HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE ….the weather is mild and the centre full for Jaya’s poetry workshop on now. Friends have been using the centre for respite, Anne is back at Coorain and we have set course for the next phase. All who use and value the centre create the environment of healing and exploration that permeates all we do. It feels like Origins is gaining a strong foundation for continued service.
CHANGES TO PROGRAM Please note that we have trimmed our offerings for the rest of the year. Events, hospitality, groundworks and maintenance have to be in sync with the staff resources we have. There will be more offered online as the year unfolds and we want to encourage local day use, such as Millie’s children’s theatre workshops, yoga and private teaching as well.
MANAGEMENT Overall site management at Origins will be undertaken by Melinda. Chim is particularly grateful for this change and will, of course, support her in this roll. Thanks Melinda, Kip and Sondra for their adapting and working together. Origins is a resilient, creative project in community service and education, so it requires such good teamwork and inclusive methods. Many thanks one and all.
COORAIN Anne is the manager at Coorain, attending to cabin bookings, site maintenance, pottery, teaching etc. She will begin pottery for children and adults on each Tuesday from April 20th until June 29th with a focus on the upcoming Balingup Open House and Art Trail on May 8th and 9th. First children's pottery session: Tuesday, April 20th 3:30 til 4:30pm. Materials supplied. Contact Anne 0499 52 88 64 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
COORAIN OPEN THURSDAYS (FORTNIGHTLY) These happen every other Thursday, the same weeks as meetings, the next open days are the 15th and 29th of April. Chim may be away then but Anne will take the day. You may come along anytime and join in as you like. There are always chores if you feel like helping out! We start at 6:30am with puja chanting followed by a shared breakfast. 9am is the Setting Up of mindfulness for 40 mintutes followed by discussion of practice or some principle of common interest. Anne Marie does distilling, there are books to read, personal time in the shrine room, conversation and a great potluck lunch. This is an evolving day that is gradually coming together. Dharma is an integrating theme.
ENVIRONMENT It’s bridal creeper control time once more! Big thanks to Kip who is available to work on this. If you ever feel like contributing some time, I’m sure you’ll be able to help.
SHOLTO Sholto and Vahri are off to a new adventure in Canberra where Vahri has a new position teaching and doing research at a university there. We wish them good fortune and love; we also say ‘be good to see you back in the region one day’!!
KINDY Anne is back to conduct Kindy again. We all love that families come and we get to greet the wonderful newborns that are brought to Kindy. What joy it is to host the generations of growing young families and to participate in their support and welfare. Kindy rains power on our practice and helps us to anchor in the ever-present birthing and to think of our future lives and aspirations.
VIHARA Final designs are happening, so we will soon see the building inspector and take the final steps of preparation. The building will echo the Alcove design and host resident dharma practitioners from our own community, lineage and associated groups. The purpose of the Vihara is to ensure a continuous presence of dharma teaching and practice at Origins Centre. Friends have contributed site works, landscaping and design skills plus $13,000 so far. The goal is $42,000. As soon as all preparation is finished we will report and seek to raise funds and set a start date. We will advertise the opportunity throughout our networks. This project is of real value to our longterm future so that dharma teachings continue to provide stimulus and guidance to us all.
RESIDENT MOTHER POSSUM AND BABIES Yes, she is still around and carrying new joeys on her back! There is a move to provide a new possum house near the kids play area, so we can finally close down her squat above the back door of the amenities.
THANKS Thanks to Karen for the large settee to replace the worn one in the lounge room. I’m sure it will be much used and appreciated in the years ahead.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT ORIGINS
MINDFULNESS Online on facebook livestream and live attendance - please note the earlier times! Tuesdays: 8.30am with Melinda. Fridays: 8am - response to questions, plus setting up with Chime. Local people are most welcome to come and join the sessions. We ask that you please bring your own meditation mat and cushion.
YOGA with Beth - every Monday at 9am in the rotunda. By donation to Days for Girls.
POETRY WEEKEND with Jaya - 3rd & 4th April Spend a nourishing weekend immersed in writing and speaking poetry with poet Jaya Penelope. These workshops will explore connections between poetry, mindfulness and the elements and are suitable for beginners and experienced writers alike. Daytime attendance welcome - accommodation is fully booked. For more information please contact: email@example.com
MINDFULNESS WEEKEND - 10th & 11th April Mindfulness will be taught according to ancient tradition. Chime will instruct in a foundation of mindfulness exercise called 'Setting Up'. Sessions are at 9:30am and 3:30pm on Saturday and 9:30am on Sunday. Day attendance is welcome. Personal instruction is available too. To enrol, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
YOGA STORY TIME with Beth - 17th April 10am Learn about yoga myths in this fun story time that will enchant young and old! By donation.
KIRTAN & BHAKTI YOGA with Branan and Asakti - 17th & 18th April Kirtan event at Origins on Sat 17th. 7pm-9pm. Bhakti Yoga workshop on Sun morning, 10-12pm. Kirtan is the practice of ecstatic devotional singing, from the Indian Bhakti tradition.When we gather and join our voices in sacred song, with the intention of touching something beyond the limited self, we open the door to Remembering. When we remember our true nature, deep healing can occur.For more information please see fb: https://www.facebook.com/events/435389537608545 or contact Branan: email@example.com
Nature & Mindfulness - Body balance & Fitness Outdoors with Kip & Peter- 24th & 25th April A weekend of slacklining, bush walks and movement practices with Kip Cameron and Peter Collingwood. We will be exploring body tension, body softening, proprioception, kinaesthesia and mindfulness amongst the elements of nature. Open to all people who feel comfortable in bush walks and exploring the basics of tightrope walking. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Selah Retreat with Ava & Bethwyn - 30th April to 2nd May Selah is a small, intimate, creative+spiritual retreat for women co-led by an arts educator and a spiritual community leader. Over 36 hours, we will tap into our spirituality and creativity to nourish ourselves (mind, body, and soul), discover pathways to our own inner wisdom, and be re-inspired by the blessings of the ordinary. Click here for more information, or go tohttp://bit.ly/SelahRegistrationto register.
May Retreat - 8th to 15th May For information or to book, please email: email@example.com
UPCOMING EVENTS AT COORAIN First children's pottery session: Tuesday, April 20th 3:30 til 4:30pm. Materials supplied. Contact Anne 0499 52 88 64 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEN HOUSE fortnightly at Coorain on Thursdays. Come to meet others and explore some of the ongoing work at Coorain; study of texts, teachings and books, reading, beadmaking, art and craft, work in the garden or generally enjoy the space. All welcome.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT YOGA MOVES - SHENTON PARK In 2021, we will continue with our over-arching themes of how to work with the mind of imagination and symbol in meditation and in life and the path of altruism. Thus, the Saturday afternoon talks with meditation teacher, Chimé Shore will be oriented around a series of Buddhist teachings called the Paramitas. A central proposition of the teaching is it that it matters what we do, how we do it and our intentionality as we do it. For more information, please contact: email@example.com
Saturday 6th March - 3.30pm: talk on Dana (giving and receiving) Sunday 7th March - 10am: Wongkur of Milarepa Saturday 1st May: Sila (wholesome choices / living an ethical life) Saturday 5th June: Kshanti (patience) Saturday 7th August: Viriya (energy) Saturday 2nd October: Samadhi (concentration/meditation) Saturday 6th November: Prajna (wisdom)
Donations: We are a charitable organization and your donations make the difference! If you would like to support us financially, our bank details are: Origins Centre BSB 066504 Account Number: 10017993 Origins Centre Coorain Account BSB 066504 Account Number: 10056415
GOVERNANCE The Origins Committee of Management has full responsibility for all administration, management, landcare, finance, maintenance, media and teaching at OC and Coorain. The responsibility is represented on-site by committee members or on-site duty managers. Many friends help. OC is a registered, charitable not-for-profit NGO that offers its services, land and infrastructure on a donation basis. Origins is run and used by volunteers and supported by core paid work.