Journeying Toward Wholeness

March 2019

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

On February 12th, our afternoon off at the Breema Winter Intensive in Oakland CA, Odil andAnne Marie, my roommates from Paris and Switzerland, and I, headed back from San Francisco to Oakland on the Bart during rush hour. The car was crowded with no available seats, and grabbing an overhead strap, I swing into a tall African American in his 40's with a big grin. We struck up a conversation during the bouncy ride, and I realized how much he reminded me of the men who come to the RMSI Yoga class, and Greg who now comes to Yoga class on Tuesdays. He spoke of now having a higher paying job, and moving to LA to be with his wife and child. I then told him that he reminded me of men I work with, and when I mentioned the word Yoga, he blurted out... “Yoga...Yoga saved my life! I did Yoga in prison. I am out of prison now for a year. You teach Yoga in prison? Do you know James Fox? He was my teacher.”

Yes,” I said. “He came to Nashville last year to to train yoga teachers to teach in prison, and my daughter Amy and I both spoke at his retreat.” Wow! This chance encounter warmed my heart, and brightened up the dank weather of that week. James Morgan continues to practice yoga and was on his way to a class!

Two weeks ago, I taught my second Yoga Class for the Trauma Class at RMSI. Breath-work and Yoga poses enhance more wellbeing in the body and that has moved some of the men to come to the Yoga Class. A middle-aged and somewhat heavy man came to class last week smiling through his frustrations with the poses, and I sensed he would not be back. When class ended he smiled. “I need to do this!” “We all do,” I said!

Restorative Yoga and Mindbody Ballwork is happening the week of March 18 with the Full Worm Moon on the 20. Please bring a bolster if you have one.

T'ai Chi Classes


(7:15 @ Fidos for coffee, tea, and conversation.)

8:00-9:00 @ Dragon Park or Belmont Methodist. Call 615-498-4090 for location during winter weather.


9:00-10:00 @ 50 Forward, Brentwood

Yoga Classes


9:30-10:55am Intermediate Yoga @ Friends Meeting House

6:00-7:30 Blended Class @ friends Meeting House


2:15-3:45 RMSI Yoga Class


10:15-11:30 Beginner Yoga @50 Forward in Brentwood

20th Annual Breema Weekend...Nurturing presence and Balance

March 16-17 with Katherine Correa & Laura Lawson @ “The Farm” in Summertown TN 38483 For more information and to register, please call, text, or email Katherine Correa – 615-0440-1342 –

I am available for Breema Treatments Mondays, Tuesday afternoons and Fridays. Special arrangements can be made if you need another time. Please call for appointment...615-498-4090

Rahim Buford, who attended my yoga classes at RMSI for 12 years (without missing a class), is extremely active in his organization UNHEARD VOICES OUTREACH dedicated to saving our children from Prison. Currently much attention is being given to two Parole Hearings coming up atRiverbend. The Parole Hearings are open to the public (bring ID, wear shoes with heels, no underwires in bras) and if you can come, you will be bringing support that is needed.

Cyrus Wilson – wrongly accused of murder - Parole hearing: Wednesday

April 17 @8:00am @ Riverbend (RMSI)


Mac Cole - rightly accused of a crime – spent 36 years incarcerated –

  Parole hearing – Monday, March 18 @8am Riverbend (RMSI)


Rahim and supporters are making a special effort to have Cyrus paroled without having to plead guilty, as he is not. Ndume, with unimaginable support from lawyers and hard-working folk, is the only man here in TN who has achieved such a parole without pleading guilty in many years. He is needed to be here from Colorado to provide his strong support to positively impact the hearing. Five hundred dollars ($500) is needed, and if you can donate some, please go to : to do so.


Mack Cole has been an ongoing Yoga Student at RMSI for 15 years, and at 65 has done his time and good work that enables him to be out and mentoring young men at risk, return to his Unitarian Church, and belong to the Nashville community.

Give it some thought and see if you might attend one or both of these upcoming hearings for parole. I plan to be at both.


Shifting To Love” - A new Course In Miracles discussion group. This group applies the Wisdom of a Course in Miracles and provides a place where people can bring their experience and thoughts to share.

When? First Sunday of the month starting March 3 at 9:30-10:30 am

Where? at the Music City Center for Spiritual Learning...1012 Buchanan St, Nashville 37208. Candace Adelson & Jerry Rossman are leading this time together.

..Watch them on Youtube: “3086 Spiritual”


Circle Dancing will be held at Friends Meeting House Friday March 15! All are welcome! Come at 5:30 to get a bite at Calypso Cafe on Charlotte Ave., then head to dancing 7-9pm.


Nashville Jung Circle”

Chelsea Wakefield is leading a book discussion on Negotiating the Inner Peace Treaty, Sunday March 10th @ Green Hills Library 2:30-4:30. This is free and open to the public. Circle Dancers are joining with the group to dance an ancient simple dance, Enas Mythos , adding another dimension to the experience.


Nashville Jung Circle presents Chelsea Wakefield who will present, “Soulful Relationships Walking the Path of Individuation in Connection.”

When? Friday, April 5 at 6:15 (Reception) 7-9pm (Lecture)

Where? @ Blakemore Methodist Church

This will continue on Saturday for those wishing to do the the entire workshop.



Dances of Universal Peace led by Douglas Stevenson is happening Saturday March 16 @ Friends Meeting House 7-9pm. All welcome!


Adyashanti will be teaching today (March 3) through a DVD @ Green Hills Library 2:30-4:30pm

This is free and all welcome!


The Way of the Heart – A journey of ecstatic embodiment. A 9-month dive deep into Bhakti Yoga & Tantra with Amy Barnes – March-November...For more information and enrollment, visit:


Bird Class” Tuesday mornings April 9-May7. This class is at Radnor Lake and led by Richard Connors. Emphasis is “birding by ear.” For more info:



Don Oakley will be sharing his wisdom in “Life Beyond Concepts” at The Ivy House,

Monday, March 11 – 6:30-8:00pm. This is the third in the series of talks in the Nashville community. All are welcome! Location: 6385 Ivy Street, 37209


Linda Mills & Studio Mills is again offering their multifaceted at Bethany Hills in Kingston Springs, TN, April 26-28. Please contact:

Just a short stint of winter upon us, and Spring soon to be here in Nashville. Some trees are already budding, and will be going through some low temps on Monday. Take heart and remember those long easy breaths!




 The desire to know, to be, and to understand is the

essential heritage of being human. The most meaningful

aspect of that desire is the desire to know oneself, to be oneself,

and to understand oneself.

Even though we don't know what self means, this gives us

direction. It points toward you. In order to develop, you

need to know yourself. To the extent you know yourself, you

know other things, too. The aim is self-knowledge and self-understanding –

for the purpose of self-transformation, where the disease of

separation disappears, and the part and the whole are seen

in unity.”

~ Your Home Is the Entire Cosmos – The Wisdom of Breema - Jon Schreiber



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