Support, Space & Balance: A Day of Restoration at Bodhi Tree benefitting Women For Recovery

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Schedule for the day:

10 AM- 12 PM         Slow Flow with Liz and Yoga Nidra with Mary Beaton

12 PM – 1 PM           Lunch

1 PM – 1:30 PM       Walking meditation

1:30 PM – 2 PM      Tea tasting

2 PM – 4 PM            Mindfulness through the senses with Carissa Rose, LMT

Basic Sun Salute Workshop

Saturday, May 13th, 2:00 PM- 4:30 PM

Cost, $35.  Online registration available.

This workshop is designed to refine and improve the basic postures and flow of Surya Namaskar A (basic sun-salute).  The focus will be on improving postural alignment/muscular energy in each pose, exploring poses that can be used as preparation for sun salutes, as well as detailed instruction about breathing techniques such as ujjayi pranayama, diaphragmatic breathing and kegel exercises that support a calm mental state, toned diaphragm and pelvic floor and activation of yogic energy locks (Bandhas).

Postures include:

  • Tadasana (mountain pose)
  • Urdhva Hastasana (upward salute)
  • Uttanasana (forward bend)
  • Ardha Uttanasana (half standing forward bend)
  • Plank Pose
  • Chaturanga Dandasana (four-limbed staff)
  • Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward-facing dog)
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog)

There can be significant physical and mental benefits when these postures and breathing exercises are practiced correctly.

Benefits include increasing strength and flexibility in the whole body, training for standing poses, inversions, arm balances and backbends, enhancing digestive function, supporting internal organs, calming the nervous system, increasing attention span and decreasing likelihood for injury in other activities and daily life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginner Tai Chi Series

Join us this April for a six-part Tai Chi beginner’s class that meets on Sundays from  11 AM – 12 noon.

If you’ve considered (or even tried) Tai Chi before and felt confused or overwhelmed by all the moves, then this is the class for you! Designed specifically for the beginning student, this class will acquaint you with Tai Chi fundamentals and introduce you to the first set of moves in the Yang style.  You will also learn how to improve your balance, strength, motor skills, and coordination–while at the same time learning to relax.

Common health benefits include improved blood circulation, leg strength & balance, body awareness and proper posture, a focused mind, and controlled breathing.

Learning is the first step, but only through daily practice will the results show.   Come take that first step in a warm and welcoming environment.

Pre-registration required.  Register here.

 

Visiting writer/scholar, Wendy Garling

On Saturday, April 1st, 2017, Athens Center for Integrated Arts is hosting a day-long visit with acclaimed author and Buddhist scholar, Wendy Garling to discuss and consider her new book, Stars at Dawn:  Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life, published by Shambhala Press.  The day will include meditations, discussions and dharma talks.

Morning Session 9:00 – 11:00 AM: Beginning with a brief meditation, we’ll focus on stories of key women in the Buddha’s life, his mother, stepmother and principal wives examining their roles and influences together with their personal challenges and aspirations on their own spiritual paths.  The session will conclude with reflective group discussion and questions.

Lunch 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM:  Option to join Mamerto for Tai Chi in the Studio ($10, all levels) from 11:30-12:30, OR bring lunch to enjoy on location OR drive to local businesses for lunch or any combination of activities.

Afternoon Session 1:00 – 4:00 PM:  Continuing the morning conversation, we’ll explore the sacred feminine as expressed through stories of women, goddesses, the natural world, and symbols of wisdom and nurturance that appear in the earliest biographies.  Buddhist teachings, as woven through the stories, will be highlighted.  In conclusion, we’ll reflect on the day, discussing ideas and themes relevant to our daily lives and the world we live in.

Potluck Dinner at Bodhi Tree Studio 4:30 – 7:00 PM:  Informal gathering with author and participants.  Tea & water provided. No alcohol, vegetarian dishes preferred.

 

There is no pre-registration required.

 

For 20 years Wendy has taught women’s spirituality focusing on Buddhist traditions, including original research into ancient Sanskrit and Pali literature. Seemingly “forgotten,” many early sources hold an abundance of women’s stories that were originally integral to the earliest biographies of the Buddha. In Stars at Dawn, Wendy re-introduces these ancient women’s stories, weaving them into a refreshing new biography that aims to shift the traditional patriarchal paradigm to a more accurate, gender-balanced and female friendly understanding of early Buddhism.

Wendy Garling has a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. A scholar, Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and dharma teacher, she is the author of the acclaimed new book, Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life, published in 2016 by Shambhala Publications.

Farm Internships Available

 

Are you interested learning  about intensive, organic farming?   Do you want hands-on work experience and that will earn you a Certificate of Completion for best practices?  Do you have energy and enthusiasm in abundance and want to learn all you can about growing and selling produce at our local farmer’s market?

Then consider applying for Bodhi Tree’s 60-hour internship program!  We are accepting 3 interns for this growing season, with an average work week of just 5-10 hours.  Weekly schedule can be tailored to your availability.   Internships are volunteer-based but do include a free market share of produce each week and a $300 honorarium upon successful completion of the program.

To learn how to apply, email Russell & Randy at farm@bodhitreeguesthouse.com.

Book & Magazine Giveway

Years ago when I was new to meditation, a new acquaintance named George Hartley gifted me a big pile of Buddhist-themed magazines: years worth of Shambahala Suns, Tricycles, Buddahdharmas and others.  I devoured them, reading at least an article or two every morning and every night for years. In reading these short and digestible articles by leading scholars and practitioners, my eyes were opened to the vastness and mystery of the dharma, and my interest was piqued enough to start searching out longer works by these same writers.  It was a time of spiritual longingness for me, and of loneliness, and these writers became my friends, in much the same way that George Eliot and Jack Keroauc and Henry David Thoreau had become my friends at other times in my life.  I felt comforted by their presence, turned to them for guidance.  It may seem dramatic to say it so plainly, but the magazines saved my life.

This week at Bodhi Tree Studio we are giving away those magazines, as well as dozens of books on yoga, health, wellness and conscioussness themes that were also gifted to me.  I know that labels are limiting, but I consider myself a secular Buddhist, meaning in part that I am skeptical about beliefs that are not “evidentary.”  And so many of the book titles are, for me, pretty far out there in the belief systems they are built on or espouse.  Some of the books even seem simply wrong-headed to me, and I almost put them in the recycle bin rather than wishing them on the world.  But then I thought, who am I to decide what to give and what to hold?  My father, a Methodist Bishop and a lifelong practicing Christian, says often that we must all work out our own salvation.  So the books and magainzes are all there, and whatever guests of our Studio find that might be useful to them for working out their own salvation, then so be it.

I recall in 2012 immersing myself in one of those issues of Shambahla Sun that my friend George Hartley had gifted me.  One of the articles was a profile on actor Richard Gere, a thoughtful and dedicated Buddhist and social activist, and some reference in the write-up made me flip to the front cover to find the date of the original publication.  It was from 2002.   I thought that I was reading something newer, but here the magazine was already 10 years old!  The winds of time had blown through Gere’s life just as they had blown through my life for the past 10 years.  Many things had changed in the space of those years, for me, for him, for the world.  And now 5 more years have passed since then, just as 2500 years have passed since Siddhartha took his seat beneath a bodhi tree, lonely and filled with longing, just like me.  And all of it in the blink of an eye, gossamer thin threads carried along on wispy ropes of smoke, with mystery, still and quiet, ever at the center of it all.

All of this is Russell’s long-winded way of saying something simple.  The books and magazines are old and used.  But they are free!  Take some or many.  We’ll leave them there for a week until they are gone, and then our lovely community of yogis and meditators and searchers all will have back their cubbies where they can again properly put their shoes and jackets.

Introduction to Meditation Series

Are you interested in learning more about meditation, but not sure where to start?  Join Nate Hayes and Russell Chamberlain for a relaxed and informative course that will explore the basics of meditation, including postures, techniques and practice sessions. This class is geared for beginners with little or no meditation experience.

Class begins Monday, March 13th and runs for 4 consecutive Mondays.  Class begins promptly at 6 PM and ends at 7:15 PM.  Participants are welcome to stay after class and join the Monday night Zen group for the 1-hour zazen. Anyone of any faith or non-faith is welcome to attend.  Preregistration is required and class size is limited. Register here.

Note: For those with back pain or other physical discomforts, we will explore options for sitting as comfortably as possible. Dress is informal and loose clothing is recommended. Shoes are left by the front door so wear socks if you like! If you want to ask questions about the workshop before signing up, email or call Nate at orielwindowster@gmail.com / 740.856-1222 or Russell at rest@bodhitreeguesthouse.com / 740-541-3251.

Intro to Ayurveda with Jeannie Faulkner, March 17th, 6-8 PM

On Friday, March 17th from 6-8pm, Jeannie Faulkner will offer an introduction to some of the basic principles of Ayurveda, a 5000-year old Indian system of mind/body medicine and explain its modern uses for personal lifestyle and self-care.  The cost for this evening is $25, and no pre-registration is required.  What you will learn:

What is Ayurveda?

The five elements

The three doshas

Self Care techniques to balance your constitutional type

Intro to traditional foods and herbs

Jeannie Faulkner is a licensed massage therapist  and certified Ayurveda therapist with a Master’s degree in Education from Ohio University. She received her Ayurveda Therapist’s certification at Chakrapani Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India.  Her expansive background includes specialization in Ayurveda, in addition to neuromuscular therapies, myofascial release, herbal therapies, aromatherapy, energy therapies and yoga. Jeannie has been an associate professor of Massage Therapy at Hocking College for ten years, has a Massage Therapy practice in Athens, Ohio. She is also a continuing education provider through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Approachable Ayurveda with Jeannie Faulkner

On March 17-19th, Jeannie Faulkner, M.Ed, LMT, AyT will be offering a 16-hour NCBTMB approved training for Massage Therapists; part one of Ayurvedic Bodyworker Series.  The session on the evening of March 17th is open to the public.  

APPROACHABLE AYURVEDA:

This class is an introductory guide to the 5000-year old Indian system of mind/body medicine and its modern uses for personal lifestyle and massage therapy client-based applications.

Ayurveda is quickly gaining popularity in the United States as we see a growing interest in body/mind medicine.  Spas and wellness centers are offering Ayurvedic treatments on their menu of services.  In addition, massage therapists are able to offer these in a small practice. Trained Ayurveda therapists are increasingly in demand.  Students will learn to offer traditional treatments and understand the importance of the constitutional and body types, offering them an opportunity to assist their clients through the accompanying treatments.  In addition, they will learn self-care techniques as they relate to the Ayurvedic theories.

Tuition for all 16 hours (Friday evening-Sunday afternoon):  $285

Tuition for Friday evening only (open to the public):   $25

 

Jeannie Faulkner is a licensed massage therapist and certified Ayurveda therapist with a Master’s degree in Education from Ohio University.  She received her Ayurveda Therapist’s certification at Chakrapani Clinic and Research Center in Jaipur, India.  Her expansive background includes specialization in Ayurveda, in addition to neuromuscular therapies, myofascial release, herbal therapies, aromatherapy, energy therapies and yoga.  Jeannie has been an associate professor of Massage Therapy at Hocking College for 10 years, and has a Massage Therapy practice in Athens, Ohio.  She is also a continuing education provider through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

 

CONTACT JEANNIE FOR DETAILS AND TO REGISTER:  

faulkner.jeannie@gmail.com

720-250-6669

 

“Stars at Dawn” Reading Group

Athens Center for Integrated Arts is hosting a day-long visit with acclaimed author and Buddhist scholar, Wendy Garling.  The weekend will include meditations, discussions and dharma talks.  In anticipation of her visit on April 1st, Bodhi Tree will host a weekly reading group who will read and explore together Wendy’s recently published book, Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life. 

For 20 years Wendy has taught women’s spirituality focusing on Buddhist traditions, including original research into ancient Sanskrit and Pali literature. Seemingly “forgotten,” many early sources hold an abundance of women’s stories that were originally integral to the earliest biographies of the Buddha. In Stars at Dawn, Wendy re-introduces these ancient women’s stories, weaving them into a refreshing new biography that aims to shift the traditional patriarchal paradigm to a more accurate, gender-balanced and female friendly understanding of early Buddhism.

The reading group will meet on 4 consecutive Sundays from 1-2 PM beginning on March 5th, 2017.  Pre-registration for the reading group is required, and a copy of the book can be purchased online, or through Bodhi Tree.

Wendy Garling has a BA from Wellesley College and MA in Sanskrit language and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. A scholar, Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and dharma teacher, she is the author of the acclaimed new book, Stars at Dawn: Forgotten Stories of Women in the Buddha’s Life, published in 2016 by Shambhala Publications.

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