Intro to Meditation 3-Week Series
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, and 16, 2015, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
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.
Ayurveda: An Introduction to The Science of Life
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 1:00 - 3:30pm
Debbie Kayatt, M.S., CYI, E-RYT 500, IYT, CAP
Pre-register by Friday, December 4 $35 day of workshop Ayurveda is a natural science that aligns with the teachings and philosophies of yoga. Ayurveda is a holistic and preventive based form of healing, and it’s ancient wisdom teaches us that our health and wellness come from within. Although it recognizes we are connected to everything, instead of looking outside of ourselves, Ayurveda promotes looking within and learning to listen to our own body. Ultimately by creating balance between our mind-body-spirit and living in harmony with the universe, we can experience optimal health and well-being. This workshop is an introduction to Ayurveda. Through lecture and discussion we will begin to explore the history and basic principles of Ayurveda. Through learning about the doshas, your mind-body type, we will learn how this knowledge can help us better understand ourselves and maintain balance in our being and in our life.
Free Information Session, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reducation
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 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 26? Attend the Info Session to get an overview of the course and learn if it’s right for you. Please note, your attendance at the Info Session is highly encouraged. You will be asked to complete registration at the end of the Info Session to reserve a seat in the 8-week class.
8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class
Tuesdays, January 26 - March 15, 2016, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Includes 4 guided meditations and workbook 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, February 27, and 3) 30-45 minutes of daily homework practice.
4 Week Tai Chi fundamentals: The Effectiveness of Tranquility
Sundays, November 29, December 6, 13, and 20, 2015, 12:45pm-2:15pm
Adam Montoya CYI, TCI
Tai chi teaches us how stillness is the foundation of effective action. In this four week introduction to tai chi we will learn how to achieve this tranquility through the fundamentals of tai chi meditation practices, basic postures, and movements. 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.
Give Yourself: A Fundraiser for Mindfulness First
Saturday, November 28, 2015 8:30 am-3:00 pm
Desert Song will be participating in Give Yourself, a fundraiser for Mindfulness First on Small Business Saturday. We will donate 10% of Net Sales on November 28, 2015 to Mindfulness First. The support that they receive continues to fund their work in schools and communities to educate children, adults, and professionals about preventing bullying, stress, and isolation while cultivating attention, performance and self-esteem. Support Small Business (Desert Song) and a local non-profit (Mindfulness First) this Saturday... two great ways to give back to our community.
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 6:00-8:00pm
With Pick & Holler and Grace Rolland
Haven’t square danced since 3rd grade? Don’t worry, it’s easy, fun and all dances are taught! Join us for this community event with live old time music by Pick & Holler and calling by Grace Rolland.
Immersion Intensive: Gratitude and Grace
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 12:00pm (detailed times below)
Meg Byerlein, BSN, E-RYT 500, Certified Anusara® Instructor
General public 12:00-3:30 p.m. Yoga Teachers 12:00-5:00 p.m. $90 (call to register: 602-265-8222) 6 CEU/Advanced Studies credits available through Yoga Alliance. An Anusara® Immersion Intensive is an opportunity for a consolidated learning experience in several dimensions of this concise and unique system of hatha yoga. This workshop will support and nurture “abhyasa” – one’s continuous, devoted practice and study over an extended period of time. This Intensive blends a formal teaching from non-dual yoga philosophy with an extended all levels asana practice. The training is open to interested teachers and to students who have had at least six months of Anusara® classroom experience; including those who have completed any phase of Immersion.
Movers & Shakers
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:30am-11:30am
Anna Blocher-Rubin, RYT
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.
Dharma Talk on Gratitude
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:15-8:30 pm
Mary Beth Markus and Ellen Martinoni
Join us for our monthly Dharma Talk on Gratitude led by Mary Beth Markus and Ellen Martinoni. Each month we will present a new topic for group discussion. This is a great opportunity to connect more fully with other students and teachers while exploring the path of yoga more deeply. Open donation to benefit a local charity.
October 29-November 1, 2015
Mary Beth Markus & Sioux Jones
Arriving Thursday 12:00p.m. through 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Includes lodging, meals and all workshop fees. Deposit of $200 will hold your space; remainder due by October 1st. No refunds after October 1st unless we can fill your space (minus $50 processing fee). Massage available upon request at $75/hour with Kelly Knapp. In the heart of autumn replenish your well being with four days of Yoga, Meditation, Ritual, and Hiking. A retreat is an opportunity to pause and catch your breath; bask in the quiet to nourish your soul; and refresh your senses to the miracle of your life. Nestled between the 30,000 acre Coronado National Forest and the Oracle State Park, the Historic C.O.D. ( Come On Down) Ranch offers a rustic charm that includes expansive views, cozy adobe casitas, delicious meals, and a spacious Yoga barn. Join us for some sacred time to practice yoga and enjoy the mysterious experience that unfolds. Mary Beth’s passion for yoga and the healing arts has inspired thousands of individuals toward the yogic lifestyle for over 30 years. As director of Desert Song Yoga, Mary Beth has been a catalyst in the growth and training of the valley’s yoga community. Inspired by her guide and guru––Mother Nature––Sioux Jones has been loving people through yoga, massage and Tarot for over 30 years. As a result of those practices, she collects moments of magic one breath at a time.
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.