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ONLINE: 2020 Summer Leadership Intensive: Moving from Coping to Transforming, Tension to Extension, and Controlling to Connection

Aug 13 (Th) 9:00am-12:00pm Presented virtually via Zoom $95 (Pre-registration required.)
Join Patty Speier and Joe Barry as they lead us through practices that will inspire and renew as we continue to lead through a time of pandemic and social unrest. These practices were developed by Dr. Ginny Whitelaw, who is a former biophysicist for NASA’s Space Station Program as well as a Zen Master in the line of Rinzai Zen. These practices will not only help you lead your team at work but also help you discern your role in bringing about beneficial change to our society.
Patricia Speier, DMin & Joe Barry, MA

ONLINE: Book Club Express: Forty-Five Minute Conversation Sprints for Mind and Heart

July 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, 19 11:15am-12pm $75 (Pre-registration required. Space is limited.) Presented virtually via Zoom (space is limited) - 15
Are you looking for a break from endless zoom meetings or from sanitizing your countertops and door knobs for the hundredth time? Or maybe you are just looking for something new to read and some friends to discuss things with. If so, please join Patty Speier, for this online book club that will meet for forty-five minutes each Wednesday of the week at 11:15am.  

In light of current events, our next book will be Jesus and the Disinherited, by the theologian and mystic, Howard Thurman. As many of you know Thurman was Martin Luther King Jr.’s mentor and a close friend of his father. It has been said the MLK traveled with a copy of Jesus and the Disinherited in his pocket, especially while marching for peace and justice. This book is Thurman’s exploration of the question, “Why is it that Christianity seems impotent to deal radically, and therefore effectively, with the issues of discrimination and injustice on the basis of race, religion and national origin?” Interestingly for us in Austin, Thurman presented the comprehensive work on which this book is based at a lecture in Austin at what was then Samuel Huston College in April of 1948. 

Jesus and the Disinherited provides meaning and direction for all people--regardless of race, religion or national origin-- living in times of disorder and upheaval and who wish to do their part in bringing about an equitable society. In Thurman’s words, it is a book for all who want to live a life, “that refuses to give into “fear, hypocrisy, and hatred, the three hounds of hell that track the trail of the disinherited.”

Patricia Speier, D.Min.

ONLINE: Drawing Closer through Extending Loving-Kindness

July 22 (W) 12 - 1pm $30 (Pre-registration required) Presented Virtually via Zoom
In these days as many experience social and physical isolation, there is an increasing need to connect with others. Now more than ever, our society must draw upon practices which bind and unite us.

Loving-kindness — a practice of extending goodwill and well wishes to others — can be a healing antidote for our individual and collective experience of disconnection and separation. Beginning with self-compassion, loving-kindness (called “metta” in the Buddhist tradition) cultivates an attitude of care and concern for one’s self, those around them, and beyond.

This session is an opportunity to... 
  • uncover the ancient practice of loving-kindness and discover the benefits for today’s world
  • practice an extended form of loving-kindness and reflect on one’s own experience
  • explore ways of integrating this meditation practice into one’s daily lives for the sake of drawing closer to others and deepening our solidarity with all of humanity.
Clara Dina Hinojosa

ONLINE: Fear Frenzy: An Integrative Approach to the Impact of Fear on our Health and Wellness and a Discussion of "Internal PPE"

July 15 (W) 4-5:30pm $35 (Pre-registration required) Presented Virtually via Zoom
During this time of pandemic, there are great shifts and transitions as well as new and uncovered sources of fear and stress. Whether these fears are rooted in health concerns or financial stability, chronic fear ( putting us in fight, flight or freeze ) does not serve our bodies, minds, souls, communities or world.

A review of the science and practical tools for leveraging our physiology and shifting from having life situations happen to us to having them happen for us. This program will also offer time for an experiential as well as participant sharing.

Dr. Julie Reardon

ONLINE: From Conflict to Collaboration

Aug 7 (F) 12-1:30pm $30 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom
In this course we will explore the polarities of the personality and how they impact our professional and personal relationships.

Conflict or collaboration is a choice and it becomes easier to choose collaboration when people understand each other, their needs, and the purpose of their differences.

Conflict can occur when we become subject to an illusion of power. The illusion is usually that one pole of a polarity is better than the other:
  • One is right, the other wrong
  • One is good, the other bad
  • One is strong, the other weak

Once we understand the true purpose of a polarity, collaboration becomes inevitable. Carl Jung's polarities of the personality can provide us with valuable insight on the causes of conflict and how to transform conflict into collaboration.

This webinar will be a fun and interactive session where you will learn about:
  • Typical conflicts between the types
  • Purpose of each polarity in the personality
  • Mindset needed for collaboration
  • Fruits of successful collaboration

John van der Steur

ONLINE: Immune Support through the Covid Season

Aug 5 (W) 12-1pm $30 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom
A primary treatment strategy in Asian medicine is to treat the season you are in while preparing for the next. This presentation on “Immune Support through the Covid Season” is designed to do just that. 

Contained within centuries of experience asian medicine has insights on the nature of pathogenic influences and also, numerous self care techniques to assist in bolstering the the immune system through this season and the next. Prevention can become part of a lifestyle routine that can be both practical and pleasurable.

Lauren Nicita LAC.,LMST.,RYT.

ONLINE: Practical Tools for Creating Meaningful Change In Your Life

July 24 (F) 12-1:30pm $30 (Pre-registration required) Presented Virtually on Zoom
Walking through change during these difficult times can be scary. I invite you to join me as we explore together various tools that will enable you to shed new light on your path. 

In combination the tips and tools provided will help you move away from fear, rediscover your creative spark, find your direction, and journey into meaningful action.

Clay Boykin

ONLINE: Reclaiming Creativity—Your Spark of the Sacred

Sept 11 (F) 12-1:30pm $35 (Pre-registration required.) Presented virtually via Zoom
“I’m not creative.” “I have two left feet.” “I can’t carry a tune in a paper bag.” “I can’t draw a straight line.”

If you’ve said any of these things about yourself, you’re invited to rethink your conclusions. All of us are creative beings and feel more joy, peace and contentment when we reconnect with this part of our being. 

Bring your voice, a pencil, some crayons or markers and some paper for this experiential workshop that will nudge all of us to reclaim the creativity we’ve misplaced, not developed or just haven’t made time for. No experience (except life) needed.

Beverly Voss, LCSW

ONLINE: Stress-Reduction Meditation Workshop for Healthcare Providers

April 11, July 25, Nov 14 (Sa) 9am-3pm $75 (Preregistration required.) 5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education Presented virtually via Zoom
Meditation has been studied over 30 years and is an evidence-based method that counteracts daily stress responses. The effects have been shown in MRIs of the brain, in biochemical changes in blood, and even in genetic changes in the body. This mind-body method has been proven to significantly improve health and quality of life for patients with illnesses that are caused or made worse by stress, including obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, pain and fatigue syndromes, mood disorders and many others. It has been shown to also improve attention, increase creativity and provide greater cognitive flexibility. The benefits proven for patients using this method also applies directly to all healthcare providers. It is an important step in ‘healing the healer’.
This stress-reduction workshop will help providers:
  • Understand stress physiology and its consequences
  • Become familiar with current research on meditation and its role in stress-reduction
  • Learn and practice a simple mindfulness, evidenced based method to reduce stress
This is a CME / CEU accredited course!  5 CMEs / CEUs of Continuing Education

Dr. Anna Vu-Wallace, MD