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Editor's note from J. Stewart Dixon: Gangaji was one of my teachers; over the years I watched, read, sat with, went on silent retreats with, cried and laughed.  She's truly one of the great teachers of our time.  "Call off the search" and "Wake up first" are two very powerful pieces of spiritual advice/suggestions that any spiritual seeker can benefit from.  Is this a paradox?  You bet.  Welcome to the world of spiritual awakening...



by Diane Renz, LPC,
ATH Asst. Editor of PsychoSpiritual

It will never be enough,

I could swallow you whole,

and it would only wet my appetite...

Editor's Note from Diane Renz: Here I share some poetry born out of my heart after spending retreat in Mindfulness with Jon Kabat Zinn. Just listen with your heart and your full senses, don't worry about understanding it, and then, explore how this kind of expression can help offer the healing and integration for experience and emotion that might otherwise lead to unconscious acts that cause you or others pain.




Interviewed by Allysyn Kiplinger

Betty-Ann Kissilove

Here’s a great example of one woman’s artistic expression of the new cosmology. I first met Betty-Ann at a retreat about the new cosmology with Dr. Brian Swimme in California in 1999. Her playful wit and intense curiosity about the nature of the universe are beautifully presented in her new book called “Great Ball of Fire! A Poetic Telling of the Universe Story” (Mearth Press, 2010). I was recently able to speak with her about this newly published epic poem, as well as inquire about her inspiration and her thoughts about cosmology...



by Janet Gillett, PsyD
ATH Co-Editor of Books for Healing

When people talk about Zen or meditation, I always think about people who know so much or are more talented or more dedicated. In fact, I went for years avoiding meditation because I didn’t think I would be capable of it. In a weekend meditation retreat, I had to learn quickly...


Editor's Note from Janet Gillett:  If you ever thought meditation was hard or unapproachable, Tim Burkett's "Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are" will demystify what Zen is and how to incorporate it into your life.


Books for Healing

by Sr. Chau Nghiem

In retreats, we usually offer a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as children tend to get hungry often. It is important to serve healthy snacks, like fresh or dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, natural crackers or cookies. We can serve water or juice in re-usable cups to avoid creating a lot of trash. We can prepare basins of water so that each child can help wash their cup.


Editor’s Note: Great ideas here for families to help young ones appreciate food (and of course - the bigger picture of it all which is life) - where food comes from, how it grows, how it tastes, how it feels, etc. Also, some healthy snack recipes at the bottom of the article.



by Panache Desai

I could never understand why Jesus would retreat into the desert when he lived in the desert. The thought of trading in one patch of sand for another never seemed appealing to me, until I began to facilitate this work…

Nature exists in an intrinsic state of harmony. It does not require anything from you nor does it make any demands. It just exists and vibrates at a level of neutrality, of harmony,… of love. More and more I hear that you, too, are finding it important to be out in nature...


Exercise & Fitness

by Sarina Stone, Certified Universal Tao Instructor

I began studying the Universal Tao methods of self-transformation in the early 1990’s. Within 3 years, I found myself at a 3-week intensive Chi Nei Tsang workshop that began in Berkley, California and finished at a beautiful retreat center in Santa Cruz...


Editor's Note from Suzanne Getz: It is important to understand the benefits of abdominal massage. Too often this part of the body is overlooked in traditional massage and this article helps to open our minds to Chi Nei Tsang.



by Melanie Webb

I was neck deep in contract negotiations. My time investment of the last 8 months to build a business relationship was finally about to pay off. I was ready to do the work I’d come to the middle of nowhere on the Utah/Arizona border to do: deliver a customized fitness retreat that would take a busy exec off the grid and reconnect his mind and body. I shot for the moon…and got shot down...


Editor's Note from Melanie Webb: Sometimes we think that our exercise and fitness routine has to be just that - a routine - to be effective. As a result our physical fitness plateaus, we get stale and bored, and often feel confined or restricted to the gym. Adventure travel to exciting new places - or even the next city - opens up a host of new outdoor activities, connecting us not only to the wonder of our body, but Mother Nature as well.


Exercise & Fitness

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