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Body, Mind, & Spirit - Week of September 9, 2019

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September 2019
 6 p.m. 

SUN SHEN Nei-Gong Class: SUN SHEN.

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The SUN SHEN Nei-Gong System is a comprehensive system of meditation practices to build awareness and ability to harness and cultivate your own energy system and mind. With these practices you will learn how to increase your energy, balance your energy system, increase your energy flow and relaxation, and experience greater pleasure. This class is great for anyone who would like to enhance their health, their energy healing skills, mental calm and focus, and capacity for experiencing pleasure and happiness. Classes are held Mondays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. [map]

 7:05 p.m.  Free! 

Free Community Yoga: Ringstar Studio.

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Come to Ringstar for a free mixed level yoga class. No previous yoga experience necessary.
Mats, blocks, and straps are available for borrowing. Please register online if you need to borrow one of our mats, otherwise online registration is not required.
Free community yoga is offered the first Monday evening of each month at Ringstar (unless there's a holiday, in which case free yoga takes place the following week).
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. Free. 734-335-1625. [map]



September 2019
 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"#HikingMyFeelings: Healing Your Mind and Body on the Trail"

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After surviving two of the hardest years of her life, Sydney Williams was standing in an REI dressing room trying on hiking gear for her first backpacking trip. Looking back in the mirror was a woman (and body) she didn't recognize. She looked herself in the eye and simply asked, "GIRL, how did we get here?" It was a rhetorical question for the dressing room, but two thru-hikes across Catalina Island helped Williams establish the mind-body connection that was necessary for her to be able to face her trauma head-on and leave everything on the trail. The first hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail was the hardest physical challenge Williams had ever tackled; it taught her how to love her body, and reminded her that she could do hard things. Nine months before her second journey, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. By the time she hiked the island the second time, Williams was 60 pounds lighter. What would be possible if the hike itself wasn't the hard part? The second hike was a complet
REI, 970 West Eisenhower Parkway. Free. [map]



September 2019
 10:30 a.m. 

"Yoga in da' Park": Sky Green Yoga & 22 Lunar.

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Join John and Kip for gentle-chill yoga to the calming sound of crystal bowls and an eclectic mix of music.
Park near at the Medford Road entrance.
Bring your own yoga mat. Rain or shine.
Washtenaw County Farm Park, Medford Road Entrance. Donation.

 7 p.m. 

"Channeling: Evenings with Aaron": Deep Spring Center.

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An open session with Aaron and Barbara Brodsky. Aaron gives a talk, followed by Q&A.
Aaron's talk will cover a variety of spiritual practices including Vipassana and Pure Awareness Meditation, working with inner guidance, and supporting changes in our physical/spiritual bodies through work with body energy, the elements, sound and Open Heart.
2019 Fall Schedule - Wednesday
9/11, 10/23, 11/20, 12/18
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Eastern)
Held locally at - no registration required - donation:
Meditation Hall at 3455 Charing Cross Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Live streaming: Registration below
Join seasonally or one-time?
Live Streaming plus on-demand edited Video:
All 4 sessions:
Suggested donation: $35 - $85
Single session:
Suggested donation: $10 - $30
More information:
DSC Meditation Hall, 3455 Charing Cross Rd. Donation. 7344775848. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Sitting Meditation Followed by Discussion": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Join us for a half-hour of silent sitting meditation every Wednesday at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion of Buddhist concepts. Meditation instructions are provided. Donations are welcome.
KTC Ann Arbor, 614 Miner St. Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. Donations accepted. 734-678-7549. [map]



September 2019
 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Candlelight Labyrinth Walk and Meditation": Ringstar Studio.

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The labyrinth began as an intricate maze meant to trap the monstrous Minotaur on the island of Crete. After many centuries of evolution, it has become a spiritual and meditative tool, with a single path in and out of the center. The journey to the center represents going deep within the self on the way to revelation or enlightenment. Join us for a self-guided walk through a labyrinth formed out of candles, complete with quiet music and incense. Cushions will be available outside the labyrinth for seated meditation. This is a donation-based event, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. Free. Donation. [map]



September 2019
 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"A Day of Silence and Meditation Practice, led by Carol Blotter": Michigan Friends Center.

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Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.
Contact Carol at (734)475-0942 or to register.
Carol Blotter's meditation practice draws from dual roots in the Quaker and Buddhist traditions. Since 1999, she has led more than 40 retreats across the United States and has taught over 50 classes in meditation to spiritual seekers, schools, universities and medical groups. She teaches for The Forest Way which is dedicated to providing retreat opportunities conducive to balanced and integrated spiritual growth.
Suggested donation $30 or as able. Pre-registration requested; contact Carol Blotter at 475-0942.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, Michigan 48118, Chelsea. Donation. $30 or as able. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 9-11 a.m. 

"Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's important to provide regular, basic wellness services for your pets to protect them from unnecessary illnesses. That's why the Humane Society of Huron Valley Veterinary Clinic offers low-cost vaccinations, wellness testing, and prevention products for all public cats and dogs at our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics.*
Pricing for Low Cost Clinics:
Rabies & Distemper Combo - $25
Rabies ONLY - $15
Distemper ONLY - $15
Bordetella - $20 (dogs only)
Canine influenza - $15 (dogs only)
Feline Leukemia Vaccine - $20 (cats only - must provide proof of a negative test within the past month.)
FeLV/FIV Test - $30 (cats only)
Heartworm Test - $20 (dogs only)
24PetWatch Microchip ID - $25 (dogs) and $15 (cats)
Heartworm, flea and tick preventative offered at very low prices!
Please bring your dogs on a non-retractable leash and all cats must be in a carrier.
*Please call for appointment if your pet has had adverse reaction to previous vaccinations.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-662-4365. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Introduction to Meditation": Deep Spring Center.

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Saturday | Sept., 14; Oct., 19; Nov., 16
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Teacher: Kathleen Ivanoff
Contact teacher with questions:
This class is designed for those new to meditation with a little or no experience at all with the practice. Basic detailed instructions for the practice of Vipassana Meditation (also called Insight Meditation or Mindfulness) will be offered.
You are not expected to learn everything in one class and we encourage you to attend more than one class to build on your meditation skills and create sangha.
Suggested donation: $30 - $85 per session
Sept. 14, 2019
October 19, 2019
November 16, 2019

Classes held at:
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth
704 Airport Blvd.Ann Arbor, MI 48106
More information and registration:
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 407 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI. Donation. 7344775848. [map]

 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Anniversary Open House: Celebrating 41 Years in Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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The Ann Arbor KTC will open its doors to the community in our annual anniversary open house. Food and drinks, activities, friendly conversation, and shrine tours will make this an excellent opportunity to catch up with the community or to visit for the first time. Make a "Mind Jar" to see what happens to your mind when you meditate! Friends and family are welcome! Please come and help us celebrate the 41st anniversary of our founding.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St. Free. 734-678-7549. [map]



September 2019
 8 a.m. 

"Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healing": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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As we greet the sunrise together, with still minds and open hearts, our awareness of nature and subtle energies is heightened. Plugging into nature, and the circadian rhythms of the planet through the power of sound is essential to our wellbeing, where in a state of total relaxation, healing and connection to a higher consciousness can take place. We can then approach the day ahead with a more open heart and calm mind, while simultaneously being a bright light to the folks in our life.
The sound healing, is a sound meditation or sound bath, that begins with each person lying down in a comfortable position, often with a blanket and an eye mask. After a few minutes of guided focus on the breath, the remainder of the experience is filled with various sounds, tones, and frequencies being introduced in succession.
Duration 60 minutes.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. $25. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Sunday Service: Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Our Sunday Service is led by Lama Nancy Burks, who gives a brief Dharma talk followed by meditation instructions and guided group meditations. There is always time for questions and discussion.
This program is appropriate for all levels of student, and each week is different.
Free. Donations welcome.
KTC Ann Arbor, 614 Miner St. Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. Donations accepted.. 734-678-7549. [map]

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