At the May 31st meeting M’Tae Woodbury will provide an overview of the Buddhist insights into the nature of mind and recent investigation by neuroscientists into the effects of meditation on the mind. The presentation will pose questions, explore answers and suggest further lines of inquiry.

As the Director of the Mindfulness Center Idaho, M’Tae provides training and education to individuals and groups interested in mindfulness and the cultivation of resiliency.  She is a facilitator for the Trauma Resource Institute, as well as an ordained Buddhist Chaplain. She speaks regularly at local centers of worship and officiates at weddings and funerals. She received Upasika vows from the esteemed Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Venerable Pema Chodron, in 1992; received the Five Mindfulness Trainings in the Plum Village Tradition in 1994, and was ordained as a lay member of the Order of Interbeing by Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh in 1997.  She has taught yoga and meditation in Boise since 1989, and is the current President of the Board of Directors of Beginners Mind Sangha, a Thich Nhat Hanh community of practice, in Boise, ID.

Posted by: mitchelbethel | April 13, 2015

BoiseIONS April Presentation: The Toolbox Project A

At the April 26th meeting Becky Carson Eisenman, who has taught at Boise schools for many years will share The Toolbox Project. The Project is based on the belief that all children have an innate capacity for resilience, self-mastery, and empathy for others. The Project curriculum, practices, and methods  give children, educators and parents skills to access those innate abilities through a strengths-based, common language, leading to cohesive, collaborative, non-violent, and caring communities. The Toolbox Project  provides a new way forward in our understanding and assumptions about what it means to be an educated person in the twenty-first century, giving hope for a more meaningful and positive future.

Posted by: mitchelbethel | March 18, 2015

BoiseIONS : March 2015 Michelle Wood and The Yoga of Sound

At the March 29th, 2015 meeting of Boise IONS, Michelle Wood, a highly experienced Nada Yoga practitioner will talk about Nada Yoga and offer the opportunity for you to experience this ancient sound system for yourself!  Yoga literally means “to be one with†and is a means to experience union with the Divine.  NÄ da Yoga is defined as “a mystic sound,†and is the practice of using the voice to awaken consciousness to such a level as to experience Universal Oneness.Â

Posted by: mitchelbethel | February 20, 2015

Feb 2015 presentation: Mark Zimmerer yoga and consciousness.

Mark Zimmerer will speak at the February 2015 meeting.  Mr. Zimmerer is a Boise yoga teacher and body worker, interested in how our awareness of our body influences our consciousness and helps us to be more aware of each moment we live.  He will discuss and share with the group the practice of yoga, the breath, and the yoga sutras.”

At the January 25th, 2015 meeting, Dana Marsh, author of Extraordinary Freedom: Buddhist Wisdom for Modern Times, will discuss “Stepping into Others Shoes: Integrating Compassion into Everyday Life”; providing an overview of the important role compassion plays in one’s life and in the community.  Her presentation will include powerful strategies for integrating compassion through active engagement.
Dana is the Spiritual Director and Leader of  Heart of the Dharma, a non-profit that is dedicated to sharing wisdom from the Buddhist tradition. She is also a founder of the Compassion & Insight Center in Boise, Idaho, a secular non-profit dedicated to enhancing compassion in the community. She encourages and guides others with both love and humor.

“Boise IONS meets the last Sunday of each month except August and December from 2 to 4 PM at the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Garrett Street in Garden City.  At the November 30th meeting, Greg Bishop will be discussing his journey as a sound healing musician and his philosophy of how and why sound and music are an important part of life and healing.  Greg is a Certified Rolfer, Rolf Movement Practitioner, cranio-sacral therapist and sound healer. He received his Masters in Music in Flute performance from the University of Wisconsin in 1984. He was certified as a Rolfer in 2000.  He later worked as a music leader in an Episcopal Church that was very involved with inner healing, where a prophetic teacher and healer noticed that his music had a healing effect, and told him that his true destiny and calling was to develop a new type of sound healing. Greg reminds us that Quantum Physicists teach us that everything we know is vibration and that sound has a direct effect our brains, our bodies and our emotions. Music is a major part of every culture on our planet.  Greg is very grateful to have been given the opportunity to discover some of the miracles and mysteries of music and to use his gifts to heal, uplift and inspire.”

Posted by: mitchelbethel | September 24, 2014

BoiseIONS Sept 2014 presentation: Holistic Death care

At the September 28th meeting,  Sherri Rudai, President, Funeral Consumers’ Alliance of Idaho and Susan Randall, Death Midwife/Holistic Death Care and member of the Board of the Funeral Consumers’ Alliance of Idaho will conduct a workshop on Holistic Death Care and initiate a conversation regarding legal choices and options in death care.

Sherri will help us understand that although death is something we all have in common, it is one of the topics that most of us can barely talk about.  She will demonstrate how by sharing our experiences about death and the caring for our loved ones at the end of life, we convey our humanity.

Susan realized at an early age that meaningful ritual was important for honoring the dead, and she learned that the absence of a loved one’s body delays the grieving process. As an adult, after viewing a friend’s body at the funeral home, she saw the importance of taking charge of the funeral process. These experiences have led Susan to educate folks about their legal choices and options in death care as well as in celebrating this transition.

Posted by: mitchelbethel | March 7, 2014

March 2014 discussion on the book “The Field”

March 30th : The Boise IONS group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month except August and December at the Boise Universalist Union Fellowship on Garret St. in Garden City ~ Everyone is Welcome!
Barbara Edwards will review what she learned while studying Lynne McTaggert book “The Field”, a seminal work of the New Age, and one which provides a scientific explanation for psychic phenomena such as ESP, spiritual healing and remote viewing. 

Lynne is a best-selling author, researcher and lecturer whose work has rightly been described as “a bridge between science and spirituality“.   For the past 20 years she has been researching medicine and its shortcomings, and quantum physics and what this means for us and the world we live in.   She has written three significant books in the areas of quantum physics, spirituality and health.

Barbara is a long time member of IONS, and a retired licensed clinical social worker, who has  worked in Missouri, California, and Oregon, in the fields of mental health counseling and child welfare. Barbara is now living in Boise.

“Sally Suter, is in charge of Clinical Education & Research at St Al’s and is a charter member of Boise IONS

Jeanie Sceptka  is a registered nurse working part time as a Healing Touch Practitioner and instructor and part time instructor at College of Western Idaho.

These 2 nurses answered  the call of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela  last year.

Pilgrims have been traversing 500 miles across northern Spain on foot since the middle ages. Sally Suter and Jeanie Scepka knew each other, and found both were intrigued with the thought of taking this journey.  They set off together from St. Jean Pie dePort in France, the official start of the Camino Francis. In the days that followed, they would each have their own adventures with their paths merging and separating and merging again in Santiago. Sally and Jeanie will share their experiences and how the Camino challenged them, served them, took care of them and answered their spiritual longings in ways they never expected.”

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