FRAMINGHAM – In recent years, there has been growing awareness that trees communicate with one another beneath the ground—providing information and nourishment through a complex network of roots and fungi. This phenomenon provides a rich metaphor for the ways humans are
connected with one another and with the natural world.
What can we learn from the trees? How can we recognize the ways we are connected with one another? How can we deepen those connections so we are more able to face the challenges of our modern world?
These are a few of the questions that will be explored during Open Spirit’s 7th Annual Weekend of Spirit, on October 25+26.
Through inspiring stories, shared meals, conversation and
experiential workshops, we will delve into our theme: “Deepening Connections.”
This mini-retreat is local and convenient—on the campus of Edwards Church, in the heart of Saxonville (39 Edwards Street). It is affordable. It is relaxed and relaxing, fun and thought-provoking. You can come to the whole event or just to part of it!
Weekend of Spirit begins on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with “Deep Calls Out to Deep,” a concert featuring The Ballad Project, a collaboration between bassist Doug Rich, alto saxophonist Willie Sordillo and vocalist Zoe Krohne. The trio will be joined by pianist Erez Dessel. The Ballad Project provides a spare, spacious setting in which to explore reflective, often meditative moods. Their repertoire draws from original works, some works by other composers, and wholly improvised material created in front of the audience.
There is no charge for the concert; a free will offering will be received to support the Nourishing Teachers-Strengthening Classrooms project of Open Spirit, offering mindfulness training in Framingham Schools.
On Saturday morning, the program opens with a keynote presentation by botanist Neela DeZoyso and Wellesley professor Layli Maparyan. They will bring their different perspectives as a Buddhist scientist and a Baha’i teacher of African Studies as they explore “Trees, Roots, and Hidden Connections: Insights from the Natural World.” Expect an inspiring and lively conversation.
Following our opening conversation will be morning workshops, including Yoga of 12-Step Recovery; Finding Balance on your Life Path; Telling our Sacred Stories; Just Music and Listening–Practices for Dignity and Well-Being in Relationships; Connecting to the Divine within You and All Creation; and How to Stand FOR without Fighting AGAINST.
The lunch hour will offer opportunities for Qi Gong, Drumming, and a Healing Spa, along with a delicious vegetarian/vegan lunch.
The afternoon workshops include: Humbling the Discourse; Our Golden Inner Light of Spirit Guided Meditation; Going Deeper with Yoga and Movement, Radical Empowerment, and Multi-Faith Devotional on the Spiritual Significance of Imprisonment.
For more information and to register, please see openspiritcenter.org or call 508-877-8162