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Spark Story: Express your Authentic Voice with Christine Castigliano

Saturday, October 17th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
$35 pre-register/$40 door
or bring a friend 2 people for $50!

Do you wish to express more of your true self, yet something gets in the way? Do you get frustrated at how often you stop yourself from doing what you REALLY love? This workshop begins with a one-woman musical presentation, “Spark Story: How I Made Friends with Fear and all its Sneaky, Freaky, Nicey, Spicy Ways.” This story’s theme is overcoming the ancient survival functions that block a girl from taking risks and using her voice in the world. Our heroine befriends a set of naysaying inner characters including Rascal, Good Girl, and Miss Perfect, to get her Spark back so she can sing again.christine_castigliano_highres

Through story, hands-on play, movement and voice work, you’ll explore the inner cloaks and characters that protect you from taking risks. Within a circle of sacred magic-making, you can tap into these archetypal and ancestral energies that drive your daily choices. When you express these often hidden aspects of your inner world, you grow in loving and accepting all of who you are. By tapping your authentic voice, you’ll feel more at home in yourself, both wiser and younger.

Christine Castigliano is a singer, writer, and social artist. Her job is to use her voice to amplify the Spark, and invite you to tap your own source of creativity, joy and awareness. A former soloist with Seattle’s Total Experience Gospel Choir, she co-leads the YUM Ensemble vocal improv troupe. Her practice combines story, singing & sound, movement, ritual, deep listening and communication skills. She offers circles and workshops for teens and adults, Authentic Voice Coaching and sound healing sessions at

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EFT Tapping Circle with Susan James

Saturday, October 17th from 1:30pm to 3:00pm // $20 Suggested Donation (Punch Cards accepted)

This tapping circle is for those who want to practice their tapping in community and be inspired to use this valuable tool!  The clwebsite_9028ass time will be spent on individual and group tapping. First timers to tapping or those who are curious are welcome! We will dive right into the various tapping techniques that have been presented in Susan’s EFT Tapping for Wellness series. You will leave feeling centered, empowered, & more like your amazing self!

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Mindfulness Retreat for Teens with Cezanne Allen M.D. and Michael Tomberg, M.D.

Sunday, October 18th from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Fee: $75 (Sliding scale and scholarships available – No one turned away for lack of funds)

Learn how to handle stress one moment at a time.

Why learn about mindfulness?

  • Learn skillful ways of working with stress and anxiety.
  • Explore ways of developing concentration, focus and internal balance.
  • Understand the physiology of stress and performance.
  • Find out how to harness the relaxation response.
  • Introduce yourself to game changing meditation practices- just ask the Seattle Seahawks!

Cost: $75 including lunch (scholarships and sliding fee scale is available – no one turned away for lack of funds)

About the Facilitators:

Cezanne Allen, M.D. is dedicated to sharing practices that improve health and well-being. She has maintained her own meditation practice for eight years and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, completing professional training with the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School. A former dermatologist and mother of two young adults, Cezanne staffs the Bainbridge Island Healthy Youth Alliance and is a professional development coach.

Michael F Tomberg, M.D. is a Family Medicine Practitioner at Virginia Mason. Dr. Tomberg has completed three workshops with The Center for Mind Body Medicine and will be starting the advanced Mind Body Medicine certification process in the fall of 2015. He co-facilitated the fall 2014 Teen Workshop with Elizabeth Turner. He has also co-facilitated an 8 week course in Mind Body Medicine with Cezanne Allen.

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The Power of Empathy for
Supporting Connected Communication
with Marcia Christen

6-Week Series, Monday mornings from October 19th to November 23rd
from 9:30am to 11:30am // Fee: $210/individual, $375/couple 

*Try the first class free to see if this class is a good fit! Based on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, this series will focus on increasing our own awareness and compassion as a base for relating to others, whether it be within your family, your work, in your friendships, or in groups in your community.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) can dramatically improve our relationships by helping us focus attention on an empathic understanding of ourselves and others without compromising our own values, and expressing our real feelings and needs openly and honestly without blame or criticism.empathy-and-compassion

NVC delineates four components of communication:
1) Observations free of evaluations;
2) Feelings straight from the heart;
3) Needs, values and longings; and,
4) Requests expressed clearly in positive action language.

Together these tools help create the kind of dialogue that can foster resolutions satisfying for everyone without painful sacrifice. Even in situations of longstanding conflict or hostility, the NVC process can open new doors to compassionate connection and action.

However, NVC is not just for conflict, it is a consciousness for increasing our natural compassion while holding our own values with equal care. It also is a portal for more gratitude and awareness of what really serves us and others. NVC can be seen as both a spiritual practice that helps us see our common humanity, using our power in a way that honors everyone’s needs, and a concrete set of skills which help us create life-serving families and communities.

The form is simple, yet powerfully transformative.

You will leave with:
Processes for transforming your judgments into what is important to you.
Practices for self-awareness and connection that will bring clarity and understanding.Marcia pro pic
A deeper understanding of empathy and honest communication that can be serving for everyone.
A process for transforming judgments of others into understanding and connection.
A clear map for being able to increase resiliency and the ability to choose.
A community of co-explorers.

This class is for you if:
You are interested in ways to increase your ability to be present and more resilient.
You are wanting to have more peace in your life and live in alignment with your values.
You would like to increase your understanding and integration of empathy for yourself and others.
You would like to find ways to maintain connection in your relationships.
You long to increase your ability to choose and decrease your reactivity.
You long to have more gratitude integrated into your life.

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Ambient Bliss: Yin Yoga + Live Music with Leah Adams and Jon Crane

Friday, November 6th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm // $35 pre-register & $40 at the door

“Bliss out” completely with a nourishing yin yoga class, set to an ambient soundtrack from musician Jon Crane. Leah Adams leads an hour-Leah Adamslong yin practice to wash away tension from your week, followed by a half-hour “soundbath.” Leah will also teach traditional Qigong healing sounds you can use to deepen the relaxation. While you decompress, Jon’s tabla, hang drums, crystal bowls and gongs will bathe you in soothing vibrations. Join Leah and Jon for a deeply peaceful sonic session.

Jon Crane has a deep passion for sharing his excitement and love of music and how it can bring a greater sense of loving awareness to our lives. Jon has learned and worked with many teachers over the years such as Ram Dass, Krishna Das, Ty Burhoe, Jack Kornfield, Zakir Hussain.jon

Leah’s classes create an environment where people can direct their energy and attention within, to connect with their inner wisdom, healing, creativity and joy. Leah’s grateful to be an ongoing student of Master yoga teachers Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark. She is an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, a professional member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) and an instructor at Sendatsu Yoga Teacher Training.

All are welcome. Pre-Registration is encouraged. Register here.

 An Evening of Journeying with Will Whitesmith

Fridays, November 20th from 7:15pm to 9:00pm // Fee: $25

Come and join Will Whitesmith for an evening of adventure and fun, exploring the three worlds of the Shaman’s universe. You will be introduced to the Shamanic Journey, learning how to access your own greater reality as your ancestors did before you, as well as learning how to support yourself and others in this process. The ancient art of the Shamanic Journey opens avenues of consciowillpicthreeusness that are always available, yet seldom sought.

About Will Whitesmith: I am a channel for magical, mystical, loving creation… a divine spark that illuminates the beauty within the hearts of others, and ignites their gifts of unlimited possibilities. My practice guides and supports others to step into and actualize their unlimited potential. Through discovering their own greater reality they can choose to expand their field of creativity and joy in life.

This expansion of Self is further supported by my Shamanic work which helps the client clear old wounds and past conditioning that blocks their growth. My own life story mirrors this process, giving me empathy, compassion, and understanding for those who walk the path of Self-discovery.