“Harmony is eating and resting, sleeping and waking: balance in all you do. This is the path to peace.” – Bhagavad Gita (1st or 3nd Century)
Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
“Love is the only path, love is the only God, and love is the only scripture. Impress this verse upon your memory and chant it constantly if you are to realize your dreams of growth.” – Bapuji, Swami Kripalu
”Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.”
- Zen Proverb
Meditation and Teachings
with Jan Frazier in Shelburne, VT
Evening talk: April 5th, 6 – 8pm
Teachings and meditation: April 6th, 10am – 5pm
Join our friends at All Souls in Shelburne, VT (where this year’s BYC Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday May 3rd, 2013), for a weekend with Jan Frazier, who speaks about spiritual awakening from direct experience. In August 2003, she experienced a radical transformation of consciousness and has discovered it is possible to live a richly human life free of suffering. Jan is the author of When Fear Falls Away: The Story of a Sudden Awakening and The Freedom of Being: At Ease with What Is.
When Fear Falls Away: The Story of a Sudden Awakening is Jan’s day-by-day account of the shift in consciousness and its alteration of her life. She has been inspired by many teachers but the joy she lives in belongs to no particular tradition, and is available to all. Her new book, The Freedom of Being: At Ease with What Is came out in September. No prior experience is necessary to enjoy this retreat.
Location: Both the Friday night and Saturday events take place at All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Rd, Shelburne, VT in a peaceful rural setting 10 miles south of Burlington. We will be gathering in a beautiful circular sanctuary with panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains set on conserved land with hiking trails, a labyrinth, a Sacred Earth Circle, and abundant natural beauty.
Cost: The Friday evening talk is $10 if you register prior to March 15 and $15 after. Saturday is $65 prior to March 15, $80 after. To register, send a check made payable to Zachary Ispa-Landa to the address at the bottom of this page. You are also welcome to pay at the door.
*A note on cost: These teachings are meant to be available to all and no one will be turned away for the inability to pay in full. We really mean that. And, a teacher with Jan’s perspective is rare and our hope is that she can support herself fully by teaching. All proceeds beyond facilities costs will go directly to her. Thanks for giving what you can.
For more information or to register contact: Zachary Ispa-Landa firstname.lastname@example.org (828) 712-3124
To learn more about Jan’s teachings visit www.janfrazierteachings.com
Catherine Looke, the author of this blog, is the SEVA intern at Burlington Yoga Conference 2013 and we’re lucky to have her!
“My personal mission to find balance in my own life drew me to teach yoga. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training about a year ago which has blessed me with new beginnings, as well as new challenges in my practice. As a teacher I wish to share my passion for yoga in addition to sharing the grace and the beauty of the practice. Teaching yoga has granted me with the opportunity to help individuals and myself.
This past Wednesday I taught my first class at the Day Station in Burlington, Vermont, where some members of the homeless community meet weekly for discussion, activities, and dinner. My intention of teaching yoga here is to help these individuals develop greater physical, emotional, and spiritual strength to better meet the challenges of their situations.
Within new beginnings, challenges are inherent. There were many things I was not prepared for, such as teaching a gentler style of yoga than I am used to and needing to rely on my inner confidence and self-trust. Every now and then the students would display resistance, but a moment later, they would jump right back into the practice! These students were amongst the greatest students I have ever taught, particularly because they taught me so much more than I felt I was able to teach them. These people didn’t have a lot of ego. Generally speaking, each person is doing the best they can do.
I was surprised how many people freely stated how they felt! This helped me realize the various ways I could lighten up, practice patience, and understand that sometimes less is more. Teaching at the Day Station was a great opportunity. During the class I felt as though I was on the edge of the unknown because it was so different to the usual classes that I am used to teaching. I took a risk and tried something new! At the end of the class, my smile and everyone else’s there shone, helping me understand the fruitfulness of the experience!”
Practice Seva by volunteering in community projects, Vermont Institute of Natural Science is seeking out volunteers for an on-going nature trail building project! I great opportunity to meet locals, practice mindfulness in Vermont’s beauty while supporting a great cause! Seva is a sharing of resources and positive energy with those in need! Devoting yourself to Seva uplifts the self and others around you! Offering Seva is a way to make a significant contribution to the spiritual communities of fellow beings on earth. Preserve this great Tradition!
Volunteers are needed for the end of March and throughout the month of April.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research, offers more services to people with MS, provides more professional education programs and advances more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. Through its home office and fifty-state network of chapters, the National MS Society provides assistance to over a million people annually in its continuing mission to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.
Volunteering for the MS cause would be a great opportunities to meet locals, help out with a great cause, practice loving kindness and selfless service! Spread your vibrant energy as an enthusiastic volunteer! The Society offers three key fundraising activities: The MS Bike Tour, MS Walk and MS Challenge Walk.
Join the Movement and volunteer at the Walk MS in Burlington, VT on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Burlington High School. Walk Volunteers will help support the hundreds of walkers who together have joined the movement to create a world free of MS!
Volunteer Opportunities Include:
“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you’re coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
- Australian Aboriginal Woman