Meditations with Charlotte

charlottesteenChinese Esoteric Buddhist Meditation

at Brattleboro Shambhala, Whetstone Studio for the Arts, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro

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Be the Peace We Seek: Calming and Relaxing Dharma Meditation Class

Sunday, November 20th 10:30~12:30

cost: $38 ~ $68 sliding scale

Learn how effective a meditation can be in quieting your mind and heart, thus allowing your body and health to be refreshed and renewed.

Topics covered: Essentials to meditation: the Three Great Mysteries: mantra, mudra, and visualization; meditation of spiritual healing; meditation for self~ realization; how every day behavior can positively change your life. Dharma focus is ” Caling & Relaxing Dharma”  the necessary first practice to entering Chan/ Zen and the recommended meditation for those suffering from insomnia, other sleep challenges, depression, and other mental health dis~ease. All levels. All are welcome.

Instructor, Vajracharya Charlotte M. Steen智襌 ZhiChan, is an ordained teacher in the Hanmi Buddhist lineage. She teaches Hanmi Buddhist meditations, offers spiritual healing services and conducts Buddhist prayer services to relieve suffering. She works with health conscious individuals and health professionals who want to meditate daily to transform their lives, to open their awareness, and to heal themselves and others. 

Capoeira and Breakdance Workshop Series

1003488_10200567793134391_1557510996_n8 Week Workshop Series: Capoeira and Breakdance with Taliesin

Saturdays, 12:00 to 2:00, October 22nd ~ December 17th

We will alternate Breakdance and Capoeira, beginning with Breakdance on October 22nd. There will be no class November 26th for Thanksgiving break. Pre~Registration is highly recommended. Email to secure your spots or pay online below. Register for the entire 8 week series, a Breakdance Track (4 classes), or a Capoeira Track (4 classes). Drop Ins are welcome but please shoot us an email to let us know you’re coming.

8 Week Series with Taliesin

Capoeira: This workshop is intended as the first in a series, building on the fundamental movements of the art towards a thorough understanding of the unique aesthetics and priorities of Capoeira. Workshop participants can expect a welcoming but challenging practice, a noticeable improvement to their inverted movements, and an introduction to the history and social context of the art. All ages and experience levels are welcome, although participants are encouraged to bring water, comfortable clothing, and a willingness to work outside their comfort zone!

Breakdance: Growing up as a mover in Cleveland, Taliesin performed and occasionally competed as a b-boy. Movement vocabulary will be based on the 90’s-2000’s style breaking focusing on uprock, flavor, and power moves. Starting with various uprock/brooklyn rock exercises, the workshop will continue on to 6-steps and basic floor techniques and freezes. Depending on interest and experience level, we’ll also work on spins, headslides, hollowbacks, 1990’s/2000’s, and hand hops.

GP_MPastinha_DC09_126Taliesin Reid Haugh is a performer, teacher, and student who grew up in Cleveland’s art community. His movement training and experience includes Hawkins style modern dance with YARD under the direction of Bill Wade, Horton technique and ballet through CCDT director Michael Medcalf, Stiltwalking and aerial circus techniques with SAFMOD, Breakdance/hiphop with Ground Effects and the Chosen Few crew, training in nontraditional partnering with members of Pilobolus, and nearly two decades of Afro-Brazilian acrobatics dance and percussion with Capoeira Narahari. Training abroad has included dance education in Athens through UNESCO’s International Dance Counsil, Capoeira with Groupo Besouro in Rio de Janeiro, martial arts training with Lanna Muay Thai in Chiang Mai. He performs regionally with Morrisondance and Pickup-Stix stiltwalkers. Taliesin’s primary movement interests are Capoeira, Breakdance, climbing, nontraditional partnering, cyr wheel, Satchidananda yoga and bicycling.