Join the Austin Public Library (APL) this April for “Talk Green to Me,” a free series of fun and informative discussions, presentations and documentaries at library branches across town. For the whole month, the library will host programs that explore topics such as gray water recycling, urban wildlife habitats, green landscaping, community gardens, growing local, sustainable community planning, small-footprint living, eco homes, the Barton Springs aquifer and even edible insects.
Susanna Bair, published author and recognized mystic of the heart, presents The Heart that Heals: A Workshop on Emotional Intelligence, at 9 a.m., March 28 at St. David’s Episcopal Church. Bair will share methods and practices for heart-centered healing.
The one-day workshop will teach participants basic and advanced meditation using breath, visualization and vocalized sound to energize and heal the heart. Bair will demonstrate energetic methods for resolving four common emotional problems: how to heal a heart of disappointment; how to heal a heart of burnout after a long period of success and accomplishment; how to heal a heart of isolation and loneliness by finding the purpose of one’s life; and how to forgive and be forgiven so one’s heart can grow and feel uplifted.
Chiropractic doctor Steven Klayman, owner of Klayman Holistic Chiropractic Clinic, will teach pain relieving techniques in a workshop designed for both health professionals and the general public from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 14. Klayman will present information on muscle testing, or kinesiology, and teach participants to practice its application to relieve health issues such as back and sacroiliac pain, acid reflux, asthma, headaches, hemorrhoids, and knee and joint pain.
by Sheila Julson
While personal transformation coach and healer Ed Reidt was a practicing chiropractor during the late 1990s and 2000s, he made a connection that physical symptoms his patients had experienced were often brought on by long-held negative emotions such as guilt or anger. By getting to the crux of his patients’ emotional issues and directing them to release adverse feelings, Reidt noticed how their health improved. He couldn’t scientifically explain it, but he saw positive results, so he knew he was on to something special.
Camp Rough, a sustainable-living family learning center that focuses on outdoor adventure, native tradition, music, dance, cooking and more, is hosting a family music festival, a date night sleepover and a children’s spring break camp during the first quarter of 2015.
The Spring Break Camp for kids will run 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, March 16 through 20. Camps integrate play in a natural setting, along with songs, dance, crafts and more.
Austin Tara Circle invites everyone to experience the mind’s radiance as the Goddess Tara. Participants can dance a path to awakening, reconnect with one’s highest potential and join a healing power journey into the realm of the Divine Feminine.
Attendees will have the precious opportunity to receive instruction from a teacher of rare talent and sublime insight. Prema Dasara, a holder of a unique Tara lineage and creator of a ritual dance of empowerment and sacred celebration, will teach an intensive and inspiring weekend on the Mandala Dance of the 21 Praises of Tara. Her work is praised by many high lamas of Tibetan Buddhism and enjoyed by dancers from all spiritual traditions.
Internationally renowned leader of the sacred activist movement, Andrew Harvey, is coming to Austin for a talk and workshop, 7 to 9 p.m., February 20, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., February 21. Harvey is the founder and director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization that invites concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired and effective agents of change. Harvey has written over 30 books, including the award-winning The Hope.
More than 1,000 human gorillas will be hitting the race course at The Mueller Browning Hangar for the 5th annual Austin Gorilla Run, 9 a.m. January 31. The gorillacostumed participants can partake in the 5K course, and this year’s event will also include a costume contest, a kid’s obstacle challenge and a spectacular post-race Silverback After Party at Mueller Browning Hangar.
Martina Santesteban, spiritual life coach and founder of Living Your Essence Life Coaching, will hold a Living Your Essence Life Coaching For Women workshop, 7:30 p.m., January 29. The free introductory session will focus on a self-development process which is noted in the coaching world for its vertically deep impact in which one is able to overcome limiting beliefs and to visualize the actions needed to create sustainable changes in life. Jayne Gardner, Ph.D., published author and creator of the Mindset Process, will be the guest speaker.
by Sheila Julson
In spring 2013, Sandra Vela and Stacey Lemire, certified facilitators for the Higher Brain Living personal development technique, met during a presentation by Dr. Michael Cotton, founder and developer of the method. While Vela and Lemire each had slightly different personal goals, both were drawn to the presentation in search of bringing a unique and accessible holistic modality to Austin.