*Closed-At Capacity* Free Information Session: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 7:00-8:00 pm
Pre-register by calling us at (602)265-8222 Considering signing up for the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program starting on Tuesday, January 24? Attend the Info Session to get an overview of the course and learn if it’s right for you. Please Note, preregistration and attendance at this info session is required for you to register for the 8-week course. Registration for the MBSR 8-week course is limited to 24 participants. At the end of the intro session, registrations for the course will be accepted in a first-come/first-served priority order.
6 Week Intro to Tai Chi Fundamentals: The Effectiveness of Tranquility
Thursdays, January 19 - February 23, 2017, 7:15-8:15 pm
Adam Montoya CYI, TCI
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.
Ceremonial Peace Gathering
Friday, January 20, 2017, 5:00pm-6:15 pm
Groups around the country are gathering on Inauguration Day to set intentions for peace and equality. Join us at Desert Song for a community vigil to set intentions of peace for the New Year. We will meet in the front garden area for a ceremonial ritual and candlelight ceremony from 5-6:15 p.m. Wear your Desert Song shirt! Then, optional, we will carpool down to Margaret T. Hance Park for the #StrongerTogetherAZ Peace Vigil http://www.strongertogetheraz.com/ from 7-9:00 p.m. What's Fresh Food Truck will be on hand starting at 4:30 so come early for dinner.
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:30-11:30 am
Anna Blocher-Rubin, E-RYT 200, RCYT
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 • Practicing how to interact within a group • Experience children’s literature and music • Body awareness • Attention, focus, and self-control
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Anna Hall RYT 200, AYA
The minute you are diagnosed, you are a survivor. You are not alone. You are A GIFT… A Gift to Self G Give and Receive I inspiration F Fun and Laughter T Time for Self We are all connected through our common journey into this health epidemic of our time. As we learn to embrace and empower ourselves, we can come through this Big C-Cancer to live happier and longer lives. This is an ideal practice for anyone diagnosed with the Big C-Cancer. Through your yoga practice, you will strengthen your body, sharpen your mind and develop breath-work to help you feel calm, grounded and able to live more fully in the present moment. Disease can not live in a healthy body. Through a traditional and non-traditional practice, you will learn ways to see yourself as a healthy body, to develop a positive relationship with this new self. Join us to connect with others in New and Fun ways and become a part of this amazing Project in Common. For Anna, yoga is a transformation of the body and mind inside and out. She began practicing in 1998 at Desert Song Healing Arts Center. Under the guidance of Mary Beth Markus, she received her teacher training certificate from Desert Song in 2001 and is currently teaching at various locations across the valley. She enjoys sharing the journey with others. Now Anna is on a new journey, that of cancer, which was diagnosed in Nov 2015. Her intention is to not only heal herself, but to inspire others that are also on this journey. The Yoga and Cancer/Project In Common is a way to become fearless in discovering the possibilities for surviving and creating a healthier life. Join us for this new adventure.
8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
Tuesdays , January 24 -March 14, 2017, 7:05-9:30 pm
Breon Michel, MAPP, ACC
Please Note, preregistration and attendance at the free info session is required for you to register for the 8-week course. Registration for the MBSR 8-week course is limited to 24 participants. At the end of the info session, registrations for the course will be accepted in a first-come/first-served priority order. Includes 4 guided meditations and workbook and an all-day retreat Saturday, March 4th at 9:00 am - 4:00pm Dramatically change your relationship to stress through this highly experiential, life-affirming 8-week course. The program was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical and is supported by 30 years of research. Tens of thousands of people worldwide have accepted this invitation. They are a lot like you. They learned to integrate the methods taught in this course into their everyday lives. Two decades of research indicates that most people who complete the course report: An increased ability to relax Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with chronic pain Less second guessing when making decisions and solving problems Greater energy and enthusiasm for life An ability to cope more effectively with stress, anxiety, and worry Participants will learn life-long tools to help maximize life, even in the midst of stress, pain and illness. Program Info MBSR is a highly experiential program devoted to supporting learning, growth and healing in the following ways: Living fully, with appreciation of the present moment Reducing the physical effects of long-term stress on the body Identifying habitual ways of dealing with stress and choosing healthy alternatives Communicating more effectively and compassionately Responding, rather than reacting, to strong feelings such as anger, worry or guilt Making mindfulness a way of life, not simply a practice you employ during yoga or meditation The course is structured to help you build a consistent daily mindfulness practice, so that ultimately, all areas of your life are naturally infused with mindfulness. Please note: In order to reap the full benefits of the course, you must make a commitment to participate in: 1) a weekly class for 8 weeks, 2) an all-day retreat on Saturday, March 4, and 3) 30-45 minutes of daily homework practice.
Partners Yoga & Massage
Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:15-9:30 p.m
Mary Beth Markus
The Partners Yoga class is an ideal class for couples, partners or families to unwind and connect with one another in a relaxing, supportive way. For over 25 years, Mary Beth has taught the Partners Yoga/Massage class, which incorporates partner stretches, soothing massage and restorative breath work. Whether you are new to yoga or have advanced in your practice, this workshop offers poses at various levels of expertise, depending on your level of experience. Let this class be a part of your healthy relationship. No experience is necessary.
Yoga for the Young and the Restless
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10:30-11:45 am
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. Parents are invited to join in or children who are reliably potty trained may attend independently. FYI~parents are also welcome to attend the All-Levels yoga class that starts at the same time.
Yoga and Self Discovery: Vision Board Workshop
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
All materials included Join Victoria Crawford for an afternoon of yoga, art and community. Vision boards are created from photographs, magazine pictures and words, and represent what you want to become, what you want to have in your life or where you want to live. Making the board is profound because, as you create and bring together the images that speak to you, it will trigger something deep in your subconscious and help you steer your choices towards making your vision real. What to expect? -Creating your own personal vision board -Simple, grounded breathing and yoga practices to remain aligned while creating -Fun! A chance to create alongside others and share discoveries. All materials provided. Extra magazines are always welcomed! Bring a picture of yourself and any other pictures or photographs that are meaningful to you. Victoria Crawford is the author of The Art and Practice of Trust and co-author of The Way of Discovery Workbook. She is a professional, certified coach and certified yoga instructor. She offers practical tools, inspiration and support for personal growth and positive change.
Yoga Nidra 2017 Training
February 3-5, February 11-12, March 4-5, March 11-12, 2017
Kamini Desai, PhD
A $200 deposit secures placement. Balance due by January 20th. Includes all sessions, manual & Yoga Nidra cards.
Yoga Alliance: 65 CE hours | Body Workers (NCBTMB): 25 CE hours
Up to 65 hours may be accepted by your healthcare or counseling governing board. Please check in advance of the training.
Invest in Yourself FOUR WEEKENDS IN 2017: February 3-5 Friday 6:00-9:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am-5:30 pm (with lunch break) February 11-12 • March 4-5 • March 11-12 Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am-5:30 pm (with lunch break) Discover the art of sleeping meditation that awakens your inner peace. Yoga Nidra is an ancient sleep-based guided meditation that has the power to take you to the innermost, deepest levels of relaxation where your whole being is restored to its natural state of peace, health, and vitality. Participation in this unique, in-depth Yoga Nidra training leaves you with a rich insight into the ancient teachings of Yoga Nidra and helps you become the master of your life while staying centered in your being. You will learn how to restore your health, release the effects of chronic excess tension, and regain restorative sleep. Delve into the unique and fascinating intersection between science and Yoga Nidra. After eleven sessions, you will feel what science has shown. Measurable changes will have taken place in key areas of the brain that allow you to regain and retain inner calm and steadiness. This advanced study course will not only deepen and enhance your own practice, but will give you the skills and tools to share it with others. Learn to tailor Yoga Nidra experiences for: • Health and Stress • Habits and Addictions • Trauma and PTSD • Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia This training is an excellent addition for psychologists, mindfulness practitioners, bodyworkers, yoga teachers, helping professionals, hypnotherapists and energy healers looking for complementary methods to serve their clients’ needs. Cancellation Policy: For cancellations received by January 20, 2017: full refund LESS $75 administrative fee. NO REFUNDS for cancellations after January 20, 2017 unless your space can be filled. Absolutely NO refunds or credits for No Shows.
Full Moon Eve Yoga Hike
Friday, February 10, 2017 5:00pm-9:00pm
Ann Mullins Bulka, E-RYT 500, CYI and Michelle Pulich Stewart, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, CYI
This hike will sell out. You may wish to register early! Join Ann and Michelle for Full Moon Eve hike and yoga in the desert. This 3 mile moderate hike includes: • nurturing asana • guided natural history exploration • a balanced blend of community and spacious silence • delicious snacks We will meet at South Mountain Regional Park/Preserve at 5:00 pm for this magical evening. This early start time is for an optimal moon rise experience. Detailed information and meeting directions will be sent to participants prior to the hike. Ann and Michelle are kindred spirits: They both are yoga teachers at Desert Song and share backgrounds in geography, a great love of the outdoors and passion for yoga as a way of life. This hike allows for 13 participants. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend this event so we can accommodate other participants on the waiting list. Thank you for your consideration. Refund Cancellation Policy: 48 hours notice to withdraw from a workshop and receive a refund. No refunds for cancellations after the 48 hour period. No refunds or credits for No Shows.
Feldenkrais®: Movement and Mind
Saturday, March 14, 2017, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
How to Improve Sensorial Perception and Create More Joy with the Feldenkrais Method ® The Feldenkrais Method ® is a cutting-edge science-based neuroplasticity approach that transforms lives of children and adults helping them move beyond pain and limitations through learning how to perceive and change movement patterns. The Feldenkrais Method ® helps people discover how to dramatically improve physical, cognitive, emotional, and creative performance by using Awareness Through Movement ® lessons specifically developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. This workshop will focus on two movement lessons that will help your brain differentiate and coordinate your sensorial perception of movement, aiding in finding ease, comfort and joy in your yoga practice, or any other activity! The workshop will include 2 Awareness Through Movement lessons and a Functional Integration demonstration. All ages welcome. While experiencing these lessons you will enhance your ability to move, think, feel and sense yourself through finding: · Greater Ease and More Flexibility · Less Pain · Greater Clarity of Thought and Intention · Clearer Spatial Orientation · Improved Sensorial Connections with your Skeleton The Feldenkrais Method has helped: Musicians, dancers and actors Students of Yoga and Martial Artists Athletes and fitness enthusiasts Students and Seniors Children with Special Needs Erin Finkelstein is a classical musician and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner ® with over 10 years of experience in the method. She teaches Awareness Through Movement Lessons at Desert Song Healing Arts Center on Monday’s from 2-3, and has a private practice in music as well as helping individuals to increase movement options through Functional Integration sessions. Visit ErinFinkelstein.com for more information.
Healthy Aging with Yoga: The Big Picture
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 12:00 pm
Ellen Martinoni, MBA, RYT 500, CYI
General Public 12-3:30 pm Yoga Teachers continue until 5:00 pm 3 CEU/Advanced Studies Credits available The Joy is in the journey and yoga is a lifelong journey that can be started at any age! Aging to me is evolving as we move through life and different cultures take a very different view of it. What does healthy aging look like and how are attitudes about it changing? As we live longer lives, what impact does that play on us individually and on the world as a whole? We can remain active physically, economically and spiritually. If we haven't already, the time to begin our quest is now. With all the current upheaval in the world, we are needed more than ever. Unlike our previous workshops in the healthy aging series where we focused on specific areas of the body, this time we will take a look from a higher perspective on the philosophy and attitudes of aging followed by a practice to assimilate these ideas. This workshop is for the general public and teachers for the first 3 1/2 hours to explore these ideas and then experience a practice that can evolve with us. Poses (asana), breathing (pranayama), and meditation will be included to experience the full spectrum of yoga. The last 1 1/2 hours are for teachers only and will look at the applications for teaching students and understanding how their own practice and teaching evolve over time.
Yoga Nidra Training FREE INFO SESSION
Monday, January 16, 2017, 7:15-8:30 pm
Kamini Desai, PhD
Are you Considering the Yoga Nidra Facilitator Training? Want to deepen your study of Yoga? Our training is designed to be life-changing, rather than just acquiring a new technique. A technique is learned. When someone transforms themselves, they are able to bring this transformation to others. Our focus is on depth and quality that you will rarely find in other Yoga Nidra trainings. This informational evening will introduce you to the content and experience of our upcoming Yoga Nidra Training. You will receive an overview of the training, what you can expect to receive both personally and as a yoga nidra facilitator. You will have a chance to get to know your program director, Kamini Desai, PhD, author of Yoga Nidra: The Art of Transformational Sleep. She will guide you through a Yoga Nidra experience and will address any questions you may have. Join us for a relaxing, informational, and experiential session!
Creative Use of Props
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 12:00 pm
Mary Beth Markus & Deb Kayatt
General Public 12-3:00 pm Yoga Teachers 12-5:00 pm 6 CEU/Advanced Studies Credits available $55/$100 day of the workshop if space is available Increase your freedom and creativity with the use of props. Props help students, at all levels, gain the sensitivity of a pose while receiving the long term benefits without overextending themselves. For everyone, from the most flexible and strong practitioner to the ones that struggle with weakness and inflexibility, the use of props, with detailed alignment, can promote the freedom and ease you are looking for in your practice. This fun and experiential workshop is for the general public for the first 3 hours to explore the uses of prop variations in four categories: hip openers, chest and shoulder stretches, hamstring and forward bending postures and inversions. Demonstrations using blocks, belts, bolsters, blankets, chairs and wall work will be offered for gentle, therapeutic and advanced practitioners. The full workshop is for teachers and will include an additional 2 hours study in the applications for teaching students, including variations, sequencing and therapeutic elements of the practice.
Movers & Shakers
Saturday, January 14, 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.
Free Discussion About The Intro to Tai Chi Series
January 12, 2017, 7:15- 8:15 p.m.
Tai Chi Chuan (Taiji Quan) is a Chinese martial art, meditation system and health practice studied by over 200 million people world wide. This free event with our tai chi teacher Adam Montoya will discuss the upcoming Intro To Tai Chi 6-Week Series. You will know what to expect from the series as well as what to expect from yourself in order to succeed in learning tai chi and make the most of the 6-Weeks. A mini tai chi lesson will be provided and Adam will also answer any questions that you may have. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a note pad and pen.
Evening Intro to Yoga 3-Week Series
Thursday, January 12, 19, and 26, 2016, 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, January 12, 19, and 26, 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.
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.