Gong Journey ~ Creating a Deeper Connection
Saturday, February 18th
3 PM – 4:30 PM
The Aquarian age is ruled by awareness, information and energy, the change which we are experiencing at this time is radical, not incremental. It is a simultaneous change in both the outer and inner worlds. The mind is changing its sensitivity, its basic frequency and functioning. Our lifestyle is changing its sense of time and space, relatedness, and relevancy. Everything is moving so fast it helps if we are able to go with the flow.
Through movement, breath work, mantra and the awesome vibrational flow of the gong we can experience a creative resonance within our subconscious to reset old patterns and clear space for inspiration, healing and growth.
Join us this afternoon as we let go of everything that’s been weighing us down and keeping us from moving ahead…
~Wear workout type clothes. Some mats are available
Cacao Ceremony with Meditation & Sound Healing
Saturday, March 4th
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
$25 online, $30 at door
Join Nick Meador and OM Honna for a sacred cacao ceremony with meditation and sound healing.
In this sacred circle we will drink the indigenous plant medicine cacao, grown organically in northern Guatemala by a farmer Nick knows personally. Pure cacao opens the heart, deepens meditative experiences, and fosters inner/outer connection. We’ll have an opening circle to support everyone’s intentions. And after the holistic experience for mind, body, and spirit, we’ll come back together for integration and sharing.
Nick will lead the OSHO Gourishankar meditation, involving gentle breathwork, candle gazing, and standing energy flow. Nick customizes this with his own Inner Waymark wisdom and insights.
Then OM Honna will lead you into deep relaxation with crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, essential oils, and words of guidance.
Ceremony entry includes a full serving of cacao.
Space is limited, so advanced registration is recommended.
Please bring a yoga mat, pillow, blanket, water bottle, and anything else that would make you comfortable.
Additional Soul Lift Cacao treats will be available for purchase.
Nick Meador is a holistic facilitator, transformational coach, Reiki practitioner, writer and video blogger. His mission is to empower and liberate people in a sustainable way. Nick synthesizes a variety of conscious communication and awareness systems into an innovative approach to healing and self-development. He has been hosting events that foster connection for more than a decade, recently including breathwork, ecstatic dance, group process circles, cacao ceremonies, Reiki shares, and hybrids of these. Nick is the founder of Inner Waymark, LLC, creating events, services, and media content based around the idea that we can find meaning, purpose, and direction within. Find out more at innerwaymark.com.
*Cacao consumption is optional at this event. The energy will be high either way. It is not advised for people taking pharmaceutical anti-depressants or people with a heart condition to have a full serving of raw cacao.
Thai Medicine Workshop with Historian, Pierce Salguero
Saturday & Sunday
March 11th & 12th
9 AM – 3:30 PM
$220 with Early Registration through February 24th
$275 with Regular Registration after February 24th
Blue Lotus an Chicago Oneness Center is thrilled to welcome Pierce Salguero, writer, historian, and professor of the history and culture of Asian medicine.
This special workshop is like having office hours with your favorite professor. Pierce is fun, engaging, and incredibly knowledgeable about Thailand, Buddhism, and Asian medicine. In his freewheeling lecture / discussion style, Pierce will explain, from a historians perspective, how politics, economics, culture and geography have given rise to the texts and concepts that have moved through time to become modern practices of Thai medicine, Ayurveda, Yoga, Chinese medicine and Buddhism.
Along with your registration, we will mail you a copy of the updated version of his book Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Yoga and Ayurveda. We encourage you to read this book, as it will enrich your experience and help you get even more out of it.
Jessica, Jenn and Paul went out to Philadelphia earlier this spring and sat with a small group of Thai practitioners in Pierce’s basement and talked about the history of Thai medicine, Buddhism and the modern practice of Thai bodywork. We were mesmerized for five days as Pierce, regaled us with stories, facts and insights, helping us to contextualize this practice that we love so much. He helped us to understand where the practice comes from, how it lives in the culture of Thailand and how it is changing even today. The topics that he will cover when he comes to Chicago are the following:
Buddhism & Spirit Healing: We will learn about the Buddhist foundations of Thai healing, including the history and practice of specific healing meditations, chants, and other means of alleviating mental and physical suffering within the Buddhist framework. A large part of traditional medicine in Thailand involves engaging with the spirit world, so we will also focus on understanding Thai healing magic, rituals of protection, spirit invocation, exorcism, magic charms, amulets, and other aspects of indigenous Thai spirit healing.
Thai Healing Culture: Specific topics include “wai khru” ceremonies, altars and other sacred spaces, and Thai medical concepts and vocabulary. We will delve into these and other aspects of the culture of Thai healing, with emphasis on “culturally translating” Thai traditions to fit with participants’ own teaching and practice goals
Thai Medical History: Familiarity with the history of Thai medicine is crucial to being able to teach the Thai healing arts with integrity and depth. The workshop is dedicated to providing participants with the tools to separate fact from myth, and to deepening the factual knowledge they can share with their own students.
Connections with India and China: One area that many students, practitioners, and teachers of Thai healing arts are confused about is the connections between Thai medicine and other Asian traditions such as hatha-yoga, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and various forms of Buddhism. This part of the workshop is particularly helpful for practitioners of other complementary-alternative modalities to understand how Thai medicine fits with these practices.