Training

2020 Retreats: The Call of the Mountains

We’re offering FOUR retreat opportunities in 2020 with the theme “The Call of the Mountains.” We’ll use the symbol of the mountains and how they speak to all of us, and to all the mystics of all time. These experiences are for all those who want the external beauty and adventure and are up for the hard work of the inner journey at the same time. We know that it is not possible for most people to do everything, so we are offering four retreats to try to accommodate everyone that wants to have one of these amazing experiences: 1.) International: Avila, Spain, April 4 –16, 2020, Cost - $4495 2.) National: Seven Circles Retreat Center, CA, May 7–12, 2020, Cost - $1995 3.) Local: Eagle Ridge Resort near Lutsen, MN, September 3–8, 2020, Cost - $1995 4.) International: Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa, October 23-Nov. 5, 2020, Cost - $5495

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Evolution of Consciousness workshops

These workshops will give you an overview of the evolution of consciousness as manifested in creation and humanity from the Big Bang to the present. You will be provided with a comprehensive map with which to understand evolution in consciousness in any human life across cultures. We will explore the different stages and states of consciousness and identify markers of each stage and state in order to more accurately assess where we and our clients are on the journey. We will learn what specific mind, body and spirit practices are applicable to each stage and state in order to facilitate awakening to greater potential, both in yourselves and others. We will explore how to transcend the mundane ego functioning of habitual patterns of defense, leave behind anxiety and shame, guilt and anger and live a life of expanded consciousness, light and freedom, compassion and wisdom. We will give you an overview of stages and states of consciousness and focus on the mind, body, spirit practices that facilitate transcending ego functioning.

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Other Training Opportunities

Aspects of Consciousness Forums

Aspects of Consciousness Forums with Lyndall Johnson. Do we clean up debris in our consciousness or do we transform our inner relationship to it? Through inner relational transformation, we can change the course of history – internally and externally.We will look at how shame creates disturbance in our inner wave of consciousness and distracts us from a life of Love and Truth. We will examine how this then translates into external disturbances of every kind that is leading to the death of our planet.

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Midwifing Death

In a culture that is death phobic the notion of midwifing death is novel. We prepare for birth with many preparations, rituals and intentions. A midwife is a facilitator of transition. It is possible to prepare for death in the same way as we do for the birth of a child. Join us in exploring transformative approaches for being with dying. Learn about the stages of physical death, as well as the energetic and transformational signposts along the way. Learn skills and spiritual practices for easing the transition of death, and the use of ritual and specific practices to be used at the time of death and after.

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Mindfulness Practice Group

Saturdays as scheduled at Aslan. FEE: freewill offering. ($40 donation suggested, sliding fee gratefully accepted.) Our informal Mindfulness Practice Groups feature both meditation and instructional, supportive teachings and discussion about mindfulness, meditation, and contemplative spiritual practice in everyday life. These groups are facilitated by a priest from Minnesota Zen Center, Rev. Bussho Lahn, and all are welcome to these brief immersions in a relaxed meditative setting. Each is different and tailored to the group’s needs. Previous meditation experience not required; meditators of all levels and all faith traditions are invited. Beginners are especially encouraged to attend. Check the Aslan website Events Calendar regularly for schedule updates. For more information or to register, please contact: bussholahn@gmail.com OR (612) 871-5631

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Creative Mindfulness Series

Mindfulness is a fundamental component of creativity and meditation practice as well as being widely recognized in the psychological community as an excellent tool for alleviating stress and all the problems that accompany it. We will talk about creativity as a natural outpouring of mindfulness and mindfulness as essential to cultivating a creative life. Each week there will be a teaching followed by a practical application and experience of mindfulness. This series will help us develop creative day-to-day mindfulness practices so that we more deeply experience and enjoy our precious and fleeting lives.

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Tonglen Groups

Contact Lyndall Johnson or Charisse Lyons about these unique monthly groups and their opportunity for insight, compassion, and deep healing.

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Relating to Authority: Encountering the Real

Spiritual traditions advise us to obey a still, quiet voice inside us; an inner authority. In order for us to discern what that is, we must examine how authority shows up in our lives and how to tell what is real and what is not. This four-week series will examine the nature of true authority and false authority in both the external and internal worlds and explore how we can bring about more conscious contact with that which is most deeply authentic in ourselves and others… encountering the real. Join us for this exploration! Four Wednesdays in September, with Lyndall Johnson and Bussho Lahn.

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