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Fall 2020 Dates for Heart Songs

What : Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, & Love (a community space for you to bring your heart and your voice) When : alternating Mondays, 6...

Monday, April 20, 2020

Schedule for Elemental Joy Virtual Retreat

All times are Central Daylight Time (CDT).
  • Retreat sessions will open 30 minutes before the start of the session for Zoom tech assistance.  
  • We invite folks to join the social conversation about 15 minutes before the session starts. 

For example, Friday night's Welcome session starts at 7 p.m. so the call would open at 6:30 p.m. for Zoom technical assistance and we welcome pre-session socializing at 6:45 p.m.

  • Zoom links to sessions are provided in retreat confirmation emails.  
Still need to register?  
  • To choose sessions a la carte ($20-30), please register at Eventbrite.
  • To register for the whole retreat, please register at here.   
Learn more about the retreat here.  


Friday, April 24, 2020

* 7-8:30 p.m. - Welcome Session and all the Elements
Arrive simply as you are to the circle of hearts and receive this first nights’ taste of the magic that is available to us when we focus our intention. This will be a welcome and a warm up as we enter into virtual connection. We’ll begin building a sense of unity and cohesiveness, invoking and attuning to the Four Elements in pursuit of our vision for the retreat:  
How do we sustain ourselves with what is ours to do unless we continue to connect with our innate sense of JOY and Creativity? If we don’t take time to do this, life can become a burden and we may lose sight of why we are here to live. You are invited to a weekend retreat with the Dances of Universal Peace and the Four Elements to reignite your Inner Joy.”  
Over the course of the weekend, we’ll be invited into the potential of Elemental Alchemy in our lives. We begin with an experience of generous grounding Earth flowing into adaptable and purifying Water. We continue our journey of transformation upwards and through the portal of cleansing and creative Fire and finally arrive at the freedom and expansion catalyzed by the Air element ~ with a new vision of where we have been, where we are and where we will be.

* 9-11 p.m. - Song & Sharing Circle


Saturday, April 25, 2020

* 10-11:30 a.m. - Earth Session with Morgan
In our Earth session we will focus on the most tangible parts of our inner and outer worlds. Through Chant, Dances, Sitting and Walking Practices, Journaling, Mandala Drawing and Earth Ritual, we will concentrate on these aspects of Earth Energy:
· The Horizontal Dimension ~ the Wide Arms of Earth that embrace all with non-judgment, compassion, acceptance
· The capacity of Earth to purify through filtration and composting, taking what is cast off and unwanted, transforming it into something of value to nurture us
· Gratitude for the material gifts we have, and the spiritual gift of our essence


11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Lunch Break
* 12 noon-1 p.m. - Mealtime Social Connection open

* 1:30-3 p.m. - Water Session with Conie
In our Water session, we will be buoyed by the wellspring of refreshing nourishment and journey into the infrequently sailed waters of grief and sorrow to notice the flow of compassion within and without. Through Chant, Dances, Silence, Journaling, and Sacred Listening, we will explore water's qualities to soothe, wash, and refresh, moving us toward healing by naming and bearing witness to all the things we miss. Fill your cup and let it flow.

3-4 p.m. - Break

* 3:45-4 p.m. - Laughter Yoga with Jen
* 4-5:30 p.m. - Fire Session with Saleem
In our Fire session, we will jump right up into the spirit of life-affirming joy. The Fire element is the source of our motivation and our courage to shine in this life; celebration and praise are its favorite fuels.  We’ll explore lively songs and dances of triumphant gladness, and share standing and seated practices that will help us stoke the brave fires of our expansive hearts.  Fire’s excesses lead us to dramatic emotions and restless aggressiveness. Bring any unwelcome emotional guests you’ve been putting up for too long to this celebration to be purified in the light of enlivened joy.  New strength, new life, and integrity will rise in our world when we attune to the harmonies of Fire together.   

5:30-7:30 p.m. - Dinner Break
* 6-7 p.m. - Mealtime Social Connection open

* 7:30-9 p.m. - Air Session with Jennifer
In our Air session, let us gather in the Spirit of Guidance and open the gate of creative growth awaiting its invitation within our hearts. Honoring that which has been released with gracious intention, we will activate our ever-present connection to our body’s breath to gently blow away the
remnants of that which no longer serves and prepare to cross the threshold into new purpose and potential. Our heart’s vision will come alive through Dance, song, stillness, guided breath practice and a ritual designed to catalyze the Air element’s healing presence as purification through
expansion.


* 9-11 p.m. - Song & Sharing Circle

Sunday, April 26, 2020

* 8-8:45 a.m. - Elemental Breath Meditation of Hazrat Inayat Khan with Morgan

* 10:30 a.m.-12 noon - Concluding Session with all the Elements

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