Corte Madera Events

Cindy Rasicot - Finding Venerable Mother (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 7:00pm

When Cindy moves to Thailand with her husband and teenage son, she finds herself strangely adrift in a foreign culture, unprepared for the challenges she encounters there. On an impulse she signs up for a conference where she unexpectedly meets a Thai Buddhist nun, Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, who leads her on a spiritual journey from which there is no turning back. Along the way she discovers the beauty of the Thai people and culture.

This soulful and engaging memoir is the story of one woman’s journey of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing through her connection to a loving Buddhist teacher who fully accepts and nurtures her in a way her own mother never did. Finding Venerable Mother is a testimony to the power of faith, forgiveness, and love.

Cindy Rasicot received her master’s degree in marriage, family, and child counseling. Her work in the nonprofit sector spanned twenty-five years, and included management positions in performing arts organizations, mental health services, and university settings. She is a student of dance and has a lifelong passion for the arts. Her article “Visiting Venerable Dhammananda,” describing her early visits to Dhammananda’s monastery, Songdhammakalyani Temple, was published in Sawasdee Magazine in 2007. Her work has been featured in two anthologies: Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light and A Café in Space: The Anaïs Nin Literary Journal, Volume 11. In 2014 Cindy returned to Thailand to be ordained by Dhammananda. She currently resides in Point Richmond, California, where she writes and enjoys views of the San Francisco Bay.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Carrie Jackson Cheadle & Cindy Kuzma - Rebound (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

Weaving together personal narratives from athletes, scientific research, and the specialized clinical expertise of mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle, Rebound contains more than 45 Mental Skills and Drills that athletes can use at every phase of their recovery process. These same strategies can help athletes who aren't currently injured reduce their vulnerability to injury and enable any individual to reach new heights within their sport and beyond.

Injuries affect every athlete, from the elite Olympian to the weekend racer. In the moment, a traumatic crash, a torn muscle, or a stress fracture can feel like the most devastating event possible. While some athletes are destroyed by the experience, others emerge from their recovery better, stronger, and more confident than ever.

Not everyone can recover swiftly enough to notch a winning performance in two weeks, of course. However, anyone can work toward a swifter, stronger comeback using mental skills and psychological tools that enable them to take control of their recovery, and ultimately use the experience to their advantage. Injury and other setbacks are inevitable--but with training, you can learn to overcome them skillfully and confidently, the same way point guards and forwards practice rebounds.

Carrie Jackson Cheadle M.A., is a mental skills expert and nationally known for her expertise in sports performance and psychological recovery from injury. She is the author of On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance.

Cindy Kuzma is a Chicago-based journalist with a specialty in fitness and health, a contributing editor at Runner's World magazine, and co-author of Superfood Swap: The 4-Week Plan to Eat What You Crave Without the C.R.A.P. She earned her master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has spent the past 15 years writing for national print and online publications, including Men's Health, Women's Health, Prevention, espnW.com, VICE, SELF, and USA Today magazines. She also contributes audio reporting to The Runner's World Show and Human Race, podcasts produced by Runner's World, and is the producer and co-host of #WeGotGoals, a podcast by Chicago-based aSweatLife.com.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marianne Ingheim - Out of Love (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 6, 2020 - 4:00pm

We all tell ourselves stories about who we are. Many of these stories are self-critical and disempowering. Through the practice of self-compassion, we can rewrite these stories and become more authentic and powerful versions of ourselves—transforming not only our own lives but also the lives of those around us.

In short and personal pieces, Marianne Ingheim tells the story of how the practice of self-compassion has changed her life in ways big and small, helping her unlearn harsh self-criticism, survive multiple tragedies, and live more authentically. In the wake of a breast cancer diagnosis and her husband’s suicide, she discovers the power of self-compassionate storytelling and finds belonging within herself—and in doing so, she learns how to manage anxiety and stress, how to be authentic in relationships, and how to let go of comparison and be truly creative.

Through stories and journaling prompts, Out of Love: Finding Your Way Back to Self-Compassion aims to inspire readers to unlearn the self-critical patterns holding them hostage—and begin to live a happier, more courageous life.

Marianne Ingheim is a Danish-Norwegian American writer, teacher, and PhD student at California Institute of Integral Studies. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, please visit www.marianneingheim.com.

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

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