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About the Center for Mindful Use

Cannabis is now legal and available in a growing number of areas. It is not for everyone. But if you choose to use it — or are considering doing so — the Center for Mindful Use (http://www.whatcomtalk.com/2017/09/07/bellinghams-center-for-mindful-use/) (CMU) provides a safe, free and fun place to talk with and learn with others about how to do so mindfully.

For the last century, forced into the shadows, a great deal has been said and written about "marijuana." As a plant used by humans for millennia, there is much more to share. Cannabis is ready for new spokespeople and the nonprofit CMU is a place for those speakers to say what they need to say.

Topics for discussion include the social, medical, spiritual, cultural, recreational, legal and historical foundations of cannabis and the "best practices" for its reintroduction into modern society.

Unless otherwise noted, gatherings take place in the Forum de Freedom, located at 100 Maple Street, Suite B, Bellingham, Washington. (The Forum is located behind the Satori Cannabis Boutique, about a block northwest from the Bellingham Farmer's Market. Please note that CMU and Satori are separate; you cannot gain entrance to CMU’s events through Satori. Please enter at CMU’s separate side entrance -- just Over the Rainbow Bridge -- located on Cornwall Avenue.) All events are free unless otherwise indicated, though love donations for our teachers and mission are gratefully accepted. More information can also be found on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/centerformindfuluse/).

Some CMU programs may be recorded for live Internet streaming and/or archived for later playback. During such events, a limited number of seats will be reserved for our live studio audience members who do not wish to appear on camera.

What about cannabis use as part of CMU events?: Smoking and any other use of cannabis (or any other other controlled substance) in the Forum is currently not permitted under the terms of our lease. That said, cannabis users, of course, are welcome at all events. We simply ask that guests show up with curious, open hearts and presence. For some, cannabis may provide assistance. For others, it may not. Know and be responsible for thyself.

Upcoming events (5+)

Open Community Yoga with Tim Walker

Forum de Freedom at CMU

All-levels yoga postures and teachings for the everyday person. Come learn the practice of yoga in simple language. Yoga is a practice that helps us access a state of integration and wholeness inside ourselves. It is not just for the flexible, although it will build flexibility. It is not just for the meditator, although it will teach you to meditate. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. Please bring your own mat. Props are available. Please show up on time. Doors will be locked soon after our practice begins to minimize disturbance. Drop-ins welcome. The class is free with inspired love donations gratefully accepted. ($10 suggestion.) Meets every Wednesday. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP if you'd like to receive an automatic update. Guided by Tim Walker. "Since August 2012 I have been cultivating deeply devoted yoga and meditation practices. A Teacher Training Program soon followed as a way to unlock more doors to Self realization and Love. Yoga and Ayurvedic health continue to gift me ever expanding and amazing tools to work with on Life's path. In offering Yoga to our community, I enjoy instructing all ages and levels, with most emphasis on Alignment based, Gentle Flow and Restorative classes. My intention is to show up with authenticity in every moment, allowing space for others to Behold just who they are." You can read more about Tim and his yoga journey at: http://www.whatcomtalk.com/2018/06/14/tim-walker-finding-change-through-yoga/ ______________ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by CMU are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

DHARMA JAMS! a high-vibrational songspace

Forum de Freedom at CMU

EXPERIENCE THE TIMELESSNESS OF LOVE, IN REAL TIME. LEARN TO SPEAK THE LIFE GIVING LANGUAGE OF MUSIC! friends: * Do you enjoy singing, but get nervous when thinking about doing it with other people? * Do you love to sing in groups, but never know where to find other people to sing with? * Perhaps you've never sung before in your life, but are curious about giving it a shot? If you answered 'yes', 'possibly' or 'sometimes' to any of the above questions...DHARMA JAMS! is the ideal setting for a person like you. Join vibesmith YAM SWEETS every Thursday night for a time of welcoming, intentional, loosely-structured original tunes intended to crack open the heart, emancipate the mind, and get you back in touch with your true self. Plus, it's is a great way to meet friends! Singing together in groups is an ancient, sacred human technology as old as time itself. Through song, and tuning, we can learn to listen to ourselves (and others) more effectively, intuit more effortlessly, and communicate love and acceptance to those around us. Walk-ins welcome. No experience necessary. No expectations needed. The only requirement is your willingness to show up. WITH UTMOST SINCERITY AND GRATITUDE, MR. YAM SWEETS FREE (donations graciously accepted) BYO voice Please arrive on time. Doors will be locked shortly after the event begins to minimize disturbance to others. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. Guided by Yam Sweets For questions and self-inquiries: [masked]

The Heart School: Saturday Morning Yoga

Forum de Freedom at CMU

SATURDAY YOGA: a yoga class for people who "can't do yoga" HEY THERE, FRIEND, - Interested in learning the basic science of yoga? - Curious to deepen your practice, but don't know where to go next? - Overwhelmed by the thought of attending a yoga class on a weekday? THEN GET YOURSELF TO THIS CLASS! IT'S PERFECT FOR YOU! SATURDAY YOGA is a yoga class for everyday people interested in learning the pure practice and discipline of yoga. It is a safe, welcoming space to discover and learn about yoga using simple language, accessible postures (w/ room for play!) and tangible, practical tools to help expand your everyday life. Whether you consider yourself a beginner, master or in-betweener, SATURDAY YOGA earnestly unpacks this most ancient of sciences in a way that's practical, personal and easy to understand. We don't use big words, big concepts or complicated postures. We don't water it down. We don't bother with weekdays. SATURDAY YOGA's teachings are simple, direct, and to the point. Lots of people think they can't "do" yoga, but yoga is not a thing you "do." It is an experience you discover. SATURDAY YOGA will assist you in getting (yourself) there, one step, one limb, at a time. Guided by Jessica Radovich, founder of The Heart School. **************** Bring Your Own Exercise/Yoga Mat. Dress comfy. No Experience necessary Drop-ins welcome, as space permits. Free & Donation-based Please arrive on time. Doors will be locked shortly after class begins to minimize distraction for other "stretchers." :) Come As You Are Please check mindfuluse.org for last-minute schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. _____ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly”, that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note, however, that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

Open Healing Clinic

Forum de Freedom at CMU

"Here to Help Heal" Relax, Release and Receive... The Saturday Open Healing Clinic at the Center for Mindful Use is a weekly, donation-based walk-in clinic devoted to helping you heal yourself. Our practitioners share a safe, nurturing and restorative space for you to feel your fullest, offering holistic healing arts such as: Energy Medicine, Thai Bodywork, Soma Structural Integration, Herbal Medicine, Biodynamic Cranio-sacral Therapy, and more! All Are Welcome! Join us every Saturday for walk-in appointments, mindful conversation or simply a quiet, meditative space to find rest. Donations are graciously accepted! *Suggested donation of 1 dollar per minute to our practitioners. Our outside door (just across the Rainbow Bridge) will normally be locked to minimize disturbance to our guests and practitioners. Please ring the doorbell and we will greet you during our first natural break. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. For questions and inquiries contact Yin Dwyer: [masked] About Yin I am a lover of life and a full time song bird. Songs often pour out of my heart and mouth. I am a mama, a partner, and a practitioner of Thai bodywork. Thankful to share what I have learned and to support people on their healing journey. _______________ Unless otherwise noted, events sponsored by the Center for Mindful Use are “Canna-friendly,” that is that our instructors neither encourage nor discourage cannabis use, but encourage guests to show up as they are. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

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Seniors and Cannabis: Time to Talk

Bellingham Senior Activity Center

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