Journeying Toward Wholeness

January 2018

Greetings Yoga and T'ai Chi Students and Lovers of Breema and The Painting Journal!

Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell Tennessee is proving to be an exceptionally beautiful and natural setting in the hills of East Tennessee, an oasis for the body mind and soul! The word is getting out! Patty Bottari and Don Oakley who coordinate workshops monthly at this  center which they created, are folks devoted and dedicated to the well being of people and the land we live on. Despite freezing temperatures, they smile going up the big hill to feed the chickens, and fill in washing dishes, as well as create the “silence” spaces, and talks during their own retreats. When scrambled eggs are cooked from these chickens, the the deep yellow amazes any viewer. 

       I am so grateful to have participated in my 5th New Year Silent Retreat, driving from Nashville with Deborah Narrigan and Kathy Masulis. We roomed together in one of the beautifully built wooden cabins, backed into the hillside, named Blue Heron. The cabin is complete with kitchenette and sitting space, full bath, two rooms and floors warm under the feet in winter! I left feeling restored. The silence combined with the hills to walk and river to watch as well as cooking and doing dishes, was magic engagement. 

 Workshops at Well Being this month are:

        ~”Relax, Revitalize and Balance your Life” A gentle Yoga wksp Jan.12-14

        ~ “The Path of Creativity” w/ Meditation w/Don and Patty ...(bring one meal for 12-20 folks) Jan.19-21 Phone: 423-626-9000    Txt  408-510-0660

 The men at RMSI have been dealing with heat and water problems in this weather, so when I arrived on Wednesday, there was 'lockdown.' Hopefully the weather will be warming some by next week! As we ended the study of the Yamas and Niyamas two weeks ago, I asked what anyone remembered from their practices during these weeks. I was delighted to hear their feedback. One man said he remembered that instead of having something go “my way” I can look at the situation with 'curiosity.'

The Yoga Classes have been doing the “Ballwork” and “Restorative” yoga this week. The next “Restorative Yoga” will be the week of January 22nd, the “Blue Moon” and second full moon of the month. There is no full moon in February.

T'ai Chi Classes:

Tuesdays 8-9am @ Belmont Methodist Church in the cold weather. Feel free to meet at Provence @ 7:15 to talk before class.

Thursday 9-10am @ Martin Sr. Center in Brentwood.

Breema Sessions are available Mondays, Tuesday afternoons and Fridays. Please call to make your appointment.  615-498-4090 If you need for me to come to your living place, that can be arranged. 

Breema Week around the world starts January 8th, and practitioners are asked to offer Breema in some way to the community to those who have not yet experienced it. I am offering two free Breema sessions at this time. If you know someone who would benefit from a Breema Session, please encourage them to call me.  615-498-4090

New Year's Community Kirtan with Amy Barnes and Friends: Saturday January 6th 4:30-6:30 @ Half Moon Yoga, 101 International Dr. Franklin TN  


Calm and Strong”  (Movement lessons for feeling calm and powerful) with Katherine Correa, Saturday January 27th 2:30-4:45 @ Ha Le, 2200 21st Ave. S...$30 earlybird  

Awareness Through Movement” @  Maeva Movement in East Nashville, 604 Gallatin Ave. Suite 204 Mondays 10-11am with Kim Greenberg 

Cumberland Green Bioregional Council...34th Anniversary Winter Gathering,

January 13-14, 2018. Saturday January 13, 9-5pm Workshops at Brookmeade Congregational Church 700 Bresslyn Rd Sunday January 29th @ Eric and Beth's House, 7978Hwy 100  10-1:30...then bonfire.

Paper Management Workshop with Susan Gardner, Sunday Jan. 27, 9-12 @ 812 Chandler Grove Dr. Hermitage, TN, (Sort, discard and file papers...catagorizing, filing, paper management)  susan@clearingthewayhome 

Circle Dancing is happening this evening 7-9pm at Friends Meeting House, 503 26th Ave. N., Nashville 37209. Folks meet at 6:00 at Calypso Cafe if they wish to get a bite before the dancing begins. Thanks to those who have stepped forward to teach after Heather and David moved a bit too far away to continue teaching, The group is alive and well. Julia and Jim Gilligan are steady folks along with Linda Mills in teaching the dances, and others are moving in that direction. All are welcome, and the atmosphere is a welcoming one whether your feet move in sinc, or do otherwise! You are welcome! Dancing is the first and third Friday of the month. The next dancing is January 19th!

May you shed whatever needs shedding from the passing year, and move into the new year lighter and freer to dance, to sing, to move in ways that bring you joy and wonder. You are alive today! Your offering is unique and so needed in our world!Thanks for being you!



“ Finish every day and be done with it...You have done what you could; someblunders and absurdities no doubt creptin; forget them as soon as you can. To-morrow is a new day.  You shall begin itserenely and with too high spirit to beencumbered with your old nonsense,"           ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson



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