Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Don't You Feel it Too? on You Tube

For those who aren't yet familiar with Don't You Feel It Too?, here are a few videos to show you how it can go. You don't need to be a "dancer" to participate; you just need to have some tunes and a temporary dose of moxie. (The right shoes help, too.)

Kulture Klub Collaborative Embraces DYFIT

Marcus on Nicollet Mall

DYFIT: We Are Dancing in September

Season delayed but spirits undaunted, we once again prepare to ask: DON'T YOU FEEL IT TOO?

We have set four dancing dates in September (and probably more to come in October).

WHERE: Start at Peavey Plaza, 11th and Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Thurs, 9/6
Tues, 9/11
Tues, 9/18
Fri, 9/21

5 p.m. (early-ish due to the waning light) 

Feel free to join late; we will most likely be dancing till approx. 6:30, when we'll rest and close back in Peavey Plaza. If you need to leave early, we understand. Wrap up by 7 p.m. (sunset!)

Mp3 player and headphones/buds
Dance-able shoes and clothes
Not much else--you want your arms, body and mind free to move

Questions, email me, Diane, or call my cell: 651-253-2489.

Remember how good this feels (or find out). Spread the word.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Wishes for the Sky - Earth Day, April 22

Click on the image for more info!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sundays @ 4:30pm

Join Grace Minnesota on select Sundays from 4:30-6:30pm. In a casual setting, we discuss spirituality, art, and other big ideas after listening to recorded lectures and interviews. Programs are grouped by theme and are drawn from Krista Tippett's On Being, TED Talks, Aspen Ideas Festival, and other sources. Upcoming themes for 2012: happiness, play, Islam, China, the brain, technology, parenting, and nature. For a list of past topics, click here.

Unless otherwise noted, all discussions will be held at Clouds in Water Zen Center (308 Prince St., #120, St. Paul - map). Street parking in the neighborhood is free on Sundays, but due to construction in the area, please allow extra time to find parking. It's also free to attend the discussions, but please consider a small donation to support the use of the space.

January 22:
"Pure Meditation" with Pema Chodron pt 1
January 29: "Pure Meditation" with Pema Chodron pt 2

February 5:
Sylvia Boorstein discusses nourishing our children's inner lives and our own.
February 12: Rabbi Sandy Sasso on the spiritual moorings of children and adults.
February 19: Child psychiatrist Robert Coles on the spirituality of children.
February 26: No discussion this week.

March 4:
Anchee Min on the human spirit in Communist China.
March 11: Historian Joseph Nye and economist Martin Jacques discuss the shift of power from the West to China and what it means for the world.
March 18: Mayfair Yang on Chinese religious and political thought and practice.

March 25:
Ellen Davis and Wendell Berry on paying an exquisite attention to the land.
April 1: Author Barbara Kingsolver describes an adventure her family undertook to spend one year eating primarily what they could grow or raise themselves.
April 8: Majora Carter and Calvin DeWitt on the sustainability in their communities.
April 15: No discussion this week.
April 22: No discussion this week.

[in rare instances, program topics change.]

Past Saturday Mornings at 10

June 26, 2010: Seane Corn on yoga, activism, and meditation in motion.

July 3, 2010: Buddhist Nun Pema Chodren's talk "From Fear to Fearlessness"

July 10, 2010: Interview on science, education, and spirituality with cognitive developmental neuroscientist Adele Diamond

July 17, 2010: the New Monastics with leading spirit Shane Claiborne and young Evangelical Christians create a new movement to serve the poor.

July 24, 2010: Mattieu Riccard dubbed "the happiest man in the world," Tibetan Buddhist and scientist

July 31, 2010: Mystic and activist Abraham Joshua Heschel discussed by Arnold Eisen of Jewish Theological Seminary

Aug 7, 2010: Thich Nhat Hanh's "Teachings on Love" Part 1

Aug 14, 2010: Sherwin Nuland, former surgeon discusses the human spirit as an evolutionary accomplishment of the brain

Aug 21, 2010: Rachel Naomi Remen, the art of listening, and the difference between curing and healing

Aug 28, 2010: What is prayer with musician Anoushka Shankar, translator of sacred texts Stephen Mitchell, and professor of church history Roberta Bondi

Sept 4, 2010: Thich Nhat Hanh's "Teachings on Love" Part 2

Sept 11, 2010: Thich Nhat Hanh's "Teachings on Love" Part 3

Sept 25, 2010: Irish poet John O'Donahue on beauty as a defining aspect of God

Oct 2, 2010: Rheumatologist Esther Sternberg on stress, the body, and the mind

Oct 9, 2010: New York Times' David Brooks on emotions, the cognitive revolution, and public policy

Oct 23, 2010: Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality (Part 1 of 3)

Oct 30, 2010: Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality (Part 2 of 3)

Nov 6, 2010: Buddhist nun Pema Chodron, Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality (Part 3 of 3)

Nov 13, 2010: Depression and the human soul with Parker Palmer, Anita Barrows, and Andrew Solomon

Nov 27, 2010: Steven Johnson: "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation,"

Dec 18, 2010: Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology, a Buddhist scholar, and translator of the poetry of Rilke.

Jan 29, 2011: Arthur Zajonc, physicist discussing "cognitively-oriented contemplative spirituality."

Feb 5, 2011: Pema Chodron's From Fear to Fearlessness, part 1 of 2

Feb 12, 2011: Pema Chodron's From Fear to Fearlessness, part 2 of 2

Feb 19, 2011: David Kirkpatrick on "The Facebook Effect."

Feb 26, 2011: Jacqueline Novogratz introduces the notion of "patient capitalism"--charting a third way between investment for profit and aid for free.

March 5, 2011: Enstein's God

April 2, 2011: The ecstatic faith of Rumi.

April 23, 2011: Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai discusses links between ecology, human flourishing, war and peace, and democracy.

May 2, 2011: Doris Taylor takes us beyond lightning rod issues and into an unfolding frontier where science is learning how stem cells work reparatively in every body at every age.

May 14, 2011: Inter-faith discussion with the Dalai Lama on "pursuing happiness."

May 21, 2011: Reflections of former Islamist extremest Ed Husain.

May 28, 2011: "Alive Enough?" - Sherry Turkle from MIT challenges us to lead examined lives with our digital objects.

June 11, 2011: Encounter Point - a documentary that follows a group of Israelis and Palestinians that are striving to make steps towards peace. (This film is 88 minutes long.)

June 25, 2011: A stimulating conversation with Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks--one of the world's great thinkers on the promise and perils of religion.

July 2, 2011: Acoustic biologist Katy Payne reflects on the songs of humpback whales.

July 23, 2011: Theologian Marcus Borg discusses the language of Christianity.

July 30, 2011: 14 Muslims offer thoughtful stories and reflections on Ramadan.

August 6, 2011: A discussion on Einstein's passionate engagement around issues of war and race, and modern extensions of his ethical and scientific perspectives.

August 13, 2011: Neuroscientist Richard Davidson explores how the mind can be rewired by life-enriching behaviors.

September 3, 2011: Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh's talk and guided meditation, Touching the Earth, will help empty your body of resentment while opening it to compassion.

September 10, 2011: Conversations with Muslims from all walks of life in the first five years following the attacks of 9/11.

October 1, 2011: Richard Mouw challenges his fellow conservative Christians to civility in public discourse.

October 8, 2011: Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of what poetry works in us and in our children.

October 15, 2011: The quiet cycles of everyday life from within inside Aida refugee camp with three Palestinians.


October 30, 2011:
The Art of Mindful Living with Thich Nhat Hanh - pt. 1

November 6, 2011: The Art of Mindful Living with Thich Nhat Hanh - pt. 2


November 20, 2011: Elizabeth Gilbert discusses a new way of thinking about creative genius, and Sir Ken Robinson claims that our schools are killing creativity.

November 27, 2011: Neuroscientist Adele Diamond tells us why things like play, sports, and music are crucial parts of education.


December 11, 2011: A conversation with Jim Wallis.

December 18, 2011: A conversation with Rick and Kay Warren.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Don't you feel it too?" at Art Shanty Projects on January 15

Time: 2pm, Sunday, January 15, 2012

Location: Meet outside the Dance Shanty

With: Rae Eden, Diane Hellekson, Theresa Madaus, Tamara Statz, Kate Wolfe, Marcus Young

Free your spirit by dancing your inner life in public! Bring an open mind, headphones or earbuds, and an iPod or other music player loaded with your most beloved music (and tucked near a warm place on your body). Dress in warm, non-constrictive clothing; avoid backpacks, bags and anything that occupies your hands. For about an hour we will explore body, soul, music and place by dancing alone and together.

After a brief (5 to 10 minute) introduction and group warm-up we will move into our surroundings, however the spirits move us. We will dance for 30 minutes or more (depending on weather and group preference), and then take time for reflection and discussion.