- The 2nd Annual Inter-Dependence Day Celebration!
SacIONS is proud to Co-Sponsor the 2nd Annual InterDependence Day Celebration, a FREE EVENT on July 4th at the State Capitol World Peace Rose Garden from 10 - 11:30 AM! We will be bringing many different communities together in celebrating our nation’s birthday and each other's cultural contributions to the largest, most diverse and progressive state in the union! With an emphasis on bringing diverse communities together and inspiring the next generation, children and young adults from different faiths and cultures will take the lead in ceremonies that highlight all that is good and noble in Sacramento, California and our nation. The event will include colorful, multicultural entertainment, crossing a Bridge of Peace, honoring the 50 states of the USA, affirming interfaith harmony, visionary speakers, positive intentions and more! At the event we will also be offering a special flash-sale discount for tickets to our fall conference, to be held September 20-22 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Get $75 off ticket prices on July 4! More information on the conference below! This celebration is a part of the larger California Vision 2020 Campaign created by The Shift Network in collaboration with SacIONS and many other organizations. After falling in love with Stephen Dinan's vision for a new, updated America in his book Sacred America, Sacred World during one of our book study groups, SacIONS has played a key role in initiating, organizing, and financially sponsoring these events! The next California Vision 2020 conference is coming this September 20-22 and we want YOU to join us and many great minds from across the state and the nation to discuss how everyone in California can play a role in leading the world into a bright new future where we celebrate our interdependence with each other and our beautiful Mother Earth! For more information, please visit www.californiavision2020.com!
- Celebration of Life for Dr. Robert Blackstone, Founder of SacIONS
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Robert Blackstone, Founder and Co-President of SacIONS . He peacefully returned to the side of his late wife Carolyn in his sleep after a very active week with IONS Hubquarters and spending time with his family and closest friends. Our beloved "Bassic Bob" (named for his signature booming singing and speaking voice) had been facing multiple health challenges off and on for the last few years but remained stalwart about his service to the vision of Edgar Mitchell and the mission of IONS to save our Mother Earth through a global shift in consciousness. He leaves behind two sisters, two children, Eric and Karen, and six grandchildren - as well as his beloved "SacIONS family" that will all miss him terribly. Bob's Celebration of Life services will be held on Monday, June 18th at 6:00 PM at Unity of Sacramento. You are all invited to attend, please RSVP on MeetUp and join us in celebrating the life of Dr. Bob!
- Conscious Aging - The 8 Week IONS Educational Course
• What we'll do Back by popular demand! Conscious Aging is a revolutionary educational program created by the Institute of Noetic Sciences after forty years of integrating cutting-edge scientific research, modern psychological insight, and ancient spiritual wisdom into an 8-session course of study, reflection, and discussion. In each session, we will focus on listening to our own inner wisdom and guidance, integrating talking points and best practices, sharing in intimate conversation circles, and listening to the collective wisdom of the group. This course will be facilitated by SacIONS Leadership Council Member, Linda Gillman, Ph.D. Dr. Gillman is an elder who has years of experience coaching individuals with life issues brought about by loss, illness, and aging. “In this class we will be diving into a wide variety of hot-button issues when it comes to aging, such as forgiveness, compassion, life reviewing, how death can make life possible and how we can find a new vision for aging gracefully.” • What to bring $50 Registration Fee (Cash or Check Only. Make checks payable to SacIONS). • Important to know We will be doing the entire course between April 8th and June 3rd on Sunday afternoons from 1PM - 3PM (except on Mother's Day, May 13th). This MeetUp is the first session, NOT a general meeting. You may join us by the 2nd session but after that registration is closed. The entire schedule of dates are: April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, May 6, 20, 27 and June 3rd.
- Leveling Up Our Participation in the Global Consciousness Shift
Have you heard of "The Shift?" What are you feeling about everything that is happening in our world? Part dismay, part hope and encouragement? Are you feeling a desire to participate more in shaping a better future for all people, life and our Earth Mother? If these questions speak to you, join us as SacIONS Presenter Evelyn Shephard returns to host an evening of sharing, inspiration, meditation and deep listening to your soul in order to learn how it wants to up-level its contribution to a collective shift in consciousness. Whether you’re a SacIONS member or a Unity member; whether you’re an activist, teacher, healer, leader, or everyday person, all are welcome to this FREE meeting! It will be a great opportunity to find support, inspiration, courage in our diverse community. This will be a safe environment and open space in which to share what you are experiencing during this turbulent time and discover new possibilities for the future. Evelyn Shephard - who has led previous SacIONS general meetings on revolutionary topics like The Gene Keyes - will be joining us again as facilitator of this event. Her background as an educator and presenter are in the service of the participants and the Global Consciousness Shift. Her passion is to create a safe environment that helps others open to their soul gifts and make their unique contribution to an uplifting future.
- Consciousness in Action: Intergenerational Wisdom Sharing
Join us for this FREE event as longtime friend of SacIONS and former board member of IONS Hubquarters, Belvie Rooks, (http://growingaglobalheart.weebly.com/about-us.html) brings us an afternoon of dynamic discussion about how to bring personal noetic insights into practical action and transformative healing within our own communities. Learn how each of us contains wisdom that is integral in transforming society for the better and how sharing it and receiving the wisdom from others can be one of the most powerful transformational tools not only in our lives but in the lives of everyone around us! We will also be showing a video of one of the most inspiring aspects of the IONS conference in July - The IONS Next Gen: Consciousness in Action Awards! Three brilliant young noetic minds are interviewed by noted scholar, author, poet, and activist Drew Dellinger about the various ways they are Consciousness In Action. And we are delighted Belvie will be joined by one of the award-winners, Marcelo Garzo Montalvo, in this dynamic SacIONS event! Read on for more about these two amazing presenters! Belvie Rooks has been a long-time friend of SacIONS and even sat with Bob Blackstone on the Board of IONS. She, along with her late husband, the beloved Dedan Gills, were instrumental in bringing the vision of Edgar Mitchell and the wisdom of IONS many other positive organizations into diverse communities across the country. Belvie's background in education, activism, documentary production, and social transformation has enabled her to cross paths with many brilliant minds (from Danny Glover to Barbara Ehrenreich) and to influence dozens of different projects for the betterment of humanity. Feel free to click here (https://www.meetup.com/SacIONS/events/244332322/) and also here (http://growingaglobalheart.weebly.com/about-us.html) for a more complete biography of her work. Marcelo Felipe Garzo Montalvo, one of the three Consciousness in Action awards winners, is a transnational indigenous activist, ceremonial leader & dancer, cultural healer, educator, and artist. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley and his research, activism, art, and education focus on creating a critical pedagogy, decolonization, and intercultural healing.
- The California Vision 2020 Conference: The Cutting-Edge In CA Innovation
Greetings SacIONS! Building upon the urgency felt across this great nation for personal transformation, healing from limited, hate-filled consciousness, and the desire to finally have a world that works for all, SacIONS is announcing The California Vision 2020 Conference (https://www.californiavision2020.com/) next month, September 21st - 23rd, at the Sacramento Convention Center! Please watch the video below and continue reading after it for more info! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkWGR5T_hok Great speakers presenting at this conference include: Jennifer Siebel Newsom (http://therepresentationproject.org/about/#team) - Julie Chavez Rodriguez (https://www.aspeninstitute.org/our-people/julie-chavez-rodriguez/) - Joan Blades (http://www.livingroomconversations.org/tags/joan_blades) - Andrew Harvey (http://www.andrewharvey.net/) -Shariff Abdullah (http://shariff.commonway.org/) - Bill Shireman (https://www.future500.org/people/bill-shireman/) - Carl Anthony (http://breakthroughcommunities.info/about/) - Stacey Lawson (https://ygreneworks.com/press-releases/ygrene-executive-vice-chairman-stacey-lawson-named-among-most-influential-women-in-business-by-san-francisco-business-times/) - Jared Levy (http://www.awakin.org/calls/245/jared-levy/) - Sister Jenna (http://americameditating.org/media.sisterjenna) - Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams (http://angelkyodowilliams.com/) - Rich & Yvonne Dutra St. John (http://www.bethehero.us/) - Rinaldo Brutoco (https://worldbusiness.org/team/rinaldo-s-brutoco/) - Manal Yamout (http://morethansmart.org/manal-yamout-2/) - Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez (http://www.women.ca.gov/AboutUs/NancyBio.aspx) And a special video message from none other than Marianne Williamson (https://marianne.com/)! To see the rest of our speakers or purchase your tickets, please go to CaliforniaVision2020.com! (https://www.californiavision2020.com/)
- InterDependence Day Sacramento! A Celebration of Diversity, Innovation, & Spirit
This - Is - It! This moment is the beginning of what SacIONS has been working on for months to manifest our theme of Brightening the Light of the Field to build the new future here and now: INTERDEPENDENCE DAY SACRAMENTO! (https://www.facebook.com/events/777965152379139/) This free event brings together the hard work of SacIONS, Stephen Dinan, the Shift Network, Unity of Sacramento and nearly a dozen other great organizations within the Sacramento region who desire to create a new world that works for all! The day will include inspiring words from our civic leaders and movement makers in forward-thinking policy, equity and equality, cultural diversity and social justice as well as hands-on activities such as sand mandala-making, a labyrinth walk, children's art and cultural dancing to list a few. There will be: Speeches & Talks, Live Music, Civic Engagement, Labyrinth Walks,Sand Mandalas, Kids' Activities, Vendor Booths & So Much More! Please read on for more information about SacIONS-related aspects of the day, or go to www.interdependencedaysac.com (https://www.interdependencedaysac.com/) to learn about the entire day's activities, events, speeches, leaders, and organizations involved!
- SacIONS Annual Potluck Picnic!
It's that time of year again . . . Time for the SacIONS Annual Potluck Picnic! Please join us on Saturday, June 24th, from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM (this is an open meeting, so come when you can and leave when you're ready) for our yearly day of relaxation, food, fun, sun, Chi Gung, music, games, and more! What should you bring? • A potluck dish. If you have any dietary concerns, please prepare a dish that will satisfy your needs. There is a gas grill with four burners available, so feel free to bring some kind of meat (for yourself or to share) to cook. • Beer, Wine, basic beverages and ice will all be available - but feel free to bring something special for yourself or to share! • (Optional) A musical instrument, as several of our members are music lovers and the occasional vocalist who always add some entertainment to our picnics! • (Optional) Some kind of game (card, board, etc.) that you would enjoy playing, as some years we enjoy breaking up in groups for some good ol' fasioned fun! • (Optional) There is a pool and hot tub that will be available for swimming in, so feel free to come pool party prepared with suits, towels, etc. MOST IMPORTANTLY - please bring yourself! The SacIONS Annual Picnic is the one time of year where we let our hair down, relax, get to know each other and revel in our community of friends, peers, and their best friends and significant others. We look forward to seeing you all again! Please note that this year we will be meeting at one of our leadership team member's home to make use of his fabulous pool and back yard that lies along the levee of the American River. Access to the river is within immediate walking distance of the house, so feel free to go for a brief hike if the urge takes you - some of us may join you! To receive the address, please leave a message on our SacIONS Message Line (916)[masked] and someone will get back to you as soon as possible with all of the details.
- Releasing the Shadow, Embracing the Light - Workshop with Shariff Abdullah
As great as our society is, we have been plagued by ongoing challenges regarding our basic relationships. Despite numerous programs and billions of dollars spent, our society is still plagued by issues of violence, separatist thinking, poverty and despair. Shariff Abdullah has developed a unique and powerful program where each of us applies “energy work" to our collective challenges - our "Shadows". Rather than continuing to address the symptoms, let's go to the Source! In this 3 hour workshop and energy transformation session, participants will learn and actively practice the "releasing" and "embracing" techniques that will END the Shadows and turn on our collective Light! Tickets for this workshop are $25 if you CLICK HERE (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=76FT75VRQBFNS)to purchase ticket(s) for the May 21, 2017 Workshop in Advance! Otherwise, they are going to be $35 at the door, so Get Yours Now! (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=76FT75VRQBFNS)
- Shariff Abdullah LIVE! "Creating a World That Works for All" General Meeting
Creating a World that Works for All: Practicing Inclusivity in Turbulent Times In recent months, the issue of how we as Americans relate to each other (and our "Other") has taken on global significance. Visionary author Shariff Abdullah is joining us in Sacramento for two weekend events to help us all learn how we can radically transform ourselves and work in co-creating a world that works for all. In this highly interactive SacIONS General Meeting, you will learn the basics of Inclusivity, from basic theory to hands-on practices that you can take into your daily life. Participants will learn: · "Inclusivity with Oneself" · "Inclusivity with Intimates" · "Inclusivity with 'the Other'" This meeting is $15 if you purchase your ticket in advance by CLICKING HERE (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=RBKDZUGSYGPCJ)or it will be $20 at the door. Shariff Abdullah's best-selling book Creating A World That Works for All, and his workbook, Practicing Inclusivity will be available for sale in Unity of Sacramento's bookstore after the meeting.