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Dearest Sweetie Pie Sugar Lumps,
Anyone ready for summer? Sunshine? Lemonade? Popsicles? Watermelon? Sunburns? Bicycles and hula hoops? Water balloons and frisbees? Mosquitoes and garter snakes? Here we go!

Hey! This one is different. I moved the location…
Friday, May 27th – 7 PM – Chant – 230 N Sunset (Kiri and Mark’s) – $7 suggested donation

Monday, May 30th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Muhsi” “The Accounter” – by donation

Tuesday, May 31st – 7 PM – New Moon Ritual – adults only – RSVP for more information – $10 suggested donation

Friday, June 3rd to Sunday, June 5th – Heartbeat Festival – Sunrise Ranch – drumming, chanting, dancing, fire circles, ritual – Saturday evening Kalliope and DJO performances… – More information: https://sunriseranch.org/activities/heart-beat-drum-and-dance-festival/

Monday, June 6th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Mubdi” “The Originator” – by donation

Tuesday, June 7th – 10 AM – Mama Sing – Avogadro’s Number – 605 S Mason, Ft Collins – by donation

Thursday, June 9th to Sunday, June 12th – Meadowfest – Jack’s Gulch – camping, potluck dinners, ritual, chanting, drumming… – more info and registration: http://trigoddess.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/MeadowFest2011.pdf

Monday, June 13th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Mu’id” “The Restorer” – by donation

Tuesday, June 14th – 7 PM – Dance of Universal Peace – Sunrise Ranch (100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland) – $5 suggested donation

Wednesday, June 15th – 7:30 PM – Full Moon Dance – Clayton Learning Center, Denver – Timothy and I are co-creating a full moon celebration dancing outdoors for this evening – $10

Friday, June 17th – 7 PM – Chant – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – $7 suggested donation

Sunday, June 19th – Litha, Summer Solstice celebration – Fort Collins (Treehenge) – 4 PM – This will be the trial run of the Dragonfest ritual, focused on the dynamic dualities of Inanna and Damuzi. Family-friendly. Potluck after ritual.

Monday, June 20th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Muhyi” “Giver of Life” – by donation

Monday, June 27th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Mumit” “Destroyer” – by donation

Tuesday, June 28th – 7 PM – Women’s Dance of Universal Peace – St Barnabas Church (13th and Vine, Denver) – $7 suggested donation

Oh… looking ahead to fall… The Women’s Retreat at Camp Santa Maria is on the books again! Woo-hoo! Hurray! Hurrah! Please mark your calendars, ladies, September 9 to 12. You can get the flyer and registration form on-line, and you can even pay the registration fee through paypal, if that strikes your fancy. http://trigoddess.org/special-events/

And… I’m thinking about offering a monthly mini-Sufi-retreat… for an afternoon/evening. What do you think? Want it?

In case you are concerned about the approaching warm weather, I just want to assure you that several things that you are accustomed to having hot, are also quite nice cold. For example: coffee, tea, chocolate, pizza, cookies, apple pie, spiced rum, oatmeal (maybe not the oatmeal), and revenge.
Plus, everyone’s just a little happier and a little nicer when they can start wearing less clothes. Just saying.
Let me know if you want to join us for new moon, and your thoughts about an on-going Sufi thing-a-ma-whatsit.
Love and joy and happiness and bright sunshine with decreasing chance of showers and absolutely no flooding.
Sára

(970)227-5275
rain@trigoddess.org

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Hey Y’all,
I’m BACK!!!
Did you miss me?
I missed you!
I’m so happy to be home… and ready to jump back into circles with you!

Monday, May 9th – 9:30 AM – Sufi circle – 449 Clover Ln, Ft Collins – focus on “Al-Matin” “The Steadfast – by donation

Tuesday, May 10th – 7 PM – Dance of Universal Peace – Sunrise Ranch (100 Sunrise Ranch Rd. Loveland) – $5 suggested donation

Friday, May 13th – 7 PM – Chant – 5000 Boardwalk #13, Ft Collins – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, May 14th – 6:30 PM – Beltane Celebration – Starhouse (Sunshine Canyon Rd, Boulder) – Timothy and I will co-facilitate a celebration of The May, wrapping ribbons round the maypole, singing, dancing, and ceremonializing the turning of the wheel – $12 – This evening is a fundraiser for Tim (my hubby) and our family’s medical expenses this month.

Monday, May 16th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Wali” “The Friend” – by donation

Wednesday, May 18th – 7:15 PM – Dance of Universal Peace – Clayton Learning Center (northwest corner Martin Luther King Blvd and Colorado, in Denver) – I will be leading in Timothy’s absence – $10

Monday, May 23rd – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Hamid” “The Praiseworthy” – by donation

Tuesday, May 24th – 7 PM – Women’s Dance of Universal Peace – St Barnabas Church (1280 Vine St, Denver) – $7 suggested donation

Friday, May 27th – 7 PM – Chant – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, May 28th – 6:30 – Kalliope Show – Bellvue Bean (5032 Rist Canyon Rd, Bellvue, just northwest of Ft Collins) – doors 6:30 – music 7:15 – $22 or 2 for $40 – includes food – tickets: http://www.bellvuebean.com/Events.html

DRAGONFEST MAIN RITUAL PRESENTERS
Sunday, May 29th – 4 PM – Dragonfest Main Ritual Practice – Kanemoto Park, Longmont – If you haven’t been to the previous 2 meetings to work on this ritual but would like to help, YOU ARE WELCOME to join us – Let me know to expect you so I can send you the outline and catch you up – At this meeting, we will walk through the whole ritual, pin down who’s doing what, include all the drumming and songs… more in depth than last time.
THEN
Sunday, June 19th – 4 PM – Dress Rehearsal ritual presentation for Summer Solstice – All who want to attend are most welcome! – Come experience the ritual we will present at Dragonfest! The more the merrier! – and if you can stay to give us feedback, we’d so appreciate it!

Monday, May 30th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Muhsi” “The Accounter” – by donation

Tuesday, May 31st – 7 PM – New Moon Ritual – adults only – RSVP for more information – $10 suggested donation

Friday, June 3rd to Sunday, June 5th – Heartbeat Festival – Sunrise Ranch – drumming, chanting, dancing, fire circles, ritual – Saturday evening Kalliope and DJO performances… – More information: https://sunriseranch.org/activities/heart-beat-drum-and-dance-festival/

Monday, June 6th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Mubdi” “The Originator” – by donation

Tuesday, June 7th – 10 AM – Mama Sing – Avogadro’s Number – 605 S Mason, Ft Collins – by donation

Thursday June 9th to Sunday, June 12th – Meadowfest – Jack’s Gulch – camping, potluck dinners, ritual, chanting, drumming… – more info and registration: http://trigoddess.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/MeadowFest2011.pdf

I love Colorado’s arid climate (my hair gets way crazy in humidity!).
I love lilacs, apple blossoms and FAT red tulips.
I love clear, sunny skies and 80 degree days.
I *gasp* love *gasp* the lack *gasp* of oxygen *gasp, gasp*.
I love green grass (the kind for walking, picnicking and rolling around on, not the other kind).
I love having my own kitchen, laundry, bathroom, bed, pillow and…
I love automatic dishwashers.
I love this community of kindred spirits.
I love my children (what a great day to be a mom).
I love my mama (Happy Mother’s Day!).
I love you (yes, you)!
Love,
Sára

Oh, to RSVP for the new moon ritual, which you must do if you want to attend, please do call or e-mail me: (970)227-5275 rain@trigoddess.org

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Dear Community,
Here’s a very small schedule and update for you:

Sufi Circle tomorrow morning, 9:30 AM – facilitated by Basira – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Qawi” “The Strong” – by donation

NO NEW MOON CIRCLE MONDAY EVENING – I am still aiming to start this up at the end of May.

Mama Sing – Tuesday, 10 to 11:30 AM – facilitated by Basira – at Avogadro’s Number – by donation

THANK YOU, BASIRA!!! For picking up the ball and running with it in my absence. We are all so fortunate to have you in the community, ready and able to be of service… and so beautifully!

I am still in Costa Rica with Tim.
He has another surgery on Tuesday. After that we’ll know more about when we might be able to come home.
The skin graft is healing nicely, and we are both itching to get home! Jodie continues to be an incredible blessing, love and support for our children.

THANK YOU to all who have sent e-mails, made phone calls, sent and brought things that we’ve needed, donated to Tim’s Benefit Fund, and supported us and our family in so many incredible ways! We are so grateful!

Enjoy singing together… I look enthusiastically forward to making music with you when I return.

All love,
Sára

COFFEEEEE!!!!!

Dearest Darlings,
I know I’m a bit early… but I’m leaving town and wanted you to have the mailer in your neatly organized inboxes before I go. I hope to see you ladies in Denver tonight for Dance. And all you dashing gents, I’ll be so happy to sing with you upon my return early April.
We’re off and running!

Tonight – Tuesday, March 22nd – Women’s Dance of Universal Peace – St. Barnabas Church (13th and Vine, Denver) – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, March 26th – Women’s Mysteries Workshop – Arlington Unitarian Church (4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA) – 2 to 5 PM – $20

Saturday, March 26th – Charge of the Goddess – music and dance cycle – Arlington Unitarian Church – 7 to 10 PM – $20

Sunday, March 27th – World Wisdom Workshop – OneCircle (3804 Littleton St, Silver Spring, MD) – 2 to 5 PM – $25

Sunday, March 27th – Zikr – OneCircle – 7 to 9:30 PM – $15

Monday, March 28th – Sufi Circle – Basira will facilitate – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – focus on “Al-Majid” “the Majestic” – by donation

Tuesday, March 29th – Dance of Universal Peace – Arlington Unitarian (I think) – check with me if you need more details and I’ll get them to you as soon as I have them…

Saturday, April 2nd – Embodied Spirituality Workshop – Village Productions (Amesville Grange Building, Amesville, OH) – 3:30 to 5:30 PM – $25

Saturday, April 2nd – Dance of Universal Peace and Drum Circle – Village Productions – 6:30 to 9:30 PM – $12

Monday, April 4th – Sufi Circle – Basira will facilitate – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – focus on “Al-Ba’ith” “the Resurrector” – by donation

Tuesday, April 5th – Mama Sing – Avogadro’s Number (625 S Mason, Ft Collins) – 10 AM – by donation

Saturday (YES, SATURDAY), April 9th – Chant – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation – Oh, it will be so, so, so, SO good to sing with the local community again!

Sunday, April 10th – Dragonfest planning/practice meeting – Kanemoto Park, Longmont – 2 to 4:30 PM

Monday, April 11th – Sufi Circle (facilitated by Basira) – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – Focus on “Ash-Shahid” “the Witness” – by donation

Tuesday, April 12th – Dance of Universal Peace (facilitated by Basira) – Sunrise Ranch (100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland) – 7 PM – $5 suggested donation

Sunday, April 17th – Sharon Docherty at Foothills Unitarian – two morning services… I don’t know what time… but I’m sure you can find them… or check in with me and I’ll figure it out and let you know!

Monday, April 18th – Sufi Circle (facilitated by Basira) – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – focus on “Al-Haqq” “the Truth” – by donation

Sunday, April 24th – EASTER – Hurray for redemption! – Hurrah for Jesus Christ Super Star! – Huzzah for cute little bunny rabbits, especially the chocolate ones with delicious ears! – Yippee for florescent green marshmallow chickies!

Monday, April 25th – Sufi Circle(facilitated by Basira) – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – focus on “Al-Wakil” “the Trustee” – by donation

Tuesday, April 26th – Women’s Dance (led by Basira) – St Barnabas – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, April 30th – Beltane Ritual with the Druids – 11 AM – Treehenge – a scripted ritual for adults and older children who can stand for an hour and read from a script. RSVP to Marta: marta@treehenge.org

CANCELLATION – No Beltane Ritual with Sára on May 1st – I’m sorry to say I can’t commit to being back in the country in time for this. Even if I get back the day before, I won’t have time to prepare for the community ritual. My most sincere apologies.

Hey, I’m starting a New Moon Ritual series… I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep it going, but it will start Monday, May 2nd – 7 PM – Adults only – And you MUST RSVP – no kidding – $10 suggested donation – contemplative ceremonial practice – check in with me for more information…
I am planning to hold ceremony May 2nd, May 31st and June 30th

I’m also looking at holding a couple weekend Pagan classes in Denver. Maybe 2 weekends – if you have a good location in mind, or think you might be interested… let me know so I can solidify details.

Oh my happy freakin’ Goddess! Looks like lotsa ludicrous liveliness! I hereby forego my encouragements about laziness, sleeping in and eating fattening foods.
Spring is calling! Life is hollering: WAKE UP!!! GET GOING!!! The world won’t wait!
Wear arch-supporting shoes, if you can’t go barefoot. Bust out the sunscreen, or revel in the Spring burn! Only pause long enough to admire all those tenacious little leaves bursting out everywhere you look!
I look forward to seeing all your spritely selves in circle!
Vivacious Blessings!
Sára

(970)227-5275

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Darling Circlers,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the answers to my questions last month. Very helpful and I really do appreciate all the effort y’all put into typing.

Tuesday, February 22nd (oh, good golly! that’s today!) – 7 PM – Women’s Dance – St Barnabas Church, Denver – $7 suggested donation

Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 27 – SUFI MEDITATION RETREAT – I know a couple of you are still pondering… I will be leaving for my personal pre-retreat-retreat Wednesday morning, so I need to know for definite sure if you’ll be there by then – 3 days of meditation focus, primarily silent, Friday and Saturday evening Zikrs, yoga and movement, delicious food, beautiful location – Sunrise Ranch – sliding scale $140 to $210 – here’s the flyer link: http://trigoddess.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/sufi-retreat-flyer-2011.pdf

Monday, February 28th – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Mujib” “The Responsive” – by donation

Tuesday, March 1st – Mama Sing – 10 AM – Avogadro’s Number (605 S Mason) – by donation

Friday, March 4th – New Moon Chant – 230 N Sunset, Ft Collins (Kiri and Mark’s home) – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, March 5th – Pagan Class #6 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – $30 drop in

Sunday, March 6th – DRAGONFEST Main Ritual Planning Meeting – how about 2 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 in Fort Collins – If you’re interested in helping but can’t make it to this meeting, please let me know so I can keep you in the loop for future efforts.

Monday, March 7th – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – focus on “Al-Wasi'” “The All Comprehending” – by donation

Tuesday, March 8th – Dance of Universal Peace – Sunrise Ranch (100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland) – 7 PM – $5 suggested donation

Saturday, March 12th – Pagan Class #7 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM – 5000 Boardwalk, #13 – $30 drop-in

Monday, March 14th – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Hakim” “The Perfectly Wise” – by donation

Tuesday, March 15th – Mama Sing II – 10 AM – Martinez Park, by the playground – by donation

Friday March 18th – Chant – 7 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, March 19th – Pagan Class #8 – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – $30 drop-in

Saturday, March 19th – Ostara Celebration – 2 PM – Treehenge – The Pagan Class will be presenting the Ostara ritual – bring potluck food/drink to share after ritual – bring the kids so we can stuff them into eggs and hide them for the rabbits – have the kids bring baskets – RSVP to me so I can help the class plan supplies – Hoppy Spring!

Monday, March 21st – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Wadud” “The Loving One” – by donation

Tuesday, March 22nd – Women’s Dance of Universal Peace – St Barnabas Church (1280 Vine, Denver) – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation

Hey, excitement, excitement!!! I’ll be traveling at the end of March, leading a few events in the Eastern U.S. Have friends in these areas? Let ’em know about these events. I’m looking forward to touching into other communities and sharing practices…

Saturday, March 26th – Unitarian Church – 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22204 – Women’s Spirituality workshop 2-5 PM – Charge of the Goddess dance cycle evening 7 to 10 PM

Sunday, March 27th – At “OneCircle” – 3804 Littleton Street, Silver Spring, Maryland – 2-5 PM World Wisdom Inter-faith workshop – Zikr evening 7 to 9:30 PM

Monday, March 28th – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Majid” “The Majestic” – by donation – Yes, the circle will go on without me…

Saturday, April 2nd – Village Productions – 16 Ohio 550 Amesville, OH 45711 – 3:30-5:30 PM Inter-faith Embodied Spirituality workshop – 6:30 to 8:30 Dances of Universal Peace – 8:30 to 9:30 Drum circle

Looking ahead:
MEADOWFEST registration is open! Guaranteed to be sunny and warm every single day! All day every day! Even at night! – June 9th to June 12th – Jack’s Gulch Campground – Here’s the link to learn more and register http://trigoddess.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/MeadowFest2011.pdf

So, I’ve decided that people sing in the shower because there’s a cacophony of sound that the water droplets create upon impact, and that the actual tones of the water’s friction creates random patterns of sound which our tweaky human brains associate into melodies, in a subtle sort of way, which then inspires us to sing, for better or for worse.

I like words like cacophony and epitome and soliloquy and sesquipedalianism.
What’s your favorite word?
Bright Sunlit Blessings!
Sára

rain@trigoddess.org
(970)227-5275

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Dear Community,
I have some questions for you and I would so love responses to them. I know most of you figure I get flooded with answers to my e-mails, but really, it’s largely like sending communications into a black hole and I’m surprised when any of you show up for events. Please use your keyboards (not just the mouse) and write back a bit.

QUESTION 1:
What sort of community events would you like to see continue? Chants (do you prefer different days of the week?)? Dances of Universal Peace (when and where?)? Rituals (which ones?)? Classes (about what?)? Retreats (about what?)? Other?

QUESTION 2:
What aspects of events are particularly appealing for you?
What aspects are particularly distasteful for you?

QUESTION 3:
Do you want an Imbolc ritual this year? Imbolc is February 2nd (a Wednesday) and I’m trying to decide if there’s enough interest to bother scheduling it…. *TIME LAPSE* – LATER NOTE: NO IMBOLC RITUAL – NOT ENOUGH RESPONSE – THANKS ANYWAY…

QUESTION 4:
Which is better: cats or dogs? Why?

ANNOUNCEMENT OF SCHEDULED EVENTS SO FAR:

Monday, January 24th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln, Ft Collins – Focus on “Al-Muqit” “the nourisher” – by donation

Tuesday, January 25th – 7 PM – Women’s Dance – St Barnabas Church (13th and Vine, Denver) – $7 suggested donation

Friday, January 28th – 7 PM – Chant – 230 N Sunset St, Ft Collins (Kiri and Mark’s house) – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, January 29th – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Pagan Class #3 – 5000 Boardwalk, #13, Ft Collins – Focusing on aspects of ritual, what we do and why – $30 – you can just show up if you like, even if you haven’t been with us yet.

Monday, January 31st – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al Hasib” “The Bringer of Judgment” – by donation

Tuesday, February 1st – 10 AM – Mama Sing – Avogadro’s Number (605 S Mason, Ft Collins) – by donation

Tuesday, February 1st – 6:30 PM – the first meeting for the newly forming Spiritual Mentoring Group – I still have space for one or two more folks if you want to commit to it – contact me as soon as possible.

Wednesday, February 2nd – Imbolc – I will co-create an evening of Imbolc Dances of Universal Peace with Timothy in Denver – Clayton Learning Center (MLK JR Blvd and Colorado) 7:30 PM – $10

Saturday, February 5th – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Pagan Class (#4) – 5000 Boardwalk, #13 – Wrapping up aspects of ritual and moving into Yule and Imbolc more in depth… – $30 to drop-in – you still can.

Saturday, February 5th – 2 to 4 PM – Urs of Hazrat Inayat Khan Celebration – StarHouse (3.5 miles west of Boulder, up Sunshine Canyon Rd) – Waduda Wendy and I will be co-creating an afternoon of walking meditation, breath practice, Zikr, and honoring Hazrat Inayat Khan – $20 suggested donation

Saturday, February 5th – 7 PM – Chant in Aurora – (11080 E 17th Ave, Deb Hoffman’s house) – $7 suggested donation – please let your Denver-Dwelling Dearies know about this.

Monday, February 7th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al Jalil” “The majestic” – by donation

Tuesday, February 8th – 7 PM – Dance of Universal Peace – Sunrise Ranch (100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland) – $5 suggested donation

THURSDAY, February 10th – THURSDAY – Chant – THURSDAY – 7 PM – THURSDAY – 5000 Boardwalk #13, Ft Collins – THURSDAY – $7 suggested donation – THURSDAY

Friday, February 11th – Dances of Universal Peace – Mile Hi Community Center (Alameda and Garrison in Denver) – 7 PM – I’ll be leading dances for the Diversity Committee and GLBT groups – Open to the public, so I’d love to have you there! – FREE!!

Saturday, February 12th – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM – Pagan Class (#5) – 5000 Boardwalk, #13 – probably focusing on Ostara, Beltane and Litha – $30 – you can still drop in.

Monday, February 14th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Karim” “The Generous” – by donation

Tuesday, February 15th – 10 AM – Mama Sing II – 810 W Mountain Ave, Ft Collins (Stephanie’s house… thanks Stephanie!) – by donation

Friday, February 18th – 7 PM – Full Moon Chant – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – $7 suggested donation

Monday, February 21th – 9:30 AM – Sufi Circle – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Ar-Raqib” “The Watchful” – by donation

Tuesday, February 22nd – 7 PM – Women’s Dance – St Barnabas Church, Denver – $7 suggested donation

Friday, February 25 to Sunday, February 26 – SUFI MEDITATION RETREAT – registration is still open… let me know if you’re planning to attend – 3 days of meditation focus, primarily silent, Friday and Saturday evening Zikrs, yoga and movement with Mark Williams, delicious food, beautiful location – at Sunrise Ranch – sliding scale $140 to $210 – here’s the link to register: http://trigoddess.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/sufi-retreat-flyer-2011.pdf

Monday, February 28th – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Mujib” “The Responsive” – by donation

Looking ahead:
MEADOWFEST is coming along with the better weather – mark your calendars – June 9th to June 12th – Jack’s Gulch Campground – more details still being formed…

My answer to Question #4: cats. Because God made them that way.
That’s also why chocolate is better than vanilla.
Coffee is better than tea.
Red is better than yellow.
Pizza is better than spinach.
Heat is better than cold.
Nice is better than mean.
Odd is better than even.
And sleeping in late is better than getting up early.
You can contact me by phone or e-mail (neither one is better than the other): (970)227-5275 or rain@trigoddess.org.
Blessings to all of you, because blessings are better than curses.
Love and light (which certainly feels much better than hatred and darkness),
Sára

it is critically important that you read every tiny thing in here… trust me…

Holy Smokin’ Salami, Batman, the New Year is here and I’m in a frantic rush to adopt some outlandishly self-defeating resolutions…
Hmmm… Let’s see… I think I’ll join a Bible Study group and…

SUFI MEDITATION RETREAT –
I know I said I’d never do it again… but my soul starts aching for it, and then I have to offer to you too… I hope you’ll join me for this deliciously devotional weekend
Friday, February 25th to Sunday February 27th – You can register on-line with your fancy credit card by following this handy link:
http://trigoddess.org/special-events/
Or if you just want to see the flyer, ’cause you’re curious, follow this one:
http://trigoddess.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/sufi-retreat-flyer-2011.pdf

… I think I’ll stop swearing… no more taking the Lord’s name in vain, or saying mean things like “gosh darn it!” or “what in tarnation!?”

COMING RIGHT UP –

Tuesday, December 28th – Women’s Dance of Universal Peace – 7 PM – St. Barnabas Church (13th and Vine, Denver) – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, January 1st – Chant – 7 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13, Ft Collins – $7 suggested donation

… then I think I’ll start limiting my diet entirely to holy foods… things like swiss cheese and glazed donuts and Froot Loops…

Monday, January 3rd – Sufi meditation – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Ali” “The Sublime” – by donation

Tuesday, January 4th – Mama Sing – 10 AM – Avogadro’s Number 625 S Mason, Ft Collins – by donation

Tuesday, January 4th – Zikr – 7:30 PM – Congregation Har Shalom 705 W Drake, Ft Collins – $7 suggested donation – NOTE: Depending on attendance, this might be the last zikr in Fort Collins.

… oh, and I think I will cease my clumsy ways… no more tripping and falling and bumping into inanimate objects and knocking things over and breaking dishes… for God so hateth the dish-breakers…

Saturday, January 8th – 1st Class in the Pagan Series!! – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – Let me know if you want to attend – this is the first of an 8-class series – you are welcome to sign up for the entire series, or just attend specific dates – $30/class or $160/series

Monday, January 10th – Sufi Meditation – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Kabir” “The Great” – by donation

Tuesday, January 11th – Dance of Universal Peace – 7 PM – Sunrise Ranch (100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland) – $5 suggested donation

Wednesday, January 12th – Dance of Universal Peace – 7:30 PM – Clayton Learning Center (MLK Jr Blvd and Colorado, in Denver) – I’m leading in Timothy’s absence – $10

… plus, also, I think I’ll take up a new hobby… maybe coin-catching and butterfly-pressing and stamp-stitching and cross-collecting…

Friday, January 14th – Chant – 7 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, January 15th – 2nd Class in the Pagan Series!! – 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – see above

Saturday, January 15th – Zikr – 7:30 PM – Studio Be (in Boulder) – Habib and Dahnya will be out of town/state/country so I will be leading the zikr – $5 suggested donation – and bring a dessert/snack to share after zikr. – We will be honoring Marilyn Rea’s life and death – and Murshid Sam Lewis’ Urs

… and wouldn’t it be exciting if I stopped speeding and started obeying all traffic laws all the time… (I must admit, there’s a red-arrow light near my house that I consistently and deliberately run)…

Monday, January 17th – Sufi meditation – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Hafiz” “The Preserver” – by donation

Tuesday, January 18th – Sufi Explorations – 7:30 PM – Congregation Har Shalom – $7 suggested donation – NOTE: Depending on attendance, this might be the last Sufi Explorations evening.

Monday, January 24th – Sufi meditation – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Muqit” “The Nourisher” – by donation

… and I’m going to start going to bed at a reasonable hour… like, maybe 8 PM… so I can wake up at dawn like all the other crazy kooks with no sense of self-indulgence and healthy sloth behavior…

Tuesday, January 25th – Women’s Dance – 7:30 PM – St Barnabas Church, Denver – $7 suggested donation

Friday, January 28th – Chant – 7 PM – 230 N Sunset, Ft Collins – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, January 29th – 3rd Class in the Pagan Series!! – 9:30 AM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – see above

… and this year I am going to keep my fruit bowl organized according to color, shape, flavor, seasonal themes, alphabetical order and chemical composition…

Monday, January 31st – Sufi Meditation – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Hasib” “Bringer of Judgment” – by donation

LOOKING AHEAD

Contact me ASAP if you’re interested in joining a Spiritual Mentoring Group in Fort Collins – minimum commitment of 6 sessions – every 3 or 4 weeks – probably Tuesday or Thursday evening.

Saturday, February 5th – 4th Pagan Class… (see above)

… and I am never, ever going to issue judgment on any other human being about any little thing for the rest of all eternity…

Saturday, February 5th – CHANT in DENVER – at Deb’s house… – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation (please let your Denver friends know about this. Deb is a great hostess and it’s so nice to share the Spirit-lovin’ music with a new community!)

AND LOOKING WAY AHEAD

Mark your calendars! Meadowfest is coming! We’ve reserved the same group campsite at Jack’s Gulch. June 9 to 12 (Thursday to Sunday).

… and if I break any of these resolutions in the slightest possible way, and if I lose interest or enthusiasm at any moment for the rest of my existence, may God duct tape me to a treadmill with nothing but carrots and celery to eat for the rest of my little life… and may I spend the hereafter watching the Brady Bunch and listening to nothing but Barbra Streisand… so help me Lord Baby Jesus!
What are your resolutions?
Happy Day!
Sára

Pagan Mini-Series (sort of like the twilight zone, but less spooky)

Want to learn, create, explore and swim around in Paganism more fully?
I’m offering a class! Actually, it’s a series of classes.

Honoring the Seasons of Change
Creating Ritual, Celebrating the Rhythms of the Pagan Calendar and the Cycle of Life
8 class series

DATES (they are all Saturdays!)
January 8th
January 15th
January 29th
February 5th
February 12th
February 19th
March 5th
March 12th

LOCATION
5000 Boardwalk #13 in Fort Collins

TIMING
Open to discussion. Do you prefer:
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
or
1 PM to 4 PM

PRICE
$30 per class
or
$160 for the entire series

REGISTRATION
E-mail me your:
Name
Phone number
E-mail address
If you’d like to attend the entire series or select dates
Do you prefer morning or afternoon class
… (and I’ll have a few follow-up questions later)
I will have a paypal option for on-line plastic transactions, but not quite yet.

Of course, I will need a minimum number of participants to make it fly.
We will include practical ritual explorations, conversation, energetic/magical exercises, music, movement, rhythm… and whatever other delights strike our fancies (within reason).
Let me know by phone or e-mail if you’d like to join this caravan.
I’ll give you until… hmmm… how about January 1st to let me know.
Please do forward this to folks you know who might be interested in this opportunity!

Happy Returning-Sun and Hurray for a new cycle of inspiration!
Blessings,
Sára

(970)227-5275
rain@trigoddess.org

mind meld

Sweet ‘ums…
I couldn’t wait until next week to send this out… I changed some stuff, messed some stuff up, re-arranged some stuff and made a general disaster area of the calendar… so you get a mid-month-mailer… and I may not need to send out a separate December update… we’ll see…

Tuesday, November 16th – Sufi Explorations – Congregation Har Shalom (725 W Drake Rd, Ft Collins) – 7:30 PM – Swimming in the Inayati stream of blessing: Sufi Order practices, Ruhaniat Zikr, the Walks of Murshid Samuel Lewis, prayers of Hazrat Inayat Khan… – I’m looking forward to another evening of Sufi mojo! – No experience required, just bring your heart, body, mind and fullness of being! – $7 suggested donation

Friday, November 19th – Kalliope – Aspen Lodge (6120 Highway 7, Estes Park) – 7 to 10 PM – We probably won’t be playing out much this winter so we’d love to see you in Estes. If you want to carpool up with other folks, let me know and I’ll help coordinate.

Monday, November 22nd – Sufi Meditation – 449 Clover Ln, Fort Collins – 9:30 AM – focus on “Al-Latif” “The Subtle” – by donation

Tuesday, November 23rd – Women’s Dance – St Barnabas Church (1280 Vine St, Denver) – 7 PM – focus on Thanks and Giving – $7 suggested donation

Thursday, November 25th – Be ever so thankful YOU are not a turkey.

CANCELLATION – NO CHANT November 26th – sorry…

Monday, November 29th – Sufi Meditation – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – focus on “Al-Khabir” “The All-Aware” – by donation

Thursday, December 2nd – CHANT – Yes, it’s a THURSDAY – Couldn’t be helped… but I hope you can make it anyway! – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation

Monday, December 6th – Sufi Meditation – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – focus on “Al-Halim” “The Forebearing” – by donation

Tuesday, December 7th – Mama Sing – Avogadro’s Number (605 S Mason, Ft Collins) – 10 AM – by donation

Tuesday, December 7th – Zikr – Congregation Har Shalom – 7:30 PM – $7 suggested donation

Monday, December 13th – Sufi Meditation – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – focus on “Al-Azim” “The Magnificent” – by donation

Tuesday, December 14th – Dance of Universal Peace – Sunrise Ranch (100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland) – 7 PM – $5 suggested donation

Friday, December 17th – Chant – 230 N Sunset St, Ft Collins (Kiri and Mark’s house) – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, December 18th – Yule Celebration in Denver – Mercury Cafe – 8 PM to midnight-ish – I’ll be leading ritual in between Tuatha’s music sets (maybe around 9:30 or 10 PM) – Great juju! – $13 at the door

Monday, December 20th – Sufi Meditation – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – focus on “Al-Ghafur” “The Forgiver” – by donation

Monday, December 20th – Yule Celebration in Fort Collins – River Rock Commons (520 N Sherwood, Ft Collins) – 5:30 PM – Potluck, ritual, drumming and giving thanks for the returning light! – RSVP – All ages welcome! – $10/adult suggested donation – gift exchange too!

Saturday, December 25th – A very merry un-birthday to Jesus! (because scholars tend to agree he was most likely born in what is now called the super-spooky month of October, which was quite a different animal 2010 years ago, and Jesus (which isn’t even his real name) was most likely born in the Jewish month of Tishri, which is a lunar calendar… just in case you were wondering)

Sunday, December 26th – Roller Skating at Rollerland! – 1 PM to 4 PM (or later) – it’s my birthday… come skating! Twill be grand!

Monday, December 27th – Sufi Meditation – 449 Clover Ln – 9:30 AM – focus on “Ash-Shakur” “The Grateful” – by donation

Tuesday, December 28th – Women’s Dance – St. Barnabas Church – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation

And hey, do you want to chant either Saturday, January 1st (New Year’s Day, for the Gregorians) or Sunday, January 2nd (nothing special in most calendars, unless it’s YOUR birthday) – Let me know your preference…

TIME LAPSE …

CHANT JANUARY 1st – 7 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – yes, you decided and I’m playing along.

Registration is open for Sufi Meditation Retreat – February 25th to 27th (Friday morning to Sunday evening) – Sunrise Ranch – Mostly silent retreat with evening zikrs – movement practices interspersed with the seated meditation sessions – delicious food – gorgeous setting – offered at cost ($140 to $210) your rate depends on what room you want – view the flyer and registration at: http://trigoddess.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/sufi-retreat-flyer-2011.pdf or you can register online at: http://trigoddess.org/special-events/

I think my brain is the consistency of half-baked pumpkin pie. How about yours? Every so often, I recommend having ice cream and apple crisp for dinner with a hot chocolate aperitif, but not all the time. I never ever recommend using neti pots, doing jumping jacks, or joining the army. But sometimes I do recommend driving really fast with your windows down on inter-state highways with your hair (no matter the length) whipping around and your bare feet up on the dashboard, singing old Cat Stevens tunes REALLY loud… but not all the time. I never, ever recommend listening to hip-hop, and I certainly NEVER recommend reincarnating as an Australian cane toad, but I may re-evaluate that one someday.
To RSVP for Yule, or for more information about any of these listed events, please do call or e-mail me. I always put on my best “customer service” smiling voice for you… you know the one that sounds like Wendy Wham on KUNC every gosh darn morning… I don’t know how it’s possible for her to sound like she’s about to laugh at every upcoming concert, album release, and artist’s name. Must be exhausting.
Speaking of exhausting…
Sweet wintery (or wintry, if you prefer, which my spell-check does, but dictionary.com doesn’t care) dreaming blessings to y’all!
Sára

(970)227-5275
rain@trigoddess.org

burlesque pilgrims (fancy feathered plumes on their bonnets and sparkling sequins on their buckled shoes)

Warning:
While we’re not paying attention,
October is trying to sneak quietly out the back door, completely un-noticed! Which, would be just fine since we’ll just jump on into November… and good-riddance to those pesky months that don’t even know what the weather is supposed to be! Sheesh!
Besides, November just gets us into shopping season, which is clearly what life is all about.

Tomorrow, Friday the 22nd – Full Moon Samhain ritual – Adults only – RSVP to me – 7 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13, FC – $10 suggested donation – bring light potluck snack/dessert to share after ritual

Monday, the 25th – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln, FC – focus on “Al-Basir” “The All-Seeing” – by donation

Tuesday, the 26th – Women’s Dance Samhain – 7 PM – St Barnabas Church (13th and Vine, Denver) – $7 suggested donation – bring an item for the “Altar for the Dead”

Friday, the 29th to Monday, the 1st – Women’s Retreat at Camp Santa Maria

Tuesday, November 2nd – VOTE!!! – It’s your right… but only if you vote Democratic or Independent. If you’re going Republican, stay home, or just go to work and make more money. Just kidding. Sort of. I know I’m not allowed to write things like that. So, please pretend I didn’t, if you’re offended.

Tuesday, November 2nd – Mama Sing – 10 AM – Avogadro’s Number (605 S Mason, FC) – by donation

Tuesday, November 2nd – Zikr – 7:30 PM – Congregation Har Shalom (725 W Drake, FC) – $7 suggested donation

Friday, November 5th – Starhouse 20th Anniversary Dance, Boulder – 7:15 PM – Wear all white! – I’ll be contributing to the program this evening – tickets $20 in advance www.TyBurhoe.com
Saturday, November 6th – another Starhouse Anniversary Dance, but I won’t be there.

Saturday November 6th – Chant in Denver! – Hurray for Deb, hosting an evening of chant (11080 E. 17th Ave,  Aurora) – I’ll be facilitating, so you know what to expect. I’m always very grateful for your help in spreading the word in Denver – 7 PM – $7 suggested donation

Monday, November 8th – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Hakam” “The Judge” – by donation

Tuesday, November 9th – Dance of Universal Peace at Sunrise Ranch – 7 PM – 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland – $5 suggested donation

Friday, November 12th – Chant – 7 PM – 5000 Boardwalk #13 – $7 suggested donation

Saturday, November 13th – Kalliope – performance, playshop, and prissy potluck (light snack/dessert/drinks… no casseroles, or serious food) – At the Empire Grange (2306 W Mulberry, FC) – 6 to 9 PM – $5 to $20 suggested donation – we’ll sing TO you for awhile, sing WITH you for awhile, and just chill with you for awhile. Come enjoy a sweet evening with us! And, try to let me know if you’re planning to join us so we can have some idea what to expect.

Monday, November 15th – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Adl” “The Just” – by donation

Tuesday, November 16th – Sufi Explorations – 7:30 PM – Congregation Har Shalom – An opportunity to dive into some Sufi Order practices, Original Samuel Lewis dances, the walks, and maybe some yummy Ruhaniat Zikr – Our first session of explorations was excellent! – All are welcome, no experience necessary – $7 suggested donation

Friday, November 19th – Kalliope Performance – 7 to 10 PM – Aspen Lodge, Estes Park – We love this place! – No charge, but you might want to have dinner, buy a drink… hang out…

Monday, November 22nd – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Latif” “The Subtle” – by donation

Tuesday, November 23rd – Women’s Dance of Gratitude – 7 PM – St. Barnabas Church – $7 suggested donation

Monday, November 29th – Sufi Circle – 9:30 AM – 449 Clover Ln – Focus on “Al-Khabir” “The All-Aware” – by donation

LOOKING AHEAD: I’m putting together another Sufi Meditation Retreat – Friday, February 25th to Sunday, February 27th – at Sunrise Ranch – Three full days, two nights, mostly silent, meditation focus during the days, interspersed with movement sessions, Zikr in the evenings (musical, of course) – The last two retreats I’ve offered have been super-duper-scrumptious, spiritually enlivening, enriching, deepening and sweet – the hardest thing about them is the pre-retreat stress about how many people will show up – So, if you’re interested, planning on, hoping to, and/or solidly committed to participating, please let me know as soon as you can. I always offer these at cost and facilitate on a donation basis, so it’s very affordable ($140 to $210 depending on what room you want). I’ll have the flyer/registration together sometime this week. I’ll try to get it available as a paypal thing on-line also.

I do not recommend dressing like a turkey for Halloween… it’s likely to get you shot, stuffed, frozen, thawed, broiled, and served up for Thanksgiving dinner. Give thanks for stuffed turkeys! Or trussed pigs, if you prefer. Or tofu loaf for those of you vegetarians with no respect for your taste buds. Give thanks for over-indulgence and resulting hangovers, swollen bellies, comas and strengthened commitments to health clubs, personal trainers, Nike® trainers (meaning sneakers), and training bras (well, maybe not the training bras, who comes up with that crap…. like women ought to wear bras even BEFORE they actually DO anything?). Give thanks for those fancy pumpkin-carving kits with child-safe-saw-toothed blades and funny handles that (ironically?) look like the jack-o-lanterns you’re trying to make with them. Give thanks for corn, making possible corn chips, popcorn, corn flakes, and corny jokes (like mine).
See you in Circle (which is very different than a “ring,” which usually has to do with boxing or wrestling, neither of which are traditionally included in our chant, ritual or dance events)!
Sára

(970)227-5275
rain@trigoddess.org

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