Tap Into Transformation, August

Let’s sing, dance, and grow together while having an absolute BLAST!

Hooray for Hawaii!

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION

August 1, 2014 7:00 – 9:00 pm

At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

Hula
Ukeleles; Hawaiian Dance
Like Love’s Aloha to La Luau of Life.

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Slip on a green grass skirt… spray on some rosewater… and dance like the ocean! Inspired by Herb Rodriguez and Jeannine Goode-Allen, this month we are celebrating joy and nature as we do Hula dancing in tap shoes. Get ready to put your feet in the sand and sway your hips to the soothing sounds of ukuleles. Enjoy roasted pork, pineapple, mango, papaya, coconut and Viriditas Mai Tais. We invite you to bring a poem or even better, a Sharpette celebrating nature. We guarantee you will go home swaying like the breeze in the palm trees.

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Join husband and wife duo Dr. Jeannine Goode-Allen and Dr. David Sharp in an evening of transformational song, poetry and tap dancing in our gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio in North Boulder. You will laugh, smile and stomp your feet while feeling the joy of moving your body and opening your heart to awe, wonder, beauty, gratitude and more.

Our world so needs each of us to step out onto the stage of life and make manifest our great potential. Experience us as we pave the way to do this by exhibiting the power of Divinity In Action through our spectacular and fun gifts.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity, in a creative community, to acknowledge and share your own gifts, or be inspired to dive into new ones! We will teach you tap steps, and with these tools, we will journey into our hearts to explore and celebrate the human journey, honor its triumphs and challenges, and spark new breakthroughs in the art of living. We will create rhythms, poetry, prayers and praise with our feet, our voices and our bodies, individually and as a group.

We also have djembe drums and rhythm instruments… so come and play with us, even if you cannot put on the tap shoes, or don’t want to just yet!

To Reserve Tickets:
1.888.612.8189 or www.viriditasllc.com
$15.00 admission $10.00 students
No experience necessary and we provide the tap shoes!

Let’s sing, dance, and grow together while having an absolute BLAST!

Monk Arnold resists St.Hildegard / Der Mönch Arnold widersteht die Heilige Hildegard

Both English and German versions.
Auf English und auf Deutsch.

What happens when someone does not support St. Hildegard

One of the ones who had been reluctant to give his consent to St. Hildegard leaving St. Disibodenberg was Arnold, a former layman, who had become a monk. He had apparently moved others to insubordination because of his grim tenacity. At one point when he was on Church land, his body was suddenly shaken so violently that he thought he was dying. His tongue got so swollen, it was coming out of his mouth. He demanded by signs, as best he could, to be brought to the Church of St. Rupert. When he promised there henceforth no longer to resist, he immediately got back his health and was an avid helper in the building of the abbey. He single-handedly  cleared out the vineyards on the land where the buildings were to be built to accommodate the nuns.

Was passiert, wenn jemand die Heilige Hildegard nicht unterstützt

Unter ihnen befand sich Arnold, ein ehemaliger Laie, der Mönch geworden war. Er hatte durch seine grimmige Hartnäckigkeit anscheinend auch die anderen zur Widersetzlichkeit bewogen.  Als er sich auf einem Landgut der Kirche, dem Hofe Weiler, befand, wurde sein Körper plötzlich so heftig geschüttelt, daβ er zu sterben glaubte, und seine Zunge schwoll so stark an, daβ sein Mund sie nicht fassen konnte. Er verlangte durch Zeichen, so gut er konnte, zur Kirche von St. Rupert gebracht zu werden. Als er dann hier gelobte, sich fürderhin nicht mehr zu widersetzen, erhielt er sofort seine Gesundheit zurück und war ein eifriger Helfer bei der Herrichtung der Wohnungen.  Eigenhändig rodete er die Weinstöcke aus, wo die Gebaüde zur Aufnahme der Nonnen gebaut werden sollten.

What in your life are you resisting?
Was in Ihrem Leben wiederstehen Sie?

The Church of St. Rupert Die Kirche von St. Rupert

The Church of St. Rupert
Die Kirche von St. Rupert

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

 

The Holy Spirit shows Saint Hildegard the hill of Saint Rupert. / Der Heilige Geist zeigt Der Heiligen Hildegard den Rupertsberg

Both English and German versions.
Auf English und auf Deutsch

During an illness, Heaven showed Hildegard the place where she should settle down with her nuns.

The Holy Virgin revealed with humble trust the words that she had not received from another human being, and so a sweet fragrance of holiness gushed forth and spread widely. Many daughters of the nobility came to her in order to take the veil and thus to lead the monastic life. Since the hermitage at Saint Disibodenberg was hardly able to house all the women and a relocation or expansion of the buildings was being considered, Hildegard was shown by the Holy Spirit that place, where the Nahe flows into the Rhine. It was the hill that was previously named after the holy Rupert. Rupert had inherited the hill and together with his blessed mother Bertha and the holy Wibert, he had happily spent his life on this hill working for and serving God. As the sight of his grave and relics, the hill had always kept Rupert’s name. Hildgard told the Abbot and monks at Saint Disibodenberg about the place to which she and the nuns wanted to move, a place she had not seen with her outward eyes, but with an inner vision. However, the abbot and monks had concerns. They were reluctant to see Hildegard move away. And in order for her not to be prevented from fulfilling the will of God, she lay, like before, a long time in her sickbed. She was not able to raise herself up, until the Abbot and the others realized that Hildegard was being urged on by Divine Will. The monks then let go of their resistance and gave their consent.

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Daβ ihr während einer Krankheit vom Himmel der Ort gezeigt wurde, an dem sie sich mit ihren Nonnen niederlassen sollte.

Die heilige Jungfrau offenbarte also mit demütigem Vertrauen Worte, die sie nicht von einem Menschen noch durch einen Menschen empfangen hatte, und strömte so einen Wohlgeruch der Heiligkeit aus, der sich weithin verbreitete.  Es kamen viele Töchter aus dem Adel zu ihr, um im Religionsgewand das klösterliche Leben zu führen.  Da die Klause als Wohnstatt kaum alle zu fassen vermochte und man eine Verlegung oder Erweiterung der Gebäulichkeiten erwog, wurde Hildegard vom Heiligen Geiste jene Stätte gezeigt, wo die Nahe in den Rhein mündet, nämlich der Hügel, der früher vom heiligen Bekenner Rupertus seinen Namen erhielt.  Rupertus hatte den Hügel erbrechtlich besessen und dort mit seiner seligen Mutter Bertha und dem heiligen Bekenner Wibert im Werk und Dienst für Gott sein Leben glückselig vollendet.  Von seinem Grab und seinen Reliquien ist dem Ort der Name verblieben.  Die Stätte, zu der sie übersiedeln wollte – die Jungfrau Gottes hatte sie nicht mit leiblichen Augen, sondern in innerer Schau erkannt -, bezeichnete sie ihrem Abt und den Brüdern.  Diese aber hatten Bedenken, ihre Einwilligung zu geben, weil sie Hildegard ungern wegziehen sahen.  Damit sie aber nicht gehindert würde, die Weisung Gottes auzuführen, lag sie, wie früher, lange auf dem Krankenlager.  Sie konnte sich jedoch nicht eher erheben, als bis der Abt und die anderen erkannten, daβ sie durch eine göttliche Anregung gedrängt, wurde, und sich nicht länger der Einwilligung widersetzten, sondern nach Kräften ihre Zustimmung gaben.

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The Nahe river today as seen from Rupertsberg
Der Nahe heute, von Rupertsberg gesehen

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Have you ever seen something with your “inner vision?”
Haben Sie schon einmal etwas “in innerer Schau” erkannt?

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

 

 

Viriditas Newsletter, July

Dear Viriditas Community,

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer with time to relax and enjoy family and friends. Truly, summertime is the perfect time to build community. Who are the people you feel close to, that you truly enjoy spending time with? Where and with whom do you find connection in your life?

For me, the Kutandara marimba community is becoming more and more important in my life. The big news is that our band Knob Mentality has a new name, an African name. We are now officially, Titandare! Titandare means: “We are having a good time!” in Shona which is a language spoken by a large percentage of people in Zimbabwe. Other countries that host Shona language speakers are Zambia, Botswana, and Mozambique.

On June 22nd our band Titandare! performed with four other Kutandara Center bands at the White Tail Park in Lafayette, CO. This was a Zimbabwean style performance. Whenever you showed up at the park is when you started playing. Everyone brought food and the music and merriment went on for hours and hours.

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Now our band is getting geared up for our next performance on July 31st from 6:30-9:30 pm on the patio at the St. Julian & Spa hotel at 900 Walnut St. in Boulder, CO. Yours truly will be playing the lead on the song Kukaya Ya Rent. Bring your dancing shoes; this is not music that you listen to sitting down! Also the food and drink at the St. Julian are the best! The Kutandara Center is all about building community through music. (Can’t you see St. Hildegard smiling?!) Come to the St. Julian on July 31st and tap into the joy of community.

Another community that is very dear to my heart is the Tap Into Transformation community. Some folks come every month, some folks come a few times a year and some folks just come one time, only to pop in unannounced again many months down the road. David and I have been doing this event for almost two years, and we absolutely love it and all the people who have blessed us with their attendance. Thanks to all who sent in a Sharpette. It was so fun to see how many poets are among you! Here is one of my favorites that was sent in. Thanks Jim!

Peace
The Hush of One; the Goal of Love.
Like Endless Release into The Heart of God.

There were fifteen of us at the July 4th Tap Into Transformation. Check out this video to see some of the moves that David taught us. This was the most accomplished looking dance by the end, it looked so great! We had so much fun shooting across the dance floor. I think I speak for everyone who was there that night when I say I now know what it’s like to feel like a firework. Moe’s barbeque was a HUGE hit! This is the first time we had NO leftovers!

One community that David and I are looking forward to getting to know in a few months is the congregation of the Messiah Community Church in Denver, CO. Their pastor Wolfgang Stahlberg has invited David and me to do a St. Hildegard week at the church. Mark your calendars and spread the word! Here is the schedule of events:
Sat., Oct. 4th: Set up of the St. Hildegard exhibition: 2-4 pm, Vernissage: 5 pm to 7 pm
Sun.,Oct. 5th: St. Hildegard style Worship: 9:30 am, Coffee Fellowship: 10:30 am., Educational St. Hildegard time (part 1): 11:00 am.
Mon. Oct. 6th through Thursday, October 9th: St. Hildegard exhibition open to the public: 5-8 pm,
Tues., Oct. 15th: Educational St. Hildegard time (part 2): 7-9 pm

And now for you community of African music fans: last month’s video featured Angelique Kidjo singing her song We We. The language she was singing in was Fongbe, her native language and (drum roll) she is Beninese. Watching her live with David at Chautauqua I was so touched by her strength, beauty, humor, courage and her ability to include all of us that were there that night in the joy of her gifts. I had never seen an audience at Chautauqua dance. Angelique did not let us sit in our seats!

And now for this month’s video. Allow your heart to be warmed by watching this father/son duo. Again the first person to respond correctly to the following questions will get a small prize in the mail from me! Here are the two questions:

1.Where are these two beautiful men from?
2. What is the name of the instrument they are playing?

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Finally, I want to conclude this newsletter with the gift of a poem for you. This poem is written by David Whyte, my favorite poet.

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He was recently in Boulder, and David and I attended his day long event. I was in heaven. This is one of my favorite of his poems and speaks to the truth that community is everywhere around us, all the time. We just need to be awake to it and connect. Enjoy!

EVERYTHING IS WAITING FOR YOU
(after Derek Mahon)

Your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. As if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely,
even you, at times have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. You must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things
To come, the doors have always been there
To frighten you and invite you,
And the tiny speaker in the phone
Is your dream-ladder to divinity.

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into
The conversation. The kettle is singing
Even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
Have left their arrogant aloofness and
Seen the good in you at last. All the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. Everything is waiting for you.

Thanks for being part of my community!
In Viriditas,
Jeannine