Dear Viriditas Community,
May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light, and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration, and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities, and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered, and protected.
May your soul calm, console, and renew. – John O’Donohue
As most of you know, I recently walked into the Viriditas Studio to find part of the carpet and tap floor soaked in sewage water. YUK! It took a while to find out what was wrong. OK… A clogged pipe…. It is now unclogged (ah the relief!) and the repairs have begun. The studio will be closed for a while as we undertake extensive restoration and the laying of a new floor and carpet. Tap Into Transformation scheduled for October 20th as well as Healing With St. Hildegard, on November 4th, have been canceled. David and I hope to have the studio back up and running for Tap Into Tranformation on November 17th. We will keep you posted!
Through all of this, I have had a chance to reconnect with the meaning of the studio in my life. The studio has been the home of some incredible creative and healing work. No one has articulated the spiritual possibilities of the work of the Viriditas Studio better than John O’Donohue in the above blessing. It is from his book: Anam Cara: A Book Of Celtic Wisdom. Anam Cara has been on my book shelf for many years and I turn to it again and again as a source of great comfort, strength and beauty.
Hence, my delight when I showed up last Friday for the blessing and smudging of the office and classroom space for the Fox Institute for Creation Spirituality. At the closing of the ritual, the Dean of Students, Carol Bennington, read John O’Donohue’s Blessing from Anam Cara! I could feel “the secret love and warmth” of all of the staff, faculty and students of the Fox Institute come into the space. My heart melted with joy.
The Fox Institute is officially opening its doors this week! There have been so many moving pieces to juggle, and I am in awe of the flexibility, love, strength and ENTHUSIASM of the team of people working to launch this amazing institution. The teaching schedule is a magnificent and massive rubix cube. Faculty and students are coming from all over the country and world to teach and study. The board has decided to slow down the pace a bit, and the Institute is now offering 26 instead of 46 classes for the year.
The two classes that David and I are now scheduled to teach are:
Introduction To Creation Spirituality (February 26 – March 2): This course will teach students the four paths of Creation Spirituality as well as principles associated with Creation Spirituality. Students will then look at the lives and works of the following mystics, artists and prophets through the lens of Creation Spirituality: Jose Hobday, Joanna Macy, M.C. Richards, The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. This course will conclude with the students investigating their own lives through the lens of Creation Spirituality.
Chanting the Wisdom Traditions (March 5 – March 9): In this course, we will use music, lyrics and movement from the world’s wisdom traditions to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and bring us together in community and celebration. The wisdom traditions we will tap into are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam and the wisdom of Indigenous Peoples. Each day we will teach chants from one or two of these traditions. We will give the background story for each of the chants. The lyrics will be presented in the original language as well as in English. We will teach movements for some of the chants and will provide live musical accompaniment. This will enable students to take the chants deeply into their hearts and bodies. After practicing the chants, students will have opportunities to express their inner experience via drawing and journaling.
I will be sharing more information about these classes in the months ahead. For those of you wanting to take the classes, please contact Dean of Students, Carol Bennington at firstname.lastname@example.org. The sooner you do this the better. Remember there are books to read AND a paper to write before the class begins. Even if you are planning on auditing the class, you must fill out a brief registration form and do the reading and pre-paper. You do not need to write the post paper if you are auditing.
This coming Saturday, October 21st is the Grand Opening. There will be a free Open House from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Stop by the classrooms at the south entrance to the First Congregational Church of Boulder, directly across the street from 1st Bank on Broadway between Spruce and Pine. Faculty will be present to share a taste of the FICS pedagogy – from seminar-like panel discussions to short art-as-meditation experientials. The staff will be available to answer questions and to give tours of the classrooms and our newly remodeled staff offices in the historic carriage house, also behind the church. David will be part of a panel discussing The Four Paths of Creation Spirituality and yours truly will be part of a panel discussing The Mystics.
On October 21st in the evening the school is hosting a Grand Opening Gala at the Hotel Boulderado from 6:00 – 10:00 PM. Come be a part of this very important birth. Not only will you experience a joyful celebration, you will be a part of the very foundation of the Fox Institute. The evening program at the historic Boulderado includes messages of hope through reinvention of work and education, a three-course meal, a sampling of silent auction items and dancing to Mass Hipsteria, an eleven-piece band that includes lead singer, you guessed it, DAVID SHARP!!! David and I would greatly appreciate your presence and support. If you would like to attend the Gala, please call the school at: 720-880-3427.
In conclusion, I want to let you know that I will be in Austin, Texas from November 03 – 05. I will be attending a three day retreat hosted by my mantra teacher, Russill Paul and his wife Asha. This retreat will give me the opportunity to go deeper into The Yoga of Sound, The Mastery of Mantra and The Tantric Path. I greatly look forward to sharing the fruits of this retreat with all of you. Mark your calendars! Our next Healing With Mantra will be on December 2nd from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.
All right dear ones. I close with this quote that I have taped onto the back of my tea cabinet in my kitchen:
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I will try again tomorrow.” –anonymous
May we all listen to that quiet voice…..