Therapeutic Tools: Tennis Balls
Saturday, July 29, 2017 12:00pm-2:00pm
Stefanie Sichler, E-RYT 200, CYI, LAC, MC
PreRegistration Required (includes tools to take home) Do you have knots and tight spots in your body? Do you enjoy the effects of massage therapy but don’t have the time and/or funds to go on a regular basis? Do you want to learn ways to help you relieve tension at home, at work or when traveling? If you said “yes” to any one of these, this self-care workshop is for you! Join Stefanie for a morning of using tennis balls to help you address your unique body’s needs. You will receive a bag full of tools and the skills on how and when to use them.
6 Week Intro to Tai Chi Fundamentals: The Effectiveness of Tranquility
Thursdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & September 7, 2017, 7:15-8:15 pm
Adam Montoya CYI, TCI
Click here for free video about the Intro To Tai Chi Series Tai chi teaches us how stillness is the foundation of effective action. In this six week introduction to tai chi we will learn how to achieve this tranquility through the fundamentals. Join the millions of people who obtain self awareness and physical healing through tai chi. This will be a transformational journey. Intro to Meditation is recommended but not required. You may supplement your practice time in Adam's weekly Wednesday evening Tai Chi Class at 7:15 p.m., as well as Kathy's Yang Style class Wednesday's and Friday's at 10:15 a.m.
Sing and Play Yoga: A card based yoga class for you and your child
Saturday, August 5th, 2017 10:30-11:30 am
Peri’s Sing and Play Yoga is a card based 'Take it Anywhere' yoga practice designed for you, your whole family and baby/child. It's kid tested and family approved! Spend a meaningful hour with other parents as you stretch and strengthen your muscles. With Sing and Play Yoga, you and your child/children will experience playfulness, laughter and a sense of calm as you practice yoga. Beginners are welcome. For moms, dads and babies (newborns to actively crawling) and their siblings ages 2-5. Each baby/child attending must be accompanied by an adult. http://singandplayyoga.com/ Things that you will need: a blanket for your baby 2 light-weight scarves Sing and Play Yoga cards - optional Peri will show you how to incorporate her ‘Sing and Play Yoga’ cards into your at-home yoga practice. If you already have a deck, please bring it with you to the class. If not we have a special deal for those attending: With registration the ‘Sing and Play Yoga’ decks are only $18.50. That is 15% off the regular price of $21.75. This offer expires at the end of the class. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome only if space is available. Cost is $12 for one adult/baby and an additional $8 for their older sibling (age 2-5) and additional adult. Note: It is recommended that new moms have doctor's approval before exercising.
Intro to Meditation 3-Week Series
Tuesdays, August 8, 15, 22, 2017, 7:15 - 8:15 pm
Adam Montoya, Tai Chi Instructor, CYI
Are you new to meditation but would like to get started because of its many benefits? This workshop is for you! Have you been meditating for a while but would like to refresh and/or refine your foundation? This workshop is for you! Join Adam Montoya for a 3-week workshop that teaches you how to build and sustain a fulfilling practice.
Family Time Yoga
Sunday August 13, 2017, 2:30-3:30 pm
Jennifer White MSW, RYT 200, RCYT, CYI
Ages 6 and beyond Join in the fun and connect as a family with an all new monthly Family Yoga class! Life is busy and the one thing we could all use more of is time. So, set aside an hour to devote some quality together time as a family. Any and all family constellations are welcome - moms, dads, grandparents, two moms, two dads, single parents, aunties, uncles - we only ask that all children are accompanied by an adult . We will come together to share time, practice, laughter, movement, breath, and so much more. Give the gift of yourself by sharing time with family! Offered the 2nd Sunday of the Month (Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12)
Partners Mindful Stretching & Massage
Friday, August 18, 2017, 7:15-9:30pm
Mary Beth Markus, LMT, E-RYT 500
PreRegistration Required The Partners Mindful Stretching class is an ideal class for couples, partners or families to unwind and connect with one another in a relaxing, supportive way. Let this class be a part of your healthy relationship. No experience is necessary. Register early, space is limited.
9-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
Tuesdays , September 19 - November 14, 2017, 7:05-9:30 pm
Breon Michel, MAPP, ACC
Tuesday September 19th Free Info Session Only- Dramatically change your relationship to stress through this highly experiential, life-affirming course. The program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical and is supported by 35 years of research. Three decades of research indicate that people who complete the course report: -An increased ability to relax -Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain -An ability to cope more effectively with stress, anxiety, and depression -Increased capacity to solve problems and make important decisions -Greater energy and enthusiasm for life -The overarching intention is to equip you with life-long tools to help maximize life, even in the midst of stress, pain, and illness. Program Information The course is structured to help you build a consistent daily mindfulness practice, so that ultimately, all areas of your life are infused with mindfulness. Please note: In order to reap the full benefits of the course, you must make a commitment to participate in: -An Information Session on Tuesday, September 19 from 7:15-8:15 pm -An 8 week course held on Tuesdays, September 26 – November 14 -An All-Day Retreat on Saturday, November 4 from 9 am – 4 pm. Please Note, you may register for and attend Week 1's Information Session at no charge and be put on a wait list. In the event there is space after this Information Session, those interested will be contacted and offered a seat based upon their position on the list, and can pay the course fee at that time. Cancellation Policy: Full refund if we are notified by September 21, 2017. There will be a $50 processing fee if we are notified between September 22-26, 2017 and no refund after September 26, 2017.
Yoga for the Young and the Restless
Saturday, July 22 , 2017, 10:30-11:45 am
Allison Walden, CYI
Pre-registration strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome if space available. This monthly workshop for young children (ages 3-6 years) is the bridge between the Parent/Young Child workshop and the Kids 4 to 10 class offered on Tuesday afternoons. The workshop offers a selection of active, high-energy yoga games, as well as introductory practice with breathing and relaxation techniques. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Thriving Cancer Survivors Wellness Series
Saturdays, July 15 and August 19, 12:00-1:30 pm
Anna Hall RYT 200, AYA
As we learn to embrace and empower ourselves, it is time to thrive. We are not only survivors, but Thriving Survivors. This Wellness series will provide you with tools to help you on your path to a healthier and more enriching life. This is an ideal practice for anyone diagnosed with cancer as well as caregivers. July 15: Healthy Habits August 19: Community Support and Connection Preregistration is required; no drop-ins.
Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:30-11:30 am
Anna Blocher-Rubin, RYT
Pre-registration strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome if space available This workshop is for children ages 18 months to 3 years. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop features a wide variety of games and activities that incorporate yoga poses, music, rhythm, and props. As with the workshop for older children, there is a theme woven into each session. Stories and a time for socializing round out this fun and active hour-long workshop. Benefits of the workshop: • Social interaction • Physical stimulation • Introduction to yoga poses and props • Practice with how to interact with a group • Experience children’s literature and music • Body awareness • Attention, focus, and self-control
Evening Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, July 13, 20, 27, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Mary Beth Markus – CYI, E-RYT 500
Save $20 when you bring a friend Intro to Yoga is designed specifically for students new to yoga. The series focuses on primary yoga postures, principles of safe alignment, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Students will enjoy personal attention and hands-on adjustments and refinements from the same instructor each week. You may retake our intro series at any time to refresh your depth of knowledge at a "refresher rate" of $35. You can also register by calling Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, AZ at (602) 265-8222.
Afternoon Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, July 13, 20, 27, 2017, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Debbie Kayatt - E-RYT 500, CYI
Save $20 when you bring a friend Intro to Yoga is designed specifically for students new to yoga. The series focuses on primary yoga postures, principles of safe alignment, breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Students will enjoy personal attention and hands-on adjustments and refinements from the same instructor each week. The afternoon Intro to Yoga is a slower paced class that makes yoga very accessible for gentle students or students with limitations. Props and chairs are incorporated into the classes as well as basic therapeutic moves for better posture. Different variations of the poses are practiced by everyone, so that students can experience the options. You may retake our intro series at any time to refresh your depth of knowledge at a "refresher rate" of $35. You can also register by calling Desert Song Healing Arts Center in Phoenix, AZ at (602) 265-8222.
Movers & Shakers
Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10:30-11:30 am
Pre-registration strongly recommended. Drop-ins welcome if space available. This class is for mothers or fathers with mobile babies, up to 18 months. The room becomes a yoga mat, as the babies explore and the adults go in and out of asanas. Throughout the class the babies will be encouraged to try different yoga poses through song, exploration, and movement. Parent and child are able to bond over an activity that encourages patience, tranquility, and quality time with one another. Babies are supported in expanding their skills of independence, by being encouraged to explore and to maintain a healthy body of movement.
Artist Sonja Kautzman, is an author, photographer, painter, sculptor, and metal worker. The many facets of this artist tell you that she has been using her creative talents to explore her creative curiosity. Her work has been showcased in Europe, New York, California and Arizona. She also offers workshops in showing others how to explore their curious souls and feed them with creativity.
Sonja’s philosophy isn’t that we all are artists, but that we have something in our souls
that wants to create light from dark, or bring the dark into the open. You will see in
much of her artwork, and photo’s that she doesn’t see something that was, but the new
life that is beginning at that moment.
Locally, she was the first artist to hold an exhibition on Iphoneography, in 2013, at First
Studio Gallery, in Phoenix. The show was a resounding success and led to many other
photographers and artists to explore this type of art. She captures that idea in her book
“Creative Path, Creative Soul, available through Amazon.
Published in 2012, Creative Path, Creative Soul, which was internationally successful for
it’s insights into the creative outlets that can be pursued to keep your soul “fit and
healthy”. Sonja continues to grow her artistic outlets and pursues multi-media type
options. Each piece has been created through courage, love and curiosity, to share with
You can contact her and see more of her work and upcoming events at:
Birds, bees & flowers in the Sonoran Desert
Our artist truly enjoys working in watercolor and mixed media, specializing in plants, birds & insects. Judy has exhibited in regional, national and invitational shows, garnering Best of Show multiple times at Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. Whether working in close focus, or merging realism with abstraction, she loves bringing attention to the myriad of detail existing in our daily natural world.
Judy Faitsch is a signature member of Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild and American Society of Botanical Artists. she studied at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia & Bryn Mawr Art Center, graduating from Pennsylvania School of Horticulture in Landscape Design.
Betty Peterson attended Kachina School of Art in the early 1970’s and later worked at the school for director Jay DatusBetty has attended many workshops at Scottsdale Artists School.She loves to paint people doing interesting things and loves the use of color. Betty is Vice President of Phoenix Artists Guild and a member of Arizona Art Alliance.Betty paints under the name of “Bozenka” the name on her Slovak birth certificate.
Jules, originally a Montana girl, has travelled many creative trails; books, paintings, cards, prints, giclees, pillow design, and hardware jewelry. Her original designs have sold in retail shops such as Barneys New York, Ballard Designs catalog, ABC Carpet & Home-New York, and The American Craft Museum. Currently, Jules’ books and line of prints, giclees, cards, & paintings can be seen at various shops, design/art centers, & galleries. Two paintings by Jules, “Hope” and “Joy”, are both permanently displayed in the new surgery waiting area at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Her jewelry line is known for the ziG bracelet & belt, which uniquely combines pearls and hardware.
Jules has lived in several cities from east to west. She currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona where she continues to be inspired by her daughter, Anna, her rescue dog, Harper, and her eclectic group of very cool pals.
Joan Waters: The Garden
How is The Garden a model for our creative practice?
Joan Waters exhibits welded steel sculpture and paintings that explore how the analogy of the garden can provide a model for our creative practice. No matter what our creative expression is, from yoga to music to mathematics, observing and enjoying the natural cycles of the garden can inspire and sustain our paths.
Beginning with industrial sheets of steel, Waters draws and sketches the plans for each new work. With time, the processes of welding and grinding help the piece grow and take shape. Patinas add color to make the piece blossom.
Kathy Zimmerman Photography
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
I have two main desires in life: to travel and to photograph. I am very happy doing one or the other. I’m in heaven when I’m doing them together. I am self taught for over 25 years. I am proud to feature images from my vacation travels in Canada,
England, Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Spain, India and across the United States.
I love stepping foot in an unknown place, or perhaps a known place with a new perspective, and opening myself up to its dynamics, its culture, people, capturing it all in photographs. I enjoy wandering around overlooked streets, and finding little curiosities as much as photographing iconic landmarks.
Rescue Me! Art Exhibit Opening
A passionate group of students ranging from beginners to professional independent artists enrolled in artist Kathy Taylor’s Creative Development classes are donating their time and talent to support a local rescue. Rescue Me!, the brainchild of one Studio 6020 student, will assist Amazing Aussies, a foster based rescue, with their mission and to raise funds to support expensive medical costs. Amazing Aussies is dedicated to rescuing vision and/or hearing impaired Australian Shepherds (known as Lethal Whites) and matching them with loving forever families. Funds will be raised through the proceeds of Studio 6020 artists’ paintings sold during the show. Join us for a heartfelt display of artistic compassion and meet a few furry Amazing Aussies to learn what makes them truly AMAZING!
Visit www.amazingaussies.org for more information about the rescue and Studio 6020 Facebook page to see examples of their work.
We are excited to announce our first art exhibit for 2015, Organic Abstraction, featuring paintings by local artist, Linda Pullinsi. Linda is a popular art instructor of both adults and children and has been a mentor for Free Arts for almost 20 years.
“The need to be close to nature has always beat in my heart. The song of the birds, the wind rustling the leaves and the sound of the water soothe my soul. I feel safest in the middle of the woods, on a mountaintop, or deep in the desert. Digging in the earth and growing things is therapy. This show combines my two loves, art and nature. I love to create an image that’s never existed and enjoy playing with color and getting them to harmonize and vibrate with each other. I have slowly healed my soul with artistic expression and a big source of joy for me is helping others to express themselves artistically, especially abused children through Free Arts. I am thrilled to share my work with the Desert Song community!”
Pieces of Me: Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
This exhibit was created by young women living in Child Protective Services custody. Each girl was asked to paint individually about one unique aspect of their life. The girls then collaborated on a color scheme, layout and three group pieces. This exhibit is the result of their collaboration. Prints are available for sale. We will also have a donation jar for a holiday collection.
A Way Through: Art As A Path for Healing
Join us for the opening of our latest art exhibit “A Way Through: art as a path for healing” collages by Mary Glover. At 1:30, Mary will talk about her art. Then award-winning guitarist Darin Mahoney, joined by violinist Jane Hilton, will perform original instrumental compositions from his latest album, “Transformations,” 2013 Old World Music Album of the Year. Darin’s music reflects his inspiring journey back to full health, beginning with a cancer diagnosis and a remission that defies all odds, yet resonates with audiences from all walks of life. Refreshments will follow.
I Matter by Free Arts for Abused Children
Through a unique combination of arts in a therapy-based curriculum and highly trained volunteer mentors, Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona helps abused, neglected and homeless children channel their emotions, release anger and express themselves in healthy ways. Our work allows children to build trust, self-reliance, self-control and self-confidence.
Works by Monica Aissa Martinez
The work exhibited explores body, mind and spirit. Included are pieces from each series I’ve completed in the last decade – much of it done after my teacher training here at Desert Song. I continue to study. I continue to learn.
Picture Me Adopted: A Poverty Pet’s Photo Project
The show will feature photographs by Jessica Hately of rescued dogs from Poverty’s Pets who currently need loving homes. The show will be hosted for the month of December.
This show was created to bring awareness to the dog over population crises in Phoenix & to share opportunities to be involved with a small grass roots non-profit, dedicated to helping. Come meet our dogs, volunteers & ideas!
We reduce the Suffering of Unwanted Animals Through:
• Spay/Neuter Clinics
• Veterinary Services for sick pets
• Pet Food Distribution
• Adoption to loving homes
• Sterilization & Vaccination Education
Brian Vincent: Cuba – Peace & Chaos
One of our closest neighbors, Cuba, is a mystery to most of us. Cloaked in the politics of the cold war today it is an enigma. Please join us for a photographic exhibit and celebration of this wonderful place and her people. The exhibit begins at 6 pm Friday August 23rd followed by a presentation at 7 p.m. with discussion by photographer Bryan Vincent. Come with your questions and willingness to learn about one of the most fantastic places on earth.