Workshops for
December, 2006

  
Medicinal Yoga for Back Pain   (12/2)
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain due to poor posture, aging, structural damage or their stressful, mostly-sedentary modern lifestyle. In addition, many people find that mental and emotional stress quickly translates into physical problems like back pain or other ailments. Yoga not only provides relief from your back pain, it can actually prevent it through correcting your posture, regular exercise and stress management. Presented by Jogendra Bhagat. $50 for 4 weeks or $15 per class. Please RSVP. (Return to calendar)
 
 
Video and Discussion   (12/2)
["Benny & Joon" with Johnny Depp [PG].] Most Saturday nights, you'll find us watching a popular movie here at the Center in a fun, informal atmosphere. Then we have a discussion. We don't discuss the movie, though; we discuss personal growth issues and themes that came up in the movie. So we're not doing a "Siskel and Ebert" type of review, but rather an in-depth personal growth process that helps us get to know ourselves and each other better. During the discussion we learn and practice essential communication skills like I-Statements and Open-Ended Questions, so that we can apply them more effectively in the rest of our lives. Each month there's a different general topic for the videos, ranging from Relationships to Overcoming Obstacles to Remarkable People. Come join us! Ages 18 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Tour of Meditation Practices   (12/5)
Hundreds of approaches to relaxation/centering/meditation have been developed over the centuries, and each has its own charm, benefits and wisdom. We explore one new approach each meeting. This lets you work some relaxation into your life while building a repertoire of stress-management techniques for improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Ages 12 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Birthday Bash   (12/8)
[Potluck Party for .] We celebrate members' birthdays with a delectable potluck followed by birthday cake and games that are perfect triggers for unbridled group creativity! If you enjoy sparkling wit, an easygoing atmosphere and delightful food, don't miss this one! Free for members. Please RSVP. (MEMBERS ONLY.) (Return to calendar)
  
Medicinal Yoga for Back Pain   (12/9)
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain due to poor posture, aging, structural damage or their stressful, mostly-sedentary modern lifestyle. In addition, many people find that mental and emotional stress quickly translates into physical problems like back pain or other ailments. Yoga not only provides relief from your back pain, it can actually prevent it through correcting your posture, regular exercise and stress management. Presented by Jogendra Bhagat. $50 for 4 weeks or $15 per class. Please RSVP. (Return to calendar)
 
 
Video and Discussion   (12/9)
["Peter Pan" with Jason Isaacs [PG].] Most Saturday nights, you'll find us watching a popular movie here at the Center in a fun, informal atmosphere. Then we have a discussion. We don't discuss the movie, though; we discuss personal growth issues and themes that came up in the movie. So we're not doing a "Siskel and Ebert" type of review, but rather an in-depth personal growth process that helps us get to know ourselves and each other better. During the discussion we learn and practice essential communication skills like I-Statements and Open-Ended Questions, so that we can apply them more effectively in the rest of our lives. Each month there's a different general topic for the videos, ranging from Relationships to Overcoming Obstacles to Remarkable People. Come join us! Ages 18 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Peace Sunday   (12/10)
In an effort to improve the peaceful conditions in the world, we host a monthly quiet meditation, where all beliefs and religious traditions are honored. Following the meditation, participants are welcome to join in a potluck brunch and share camaraderie and croissants. Ages 14 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Chitchat & Chow   (12/12)
[Discussion Topic: Money & Personal Growth at Super Bowl, 719 W. William Cannon Dr.] Tackle a personal growth topic with a lively group of thinkers while savoring a new cuisine at one of Austin's many fascinating restaurants. Topics range from Money to Creativity to Careers to Spiritual Growth. Ages 18 and up. Free (except for cost of meal). (Return to calendar)
  
Improvisational Art   (12/13)
Regardless of whether you're a novice or an artist in full bloom, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the possibilities and "the rules," or underwhelmed by a lack of ideas. Painter's Block can stifle your freshest creative impulses, or even cause you to stop creating altogether. In this one night workshop you will experience a technique that will free up your mind and your brush, allowing your fresh inner creator to shine through. You might even surprise yourself! Led by local artist Leslie Harvey. Ages 12 and up. $25 (supplies included). $15 for members. Please RSVP. (Return to calendar)
  
Finding A Spiritual Path Outside Religion   (12/14)
This group provides an opportunity for you to discuss the book by Joseph Dispenza and explore the many spiritual options that have been recently evolving outside the traditional religious sphere. Led by Pamela P. Latham LPC. $10 Suggested Donation. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for some professionals. (Return to calendar)
 
 
Board Meeting   (12/15)
As a nonprofit, the Board of Directors establishes our mission and goals, and develops policies and procedures to help us move effectively in that direction. Our Board meetings are open to the public; feel free to come and share your energy and ideas to help us tap the creativity, love and playfulness of the human spirit. No charge. (Return to calendar)
  
Medicinal Yoga for Back Pain   (12/16)
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain due to poor posture, aging, structural damage or their stressful, mostly-sedentary modern lifestyle. In addition, many people find that mental and emotional stress quickly translates into physical problems like back pain or other ailments. Yoga not only provides relief from your back pain, it can actually prevent it through correcting your posture, regular exercise and stress management. Presented by Jogendra Bhagat. $50 for 4 weeks or $15 per class. Please RSVP. (Return to calendar)
 
 
Video and Discussion   (12/16)
["The Muppet Christmas Carol" with Michael Caine [G].] Most Saturday nights, you'll find us watching a popular movie here at the Center in a fun, informal atmosphere. Then we have a discussion. We don't discuss the movie, though; we discuss personal growth issues and themes that came up in the movie. So we're not doing a "Siskel and Ebert" type of review, but rather an in-depth personal growth process that helps us get to know ourselves and each other better. During the discussion we learn and practice essential communication skills like I-Statements and Open-Ended Questions, so that we can apply them more effectively in the rest of our lives. Each month there's a different general topic for the videos, ranging from Relationships to Overcoming Obstacles to Remarkable People. Come join us! Ages 18 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Tour of Meditation Practices   (12/19)
Hundreds of approaches to relaxation/centering/meditation have been developed over the centuries, and each has its own charm, benefits and wisdom. We explore one new approach each meeting. This lets you work some relaxation into your life while building a repertoire of stress-management techniques for improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Ages 12 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
 
Reiki Exchange   (12/19)
Within each one of us there is the capacity to energetically heal the imbalances of the mind, body and spirit. Participate in a group where novices and others can discuss, learn and practice energy healing together. Oceanna leads this experiential practice and support group. This is not designed to be an alternative to regular health care professionals. Ages 18 and up. Free. (Return to calendar)
  
Dream Shop   (12/20)
Dreams are an untapped source of self-discovery, and most of us don't realize we create hundreds of intriguing images in our dreams every night. In this workshop, you'll use those images to start resolving emotional conflicts in your life. As a result, you'll leave feeling clearer, more self-confident and more empowered. Presented by Robert McGarey, M.A. Ages 18 and up. $20 fee. $10 for members. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for some professionals. Please RSVP. (Return to calendar)
  
Guided Imagery & Music   (12/21)
Music can lead you on an inner journey into your own consciousness. In the powerful process of Guided Imagery & Music, superb musical compositions take you wherever you need to go for personal growth and fulfillment. At the end of the musical journey, you'll have the chance to share your experiences with the group. Afterwards, you'll create a visual image to help you better enjoy and remember the insights you received during your voyage. Led by Amy Blair, a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery. Ages 12 and up. $20 fee. $10 for members. Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for some professionals. Please RSVP. (Return to calendar)
 
Christmas Eve Service   (12/24)
If we let it, Christmas can symbolize a renewal and rebirth of the best within each of us. Bring your favorite inspirational selections from your spiritual tradition of choice, and we'll share them with each other during this non-denominational service. Use this time to get prepared and set the stage, emotionally and spiritually, for tomorrow's celebrations. Ages 12 and up. Free. Please RSVP. (MEMBERS ONLY.) (Return to calendar)
 
Christmas Dinner   (12/25)
Celebrate with us one of the most lively and festive meals of the year. Bask in the "fa la la la la" spirit all the way through dessert! Bring your favorite yuletide dish. Free. Please RSVP. (MEMBERS ONLY.) (Return to calendar)
 
New Year's Eve Potluck Party   (12/31)
The ending of a year means something to us emotionally. It symbolizes reviewing our accomplishments, letting go of our past mistakes, and looking forward to possibilities for the future. Join us as we celebrate this movement from olde to new by playing games, snacking & meditating the New Year in. Free, but don't forget to bring your favorite dish so we can share our culinary creativity with each other! Free. Please RSVP. (MEMBERS ONLY.) (Return to calendar)



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