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Event Spotlights

Sep 09, 2018 08:55AM

Workshop Explores Joy, Curiosity and Gratitude Through Creativity

An intuitive art workshop, Accessing Your Creativity Through Mindfulness: A Path to Inner Peace, Intuition and Joy, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 22, at South Wind Equestrian Center, in Leander. The introductory workshop for adults will teach new ways to access inner creative spirit through exercises, creative projects and techniques that can be done every day. Attendees will practice a few simple grounding and meditation techniques to become more present; learn easy exercises to do anywhere to relax the logical mind and open the intuitive brain; experience the color wheel and learn how to blend color; and paint a dreamcatcher.

“Surrounded by the serene beauty of a tree-covered horse ranch just north of Austin, participants will leave the workshop feeling more connected to inner wisdom, as well as feeling purposeful, invigorated and on fire with creative juice and possibility,” says Christine Szepesi, primary facilitator of the retreat. “A background in art or artistic experience is not required; the workshop is focused on the process of creating, rather than the end product.”

Cost: $400 (plus fee), includes a light breakfast, snacks, lunch, ice water, parking and all art supplies. Location: 15214 Faubion Tr., Leander. For more information, or to register, call 512-689-7793 or visit

Talk on Relics of the Buddha

The Institute of Noetic Sciences Austin (IONS Austin) will present “The Relics of the Buddha & You—The Science of Intention and Realization of Human Potential: Lessons from the Buddha’s Relics” with Nisha Manek, M.D., at 7pm, October 2, at the Unity Church of the Hills, in Austin. Manek will share her personal connection with the relics, as well as her subtle energies work with William Tiller, Ph.D., Stanford University professor emeritus, with Austin’s holistic and consciousness communities.

Manek experienced firsthand the profound impact the relics have on people coming into their presence. “By inviting the Buddha relics into my family home, I had the unique privilege of creating sacred space and witnessed people experiencing profound shifts in consciousness, with reports of ailments being healed and emotional and mental states being lifted in the presence of the relics,” she explains.

The relics survived for more than 2,500 years since originating in the possession of the Buddha, who founded Buddhism between the sixth and fourth centuries B.C., and are now permanently housed in India, near where the Buddha spent his last days.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, transformative learning and engaging a global community in the realization of our human potential.

Suggested donation is $10. Doors open at 6:30pm and the talk begins at 7pm. Location: 9905 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin. For more information, email [email protected]

Explore the Metaphysical & Holistic Life EXPO

Spiritual Life Productions will present the Austin Metaphysical & Holistic Life Expo from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., October 6, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 7, at the Holiday Inn Austin Midtown. Attendees will have opportunities to interact with many different practitioners such as psychics, readers, astrologers, energy workers, crystal and jewelry vendors, plus explore gifts and metaphysical products.

“With our primary focus of education, we create a spirit-centered environment. We are not focused on selling you something,” says Marilyn Waggoner, owner and producer of the quarterly events. “You won’t feel like you are walking through any kind of a trade show or shopping mall,” she advises.

Educational lectures cover advanced, intermediate and basic topics, giving attendants an opportunity to interact directly with many of the experts and practitioners in a one-on-one group learning experience.

Admission is $8/day; includes most lectures and door prizes. Location: 6000 Middlefiskville Rd., Austin. For more information, visit

Transform Love Relationships from the Inside-Out

Noelle Davis, a certified love and relationship coach, will host a Calling in “The One” workshop from 3 to 5 p.m., September 16, and is starting a group series for women beginning October 7.

She states, “Unsuccessful and hurtful relationship patterns are common in our culture. People who have experienced negative relationship interactions may tend to bury emotions and use self-talk such as, ‘I’m fine on my own,’ but the truth is they long to be part of a loving and supportive relationship. These patterns can be broken. No matter what has happened in the past, it is absolutely possible to have a bright future in love.”

Calling in “The One”, a seven-step process created by Katherine Woodward Thomas, a marriage and family therapist and bestselling author, offers the path and tools needed to attract love. Most approaches to finding love focus on overcoming external obstacles such as differences between the genders, how to communicate in ways that make us appear desirable or the stages of dating. Because of this, many people make the mistake of looking outside themselves to understand why they don’t have the love they desire. This can lead to false conclusions. Instead, the Calling in “The One” process guides participants to overcome their internal obstacles to love, such as deep beliefs and self-sabotaging patterns that are keeping love at bay, as well as share keys to becoming magnetic to love.

Week one prepares participants for inviting love into their lives. Week two provides the opportunity to clear away inner obstacles to love that have to do with unfinished business of the past. During week three, participants receive help identifying love identity core beliefs and begin to see the subtle ways they have been relating that have unconsciously been causing them to validate these beliefs over and over again.

Deepening the vision of love fulfilled and learning to navigate into the future through the use of intuitive knowing begins during week four. In week five, participants awaken to a deeper level of self-love as the foundation for loving another. Cultivating a greater sense of happiness in life as the foundation for creating a happy, healthy loving relationship occurs through the practices in week six.

Throughout the course of week seven, participants begin relating to all obstacles, setbacks, disappointments and delays as opportunities to grow into more mature, integrated and powerfully loving versions of themselves in service to preparing to receive a fulfilling relationship.

In committing to working through these simple steps, it is possible to clear barriers to love and learn how to attract the perfect partner and create happy, healthy love in life going forward.

For more information, call 512-766-5329 or visit

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