Inhale. Exhale.

Please arrive early & bring a yoga mat, blanket/pillow
$30- Advance: paypal.me/soundimmersion/30
$35- Door

Hope you can join us!

Love & Gratitude~
~Danny & Katie
www.KatieSJacobson.com
www.DannyGoldberg.org





Leahy
THE NAME YOU REFUSED TO SAY:
Meditations on Loving Oneself
February 25th, 10:00 - 11:30 am

Of all the people to start falling in love with, we often forget the closest, most obvious person: ourselves. To fall in love with ourselves is to fall in love with everyone and everything around us. Meditation is a sweet balm that opens the heart with tenderness to the beauty unfolding in each heart in each moment. It is a natural way of being that, like an old dream we may have forgotten, will re-awaken when we hear of it. This two part series is a dialogue and meditation-based exploration of the rich inner landscape of loving-kindness that lives in each one of us.

Cost: $20 per session. All welcome, regardless of funds.

Contact: thelivingmantra@gmail.com; 303.550.0155; thelivingmantra.com

Jordan Michael Leahy is an ordained spiritual teacher in the tradition of Anam Thubten Rinpoche. He teaches meditation as a practical approach to wellness, inspiration, and peace of mind. With a master's degree in Religious Studies and a bachelor's degree in Writing and Literature, his teachings emphasize life's poetry, beauty, and meaning. He draws on the mystical understandings of numerous traditions to create a welcoming meditative atmosphere for people from diverse walks of life. His meditations and talks are interactive, conversational, and humorous. His approach is based on years of personal apprenticeship with reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist teachers, during which time he worked as translator and interpreter, serving as liaison between eastern and western minds. He has taught at Naropa University, the Tibetan Language Institute, Cabrillo College, and the Pacific Cultural Center. With twenty-two years' study and meditation experience in numerous meditation traditions-including Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Zen and Japanese spirituality, Yoga, Tai Chi, Aikido, shamanism, and mysticism-he teaches meditation as a way to cultivate natural human qualities of relaxation, a sense of humor, and a kind heart.





Ecstatic Dance
ECSTATIC DANCE SANTA CRUZ
Saturday, Februaty 25th, 7:00-10:00pm

Ecstatic Dance Santa Cruz is a unique expression of a global movement; hosted and DJ'd by Hamid Martin and special guests. hamidmartin.com

Ecstatic Dance is a DJ'd, free-form dance/movement meditation experience. This can be a practice of surrendering to the moment and to our body's wisdom. It is an opportunity for allowing, feeling, and expressing all the emotional qualities and textures that make up this human experience; and for exploring what artistry moves through us/ as us in this expression.

You are invited to explore your inner landscape--alone and in community. What is it like to be in an environment that welcomes our inner chaos and un-groundedness? Also, what is it like to be firmly rooted in our own center, true to ourselves, while sharing space and interacting with others on the dance floor? And what unfolds when we carry this embodied truth and freedom beyond the dance floor, into our daily lives?

Also, please visit ecstaticdance.org/guidelines/ for more information supporting this global movement.





Amita
AMITA
Monday February 27th, 7:30 to 8:45 pm. Studio, Donation.

Amita holds a direct transmission to the awakened state. Amita's core teaching is that you are already whole and complete. She asks you to let go of the false and fixed ideas that you use to identify yourself, and through that letting go experience the Truth of your Being. "When life unfolds from the core, we experience a deep sense of intimacy, of belonging. Intimacy means that there is nothing between you and the experience, no attitudes, no false identifications, no ideas of separation. Life is immediate, fresh and natural". www.Amitashakti.com, 505-231-1259.





Pema
CARRYING JOY AND SORROW ONTO THE PATH
with Pema Khandro Rinpoche
March 4th, 11am - 5:30pm

This retreat focuses on meditation and prayers drawn from one of the most important figures in Buddhist history, the female Buddha, Yeshe Tsogyal. The legend of this female Buddha of Tibet and founding figure of the Nyingma lineage is an example of authentic discipleship, enlightened romance, facing violence, dealing with spiritual politics and transforming obstacles, demonstrating the entire path from beginning to ultimate fruit. A story of overcoming incredible obstacles, she became the student and partner of Padmasambhava, the Indian Yogi who is credited with converting Tibet to Buddhism.

This weekend we learn Yeshe Tsogyal's mantra and meditation, contemplate her teaching on transforming misfortune into the path and practice the prayer for Carrying Joy and Sorrow on the Path from the Pegyal treasure teaching.

Register Here: http://ngakpa.org/upcoming-programs/569/carrying-joy-and-sorrow-onto-the-path-yeshe-tsogyal-retreat/
More about Pema Khandro: http://www.pemakhandro.org/





Omm
HEART OF YOGA WORKSHOP WITH MARK WHITWELL
Saturday March 4th 2:30/6:30

Come spend an afternoon with internationally recognized yoga master Mark Whitwell, scholar and author who has studied for 2 decades in India with T K V Desikachar and his father T Krishnamacharya. Mark dedicates his life to the spreading of this ancient wisdom from the Great Tradition and makes it relevant for our modern times.

Come experience the unique opportunity to spend an intimate afternoon with internationally recognized yoga master Mark Whitwell in Santa Cruz. Mark has studied for two decades in India with TKV Desikachar and his father T Krishnamacharya. He is the editor and contributor for the famous "Heart of Yoga" book. He has himself authored several books on his experience of yoga: "The Promise of Love, Sex and Intimacy", "Yoga of Heart: The Healing Power of Intimate Connection", "Hridaya Yoga Sutra" and "The Promise". His teaching is also greatly influenced by another teacher of his, UG Krishnamurti. Mark's teaching has profoundly inspired and influenced the practice of yoginis & yogis all around the world. We will gather in the beautiful Gallery room at the Pacific Cultural Center & Ashtanga Yoga Institute which has a maximum occupancy of 50.

$50 participation. Sliding scale available. For info and to secure your spot contact Frederic @ 831-246-2960 / teafromtheheart@gmail.com





REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS



Osho
OSHO KUNDALINI MEDITATION - with Anupama, in The Studio
Ongoing Class Tuesday Evenings 7-8:15 PM
$10 Class/Students $5

This is the easy, joyous FAST TRACK to meditation.
Kundalini is a dance meditation that takes you through four stages starting with shaking out the stress, then ecstatic dance, and ending in blissful stillness.
(Occasionally we will do other Osho active meditations with dance, humming, and slow arm movements: called Nataraj, Chakra Sounds, and Nadhabrahma).

Everyone is welcome. Come and bring a friend!
Sincerely hope you can join us. Love and blessings.
For more information contact Anupama @ 831-818-8128 or email anupama@ahastories.com

"My meditation is simple. It does not require any complex practices. It is singing. It is dancing. It is sitting silently"....Osho





Feldenkrais
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THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD OF SOMATIC MOVEMENT
January 10th - March 16th
OPTION 1 Tuesdays 9:30 to 10:45AM
OPTION 2 Thursdays 5:45 to 7:00PM

JOIN US AS WE DELVE INTO THE RICHES of the Feldenkrais Method! Artfully crafted, using principles of physics, neurology, mathematics, psychology, and physiology, these profound Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons challenge the brain to find and create new movement pathways. You will be gently guided through specific movement sequences in accessible positions such as sitting, standing and lying. Through this pleasurable process, designed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), enhanced awareness, increased mobility, and expanded movement options become available. Limiting muscle patterns unwind, pain decreases and performance improves. Participants report positive changes in posture, fuller breathing and a greater ease in moving. For some, heightened mental clarity and sense of overall well-being emerges. The learning process is full of pleasant surprises and personal breakthroughs! These classes are designed for participants of all levels.

REGISTER BY MAIL
Send your name, selected day, e-mail
address, telephone and check made
payable to: Suzie Lundgren
PO Box 7497
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
BE SURE TO SELECT YOUR DAY!

REGISTER ONLINE
http://www.suzielundgren.com/news/register-online

FOR MORE INFO
suzie@suzielundgren.com or call 831.332.7347





Children's Martial Arts
MARTIAL ARTS CLASSES FOR CHILDREN AND JUNIORS
Children Classes are from 3:15 to 4 pm every Monday.
Junior Classes are from 4:15 to 5:10 pm every Monday.

In a Safe Environment Children and Juniors will learn to:

• Develop physical skills for self-protection. • Increase awareness and coordination of mind and body. • Develop cooperation and interaction skills. • Build self-confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline. • Set effective boundaries and express their feelings. • Identify potential conflicts or dangerous situations. • Make friends and have fun in healthful activities. • Express and channel energy in a positive and supportive atmosphere.

Seibukan Jujutsu is a martial art developed to meet the self-protection and self- development needs of modern times. The art is developed on its unique philosophy of “Awareness, Assessment Action™“. Through the Seibukan Jujutsu Children and Junior Programs, students learn to increase their Awareness in their daily situations, make a clear Assessment, and take appropriate Action. They will learn to set a boundary and proclaim their comfort level in mentally and physically challenging situations. In this program, students develop physical skills and mental attention through varieties of martial art instructions, fun games, and group activities guided by the instructors. The importance of self-protection will be taught, as well as self-defense techniques in a positive and supportive environment. In our curriculum, we emphasize cooperation among each other, confidence in expressing themselves, and discipline to follow instructions.

Only $45 per month, per student

For more information, please visit our website www.Nanatokan.com, or email sensei@nanatokan.com, or give us a call at (831) 227-8024.





Bloom of the Present
BLOOM OF THE PRESENT WEEKLY WEDNESDAY MEDITATION
Ongoing Wednesdays, 12 - 1:15PM

Please join us for this weekly drop-in meditation group. The meeting will include a silent mindfulness meditation and Dharma talk on Buddhist teachings.

INTRODUCTORY SESSION - On the first Wednesday of each month, there will be an introduction to mindfulness and meditation from 11:30 - 12:00. Carla Brennan is an Insight Meditation teacher in the Santa Cruz area, and offers drop-in meditation groups, classes, retreats and other programs. She has been meditating since 1975 in the Zen, Theravada, and Tibetan traditions. She is a visiting teacher with the Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Carla is the guiding teacher, and founded Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation in 2009. BOTP is dedicated to the practice of Insight (Vipassana/Mindfulness) Meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings. (When she is out-of-town the group will be led by a guest teacher or senior student.) Meditation groups, classes, and retreats are held in Santa Cruz, Felton, Capitola & other locations in Santa Cruz County.

There is no fee charged for this group. We encourage the practice of dana, which means generosity in Pali (the original language of the Buddha). There is a suggested sliding scale donation: $5 - $15 (more or less is gratefully accepted). No one is turned away due to lack of funds. Non-monetary donations also accepted.

For more information, please contact Carla Brennan, 831-212-6641, brennan.carla@gmail.com, www.bloomofthepresent.org





JUNIPER WEEKLY GROUP MEDITATION
The second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., holidays excepted.

Juniper's meditation methods for training the mind can counter life's stresses and bring about a deep sense of sustained inner wellbeing, insight and growth. Our meditation methods, steeped in a deep spiritual tradition, can easily be integrated into our lives so we can each unfold our inner potential and be a positive force in the world.

No registration required. Please feel free to drop in. Chairs and mats will be provided. Please bring your own cushions.

$10.00

Pam Moriarty
831-818-7984
pam@juniperpath.org
www.juniperpath.org





Bhagavad Gita Class
BHAGAVAD-GITA CLASS (FREE)
with Senior Students of Baba Hari Dass
Thursdays, 8:30-10:00am

A study of the Vedic text, the Bhagavad Gita, using Baba Hari Dass' commentaries as a guide for discussion. Chai, bagels, and kitchari are served after class.





Anandamali
SATSANG WITH ANANDAMALI
Thursdays 7:00-9:00 PM

Anandamali is a contemporary spiritual teacher and philosopher. He uses traditional and contemporary skillful means to awaken both our spirits and our minds. Anandamali's main pointing is that you are already the Peace, Love, Bliss, Wisdom and Freedom that you are seeking. Anandamali draws from various spiritual traditions East and West, legacies of modernity and postmodernity and the new emerging integral worldview.

After receiving his Ph.D in philosophy and years of teaching at the university level, Anandamali was invited to teach by Mokshananda, his root teacher, who had been invited to teach by Adyashanti. In addition to his presence moment-to-moment, Anandamali offers satsang, workshops, talks, lectures and private sessions.

Anandamali's satsang starts with guided meditation followed by a talk and group inquiry. Suggested donation $10-15.

Website: www.anandamali.com
E-mail: nikolaristic@hotmail.com





Yoga For MS
YOGA FOR HEALING & MS
Fridays 12pm to 1:30pm

This gentle hatha class is structured for people living with multiple sclerosis and conditions with similar symptoms. Improve range-of-motion, flexibility, balance and strength while cultivating inner peace. Connect with a community of others facing common challenges. Classes will include asana, pranayama, deep relaxation and meditation. Led by a teacher trained in the Integral yoga tradition who also lives with MS.

Please contact the instructor for registration prior to attendance. Students are welcome to drop-in if unable to attend the whole series.

$60 for the six week series or drop-in for $12

For registration and more information contact Shakti Bell at (831)295-6222 or shakti@baymoon.com
Website: shaktibell.com





Sriyantra
FREE WEEKLY YOGA CLASS
INTRODUCTION TO ASHTANGA YOGA
 Saturdays, 7:30 - 9:30am

A gentle asana class including philosophy, breathing practices and a short meditation. New and returning students always welcome!





Satsang - Science of Spirituality (free)
SATSANG - SCIENCE OF SPIRITUALITY (FREE)
Sundays, 10am - 12pm

Experience spiritual enrichment with Sant Mat and the teachings of H. H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj (readings and videotapes). Check website at www.sos.org or call (831) 423-5452 for dates in December or additional information.





TEMPLO GUARACY: PUBLIC GIRA (RITUAL)
Sundays, 4:00 - 6:00pm

A Gira is a spiritual work open to the public and based on the Afro-Brazilian tradition of Umbanda. During the ceremony, entities of light are received by initiated mediums to offer a blessing and energetic cleansing. These entities carry a spiritual wisdom which is associated with specific qualities of consciousness and Orixas (energies found in nature).

During the ritual, sacred rhythm, song and dance prepare the space for the mediums to invoke their spiritual guides. The public may consult the guides and receive the benefit of their wisdom for cleansing, balancing, harmony and blessings.

Templo Guaracy da Terra (TGT) is a spiritual, non-profit organization that follows the Afro-Brazilian tradition of Umbanda. TGT is affiliated with Templo Guaracy do Brasil (TGB) in São Paulo and has been in the Bay area since 1994.

For more information contact TGT at tgdaterra@gmail.com or 831-427-4055, or go to www.tgdaterra.org





                                                                               

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