Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th
at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

May the Force be with us!

Life’s journey can bring surprises. I know I’ve had a few in the last couple weeks! Sometimes, I have to search to find the treasure that may be hidden inside of a surprise that is rather challenging.

How do you find your power and strength in challenging times?  Looking for guidance in how to do this?  Check out my blog post this week on Finding Your Strength in Challenging Times.  

Doctor of the Soul Events for 2018

I want to update you that the Doctor of Soul is taking a break from regularly scheduled gatherings for a few months.  I’m going to take some time to visit my mother in Switzerland. She has had five surgeries this past year and needs some tender loving care. I will also be supporting my adult daughter as she has sinus surgery in August.

I’ll still offer private sessions while I am in town.  If you would like to schedule a private session, just call or email me. (720 308 6782  or jeanninegoodeallen@gmail.com)

The Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder

The students I have met so far in classes at the FICS are incredible beings. What creative and spiritual powerhouses! They embrace their own power as creators of culture and agents of change.They are committed to bringing forth a society infused with a compassionate spirituality.  What an inspiration!  Each one has unique gifts that they are striving to share with the world.

I’d love to have you join us too during an upcoming intensive! See all summer offerings here. 

Professor Recommended Scholarships NOW AVAILABLE at the Fox Institute

Let me know NOW if you want to take advantage of one of the professor recommended scholarships for any upcoming classes at the FICS! Just give me a call at 720-308-6782.  Take a look at all of the summer Intensives. CHECK OUT THIS LINK 

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts presented by the Boulder Chorale
Don’t miss this one!Duke Ellington considered his three “Sacred Concerts” from the mid-1960s “the most important thing I have ever done.” While not trying to compose a mass, the concerts have been referred to as Ellington’s attempt to bring the Cotton Club to the church.

On May 19th and 20th the Boulder Chorale will bring their 110 voices, vocalist Joslyn Ford-Keel, tap dancer Dr. David Sharp !!!, and a jazz sextet to their end-of-the-season celebration of one of America’s greatest composers.


The Cotton Club Goes to Church with special guests Joslyn Ford-Keel, vocalist, and Dr. David Sharp, tap dancer

May 19, 2018, 7:30 PM, May 20, 2018, 4 PM
First United Methodist Church
421 Spruce Street, Boulder

Tickets

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

My guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, is almost ready for purchase!

You can experience two of the mantras from the guidebook in the Chanting Wisdom class that David and I will teach this summer at the FICS, the week of July 23rd.  In the class, we will learn the chants for Ganesh and Durga. These chants will help you gain strength to face any challenge you might be having.

And for those of you wanting to expand your chanting, we also will be learning the Gayatri mantra. This mantra is a highly revered mantra from the Rig Veda, dedicated to Savitr, the Sun deity. Chanting this mantra helps us embrace God, the basis of all life.

It will be a great week in July!

Learn more about the important work of FICS at www.foxinstitute-cs.org.

All right, I am off! It is time to pack up the car with those treasures from the St. Hildegard Traveling Exhibit that I will need today for my Hildegard class at the Fox Institute. I look forward to telling you all about it next week!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Be sure to get your tickets for The Cotton Club Goes to Church with special guests Joslyn Ford-Keel, vocalist, and Dr. David Sharp, tap dancer

May 19, 2018, 7:30 PM & May 20, 2018, 4 PM
First United Methodist Church
421 Spruce Street, Boulder

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

The lilacs are blooming! This morning as I walked out on to my front porch and smelled the fragrance of the lilacs, I rejoiced. Aaahhhhh…there is something about the glorious fragrance of lilacs that nourishes me and fills me with joy.
This is a wondrous time of year for me as I spend time in my garden, planting vegetables and creating magnificent flower pots. I hope you, too, are enjoying the beautiful sights and wondrous smells of our natural world.

What nourishes you? What fills you with joy?

Tap Dancing

We had a nourishing and joyous afternoon at our group event Unleash Your Creativity. The highlight was the tap dancing! After being inspired by watching film footage of the Nicholas Brothers as well as footage of David dancing when he was 25 (!) we enjoyed finding our own PIZZAZZ. Our group was having so much fun dancing…I think some of them would still be dancing downstairs if they could! One of David’s gifts as a teacher is how he is able to show people how to find their own unique expression, thus helping them look and feel fabulous!


David rehearsing a tap number for the Broadway show, “Oh Kay”

On the tap dancing front, David is performing with the Boulder Chorale on May 19th and 20th! This is going to be an unforgettable experience. David is dancing to Duke Ellington’s piece “David danced before the Lord”. This is going to be an opportunity for you to see David tap dance a seven minute solo. As I have experienced his preparations during the past few weeks, I can tell you that he is channeling the Divine through his feet. This is powerful my friends. I do believe that David is a very talented tap dancer, yes, but no tap dancer on the planet has the spiritual connection that David has. David is dancing for God. God is dancing through David for us and YOU CAN FEEL IT. You do not want to miss this! (Click here to purchase tickets.)

How do we connect to God? How do we receive divine nourishment and joy? As I have been preparing for the Hildegard class I will be teaching next week at the Fox Institute I have been pondering the ways that we may experience divine wisdom that guides us. I have always been powerfully inspired by the visions, or illuminations that St. Hildegard experienced and then wrote about. Interested in learning more about St. Hildegard’s experience as well as developing your spiritual practice to become more open to divine wisdom, check out my blog post this week on Being Open to Receive.  

The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

If you want a sure way to be nourished and filled with hope and joy, this is your last chance to join the May intensive: Inner Greening and Growing NEXT WEEK! I have been preparing my entire life to teach the Art as Meditation class: Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs in the afternoon. The morning seminar will be Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land. Register now.  

Professor Recommended Scholarships NOW AVAILABLE at the Fox Institute

Let me know ASAP if you want to take advantage of one of the professor recommended scholarships for any upcoming classes at the FICS! Just give me a call at 720-308-6782.  Take a look at all of the offerings for the Spring and Summer. Remember I can recommend you for a scholarship for any of the classes.

Chanting Wisdom

My guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, is coming soon!  There is an opportunity to learn a couple of the mantras from my guidebook in a class that David and I are teaching this summer.

Curious about chanting?  Or wanting to deepen your practice of chanting mantras?  Join David and me in our Chanting Wisdom class this summer at the FICS, the week of July 23rd.  Find out more here.

From the beginning of time, people have shared movement, song, and story together. We’ll explore these elements within the world’s major wisdom traditions.

With live musical accompaniment, you will learn simple movements along with the origin, background, and lyrics for each rhythmic song taught.  You will also be given the opportunity to express your experiences in drawing, journaling and with classmates. We’ll conclude the week with an exploration of how you can carry forward this practice into your daily lives.

Learn more about the important work of FICS at www.foxinstitute-cs.org.

I will close with one more photo. These are some of the gorgeous flower pots on my front porch. They are truly my dear friends. You should hear some of our conversations these days! For those of you who are local, give me a call (720 308 6782) and come over for a cup of tea with me and my flowers! 

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS  I hope to see you at the FICS Intensive featuring the Seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land and the Art as Meditation: Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs.  Register now!  

 

 

 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Unleash Your Creativity, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
Tap into Your Soul with David Sharp. May 7th, 7-8:30 pm, FICS Community Offering at the Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

Unleash Your Creativity

The upcoming Doctor of the Soul session, Unleash Your Creativity is only a few days away, and David and I are getting very excited and hope you’ll be able to join us! We’ll find inspiration from the incredible lives of M.C. Richards, the Nicholas Brothers, and St. Hildegard to explore our own creative spirits.

Where: Viriditas Home Studio, 800 Zamia Ave., Boulder, CO 80304
When: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 5th

Not sure who the Nicolas Brothers are?  Well, you’re in for a treat!  Find out more about these incredible tap dancing brothers who danced with grace, joy, and pizzazz in my blog post this week: The Nicholas Brothers – Shining their Light in the World. They inspire us to find our own joy and share it in the world in everything we do, with pizzazz!

On Saturday, my husband, David Sharp, and I will offer a supportive space for you to explore your creative spirit through singing, tap dancing, and drawing.  NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED.  Come with a curious mind, open heart, and desire for creative exploration. You’ll leave feeling empowered and energized to be creative in your life’s journey.  Register HERE. We’ll provide the tap shoes if you need them.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

My last week has been personally challenging with several unexpected events and also excruciating nerve pain in my arm that resurfaced from a past injury.  It’s moments like these that I am so grateful for my spiritual practice of mantra chanting. This past week, I have regularly relied on the mantras for Ganesh for power and for Shiva to remind myself that all of life is a blessing.  Chanting these two mantras has given me tremendous strength and comfort, even as I journey around town to see specialists to look at my arm. 

These Sanskrit mantras for the chakras are a spiritual treasure chest. Each mantra is a beautiful gem with its own unique healing properties. Once you integrate the mantras into your life as a spiritual practice, they can support you throughout your whole life.

My guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, will be available to you soon. In it, you will learn about these 7 gems including guidance on how to pronounce each mantra. I’ll explain the meaning of each one and why the sounds of each have healing potential.

 

 

 

 

Last call to join me for an immersion into Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs during the week of May 14th – May 18th!

Is there an area of your life where you are seeking healing and/or transformation? I will be guiding students in meditative practices using excerpts from St. Hildegard’s personal letters and medical writings. Immersed in the healing power of St. Hildegard’s writings, students will write a dialogue with St. Hildegard exploring an area of their own lives where they are seeking healing and/or transformation.

Give yourself the gift of connecting to this transformative community that is the Fox Institute!

The Hildegard class is now paired with the seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land taught by Marvin Anderson. Marvin is one of the most courageous and heart warming educators I know. You will love him. I myself will be taking his class as well as my sister, Nicole, who is flying in from New York City to join me for the entire week.

Register for this intensive today! 

This five-day Intensive costs $1770. I have been gifted $550 scholarships available to new students (degree or lifelong learners). If you are interested in one of those scholarships, please contact me right away at 720-308-6782. I would love to have you join us!

Tap into Your Soul – Free FICS Community Offering
May 7th, 7- 8:30 pm
Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality
1120 ½ Pine Street, Boulder, CO 80302

For those of you who loved Tap into Transformation that David and I offered over the last 5 years, here is an opportunity for you to experience tap dancing again with David. IT’S EVEN A FREE EVENT!

This event is also for anyone who’s new to tap dancing and just wants to give it a try. Come and enjoy yourself!  David writes: “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 provide the tap shoes! No experience necessary! But, if you have your own shoes, bring them!”

Dr. Stuart C. Lord named the Interim President of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality

The Fox Institute is stepping into its next phase of growth, and David and I are greatly looking forward to working with our new president! Here is the press release announcing this wonderful news. I invite you to read about this extraordinary man.

The Board of Directors of the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality recently announced the appointment of Dr. Stuart C. Lord as its Interim President who will step into his role starting on May 1, 2018.

“I am excited to work with the Fox Institute and am deeply committed to the marriage of Eastern and Western traditions so that, together, we may cultivate contemplation into action!”  Dr. Lord said. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to advance the mission of the Institute as we inspire courageous, transformative leadership in all of our students.”

Dr. Stuart C. Lord is an American educator and academic specializing in leadership and ethics, organizational development, diversity and inclusion, spirituality in education, and academic governance.

Currently, Lord serves as CEO of Delta Developmental, a firm in Boulder, CO, specializing in leadership development, curriculum design, organizational assessment, and consulting. In 2015, Dr. Lord was appointed Chief Deputy to the President of Wheelock College to advise the president and assist in the college’s leadership transition.

In 2013, Lord served as the new Executive Director of the Emergency Family Assistance Association in Boulder, CO to lead the organization’s strategic planning process.  In 2009, Dr. Lord became the 5th president of Naropa University and led the multi-year plan to restructure the entire University and enhance its academic profile.

Rooted in social justice, Lord has integrated his meditation practice as a Christian committed to blending eastern and western traditions while cultivating spirituality in education.  In 2017, he made a two-year commitment to coordinate monthly service trips to Houston, Texas in response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  Lord has previously led many service trips to places in need, including Kenya, Nicaragua, and Sierra Leone.

All right my friends. It’s time to wrap this up. This is a big week for me. David and I are going to be spending time over at our storage unit organizing the material we moved over there last October when we closed down our old studio. So yes, I will be looking at the pieces of the St. Hildegard exhibit as well as the set of Feathers On The Breath of God and then of course all the supplies from Tap Into Transformation. Remember the hula skirts?!

The question I will be living with as I organize is: “How can this material be useful going forward?” I will let you know what answers come in!

In the mean time, I am sending each and every one of you so much love. Do join us on May 5th. You will experience great joy and inspiration for your journey.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t forget to register ahead of time for a discounted price for the upcoming Doctor of the Soul group session on May 5th to Unleash Your Creativity.  
 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Unleash Your Creativity, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
Tap into Your Soul with David Sharp. May 7th, 7-8:30 pm, FICS Community Offering at the Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

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Dear Viriditas Community,

Doctor of the Soul Group Event: Unleash Your Creativity

The Viriditas Home Studio Tap Temple will be opening its doors to all of you this coming May 5th! David and I are greatly looking forward to the next Doctor of the Soul group event, Unleash Your Creativity. We will be tap dancing, singing and drawing all in one afternoon! We’ll find inspiration from the incredible lives of St. Hildegard, the Nicholas Brothers and M.C. Richards.

Never heard of M.C. Richards? She was an inspiring poet, potter, educator and painter. Check out these words of wisdom from this amazing woman: “Every person is a special kind of artist and every activity is a special art. An artist creates out of the materials of the moment, never again to be duplicated. This is true of the painter, the musician, the dancer, the actor; the teacher; the scientist; the business man; the farmer – it is true of us all, whatever our work, that we are artists so long as we are alive to the concreteness of a moment and do not use it to some other purpose.” – M.C. Richards

M.C. celebrated creativity in all of it forms. Find out more about this amazing woman in my blog post this week: M.C. Richards: An Inspiring Creative Spirit.  

On May 5th, my husband, David Sharp, and I will offer a supportive space for you to explore your creative spirit. We will supply every thing you need including the tap shoes. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Come with a curious mind, open heart, and desire for creative exploration. Register HERE.

You’ll leave feeling empowered and energized to be creative in your life’s journey. As long as we are creating, we keep growing, developing, and evolving, as individuals and as a community.

Join David and me at our Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder on May 5th from 3:30-5 pm for some FUN. Sign-up here. 

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras

In my (soon to be released!) guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, you will learn 7 short Sanskrit mantras using an audio recording and guidance on how to pronounce each mantra. I’ll explain the meaning of each mantra and why the sounds of each have healing potential.

I share below an excerpt from the guidebook of an amazing experience my husband had with the Lakshmi mantra for the throat chakra. David writes:

“Something profound and very unexpected happened to me after the Doctor of the Soul class Jeannine taught in the summer of 2017 that focused on the mantra chant for Lakshmi for the throat chakra. I play the key board for these events.

Lakshmi is associated with the throat chakra. I spend a great deal of my time using my throat as a singer and speaker. I sing with a band called Mass Hipsteria – the hottest horn band in the Denver metro area. We play all of the greatest dance songs from the 60’s to the present day. At 61 years of age, I am the lead male singer of this band. 

As I drove to the performance venue that evening after playing at the Doctor of the Soul event, I began singing in the car, warming up. I noticed that my voice seemed particularly flexible while I was warming up. It was warming up easily. I didn’t really take special notice of it. I just was grateful given the limited time I had before show time. My throat seemed to feel really good, and I appreciated it.

As the band soon opened the show and I began to sing, my voice sounded really good — even to me!”

Your can find out what happened next in this story in the entire guidebook for healing all 7 chakras that will be coming out this Spring! Listen to the Lakshmi mantra for the throat chakra now in my Free Healing Library on the Doctor of the Soul website HERE.

The Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Mark your calendars. David will be offering a FREE community tap dance event at the Fox Institute. Check it out!

Tap into Your Soul – Free FICS Community Offering
May 7th, 7-8:30 pm

Please join us for this FREE event: 

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 provide the tap shoes! No experience necessary! If you have your own shoes, bring them!

Professor Recommended Scholarships NOW AVAILABLE at the Fox Institute

I’m excited that I’m now able to recommend 3 new students for $550 scholarships for any of the upcoming intensives at the Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder.

Have you been thinking about taking my Hildegard class in May or perhaps the Chanting Wisdom class in July? (Based on registrations thus far, changes have been made to the Fox Institute May offerings. There are going to be two instead of four classes offered. I will be teaching the Art as Meditation: Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs together with the Morning Seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land.)

I have seen the amazing experiences of our intensives thus far and I would love for you to experience them! Let me know if you want to take advantage of one of the professor recommended scholarships! Just give me a call at 720-308-6782.

Take a look at all of the offerings for the Spring and Summer. I can recommend you for a scholarship for any of these classes, too. If you are interested, CALL ME TODAY!

Learn more about the empowering work of FICS at www.foxinstitute-cs.org.

Well dear ones, I am off now to go down stairs to the Tap Temple and put on my tap shoes. David and I are beginning to work on choreography for the song Arise by Chris Berry. More on this in the months ahead. This morning my golden tap shoes are calling to me. Do join me and David on May 5th. What a powerfully heart-warming program we have planned for you!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t forget to register ahead of time for a discounted price for the upcoming Doctor of the Soul group session on May 5th to Unleash Your Creativity.


Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Unleash Your Creative Spirit, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
David Sharp performs with the Boulder Chorale, May 19th & 20th
at the First United Methodist Church
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

It’s Spring and what a wonderful time to…

Unleash Your Creativity

In our next Doctor of the Soul group session, on May 5th, we will once again be finding inspiration in the music of St. Hildegard. In addition, we will also find inspiration in the incredible lives of MC Richards and the Nicholas Brothers.Are you wishing to bring creativity to your life a little more?  You know that tapping into your creative spirit will energize you, but you’re stuck and not sure how to find inspiration?  Or are you curious about how the creative can become part of your spiritual practice?Join me and my husband, David Sharp, and have some fun!  We’ll explore in a few creative areas while we experience and discover in a supportive space.  Relax and enjoy as we

SING
DRAW
TAP DANCE

together, in a creative exploration. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE needed.  Just come with a curious mind, open heart and desire for creative exploration. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. Sign up here.  

You can discover what calls to you, where your passions lie, what you can engage and take forward in your own life. You’ll leave feeling empowered and energized to be creative in your life’s journey.  Creativity is essential to our health and well being.  As long as we are creating, we keep growing, developing, and evolving, as individuals and as a community.

Creativity is like a refreshing breath of life for us, helping us to thrive.  It feeds us, making us feel invigorated, energized, and alive.  It gives us the gifts of vitality, health and strength.  Sign up for the May 5th class. Join us and Unleash Your Creativity. Purchase your ticket today! 

Curious about how Creativity supports you in your life? Check out my blog post on
5 Ways that Creativity Will Energize Your Life 
 
Fox Institute For Creation Spirituality

I am very excited to send out the following invitation to all of you!

Have you been thinking about taking my Hildegard classes in May or perhaps the
Chanting Wisdom class in July? I have seen the amazing experiences of our Intensives thus far and I want you to experience them! This is a great offer. Consider it and let me know if you want to take advantage of one of three professor recommended scholarships for my classes! Just give me a call at 720 308 6782. Also, take a look at all the offerings for the Spring and Summer. I can recommend you for a scholarship for any of these classes, too. If you are interested, CALL ME TODAY!

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts presented by the Boulder Chorale

Mark you calendars! My husband, David Sharp, is an inspiration to me as he shares his creative gifts in the world on his journey through life. He recently was invited to bring his tap dancing to a special event with the Boulder Chorale. Check it out:

The Cotton Club Goes to Church with special guests Joslyn Ford-Keel, vocalist, and Dr. David Sharp, tap dancer.

May 19, 2018, 7:30 PM & May 20, 2018, 4 PM
First United Methodist Church
421 Spruce Street, Boulder

Duke Ellington considered his three “Sacred Concerts” from the mid-1960s “the most important thing I have ever done.” While not trying to compose a mass, the concerts have been referred to as Ellington’s attempt to bring the Cotton Club to the church. We will bring our 110 voices, vocalist Joslyn Ford-Keel, tap dancer Dr. David Sharp, and a jazz sextet to this end-of-the-season celebration of one of America’s greatest composers.

In his own words, David says, “I’m 61 years old and still growing. I’m still a powerful instrument for alternative forms of ministry. Spirituality is not confined to set modes and patterns. I see tap dancing as a form of prayer, and I use it to teach people about life and to make peace with the uniqueness that they are.”

You don’t want to miss this extraordinary performance! Let me know if you buy tickets so we can sit together!

I will close with these inspiring words from St. Hildegard:

Invisible life that sustains ALL,
I awaken to life everything
in every waft of air.
The air is life,
greening and blossoming.
The waters flow with life.
The sun is lit with life.
The moon, when waning, is again
Rekindled by the sun,
Waxing with life once more.
The stars shine,
Radiating with life-light.
ALL CREATION IS GIFTED WITH THE ECSTASY OF GOD’S LIGHT.

Come and experience the ecstasy of God’s light with me and David on May 5th!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS Don’t forget to register for my Doctor of the Soul class: Unleash Your Creativity on May 5th, 3:30-5 pm. At my Viriditas Home Studio on 800 Zamia Ave. in Boulder. Sign up here. 

Viriditas Weekly News

UPCOMING EVENTS
Healing with St. Hildegard, May 5th, 3:30-5 pm, Viriditas Home Studio
The Mystic Hildegard, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs, May 14 – May 18, 2018, Fox Institute
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions, July 23 – July 27, 2018, Fox Institute

Dear Viriditas Community,

Learning is a JOY in itself

I have felt such joy in recent weeks as I prepare for the St. Hildegard classes I am teaching. I am learning so much more about St. Hildegard and how to incorporate her Wisdom into my life in recent weeks. One of the gifts of teaching something more than once is we get to fine-tune things as we go along. This has been true of St. Hildegard’s recipes. As many of you know, I am a huge fan of her Joy Cookies. I recently made them again for the Healing With St. Hildegardgroup sessions and tweaked the recipe to make it more healthy substituting cane sugar with coconut sugar. Mmmmm….and the sweet fragrances of the healing spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and clove) always sooth and strengthen my being when I make them. 

If you would like to soak in some of this joy and strength, join me at my Viriditas Home Studio at 800 Zamia Avenue in Boulder for the Healing With St. Hildegard sessions. What are your creative dreams? Would you like some support to make them happen? Join us on the first Saturday of each month from 3:30-5 pm. Sign-up here. Dates for the upcoming sessions are: May 5th, June 2nd, July 7th. You can also join me at the Fox Institute in Boulder for a whole week of St. Hildegard classes in May! (see below for details).

Also check out my latest blog: “One Step at a Time … Yes, You Can” to get inspiration and strength to bring those things your intuition tells you to bring out into the world – to benefit the health and wellbeing of others.

One of my dear friends, Carol Bennington is bringing her amazing healing gifts out into the world. Carol has been using and teaching others about flower essences for two decades. She is a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) and one of a dozen Bach International Education Program (BIEP) Instructors in the United States, the courses approved by the Bach Centre in the UK. She teaches their introductory and advanced courses. AND she recently moved to Boulder! Check out her flyer. If I were not getting ready to teach my St. Hildegard classes, I would be in her class.

How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras 
The mantras that I share in the audios in my Free Healing Library are sung in the language of Sanskrit. Sanskrit is considered a divine language – a language of the gods. Its spiritual light shines through its sound and form.

It’s said that Sanskrit was given to the ancient Rishis (sages) and spoken by the enlightened beings of that time who passed the language to their students.

The word, Sanskrit, actually means “well or completely formed, purified, refined, polished.” The meaning of each letter in the Sanskrit alphabet is created by its sound and is considered a bija, or seed mantra. The effect of the mantra depends on proper pronunciation of the sound.

Today, we can still use Sanskrit to connect with the Divine. The sound vibration of Sanskrit can bring balance to the seven chakras, remove negativities from the mind, and bring healing to the physical body.

While chanting a Sanskrit mantra, your body relaxes and your mind becomes calm. Your head and your heart connect to your body. Energy flows to the process of restoring of your body, mind, and health back to wholeness. Back to balance which is our natural state.

Join me in chanting a mantra for the root chakra. You can access it by joining my Free Healing Library  Here are the words in Sanskrit:

Om gung ga-nay-shah-ya na-ma-ha

You may want to put the recording on your iPhone and listen to it during the day, whenever you feel any fears come up. Feel free to contact me if you want to do this and don’t know how. I will send you instructions or walk you through how to do it on the phone. Before bed, listen to it one more time and be sure NOT to chant along (or you may not be able to sleep). Allow Divine Presence to dissolve any fears you are holding.

In my guidebook, How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras, you will learn 7 short Sanskrit mantras using an audio recording and guidance on how to pronounce each mantra. I’ll explain the meaning of each mantra and why the sounds of each have healing potential.

Each mantra can remind us that we are already whole, as part of the Divine.  Each one supports us in returning to the state of wholeness, of balance.

The entire guidebook for healing all 7 chakras through the chanting of mantras will be coming out this Spring!

 The Fox Institute of Creation Spirituality in Boulder

Don’t miss out on this SPECIAL EVENT at the Fox Institute  –

“Thomas Merton: A Prophet for Our Times”
An Evening with Rev. Matthew Fox

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was one of the great spiritual writers and mystic-prophets of the twentieth century. From the time of his conversion at the shrine of the Black Madonna in Cuba in 1940 to his untimely martyrdom in Bangkok for opposing the war in Vietnam in 1968, his spirituality evolved profoundly. He journeyed deeply from being very much a dualistic monk from 1940-1957 to being a prophetic leader leading out a creation spirituality path under the influence of Zen master D.T. Suzuki and Meister Eckhart beginning in 1958.

Monday, April 16th, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, First Congregational Church of Boulder

Tickets start at $15 and are available through EventBrite here or on the Fox Institute Facebook page here . 

Also Join us for “Inner Greening and Growing,” an inspiring Intensive at the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality May 14-18, 2018

Seminar: Deep Ecology and Theology of the Land taught by Marvin Anderson, PhD

There is no greater challenge facing humanity—indeed, no greater issue of justice—than climate change. This class will equip students with a constructive analysis and hopeful response to climate change and the ecological crisis by way of two complementary philosophical and theological worldviews: deep ecology and theology of the land. Drawing on Creation Spirituality and the biblical, ecofeminist, Native North American, African-American, and agrarian paradigms in particular, students will be challenged to find ways to identify with and enter into the “pain and suffering of the land.” They will reflect on how significant events or personal traumatic experiences of environmental and/or agricultural degradation have: 1) triggered their crisis of faith and/or environmental conscience, and 2) called them as leaders to work on behalf of earth healing and environmental justice in their own local communities.

*This course fulfills the Contemporary Issues Student (see below)

Seminar: The Mystic Hildegard taught by Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin 

This course begins with an immersion in St. Hildegard’s Journey through the Senses, an exhibit that shows the life and work of this powerful mystic. Students will also read and discuss the content of the very first biography written about St. Hildegard in the twelfth century. Students will then explore St. Hildegard’s theological writings and illuminations as well as her medical texts. Some of St. Hildegard’s remedies will be available for sampling. The class will then take a look at St. Hildegard’s relationship with her world and key people in her life. The class will conclude with an exploration of how students can use St. Hildegard as an inspiration in their own lives.

Art as Meditation: Nature Writing  taught by Susan Coppage Evans, DMin

Through a process of listening and responding, students will participate in writing exercises that deepen their relationship with nature and build a repertoire of expression that facilitates mindfulness, interconnection and increased awareness. Listening to readings from nature writers and poets such as Terry Tempest Williams, Mary Oliver, Scott Russell Sanders, Edward Abby and others, responding to elements of nature itself, and listening to one’s own voice and experience will facilitate one’s own creative writing and personal explorations.

Art as Meditation: Engaging Hildegard’s Music, Art and Herbs taught by Jeannine Goode-Allen, DMin

In this course we will use reading, music, guided imagery, St. Hildegard’s Illuminations and Healing Remedies as well as movement, to create a meditative connection with St. Hildegard and her life’s work. In this space of deep connection, students will access their deepest creative selves and from this space they will express their souls in a variety of artistic mediums: water color painting, drawing, singing, movement, journaling and finally constructing their own model buildings using a whole variety of materials (i.e. popsicle sticks, clay, feathers, paper, ornaments, miniature toys, to name just a few!). As the students share the creative process as well as their creations with each other during the week we will be forming a very intimate community of creative powerhouses!

Individuals can take this Intensive either as a degree student or lifelong learners enhancing their professional and personal lives through continuing education.

Individuals need to apply to FICS before registering for an Intensive. To apply, please visit HERE.

To learn more about the Intensive and to register, please visit HERE.
Course Cost: $1,750. UCS alumni receive 40% discount.

Also, Introductory-Opportunity is a category and opportunity for persons to attend ONE Intensive for a half day (first half: Body Prayer and Seminar classes) to explore what FICS is like in part. This is a one-time only experience which can be taken with any Intensive. The cost of Intro-Op is $550.

*Contemporary Issues Student offers an opportunity for the community at large to attend any seminar that fulfills the Crucial Contemporary Issues requirement for a half day at a reduced fee.

Learn more about the important work of FICS at www.foxinstitute-cs.org.

In closing, I have saved a true gem of inspiration. Here is one of David’s Sharpettes! Commit it to memory and say it to yourself daily.

Joy
Love’s greatest gift; Light of the soul
Like rainbows, twinkling stars and laughing tears.

Here’s hoping there are rainbows, twinkling stars and laughing tears filling your days. Come to one of my St. Hildegard classes and you will receive even more JOY!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

PS The next Healing With St. Hildegard will be on Saturday, May 7th from 3:30 -5:00 pm. Buy your ticket now!