I am putting the final touches on the Shakti Summer Schedule and am looking forward to sharing about the opportunities to play, connect, and create in community with you. The finalized schedule will be released the week of the Summer Solstice with the exception of our first workshop on June 29. In the spotlight section below, you may read about our first summer offering “Oven Dyeing Wool Skeins.” I am super excited about this workshop because:

  1. I love working with yarn and each participant receives two, high-quality wool skeins. 
  2. It means that I get to spend time with my sister-in-law, Joanne, the class instructor. 

Oven Dyeing Wool Skeins hints about the quality and type of workshops and classes being offered this summer at Shakti in the Mountains. Just wait until you see the rest of the schedule!

Another hint about Shakti’s summer offerings is reflected in the following story…

Tears for Transformation

Tears for Transformation was a wonderful opportunity to express and to heal grief. Thank you Janna Browning for sharing your embodied practices and hold space for our emotions!

Little Free Pantry

The LFP cupboards are bare. Could you help by making a donation?

As you know, I just returned from a family trip where we visited Sweden, Estonia, and Finland. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip where I ate new recipes, saw incredible scenery, and experienced a different pace of life. While it is difficult to put into words, I hope to convey how my trip impacted my thought process and emotional response. 

The three countries we visited all border the Baltic Sea. While each country has their own unique culture and customs, I noticed some parallels. They were:

  • A less hurried pace. We visited two country capitals and even in those cities I did not feel the frenzied pace that I experience in American cities. People lingered over meals and stopped mid-afternoon for coffee and a sweet treat. The vibe was definitely more chill than what I am used to. 
  • A bigger emphasis on movement and being outside. Everywhere we went there were walking/biking trails, even in the big cities. Not a day went by that I did not see many people walking, running or biking. I even saw people swimming in the ocean before breakfast and it was cold! In every place we stayed, including an Airbnb, we had access to a fully equipped gym. People of all ages were moving – from young children to senior citizens. I even noticed a walking trail running parallel to the interstate!
  • People seemed to be less tense and angry. I was surprised by how clean the streets were (no litter) and how few unhoused people I saw (less than 10 people). I did see peaceful student demonstrations in Helsinki (Ceasefire in Palestine) and anti-Putin sentiment in front of the Russian Embassy in Tallinn; however, I never felt unsafe nor did I see ugly vitriol being spewed. 
  • An emphasis on reflection. In the middle of the shopping district of Helsinki, there is a small cylindrical building called the Kamppi Chapel. This simple but beautiful space is a place for anyone, regardless of their beliefs, to sit in silence. No cell phones are allowed. A person can stay as long as they want. The Kamppi Chapel reflects an attitude that we first encountered at the airport where security serenely gave instructions and patiently waited for us to move through the line. No yelling, no belligerence. My nervous system loved it. 

I did not realize how much of an impact this change had on me until I returned to the States. I immediately felt bombarded by stimuli that felt abrasive. I chocked it up to the busyness of life and the reality of “catching up” from work and home after being gone for two weeks. It wasn’t until I had a physical therapy appointment that I realized how deep of an impact this trip had on my system. 

Shy Valley Farm Field Trip

We had a wonderful time on our Shy Valley Farm field trip. Not only did we learn about the permaculture practice of planting herbs in a spiral, we also got to play and hug German Shepherd puppies!!! Thank you Christy Shivell for hosting us and teaching us about Yarrow and other plants!

Thank you Molly Dycus

Thank you Molly Dycus for tending the Shakti Garden with me: I can’t wait to see how the plants grow!

I work with a wonderful physical therapist (Shout out to Christina Jensen of Brightside Integrative Physical Therapy!), who not only helps me understand how my physical body works and what it needs, but who also helps me understand my energetic body. During our most recent session, I shared how my physical body responded to my trip. As I spoke, I noticed the welling of tears. I was surprised, initially, by my response.

Christina helped me understand that my system underwent a shock moving between the different cultures, and consequently, triggered an old copying mechanism which consists of trying harder and feeling responsible for changing my environment. My Good Girl archetype took the proverbial reins and immediately began (or tried) to rectify what I disliked or found uncomfortable upon returning home. Essentially I bought into the belief that I have the power and the responsibility to control my environment. While I intellectually know that I am not responsible for the pain in this world, I emotionally wish that I did, if for no other reason than I could end my suffering.

During my physical therapy appointment, I realized how much tension is held in my body: the tension that arises from pushing past signals to slow down or stop. No wonder I felt physical discomfort: I was unconsciously bracing 24/7. When I feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable, Christina invited me to turn my focus inward and to train myself to expand my internal capacity opposed to focusing on what I have no control over. I am so grateful for her support and insight, and consequently, am developing a daily practice toward that end.

I share this story about my trip and subsequent work with Christina because I want you to know that you, too, will have an opportunity to benefit from working with Christina. That’s right. Christina Jensen will offer several workshops this summer, and I for one, cannot wait to receive them.

You may have to wait for the summer schedule, but you do not have to wait to join us in play and in growth. Checkout the opportunities here and find one (or more) that you want to put on your calendar. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Love,

Kim Bushore-Maki

Quilting Books

Diving into my library stack to prepare for the upcoming quilting class that I am co-facilitating with Rebecca Tolley. Can’t wait to teach this summer!

Kim Bushore-Maki is a soul-driven entrepreneur who understands the undeniable urge to create a business and a life filled with meaning and purpose. Her vision of opening a center where people could heal and grow led her to open Shakti in the Mountains in Johnson City, Tennessee: a place where the creative, feminine energy is nurtured and valued.

Kim is a licensed professional counselor and a yoga teacher. She completed the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy program as well as the Shake Your Soul Yoga Dance program. Kim is very interested in somatic expressive therapy, archetypal psychology, gardening, herbalism, astrology, wisdom traditions, and regenerative economics.

Kim continues to build and to support inclusive, vibrant communities. She spends most of her time mentoring leaders, guiding healing programs, and providing mental health counseling.

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