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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.

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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 Heart Mens' Group

Forum de Freedom at CMU

The Open Heart Mens' Group offers a non-religious, non-political communal space for males to witness and integrate their gentle qualities, to engage in compassionate and candid conversations and to participate in truth-telling about the condition of their souls. Meets: Every 2nd Wednesday @ 7:15p Every 4th Sunday @ 1:00p What To Bring: Journal (optional) Water (optional) Please Do Not Bring: Food and Other Beverages Contact: openheartmensgroup.com [masked] (360)[masked] Please arrive on time. The outside door will be locked shortly after the event begins to minimize disturbance to others. 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.

Crystal Bowl Monday Meditation

Forum de Freedom

Whether you are new to meditation or a veteran "sitter," please join us every Monday evening in Bellingham's Forum de Freedom as the CMU community gathers to practice mental stillness. Meditation unites mind, body and spirt, helping one tap into the deep state of relaxation, peace — and sometimes inspiration! — that exists within all of us. Our Monday Night Meditation could not be more simple. We meet. We greet. We take a seat. And we finish before 7p. :) This is not a meditation class, but during the "greet" we can share meditation practices that may assist those new to meditation. Our general practice is to meditate with the assistance of our beautiful Crystal Singing Bowl. (Similar to this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_xAmpNxkOE).) You can read about the benefits some have received from crystal bowl meditation here: http://elevatedlasvegas.com/benefits-healing-crystal-singing-bowls/ Please arrive by 5:55pm so we can begin promptly at 6. Doors will be locked shortly after our meditation begins to minimize disturbance to other sitters. Drop-ins welcome. Bring your favorite meditation pillow (we do have a few first-come/first-serve loaners) or plan to use a chair. It all works. And it's all free. (Inspired love donations always gratefully accepted.) Facilitated by CMU Director Mike Hiestand. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. _______________ Some have found mindful cannabis use an aid to meditation, helping calm the "monkey mind" and ground oneself in the present moment. 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 by our lease.

Yin Yoga

Forum de Freedom at CMU

In this fast-paced society we spend much of our time in flight or fight mode, with anxiety coursing through our lives. In this class, we will hold poses for an extended period, giving connective tissues and fascia a chance to release while tapping into the para-sympathetic nervous system and the body's inner healing powers. This class is accessible to most, whether you’ve been practicing Yoga for years, or you’re brand new. Please bring your own mat, and/or blanket. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Warm socks make a great addition! No experience necessary; drop-ins welcome. Doors lock shortly after 7, so please arrive 5-10 minutes early to get settled in. Or come at 5:55 pm for a beautiful singing bowl meditation! Love donations greatly appreciated. No one turned away for lack of funds. Please check mindfuluse.org for schedule changes. RSVP on this page if you'd like to receive an automatic update. About the Teacher Sarah Hirsch has been practicing yoga for over a decade and facilitating classes for three years. She earned her 200 hour teacher certification in Rishikesh, India, in 2015. Her classes emphasize the connection between body, mind, and spirit, helping to cultivate a deeper relationship with the Universe as a whole. You can find her online at yogaatthecrossroad.com. _______ 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 as per the lease.

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Open Healing Clinic

Forum de Freedom at CMU

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