With the arrival of spring in the valley, the studio gardens have come into full bloom. Our veggie gardens, sunflowers, pear and orange trees offer us the fragrances and beauty of this season. We have so much to celebrate and many community events planned for the next couple of months.

We will be celebrating our 34th year in business this month with a concert by one of my favorite local folk and reggae musicians, Walt Richardson (did I mention I was a groupie of his in college?). We’ll be serving birthday cake, feel free to bring some friends, libations and enjoy the food from What’s Fresh Food Truck as we dance and sing into the night. Kids under 12 are free.
For the family, we have a free movie night planned. Enjoy this gorgeous weather on the lawn while watching The Jungle Book. Bring a beverage, we’ll supply the popcorn!

Our Dharma Talks are returning on a quarterly basis. Enjoy an evening discussion on The Heart of Mindfulness with DS yoga teacher and Attorney Alisa Gray and ASU Dean of Nursing and Health Innovation Teri Pipe. Below is a description of the focus for the evening:

Journey to the Heart of Mindfulness
Modern mindfulness practices flow directly from the ancient principles of Yoga and Buddhism:

• Settle the mind before exercising skilled action.
• The mind is everything. What you think, you become.
• Pay attention to the present moment, on purpose and without judgment.

Each stream may have its own perspective or emphasis, but the similarities are greater than any differences. We’re invited to pause and create a little space – even just a few seconds – before we speak or act. By cultivating practices that allow us to reflect inward, we begin to create a sense of self-awareness and compassion. Compassion not only for ourselves, but for others, even those with whom we may disagree. Honed on the mat or the cushion, and applied in our everyday lives at work, at home, and in our community, our skills in compassion and awareness grow, allowing us to see our common humanity in everyone we encounter.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. Suggested donation of $7 for S.H.O.W., Student Health Outreach for Wellness, a student-run clinic for people experiencing homelessness.

I hope to see you at one or all of our events.
Happy Spring with blessings of love and light,

Mary Beth