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Ballard Spiritual Center Takes Inspiration from Modern Movies
July 2017

july_2017_ballard1Amazing Grace Spiritual Center is about to offer its Summer Movie Series (July 6 through August 27) , with free showings of recent hit films on Thursday nights followed by a spiritual breakdown of the movie’s themes with illustrative clips at the Sunday morning services.

Now operating for five years in its Ballard Location, Amazing Grace offers a non-traditional approach to spirituality that draws on the wisdom of the world’s major religions, combined with a modern understanding of human psychology and ideas from the human potential movement. The movie series is a perfect example of the community’s out-of-the-box approach to integrating practical spirituality into everyday life.

“Movies like ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Sully,’ ‘Spotlight,’ and ‘Queen of Katwe’ do a great job of making recent events engaging and dramatic,” says Amazing Grace Co-Founder Eric O’del. “What we can then do is tease out the spiritual lessons from what the characters are going through, and learn from the choices they make. Even a fun animated movie like ‘Zootopia.’ a documentary like ‘Gleason’ (about a professional football player’s struggle with ALS) or a fictional work like ‘Collateral Beauty’ can be powerful sources of spiritual inspiration.”

In addition to its Summer Movie Series, Amazing Grace offers a year-round schedule of classes in practical spirituality, opportunities to serve on a Local Service Team that provides meals to our homeless neighbors, and a Global Service Team that is engaged in school building projects in Cambodia and Kenya. Every month the Center takes collections of goods for those in need in the Greater Seattle area. This past February the community collected over 3,500 cans of soup and chili for the Ballard Food Bank. Service is a big part of the mission of Amazing Grace Spiritual Center. “Our prayer is this: Take all that I am, all that I have, and all that I do, and use them in service to a purpose greater than myself,” says Co-Founder O’del.

The Sunday morning schedule includes a silent meditation from 10 to 10:20 a.m., a worship service and children’s program at 10:30 a.m., and a community potluck at 11:45 a.m. The worship service includes lively contemporary music from a three-piece band with professional guest vocalists, congregant singers, and an adult choir. The children’s weekly lessons are playful but carefully planned to parallel the subject matter in the worship service.

Housed in an historic 107-year-old church building at 61st and 20th NW in Ballard, Amazing Grace Spiritual Center is building a community of people who care for each other while they make positive contributions to the neighborhood, the city, and people all around the world.

Amazing Grace Spiritual Center is located at 2007 NW 61st St, Seattle. For more information: 206-402-2633 or AmazingGraceSeattle.org.

 
Qi Revolution in Lynnwood
July 2017

Teacher Jeff Primack and instructors will hold a three-day Qigong training for $149— “Qi Revolution” will be held in Lynnwood from July 28-30 and again in Eugene from August 4-6. Attendees will learn about the three levels of Qigong, food and nutritional healing, foot reflexology for pain relief and more.

“Qigong focuses on your electromagnetic field and the pulsation of Qi (energy) through the arms, hands and spine. The sensation of energy is highly tangible to people, even those with a low sensitivity. Using precise movements of the body, Qi is circulated,” says Primack. “Qigong is not only about absorbing energy from nature, rather Qigong is about activating energy already with us and opening up these pathways of energy is really the key to longevity.”

Primack says the conference is designed to get Qigong healing information out to the masses, while acknowledging that people are busy and life is always pulling us in many directions. The low price is intended to help people realize that “you can decide to create time for yourself to raise the health of your body-spirit vehicle.”

To reserve tickets for this event and more information: 800-298-8970 or QiRevolution.com.

 
Cranio Sacral School of the Masters Summer Session
July 2017

July_2017-6_Cranio_SacralMaster Therapist Etienne Peirsman, founder and director of the Cranio Sacral School of the Masters in Tijeras NM, returns from Europe to begin classes on August4. Two core classes Advanced Craniosacral Therapy: Working with the Alarm Systems and Death and Dying will be offered in August and September.

As a Master of Meditation, Peirsman has developed a unique teaching style over the past two decades that adds an extraordinarily compassionate and meditative depth to the methods used by the Upledger Institute and combines a practical, no-nonsense approach with the biodynamic style.

Peirsman has been teaching for over 24 years, bringing his life experience to the classroom. He has schools in Belgium and the Netherlands and teaches in Tijeras, New Mexico and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington state. He, along with his late wife Neeto, is author of the book Craniosacral Therapy for Babies and Small Children, which has been translated into 7 languages.

Members of the general public can study Craniosacral Therapy with no previous bodywork experience. This program is also excellent for professional bodyworkers, including massage therapists, polarity therapists, Rolfing practitioners, acupuncturists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, doctors, and chiropractors.

There is no application necessary for this program. For more information and to register, call 505-428-9203 or visit CranioMasters.com.

 
Northwest Chef and Author Releases New Cookbook Memoir
July 2017
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Professional chef, teacher, world traveler and spiritual seeker Linda Hierholzer has released a new cookbook memoir. Sharing the Table: A Northwest Chef Instructor’s Quest to Recreate Memorable Meals chronicles the journey from a farm-family Formica table to some of the world’s most–celebrated white linen draped restaurant tables. Throughout the book and the 120 recipes included in it, Hierholzer shares stories of humble beginnings to becoming a chef-instructor who travels the globe in search of authentic Mediterranean and Latino cuisines and finds the joy of bountiful Skagit Valley farmers market in her own backyard.  In addition to recipes and stories, Sharing The Table offers a primer on basics of equipment, tools, and knife skills, including artistic presentation and expression.

Hierholzer has served as chef instructor at Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central Community College; the Seattle Center for Hotel and Restaurant Administration, at Washington State University at Seattle; the Culinary Arts program at Spokane Community College; at Leisurely Pursuit Cooking School in her private home and as cooking school coordinator and instructor for The Columbia Tower Club in Seattle and now resides on Camano Island where she enjoys developing recipes for her blog, traveling and organic gardening with her husband.

For more information: ChefSharingTheTable.com.

 
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