Don't let finances keep you away. Everyone is welcome!
7:30 – 8:30am - John Kortmulder YOGA Stretch Your Body ...Open Your Heart __Open To ALL. John is currently the owner of Mindful Mountain Yoga, in Amherst, Virginia. He was both practicing & teaching before his yoga teacher certification in 2003 from The Breathing Project. John has had a very broad range of experience in subsequent years: 8 years proprietor at Yoga On Main in New York state, yoga classes at V.A. Hospital in Montrose, NY; rehab assistant for in- hospital and outpatient physical therapy; 2 years of Respiratory Therapy studies; EMT certification and ICU nursing care. Multiple week long silent sitting meditation retreats at Chuag Yen Monastery have informed his yoga teaching, balancing compassionate energies and finding appreciation in day-to-day living. Walking his compassionate talk John continues to offer yoga free of charge to veterans at his yoga studio. Contact: john@MindfulMountainYoga.com printable event flyer
10am – Gathering & Opening Circle - bring drums, instruments, bowls for impromptu fun ;)
11 – 12:15pm – Antonia Albano MT GRACE & the STATE OF GRACE PULSATION CENTER – hilltop labyrinth. A beautiful walk to the State of Grace hilltop where the Geometric Technologies of Love sculptures radiate their incredible frequencies for the next octave of love. We will place the ceremonial flags around the outside circles. After walking the Grace Walk ...a phi-infinity creation, we will do a world love meditation prayer. **The hilltop event is 'weather permitting'. In case of inclement weather we will do this in the Meditation Garden. There will be possibility of riding to hilltop for medical/physical challenges that would keep you from enjoying this amazing walking experience. This hilltop power spot is open to you anytime during the event. An experience not to be missed! printable event flyer
12:30 – 1:45pm Potluck Lunch (healthy food, please :)
2pm – wedding vow renewal for Lisa & Jim Jacenich
3pm – GRACE in concert – Northern Virginia's Inspirational Music sensation -
About the GRACE Experience: Donna Marie Cary Jones is a professional singer, songwriter and interfaith minister inspired by The Course in Miracles. With 6 CDs and a national following, Donna formed GRACE in 2006 to share the heart connecting experience of devotional group singing. The combination of guitar (Donna Marie Cary Jones), auto-harp, (Sherri Mikols), flute (Darlene Pizzola) and African drum rhythm (Tamara Stuchlak) sets a musically rich tapestry led by Donna’s artistry and ability to unfold a moving and memorable spirit-filled experience for each participant. Devotional Singing is prayer set to music to create opening of the heart and the connection to the divine. Everyone is invited to join in song, rhythm & movement to inspirational verses melodically repeated. You can’t help but feel the life force within you rejoice and dance as the power of communal percussion reminds your body how wonderful movement feels! printable event flyer
5:15 – 6:30pm Potluck Dinner (healthy food, please :)
7pm CACAO SACRED CEREMONY with Christel Libiot & Jim Wert
Chocolate is chocolate, right? Not when it is ceremonial grade cacao. Cacao (chocolate in its purest form) is a plant medicine that has been used by the Mayans for centuries both by the Shamans and people in their everyday lives. It has been somewhat overlooked in the past few decades and is now coming back out of the jungle. An Indigenous Mayan myth tells us that whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, cacao comes out from the rainforest to open people’s hearts and return the planet to a state of harmony. Now is the time!! Cacao is a facilitator and will invite you rather than push you on a spiritual journey. Only you choose. Ceremonial cacao will open your heart in amazing ways. It is a deep spiritual experience and we invite you to join us on this blissful journey. Ceremonial cacao is the Food for the Shift. http://www.stellarconnections.us printable event flyer
8pm BOB SIMA IN CONCERT with Shannon Plummer “Eckert Tolle with a Guitar” “With utmost and sacred devotion, I encapsulate – in song – my interpretations of the ancient, timeless wisdom of the ascended masters and of the contemporary teachers I meet in this life.” Bob Sima (pronounced sEYE-ma) is to music what Wayne Dyer, Don Miguel Ruiz, and Eckhart Tolle are to books and Rumi, Hafiz, and David Whyte are to poetry. He has been called “Eckhart Tolle with a guitar”. He is a troubadour, a way-shower, a guide, an awakener, and a musical mystic. Through the medium of melody and message, he leads listeners to an expanded consciousness, deeper sense of connection, and inner peace and purpose. Bob's music bridges daily life and soul consciousness, the eternal with the now. He delivers instantly accessible songs that take up residence and resonance in your soul. http://www.bobsima.com & printable event flyer
10pm – Closing Circle
* For those staying overnight & joining in breakfast on Sunday we suggest checking with hosts regarding items to share. If you have special dietary needs we ask that you bring what you need to support this i.e. non-gluten, no sugar, vegan, vegetarian etc
LODGING: farm accommodations are Two night minimum. On a first come basis. 5 authentic log cabins: date from 1775 to early 1900s & are view-able on the farm website. Rates from $140-$199/night based on single/double occupancy. The cabins sleep from 2-5 people depending upon the cabin selection. 3 studios: are also available for 1-3 people each. Rates range from $125-$135 for single/double occupancy. Linens, towels, plates/flatware, toiletries are supplied. 3 cabins have fireplaces, 1 a woodstove & TV/DVD/DVDs. No wi-fi or land lines. Loft singles: in a shared loft. Each bed is surrounded by wood walls on 3 sides. Rate: $45/night. Taxes are add'l to each accommodation. On-farm lodging is limited. Many HOTEL accommodations are available within 3-4 miles nearby & in downtown Lexington, if needed. Suggestion: pack lightly as there is limited luggage space in cabins. www.SouthRiverHighlands.com
FOOD: Grocery stores are nearby for supplies & offerings toward the potluck lunches & dinners.
COSTS FOR WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS & CONCERTS: We ask that you enjoy yourselves & attend as many of the events as possible. Each of the presenters & musicians etc have graciously agreed to participate & accept l♥ve donations because they support this event. What this means is: what you can afford that will help to respectfully compensate each person for their talent, presentation, time, travel expenses etc. It's the generosity of the participants that helps us to bring in these amazing people each year.
TRANSPORTATION: Closest airport is Roanoke (ROA), 50 miles from SRH. Rental cars are available, or a private taxi by prior reservation with Barney or Antonia. Before the event or after the event, if possible, transportation to ROA airport may be supplied by Antonia or Barney. Check with Antonia regarding the arrival times of other participants for sharing of ride. Transportation will be made available to get groceries before the event begins.
CLOTHING: Temperatures can range from the teens – high 60s. Dressing in layers is suggested. Please bring a pair of heavy socks or slippers as it is requested that shoes/boots be removed inside retreat space. You may wish to wear or bring a good pair of walking boots to walk on the farm. Remember to pack lightly (i.e. one small or medium suitcase as luggage space is limited). Another suggestion is to pack a flash light for walking in the winter evening. It is dark here in the country & the event parking lot is approximately 100 yards from Heartstone Lodge.
PLEASE CONTACT: Lesley @ 540.463.2593 or email: innkeepers@SouthRiverHighlands.com by February 5th, if possible. Check the farm website: www.SouthRiverHighlands.com for information & photographs of the farm. Driving directions will be emailed individually to those needing them.
The farm is located above the confluence of the South & Maury Rivers, 4 miles from the picturesque historic town of Lexington, Virginia – the resting place of Stonewall Jackson & Robert E Lee & the campuses of Washington & Lee University & Virginia Military Institute (www.lexingtonvirginia.com). The Chessie Trail begins across the entry road to the farm & winds along the Maury River for 7 miles. An Appalachian Trail head (AT) is 8 miles away for those interested in more activity before or after the events.