Wondering about the oppressive power the political situation is having over our minds and our lives in this unprecedented time? We have invited two leaders to provide guidance and practices that will help you to take your power back. Power is not about physical strength. Nor is it about putting the right person in power. Rather, as they say at the Metta Center, it’s about bringing out the right kind of power in people. That comes from our inherent capacity to transform anger and fear into love and compassion.
Join us for a morning of meditation, teachings and conversation with Michael Nagler and Stephanie Van Hook from the Metta Center, followed by an afternoon of spa treatments and relaxation.
- Instruction and practice in passage meditation
- Presentation of non-violent principles and practices
- Cedar-Enzyme Footbath and 75-minute Swedish-Esalen massage to relax and unwind
- Healthy Organic farm-to- table lunch …
- And great company!
“Wherever people gather for selfless ends, there is a vast augmentation of their individual capacities. Something wonderful, something momentous happens. An irresistible force begins to move, which, though we may not see it, is going to change our world.”
~ Eknath Easwaran
The Metta Center been working for decades to explore nonviolence, which Gandhi called “the greatest power at the disposal of humanity” and Metta calls “the bridge between spiritual practice and social action.”
They envision a world transformed by an awareness of the true potential of every human being, where all of life is sacred and where all our social systems work in harmony with the earth, recognizing that:
- Life is an interconnected whole
- We cannot be fulfilled by an indefinite consumption of things, but by an expansion of our relationships
- We can never injure others without injuring ourselves, therefore:
- We are body, mind, and spirit; the human body may be completely developed, but in terms of our consciousness, we can and must continue our evolution, which has no known limits.
Michael Nagler is Professor emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature at UC, Berkeley, where he co-founded the Peace and Conflict Studies Program in which he taught the immensely popular nonviolence course for 15 years.
Among other awards, he received the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for “Promoting Gandhian Values Outside India” in 2007, joining other distinguished contributors to nonviolence as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and peace scholar and activist Johan Galtung in receiving this honor. He is the author of The Nonviolence Handbook: A Guide to Practical Action (2014) as well as The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into Korean, Arabic, Italian and other languages; Our Spiritual Crisis: Recovering Human Wisdom in a Time of Violence (2005); The Upanishads (with Sri Eknath Easwaran, 1987), as well as many articles on peace and spirituality. He has spoken for campus, religious and other groups on peace and nonviolence for many years, especially since September 11, 2001. He has consulted for the U.S. Institute of Peace and many other organizations and is the founder and President of the board of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. Michael has worked on nonviolent intervention since the 1970s and served on the Interim Steering Committee of the Nonviolent Peaceforce. Michael is a student of Sri Eknath Easwaran, Founder of the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation, and has lived at the Center’s ashram in Marin County since 1970.
Stephanie N. Van Hook has been working with the Metta Center since 2007, starting as the Executive Director in 2010. She is the author of Gandhi Searches for Truth: A Practical Biography for Children and the host of Nonviolence Radio, which airs on community station KWMR. In her free time, Stephanie is a Montessori educator at Red Barn Montessori in Petaluma, California, and draws insight and encouragement from the works of the great feminist peace educator, Dr. Maria Montessori. She is associated with the Green Shadow Cabinet, Peaceworkers and the US Peace Corps (Benin 2005-2007). In 2015, she wrote a daily column on Gandhi’s wisdom for our times. She is a novice weaver and spinner (in the Gandhian spirit) but primarily a spiritual aspirant. She attributes her energy to her daily meditation practice as well as the gentle, magnanimous spirits of the beloved children at her school.
Do you feel stressed?
While most people would answer “yes” to this question, very few realize the implications of stress on their health. In 1984, Dr. Kiecolt-Glazer performed a controlled study of the effect of stress hormone cortisol on the functioning of the immune system. Results of this study indicated a reduced functioning of the immune system.
According to Dr. Mary Meagher, “People exposed to chronic social conflict experience high levels of stress and consequent dysregulation of the immune system, thereby increasing vulnerability to infectious and autoimmune disease.”
Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary is presenting a workshop on building immunity, giving you tools to both relax your nervous system if your are feeling stressed and self-help techniques for building immunity.
Included in this day-long experience:
- Qigong and meditation practices to manage stress
- Presentation of essential oils, herbs and foods to strengthen the immune system
- Self-massage techniques, including lymphatic self-massage and self-acupressure, to increase immune functioning
- Cedar Enzyme Footbath and 75-minute Swedish-Esalen massage to relax and unwind
- Healthy farm-to-table lunch
Space is Limited! Reserve Early!
All Inclusive: Morning Session, Organic Lunch & Spa Treatment $239
Raizelah Bayen is the Director of Training and the Massage Therapist Supervisor at Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary. She has over 25 years in the field of massage, and over 15 years of experience an instructor in a massage certification program. Her specialties include Eastern Massage Modalities and Acupressure, Pregnancy Massage, and Body Mechanics for Bodyworkers. If you have questions regarding upcoming workshops, please contact Raizelah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step out of your daily life into a guided exploration of the difference between success and fulfillment. It can be enlightening to understand that success often comes at a price that many of us are no longer willing to pay, especially when we realize that we are sacrificing what truly matters: relationships with family, friends, and ourselves. Led by Karen Halseth and Amee Lyndon-Adams, spiritual teachers with extensive experience in corporate management.
Activities will include:
Personalized channeled guidance
A heart-centered grounding and centering meditation
Circle of Life exercise
Anchor the day’s breakthroughs by choosing one or two Inspired Action Steps
75-minute Massage or Facial
Space is limited, reserve early.
All-inclusive: $179.00. Lunch and meditation only: $40.00.
Karen Halseth and Aimée Lyndon-Adams have both walked this path. Both have extensive backgrounds in corporate management and now work with successful professionals who want to balance their material success with emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Karen and Aimée are now teachers, authors, spiritual energy healers and channeled readers. www.whattrulymatters.com
Honoring the sacred earth, gathering with healing intent, and fostering community alchemy forms the basis of the mission and original vision of Osmosis.
Join us on the Autumn Equinox at 7am in the Temple Gardens at Osmosis as we rekindle the spirit upon which we have built, and continue to empower, our unique culture and community.
We will gather with an intention to honor earth, heaven, body, breath and creation- in celebration of the Autumn and the invitation to embrace the bountiful harvest, along with the coming winter and the spiral inward which naturally lies ahead. We will each journey into the inner landscapes to more powerfully cycle with the seasonal shifts and changes that the wheel of life brings us. Elizabeth and friends will weave a sacred journey using healing sound, prayer, nature contemplation, toning and chanting, soulful connecting in a deeply held container of loving presence and earth wisdom.
What are you harvesting in your heart and inner life? What bounty are you feasting on and can you be truly grateful for even the challenges ?
This event is Free – Reservation required. Tea and snacks to follow.
This special day combines the best elements of spa and meditation, participants will pause and sit down on this bountiful earth in the quiet and refuge of the Osmosis meditation garden. Cultivating presence and awareness of body heart and mind, we awaken to the felt sense of being fully alive. The program is a well crafted day of weaving meditation, spa experiences, connection and quite time in nature in the back of our 6-acres of secluded creekside gardens.
The program includes sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk, a cedar enzyme foot-bath, a customized 75-minute massage, lunch, time for quiet reflection and conversation about how to practice in our daily lives. Led by Chris Fortin, ordained and transmitted Zen priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshiand, MFT psychotherapist and Spiritual Counselor, teacher in the Everyday Zen Foundation and leader of the Sebastopol Lotus Sangha.
Reservations Required — $179 all-inclusive
Lunch and meditation program only — $40