Seasonal News from the Sail Loft Yoga Studio
Sail Loft Studio, #2105 Rte 329, The Lodge, 858-3330
Winter Solstice drum celebration December 21st, 1-3 p.m. at the Sail Loft. All are welcome! Bring a drum, shaker, or your dancing shoes, and a potluck contribution to our snack.
Cathy Guest, Freewheeling Adventures
Cathy’s regular classes are ongoing: evenings: Monday and Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m.; mornings: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Join us in our yoga practice at the welcoming Sail Loft Studio, surrounded by spectacular views of the ocean and sky. Groups are small, and because of the rural location of the studio, we welcome all levels and abilities to each class. If you have issues that restrict your movements, or injuries that you are dealing with, feel free to call Cathy to talk about whether you would feel comfortable joining a class. Drop–ins are welcome ($10) or purchase eight sessions for $75. You may also pay by donation, if payment is an obstacle to attendance.
“Ashtanga” means “eight limbs”: all Cathy’s classes explore yoga practice using this “eight-limbed” approach. Using focus and intention, we practice attention to breath and ease in the postures. If you have never done yoga before, and have some questions, call or write Cathy anytime.
Seasonal note: The studio will be closed from Saturday, December 21st until Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 (join us for the first Thursday morning of the year!)
PPS Weather note: Wondering if class is canceled due to bad weather? Call Cathy. Worried about driving down our driveway: park on the road if you like and wear your sturdy snow boots for the walk to the studio. We do our best to keep the walkway clear of snow and ice!
Yoga for Seniors (over 55 yrs) at the Fox Point Community Centre, Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $2 per session, continuing until December 17th. Drop ins are welcome, but pre-registration is appreciated. Please spread the word! Cathy teaches yoga poses with chair support, so everyone can participate. No experience is necessary. Bring a mat if you have one. Call or write Amy or Christina at the Fox Point Community Centre. Christina@hhellps.com.
Family Yoga: Join us for a Family Yoga session on Saturday, December 7th, 2-3 p.m. 45 minutes of yoga, followed by some tea and a snack. Pot luck is welcome, but not necessary. Cost is $4 each, or $10 for a family (3 or more), or by donation (cash or some wood/kindling for the fire).
Learn meditation skills by joining us on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for half hour instruction/sitting practice at the Sail Loft Studio. Following the meditation practice, you are welcome to stay until noon for personal practice - yoga poses, more meditation - whatever your "practice" entails. For open studio, the cost is by donation, or by bringing wood for our woodstove. (Interested in learning more about meditation? Cathy will offer a weekday class and/or a Sunday afternoon session anytime at the Sail Loft Studio, and would be delighted to come to a community centre, school, or meeting place to teach a session.) (Seasonal note: there will be no open studio on Christmas market days: Nov. 30th, Dec. 14th and 21st.)
Saturday morning yoga with Zoë Oliver: Zoe is changing the Saturday class time to 12:30-1:45 p.m.: connect for details or to register: firstname.lastname@example.org | 902.579.5825 |fledge.ca
Nia at the Studio! Join Maureen McDonald in a pre-rush Christmas Nia class,
Saturday, December 14th, 10:30 a.m.-noon, $10.
This will be Maureen's final Nia class of 2013! Pre-registration is requested, but not necessary. Leave behind the holiday rush for a short time to enjoy your bodys movement in a joyful, mindful workout.
Email Maureen for details or to register at email@example.com
Spaghetti Dinner and Trash-to-Treasure Auction, Blandford Community Centre
Friday, Dec. 6th: 5 – 7 p.m. Auction starts at 6:30 p.m.
$12.00 per person, $5.00 youth, under age 5 Free
Please donate an auction item to help support the community and the parish. Donations can be dropped off at the rectory or phone 228-2761. Trash-to-Treasure means a new or just-like-new item(s).
We also need some donated food items like Parmesan cheese, garlic bread, and desserts that can be served in portions.
No doubt about it, I live in an amazing community. I love living on the Aspotogan Peninsula and getting involved in ways that are appealing to me: being secretary of RECAP (Route Enhancement Committee of the Aspotogan Peninsula), teaching yoga locally, facilitating monthly bike rides for women, offering solstice and equinox drum ceremonies at our Sail Loft Studio, writing a blog for the Bluenose Coast website that promotes bicycle commuting, attending the music jam at the Trellis weekly, and keeping up with my own blog about yoga, bicycle riding, and life in general.
It was three years ago that my friend, Budge Wilson, asked if I would go with her to the Swiss Air Memorial Site in Bayswater to attend the Sept. 2nd ceremony. Budge has had a keen interest in the event for years, but also wanted to meet the new minister, Marian. After we met her, enjoyed the ceremony, and had tea, we decided that we both quite liked the new minister. We’ve all been friends ever since.
When Samantha put out a request for help with a Christmas fundraising event for the parish, I was very happy to jump on that bandwagon. As I’ve watched the preparations unfold, it occurred to me that many non-church members may not know about what the parish – and Marian! – does for our community. So I asked Marian, and this is what she wrote:
“In one of my former lives I was a community development worker so building community is important to me.
I could go into all the theology about how people of the Christian persuasion (and other religions) are called to build community but I’ll simply say that the parish should be about supporting and sustaining the community (in many ways just like the work inner city parishes do in relation to supplying food and shelter to people in need.)
In no particular order:
We supply food etc. to people in need in the community.
We support the local foodbank.
We bring people together through faith based or social activities, supporting and promoting local events to help keep a cohesive community.
We encourage people in the parish to be active in supporting the community.
We provide music for the Santa Claus event at the community centre each year.
We have been building a Wellness & Support Committee to serve people in the communities that are within parish boundaries (the same boundaries as the Fire Dept.).
The Old fashioned Church Picnic, just a fun day, was open to all people and free. It involved working with all community groups.
We advertise community events in our Enews and on the parish blog.
The Guilds provide fruit baskets to anyone who is sick in the community.
People from the parish do visitations at Shoreham Village.
We encourage people to grow veggies and educate them about caring for creation on Earth Day and Rogation Sunday.
We promote donating recyclable bottles to the ARA.
We try to be inclusive of people of all faiths.
I am involved with the Fire Dept., Seasiders and the ARA.
The parish choir and drama club were involved in last year’s Christmas Show (both use community centres for activities).
And we are involved in supporting others beyond our community boundaries: Mission to Seafarers, Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and people knitting mittens for children.
Children in the community are welcome to come to the church for free music lessons.
We provide prayer shawls for people who are sick regardless of religion.
I bless the fishing fleet on the first morning of lobster season.
And of course there are the normal day to day things that we provide: e.g. weddings, funerals and maintenance of cemeteries.
I’m sure that I’m forgetting things.”
Whew, I thought! I knew that Marian, and the parish did a lot, but to see it on paper like that made me feel a little sheepish about my meager volunteer efforts. I asked Samantha about her story with Marian, and why she had become such a crusader for the cause. Her response:
“I became involved with The Parish because in a rural community the Church is one of the main organizations that bring people together. I did not know many people in my community and becoming involved with church functions has helped me meet so many people and become a party of a community. I had never been a part of a community before, and now I cannot see how not to be. The first time I showed up to church in Blandford, something which I had not done in 20 years (and to be honest, I'm not religious), I was nervous and I could not believe how welcoming the parishioners made me feel. And the rest, they say, is history. I now feel a part of the Parish. I believe in making our community better and stronger and I see the Parish as an integral part of making that happen. And our Marian is the key.
And during all of this Marian has become a dear friend.
This is the 2nd event I have helped the Parish organize. I really enjoy it and it gets me out involved with community and meeting new people.
I’m sure we are gathering many Marian stories as the years go by. From my heart, I can say, truly: Thank you, Marian, for your open-minded, generous, and energetic ways! I look forward to beating the drum with you for many years to come! Cathy Guest, The Lodge
Cathy Guest, Freewheeling Adventures
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