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Location: Whatcom County
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Latest Activity: Nov 12, 2016

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Sat. 2/18: Christ in the Cosmos / The Journey of the Universe

Started by David MacLeod. Last reply by Patricia Herlevi Apr 14, 2012. 1 Reply

Community Space for Rent

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Comment by David MacLeod on June 18, 2016 at 4:42pm

'I Dance!' A Living Dance Workshop is a (mostly) outdoor dance workshop in the glory of summer in the Pacific NW. It is about the joy of dancing, speaking, and singing as our multi-faceted selves. It is about diversity.   It is about union.  It is about stillness and silence.  It is about communion with spirit and nature - living in harmony with the Earth and each other!

This living workshop will be in the form of a Tuesday evening class in Angela and David MacLeod’s beautiful Bellingham backyard garden for 12 weeks, starting June 21 and ending Sept 6.  We will have the use of their house in case of rain, and when what we're doing lends itself to an indoor experience.  We will gather at 6:15, start the class at 6:30, and end at 8:30pm.  

'I Dance' includes a Saturday daytime class in a beautiful country setting near Kendall on July 23, from 11 am to 5 pm.

In each class we will have a half hour warm-up time with recorded (and perhaps live) music provided by our hosts and DJs, Angela and David; this is a chance to arrive, breathe, relax and get into our bodies in our own way.  We will find our own connection to the aliveness and beauty of nature.  

The rest of the time will include various options.  Susan Price, our facilitator, will offer simple movement scores, gentle frameworks, in which to connect to our own authentic movement.  We will have some group activities and pair off for others.  We will cultivate the art of seeing and being seen.  We will dance from the inside out, finding our way to movement that feels connected to who we are in the moment, movement that is meaningful to us, without needing to look a certain way.  We will be using movements, words and possibly music we create to stitch together a performance piece that we will perform fully as part of our ongoing practice.  We can choose as a group to share this with others or not.  We will sit in council circle and speak our truth from our hearts.

The first class is free - come check it out! 

The suggested donation for the whole series is a sliding scale of $125-150.  If this is not affordable for you, please email or call so we can make it work for all of us!  Phone 360.609.8207.

Starting with the second class, it will be closed to newcomers, and will be for those people who are committed to the 12 evening classes and the Saturday daytime event.  Half of the donation will be received then, and the other half in the 7th class.  

Please RSVP Susan Price,, for both the first class and the whole workshop.  It will help us plan to know how many people are coming.  Because of space considerations, the size of the workshop will be limited to 13 people, first come, first served, in the form of the RSVP.

About Susan Price:

Sus Price first came fully alive as a dancer at a Contact Improv workshop when she was a student at Fairhaven College.  She then began exploring and then teaching various forms of Post Modern Dance, including six weeks studying Contact Improv in San Francisco, and many workshops with Deborah Hay. She helped to form and perform in the groups Trillium and Starfish Ensemble.  The freedom and play she experienced in Contact Improv, Ecstatic Dance and Authentic Movement, continue to the present.  In recent years she has found deep connection and soul satisfaction dancing in nature.

Comment by Stephanie Davis on September 21, 2015 at 11:11am
Free Workshop: Heartfulness Meditation

Heartfulness Meditation is a simple, practical technique that you can use alongside any other form of yoga, meditation or practice. In a few minutes you will learn how to relax and feel the lightness and joy of your true nature. You don’t need to know how to meditate or to believe in a particular system or philosophy. The Heartfulness technique shows us to gently turn our attention towards our heart and experience that inner presence for ourselves.

When: Saturday, September 26th, 2015 - 10:00 AM
Where: Conference Room, Bellingham Central Library |
Comment by Jamie Jedinak on September 17, 2015 at 11:28pm

$475 Country Living - room for rent w/private bathroom/ incl Utilities

Unfurnished ~ Room for rent [10x12] with private bathroom. Non smoking.
Includes wifi, utilities, garbage/recycle service.

~ 2 bdrm, 2 bath home on 5 acres and a view of Mt Baker from the garden; 10 minutes from I-5 freeway and Sunset.

I am 52 year old single woman, no children with a small dog that is a friendly service animal to my elderly clients, plus two cats. I love to cook/bake and preserve foods, am independent, enjoy people but also cherish my quiet/private time, and an avid gardener and textile artist.

We will share a fully furnished living room, kitchen, laundry and the land. The landowners live up the hill behind the house.
There is woods right out the back door for strolling and hanging out in, spaces for hammock, chaise lounge and lots of gardens. It is a peaceful place and a quiet place to study.

I work varied hours and I am seeking a financially stable non-smoker who would like to live in the country and loves animals. There will be fresh berries next summer and plenty of room to grow veggies, fruit and flowers. Love of gardening a plus, but not required.

First, last and damage deposit is $300; no onsite storage or other pets (small pet okay - fish, bird, reptile, etc).

If interested:
please tell me about yourself, give me a phone number for phone chat/skype, please share a photo or two+ if you can and what about my ad is of interest for you!

:) Thank you,
Jamie and the critters....

Comment by David MacLeod on May 16, 2015 at 11:46am

May 2015 Event at Bellingham IONS


Opportunities for Spiritual & Social Transformation

David MacLeod

We will explore the world in crisis and chaos as an opportunity for social and spiritual transformation as we form stronger connections to the earth’s natural patterns and to each other.

This presentation will consider appropriate responses to current concerns about resource depletion, climate change, and the unsustainability of current economic structures; all of which are leading some to argue that we are entering a new era signaled by the end of economic growth and declining fossil fuel energy.

We tend to have horrible visions associated with downturns and “collapse.” Can we even entertain the possibility that we might be entering a period of decline in energy and standard of living?  Can we redefine “growth” to refer to our human potential rather than to our GDP? Perhaps we can learn to expand our consciousness and increase cooperative behaviors as we ride the wave down the peak oil curve.

This presentation will be supported by a new systems thinking tool called PatternDynamics™. Inspired by Permaculture’s emphasis on natural patterns and principles, PatternDynamics combines the patterns of nature with the power of language. The result is a tool which helps us understand and communicate ways of supporting resilience. We will learn some of the dynamic patterns that could assist us in creatively navigating our way through an energy descending world.

This month's event is co-sponsored by Transition Whatcom! 
7-9PM (Doors open at 6:30)
Fairhaven Branch Bellingham Library
Fireside Room (Under Steps)         

$5-10 Donation   (No one will be turned away)

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on November 4, 2014 at 5:14am
Comment by David MacLeod on July 17, 2014 at 7:23pm

Join me tonight (July 17) and again on July 31 for the Sacred Space Healing Sound Circle with Heather Harmony at 851 Democrat Lane, from 7:30 to 9pm.

Come out and honor your spirit in a sound circle with intent to go deeply into the experience of authentic being. We will take time to create sacred intentions, breathe deeply, and just BE in a meditative state; either sitting meditation or quiet moving meditation of your choice.
When: the following Thursdays: June 19; July 3, 17 & 31, 2014.
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
 Please call or email your intent to attend, and for clear directions. This event is free.

Comment by Angela MacLeod on May 19, 2014 at 10:02am

To Patricia,

I think it's cool that are asking community for input on this topic of creating a rite of passage for turning 50. I turned 50 four years ago and created a celebration ritual including a group of 12 or so. If you'd like to hear about my process with that, I'd be happy to share.

Angela 733-3541

Comment by Emily Farrell on September 13, 2013 at 9:33pm

Saturday October 12, I am offering an all day workshop based on Joanna Macy's Work that Reconnects. This is an opportunity to share our relationship with our planet, our experience of living in these times, and to strengthen and affirm our capacity to act for the greater good.

Please join me. Check the Events page for details.

for the green earth, Emily

Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on May 5, 2013 at 7:45am
Comment by J. C. Walker,Jr. on April 15, 2013 at 5:44pm

Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families in Boston. I know it is too soon but I want to caution you against staying glued to the tv set. Once you know what is going on there is little more to learn. Watching the footage over and over only feeds fear. This is the work of a miserable person(s) who wants you to be miserable too. Don't give him the satisfaction. Go hug your family. Talk to your neighbors. Delight in your community. Do one thing today to make the world a little less fear filled and a little more friendly. - arjhan David

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