Autumnal Equinox Sitting 2022
Each succeeding celebration of seasonal change seems better than the last. Katheryn has established a wonderful tradition that brings the power of simply sitting to the joys of community and the natural world. The weather was excellent, and it was so good to catch up with old friends and meet new ones as well.
A big thanks to Katheryn for organizing this event and providing fire, Scotcheroos, chai, poetry, photos, and enthusiasm. Also, to Jim for his profound closing mantra, and Auni for her unexpected gift of brand new hoodies for everyone. (It was plenty warm as we began, but enough chill at the end that we were quite grateful for her gift. Welcome to the quick shifts of Autumn...)
I'm looking forward to seeing you back indoors each Tuesday at Body & Soul and Wednesdays at Rooted Studio.
Past seasonal sittings:
Summer Solstice Sitting 2022
Celebrating the peak of summer yesterday, with temperatures in the 90's, we took to the shade of the park shelter, and a nice breeze kept us comfortable. Katheryn's customary fire log was appropriately replaced by a jar of fresh flowers. As we sat, we could hear Red Wing Blackbirds gabbing up on the hill as they do towards evening. Afterwards, we snacked on Katheryn's tasty veggie kabobs, quaffed blackberry-raspberry iced tea, and had many wonderful conversations. I can think of no better way to celebrate community -- our group of dedicated sitters, or the greater community of the myriad beings around us.
Iowa City Opportunity
Here is a link that will bring you an excellent resource for your sitting practice. Gabriela Tobias has written a clear, friendly, and very comprehensive piece about our simple path of satisfaction. She is currently facilitating stillness groups in the Iowa City area, both in person and on-line. For more information about her offerings: https://www.dharmadatta.org (for Spanish speakers) and https://www.milarepaiowa.org/ (for English speakers). For access to her "Practical Guide ...": https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tzuuLmWYtO1H11WGl1dykayB_X6po-Ng/view?usp=sharing. I think you'll find it very useful.
Winter Solstice Sitting 2022
Yesterday in the dusk of late afternoon (12 degrees), we gathered once again at EB Lyons. Katheryn -- organizer of our quarterly celebrations -- started us out with a Papuan proverb: Knowledge is just a rumor until it's in the muscle. I've stressed that sitting with a group strengthens our personal stillness practice. Yesterday, it was obvious that the reverse is also very true. Community is ever so deepened when we sit still together. It was beautiful -- such a diverse group enjoying such spontaneous affection. Many were wearing the warm sweatshirts that Auni donated in September. Katheryn's hot lemon tea was perfect. Our knowledge was clearly in the muscle.
Come sit with us! (It's muscle!)
Current Stillness Groups:
Platteville Stillness Group
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Rooted Yoga Studio (on the second floor of the Rountree Gallery)
120 W. Main St.
Announcement: While our ever comfortable sitting at Body & Soul in Dubuque continues as always (Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm), in Platteville, we're moving back indoors to Rooted Studio (120 W. Main St., platteville, WI) on September 28. We'll be meeting 6:00-7:00 pm every Wednesday evening.
Dubuque Stillness Group
Tuesdays, 6:15-7:15 pm
Body and Soul Wellness Center and Spa
2728 Asbury Rd.
Dubuque, IA 52001
Jeff Wright MA, E-RYT500
Face Book "Stillness Groups"
Up-coming Seasonal Sitting: TBA