Winter-Spring 2018

First Fridays in the Quiet Garden
Join us any first Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Beverages are provided; please bring a bag lunch or something to share.
Suggested donation: $20.

Healing Ground is part of an international Quiet Garden movement ( Join us at the beginning of the month as we take time to slow the pace and enjoy a quiet place to pause and let our bodies and minds rest and our hearts awaken.

Convened by Pat Bailey, Dee Irwin and Healing Ground volunteers.

Wisdom Circles: Things Fall Apart
Wednesdays, January 10 to March 14, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am
OR Thursdays, January 11 to March 15 from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
Suggested donation: $125.

Chinua Achebe’s classic novel, Things Fall Apart, tells of how the coming of the white man (and with that colonialism and Christianity) led to the breakup of the old ways for the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. It speaks to what happens when our world shifts. It may be a bit harder to point to what is shifting the paradigm in our culture–the internet and the worldwide web (imagine a world without tweets), global climate change, global economy, the demise of civility–the list goes on. Which only means that we will have plenty to ponder and discuss as we explore how our lives are shifting in the midst of the difficult times we are all experiencing and what it means for being in relationship with ourselves, our community, our world, the cosmos.

Facilitated by Dee Irwin who loves to meet people at the intersection of their lives and their questions.

Art, Meditation and Creative Process
FIRST SERIES: Five Thursdays, January 18 to February 15, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Suggested donation: $100 and is limited to 12 participants.
Bring an unlined journal of any size and a pen.

This new series is for those people who would like to deepen their meditation and breath work into various art forms. We will explore creating art together from the still point of meditation and creating with the breath. Betsy is looking for fellow seekers who are willing to put their ego aside and allow whatever wants to be expressed come forth in the form of art–whether it is poetry, music, movement, writing, or process art. Creating from a place of not-knowing; a place of wonder and intuition, is an opportunity for more empowerment, self-discovery and delight.

SECOND SERIES: Four Sundays, May 6, May 20, June 3 and June 17, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Suggested donation: $100 and is limited to 12 participants.
Please bring a journal for drawing and writing and wear comfortable shoes for walking outside. Colored markers are provided. No prior art training is required. These classes are all about the process of creating art without emphasis on technique or end product. Water and tea are provided.

CLASS 1: May 6
Along the Path of Creativity: walking meditation and the expressive arts
Being present with walking, moving, in touch with our body; the swing of the arms, feet massaging the ground, allows us to connect more deeply with our essence and feel a sense of well-being in natural movement. From silent walking and listening in nature, we will move into writing and creating art as an expression of who we are in the moment.

CLASS 2: May 20
Soul Craft: the language of art making
Artist Picasso has been quoted as saying, “If you want to draw, close your eyes and sing.” That well describes the craft of expression through art making in the moment. Drawing our lines and colors onto paper from a place of not knowing in the sacred space of silence is a way to discover more of who we are and increase joy and creative energy in our lives.

CLASS 3: June 3
Writing the Mystery from Silence: writing as an act of discovery
When we are away from the noise of everyday life, we have the opportunity to hear the great voice of the Universe which we are all a part of. Listening inward can allow stories from our ordinary lives to surface. Writing these down enrich our lives by providing insight and clarity on our journey through life.

CLASS 4: June 17
Sounding: making our sound in the world, music in the moment
Sound is vibration. It’s wonderful to feel this sensation in our bodies as we make a sound and tone together. Finding and delighting in our own unique sounds brings courage and allows for a transformation of emotions into song and rhythm. Hand percussion instruments will be provided as the group is guided into merry music making from the heart in community circle.

Led by Betsy Bevan who describes herself as a self-taught artist who is curious to get lines and colors out on a page and watch art evolve on it’s own. She has been practicing Zen meditation since her mid-twenties, and is part of Wind & Stars musical ensemble. She is a gifted teacher and musician who seeks a deeper connection with others through art and meditation.

Understanding and Practicing Meditation
(Please note the revised dates) Six Mondays starting March 12 through April 16, from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Suggested donation: $125 per person, $200 per couple.

This six Monday night program will focus on different methods of meditation for the purpose of achieving true happiness and joy. The process can include overcoming the loss of a loved one, relief from suffering from illness, getting beyond the experience of PTSD and other similar negative experiences. The journey to a sense of daily well being sometimes involves difficult steps that hardly anyone can take alone. Join us for this journey to discover how simple and effective a meditation practice can be. Group discussion and the book A Little Bit of Meditation by Amy Mercree will be part of the process.

Led by Kevin Haggerty, M.S. in counseling psychology, teacher and executive coach. For further information, call Kevin at 336 509-5777.

Zentangle™ Classes: Creative Meditation for Your Inner Artist
Anyone who can hold a pen can create a Zentangle. It is a relaxing and fun way to create beautiful designs with repetitive patterns. The bonus is that it is also a great stress reducer that increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction.
Three separate offerings. Introduction to Zentangle is needed if this is new to you.
Suggested donation: $40/class

“Introduction to Zentangle”
Monday, January 22, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

This two and a half hour workshop is a basic introduction to the Zentangle drawing method. Class will cover the history, the applications, and the steps of creating an original Zentangle tile. This class invites all levels and requires no artistic experience. This is a great start class that is bound to leave you thirsty for more.

“Complimentary Curves and Color”
Monday, February 19, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

There are many patterns that have similar parts, in this case curves, that work beautifully together and also lend themselves to creating Tangelations, one pattern morphing into another. Adding color for shading or accent turns it into Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA).

“Black Tiles and Tangos”
Monday, March 19, from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

Tangos are created by combining two or more tangles, analogous to mixing paint colors to create a new color. We will work with several pairs of patterns that lend themselves to hybrid tangles and do it all using gel pens on black tiles of various shapes (standard tiles, bijou, 3Zs, zendalas).

Facilitated by Dee Irwin, Certified Zentangle Teacher and intrepid explorer of different mediums of expression.

Finding My Soul’s Voice: An Introduction to SoulCollage©
Saturday, March 24, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Cost for the three hour workshop: $45.

The unique process of SoulCollage© leads us to discover and connect with out inner guidance: the still, small companion voice within. Using found imagery, we create cards that hold personal meaning and help us to encounter the many facets of our soul. Card-making materials, immages and snacks will be provided. You will take home materials to continue your new collage practice.

Facilitated by Vicki Longhofer Copeland. For registration and any questions, contact her at

Putting Mindfulness at the Center of Health and Healing
Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Bring your lunch and we will provide beverages.
Suggested donation: $55.

Are you looking to make improvements in your life? Do you want to lose weight or quit smoking? Exercise more? Make career changes? Be a better parent? Minimize stress and anxiety? Pray more? These are only a few of the issues you may face and wish to change.

Using the Duke Integrative Health model for creating change we will explore our current situations and create a vision for a healthier future.

Led by Jacqueline Messick a, Duke-trained Integrative Health Coach. She holds a Master of Pastoral Studies. She is a childbirth doula as well.