We know that the high level of energy at The Readers Studio can get a little intense sometimes. We've created a special retreat where you can rest and relax whenever you like, without running off to your room. Take a few minutes to sit quietly while being bathed in soft light and gentle, healing music. You'll find our peaceful and serene Meditation Room in the Forest Hills Room, located on the Lower Level, all the way to the left.
Altar of Remembrance: A special feature of the Meditation Room is the Altar of Remembrance. If you have a loved one (two or four-footed) whose spirit you would like to honor during the conference, please feel free to place a photo or token on the altar. Just remember to take it home with you at the end of the weekend.
Carolyn Cushing organizes and facilitates ritual and meditation events held in the Meditation Room.
FRIDAY from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Opening to Wisdom Ritual — Each year a specific theme, inspired by a Tarot or oracle deck, is offered to help us encounter the wisdom that flows to us through the symbols, imagery, and figures of the Tarot tradition.
Our theme for 2015 is Initiation, inspired by Mellissae Lucia's Oracle of Initiation, in which “each image captures the spirit of a ceremonial moment, as if stepping into a dream; opening us to worlds of myth, magic, and allegory.” If you have this deck, do bring it, but cards will be available for use. Or bring your own favorite deck for consulting. The wisdom of all decks is welcome.
SATURDAY from 8:00am to 8:30am
Morning Meditation — If you need a gentle start to the day, join us for a 30-minute session that will include energy balancing, guided visualization, and silent meditation. You'll spend the majority of time focused inwardly.
Following the meditation's conclusion at 8:30am, there will be an option for journaling and a brief sharing of experiences in Circle until 9am.
Bring your favorite tarot deck and a notebook / journal.
SUNDAY from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
Integration Ritual — On Sunday, we being to think about returning home and how to bring all the wisdom and connections of Readers Studio with us. This ritual weaves together strands of reflection, release, gratitude, and vision.
Our theme for 2015 is Shape Shifting. Have you perhaps been changed by your experience here at Readers Studio? We'll work in the imaginal realm to get a glimpse of the ways we have shifted because of our time here and how we can continue to flow with their gifts once we return home. Do bring the Oracle of Initiation, if you have it, but the wisdom of all decks is welcome.
Carolyn Cushing of Art of Change Tarot is a passionate change maker and Tarot practitioner who loves to work with people to make life transitions, grow spiritually, and develop creatively. In addition to working one-on-one with seekers, Carolyn has led meditation sessions and rituals at Readers Studios for many years; taught and co-facilitated Tarot classes and retreats throughout Western Massachusetts; and been a guest teacher on the Gaian Tarot Circle. She is a graduate of the Spiritual Life Center's Spiritual Direction Program and a co-founder of the Massachusetts Tarot Society.
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