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Spring is finally here. Out of death, comes the promise of rebirth as we continue on the eternal cycle of life. As Joseph Campbell says, there can be no resurrection without the crucifixion. They are one and the same. So here’s to a beautiful spring! Practice yoga! Tell Stories!

In this issue of the Lotus, check out the upcoming events: Mythic Yoga and Storytime yoga performances, workshops, classes and more, including the latest Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable Colorado news and events.

MYTHIC YOGA ESSAY: "The Tree of Life." Discover trees this spring and a new symbolic relationship of your life to nature.

STORY: Contemplate trees and protect them this Arbor day with the Buddhist tale “The Spirit Who Lived in a Tree.”

STORYTIME YOGA: There’s lots of Storytime Yoga children and family classes and teacher trainings. Learn to bring yoga and story into your home or classroom for health and literacy. Check out the schedule for this spring’s upcoming events, performances and classes. Don’t miss the Storytime Yoga weekend at Om Time Belmar, nor the Rocky Mountain Storytellers’ Conference this April. Learn to practice yoga and tell stories with your family at Storytime Yoga Family workshops this spring at Twinkle Together family music center.

STORYTIME YOGA FUN: Create a Tree of Life and make Yoga Jumble poems with your kids. Fun yoga, art and literacy projects. Download the "Croc 'N' Monkey Rap" from Sydney's Indonesian storytelling CD.

STORYTIME YOGA BOOK: Order your copy of the latest 120-page, hot-off-the press edition of Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story. $29.95. Includes eight multicultural wisdom stories scripted with yoga poses. Photographs, songs, meditations and more! Available for purchase at the Storytime Store.

MYTHIC YOGA: Coming this Summer at Om Time Belmar: Mythic Yoga for Women. Connect mythic and traditional stories into your own life and body in this unique women’s group. With Susan Kaplan, MSW, storyteller and social worker.

MYTHIC YOGA SESSIONS: Schedule a private and personalized therapeutic Mythic Yoga session. For children, adolescents and adults to bring meaning and clarity into our lives. Specializing in anxiety, stress, depression, bipolar disorder, ADD and ADHD. Integrating dream work, symbol, ritual, story, myth, therapeutic yoga and deeply relaxing yoga
nidra. $45 first session special. Contact Sydney for more information.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL FOUNDATION ROUNDTABLE COLORADO: Learn about my experience assisting "Dreaming the Myth Body of the Americas," a workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico, led by Rebecca Armstrong. Discover ways to integrate dreams and the body into your life. I will speak April 8 at a special JCFR Colorado open house at the Boulder Public Library.


UPCOMING EVENTS: open to the public

Saturdays - MARCH 25, APRIL 15, MAY 20
3:00 p.m - 4:30 p.m.
Storytime Yoga Family Workshops
Practice yoga with your children and learn to start a family yoga and storytelling hour in your home for health, communication and literacy.
Twinkle Together -- Washington Park United Methodist Church.
March 25, "The Shipwrecked Sailor," a legend from Egypt about courage and living from the heart.
April 15, "The Peddler's Dream" an English Folktale about following your heart.
May 20, "The Magic Pear Tree" a Chinese Story about giving.
$30 whole family.

MARCH 31-APRIL 2
Storytime Yoga travels to the acclaimed Sharing The Fire at the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling in Nashua, NH.

APRIL 8
Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable Colorado
Open House: Dreaming the Myth Body of the Americas. Roundtable leader Sydney will discuss her experience in Oaxaca, Mexico assisting with this workshop led by Rebecca Armstrong teaching Mexican psychotherapists the importance of dreams, myth and the body for a new mythology in the Americas. At the Boulder Public Library.

APRIL 10
Storytime Yoga classes start at Om Time Belmar.
Mondays 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ages 5 and up. Younger children accepted with siblings.

APRIL 21-22
Colorado Association for the Education of the Young Child spring conference. Storytime Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation for Children, Stress Release for Teachers. Peace and Character education through wisdom stories.

APRIL 29
Mythic Yoga
11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sydney performs The Grimm’s Fairytale “The Lady and the Lion” at the Rocky Mountain Storytellers’ Conference, Broomfield Public Library.

APRIL 29-30
THE STORYTIME YOGA WEEKEND at Om Time Belmar
Storytime Yoga Teacher Training
Saturday, April 29
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$120 + $29.95 for book. Additional attendance at family workshop strongly suggested.
Become a storyteller and use it to teach yoga, meditation and peace and character education to children. For more information, visit StorytimeYoga.com
Storytime Yoga Family Workshop and Storytelling Performance
Sunday, April 30
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$30 whole family.
Practice yoga with your children and learn to start a family yoga and storytelling hour in your home for health, communication and literacy. "Ganesha's Lesson" story from India about ahimsa, or non-harming.
Storytelling Performance
Sunday, April 30
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
$5 adults. Children free.
"The Treasure in Your Heart: Stories from the Storytime Yoga method, to ignite imaginations and self-esteem. Followed by book signing.

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THE TREE OF LIFE -- by Sydney Solis

"It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body." -- 1 Corinthians 15:44

I grew up near 95th and Arapahoe Roads in East Boulder County. To get there from Boulder you take Arapahoe east about eight miles, go over the big hill by the Public Service Building, then bottom out at 75th and Arapahoe. That intersection is the gateway to the country, with a little church on the left that used to be a school I attended in the second grade, and huge, 100-year-old cottonwood trees that shelter the sky and reach over the roads like a door to a cathedral, opening to the countryside. A countryside of cattails, fertile farm fields, red barns and open space. A reprieve from the city’s clutter of order and market.

Ten years ago I had a dream in which I did not see the familiar cornfields, cows and cottonwoods of Arapahoe and 95th streets, but all sorts of cars, development and a little girl running across the street. As I witnessed the changed landscape I wept.

I’ve slowly watched East Boulder County become suburbia over the years as my dream predicted. But I didn’t cry until late this January, while driving to visit my father at my childhood home. At that intersection at 75th and Arapahoe, I did not see the spread of beautiful trees huddled at the edge of the roads waiting to greet me. Instead the sky was ripped open and naked, no longer sheltered by branches, and there was only stump after stump of cut-down cottonwood trees. They were cut down to widen the road for the 13,000 cars that pass through that intersection every day.

My grief was stunning. It was something great and deep. I felt this loss of nature - the sheltering trees that had shared my entire life - penetrate down to my spirit. Because now another asphalt intersection had advanced, and my heart was at a loss and scrambling for guidance. It was something lost that could be never replaced. And worse, I cried that I did not protect the trees.

I heard others were also upset about the destruction of the trees, and one woman I read about in the Boulder Daily Camera held a good old-fashioned Irish wake and funeral for the trees. As I drove by I saw the flowers left on the graves of enormous 4-ft wide stumps. I felt relieved that others felt the same grief.

A friend told me that it’s attachment to hang on to things. All that is born must die. This world is impermanent, like the changing forms in a kaleidoscope. I can accept that. The county said the trees were reaching the end of their lifetime anyway. But I can also remember the way it was. I can recognize that something is lost that cannot be replaced: The sacredness of life and nature and the need to connect with and live among nature. There is a human mythic need to have a relationship with nature, for we too are a part of nature, for nature is us.

When we lose nature, we lose part of ourselves. Until we can live in harmony with nature, we will not find harmony and peace living with ourselves and others.

In the time before the age of enlightenment three hundred years ago, people had a direct relationship with nature and believed that all the world was animated and alive. They engaged directly with their environment through ritual and art, song and dance. From this they found meaning and a place in the universe. Reason came along to temper the emotions and heart, and science, however miraculous, flattened the world and squeezed out the soul. Our life, however, has become dis-engaged from our environment, no longer a participant with the mystery of life but now a mere consumer. Yet, now that we are aware and reasonable, we can find our way back to the heart. We can find our way back to the heart of nature by once again interacting with it.

I was taught to start talking to the rocks and leaves and water, air and fire and trees through Sobonfu Some, whom I did a grief workshop with last October at Shambhala Mountain Center. My first reaction was: How silly talking to inanimate things, but then, with a little practice, I realized how profound and powerful it is to connect with the powers of nature and to identify with them. All of nature is divine; we need only to have a relationship with it and recognize our own divinity through it. Recognize our own power to manifest, to taste the blood of the dragon, as Joseph Campbell says, and recognize we are identical with the powers and divinity of nature as our body is part of nature, fused with spiritual consciousness. We are our own trees, inhabited by a spirit, manifesting our world with our bodies, hearts and minds. We are the creators, the spirits in the material world.

To grieve the cottonwood trees I asked them for a dream. I received a powerful answer that I still carry with me. And in the process of honoring my dream, I have discovered much about trees.

The tree represents all of manifestation. A tree is the Axis Mundi, or central pivot of the cosmos. It is the Great Spirit, the center of creation and the world. It is the feminine nurturing, sheltering, protecting. Native Americans say that if you cut down a tree you kill a woman.

In Hinduism the cosmos is a great tree with its roots in the underworld, its trunk in the world of man and the earth, branches in the heavens. The chakra system is like a tree, rooting us in the earth, and reaching our branches toward the heavens. A tree stands in the center of the Garden of Eden and Christ died on the cross made from a tree. The Buddha became enlightened under the Bodhi Tree. There is also the Kabbalah’s tree of life. The peach tree is the Chinese tree of life. The Islamic tree of blessings represents spiritual blessing and illumination, the light of Allah, which illumines the earth. Bonsai trees honor nature in its austerity and wisdom. The MesoAmericans had the cosmic tree, with its three levels and worlds. Evergreens represent everlasting life, rooted in the earth at the world center, then growing into the world in water and time, adding rings of manifesting life, reaching heaven and eternity. A deciduous tree is constant renewal and regeneration, diversity and unity, many branches from one root. The tree of paradise, the tree of life, the knowledge to return to the primordial state of perfection.

The pioneers crossing the great, open plains saw few trees, and were relieved when they spotted the cottonwood trees for they knew they could find shelter from the scorching sun and also water nearby. Lewis and Clark depended on the cottonwood trees for the same reasons. The Hope made Kachinas from its roots.

The Lakota had a different reason for cutting down a cottonwood tree because it was considered sacred. It was called the Sundance Tree and it taught them how to make teepees and they were used in everyday life and ceremony. The cottonwood tree was central to the Sun Dance, or Dance Looking at the Sun. The time for the Sun Dance was determined by nature, such as when the trees were in leaf. It brought tribes together during the summer and was a time for renewing friendships, visiting relatives, having games, getting information and holding council meetings. Values such as bravery, generosity and honesty were reinforced. During an elaborate preparation ritual lasting four days, a holy man selected honored women to cut down the tree, which was placed in the center of the ceremonial area. The tree was painted, among other symbolic acts, and after the tree was raised, a sacred lodge representing the universe was built around it. Purification and sacrifice was practiced on behalf of the earth as well as dancing before the tree, even piercing the body to give the only thing that really belongs to a person.

The Native Americans had a relationship to the earth and in modern times we can have that once again. We can learn it from the stories of others. This March, I had the chance to visit Mexico’s oldest tree. The Tule tree is a 2,000-year-old weeping willow, el ahuehuete, massive, stunning and sacred. Located in the town of Santa Maria del Tule outside of Oaxaca, there is a story posted by the tree, that the people of the town fiercely protected that tree, even though a wealthy man offered them a lot of money to cut it down and make boards out of it.

We too can fiercely protect trees by bringing back a relationship to them. Bring back this beautiful symbol of the world manifest as it relates to your own life. Bring it back into life, consciousness, by respecting it, before the trees slip away, because traditional societies say that if you stop thinking about and honoring something, the spirits get offended and go away. The result is an ill society, barren of myth and meaning, caught in the chaos of corruption, war and death.

The mindless cutting down of a tree, the loss of nature and a insane bloodbath and carnage of world war, is indeed the loss of manifestation and creation itself. It is the symbolic loss of life, and the loss of ourselves -- our own axis mundi, the center of our world, our manifestation, our connection of the spirit to the body and to peace of mind and heart. In a world of being able to purchase frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and where 42 million sleep prescriptions were filled last year, it makes me remember Chief Seattle’s address to the U.S. Government in 1855:

“Your destiny is a mystery to us. What will happen when the buffalo are all slaughtered? The wild horses tamed? What will happen when the secret corners of the forest are heavy with the scent of many men and the view of the ripe hills is blotted by talking wires? Where will the thicket be? Gone. Where will the eagle be? Gone. And what is it to say goodbye to the swift pony and the hunt. It is the end of living and the beginning of survival.”

This spring, honor the new life in you and honor the new life in nature and the world around you. Honor, contemplate and protect nature. Live in harmony with nature. Consume less. Drive less. Practice more yoga, meditate and tell more stories with friends, children and others. Your fears and ailments will slip away as you make your journey to yourself and back again.

• Go outside and find a tree to visit with. Talk to the tree, touch it, hug it, sing to it, feel its budding branches or needles. Notice its rebirth and notice the rebirth that is taking place in your life this spring cycle, passing away from winter, like the tree, dormant in winter, but very much always alive. Talk to plants, rocks, air, water, fire. What answers back?

• Plant a tree for Arbor Day.

• Protect a tree. Join the Sierra Club or the National Arbor Day Foundation.

• What kind of a tree would you be? A palm tree, oak, or Douglass Fir? Why? Draw a picture or write a poem about yourself as this tree.

• In what ways are trees in your life? What stories can you tell about a tree from your childhood or past? Your present? For some wonderful traditional tree stories visit the lovely site: www.spiritoftrees.org.

• Tell tree stories to children and ask them to tell them or their own tree stories back.

• Our body is like a tree. During your regular yoga practice imagine the image of the tree actually in your body. Take time to practice with children. Explore your world tree and its connection of the roots and legs to the earth with standing poses, such as triangle, trikonasana, or warrior II, virabhadrasana II. Practice vrksasana, the tree pose. Bring awareness to your trunk, heart and arms reaching toward heaven. Find your own axis mundi. What are you manifesting? What are you creating? What projects are you stage-by-stage completing in life and realizing? What is your relationship to your world, your environment? What things are stunting your growth? What other images come to you and your body during practice?

Tree pose (vrksasana)

• Journal, draw and do dream work around these experiences.

• Draw, sculpt, paint, dance create music or find another creative method to express your experience.

• Share your discoveries with others, especially children. Invite them to share theirs.

This spring and always, may your world be filled with the beauty of trees and the continuation of this manifest and living earth in all its glory.

Love and Peace,

Sydney

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The Spirit Who Lived in a Tree

Retold by Sydney Solis

The Buddha decided to be born as a tree. He became a Sal tree and grew for sixty-thousand years. Beneath its enormous branches, hundreds of little Sal trees were growing up. This tree was so enormous and beautiful that all of the people in the nearby village would come and worship it. The King of Benares also heard of the tree.

“Many kings have their palaces built with many a pillar. Well, I shall build my palace with only one great pillar in the middle. This big tree shall be that pillar. I order it cut down!”

All of the townspeople were dismayed. They loved the tree, but they were worried what would happen if they did not carry out the King’s orders.

One night, the people lit oil lamps and walked to the great tree. They tied a string around its great trunk and put a nosegay of flowers on the end. Then they prayed, “Oh great spirit that resides in this tree. The King has ordered that in seven days we must cut you down. We don’t want to do it, but fear for our families. Please spirit, go somewhere else, and do no harm to us. Forgive us. We love and will miss you greatly.”

The tree thought, "This King is determined to cut me down. But my life only lasts as long as this tree. The thought of my death does not bother me as much as ….ah! Look at the little Sal trees around me! Their death and destruction is more painful to me than my own death.”

So that night, at midnight, a bright golden light filled the room and the spirit appeared next to the King’s bed, weeping.

The King awoke. “Oh! Who are you spirit, and why have you come? Why do you weep?”

“I am the spirit that lives in the tree you wish you cut down. I ask that you spare my life.”

The King thought a moment. “No, I cannot. I want my palace to stand on only one tree, and you will be that tree. I must cut you down,” he said.

“Then please,” said the spirit, “I make one request.”

“What is that?” the King asked.

“Please cut me down bit by bit. Begin with the branches, then cut the trunk and cut down to the roots last of all.”

“Why, this is a most painful death,” the King said. “One swift blow at the roots would fell you and you would be out of your misery.”

But the spirit said, “Yes, it is painful. But it is not as painful as seeing my beloved little Sal trees around me destroyed by my fall. Please, I ask you to honor my request.”

The King was deeply moved by the tree’s spirit of sacrifice.

“Oh, spirit,” the King said, “fear not. Your great concern for the life of others has moved me deeply. I will not cut you down. Return, great tree, to the forest in peace.”

Follow up activities -- For adults and children

Contemplate the story during your day.

Journal about your feelings around trees. Journal around key words, such as stability, life, sturdy, etc.

See if anything arises in your dreams from the contemplation.

During yoga practice, use vrksasana, the tree pose.

Imagine in your body a tree. Firmly rooted in the earth and also reaching for the heavens. Imagine the roots firmly in the earth, roots running down from your legs. Imagine your spinal column the trunk. Radiating from your heart, let your arms be the branches, your hands and fingers the leaves, reaching toward the sky.

Holding the pose, behold yourself manifest in the body. What are you manifesting? What are you bringing into the world? How do you feel?

Imagine the energy of the tree. How still it is. By being still, we conserve and focus our energy.

Write a poem, draw or paint, create a musical piece about trees or your experience during yoga and story contemplation.

Story Activities

Tell this story during class. Have them practice the mountain pose, tree pose, warrior III and triangle to feel their connection to the tree image in their own bodies and lives.

For shoulderstand, imagine the tree is reversed, and their toes are the roots.

Tree Spirit - Warrior I
King - Warrior II

Continue working with the tree image in the body and heart as you go through a full sequence of poses, forward bends, twists and backbends.

Alternately, tell this story to children while they are in relaxation, or shavasana. After the story, ask them to think about something they have given up for another, or someone else who has sacrificed something.

Have children talk about their feelings, and/or their personal story discovered during shavasana.

Have children draw, sculpt, or journal about the experience.

Ask them to watch their dreams.

Ask them to tell the story to their parents, friends, or stuffed animal.

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STORYTIME YOGA FUN

TREE OF LIFE -- Art Project for Kids

Tree of Life by Paloma and Alejandro Solis

Create a Tree of Life art project to help kids express themselves and create self-awarness.

Materials needed:

Digital camera or large photographs of your child.
Photo paper
Poster board, thick paper, or thin cardboard for backing
Scissors
Tape
Glue sticks
Construction or colored paper
Colored markers, crayons
White paper
String

Photograph your child doing a tree pose, vrksasana, or in mountain pose, tadasana, with child’s arms stretched in the air like branches.

Print the photo out on photo paper at about 8x10 size and roughly cut around the shape of your child.

Glue this to a thick piece of poster board, other thick paper backing or thin cardboard.

Cut out the photo on the thick backing along the edges of the child’s body and shape. It’s ok to leave small pieces not cut out.

Create a stand for the tree by making three rectangular strips of poster board or cardboard. See figure below.

Cut long vertical slits in the center of two of the rectangular strips (A and B). Cut a long vertical slit at both bottom ends of the third rectangle (C). Assemble by sliding the slits in rectangle C into the slits on A and B.

Cut a slit vertically from the bottom up to the feet and legs of the child’s body. Slip this over the center of the center vertical strip of the stand. You may need to use tape to keep the pieces in place and work with the stand a bit to make it stand alone. See example below for finished stand.

Have your child think of things in his or her daily life, such as important people, friends, teachers, family members, pets, hobbies, and aspects of nature in daily life, such as the sun, moon, stars, plants and trees, etc.

Have them draw small symbols for those people or objects on the colored construction paper. Have child cut out the objects and then paste them onto their bodies. Trees and plants can go at the bottom, if desired, and working the way up to the arms with heavenly objects, if desired. There is no right or wrong way to put objects on the tree.

After finishing the tree, take a long, thin strip of regular white paper about one inch wide and have child write a list of descriptive words about him or herself. Younger children can dictate to you as you write adjectives, or they can simply name objects that they like.

Then have child write or dictate a wish for themselves, another, or the world.

Have the child think about the wish as they gently roll up the paper into a scroll.

Tie a piece of string around the scroll, and then create a loop with the remaining string.

Have child drape the string and wish scroll around the tree anywhere they like.

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YOGA JUMBLE POETRY -- For all ages

Have a zillion and one old Yoga Journal, Yoga International and Shambhala Sun magazines or other spiritual/religious magazine? Even if it’s Oprah, help children with yoga vocabulary and reading by creating this crazy work of art and poetry! It’s also a great opportunity to teach the niyama Ishvara pranidhana, or surrender, to the magic of mystery of no control and allowing things to come that are outside the standard form. In our dualistic world, in order to have sense, we must have non-sense. And non-sense is honored as much as sense!

Materials needed:

Old yoga and spiritual magazines of your choice. Other magazines will work fine.
Glue sticks
Scissors
A small box, shoebox, empty baby wipe container, etc.
Paper
Markets, crayons, glitter, etc.

Have children go through the old magazines and pick out words and phrases that attract their attention. Words such as “Yoga, meditation,” or any phrases that are of interest for the content or the sound of the worlds. Have them cut out different lengths and shapes of words and phrases. For the youngest children who cannot read or are just beginning their letters and sounds, assist them with the words and sound out the letters and sounds. You may have to help them cut it out too. Have children cut out a variety of words then place them into the box. After many cut outs have been made, shake up the box.

Have children reach in without looking and pick a cut out strip. Have children place the strip without gluing it down yet, on the top of the paper. Continue pulling out 3 or 4 strips and placing each strip below the other. see what nonsensical, or maybe making sense, poem emerges from the words and phrases.

Children can arrange the words and phrases in exact order that come out of the box, or change the words and phrases around to suit the flow of the poem. They may be surprised at what comes out!

Children can also add their own writing.

Children may be inspired to write their own poem.

The variety of type and paper colors and word lengths make up the art. Have children decorate the jumble poem with markers or glitter.

Make sure children sign their poems and work of art! Have a poetry reading as part of your Storytime Yoga Family Hour.

Have children read their own poems out loud.

Check out the work of Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and Carl Sandburg for more nonsense poems.


Yoga Jumble Poetry by Alejandro Solis

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The Croc 'N' Monkey Rap

This delightful tune is from Sydney's CD "The Golden Cucumber - Stories from Indonesia," available for purchase at the Storytime Store.

Click here to download the "Croc 'N' Monkey Rap" (mp3 format, 4.5 MB)

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Sydney spinning at an artisan studio in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

The Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable Colorado

The Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable Colorado is ready for rebirth.

JCFR Colorado invites the public to learn more about the work of the late mythologist Joseph Campbell and the power of myth at local roundtable meetings. Peruse and please do join us this spring for these many exciting events to be held at the Boulder Public Library and in the future across the front range.

Roundtable meetings are free and open to the public.

The public is invited to submit proposals for future roundtable events.

Contact:

Sydney Solis
JCF Roundtable Colorado Leader and Coordinator
Arvada, Co
303-456-6311
SydSol@MythicYoga.com

For more information, visit www.JCF.org. and www.westernexposure-co.com for past events and recordings.

Mark your calendar now for UPCOMING JCF ROUNDTABLE EVENTS

APRIL 8, 2006

ROUNDTABLE OPEN HOUSE
Boulder Public Library
Boulder Creek Meeting Room
1000 Canyon Blvd.
11-1 p.m.
Light refreshments served.

Come to an open house and learn about Joseph Campbell’s work and the exciting roundtable of talent and offerings we have here in Colorado. Roundtable leader Sydney Solis along with Greg Shaw of Seattle will speak about bringing mythology into contemporary life through their experiences at the Esalen Institute and Oaxaca, Mexico. Come and learn about myths, stories dreams, ritual, world religions and meet some really great people!

Shaw will speak about the powerful work participants experience at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur , CA, every year with the JCF. The week-long journey of transformation includes music, art, tai chi, story, ritual and coming together as a community to create a new mythology.

Solis will relate her recent trip of working with myth, dreams and the body in Oaxaca, Mexico, this March with Rebecca Armstrong and Mexican psychotherapists. In "Dreaming the Myth Body of the Americas," Armstrong educated 56 Mexican psychotherapists about the ancient myths, stories, symbols and dreams of indigenous peoples. It was integrated with the body through movement, music and art. Solis led movement segments and Jeanne Salas of Mexico City instructed art projects. Victor Torres Roldan of Mexico City spoke about his work with Pre-Hispanic ceremonial centers, and from his book, Ciudades Estelares, or Stellar Cities, Cosmology and Symbolism of the Pyramids. Pedro Servin Fernandez of Mexico’s Center for Mythological Studies and past Esalen participant, organized the event. The event was a profound demonstration of healing and bringing back myth, ritual and dreams into everyday life.

Rebecca Armstrong and "Dreaming the Myth Body of the Americas" will come to Colorado in November. Armstrong will lead again in how to remember our dreams and weave them into the consciousness of the body and the world. Solis will lead movement and yoga. This workshop will return to the myths of the ancients of the Indigenous in the United States.

Ultimately a workshop will be held in Ecuador to link the three regions of the new world.

BOULDER LIBRARY INFO

Free parking is available at the Arapahoe and Broadway main entrance of the Library. Ask for directions to the Boulder Creek meeting room at the main reception desk at the main Arapahoe entrance. See you there.

JUNE 17, 2006

ROUNDTABLE MEETING
Boulder Public Library
Boulder Creek Meeting Room
1000 Canyon Blvd.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Solis will relate experience at the Mythic Journeys Conference in Atlanta June 9-11. For more information about events, visit www.mythicjourneys.org.

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