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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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Medical Cannabis Patient Support Group

Forum de Freedom at CMU

Join us for practical information and support for using cannabis in our lives for overall health and specific medical needs. I am a retired RN who continues to live with severe pain. My goal is to create an environment for learning and support that is full of reputable resources that inspire each of us to further explore for our individual needs. Please feel free to send specific questions, topics or speaker suggestions. Keep in mind that the subject is thousands of years old but new to our contemporary science. This group will be dynamic since we do not have a specific template other than to expect and embrace evolution. Thank you for your interest. I am hopeful for the future — at least with cannabis. We meet every 4th Tuesday. Free. 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.

Conscious Free-Form Dance

Forum de Freedom

We gather every Tuesday night in downtown Bellingham for an inviting community event of free-form movement! Ages 18 and up. All bodies, abilities and diverse experiences welcome. Leave shoes & conversation at the door. Move however you wish! Conscious Free-form Dance is free-form movement to great music; movement that feels right in the moment rather than dancing to ‘look good’; dancing like you might in your living room alone but with other people doing the same; a mood-boosting cardio workout. It relieves stress, and it’s meditative. Join us in releasing and rejoicing, moving our bodies, listening deeply and gently, being with yourself inwardly as well as dancing in community in a safe and sacred space. Much healing can happen when we listen to the wisdom of our bodies and allow those stuck places in us to loosen and let go and move through us and out. Absolutely no experience in dance needed. Many first time dancers report finding a new sense of freedom or movement in this safe and accepting dance environment. Wear comfy clothes, bring a water bottle and a hand towel if you tend to sweat a lot when you dance hard. Free. Inspired Love Donations gratefully accepted at the door. (Suggested $10.) Drop-ins welcome, as space permits. Doors open at 7:15 for warmup. Dance facilitated by Moraya Morningstar Please check mindfuluse.org for 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, being fully responsible for themselves. Please note that the use of cannabis while on CMU property is not currently permitted.

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]

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S L O W : A Restorative Stretching Class

Forum de Freedom

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