Mandala: A Mindful, Creative Practice

The mandala is a symmetrical design that has historically appeared in art forms, architecture and ceremonies around the world. This day retreat is designed to introduce participants to the experience and practice of creating their own, unique expression. The creative process, shared with others, can be a powerful experience and is an art technique that is accessible to everyone.

When creating a personal mandala, full attention is placed on the experience, in the present moment. A completed mandala is a guiding means for meditation and self-reflection; we can see ourselves, with perspective and compassion.

Date & Time: Sat., May 2, from 9:30am to 4:00pm
Presenter: Peg Considine
Fee: $75


About the Presenter 

Peg Considine BFA, M.Ed.  taught visual art for twenty years, emphasizing the creative process as an expression of self,. she has found the mandala an accessible and transformative art form. Peg currently leads mandala retreats throughout New England.

The Shoden Two Day Certificate Course

Learn Traditional Japanese Reiki (Shoden) level 1- and take your well-being into your own hands. Reiki is a system of natural healing from Japan that is based on mindfulness practices and light touch. Reiki practice helps promote relaxation, stimulate the body’s innate healing response, and support personal development and growth.

Shoden is a Japanese word meaning “first teachings.” These are the first teachings of the system of Reiki. In this practical two-day course, you will learn how to help yourself with a daily healing practice and how you can also help your friends and family using Japanese healing techniques.

Day 1: Reiki overview, history, use and benefits; Reiki precepts, meditation & centering techniques, Reiki self-care (protocol for hands-on healing on the self).

Day 2: Additional meditation technique and practice; sharing Reiki with others (chair and table protocols).


Day 1 -9:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Overview of the system of Reiki, what it is, how it works and how the practice has developed.
  • The five elements of the system of Reiki with a strong focus on the Reiki precepts.
  • Meditation exercises and techniques.
  • Protocol for hands-on healing on the self and practice time.

Day 2 -9:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Additional meditation exercise and practice.
  • Chair protocol for sharing Reiki with others.
  • Table protocol for sharing Reiki with others.
  • Practice time.

Recommended reading prior to the course: The Japanese Art of Reiki by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

Material fee for the Reiki 1 (Shoden) manual: $20 payable to the instructor on Day 1.

A certificate will only be issued after completion of additional requirements after the course, as follows;

Please contact the instructor directly-Contact: Andrea Deierlein,

Date & Time: Sat., April 18, 9am through Sun., April 19, at 5pm

Presenter: Andrea Kartika Deierlein

Fee: $275 (includes all meals & overnight on Sat.) + $20 material fee payable to instructor on Day 1

(Commuter rate $200 includes lunch both days and no overnight)


About the Presenter:

Andrea Kartika Deierlein is a graduate teacher of the International House of Reiki. She practices and teaches a traditional Japanese form of the system of Reiki, which is easily accessible, yet deeply rooted in spirituality. As a Reiki professional, Andrea focuses on helping her clients become in tune with themselves. As a teacher, she provides ongoing support for her students and other practitioners who were trained in different Reiki traditions.

Requirements for Reiki Level 1 (Shoden) Certificate

To be completed up to one year from date of training.

    1. 21 consecutive days of Reiki self-care (based on the protocol for treating the self, 9 hand positions, 3 minutes minimum per hand position)
    2. Participation in 3 Reiki Shares or Practice Evenings*
    3. Receive a one-hour Reiki session from a Reiki Professional**

*These Reiki Shares or Practice Evenings can also be run by other Reiki practitioners/teachers. Please make sure that these shares or (sometimes they are also called) Circles are for Reiki practice only – and that you get to share and receive Reiki. When submitting this information to me, please include the dates you attended and the name of the practitioner/teacher.

**I offer a certification range fee especially for my students, which is $85 (my normal one-hour session rate is $110), if you have received a professional Reiki session in the last three months (before the course date), please let me know the name of the practitioner and the date of the session and that requirement will be waived for you.


A Retreat: Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves

A Retreat for Writing Our Relationship with Trees: What This Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Living Within the Sacred

In this weekend retreat, we will explore and strengthen our relationship with trees. We will slow down to listen to what these sacred beings can teach us.

To make this journey, we will use poetry and poem-making as a way to express and describe this relationship with ourselves, one another, and within the larger context of living as stewards of this planet, express it as part of the fabric of the cosmos.

Please bring a story (or poem) about a single tree or a forest, or an orchard, or a grove of trees, whatever is significant to you, that has made a difference to you in your life, somehow changed how you see yourself and the world around you, including the cosmos. This poem can be yours or be written by someone else. You are invited to bring a photograph of a tree.

The weekend retreat is limited to 22 registrations. Please register early to reserve your spot.

This weekend retreat begins Friday evening at 5pm with dinner at 6pm. The Friday evening event,  A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop, starts at 7pm.

A Public Talk, Conversation and Mini-Workshop: Open to all, Friday, August 31, from 7pm-9:30pm: Fee: $25 (Friday workshop only)

A Retreat For Writing Our Relationship With Trees: Friday, August 31, at 5pm to Sunday, September 2, at 1pm: Fee: $250 (whole weekend); includes all meals and overnight accommodations.


About the Presenter: John Fox, Certified Poetry Therapist, is a poet and author of Finding What You Didn’t Lose:  Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making and Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. He teaches regularly at the collegiate and post graduate level as an adjunct faculty member of the California Institute of Integral Studies, Sofia University (formerly The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology,) and Holy Names University, Oakland.  He taught for twenty years as adjunct at John F. Kennedy University – first through the Graduate School of Professional Psychology and then since 1997 in the Arts & Consciousness Department. For more about John Fox, visit his website

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