Amma Sri Karunmayi Visits Seattle
June 2017


Spiritual leader Amma Sri Karunamayi will visit Seattle June 30-July 2 for a series of events including spiritual discourse, individual blessings and Saraswati Diksha, for students ages 4-24; a meditation retreat; and a sacred fire ceremony.

A spiritual leader, teacher and the founder of a nonprofit organization, SMVA Trust, that provides education and other relief in remote communities in India, Amma Sri Karunamayi is known to her students as the “divine embodiment of love.”

“It’s an opportunity for people to receive a blessing from an enlightened soul,” Karunamayi student Prudence Harris, a registered nurse who lives in Seattle, explains. “There’s a sense of expanding your own understanding of things, so if there’s been some issues, you just start having insight into things that are going on with you,” Harris continues. “You start opening to awarenesses that you didn’t have prior to arriving.”

Harris’ husband, Dr. Jeff Harris, a naturopathic doctor practicing in the Greenlake neighborhood, agrees.

“For me, I just feel a big oceanic feel of love -- that whatever is going on inside of me that is stressful is now completely loved and treated with the utmost kindness, and often healed,” he says of Amma Sri Karunamayi. “It just feels like you’re completely loved for who you are and the way you are, and to be able to come to a place and have that opportunity is pretty rare.”

The spiritual discourse and individual blessings take place Friday, June 30, and include a talk, as well as individual blessings offered by Karunamayi. It’s free, and both Jeff and Prudence Harris note they enjoy the smaller, more intimate atmosphere at Karunamayi’s events compared to those of other spiritual teachers from India.

“If you hang around, next thing you know, she’s right in front of you and she’s talking to you in a very sweet and intimate way, and drawing all the negativity out of you,” Dr. Harris explains. “I’ve been to see other saints and I like them as well, but one of the things I like about this experience is it’s a smaller group, and with a smaller group, you get more opportunities.”

For Prudence Harris, Karunamayi’s ability to be both direct and compassionate is one of the things she says she admires more.

“One of the things that is always amazing to me about Karunamayi is that she is one of the most powerful truth forces that I’ve ever encountered,” Harris says. “When you sit in her presence, you are awash in this powerful wisdom. She speaks truthfully and does it fearlessly, and to me that is one of the most impressive qualities that she has.”

On Saturday, Karunamayi offers a meditation retreat, and on Sunday, she hosts a sacred fire ceremony. Pre-registration is required for the meditation retreat.

For more information: www.karunamayiammaseattle.com.

Yoga On Beacon to Host Dance Party
May 2017


A local yoga studio is hosting a dance party on Wednesday, May 17 from 7:45—9:15 p.m. Yoga On Beacon dance party organizer Aubrey Armes invites attendees to "recharge and ignite your inner fire through embodiment and dance" at the event.

"What kind of dance? Any ol kind you choose," Armes explains. "l call mine the 'flail and flop.' The purpose is to move your body in ways that feel good. This helps move your energy flow--allowing for more ease and creativity to flow through," she continues. "There's no way to do it wrong."

Armes says the event is intended to release stress, anxiety, overwhelm and any emotions participants have been feeling, while allowing them to connect with their bodies through intentional music and play with childlike wonder and glee.

Attendees typically dress in yoga clothes, but may wear anything that is easy to move in. Armes encourages attendees to bring a water bottle and an item for the community alter (to be retrieved at the end of the evening).

The Dance Party takes place Wednesday, May 17 from 7:45—9:15 p.m. at Yoga On Beacon, 3013 Beacon Ave S., Seattle. $20. Street parking is free. For more information: AwakenYourGreatness.guru.

Husky Group Raises Awareness For Suicide Prevention
May 2017

The Husky Help & Hope Suicide Prevention & Awareness Annual Walk will take place Saturday, May 20 starting at 11 a.m. According to organizers, the event honors those lost, builds connection between our community, brings awareness to the issue of suicide, and inspires participants to play their role in saving lives.

Proceeds from this event will support the Husky Help & Hope (H3) UW initiative to improve suicide prevention and mental health on campus. The family-friendly event begins with a short inspirational program followed by a three-mile walk through the most scenic parts of the Seattle campus.

The walk takes place Saturday, May 20 starting at 11 a.m. at the UW Sylvan Grove Theater and columns, West Stevens Way, Seattle.

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