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to a great positive change and, more broadly, how the heartbreak that is happening in the world today can facilitate a more urgent con- frontation with the problems, and our commit- ment to do everything we can to heal them.


Drawing on his book, The Hope, Andrew Harvey will lay out his vision of Sacred Activism, a fusion of mystical knowledge, peacemaking, passion, and urgent action. He believes that the fusion of the passion for God and the passion for justice creates an evolutionary force of love in action that can help us not only transform our current crisis, but evolve into divine human- ity. Participants will discuss the five forms of service that are necessary to be a Sacred Activist, the seven laws that Harvey has distilled from the world’s mystical traditions that govern the wise use of Sacred Activism, and the four kinds of sacred practice that he recommends to all Sacred Activists to help them build a holistic spiritual container strong enough to withstand the inevitable stresses and pressures we all face.


Recommended reading: Harvey, The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism.


Andrew Harvey is an internationally renowned poet, novelist, scholar, and mystic. He is the author of


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more than 20 books, including The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism and Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism. He has taught at Oxford University and Cornell University.


Week of July 15–20


Music, Spirituality and the Brain: Sacred Practices to Open Your Heart and Mind


Mark Robert Waldman & Yuval Ron


This workshop takes you deeply into the sacred music, movement, dances, rituals, and practices of five ancient spiritual paths: Kabbalistic Judaism, Sufism, mystical Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Hinduism. Experience the sacred poetry and storytelling from these mysti- cal paths as the leaders guide you through medi- tations and chants that have been shown to alter the structure and function of your brain in ways that enhance memory, cognition, and social awareness while simultaneously reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and anger.


The program includes live music performed by


Yuval Ron on the oud, an ancient Middle Eastern lute used to accompany poetry and bib- lical prophetic recitations; Echad and Nigun meditations; movement exercises from the Zen tradition of Butoh; ecstatic dance and music; and an orchestrated video presentation of the neuro-scientific effects of meditation and prayer on the brain. You can come away with a deep understanding of the commonality of spiritual practices and the love for life that is reflected in these mystical paths.


Mark Robert Waldman bio on page 19.


Yuval Ron is an Oscar-winning and Grammy-nom- inated musician, composer, and producer for film, television, dance, and theater. He has performed for the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Zia Iniyat Khan, and has been featured on CNN and in National Geographic. www.yuvalronmusic.com.


Walking on Clouds: Tai Chi Kenn Chase


Move like a river, Walk like a cat, Be still as a mountain.


— Tai Chi Classics


DANIEL BIANCHETTA


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