Those of you who know me know that I have played the guitar since I was 12 years old. I love to play my guitar, sing and write an occasional song or two - enough to satisfy my creative needs. Last fall I felt the need to improve my playing skills, not because I'm going to go on the road with my songs, but because I want to know what it feels like to really use my instrument as my voice.
Last month I learned that my guitar teacher, Tret Fure, is holding a guitar and song writing boot camp on Whidbey Island off the coast of Seattle. My heart immediately told me that I needed to go to which my head responded by telling me that I certainly was not qualified to join the party! A familiar nauseous fear hit my stomach and I began to make a plethora of excuses as to why I should not, could not attend. Finances, skill level, the fear of meeting new people, making a fool of myself - you name it, the old voices were loud and clear.
It always astounds me that these voices of the past have continued to create stories about me and they always want me to stay put, not challenge myself, not embarrass myself, play it safe. But I realize that that's all they are - stories. Stories designed by the voices and fears of the past which are not and never have been true.
So, in spite of those old, tired voices, I booked my trip and am ready to set sail on a new adventure. I owe it to myself and to my spirit to do what I love and to put myself in situations that will challenge and defeat those very stale, boring and self-defeating stories. My new story begins today!
Classes with Marene Martensen
Six Wednesday Evenings Beginning April 17
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fee: $125
Learn the meanings of all 78 cards and gain hands-on experience doing short readings in this six-week class. You will be encouraged to ask questions, give feedback and share your insights in an interactive environment. Get to know and use the Tarot for yourself and others. Please bring a notebook and the Tarot deck of your choice.
Six Monday Evenings Beginning April 15
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fee: $125
Learn the basics of astrology: all the planets (asteroids too!) signs and houses, using your own natal chart. This is an interactive class, where questions and feedback are welcome. This is your chance to learn how all those general beginning astrology concepts apply to you personally. Please make your birth data available and a natal chart will be provided.
3 part workshop: Wednesdays May 1st, 15th and 29th.
6:30- 8:30 at Free Spirit Crystals
Overall Intention: Become familiar with the basic concepts of Ayurvedic, be able to understand your imbalances, be able to understand how seasons, age, time of day affect your imbalances, and finally to understand how foods and other therapies begin to heal those imbalances.
Part I - Get a Better Understanding of Your Doshic Imbalance and Basic Constitution - We will cover the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas. You will get a better understanding of your basic constitution (prakruti) and your imbalance (vikruti). We will go thru a self-answered inventory, a tongue diagnosis, and a pulse diagnosis to assess your current imbalance and your basic constitution. Ayurveda believes that the roots of all diseases start in the digestive tract and in the mind, so we use a dual approach to all health issues.
Part II - How do the Seasons, your Time of Life, and the Time of Day affect your Imbalance and What are all the tools that Ayurveda offers to Regain Harmony and Balance Within Your System. Working with your imbalance requires you to be aware of how you are living, and what choices you are making that help to either balance or unbalance your system. Everything is interconnected, and in Ayurveda we move towards harmony within ourselves and in relation to those things outside of ourselves, bringing everything together to occur more synchronously. We will become familiar with some of the basic tools in Ayurveda such as: tongue scraping, and neti pot usage, nasyas (nasal oils) , and teas.
Part III - It's all about the Food Baby!! Food becomes our medicine in Ayurveda. We will cover the 6 tastes in Ayurveda and how different foods incorporate those 6 tastes. Learn how to make food choices that heal you and bring you back into harmony with your basic constitution. We will sample, rice and other grains, dahl (split beans), spices, veggies, fruit, and lassies. I will provide recipes for lassies, and kitchari.
"When we take the one seat on our meditation cushion we become our own monastery. We create the compassionate space that allows for the arising of all things: sorrows, loneliness, shame, desire, regret, frustration, happiness."
Layout: Savoring Your Spirit
Pewaukee, WI 1 mile west of Country Springs Hotel off I-94
Pre-registration is required as seating is limited.
The Lux Eterna Circle is a monthly theme-based women's evening of spirituality. We connect to the feminine energy, share in a discussion, and open to changes within. An energy share ends the evening. No Reiki/energy work experience is required. The events are regularly held on the last Friday of the month.
Rose and I are making plans for another fantastic retreat this November in Fountain Hills, AZ. The theme of this year's event is "The Games People Play" and will illustrate the methods that we use to avoid living our lives to the fullest. If you truly want a retreat that's fun, inspiring, educational and fulfilling, make your reservations with us today!
We invite you to challenge yourself to learn more about balance in the chakra system. Explore the tools that help to create ease and wellness for you or for others. These classes will provide an expanded knowledge of healing the chakras.
Attend one or all of the classes.
Root Chakra - Wednesday, April 10
Sacral Chakra - Wednesday, April 24
Solar Plexus - Wednesday, May 8
Heart - Wednesday, May 22
Throat - Wednesday, June 5
Third Eye - Wednesday, June12
Crown - Wednesday, June 19
Fee: $35/class 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
This series is for individuals who are tired of feeling low energy, are ill or experiencing symptoms of disease, and those who are looking to promote health and well-being for themselves or others.
Deficiencies or blockages in the chakra system lead to imbalances which over time create symptoms and dis-ease. Health and well being is maintained by creating balance in the chakra system through self awareness and changing of old patterns. These classes focus on creating sensory awareness and other tools necessary for the maintenance of your chakra system.
Chakra Class Objectives
This 7 part series is designed to move through the chakra system explaining the aspects of each area and how they affect well being on all levels of the personal energy field. You will become familiar with your own chakras and be able to identify blockages due to emotional stressors, trauma patterns and generational conditioning. You will be given the tools to conduct daily "check-ins" with your body in order to learn chakra self maintenance.
Are you stuck in a bad relationship with your ego? Does your spirit long to be free from the demands of the stories that your ego needs you to believe?
Unveiling Ego's traps allows you to move from the place of fear and to bond with your true self - the self that's not afraid to be free.
Classes include: defining ego, recognizing ego traps, popping out of the ego drama (and traumas), and breaking up with your Ego Layout. Write a dear John/Joan letter to your ego. Join us in creating the Ego Swan Song.
Taming your monkey mind can be fun and exciting! Let us show you how!
It's that time of year folks - the time to detox all of those stagnant chemicals, feelings, sugar, caffeine, and whatever else we've been carrying through the winter. Time to lighten the load in order to spring into action when the warm weather arrives ( really, it's coming!)
The Detox Layout will help assist you in releasing the pent up toxins, emotions and thoughts which block our physiology and psyche. Using this layout on a daily basis allows your system to discharge the "sludge" and move more freely on all levels.
Feet - Hematite
Root - Hematite
2nd Chakra - Red Jasper
3rd Chakra - Moss Agate & Seraphinite
Heart Chakra - Green Calcite
5th Chakra - Turquoise
6th Chakra - Azurite
7th Chakra - Clear Calcite Rhomboid
Hands - Copper
Hematite: Cleansing and grounding; known as the "bloodstone" by Native Americans for its ability to draw impurities from the blood system.
Red Jasper: Works on purifying the organs and detoxing the circulatory system.
Moss Agate: Draws out infections and works on the emotional body for balance.
Seraphinite: Good for cleansing the blood and lymph systems while also cleansing the auric field. Connects the chakra system to the spiritual level of the field.
Green Calcite: Cleans toxins from the body and promotes peace and calm while moving stagnant energy out of the system.
Turquoise: Very good for clearing the thymus gland to keep the immune system strong and functioning properly.
Azurite: Helps to draw out and release forgotten memories which stagnate the flow of chi throughout the body.
Clear Calcite Rhomboid: Clears the outer layers of the field of stagnant and negative energy allowing one to connect more clearly to their spiritual nature.
Copper: A great conductor of electromagnetic energy throughout the body to help balance the nervous system and keep it strong.