A time of quiet reflection.

A time of quiet reflection.

I am happy to announce the new schedule for the 2024 Shakti Winter Season. For your convenience, a link to a one-page calendar is available to share and to print. Please note that we have perennial favorites on the schedule like Sound Bath Meditations, SING, and Reiki Shares as well as new workshops such as New Year Revolution, Come Dance with Me, Basic Mending, and The Soul Letters…

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Village Conversations: Cultivating Resilient Ecosystems

Village Conversations: Cultivating Resilient Ecosystems

In two weeks we usher in a new season and a new Shakti schedule. Woot! I just finalized the winter calendar, and once again, am thrilled with the lineup. Since Shakti is closed December 22 through January 1, the new schedule begins on January 2. Look for the winter schedule in an easy-to-read, one-page format in the December 20th newsletter.

In the meantime, please check out our events happening in December. We have Makerspace Open Hours, a Reiki Share, a herbalism workshop, SING, and a Winter Solstice Celebration. I hope you can come to at least one.

One event to expect this winter is Village Conversations: Cultivating Resilient Ecosystems. This gathering, which began last June, was originally called Surviving Late Stage Capitalism Support Group or SLSC. The SLSC group, the brainchild of myself and Davis Shoulders, was a space where folks who were disillusioned with the current economic system could share their frustrations and fears as well as their hopes and dreams.

After six meetings, this gathering has reorganized into an incubator for socially conscious evolution. During our meeting last Sunday, we…

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It is so easy to deplete our resources during the winter holidays.

It is so easy to deplete our resources during the winter holidays.

I hope you found time last week to rest, reflect, and restore. We are in the midst of the winter holidays and it is so easy to deplete our resources. While I enjoy a lot of the traditional celebrations this time of the year brings, I also can get lost in doing.

To prevent burnout as well as to prioritize being, I have made fewer commitments outside my home, decided to give fewer gifts, focused more on crafting, and spent more time reading. None of these decisions have been a hardship – quite the opposite. I feel more present and less…

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I am struggling with the whitewashed interpretation of the holiday.

I am struggling with the whitewashed interpretation of the holiday.

Shakti in the Mountains is closed Thursday through Sunday of this week, so we may spend time with our loved ones. While I am looking forward to gathering with my family and eating delicious food, I am struggling with the whitewashed interpretation of the holiday.

As a child, I was taught the pilgrims were very hungry because they did not know how to grow food in the new land. Fortunately, the pilgrims were greeted by the Indigenous people of the land and were given food as well as taught how to grow it. In recognition of the early settlers’ gratitude…

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Strategies for Savoring Autumn Delights

Strategies for Savoring Autumn Delights

As we move deeper into the season of autumn, the desire to slow down and to savor grows greater. I find myself making food which needs to simmer on the stove top or rise in a warm place. On days when the sun is shining, I prioritize going for a walk, shuffling the leaves with my feet, as I watch the birds and squirrels pawing the ground for seeds and nuts…

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Uncovering the biggest betrayal in our lives.

Uncovering the biggest betrayal in our lives.

Over the last six weeks, I have had the privilege of exploring the shadow archetype with a group of caring, kind, and funny women. During this journey, we have explored topics such as guilt, shame, perfectionism, autonomy, dependency, body image, and betrayal.

As you may imagine, our group has discovered that there is a direct link between the way we view the feminine and the way…

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A Guide for Exploring the Death and Decay Stages

A Guide for Exploring the Death and Decay Stages

On this day, when the veil between the seen and the unseen worlds is so very thin, I invite you to pause and to reflect on what has come before you. To remember the people whose biology created yours, to trace your ancestral lineage and the accompanying stories, and to recognize the history of the land you call home.

Each one of the above activities is an invitation to acknowledge the Death and Decay stages of the Life Cycle: a cycle which reflects the natural stages of growth. Because many of us, myself included, grew up in a culture which avoids death and minimizes decay, recognizing and honoring the Death and Decay stages can feel uncomfortable, if not scary. If you feel this way, then…

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I am in love with the Shakti community.

I am in love with the Shakti community.

I am in love with the Shakti community. I love the people who show up (both familiar faces and new ones), the conversations we have (even the tough ones), and the activities we do. I love the unexpected gifts and the generous donations. (Not one, not two, but three bouquets of flowers showed up last Friday.)

I love watching people meet for the first time and delight in each other’s company. I love how we share books, podcasts, music, recipes, and research. I love the synergy which happens when folks gather in the space and exchange ideas and form collaborations.

I love the way everyone…

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Ways we can address violence.

Ways we can address violence.

I have some thoughts about the violence occurring in Israel and Palestine: thoughts I have let percolate as I oscillate between feeling and digesting more news. Because I imagine quite a few of you also are struggling, I offer the following reflection to initiate a community conversation around responding to violence. If you would like to share your thoughts with me, then please send an email.

Ever since the militant group Hamas attacked Israeli citizens on October 7, news and social media images and stories reflect untold suffering and violence in Israel and Gaza. People across the globe have formed and shared opinions, which vary from escalating the violence to calling for peace. Depending on your news source and whom you follow on social media, you are more than likely receiving a very specific perspective on what is happening and how to feel about it.

I too struggle with…

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