Her poetry collections are at vpl.ca. As well, several poems are available on line.
Category: Meditation and Movement
meditation classes and gatherings including yoga, sacred circle dance and study groups
Her poetry collections are at vpl.ca. As well, several poems are available on line.
Do you need more poetry in your life?
Here’s what some of our regulars say about these short “poetry breaks”:
I’ve found our weekend meditative poetry readings a lovely way to start my day. Hearing a poem read three times enriches my understanding of it more than I expected. And, because we are generally finished in 15 minutes, it’s a commitment that is not at all burdensome. I’ve rarely read poetry since I graduated from college and I’m grateful for the chance to get reacquainted with it.
- Kathy Sayers
- Barb Bowmar
I’ve tried various ways (often after making new year’s resolutions) to “get into” poetry – reading aloud; memorizing one a month, etc. This approach has turned me into a poetry-enthusiast. Some of what’s different is reading poems by contemporary women: accessible themes; and having a nice, small group of more contemporary women to share (not discuss or debate) with.
- Mary Bennett
New Approach for May
We’d like to add a few more people. It’s OK to drop-in, but we also think more people might enjoy having this as a regular practice as some of us have had for about 6 months now..
For May we’ll focus on particular poets. If it turns out to be well received, the group may vote on the next month’s poet at the end of May.
Saturday group will be Margaret Atwood poems including from her recent collection Dearly.
Sunday group will be Naomi Shihab Nye, already a favorite of our group. If you haven’t already discovered her, we think you’ll enjoy. She also writes children’s books.
Background and Times
UCV women in collaboration with the Canadian U*U Women’s Association offer women’s meditative poetry gatherings on zoom.
- Saturdays and Sundays at 9 am Pacific/12 noon Eastern
- Read a poem written by a (usually) Canadian (almost always) woman three times with a one-minute pause and brief sharing between.
- Participants listen during the first reading for words or phrases that strike them.
- Second reading, listen for feelings or memories that are stirred.
- Third reading, listen for a message or personal meaning.
- We usually have about a minute’s of silence after each reading and then, as we’re usually a small group of 3 or 4, everyone shares briefly. We’re always finished within half an hour, usually 15 minutes.
We have an email group. If you want to e-meet the other group members and receive occasional reminders or links to poetry, please join by sending an email to email@example.com If you need assistance joining contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org
See the CUUWA page here: https://cuuwa.org/meditative-poetry-circle/
Covid Collage and Cocktail Party
Mary Bennett hosted a collage-by-zoom gathering for women followed by cocktail hour and “potluck” dinner.
If you’d like to join her to form a team to set up future gatherings, please fill out the form below.
https://vancouver.breezechms.com/form/covidcollage to receive zoom link instructions.
3-5 pm for collage; 5-6; sharing your collages over cocktails; 6-7: dinner with more conversation possibly linked to the Soul Matters theme of the month
Several of us who have used “soul collage (r)” techniques will share our experiences and some of our favorite cards with you from 3-3:30 pm. If you want to work in that format, you’ll need 5″ x 8″ backing paper. For collage, many magazine or calendar images, scissors and glue are necessary. A 5×8 view finder is helpful (cardboard with a cutout that size).
Some of us use the cards and envelopes for sealing/”framing”. You can order here.
https://www.hanfordmead.com/catalog/soulcollage%C2%AE-products (not essential)
This is an opportunity for women to gather for creative play and self-exploration using collage. After brief introductions/check-in, we work quietly at our own pace and then before closing share a bit about what we were working on and what it means to us.
Numbers will be limited and the hope is to find women who’d like to do this on a regular basis so we form and deepen our connections with each other as we get to know each other through our art projects.
Scissors, glue sticks, paper and images all available – Mary can arrange a box full if you want to pick up. Calendars are especially lovely.
Supported by UCV’s Arts Committee.
More about collage:
Definition: collage (n.)
Some formats and approaches
Artist Trading Cards are traded among people and are 2.5 x 3.5
(Just google any of these phrases or “collage fine art” to find interesting information. You’ll find myriad videos on youtube as well.)
If you’d like to be part of a women’s group that shares the coordination of these gatherings on a monthly basis contact Mary email@example.com.
Leadership rotates: When it’s your turn, you come early and stay late to set-up and cleanup; send out a reminder to the group. Optional: If you want to propose a theme or a special project you can, or just have a “do your own thing” session.
If you’re interested in SoulCollage®, you can find some videos on youtube to provide an introduction.
This is a nice four-minute introductory video.
This one is a good how-to Step by Step video
This shows how to use the viewfinder, marking the points of the corners for cutting.
Among the final embellishments which are often not done, there’s a suggestion to outline the edges of the pasted on images with a metallic paint sharpie.
It’s only visual. There’s (imho) annoying loud music, so just turn off the audio.
Pacific Spirit Park, Sept 12, 2020 | The haze in this photo is not a typical West Coast mist or fog in early Fall, but rather smoke from forest fires burning in Washington State, while California is experiencing its worst forest fire season ever, reminding us of the looming climate crisis and the need for climate action.
Reconnecting To Why We Are Environmentalists
by Tamiko Suzuki
A dozen Enviro Team members met on a cool, smokey September morning and followed a path into Pacific Spirit Park …
It started with a callout by the Sierra Club to organize a Forest March to protest the loss of old growth trees. After some discussion, a trio from the UCV Environment Team decided they would organize a visit to the forest but it would not be in protest of anything. Rather it would be a meditation on Nature and our love of her.
A dozen Enviro Team members met on a cool, smokey September morning and followed a path in Pacific Spirit Park, specifically chosen for its beautiful views. As was planned, the first and last part of the walk was a socially distanced time to chat and reconnect. The middle part of the walk was done in silence and alone to awaken the senses, re-energize zoom-fatigued brains, and re-connect with our thoughts and feelings.
The ancient trees are long gone (logged in the 1940’s according to Hanno) but stumps and nurse logs remain to remind us of what was lost. Haze from forest fires in Washington obscured the sun reminding us that Climate Change is a looming threat despite our preoccupation with COVID. Still, the forest filtered out a lot of the smoke and traffic noise and brought a sense of calm and peace. It felt so good to get outside and be among friends again.
The walk was organized by Hanno Pinder, Tara Bonham and Tamiko Suzuki.
Photos by: Tamiko Suzuki and Mary Bennett
Do you want to communicate with more compassion and connection? Join UCV’s Fourth Compassion Circle (practicing Compassionate Communication, CC) using the Compassion Course Online 2020 by Thom Bond, (receiving 52 weekly emails covering CC concepts we then practice in the Circle). Registration is required to the online course by May 31, 2020; https://www.compassioncourse.
What Participants In Last Year’s UCV Compassion Circle Have Said:
“UCV’s Compassion Circle was born in 2017 in response to enthusiasm of several UCVers taking the online course. Lynn Armstrong coordinated the Circle’s creation and came up with the name. The Compassion Circle is an intimate space for learning together, shifting how we listen and respond to others, and how we communicate with ourselves. It’s a special gathering! “
“The Compassion Course and Nonviolent Communication has had a profound impact on me. It is so subtle, yet such a powerful paradigm shift that it changes everything. It has taught me to look deeper in all those difficult communication situations to find the gold that transforms “us and them” to “we”, and in so doing it brings such powerful lessons of love and peace.”
If you have questions about the practice and applications of Compassionate Communication (Nonviolent Communication, or NVC), feel free to email Nancy Barker (CNVC-certified trainer in NVC) at firstname.lastname@example.org . Nancy is happy to offer general NVC Intro workshops or workshops on particular aspects of NVC upon request.
We now have custody of an indoor labyrinth that fits perfectly in our meditation room. The plan is to have it out in the meditation room every 1st Tuesday for walking before circle dance and at the break.
Seven women who were part of the Women’s Spirituality Celebration and, along with a dozen or more others, met and walked it together in January. A discussion ensued that people would like the chance to walk it more often and share it with others as well..
The 10′ x 12′ canvas labyrinth was created by Barbara Bickel while on an artist residency on Toronto Island.
Barbara was, with Mary Bennett, and others part of a planning team for an annual Women’s Spirituality Celebration held at UBC Vancouver School of Theology.While the group hasn’t hosted an event in recent years, there are “circles of circles” of women who continue to connect in various ways, often around a labyrinth walk, shared food and conversation.
Barbara created it for the WSC and has wanted it to be available for borrowing by women who wish to use it for an event.
If you have a connection to Women’s Spirituality Celebration or a Unitarian congregation, you can arrange to borrow it from Mary Bennett.
We plan to have an open labyrinth walk every 1st Tuesday from 6 to 7 pm prior to circle dancing in the hall. Mary will book space and ensure the meditation room is open by ten to 6. Women involved with WSC will take turns laying out the labyrinth, welcoming new people and putting the labyrinth back after the walk.
There are also two outdoor labyrinths on the Unitarian Centre site.
Go to http://vancouverunitarians.ca/labyrinth to learn more.
Contact Mary through email@example.com if you wish to arrange to borrow the indoor labyrinth.
Vancouver Unitarians have a dedicated “Meditation Room” that has been in continuous use for over two decades. Each Sunday morning and Wednesday evening an eclectic group of both Unitarians and interested Vancouverites meet for a 45-minute meditation session.
For the past five years the group has been led by Victoria Oginski who has been meditating herself for over 35 years. As an enthusiastic student of Buddhism, Victoria has gone on long meditation retreats in Burma, studied in Bodh Gaya in northern India where the Buddha attained enlightenment, and Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama.
While the group is loosely informed by the Vajrayana school of Tibetan Buddhism anyone interested in meditation is wholehearted welcome!
On Wednesdays, after the meditation from 6:30-7:15 we take a break and then at 7:30 begin our book study. Currently we are reading (out loud) The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa (John Yates, PhD).
submitted by Carolyn Grant
If you’d like to get some gentle exercise, move to music from a wide selection of tunes from folk to contemporary and classical, we have several opportunities every month to try out sacred circle dance.
There has been a circle dance group at UCV for well over a decade and the opportunities keep increasing.
Usually it’s a small group of 5 to 15. We always teach the steps and welcome newcomers. You are encouraged to adjust the movements to your own needs. For instance, some people get dizzy when they spin, or find “cross-over” steps difficult on their body. Our mantra is: There are no wrong steps, only variations!
GLAD – Gathering for Labyrinth Art and Dance
Circle Dance with Ease
Pagan Ritual through Circle Dance
Casting the circle
Calling the 4 directions/elements
- Air I am, fire I am, water, earth and spirit I am
- Tread Gently on the Earth (breathe gently of the air; lie gently on the water; touch gently to the fire)
Invoking Divine Masculine/Feminine
- We all come from the Goddess/ Hoof and Horn
- Mother of Darkness/Father of Darkness
- Kore chant: She changes everything she touches
Opening/ending the circle
RSVP appreciated but not required.
2020 world circle day will be July 5. See you then.
On July 7th, 2019, 12 of us gathered to dance the three link-up dances that were being danced around the world. World Circle Dance Day coincides with the final day of the annual sacred circle dance festival at Findhorn, Scotland, where this version of circle dance originated over 40 years ago.
After emailing our photo, I received this update from the organization.
Thank you, Gratidão, Merci, Gracias, Danke, Diolch, Dziękuję, 고맙습니다
Thank you to everyone! We have a record number of groups this year and this gives us GREAT HOPE. 279 that we know of and this represents even more groups, because several join together for this special day. We are so grateful for all the Love, Unity, Connection, Joy, Beauty, Energy, Blessings! We continue to share our joy around the world! If you have Facebook, please post all your photos to https://www.facebook.com/GlobalCircleDance, and select 1 photo and e mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you so much!
Thank you! We will send you an e mail when yours is posted on https://globalcircledance.com/world-circle-dance-day.
When the video is ready we will post it on the website https://globalcircledance.com/world-circle-dance-day.
The world is dancing! Infinite Thanks and Love for participating in this wave of Joy!
To see past posts about our participation in World Circle Dance Day click here:
Pat MacBain will be painting on the labyrinth again this year. And available to coach kids at 3pm.
We’ll have crayons and pastels for kids and others to use to create labyrinth art. You can create an art piece of the scene, a flower or learn to draw the labyrinth pattern.
Here are some photos from 2018 World Labyrinth Day.
A painting begins. And then the light shifted….