This is a networking group for practitioners and friends in the NC Triangle area interested in connecting, supporting, and educating one another on integrative medicine, holistic health, and wellness related topics.
Mindfulness in Prisons: meditation in the noisiest, most stressful environments.
The Prison-Ashram Project (now operated by Human Kindness Foundation) started in 1973, inspired by Ram Dass and his book Be Here Now. Human Kindness Foundation, located in Durham with international outreach, brings mindfulness into prisons and jails through written communication, spiritual reading material such as We're All Doing Time by Bo Lozoff, and in-person meditation guidance. Catherine Dumas, HKF’s Executive Director, leads meditation groups in maximum security prisons. She will lead us in a meditation practice that she uses with her group on death row, and discuss the challenges and joys of meditating together in a trauma-filled environment. Catherine will bring letters and art to share, sent by people all over the U.S. to share their stories of spiritual practice in prison. We hope you join us for this heartwarming event that will give you the opportunity to learn from the “prison monks” that Catherine has had the privilege to know during her 20 years with HKF.
Everyone who attends will receive a free copy of a book that was a favorite of Mister Rogers. If you’re curious about the connection between a children’s television star and a prison project, we invite you to watch “Mister Rogers & Me: A Deep & Simple Documentary.” http://www.misterrogersandme.com/about/
Wholistic Health Studio and our meetup group is honored to have Dr. Michael Sharp, of Plum Spring Clinic, to educate and discuss this important issue that disables many of us.
This talk will focus on the approach Dr. Sharp and his team take to provide paths to wellness for individuals with irritable bowel syndrome. We will discuss how to understand what's causing your symptoms and what to do about it. Also, how endoscopy almost never tells you what's going on and why proton pump inhibitors aren't going to make you better.
Dr. Sharp graduated from Harvard Medical School, was on the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine for 23 years before his own illness led him to look outside the box of allopathic medicine. He has been studying alternative means of healing now for 20 years.
“Awareness through movement” is the theme that characterizes the therapy created by Moshe Feldenkrais. This approach attempts to “better integrate the connections between mind and body” and to “relinquish habitual movement patterns that cause or contribute to chronic pain.”
In the presentation (Intro class) we will learn about the Feldenkrais Method through both discussion and experiential movement.
Open to any level of experience (including those who are new to Feldenkrais). The one pre-requisite is to be able to get up and down from the floor without the use of a support, i.e., on your own power. We will be doing mat work.
DEBORAH GROSS, LMBT, certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, has been a licensed massage therapist since 1982. She became certified in the Feldenkrais Method in 2011 and has been teaching classes at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA since 2015. In her private practice she combines elements from massage modalities, Feldenkrais and osteopathic techniques. Deborah specializes in low back pain and shoulder issues, both chronic and acute.
Visit Debby’s website: www.debbygross.com