Mining your own wisdom  – searching for soul through poetry

Poetry is an intimate conversation with the wonders and difficulties of the world, a pilgrim path to a place where we are able to combine our fear, our fierceness, and our faith to make a life we can call our own—no matter the difficulties that seem to surround us.–David Whyte from Why Poetry Matters

Why do Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Billy Collins, William Stafford, Naomi Shihab Nye, among others, speak to us so deeply?  Because they touch in us a core, our inner teacher, our innate wisdom we sometimes forget to access.


Come join host Jeanne Strong and others to explore your own ‘pilgrim path’ through poetry, as we each tap into our internal wisdom and guidance, deepening connection to what it means to be human.

Dates: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 on January 9, 23, February 6, 20

Healing the Artist Within 

We are all artists: creating, producing, helping, being. making, building, painting, dancing, singing. We all need healing: a taming of our fears, doubts, judgements, wounds, thoughts.
The creative process is a healing process. This journey is made richer by the opportunity to be seen, heard, and understood, and have our processes be witnessed and acknowledged by a circle of collective sharing.
We want our Art to bring us Joy. We will begin each circle by reading the eight pillars of joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu,  sit in  silence to reflect,  and then share how the pillars are expressed in our art.
We will explore  many forms of art. We will invite participation by inviting someone to share her or his art each time. We will create a safe space by honoring individual desires.
The eight pillars of Joy: perspective, humility, humor, acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, generosity.
We are planning to meet on the first and third Fridays of the month from 10:00 to 11:30Our first circle will be the third Friday, January 19th. We will hold the circles for 6 weeks. It is a drop-in circle. 

Creativity & Community: A Community Conversation with Peggy Taylor

CREATIVITY & Community: “Catch the Fire: Unleashing Creativity in Community”
A Community Conversation with Peggy Taylor

We are all creative whether we know it or not. It’s just a matter of learning how to turn on the flow,” says creativity specialist and social entrepreneur Peggy Taylor. “Not only are we creative, but we have a birthright to express ourselves using the arts without having to be good.”

In this evening conversation Peggy will show how creative expression, personal empowerment, the will to live, and joy are intimately connected. She will talk about her experiences working with groups of youth and adult around the world using the Creative Empowerment Model she developed with Charlie Murphy. Peggy will also introduce you to some easy techniques you can use to switch on your own creativity and bring out the creativity in others.
Peggy leads the Open Circle Singers, an 80-member community choir on South Whidbey, and she is co-founder of Power of Hope: Youth Empowerment through the Arts and Partners for Youth Empowerment. Over the past 20 years she trained several thousand teachers, youth workers, social service professionals, entrepreneurs, and change makers in ways to use creative practices to increase the impact of their work.

Leadership & Community: A Community Conversation with Sharon Parks

Leadership & Community:  Making a Difference from Wherever We Sit
In a time of dramatic change, how do we re-cast the art and practice of leadership and wade into today’s complexity with skillful courage? What does adaptive-generative leadership ask of all of us in these times?
Sharon Daloz Parks is a senior fellow at the Whidbey Institute. She teaches executive leadership at Seattle University and consults nationally. She lives in Clinton.
This event is part of our ongoing Community Conversation series on how our personal values and strengths contribute to building our community.

The Role of Collective Joy in Community Building: A Community Conversation with Rick Ingrasci

Collective Joy is an essential element in community building, and it can take many forms — festival, dancing, singing, ritual, theater, sports, parties, etc. Based on his life-affirming belief that “If you want to create a healthy community, THROW A BETTER PARTY,” Rick will demonstrate the role that love, compassion, creative self-expression, and collective joy can play in the evolution of a more joyous and sustainable Whidbey community.
Langley resident Rick Ingrasci M.D. has a rich background in psychiatry and holistic medicine. For over 30 years he has been convening Summer, Winter, and Fall Gatherings that generate a deep sense community spirit and belonging through the power of collective joy AND collective pain. Rick is the co-author of the best-selling “Chop Wood, Carry Water: A Guide to Spiritual Fulfillment in Daily Life.”

HOLIDAY PARTY: A Community Social Gathering

Healing Circles Langley invites you to a community Social Gathering on Monday, December 11, 2017, from 4:30-6:30. Come on in for a glass of wine, conversation, and the chance to meet someone new.

We also invite you to bring a friend from the community who has not yet discovered us and is curious about what we offer.

If it pleases you, bring an hors d’oeuvres,

bring a drink,

bring your partner,

bring a friend!

But definitely bring someone new to Healing Circles Langley.


Small Wonders—the healing power of astonishment

Larry Daloz is a lifelong educator and deep lover of the forest and all that thrives within it. He is an abductee… not by aliens from the outer reaches of space but by the tiny denizens we typically overlook in the innermost spaces of our forests. In Larry’s words: “I like to think that the mosses and lichens whom I photograph have recruited me to make their wonder available to us humans.”

An exhibit of Larry’s images will be on display at the Whidbey Arts Gallery on Second St. in Langley during November. He will use this evening at Healing Circles to share the motivation, insights, and astonishment—and, yes, obsession—behind his photographs and how they contribute to healing in the broadest sense of the word.

By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty. —Thoreau

Love & Community: 10 Lessons & 5 songs on the 
Healing Power of Love

This is the next in our series of First Tuesday Community Conversations about “… & Community”.

Please join us as singers Laurie Julian and Yana Viniko support 
Diana Lindsay as she retraces her healing path from a death’s-door-diagnosis 12 years ago and the importance of the community support she received along the way. Stay for a conversation on the healing power of love and how we can best support each other through illness and life.

Diana Lindsay is author of Something More Than Hope and co-founder of Healing Circles Langley.

Six Healing Sounds Organ Meditation

“This is a self-care practice to nurture our organs’ well-being. We turn our focus onto our organs for 30-40 minutes. Beginning with breath and a relaxed inner smile we visualize and appreciate each of our organs. We “bathe” our organs in specific colors and sounds, releasing stagnation or stuck energy with intention and movement. We then engage with and invite the positive qualities associated with each organ as taught in the 5 Element Tradition.

“This is a particularly useful self-care practice for anyone challenged with chronic stress or illness and it is good for health maintenance. A gentle practice, it can be further adjusted in intensity to one’s level of energy/stamina. It can be done lying down, seated, or standing, with or without arm movement.

The Six Healing Sounds is one of my favorite practices to do for myself. I have received a lot of positive feedback from those with whom I have shared it and would like to make it more easily available to the community.

“The group setting generally creates a supportive environment, amplifies the benefit of the practice, and encourages practice at home. I can accommodate a maximum of 10 participants.”

Presented by Christa Straub, LMT (lic # 17413), who has been in practice since 1998. Much of Christa’s work now focuses on Abdominal Massage and Abdominal Self-Care Education. She is a student of Chi Nei Tsang, a Taoist Approach to Organ Optimization.

Volunteer Kick-off

If you’re a current volunteer or interested in becoming one, please come to our Volunteer Kick-Off. We’ll focus on love of self, love of Healing Circles, and love of community.

We’ll offer the opportunity to existing hosts to talk about what’s working and what could be improved. We’ll also offer training for new volunteers.

At noon, we’ll have lunch snacks.