May/June 2007 NW Newsmakers
Feeding the Soul, One Poem at a Time
SoulFood Books isn't just a cozy spot for books and gifts - the Redmond-based book shop also feeds your mind and spirit with tasty bits of prose.
SoulFood's monthly poetry night stimulates the poetry community on the Eastside and the greater Seattle area. Two featured guest readers share their best and their worst poetry, followed by an open-mike reading. On May 17, featured poets are Rebecca Loudon and Susan Butler. On June 21, John W. Marshall and Paul Hunter step up to the mike.
The readings also highlight special soul food poems, which each featured guest selects to read as an interpretation of the concept of soul food. The poems are collected in a SoulFood Books binder for readers to enjoy.
Visit SoulFood Books at 15748 Redmond Way in Redmond, 425-881-5309, www.soulfoodbooks.com.
The Messenger Delivers Healing
Ever since an out of body experience at the age of eight, Matt Kahn, now a spiritual teacher and intuitive healer, delivers loving messages of wisdom and consciousness from the angelic realms to help activate self-healing, inner awareness and potential. The vibration of his presentations are felt (and actually seen by some) in the room. This energy transfer has been captured on video.
"When we can see this Earth as a playground, just like every soul being a child of divine creation, we realize we all just want a chance to play in the fun we hope to find," says Kahn, who is featured in the forthcoming movie Gateways with Gangaji, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Neale Donald Walsch and Gary Zukav.
"We only need to be everything we already are in order to discover a chance to play."
Kahn visits the Pacific Northwest on May 12 at New Renaissance Books in Portland and May 18 at the Center for Spiritual Living Eastside in Bothell.
For details, visit www.themessengeronline.com.
Baba Returns to Oregon for Peace Tour
Baba Shivarudra Balayogi returns to the Northwest from May 22 to June 3 for his fourth visit to Portland, Salem and the Hood River area.
As a disciple of the yogi Shri Shivabalayogi Maharaj, Baba spent 20 years as an ordained monk, learning from and serving his spiritual teacher. This was followed by five intense years of cloistered solitude in which Baba meditated in samadhi for up to 20 hours per day.
In his free public programs, Baba gives a
brief spiritual talk, as well as providing an initiation and instruction in meditation, spiritual singing and personal interaction with participants.
For details, visit www.shivarudrabalayogi.com
Finding Spirituality on the Oregon Coast
Need a spiritual getaway? Mark your calendar for August 4 and 5 and go to Yachats, Oregon for the Pathways to Transformation: Holistic Health, Psychic and Crafts Fair.
Curious about the future? Ask a psychic or intuitive reader for direction. Need healing? Visit practitioners of alternative health therapies and personal health products. Need beauty? Visit booths with visionary arts and crafts, stones, crystals, and jewelry. Want inspiration? Attend one of 25 seminars led by authors and other visionaries.
"We're committed to helping facilitate personal and planetary healing, awareness, spiritual growth and love," says organizer Rev. Violet Young of Chuckling Cherubs Spiritual Ministry. "By producing this event we are tending to our mission."
Now in its 11th year, Pathways to Transformation has 65 exhibitors from five states, making it the longest running and largest show of its type on the Oregon coast.
Details: Yachats Commons Building at 441 N. Hwy. 101 and 4th Street in Yachats. Saturday, 10 am-7 pm and Sunday, 9 am-5 pm. Weekend admission: $3 (children 12 and under free). For a vendor application, call 541-547-4664.