Purposeful Powerful Living: Weekend Retreat in June 2015

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IMAG1369We all have blocks that prevent us from living our truest truth. Most of us are aware of these blocks because they cause us pain and prevent us from connecting to others in the way we would like. Self-doubt, anxiety, confusion and fear are the result.

You and your loved ones know that every part of your life deserves your most vibrant Self. Come on an adventure with us in the pristine wilderness of Northern Michigan, and learn methods you can use to remove blocks to living your most authentic life. Get in touch with your center of power. Gain confidence at home and in business.

This is a retreat for changemakers and booty-shakers. Using cutting-edge business and lifestyle design plus holistic depth psychology, we will develop tools for getting in touch with our inner guides, in all areas of life. Entrepreneurial expertise will be strengthened by tapping into the wisdom of dreams and the body. We’ll explore Self-love and Self-mastery to gain access to flow states, as an individual, leader, and part of a team. We’ll experience individual, partner, and group exercises designed to build communications and awareness skills for enacting the new paradigm.

This is a true investment in your Self. You will spend your weekend at Song of the Morning retreat, which is a serene yoga community in the gorgeous wilderness of Northern Michigan, surrounded by like minded individuals. All accommodation options include two vegetarian meals per day (Saturday and Sunday). Home-brewed kombucha (made by Nick) and some snacks offered by presenters.

CLICK HERE TO GET INVITED: http://goo.gl/forms/nVfRjQt5CF

June 12-14, 2015
Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat
9607 E. Sturgeon Valley Road
Vanderbilt, MI 49795
989-983-4107
http://www.songofthemorning.org/

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Laine Laroche is a business strategist who is redefining how humans relate to work. Her mission is to encourage entrepreneurs to connect to their sense of purpose and core values. She provides clients with the tools to create sustainable income and build the new economy. Laine helps leaders create intrinsically motivated cultures. She enjoys creating pipelines that give teams the safety and freedom to work in a state of psychological flow – i.e., in their most mindful, productive state. http://lainelaroche.wordpress.com/

Nick Meador is a holistic counselor and facilitator who leads awareness and communications trainings. Nick studied at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon. Process Work is an awareness paradigm that sees opportunities for growth and transformation in the disturbances and mysteries we find in dreams, body symptoms, and our interpersonal lives. He draws inspiration from Nonviolent Communication, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and related systems to synthesize his own healing methods. https://ndmeador.wordpress.com/

Dreaming Feeling Relationships: 3-Hour Workshop in A2

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banner1_crop2-2**UPDATE 2/11/2015: THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED. STAY TUNED FOR NEWS ABOUT FUTURE OFFERINGS.**

Feeling stuck in your relationships? Join us on Valentine’s Day 2015 to learn the secrets to getting things flowing again with your partner, friends, family members, or co-workers.

In this 3-hour workshop, facilitator Nick Meador will offer a variety of self-development teachings and exercises specially designed to help you find the solutions to relationship puzzles – by tapping into the wisdom of your own body and dreams!

Nick trained in a holistic depth psychology called Process Work and draws inspiration from Nonviolent Communication, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and related systems. He synthesizes all this into his own unique healing methods to give you essential communication and awareness skills for living a fuller life with more meaning, direction, and empowerment.

Feel free to come alone or with your partner, friend, or family member. Home-brewed kombucha and homemade vegetarian food (TBD) are included in the workshop cost!

12:30-1:00pm – Food provided
1:00-4:00pm – Workshop
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room
Community Room, rear 2nd floor
114 S Main St Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

Early bird price $25 (before Feb 1st)
General price $30 (Feb 1-13)

Pre-registration is required by Friday, February 13, 2015. Please book a spot on Eventbrite in advance.

If you’d like to come but prefer not to use credit card, please contact Nick. If you feel called to participate but funds are a problem, ask about work-study positions and scholarships. Please join Nick’s Facebook group for updates on future events.

(CC-BY photo by Neal Fowler on Flickr, edited)

3-Hour Workshop in Ann Arbor

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On Saturday, December 13, I will host my second 3-hour Dreaming Feeling Background Self-Development Workshop! The first one in the Detroit area on November 8 was a huge success, so I’ll be keeping most of the format intact. This time it will take place at the Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their Community Room is a perfect space for this kind of work.

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You can expect:
– A featured demonstration of how dreams and body sensations can guide us through interpersonal conflicts.
– Individual, pair, and/or small group exercises to develop awareness and communications skills.
– A full Group Process including some role playing.
– And: flowing with whatever needs to happen in the moment.

Here are the other details:

What do relationship and group conflicts, body sensations, movement urges, nighttime dreams, altered states, and nature experiences have in common? They’re all part of the same process of becoming. When you feel stuck or disturbed by one area, the others can help you get flowing again. In one sense we are individuals living in the universe – and in another sense the universe is happening through bodies, dreams, relationships, etc.

In this 3-hour workshop, facilitator Nick Meador will offer a variety of self-development teachings and exercises to build awareness and communications skills. We’ll witness the parallels from individual to relationships to groups, and see how there are always multiple ways of interpreting and working with our experience.

In his facilitation Nick incorporates Process Work (or process-oriented psychology), Nonviolent Communication, cognitive therapies, and his own unique ideas. Nick trained at the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon. Process Work is an awareness paradigm that sees opportunities for growth and transformation in the disturbances and mysteries we find in dreams, body symptoms, and our interpersonal lives.

12:30-1pm – Food provided
1pm-4pm – Workshop
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room
Community Room, rear 2nd floor
114 S Main St
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

Early bird price $25 (before Dec 1st)
General price $30 (Dec 1 and after)

Space is limited. Please reserve a spot in advance on Eventbrite.

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If you’d like to register but prefer not to use credit card, please contact me. If you feel called to participate but funds are a problem. ask about work-study positions and scholarships.

Please join my Facebook group for updates on future events. I’ll also be hosting Group Process gatherings in Ann Arbor on Thursday, November 20, and Thursday, December 4. The one on Nov 20 will have the theme of Bullying and Abuse. The theme for Dec 4 is TBD.

Online Panel Discussion on Forgiveness

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1553560_715868681778861_1255248516_oThe Project Bring Me to Life team invited me to facilitate an online panel discussion on the topic of Forgiveness on Wednesday, November 5. I led it Group Process-style, without generating a list of questions in advance. The speakers joining me included Chrisopher Selomon Closson, Shan Tastic, Ashton Robertson (of Spaceship Earth), Christina Teller, and Ant Head. A lot of rich wisdom came up in the discussion, and I look forward to more like it in the future!

You can watch the entire talk on YouTube below. Feel free to share it or embed on your website or blog. Also, you can view the “white board” from the discussion HERE. :)

PBM2L Podcast Dreamwork

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0e057b_a6de2f1bf1e44567970c36f0e8e5dc3c.jpg_srz_p_243_210_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzOn 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.

Updates on Workshops, Dance Church, and More

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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.

Interview on Project Bring Me to Life Podcast

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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!!

Freaquinox 2014

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10556961_10152227006986286_2000941599361029689_oI 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

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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
Suite 111
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!

Workshop Confirmed at Three Days of Light

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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!!