May 10 –Mother’s Day and “Remarkable Connections” featuring Alice Rutkowski, Ph.D., author, entrepreneur, speaker and performance coach. Her new book, “Exit 8A, Tales of a New York Commuter,” will be her focus. Alice is nicknamed “the people whisperer” for her uncanny ability to quickly read and respond to others. She has touched lives from all walks of life and is known for her warmth and humor. Featured on radio, TV and in newspaper articles, she brings life to her mega commute.
Take “Exit 8A” and find your hero, face your fear, feel love, practice radical forgiveness, even save a life. Exit 8A turns Alice’s commute on its head and gently coaxes YOU to do the same with yours. Eighteen inspiring and true stories are seen through eighteen lenses on her twice daily encounters of New York traffic congestion and super-motion. Through these you can see and respond differently to the dreaded “stress zones” mega-commuters face. In between cups of coffee, doses of varying aromas, or chasing internet connectivity on the bus, you’ll likely be finding your own stories! She will bring life partner and singer Susan Herrick with her.
May 17 – “You can teach an old dog new tricks." Speaker Marion H. McGowen says, “It is never too late to learn new things; give up the excuses!” She’s a pioneer in the field of energy work, an ordained Interfaith minister and holistic health practitioner since the ‘80s. “Background: inner city street kid.”
Marion knows first-hand how challenging it can be to be human. Her own tragic experiences with loss have fueled a well of passion inside of her to want to assist in ushering people forward, one hour at a time, one day at a time, one step at a time. Which is the only way to move through life’s challenges. Because of her deep understanding of human pain, her compassion guides her to be very direct in her approach. She firmly believes it is useless to fester in the past and does not encourage others to waste more time wallowing in it.
To Marion, it is not about the credentials, it is about coming from the heart, but make no mistake about it - her extensive training in multiple disciplines would be considered the equivalent of several Phd’s. Her years of experience as an Energy Pioneer have fostered a wealth of knowledge so you must be ready for the truth. Truth is not always easy to hear, but when you want to move forward - it is what you need to accept to get there.
May 24 – Mary Faith Rhoads-Lewis will speak on the “New Akasha” of her channeling. Akasha, one of the five elements [Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Akasha] is the medium through which anything which becomes physical manifests. This is why people speak of "Akashic records" because it records whatever becomes physical which has passed through it. So, it could be considered to hold all the past life records of a soul...documenting the incarnations. A friend used to say, it is the cloth from which we are cut...the cloth which contains the programming for that creation.
May 31 "Spiritual Seasoning" – Cooking up our energy to begin the new summer, Ambika Devi (Amy Ford) will lead this celebration, which will include all the Interfaith knowledge, color, music and wisdom she displayed in her performance last October—plus stories, songs and blissful meditation! Don’t miss it! A workshop will follow from 2 to 5 p.m. in Pebble's Yellow Barn, "Techniques of Spiritual Seasoning," Enliven your relationship to self, others and the Divine in this experiential workshop sure to spice up your life and infuse you with healing happiness. $30 suggested Love Donation, but everyone welcomed.
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