For the fifth consecutive year, the Blue Spirit Retreat Center is presenting their Monday Night Lecture Series. This year the international spiritual teachers will share their wisdom and lived experience to benefit the Escuelita de Verano (Nosara Summer School).
Each Monday evening at 7:30 p.m., from January 6 through February 10, all those who arrive at Café de Paris and give a suggested donation of $10 will be giving the opportunity to a kid in Nosara to enjoy the “Escuelita.”
Escuelita de Verano is organized by the Surfing Nosara Foundation and begins on Monday, January 6th at Serapio Lopez School in Nosara. Children ages 5 to 14 can participate. Children can expect a lot of fun, including arts and crafts, circus games, water activities and outings to Playa Pelada and Boca Nosara. Volunteers are welcome. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Here is the calendar for the Blue Spirit Lectures
Monday, January 6 with Joan Halifax Roshi
Living Buddha: Exploring Compassion & Wisdom in the World Today
Join Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, and engaged Buddhism advocate, Joan Halifax Roshi, for a very contemporary approach to the teachings and practices of Buddhism. Receive basic instructions on various forms of meditation; learn special practices on compassion; explore teachings on the three-fold path of virtue, concentration, and wisdom; and look into engaged practice in the world today.
Monday, January 13 with Carl Big Heart
Standing on Holy Ground
To be happy in these troubled times, we need to further a fundamental shift of being in alignment with our living Earth Mother. Wherever we are, we stand on holy ground and are the messengers of love’s purpose. Together in ceremony, we establish deeper connection with the receptive, responsive Universe, as we become a doorway for blessings to move into our world, hold sacred space with consistency, and bless and benefit all future generations.
Monday, January 20 with Ester Perel
Mating in Captivity
Psychotherapist Esther Perel is changing the conversation on what it means to be in love and have a fulfilling sex life. For the first time in human history, couples aren’t having sex just to have kids; there’s room for sustained desire, for couples to cultivate long-term sexual relationships. But how? Perel, a licensed marriage and family therapist, travels the world to help people answer this question. She is the author of “Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic”.
Monday, January 27 with John Perkins
Achieving Peace Through Higher Consciousness
John Perkins, author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” and “Shapeshifting”, quit working for the World Bank and the United States government when he realized he was part of a system that creates an unsustainable world. His work with shamanic cultures around the world taught him that now, in this time prophesized by the Maya and many others, we have the opportunity to change. This week, he leads us on shamanic journeys to expand our consciousness and shape-shift our institutions.
Monday, February 3 with Steven Michael Pague
Waterfall Qigong: Free Fall of the Laughing Stream
A long time staff member of the Omega Institute, Steven Michael Pague has been co-directing Omega’s winter programs for more than 25 years. A gifted group facilitator and educator, he works with The Tracking Project, sharing its programs of natural and cultural awareness with people all over the world. He is a certified instructor in Chinese Movement & Healing Arts with the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi. He is also a musician and songwriter. Pague’s music can be heard on the CD “The Wheel of This Moment”.
Monday, February 10 with Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD
Longevity & Beyond: Living Fully in This Moment
Physician and Founder of the Omega Institute, Stephan Rechtschaffen, teaches holistic approaches to time, longevity, nutrition, stress reduction, and well-being. These interests have drawn him to living in Costa Rica and envision and direct the retreat center Blue Spirit in Nosara. Rechtschaffen is the coauthor of “Vitality and Wellness” and the author of “Timeshifting”, a book that has been translated into 15 languages, and focuses on one’s relationship to time and stress amidst the quickening pace of modern life.