to connect with others and ourselves,
to explore creativity in a meaningful way, and
to allow for inner growth for the benefit of all.
Morgan Adrian will be giving two talks, Mon July 22nd & Tues July 23rd
Tammy will be giving one talk on August 2nd.
Time: 7:30pm - 9pm
Suggested donation $20/class or $50 for all three.
Drop into a Girlie Stories Gathering to join an instant community of womyn-identifying folks empowering themselves and each other via personal storytelling!
Every last Saturday of the month, we'll check in with each other, experience some playtime with a community building activity, and then we'll share our stories!
Please RSVP to email@example.com if you'll be in attendance. This month's theme is FIRE. Please email Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to share a personal story based on this theme. Or just come to listen!
You are welcome to tell your story with or without notes. Girlie Stories believes that all of us have stories worth hearing and that all of us are storytellers! We welcome womyn with all levels of performance/writing experience, including none!
Come to tell a story or just to listen and share space with other womyn. Please bring a snack or drink to share.
$5 suggested donation or whatever you can afford, though all are welcome regardless of ability to pay and nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds.
FACILITATOR BIO: Johanna Middleton is an artist and arts educator with a passion for creating spaces for others to share their own stories. She is the creator of Girlie Stories, which provides a platform for women and girls to empower themselves via personal storytelling through monthly gatherings, workshops, and productions. Johanna has performed her original pieces as a storyteller with KPCC's Unheard LA, Rogue Machine's Rant and Rave, iO West, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Last Bookstore, and even the Long Beach Transit! She debuted her first solo theatre piece, Timeline:27, a participatory storytelling show, at the Santa Monica Playhouse. As an arts educator and arts-based facilitator, she has worked with students of all ages in Chicago and Los Angeles. She is currently the Student Program Coordinator at Greenway Arts Alliance. She has facilitated storytelling and theatre workshops for UCLA, Black Women for Wellness, WeRise LA, and more.
“It’s Like This Now: Past and Future from the Present Perspective.”
August 3, 5pm - 7pm
Suggested donation - $35
This talk will be an exploration of the meaning and complications of the spiritual truism and injunction to “Be Here, Now.” Do we really ever live entirely in the present? Is it possible, let alone healthy, to forget the past? And can we live responsibly without anticipating and planning for the future? Realistically, past, present, and future are not separable and we’ll outline ways that they can exist harmoniously and happily in the mind of the spiritual practitioner.
Lama Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is extensively trained in the spiritual traditions of India and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for over two decades in the academic world, first at Columbia University and later at the University of California, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004.
He has served for the past sixteen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world, and is currently the Spiritual Director for “Middle Way Centers” located in North America, Australia, and Singapore.
In addition to several scholarly studies and translations based on Sanskrit materials, he is the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life and of Be Nobody (both published by Beyond Words). His audio and video podcasts reach hundreds of thousands of people around the globe and a new documentary featuring Lama Marut has just been released on DVD or Video on Demand.
With his unique mixture of erudition and earthiness, intensity and humor, conviction and openness, Lama Marut’s message is easily accessible and potentially life-changing.
|Wednesday 7-8pm||Moving Meditation (Tai Chi)|
|Thursday 7:30-9:30pm||License to Chill (July 4th Meditation Class is canceled)|