Braiding Wisdom Winter 2017 Series at 4pillars4healthecospace in Monona

Braiding Wisdom: Tools and Practices for Personal Growth and Resilience

What tools and practices will help us move with grace, power and wisdom through the disruption and possibilities of our time?  There is a lot of wisdom in our world.  These classes are intended to make different ways of knowing more accessible.  What if a mystery doesn’t need to be mysterious?  Everyone should have access to tools and practices that help them to access and integrate multiple ways of knowing.  Kate Heiber-Cobb has invited her friends to help manifest her vision of helping to extend these practices and knowledge out into our community.  Come join us for one or a few or all of the series.  The choice is yours.  This is an powerful opportunity to learn in new (old) ways.

You can purchase your “ticket” at Brown Paper Tickets, but you can also send a check to SOS, LLC at 5310 Winnequah Rd., Monona, WI 53716.  Please note which class or classes you are signing up for.  All classes are on a sliding fee scale of $25.00 – 35.00.  You can also contact Kate at 608-213-2230 or seventhheaven@mailbag.com to let her know you will be attending and pay the day of the event by check or with a card via Square.    Please pay this by check or the first day of the series by card and my handy dandy Square device.  Any more questions?  Call Kate.  You can find the Brown Paper Ticket Link for purchasing at $25 price listed below with each individual workshop.  This series of Braiding Wisdom is taking place in Monona at 4pillars4healthecospace at 6020 Kristi Circle in Monona.  Also, please note that there is a raised up toilet in the space and there is street parking on a non-busy street.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017                                                                                            The Arts as Meditation

Through sound, movement, and a visual medium of choice, this class will explore ways to ground ourselves and see our path through the lens of the psychospiritual.  Working with out understanding what we love without a why, what challenges us, how we are creative and how we are in our communities, new pathways can emerge.

Penny Andrews has served as a teacher, social worker and chaplain.  Living on 10 acres and now retired, she is an active gardener, food preserver, bread baker and fermenter.  For over a decade, she hosted a gathering of eclectic activists whose purpose was to explore, affirm and celebrate the nature of the human spirit at the MinGei Center on Penny Lane Farm in Cottage Grove.  Retreat leader, ordained as a lay Zen minister, and a committed student of Life, Penny is now a regular presenter at the Free Thought Congregation in Sauk City.

Braiding Wisdom is a series of classes there were part of a vision of Kate Heiber-Cobb’s to have community meeting, learning and sharing in a safe environment, while offering many people an opportunity to share their skills and knowledge.  This series is intentionally focused on the personal, spiritual and social skill sets.  How do we practice growing, changing, and being on our swiftly moving planet?

Payment can be made here or payment can be made the day of class with check, cash or card, though we do appreciate a heads-up that you plan on attending.

https://www.brownpapertickets.com/user/manageevent/2749541

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Birds As Messengers: Birds as Oracles

We will explore bird behavior, bird as symbols in various cultures and in mythology and how they are can be listened to as oracles for our journeys.  I have had the hawks leading me on my journey of permaculture and teaching the last 10 years.  Many other birds have come to me and offered me signs and directions.  Let’s explore together how that might happen and what that might be like for you.

Kate Heiber-Cobb has been a practicing Eco-Feminist, Eclectic Witch for 41 years.  She was part of a coven for 20 some years and has practiced with other groups and solo over all of these years.  She is also a Permaculturist and founded and coordinates the Madison Area Permaculture Guild.  She has a small consulting and design business called Sustainability On Stilts, LLC and teaches regularly at Madison College and other locations around the region.

Braiding Wisdom was envisioned and created by Kate Heiber-Cobb (me) in 2014 and manifested in 2016 with a Summer Series of classes.  This is the second series and offers up some wonderful teachers and classes for everyone’s enjoyment.  Last summer many connections were made that carried on outside of the 2 hours spent together.  That is braiding community and was part of the vision.

This class takes  place in a beautiful wood yurt in Monona. We offer a sliding fee scale.  You can pay the low price here online or pay the day of class with cash, check or card.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2728126

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Being Yourself, Being with Others : Explorations using Zero Balancing Principles and Circle Practice.

This workshop offers and experiential exploration of the art of Interface.  When we are at Interface we are fully present to and responsible for ourselves while, at the same time, offer our availability, attention, deep listening and trusting presence to another.  At Interface, we can be very intimate with another without losing your boundaries.  As a result, we can lean into each other for true and mutually beneficial support.  Using principles and practices from the art of Zero Balancing (www.zerobalancing.com) and of Circle Practice (wwww.peerspirit.com), participants will have ample opportunity to be with themselves and with others in an engaged, refreshing and, possibly, transformative way.

Efrat Livny, a resident artist and healer at Threshold, creates objects that foster listening, self-expression and communication from a place of balance, receptivity and wisdom. Inspired by the cultural, aesthetic and wisdom traditions of the Native Americans, Buddhism and the Middle East, she brings together objects that she collects in nature and during her extensive world travels. She works with individual and groups to collaborate in the creation of their unique Talking Stick

Tickets can be paid for day of event with cash, check or card or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2728136

Wednesday, February 1, 2017                                                                                 Intimacy w/the Life Force: Sacred Sexual Alchemy, Conscious Evolution & the Art of Self Realization

Self-Realization”Give Death to the Dead so as not to live like the Dead.”
Three simple yet profound keys guide our way toward an illuminated self-realization.  We will explore the ancient wisdom and age-old practices that define the essence of inner truth.  Peace, Power and Beauty awaken at this crucial stage of our evolutionary development.  “The door of the Sun is open for all.  It shines upon all.  All blood is the same color, the color of living fire.  We are as flowers of different colors, different aromas.  We are brothers and sisters of the seven rays.” – Wilaru Huayta

As an Integrated Wellness Trainer, Dianné Jean Aldrich brings a special spiritual connection to her work with people and to the EcoSpace that is the hallmark of her lifetime of training in the worlds of dance, fitness, coaching and ritual. Based in New York City for over 14 years, Dianné returned to Dane County to enjoy the pleasures of being a mother in this family friendly part of the Midwest and to offer back to her community of origin all that she has gained in the way of experience, knowledge, pilgrimage, prayer and divine inspiration.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2729489

Wednesday February 8, 2017                                                                                       Earth-Centered Astrology: An Introduction

Take an imaginary journey through the annual cycle with its four seasons to discover the meanings of the twelve signs of the zodiac.  This is a introductory class using many symbols and images to experience the essence of the twelve signs.  We will also learn about the elements and a bit about the interplay of light and dark.

Teacher Paula Novotnak has been a professional astrologer for over 30 years  She is an excellent teacher with the ability to connect the personal with the theory.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2749562

Wednesday, February 15, 2017                                                                                         The Tower, The Devil, and Death!  OH NO!

Sometimes when these cards come up in a reading, the response is “Oh no!”  There is an idea that they are bad news and a sign of impending doom.  I choose to think of them as having multiple interpretations.  Certainly, the darker, shadowy one can be present.  By changing our perspective, we can see them with alternate meanings.  I would like this to be an opportunity to explore a broader range of significance for these three major arcana cards.

Helen Schneider first began using tarot cards in the mid 80’s. Since then she has continued to do readings for herself, for friends and occasionally for paying clients. She does not consider herself to be a “professional” card reader. Her preference is to use the cards personally and to share interpretations with others doing readings.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2749580

Wednesday, February 22, 2017                                                                                        When Friends Come to Us in Dreams  

In the spirit of the Braiding Wisdom Series, this workshop will focus on the ways that our friends offer us informative perspectives whenever they appear in our dreams.  What does their presence signify?  How can we understand their messages?  Why do we dream of a childhood friend we haven’t thought about for years or a co-worker who initially “had our back,” but later became our adversary?

In our time together within a confidential circle, we shall explore how to translate these enigmatic messages that often lead us to essential insights.  Feel free to bring a recent dream about a friend(s) that you’d like to process in our group.

Teacher Ann E. Aswegan RN, MS Ed is a dream consultant and holistic health educator who has offered classes, retreats and workshops on dreams for the past 25 years.  She also sees clients privately.  She is the author of “Awakening to the Song of Your Self: Revelations by Day and Dreams by Night.”  Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2749595

Wednesday, March 1, 2017                                                                                         Learning to Draw: Understanding the Connection Between Seeing and Drawing

Drawing can be an important tool in personal growth practices, and anyone who can write their name can learn to draw realistically.  The mystery of drawing is solved by learning to identify the basic elements of shape and practicing the connection between eye and hand.

The group will follow steps together, to hear and see the process of decoding an image in order to draw it realistically.  Understanding this process results in greater confidence in drawing.  Confidence is the first step toward mastering this most basic form of visual language.

All materials will be provided, including colored pencils and inks for finishing our work.

Kristin Slava has taught drawing all ages of students for the past 20 years.  She is a freelance illustrator, musician, and environmental artist, currently working at Preschool of the Arts.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2749664

Wednesday, March 8, 2017                                                                                        Inviting Beauty and Meaning at the End Part 1

Endings matter – the end of a project, a job, a relationship, a life.  Endings often bring up sadness, anger, pain and fear – and they can be times where profound meaning and beauty emerge.

In this two-part series, we’ll use preparing for end of life as a doorway to explore how to approach endings with intention, curiosity and creativity.

Session 1
Preparing for Endings: Intention and Inquiry.
Come explore how story and ritual can create space for meaning and beauty and how preparing for our death and the death of our loved ones can teach us about living our lives now.

Karen Reppen has been passionately learning and teaching about aging, illness, death and grief for nearly 15 years. As a hospice communications professional she focused on increasing awareness about end-of-life care through outreach to patients, families, health-care providers and the public. She is currently working with a group of volunteers and professionals to establish a social model hospice to serve people experiencing homelessness, mental/emotional illness, and otherwise marginalized populations in the Madison area. She has completed the “Being with Dying” program at Upaya Institute, earned a Grief Support Specialist Certificate through UW-Madison Continuing Studies, is a student of Stephen Jenkinson’s Orphan Wisdom School and is a mixed-media artist, and mindfulness practitioner.
Julie Swanson is a StoryPreneur and Emergent Learning Designer. She has over 25 years of experience in adult learning, communications and community health. She is currently the owner of What’s Possible Now, where she partners with people and organizations who want to work with story intentionally, creatively, and courageously to create healthy, resilient communities.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2749634

Wednesday, March 15, 2017                                                                                      Inviting Beauty and Meaning at the End Part 2

Endings matter – the end of a project, a job, a relationship, a life.  Endings often bring up sadness, anger, pain and fear – and they can be times where profound meaning and beauty emerge.

In this two part series, we’ll use preparing for end of life as a doorway to explore how to approach endings with intention, curiosity and creativity.

Session 2:
Preparing for Endings: Creativity and Community
Join us as we explore how deep conversation, caring circle and ceremony can help to ensure that our endings are well tended and mended.

Karen Reppen has been passionately learning and teaching about aging, illness, death and grief for nearly 15 years. As a hospice communications professional she focused on increasing awareness about end-of-life care through outreach to patients, families, health-care providers and the public.

She is currently working with a group of volunteers and professionals to establish a social model hospice to serve people experiencing homelessness, mental/emotional illness, and otherwise marginalized populations in the Madison area. She has completed the “Being with Dying” program at Upaya Institute, earned a Grief Support Specialist Certificate through UW-Madison Continuing Studies, is a student of Stephen Jenkinson’s Orphan Wisdom School and is a mixed-media artist, and mindfulness practitioner.

Julie Swanson is a StoryPreneur and Emergent Learning Designer. She has over 25 years of experience in adult learning, communications and community health. She is currently the owner of What’s Possible Now, where she partners with people and organizations who want to work with story intentionally, creatively, and courageously to create healthy, resilient communities.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2749650

Wednesday, March 22, 2017                                                                                      Singing with an Open Heart

Singing is such a natural form of expression.  Kids warble, chant, hum and holler without hesitation; cats yowl, coyotes howl; even fish sing!  But most grown-up humans are too self-conscious to use their voices fully.  That’s a shame, because singing is good for you and yours.  It truly has the power to heal.  Let’s explore some simple practices and tools to get over ourselves and weave singing back into daily life – for ourselves, for others, and in community.

Jody Clowes is an eclectic reader, occasional writer, mad gardener, full-throated singer, and stubbornly improvisational cook, Jody is happiest with her hands in the dirt.  She sings in the shower, the car, and the yard, and (with the Threshold Singers of Madison) for people nearing the end of their lives.  Jody is also a curator and director of the James Waltrous Gallery in Overture Center for the Arts.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2749611

Wednesday, April 5, 2017                                                                                             Sacred Water: Exploring the Symbolism, Ritual & Ceremony of the Element Water

This will be a participatory exploration of water through symbolism, cultures, rituals, stories and ceremonies in the here and now and over time.

We will be exploring Water as Sacred and as a powerful ally and growth tool for ourselves and our culture.  How do we think about water?  How much water is there?  What cultures revere it?  Did you know that the old chapels used to be built over underground springs because of the energy channel that the water creates?  Ah, many stories of water.  We will explore, mull and share water.

Kate Heiber-Cobb has been a practicing Eco-Feminist, Eclectic Witch for 41 years. She was part of a coven for 20 some years and has practiced with other groups and solo over all of these years. She is also a Permaculturist and founded and coordinates the Madison Area Permaculture Guild. She has a small consulting and design business called Sustainability On Stilts, LLC and teaches regularly at Madison College and other locations around the region.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2749693

Wednesday, April 12, 2017                                                                                            Water Stories: Finding the stories that Change Leaders, Edge Workers and Wayfinders need to tell    

The elemental stories we may be more familiar with are fire stories….stories of achievement and outward success.

Water stories are inner journeys.  Water stories are about going deep and paying attention to flow.

If you are a change maker, edge worker, wayfinder….you need to grow your ability to work creatively and intentionally with story.

This session is a story sandbox.  We’ll explore practices that are easy to use and have the potential to create space for deeper ways of being in the world.

We all have the power to shape our individual and collective stories.  Come explore the power and practice of story.

“Your voice is the wildest thing you own.”  (Terry Tempest Williams)

This session is inspired by Brene Brown, Jim May and the Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

Julie Swanson is a StoryPreneur and Emergent Learning Designer. She has over 25 years of experience in adult learning, communications and community health. She is currently the owner of What’s Possible Now, where she partners with people and organizations who want to work with story intentionally, creatively, and courageously to create healthy, resilient communities.                                         

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2749713

  • Classes are open to all.  They can be taken individually or as a series.  All classes will be held in the smaller workshop space at 4pillars4healthecospace at 6020 Kristi Circle, Monona, 53716.  Our space is a heated, beautiful and magical wood yurt in a wooded backyard in Monona.  There is a step up toilet and parking is on the street in a non-busy suburban area.  All classes can be done individually, but we encourage the Inviting Beauty and Meaning at the End to be done in both sessions.
  • You can purchase online at links with each of the listings OR pay the day of the class with check, cash or card.  We would appreciate heads-up on your attendance if possible.
  • If you have questions please contact Kate Heiber-Cobb at 213-2230.