Dance Into the Heart of Tara’s Mandala


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.

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Sacred Activism Workshop with Andrew Harvey


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.

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5th Annual Austin Gorilla Run

5th Annual Gorilla Run Event

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.

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Tap Into the Power of Collective Consciousness

Tap Into the Power of Collective Consciousness Event

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.

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Community Spotlight – Unlock Potential Through Higher Brain Living


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.

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Transforming Education – How a Grassroots Movement is Changing the World

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by Michael Carberry

Michael Carberry is the founder and director of the Whole Life Learning Center, in Austin. He is also a writer, speaker and educational consultant who is currently completing an M.A. in Holistic Education from the SelfDesign Graduate Institute. The following is an abridgment of Carberry’s October 2014 article on Alt Ed Austin, where he sums up his views on the current state of education and what truly meaningful reform looks like.

I believe in standardizing automobiles. I do not believe in standardizing human beings. Standardization is a great peril which threatens American culture. ~Albert Einstein

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Community Spotlight – Earth Native Wilderness School, Teaches Survival and Sustainability

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by Sheila Julson

Childhood exploration, either through neighborhood parks, riverbanks or wildlife areas, can instill a sense of wonder and appreciation for all things great and small. So it was for Dave Scott, founder and executive director of the Earth Native Wilderness School. His youth was spent frequenting the wooded areas around Williamson Creek, in South Austin, along with his brother, Michel. The siblings spent hours observing nature, catching turtles and enjoying the outdoors. As Scott entered adulthood, he continued to immerse himself in nature while learning valuable outdoor and wilderness survival skills which he now shares with people interested in connecting with the wilderness and learning sustainable ways.

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Keeping Skin Healthy and Hydrated During Winter


by Beth Carpenter, ND

As cooler temperatures return, our skin naturally seems drier. Sometimes it seems that no matter what we put on our skin, within minutes it is dry again. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and it’s referred to our third kidney. If our skin is not staying hydrated, taking a look at ways to remedy and hydrate thirsty skin will help us feel better and look younger, no matter the season or climate.

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Be a Hero for a Hero to Welcome Soldiers Home


The Welcoming Your Soldier Home Project is sponsoring Save a Hero, an event created to provide a safe and supportive environment for returning combat veterans to share their experiences of wartime trauma with the community and bring to light the heartbreaking truths of suicide that exists among veterans and active duty service members. The discussion will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m., November 19 at One World Theater, in Austin.

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Community Spotlight – Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, Helping People Transform Their Lives

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by Sheila Julson

During his teenage years, Shaun Carson, director of marketing at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa, had the opportunity to travel and immerse himself in other cultures. He experienced Germany and the Netherlands through a foreign exchange student program, which piqued his interest in a career in the resort industry. He loved talking to people and sharing experiences, thus making him a natural fit for the Deer Lake team.

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