25 September 2008

Upcoming Deaf Yoga Retreat

"Investigating your Soul's True Nature"

October 17 - 19, 2008
Weekend Yoga Retreat ~ Sivananda Yoga Ranch, Woodbourne, NY

The DeafYoga Foundation is excited to announce a Weekend Yoga Intensive for the Deaf Community and its members. We are honored to offer this event at the beautiful and serene Sivananda Yoga Ranch in Woodbourne, New York. This intensive will be guided by Lila Lolling, Jamie Yost, Sarada Devi and Srinivasan. Come and explore the deeper meaning and essence of Yoga within this beautiful Yoga monastery.

This intensive yoga retreat will encourage you to go "within." This retreat will be focused on investigating your True Nature and connecting to the Divine Essence that is woven within all of life. We will follow the Ashram schedule as well as offer ASL presented asana classes and lectures. 

Retreat base cost:  $165 including meals, lodging and classes.  Additional donations appreciated.

For more information, click here to go directly to DeafYoga's site.

To read Allison Kaftan's testimonal about a past DeafYoga retreat, click here

16 September 2008

Gallaudet Swim Team Goes Green

Gallaudet Swim Teams Contribute to Delaware Seashore State Park Clean-up Project

Gallaudet men's and women's swim team recently assisted the Surfrider Foundation in its efforts to clean up Delaware Seashore State Park. The September 7 project was part of Surfrider's successful environmental awareness campaign.

"We are delighted to help Surfrider and local citizens reduce beach litter, promote recycling, and educate about coastal wildlife," said William Snape, the head swim coach at Gallaudet and a lawyer with the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity.

Federally threatened species such as the piping plover benefit from healthy beaches, as do other species protected under the Endangered Species Act, such as the endangered roseate tern, the threatened beach tiger beetle, and the threatened sea beach amaranth, he said. Snape and the Center for Biological Diversity have advocated for the Atlantic piping plover - a migratory sandy-colored bird with yellow-orange legs and a black ring around its neck - and other imperiled species for over a decade.

The Endangered Species Act is an important tool in protecting declining beach wildlife, particularly now, as global warming increases the chances of beach erosion, acidifies the ocean water, and changes the composition of coastal ecosystems. The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches for all people. It has partnered with the Center for Biological Diversity on many endangered species and habitat issues.

"Our team was excited to spend some time in the surf, protecting the beach and catching some waves," said Gallaudet senior Scott Cohen, an avid surfer and conservationist from Hawaii.

Posted: 17 Sep 2008 on http://news.gallaudet.edu/?id=13840

Thanks, Raylene for the tip!

Colleen Shaw - Deaf Reiki Master

Welcome!!! I would like to share with you about my little background and how I entered the world of holistic healing. I have worked in the field of education and mental health for 23 years, until an unexpected circumstances led me to change my career which I have discovered the wonderful world of Reiki. I truly had enjoyed a deep interest in the mysteries of the universe and the untapped inner powers. During the years, I have been practicing and learning about energetic healing techniques, metaphysics and spirituality through various training workshops and classes as the result of earning my certifications in Usui, Karuna, Lightarian, Kundailin, Shamballa Healing, Kundalini Gold Reiki - Reiki Master/Teacher and Healing with Sekhem-Seichim-Reiki I and II. Also, I have joined as a member of a professional organization, International Association of Reiki Professionals in which I have a certificate. Now, you ask what is Reiki?

Reiki is a natural healing method that heals at all levels: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. The word Reiki is a combination of two Japanese words: Rei and Ki. Rei means spiritual intelligence or supernatural force; Ki means life energy. In the Western world Reiki is mostly described as Universal life force energy. Reiki is practiced by people from all over the world and is being incorporated in hospitals, as well as in scientific research.

Let me offer an explanation of what is Reiki treatment like. The Reiki treatment is a simple but powerful process, big time! The healing energy is channeled by the Reiki practitioner and goes to the places in the body where healing is most needed. It is important to realize that these healing energies go to the source of the problem and not just the symptoms. Reiki treatments do not have negative side effects, it is a completely safe and natural way of treating disease.

Interested in learning more about Colleen and Reiki?  Click here to go to her website!  Colleen is Deaf and fluent in ASL.

15 September 2008

Green Your Home 101 - this Saturday!

in Washington, DC
Volunteer ASL interpreters scheduled!
Cost: $20 prior to workshop date, $25 at the door
Limit 20 people per class

Green Your Home 101 – Saturday, September 20, 10am to 11am
You've heard all about the many steps you should be taking to make your home more eco-friendly, but where to start? If you’re feeling overloaded by all the information that is out there and you're wondering how to get started, this is the course for you. During the workshop you will:

-Learn the impact that many of your daily activities have on your health and the environment (and your wallet!)
-Identify key contributors to indoor air pollution
-Walk out with easy steps you can take to make your home healthier and more eco-friendly
-Get additional resources to make the transition easier!

TO REGISTER:  All Green Living Classes and Seminars will be held at Greater Goods - 1626 U Street NW.  Registration is required. Please email classes (at) greatergoods.com.

Classes are presented by Anca Novacovici

Anca Novacovici is the founder and president of Eco-Coach, Inc., an environmental sustainability consultancy that provides services and tools to help businesses and individuals decrease their environmental footprint. She has led "greening" workshops, conducted green business audits, and helped with implementing more environmentally-friendly processes for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to smaller businesses and individuals. Anca is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional and is on the Board of the Green Building Institute.

For future classes at Greater Goods, check here!

14 September 2008

"NEED" by Peter Cook

This poem, "NEED" created by Deaf poet Peter Cook and hearing poet, Kenny Lerner. This was created in their usual creative places: hotels on the road. This is is about a minute long. Please pass it around as the election is around the corner.

Many thanks for this sharing this video link, Anthony!