Happy spring everyone!
I am happy to report the Shakti Peach tree survived the last snowfall and we still have beautiful, pink blooms on the tree. Fortunately, neither the apple tree nor the elderberry bush had blooms at the time of the snowfall, so all fruiting perennials should do well this year. Yay!
With the new season comes a new schedule. In addition to our regular events, the Spring Schedule has several brand new events and facilitators. It feels generous and expansive to offer new classes and workshops to nurture our community. While we are still making some tweaks, you can already access some of the new events by checking out the Shakti in the Mountains’ event page.
A couple of changes to be aware of:
- Please note that Monday night yoga is moving to an in-person format, starting April 4. To give folks enough time to transition from work, the Gentle Yoga class now will start at 5:30 pm. You may register for one class ($15) or you may secure a monthly yoga pass ($40).
- Shakti in the Mountains has moved to a mask optional policy. This new policy asks people to stay at home if they are not feeling well. This new policy also allows each facilitator to make their own decision about whether or not participants wear masks. If you have any concerns about attending a Shakti event, then please email me. For example, if you or someone with whom you live is immune-compromised, then I am willing to ask folks to wear a mask so you may attend an in-person event.
- Gyrokinesis will remain on the schedule through April. Earlene, the instructor, is taking a hiatus for the summer; however, she may offer an in-person
- Gyrokinesis workshop over the summer break. If you have been wanting to try out this delightful body movement class, then please consider taking a class before the end of April.
- The Qigong class will continue to be offered as a pop-up event. Please check our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram) for announcements.
This Saturday, March 26, is our first Community Garden Time. Woot! Between 1 and 3 pm, I will start organic vegetable seeds indoors as well as prep the outdoor raised beds. I realize there is a chance of rain on Saturday; however, we still have plenty of indoor garden activities to keep us busy, so come on out and let’s talk gardening!
I have decided to organize the Shakti Garden a little differently this year. In the past, I had a set day of the week for working in the garden. This year I will change the date and time based on my schedule and on the weather. Each week in the newsletter and on social media, I will announce the garden schedule as well as any outdoor projects. If you are willing and able to come, then please do. I typically have plenty of tools except work gloves. All ages welcomed.
Finally, I am looking for volunteers to help build a new Little Free Pantry and Little Free Library. Our current, free-standing structures are looking worn and need a remodel. If you want to donate materials and/or help make new structures, then please email me.
Top: Exploring Our Wild Roots altar;
Bottom: Delicious snacks at Exploring Our Wild Roots
Before I wrap up, I want to add a note about where I sense people are and to offer some hope.
I think there is a back and forth between despair for the state of the world and a desire to enjoy spring. I sense a lot of grief and even fear as well as a need to move and to laugh. This disparity is the paradox of being human: we contain multitudes.
If you experience guilt for wanting to enjoy the present moment, then know you do not have to make a choice. You can feel sorrow, anger, and fear for the inequities and violence in the world AND you can enjoy a meal with your friends. You can have moments of apathy and fatigue AND you can have energy to dig in your garden or go on a hike.
There is no need to stake a spot on the continuum of human experiences. You can and you will travel up and down this continuum your whole life.
What I think matters most is that you are honest with yourself about where you are at any given moment. I believe humans were designed to experience all life has to offer: to limit ourselves to one part of the spectrum is to deny the richness of all possible experiences.
As Mary Oliver says in her poem “The Summer Day”:
What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
The best way to oppose tyranny, injustice, violence and terror is to act in such a way that promotes kindness, equity, love, and beauty.
Have a wonderful week.
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 women 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.
Since 2010, Kim continues to build and to support a healthy, vibrant community and now guides retreats, teaches yoga, and provides one-on-one services for women who want an immersion experience into the life-affirming, Shakti energy.
Kim’s training as a therapist and yoga teacher allows her to safely and compassionately guide women on a heart-centered journey to Self, where women re-connect with their beautiful, authentic spirit.
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