On Tuesday, October 28, I made a short-notice appearance on the Project Bring Me to Life Podcast. Their main guest, Uche of Cosmic Village, couldn’t do the official podcast until 10pm EST. So Selomon and Co. were having an open discussion from 8-10pm. Ashton of Spaceship Earth did some live performing, and Nick Mielnicki and Shan Tastic came along for the ride as well. Everyone was in “costume” (mostly Google Hangout hats and mustaches) in honor of Halloween.
I popped on for an hour around 8:30 and suggested that we talk about dreams. Below is a video cued for right before the dreamwork begins. But you could also watch from the start and continue after I leave (Ashton’s music is stellar!). Plus, here’s the official podcast with Cosmic Village.
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I have some important news! On Monday, November 3, I’ll be holding my first Group Process at a public venue! It starts at 6:30pm at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room in downtown Ann Arbor. See the Facebook event for more info.
Then at 8pm on Wednesday, November 5, I will facilitate an Online Panel Discussion on Forgiveness. The discussion will be presented by the Project Bring Me to Life Podcast and broadcast live on their website. Here are the details: Facebook event.
Third, I’m hosting a Dreaming Feeling Background: Self-Development Workshop on from 10am-2pm on Saturday, November 8, at a private home in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Through various self-development teachings and exercises, I will give you the necessary awareness and communications skills to reach a state of flow when you feel stuck in any area of life. Suggested donation $25. Space is limited. Please reserve a spot in advance on Eventbrite. More info on the Facebook event.
Finally, I’ll be selecting the music and facilitating at the 5th Dance Church Detroit — 11am-1pm on Sunday, November 9. Here’s the info: Facebook event.
I have been invited to speak on the Project Bring Me to Life Podcast at 8pm Eastern time on Tuesday, September 23. The show will run for an hour, broadcast live on YouTube.
I look forward to connecting with host Selomon and co-host Nick Mielnicki. I imagine we’ll talk about my present work in group facilitation using Process Work and related systems, as well as my work over the years as a writer.
If you miss the live broadcast, the podcast will be available for streaming on their website or YouTube channel. (I will update this post after the fact with an embedded player.) You can also follow their Facebook page.
UPDATE: Here is the video interview! Enjoy!!
I am scheduled to lead a workshop on the first evening of Freaquinox 2014, an intimate participatory festival at Mulberry Hill Agrarian Cooperative in Saline, Michigan.
As the Facebook event page says, “Freaquinox is our annual celebration of the bounty of the growing season, fire, the beauty of fall, the magic of life, each other and all that is good in the world.”
Freaquinox takes place Friday to Sunday, September 19-22, and admission is either by minimum 4 hours of volunteering or monetary contribution of $40 (or some other combination of performance, presentation, etc).
This is the same space where Metta Morphosis happened back in May, and Freaquinox promises to be another important gathering for the SE Michigan “tribe.” Don’t miss it!
Dance Church Detroit is coming! I first experienced Dance Church in May at the small festival Metta Morphosis. Carla Samson facilitated, as she usually does at Dance Church Ann Arbor. And it was an amazingly transformational experience that capped a lovely weekend of building new connections in Michigan’s heart-centered community.
Since then, Alex Moore and I have been working, with Carla’s guidance, to get one going in the city of Detroit. Now we finally have a plan to start on Sunday, September 14, at House of Bastet!
In short, Dance Church is a free movement practice with no verbal conversation in which people are free to express themselves however feels right. It reminded me in some ways of the ecstatic dance practices I had experienced in Colorado and Oregon. However, there are a few key differences, and this model feels “just right” to me.
Alex and I are preparing the music and planning to co-facilitate the first few. Then we’ll be inviting others to do the same. We really want this to be a Detroit community project that bridges gaps and connects people in an entirely new way.
Here are the basics:
Sunday, September 14th
11:00am – 1:00pm
House of Bastet
1301 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226
Donation based ~ Give what your heart feels
Please view the Facebook event for more info, and join the Dance Church Detroit group for future updates!
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I have been confirmed to lead a workshop at Three Days of Light Gathering, happening near Asheville, North Carolina, from Oct 3-5. This year’s theme is “Return to Innocence,” and the schedule is full of amazing activities. I can’t wait to experience the Asheville area for the first time. I have fond memories of exploring the nearby Smoky Mountains National Park a a child.
My workshop, “The Dreaming Feeling Background,” is currently scheduled from
2:00-3:15pm 3:30-4:45pm on Sunday (Updated on 8/28/2014). With those 75 minutes I plan to offer some inner/outer personal development work. It’ll likely involve an individual meditation, an exercise in pairs, and a full Group Process.
Tickets currently start at $115 for field camping, and go up depending on if you want a different camping area or indoor lodging packages.
By using this LINK to buy tickets, you will be supporting me directly. I will receive a portion of the sale, and this will contribute to my dream of working as a transformative group facilitator. You can also enter NickMeador (no space) in the promo code line for a $10 discount on your total purchase!
Click on the image to the right to see the types of workshops and ceremonies they have planned, and the initial music line-up. Also check out Emergence Earth, the conscious social network from the creators of Three Days of Light. Email me with any questions. Otherwise I’ll see you in North Carolina in October!!
This weekend I got to facilitate an impromptu workshop at the 4th annual Yoga Fest at Song of the Morning retreat center when they had a Friday afternoon cancellation. First I led a Group Process, which ended up being a lot about boundaries, assertiveness, and being able to say NO. Then I led an inner work exercise to help people integrate the energy of a disturbing or mysterious viewpoint or figure that was either present or referred to in the Group Process. One of the main lessons was to take a pause before agreeing to a request, to make sure we actually have the resources of time, energy, etc., at our disposal. I’m continually blown away by the wisdom in groups! And I thought it went really well considering those dozen people mostly expected a straightforward meditation workshop.
My next scheduled event is a Group Process in Ferndale on August 14. This is at a private residence. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or view the Facebook event for more info. I’m also cooking up a Group Process in Ann Arbor for Aug 18 or 19. Details to be determined. To stay in the loop, please join the Dreaming Feeling Detroit group on FB or request to get email updates.
This one is a little short notice, but I wanted to spread the word that I’ll be facilitating the closing activity at the HUG Detroit Healing Share and Potluck on Thursday, July 24 in Grosse Pointe Park.
Linda Groblicki is hosting these monthly gatherings to build momentum for a permanent HUG Detroit center. As she says, it would be “a center that is a clearing for healing, restoration, and transformation. Meditative, relaxing, creative activities and healing modalities… a space to regenerate the parasympathetic nervous system.“
My portion will be from 9:15-9:45pm and will include a couple of Process Work exercises. Hope you can come! You can find a map and other info on the Facebook event.
I’d like to start a weekly or biweekly Group Process series in the Detroit area. I have planned the first one for 7-9pm on Tuesday, July 1, in Ferndale, Michigan.
This will take place at a private home. To get the location, please email me at dreamingfeelingdetroit [at] gmail.com or join the Dreaming Feeling Detroit group on Facebook. Since space in the Group Process is limited, check with me about bringing any friends. If you have any questions, send them via email or post a comment below.
Then there will be a few weeks break, and the weekly series should proceed on Tuesday, July 22. Stay tuned for more info!
Process Work views dreams and body sensations as potentially symbolic of our mental and interpersonal lives, and views the individual as a microcosm of the group or species. Group Process is about sensing what’s “in the field” and then working to access the deeper dreams and feelings in the background. The result is a bit like a community meditation that trains in stepping outside our usual perspective, communicating more effectively, and opening up to unexpected magic.
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In my excitement about Metta Morphosis, I also applied to run a workshop at Imaginarium Gathering — yet another intimate festival in the Ann Arbor area from June 13-15. This one will be a bit more music-oriented, with Phutureprimitive, Blockhead, Govinda, and Dixon’s Violin topping the music line-up.
The festival will also feature many “playshops” and ceremonies. In fact, Sunday will be only that stuff – no music! My workshop is currently scheduled from 3:00-4:30pm on Friday, June 13, in the Starseed Sanctuary. The title again will be The Dreaming-Feeling Background. But this time I’ll have 90 minutes, so expect a fully immersive Process Work experience!
Tickets are only $60 for the whole weekend, and single-day passes are also available. This is an independent, not-for-profit festival, which means that money is going to cover operational costs — not boost corporate dividends. Here’s your chance to support yet another unique and exciting alternative-culture event happening in Michigan.
You can also join the Facebook event, and I recommend carpooling. Hope to see you there.