Community Volunteers Needed at EvergreenHealth Hospice
September 2017

EvergreenHealth Hospice volunteer coordinator Criss East says the organization is in need of additional volunteer support and is currently accepting applications for September and October trainings.

“We are seeking kind and caring individuals to share their time and talents with our hospice patients and their families,” East says. “This assistance can include running errands, playing card games, listening to a person’s life story, reading or singing, playing or listening to music, or watching TV with a patient.”


EvergreenHealth Hospice serves patients in King and Snohomish Counties and volunteers are free to choose where their assignments will be. “We especially need people who can volunteer in the community – in patient’s homes, adult family homes, and nursing homes,” East says.

East notes that a volunteer’s presence can help lessen a patient’s loneliness by providing them with companionship, and caregivers find relief when a volunteer comes to stay with a patient so the caregiver can get some time off. “Spending time with someone who is dying makes me realize what is truly important in my own life,” says volunteer Julia Guderian. “The comprehensive training you receive will help you to open your heart to understanding the circumstances a hospice patient and their loved ones are facing, and give you the practical and emotional tools to feel confident about offering them the assistance you have been trained to provide,” she continues.

“Volunteers are integral members of the hospice team and receive support from their team including the social worker and nurse assigned to the family they are working with,” East says, and adds that ongoing hospice education and friendly volunteer gatherings are offered throughout the year.

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Bastyr University Announces Yin Yoga Teacher Training
September 2017

sept_2017_page_5A Yin Yoga Teacher Training course will take place at Bastyr University’s Kenmore campus starting on Sept. 30, with a commitment of weekends plus Wednesday evenings for eight weeks. Each trainee will complete 200 hours of training and will receive a certificate of completion allowing them to register with Yoga Alliance as instructors. The course is open to the public; however, participants should have a minimum of six months of any style yoga practice.

“We are often moving so it’s hard to be still and let thoughts come and go,” says Pam Granston, instructor of the new Yin Yoga Teacher Training course at Bastyr University.She explains that the yin style of yoga can help people find balance in today’s yang-focused society.

“In the yoga world, most athletic-based classes are rooted in yang with a focus on building muscles and strength,” Granston says. “Meanwhile, yin yoga focuses on the connective tissues–joints and ligaments–and works to help you release energy and blockages that can disrupt our qi.”

Qi, pronounced “chee,” is the underlying life force that runs through the body along what are known as meridians. “There are highways of energy that move up and down and across our body,” says Granston. “Yin yoga’s focus on opening connective tissues and joints allows qi to continue to flow.”

The new teacher training course is offered through Bastyr’s Department of Certificate, Community and Continuing Education, and upon completion of the 200 training hours, students are eligible for certification through the Yoga Alliance to teach their own yin yoga class.

However, Granston says the class can also be beneficial for individuals who simply want to expand upon their own practice and cultivate a depth of awareness. “This course will provide you with a deeper knowledge of yin and yang,” she says. “It will give you what you need to find balance in your life.”

The Yin Yoga Teacher Training course begins Sept. 30. $2800/before Sept. 10; $3000/after. For more information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 425-602-3152.

Therapeutic Music Program Offers September Training
August 2017

Registration is now open for the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP), which will start in Federal Way at St Francis Hospital on Sept. 9 and
10. The program trains and certifies musicians in the art and science of providing therapeutic music for body, mind, and spirit.

Musicians who sing or play acoustic instruments, from flutes to stringed instruments, bring the peace and beauty of music to patients in the hospital, in hospice and in skilled nursing facilities, according to Cheryl Zabel, certified music practioner. “Music can decrease pain, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and stabilize heart rate,” Zabel notes. “Musicians who want to reach out with their music to those who are critically and chronically ill or are passing from this life are needed,” she continues. “Many of you have seen the benefits of beautiful music in hospitals or to your loved ones in hospice.”

MHTP is a nonprofit and one of the oldest therapeutic music training organizations, with over 800 certified music practitioners. MHTP is accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.
For more information: mhtp.org.

Melissa Joy Returns to Seattle for M-Joy Integrative Seminar
July 2017

Best-selling author and speaker Melissa Joy Jonsson has announced that her transformational ‘M-Joy Integrative’ seminar will be offered in Seattle September 9-10. The seminar will teach a whole way of being, including strategies and methods for interacting with patterns that shape the experience of reality.

“This is a path of selflove, authenticity, and personal truth that, if we simply embody it, can transform all that we relate to in our individual and shared experiences,” Melissa Joy says. “Interactive reality creation and the transformation process is about much more than recasting thoughts or beliefs,” she continues. “Embrace heart-centered awareness to experience True Authentic Self, and to walk fully in integrity.”

Melissa Joy notes that many life experiences are the result of the fields with which individuals resonate. “When we resonate in fields of fear, lack, separation, and limitation, our lives will reflect accordingly,” she says. “When we resonate in fields of love, abundance, unity and expansion, our lives mirror this, too.” The seminar will cover topics including the physics of personal power, how to use limitations as a springboard, and more.

Melissa Joy has been teaching popular life-transformational seminars around the world since 2008. She is the founder and instructor of the ‘M-Joy’ seminar series, a unifying movement in consciousness dedicated to exploring and expanding heartcentered awareness and practical personal empowerment for everyone. Melissa is the author of the bestselling books The Integrity Effect (March 2017), Little Book of Big Potentials: 24 Fields of Flow, Fulfillment, Abundance, and Joy in Everyday Life (July 2015) and M-Joy Practically Speaking; Matrix Energetics and Living Your Infinite Potential (March 2014). She is also the author of Practical Play the Heart-Centered Way: A Complementary Play Guide to Little Book of Big Potentials (January 2016).

The M-Joy Integrative seminar will take place at the Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 South 176th Street, Seattle. This seminar is open to everyone and there is no prerequisite for the M-Joy Integrative Seminar. $500.00/prior to August 18, $550/after August 18. For more information about the M-Joy Integrative seminar and to register visit: MJoyHeartfield.com.

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