Expanding Programs of the Center
- Dear Center Participants,
In the coming weeks and months we will be expanding the programs of
the Center. What we all have in common, and why we come together as a
community is the perspective of nondualism, of one absolute reality
without a second, like the waves that are not separate from the
ocean. Yet, we each have our own unique ways of approaching this in
our mental, emotional, and spiritual lives. The new programs will
allow the sharing of specific practices that some of our Participants
are actively living.
Our morning program format (11:00-12:00) is working quite well, and
as the saying goes, if it's not broken, don't fix it. Three days ago
we had a long talk with the Cayo Grande Hotel management, and have
worked out a quite amicable arrangement whereby we can use the room
after our morning program for some of these expanded programs.
Therefore, the cost of the room can come out of our regular program
donations. In other words, we can offer these programs to ourselves
without having to charge any fees or having to collect additional
The concept is that one or another such program will happen
approximately every three to four weeks. We'll let time and
experience guide us in determining the frequency and nature of the
programs. We'll start this process by having a kirtan
(chanting/singing) program on Sunday, March 2, starting at 12:30 pm.
We'll have the room until 3:00 pm, but our actual time will be
decided once the kirtan gets started. The program will be facilitated
by Faith and Tulsi, along with Faith's husband Gary. Please bring a
tiny offering for veggie potluck, keeping in mind that we don't have
lots of room, and don't want to end up with too much left-over.
A few weeks later (date to be determined) Mike Beck will guide us in
a drumming circle at 12:30. Carolyn Reynolds will have an ultra-
beginning hatha yoga class designed especially for those of our
Center with little or no experience (We want to talk with Felicia and
Tammy about this as well, but we didn't want to wait in getting this
announcement sent out). Swami J will do some longer guided
meditations, up to an hour in length, as well as breath training.
We're talking with some of the Course in Miracles people who view
that process as one of nondualism about their offering a program for
a couple hours approximately once a quarter. There will be more to
come, and we'll of course let you know when we know.
The spirit of these types of programs is to offer individual programs
on a time-to-time basis. If any of our Participants want to do more
of specific activities, the hope is that you will do so at the
regular location of the program facilitator. For example, Faith does
kirtan separately from the Center; Mike does drumming circles here
and there; the hatha yoga teachers offer programs at the studios
where they teach. Others of us offer various programs here and there.
We are personally excited about these programs, and find great
interest in others based on the individual conversations we've had,
including with both Council Members and Center Participants. We will
keep you updated on the programs and hope that you enjoy them.
In loving service,