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.”
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.
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.”
At our January 2014 meeting Jeannine Antoniou Smith will share some of her experiences and the life changing insights that living a native African life has given her. Her heart has taken her to various parts of Africa at least 20 times since her first trip in 1986. Her trips aren’t of the tourist variety. She stays with friends and friends of friends in their Africa. Her trips are explorations of both herself and the country, and in these explorations she has rediscovered herself and her own country. She has recently published a book recounting her experiences, and was featured in the “Living from the Heart” article in the Life section of the Statesman’s 10-20-13 edition. Please join us to meet Jeannine and share these consciousness expanding experiences with her.
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For this months BoiseIONS presentation Annabel Armstrong will speak about her experiences as a volunteer artist in northern India last year. She spent four months working with an international team of artists to create a large-scale mural honoring Buddha.
Commissioned by Tarthang Tulku, founder of Dharma Publishing and the Tibetan Aid Project, and his daughter Tsering Gellek, the mural depicts a landscape of trees sacred to the Buddhist tradition. The imagery fills all the walls and ceiling of the main chanting hall of an institute for Buddhist studies in Sarnath, India, which is where Buddha gave his first sermon.
Annabel will share photos of the mural in progress and describe the project’s conceptual process as it relates to Buddhist philosophy, as well as share anecdotes of time spent near one of the holiest cities in India.
Annabel Armstrong is a Boise-based artist who has been creating decorative paint finishes and murals for almost 20 years. Architectural surfaces such as walls and ceilings act as her canvases, and Annabel decorates them with murals, paint effects, plaster, and gold leaf.