August 19 to 26, 2017
The Chairs for LOAS 2, 2017 are
Peter Shoults and Sue Penny
to e-mail them both
Updated: July 14th, 2017
Peter Shoults Then (with brother Roy-in glasses) and Now
"Awakening To A New
Lama Konchok Sonam
Founder of the Jokhang
Institute in Arlington, MA.
We are honored to have the Venerable Lama
Konchok Sonam, founder of Boston’s Jokhang Institute, as our theme
speaker. Born in Lhasa,
Tibet, he became a monk at 18. In
1991 Lama Sonam was imprisoned by the Chinese government and after many
years and several unsuccessful attempts, he finally escaped by walking
across the Himalaya Mountains to India.
While in India, he received many teachings and blessings from
over 25 great masters. In
2003 he arrived in Boston to serve as the resident Lama at the Drikung
Meditation Center in Arlington, Ma.
His vision is to build a Jokhang Temple in the USA modeled after
the one in Lhasa, Tibet which is a World Hertage Site and considered to
be the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet.
Lama Sonam hopes to preserve the rich heritage for the exiled
Tibetan community. Its aim
is to be a place where understanding between all religions, cultures and
people may flower, where spiritual seekers, scholars and the local
community may freely experience and study Tibetan cultural and spiritual
practices, art and architecture. At
LOAS II Lama will encourage us through meditation, chanting and
teachings to awaken love, compassion and forgiveness as part of our
creating a Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage site in the United States, the
Jokhang Temple has taken a huge step in making Tibet's precious
spiritual treasures available to the West, as well as helping Tibetan
wisdom take root in a land outside of geographical Tibet, where it is
Minister Of The
Kimberly Quinn Johnson
II Youth Group Team
Youth Group Leaders
Workshops and Starbursts:
Week long classes offered daily
Eves & Elizabeth Hutchinson
Spend the week
making creative collaborations with our surroundings with art
history professor, Elizabeth Hutchinson, and the Star Island
naturalist, Arthur Eves. Taking
inspiration from Andy
Goldsworthy, India Flint
environmental artists, we will make sculptures, textiles,
photographs and prints. We
will use materials gathered on the island – such as seaweed,
shells, stones, bones, feathers, sticks, flowers and leaves – and
ideas generated from observation at the microscopes, telescope and
tanks at the Marine Lab. Our
goal is to gain insight into Star’s natural environment, to wonder
at natural and scientific processes at work in the formation of both
our materials and our finished objects, and to connect with our
creativity. Some of our
projects might themselves become part of the Star landscapes during
our week together.
veterinarian Kris uses Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine every
day at work! In this
workshop she will focus on Five Element Theory.
Wood, fire, earth, metal and water are constitutions that
inform and predict what we were born with, who we are (both
physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc.) where our
strengths and weaknesses lie, where our vulnerabilities lie
health-wise, what kinds of success and challenges we have in
relationships with other people
(based on their primary element),
even what time of year we are more likely to be well versus unwell.
It is a powerful tool for understanding ourselves, our health
predilections and our challenges in relation to other people.
It is fun to learn, has a long, deep history in China, is
easy to grasp at first, difficult to master!
Kristina also runs a political
activism Facebook page with her brother. Check it out: CounterBalance
Join us for an exciting and fun-filled workshop on basketry. You
will learn about the different types of baskets and why they were
We will be making two types of baskets during the week. The first
will be a square napkin basket where you will learn the terminology
for basketry and the core basics of weaving a basket. This will take
about two days. The second basket we will make will be the round
Brandywine basket, which will take up the remainder of the week.
You will be able to personalize your basket
by either the size you want your basket to be and/or what color
weavers you decide to use. Colors to choose from are navy blue,
hunter green, red, or smoke. There will be a minimal fee for each
basket kit to cover the cost of materials.
with Ellen Schmidt
You don't need to call yourself a writer to come to the Writing
Circle. Here's all you need: the willingness to
connect with yourself and others, to surprise yourself and to listen
attentively. I guarantee a warm and supportive atmosphere.
Each day there will be a new "spark" to
spontaneously kindle a languishing memory, a lingering thought, a
sleeping story, waking into written words that you didn't know lay
silent within you.
"How do I know what I think till I see
what I say?" (E.M. Forster).
"Writing...is discovering." (Robert
You are welcome to come one, several, or
every day. Please bring your favorite writing implement and a
notebook. I'll have a few extras, too.
Prayer flags, Mandalas and More!
with Candis Dixon
a residence of deities
a world in harmony
focus the mind
the art barn:
watch as a mandala
created, then destroyed.
make a personal mandala.
create prayer flags together.
create a prayer wheel.
walk the labyrinth.
or just be there.
Nadeau, M.S. M.Ed.
Darlene’s gentle yoga classes are infused with breath
awareness, acceptance, compassion, and mindfulness.
She has been teaching yoga since 2005 and integrates yoga
traditions from Anusara, Iyengar, and Kripalu yoga studies. Darlene
is a Licensed
Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga and Pilates Instructor.
Come experience yoga whether you are a beginner or
experienced yogi. You
will experience an increase in breath awareness, more range of
movement, improve postural alignment, relieve increase immune
response, as you learn to relax and release tension, and much
Darlene enjoys connecting with supporting each person’s
highest levels of wellness. She has a passion for learning, growing,
and thriving. She also delights in art, travel, nature,
gardening and dance.
S T AR B U R S T S
Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days
with Izzy Byrne
Talk: Debriefing and Reentry with Kristin Keefe
on the Porch
Flags with Heather Troyer
Awakenings with Diane Taraz
Two Men and a Musical with Joanna Henderson
Qong with Pat Gorman & Tuna Flores
Discussion with Jane Elkin: "The
Invention of Wings"
by Sue Monk Kidd
here, or Download Audible.com
Tattoos with Terri Behm
with Carly Ball
in the Pink Parlor
Release with Arthur Eves and Lama Sonam
from the Marine Lab
with Judy Samuelson
Chi Light with Shelly Psaris
on the Tennis Court each morning
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