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Current Reports on S.P.A.N. Activity:
Season for Interfaith-Intercultural Celebration 2012

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Friday, July 13 - Monday July 23, 2012

Keys to Peace
1 days of interconnected dance, drama, voice and creative workshops, exploring how the arts can help in conflict situations, and seed inner and outer peace. The three longer workshops introduce ground breaking tools for those working creatively with people experiencing either conflict or post-confict trauma. People may attend for all or part. We can recommend nearby budget accommodation.

The aim is to boost participants' ability and confidence to actualise their full potential as peace-builders. This applies at any level they are interacting. In some cases the application may be informal and ad-hoc with family, friends, work collegues or neighbours. In some cases it will support professional or voluntary role within an organisation. There will be a printed certificate awarded on completion of each of the 3 longer courses.

More info about each workshop on www.worldance.org, www.keystopeace.co.uk
Bookings / enquiries: komorourke@gmail.com


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Labyrinth City Walk
Join a morning Labyrinth walk in an atmosphere that is contemplative and harmonious. Walking the labyrinth becomes an opportunity for quieting the mind and pausing to check inwardly in a unique and deeper way.
Entering a labyrinth at one opening and walking the path spiralling inward and doubling back and forth on itself, as it leads you to the center that could reflect your inner center and grounding in the peace and harmony before following it out again. Walking is at a comfortable pace without hurry.
Explore a walk through the labyrinth after a few mindfully focused body connection exercises that begins with a few simple movement techniques for grounding, balance and noticing your feet, knees, hips and breathe in a novel way. Integrate walking for quieting your mind and experience awareness exercises to find a calmer and deeper sensory connection.

Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Avenue, Victoria, B.C.
Contact: Renee Lindstrom, 250-361-7508, renee@insideawareness.com, www.insideawareness.com

Right speech is speech that furthers the practice of the speaker and contributes to the well-being of others and the world. Right speech is therefore international speech that rejects mindless chatter, gossip, slander and lies. The experience of anger and its expression in speech is a daily experience for most of us. And when we lose connection with the intention behind what we say, especially with intimate partners, we have a vast vocabulary for saying what is wrong. Trinity Care and Needy Foundation (TRINCAF) have therefore seen the need to embark on a SPEECH Education TRAINING. to educate the people in our communities, Leaders on the importance of SPEECH,because, as a man speaks so is he.We are going to use the principles of Non-Violent Communication (NVC).
Contact: trinitycareneedyfoundation@yahoo.ca, http://trinitycarefoundation.cfsites.org

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Hands Across the sand
Join local residents Renee Lindstrom and Lisa Cole for the third annual gathering of “Hands across the Sands.” Everyone is invited to gather at Willows Beach join hands for 15 minutes. This year, 2012, time prior to holding hands at noon will be offered for those wanting to have a deeper connection with the waters. If you are spontaneously drawn to sharing your prayers with others in our community or simply wishing to join in this expression arrival for this portion will be 11:00 a.m. Gathering for holding hands at noon portion of the event will be at 11:45 a.m.
People will be lining up at hands at Hands across the Sand events around the world on Saturday, August 4th to participate in supporting clean energy awareness. The intention since our first gathering has been to support and encourage people to come together to show their appreciation for our beautiful oceans, ocean life, and coastlines – by acknowledging our values, to be the change by saying yes to clean energy and transforming hopelessness into hopefulness.
For more information, contact: Renee Lindstrom, 250-361-7508, renee@insideawareness.com, www.insideawareness.com
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
Location: Willows Beach, 2740 Dalhousie Street, Oak Bay, BC V8R 2J1

Friday, September 7, 2012

Meeting with Sri Tathata:A Message for World Peace
2012 WORLD TOUR OF SRI TATHATA QUOTE "My work is to awaken humanity, and the Truth that sleeps within, In order to help humanity reach its highest level of consciousness."On Friday night: Introduction to Teachings * Sacred Music and Chants. On Saturday: Teachings*Meditations*Prayer for World Peace*Darshan(blessing)*Sacred Music and Chants, also deliciious vegetarian lunch
Location: New Thought Center For Spiritual Living, 1040 Southwest C Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Time: Friday, Sept 7, 7-9 pm Free with suggested love offering to cover expenses $25 Saturday, Sept 8, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Free with suggested love offering of $60.00 Initiations on Sunday, Sept 9- Reservation with Dharma Portland and attendance on Saturday required.
Contact: www.dharmaportland.org, Email: info@dharmaportland.org, Barbara: 503 349-3033


Sunday, September 9, 2012

4th Annunal Interfaith Walk for Peace & Service
An opportunity for the community to share together in various Religious Centers and walk together to build deeper relationships and understanding. At the beginning of the Walk, each participant will receive a packet of 25 beads that represent the color of their religion. As they connect with others, they are asked to share the reason they are on this walk and exchange beads. At the end of the walk elastic strings will be given so each person can make a bracelet or a keychain with the different colored beads they have received that signify the chain of people and stories they encountered on the walk. A light meal will be served at the end and people can connect with booths of local service organizations.
Specific Location & Time of Event:
Sun. Sept 9 4th Annual Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace and Service with Bead Project
2:00 pm Begin at City of Knowledge Islamic School
2:45 pm Arrive at Temple Beth Israel
3:30 pm Arrive at Claremont School of Theology/ Claremont Lincoln University (Foothill, east of Indian Hill)
4:00 pm Move to Claremont United Methodist Church Lawn (adjacent to CST/CLU) “Rally for Peace and Service: Including live music, booths featuring area service organizations, and refreshments.”
Contact: www.facebook.com/ClaremontInterfaithWG, Rev. Jan Chase, www.unityofpomona.org


Monday, September 10, 2012

Creating Social Synergy
We are a CommUNITY Center in conjunction with Serenity Centers "Therapies for the Body, Mind and Spirit" and P.E.A.C.E. Market. We advocate and support communal efforts to create local synergy for the betterment of all. Our intention is to create an easily reproduced model to inspire a national network of harmonious interaction.
Time & Location: Bi-weekly Mondays at 6 PM in the CommUNITY Space in Serenity Center, Oviedo located at 2040 Winter Springs Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765
Contact: www.serenitycenter.com
, cassandracurley@aol.com

Class repeats every Monday evening until October 22.
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a powerful process to increase goodwill in your relationship replacing habitual patterns of defensiveness. Understand and learn skills that nurtures connection and actions to create healthy relationships and the causes of disconnect, therefore strain and feelings of loneliness even in our most intimate relationships. Some benefits of NVC are; learning empathy to heal the pain that prevents you from hearing each other in conversation, to break patterns of thinking that leads to anger, guilt, shame and depression, and to express in a way to resolve conflicts. Experience relationships based upon mutual respect, compassion and cooperation. Workshop has been inspired by well-known author of Nonviolent Communication, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, who has adapted these basic skills for understanding how to feel heard and to express in a manner more likely to get your needs met. It is a well-known system for getting past the pain in your relationships to experience more loving kindness.
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm Location: 1442 Monterey Avenue Oak Bay, BC
Contact: Renee Lindstrom, 250-361-7037


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Community Prayer Breakfast -- Experiencing our Divinity through Diversity
This interfaith/intercultural event brings together people from different spiritual traditions and cultural backgrounds together for the sole purpose of our getting to know one another. What better way to do it than over breakfast, sitting in community sharing who we are and learning more about our neighbors, the ones that live right in our neighborhoods.
Location: The breakfast will be held at the Beverly Heritage Hotel, 1820 Barber Lane, Milpitas, CA 95035
Time: 10 am - 12 noon. Contact: Rev. Carolyn J. Douglas, 510-230-4364. www.illuminatasc.org

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sleep Sweet Sleep
If you’re tired of not sleeping and of being dependant on sleeps aids this course is for you. Sleep Sweet Sleeps supports you to re-learn habits and patterns to become successful for longer and sounder rest periods, reducing or even replacing sleeping aids. Learn how we think, speak, act and move helps to create and support our conditions to break free from being trapped in this cycle of worry and concern over not sleeping. Based upon well-known methodology's to improve and increase your life style experience: Feldenkrais Method, Nonviolent Communication and Urban Feng Shui. Includes a Sleep 101 Workbook. Register @ Monterey Recreation Centre – 250-370-7300 - Class 1049245
Location: Monterey Recreation Center, 1442 Monterey Avenue
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm; Occurs every Thursday until November 8th
Contact: Janette Sproston, 250-370-7305

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Getting Beyond Bullying into Thriving
A communication course for the adults in a kids life with a focus of understanding a feelings and needs literacy in a new way. "A way to support the process of integrating basic skills to reduce the effects of bullying!" These techniques will encourage ease and understanding of what creates bullying with an emphasis on learning how to not take bullying personally. Participants will come away with immediate understanding and skills to take into their own experiences. Children learn from their models, therefore the patterns of their responses and reactive triggers begins with the adults in their lives. Parents and educators that develop these skills will begin to notice children are naturals at picking this up and that they long for the deepened recognition and feelings of being heard in a respectful way that comes with this style of connecting. These classes are founded upon the principals of Nonviolent Communication, A language to life by as written about by author Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. These skills will help improve performance, reduce conflict and enhance relationships.
Registration begins August 1st @ Monterey Recreation Centre, 1442 Monterey Avenue- 250-370-7300 - 3 - 2 hours each @ $45 Class - 108300
Location: Monterey Recreation Center, 1442 Monterey Avenue, Victoria, B.C. Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Contact: Renee Lindstrom, 250-361-7508, renee@insideawareness.com, www.insideawareness.com

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nonviolent Literacy Intro for Parenting with Compassion & Empathy
Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a powerful process for parenting children in a way to motivate without the threat of punishment or the promise of reward. Understand and learn skills using a methodology that nurtures connection and actions that are needed to create healthy relationships. Some benefits of NVC are; learning empathy to heal the pain that prevents you from hearing each other in conversation, break patterns of thinking that leads to anger, guilt, shame and depression, resolve conflicts and experience relationships based upon mutual respect, compassion and cooperation. Classes are based upon the work of well known author and writer of Nonviolent Communication, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, who has created the steps to become successful and comfortable
with the process to achieve peaceful interactions whether at home with your partner, in parenting, at work, or as a mediator. This series will be focusing upon strengthening your emotional connection to your partner and children, hearing the needs behind whatever anyone does or says, staying connected to your values during any interaction and reducing family conflicts and sibling rivalry. Class repeats weekly on Wednesday until December 5th, 2012
Location: James Bay Community School Centre, 140 Oswego Street, Victoria, British Columbia, V8V 2B1
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Contact: Renee Lindstrom, 250-361-7508, renee@insideawareness.com, www.insideawareness.com



Update from Rev. Jan Chase, Pomona, CA:
So far we have 16 Interfaith Activities planned for the month of September 2012. We continue to reach out to include more people and new groups of people. We feel blessed to live in a diverse community and want to spread the message that diversity is a blessing, not a curse. As we build interfaith relationships locally, we feel that the consciousness of the world is lifted up.