Psychology & Spirituality

Class: Kay Taylor- An Intro to Soul Centered Astrology

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 10:00am

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm $150

Do you want to understand more about astrology than your Sun sign? Perhaps you already know something about planets and signs but would like to know more about how to put it all together in a soul centered, dynamic way? This workshop will walk you through the Evolutionary Astrology method to understand the meaning of planets, signs, aspects and houses and how they all work together. A key goal of life is synthesis and integration of our diverse inner parts. Astrology is the road map of this journey.

You will learn:

  • Planets as parts of self or the people who show up in your life
  • Aspects: how planets work together or not
  • Don’t accept mediocre: The low, medium and evolved expressions of each sign
  • How “houses” show up as reality or projections
  • Practical tips for working with the Sun and the Moon
  • Everything you need to know about Mercury retrogrades
  • How karma and reincarnation show in the chart
  • How time cycles predict turning points in life
  • Key life changes: Saturn return, Uranus midlife crisis, and more…
  • Relationship astrology--who are you compatible with? And how to heal challenging relationship patterns
  • Different styles of astrology — and how to pick a great astrologer

At the end of this day you will be able to understand the basics of astrology with a positive, empowered approach. Astrology describes our fate; with wisdom and knowledge we can skillfully exercise our free will.

Kay Taylor, author of Soul Path Way, is a consulting astrologer, teacher and writer, integrating Evolutionary Astrology, intuitive guidance, yoga philosophy and psychosynthesis for over 35 years. She serves as Director of Education for Organization for Professional Astrology (OPA) where she co-created the Consulting Skills Training. She lectures internationally at astrology conferences and regional groups and offers complete trainings through her Soul Path School. A former writer for Astrology.com, she has contributed chapters to The Professional Astrologer (2015) and Essential Astrology (2020). ISAR CAP, NCGR II, OPA certified. Based in SF Bay area. www.kaytaylor.com

‘Kay Taylor is one of modern astrology’s best kept secrets. She is world class in skill, wisdom and articulation. Her clients range from street kids to the high and mighty. I am delighted that she has chosen to make her work more public. Don’t miss her’
Steven Forrest, author of Yesterday’s Sky, The Inner Sky

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Sunny McMillan - Soul Digger

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 10:00am

Sunday, February 16, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm $150

You know you have a purpose…but you are not totally clear on what that is. You feel called to more…but you aren’t sure how to get there. You know your soul has a plan for you…but you want to hear its guidance more clearly. Sound familiar? It can be so easy to forget that you are, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin put it, a spiritual being having a human experience. And it can be frustrating and overwhelming to feel called to something greater, but not know where to begin. The good news is that the spiritual being inside, your soul, contains the map to your best destiny, as well as everything you will need to follow it. You just have to learn how to hear it - and how to act on it, even when what you are called to do or be scares you.

Enter Soul Digger™: An engaging, experiential workshop where we will cover:

  • How to hear the voice of your soul
  • How to recognize your true purpose
  • How to bravely take your purpose into the world and live a soul-driven life

Weather permitting, we will be doing a short hike - with coconuts - but more on that later!

Sunny Joy McMillan, JD, is a recovering attorney, a practicing master life coach, and the author of Unhitched: Unlock Your Courage and Clarity to Unstick Your Bad Marriage. As the host of Sunny in Seattle, a weekly live radio show that airs on Fridays from 9-10am Pacific on Alternative Talk 1150AM KKNW in Seattle and 103.3FM KPCA in Petaluma, Sunny has conducted over 200 live radio interviews with leaders in the field of science, spirituality, and mind/body/spirit wellness. Her work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Best Self Magazine, as well as Anita Moorjani’s Hay House Radio show, Explore the Extraordinary.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

20th Anniversary Event: Mark Nepo - The Book of Awakening (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 7:00pm

20th Anniversary Event!

The Book of Awakening, a cult favorite since its original publication in 2000, catapaulted to fame in 2010 after it was chosen as one of Oprah Winfrey's favorite things. This gift edition with sewn binding and a ribbon marker reflects the book's odyssey as a well-beloved daily companion. Mark Nepo wrote the book more than a decade ago, in response to his journey through cancer a decade before that. That experience led him to create a day book not only for people going through life-threatening situations but for everyone.

Nepo calls it, "a book to help people meet their days and inhabit their lives. I had a commitment to create a book that could serve up inner food, that could be turned to as a spiritual first aid kit." That this book continued to find its readers affirms its quality as a life affirming companion. Again, in Nepo's words, "I think it confirms the yearning of people everywhere for meaningful and humble work that invites readers on a journey together. The premise of the book is that people everywhere have a wisdom of their own and the book is there to guide them to their own wisdom."

The Book of Awakening is a modern classic, speaking to the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. It's a daily guide for living in hard times and good times, all the time reminding us that the life we're living is the life we have. Lived authentically it can and does become the life we want.

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for forty years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published fourteen books and recorded eight audio projects. Recent work includes: Reduced to Joy, Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, which won the 2012 Books for a Better Life Award, Staying Awake, Holding Nothing Back, As Far As the Heart Can See, Finding Inner Courage, and Surviving Has Made Me Crazy, as well as audio books of The Book of Awakening, Finding Inner Courage, and As Far As the Heart Can See. As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship.

Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV, and has been interviewed by Oprah as part of her SIRIUS XM Radio show, Soul Series. He has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America about his New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. The Exquisite Risk was cited by Spirituality & Practice as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2005, calling it "one of the best books we've ever read on what it takes to live an authentic life." Mark's collected essays appear in Unlearning Back to God: Essays on Inwardness. Other books of poetry include Suite for the Living, Inhabiting Wonder, Acre of Light, Fire Without Witness, and God, the Maker of the Bed, and the Painter.His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. In leading spiritual retreats, in working with healing and medical communities, and in his teaching as a poet, Mark's work is widely accessible and used by many. He continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats. Please visit him at MarkNepo.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Rev. Molly Baskette - Bless This Mess (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

When Rev. Molly Baskette and Dr. Ellen O’Donnell first met, they were both new mothers seeking parenting wisdom. They read a lot of books on the topic, but none of them contained practical suggestions that would help their families psychologically and spiritually while maintaining their progressive values: How do we teach the art of forgiving and serving others? How do we raise kids who are tolerant, curious, and honorable? And what about the sex talk?

Taking matters into their own hands, Baskette and O’Donnell began creating actionable steps addressing these questions and more. This book is the fruit of their many conversations begun long ago during the daycare carpool, from angsty moments to hallelujahs.

In Bless This Mess, readers will gain constructive tools as they learn how to talk to their children about social justice, money, God, ethics, bullying, disabilities, sexuality, and their bodies. Parents will also glean insights on how to serve others with joy, give generously and gratefully, and—perhaps most important—learn how to stop being so afraid all the damn time, even while raising kids in an increasingly chaotic and often scary world. With real-life examples, relatable personal stories, and strategies tailored to the toddler, preteen, or teenager, Bless This Mess guides parents of children at all stages of their development.

Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette, MDiv, is the senior minister of First Congregational Church of Berkeley, California, and the author of several series of books, including grief workbooks for children and practical how-tos for church renewal. She lives in Alameda, California, with her husband and two children, where she loves to march in the streets, bike the Bay, or read in the hammock, depending on God's agenda for the day.

Ellen O'Donnell, PhD, is a child psychologist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Shriners Hospitals for Children--Boston and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters on topics in child psychology, such as learning disabilities, coping with a child's or parent's medical illness, and positive parenting practices to prevent depression and anxiety in children. Ellen lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two boys.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Rabbi Paul Steinberg - Spiritual Growth (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 1:00pm

This book began with Paul Steinberg's realization that although religions are struggling to meet the needs and trends of our modern age, spirituality is not. Its contemporary manifestations continue to thrive, and Jews can be found throughout all varieties of spiritual leadership in America. Facing the fact that, for whatever reason, Jewish leaders simply have not done a good job of translating the ancient, spiritual wisdom of their beliefs into contemporary language and images that resonate with mass appeal, Rabbi Steinberg knew that the faith of his fathers was ready for a new spiritual message. And so he has written it--a message that is both particular to Judaism and uses Jewish language and text as starting points for a view that is universal enough to include spiritual concepts, terms, and expressions from many other spiritual traditions. Spiritual Growth: A Contemporary Jewish Approach provides both a language and a set of Jewish spiritual principles that are accessible and integrated with contemporary life, as well as being deep and authentically real (i.e., not "dumbed down" for anyone). It is a work that emerged out of Rabbi Steinberg's own personal experiences, pains, and spiritual journey--the trials and growth documented in his highly successful book Recovery, the 12 Steps, and Jewish Spirituality. There are not a lot of works like this. There are books on Jewish scholarship, history, and theology. But books on Jewish spirituality tend usually to focus on a particular motif, such as the feminine, grief, aging, or Kabbalistic biblical interpretations. Spiritual Growth: A Contemporary Jewish Approach presents its message through the psycho-spiritual world view of 2018 but without the language and narrative of a therapist. It is an important contribution to the spiritual-seeking community at large, to Jews who have become alienated from their faith, and to anyone interested in learning more about what a historically vibrant spirituality can bring to today's troubled world.

Paul Steinberg is a rabbi and nationally recognized transformative educator.  Rabbi Steinberg previously served as a principal of a Jewish day school in Dallas, Texas, the Senior Educator at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, and the Community Rabbi of Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles.  While in these positions, he simultaneously served on local and national boards, as well as taught Jewish philosophy in the Graduate School of Education at American Jewish University. Rabbi Steinberg himself holds two Bachelors degrees, three post-graduate degrees, and is currently completing his doctorate in education at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He has published many articles on Jewish thought and education, as well as six books including, Study Guide to Jewish Ethics; Recovery, the 12 Steps, and Jewish Spirituality: Reclaiming Hope, Courage and Wholeness; and the three-volume series Celebrating the Jewish Year which earned the National Jewish Book Award.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Sister Helen Prejean with Mike Farrell - River of Fire (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $30 (includes a copy of River of Fire) • Co-Sponsored by Death Penalty Focus • In Conversation with Mike Farrell

Online registration is now closed. Tickets are still available for purchase at the door! 

Sister Helen Prejean’s work as an activist nun, campaigning to educate Americans about the inhumanity of the death penalty, is known to millions worldwide. Less widely known is the evolution of her spiritual journey from praying for God to solve the world’s problems to engaging full-tilt in working to transform societal injustices. Sister Helen grew up in a well-off Baton Rouge family that still employed black servants. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph at the age of eighteen and was in her forties when she had an awakening that her life’s work was to immerse herself in the struggle of poor people forced to live on the margins of society.

Sister Helen writes about the relationships with friends, fellow nuns, and mentors who have shaped her over the years. In this honest and fiercely open account, she writes about her close friendship with a priest, intent on marrying her, that challenged her vocation in the “new territory of the heart.” The final page of River of Fire ends with the opening page of Dead Man Walking, when she was first invited to correspond with a man on Louisiana’s death row.

River of Fire is a book for anyone interested in journeys of faith and spirituality, doubt and belief, and “catching on fire” to purpose and passion. It is a book, written in accessible, luminous prose, about how to live a spiritual life that is wide awake to the sufferings and creative opportunities of our world.

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, is known worldwide for starting a dialogue on the death penalty. After witnessing the electrocution of a condemned man in a Louisiana prison in 1984, Prejean wrote the bestselling Dead Man Walking and set out, through storytelling, to bring citizens close to the hard realities of government killings. Her mission has taken her to every U.S. state and to the Vatican, where her personal entreaties to two popes helped to shape Catholic opposition to the death penalty. When not on the road, this lifelong Louisianan, loves to share Cajun jokes, eat Southern cooking, play spirited card games, and write, exploring her fascination with the Divine spark she believes is in everyone: to seek truth, love ardently, and meet, head on, the suffering world.

President of the Board of Death Penalty Focus, Mike Farrell is also spokesperson for Concern America, an international refugee aid and development organization, Co-Chair Emeritus of the California Committee of Human Rights Watch and, occasionally, a Good Will Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Known to millions as “B.J. Hunnicutt” of television’s historic “M*A*S*H” and from NBC-TV’s “Providence,” he is also a writer, director and producer.

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
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