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Spiritual Resources

Spiritual Resources

By Luciana Harrington

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D.C. bar scene not feeding your soul?  Don’t worry- all is not lost! Whether it’s an energy healing session, an evening of ecstatic dance, or weekend retreat – DC has got your soul covered!

Whether you are motivated by curiosity, community, fun, loss/devastation, desire for authentic relating or deliberately seeking to embark on an evolution of consciousness, there are many events, retreats and healers in the DC area offering their gifts to the city. Over the past 6 years I have experimented with several of them for all the above-mentioned reasons.

For healing, acupuncture, reiki sessions or holistic health counseling may be good ways to start or just drop in for a tune up. For an evening of fun and authentic relating, I’d suggest trying ecstatic dance or 5 rhythms dance as a way to connect within, meet likeminded folks and feel great afterwards! I find that fun is sometimes the best form of healing.

For a more in-depth experience, weekend, holiday and weeklong getaways are available at nearby ashrams. The closest to D.C. is Yogaville- a beautiful retreat center 40 minutes outside of Charlottesville, VA along the James river. This ashram hosts a signature silent retreat 3 times a year if you want to go Eat, Pray, Love style! About a 5 hour drive from D.C. is the Sivananda Yoga Ranch in the Catskills mountains in New York, offering weeklong beginner yoga vacation programs. Both have hiking trails and beautiful views!

Finally, the many festivals offered throughout the year are a nice happy medium covering all bases. Drop in for the day, the night, or stay the whole weekend. Festivals create a magical, celebratory environment outside of the daily grind, allowing you to get away, connect with the local tribe, expand your knowledge through workshops and most importantly- do what feeds your soul! I’d suggest looking at the many offerings at Interfusion Festival, FlowJam and East Coast Tantra Festival, to name a few.

I’ve listed specific details and recommendations below. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, just one filled with love and gratitude from personal experience. I hope it can help you on your own spiritual journey. May you find what you seek!

  • Yogaville
    • Ashram – Spiritual retreat center in the mountains outside of Charlottesville only 2.5 hours outside of DC, also accessible by train and bus.
    • Notes – Chill spiritual getaway, offering many workshops and spiritual retreats, including a silent retreat. Ashram located on a river with a lake and hiking trails.
  • Sivananda Yoga Ranch
    • Yoga Ranch in the Catskills mountains of New York. About 5 hour drive from DC, also accessible by bus.
    • Notes- Recommend the yoga vacation programs.  Also offers ASL yoga retreat and services. Ashram located in the mountains with shorter hiking trails, lake and sauna.
  • Inner Journey
    • Weekend getaway workshop with other participants for deep reflection, self-work and spiritual healing.
    • Highly recommended by Inner Journey graduates and said to be life changing.
  • Spa World
    • Overall space to relax and rejuvenate. Korean Spa with various crystal, salt and clay saunas including nude bade pool (separate for men/women).
    • Notes- Not spiritual per se, but good for rejuvenation and re-connecting with yourself.
  • Transformational Acupuncture
    • One-stop shop for healing as holistic health counseling will point you in the direction you need, whether its physical healing, mediations, workshops or books, this clinic will work with you one-on-one to determine an appropriate healing program for you. ACCEPTS INSURANCE!!
  • Reiki Institute of Greater Washington
    • Besides offering healing sessions, also offers trainings on reiki, crystal healing as well as drumming and moon mediations.
    • Notes- Recommend basic reiki I and II trainings if you are interested in learning about energy healing.
  • Bhava DC
    • Cacao Ceremony, Ecstatic Dance, Sound Healing: Substance-free music + movement events to promote conscious and authentic connection.
  • FlowJam Festival
    • Music and yoga festival on a FARM!!! Happens every June for summer solstice in Blumont, VA.
    • Notes- Fun, chill festival vibe in NATURE with like-minded people, spiritual healers and vendors. Tent camping festival.
  • Interfusion Festival
    • Yoga, dance and tantra festival in Alexandria. Happens 2x per year.
    • Notes- Festival for many interests- dance includes all forms like salsa, zouk, bachata, belly dance and contact improv. Yoga includes acro-yoga as well as traditional yoga + meditation. Festival also has spiritual healers and vendors available at their booths the whole time.
  • East Coast Tantra Festival
    • Festival focused on the teachings, practices and philosophies of tantra. Happens once a year in West Virginia as a spiritual retreat.
    • Notes- Retreat in nature with rustic cabins or tent camping available. Diverse workshops available all day.
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Young Souls October Events!

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Young Souls October 2017 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar.

Would you like to organize a Young Souls event? Send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

 

Young Souls T-Shirts! – Order by October 14th!

Our YS t-shirts are back by popular demand! Check out the order form and get one before the October 14th deadline. Shirts will be mailed as one package and will be available at multiple church events, all tbd once they arrive. Planning on attending Fall Retreat?! Shirts should be here by then.. it would be cool to match. Questions? Concerns? Reach out to Claire.

 

Young Souls Fall Retreat – Mark your calendars! – Nov. 3rd – 5th

Fall Retreat is a weekend getaway to the Shenandoah River Valley State Park from November 3rd – 5th. Join other Young Souls for a weekend of spirituality, community, and fun! Stalwarts and newbies alike can meet new friends and deepen current relationships. Registration fills up quickly for this event, so mark your calendars. Registration goes live on Tuesday, October 3rd at 9am. Please check out the facebook event as a reminder. We will have a waiting list- just be sure to register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot! If you want to request a partial or scholarship to attend, there will be space to note that on the registration page. Contact Alice G or Martha Durkee-Newman if you have any questions.

 

NEW LISTSERV IS LIVE – Have you signed up?

Sign up for the new Young Souls listserv here! We have set up a new free-posting listserv for everything from invitations to events, rapid response protests, to housing availability and requests. Remember to follow our communication covenants and guidelines. After signing up, you can post to the listserv directly by emailing young-souls@googlegroups.com. Questions? Contact YS President Alice Goldberg.

 

Friday, October 6th, 7pm – Young Souls October Potluck

Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! Potlucks are held at a home of one of our members and is a great event for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook here. Hosted by Lucianna Harrington. Location: 1319 Harvard Street NW, Unit 1, only two blocks from the church! Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Questions? Contact Claire.

Wednesday, October 11th, 5:30pm – Young Souls Happy Hour

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is an excellent event for newcomers to attend and meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. Location: Local 16 (1602 U St. NW). RSVP on Facebook here. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Thursday, October 12th, 7pm – Young Souls Social Justice Task Force Meeting

Join us for our monthly Young Souls social justice task force meeting! Feel free to bring some food/drinks. We’ll be going over social justice initiatives locally and how we want to be involved using the tools/passions we have. Location: TBD! Questions? Contact Alice Kurima Newberry. Click here to sign up for the Social Justice Task Force e-list and receive AWESOME goodies in your inbox.

 

Sunday, October 15th, 1pm – Young Souls October Brunch

Join us on Sunday October 15th at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service. Location: TBD. RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Claire.

 

Wednesday, October 18th, 6pm – Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion Group

Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month we will gather to discuss these 7 basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about the actual language of the principle, historical UU perspectives, and our own experiences in relation to the month’s principle. On Wednesday, October 18th, we will cover the fourth principle: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning”. Snacks and, friendship will be provided. All are welcome, and those who are either new to the community or excited about the faith are especially encouraged to come. Bring your curiosity and join us as we delve into this intentional exploration of UU beliefs! Location: Conference Room #2- Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!

 

Saturday, October 21st, 4pm-6:30pm – UU United Nations Office Reception

The UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO) invites you to celebrate the UU-UNO’s important work supporting human rights around the world, including LGBTQ equality, gender equality, climate justice, and racial justice for all on Saturday, October 21, from 4pm to 6:30pm. Maryland State Senator—and Cedar Lane member—Rich Madaleno will deliver keynote remarks, including presentation of the UU-UNO human rights award on behalf of this year’s recipients: former US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, and US Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD).
Location: Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane Bethesda, MD. Individual tickets are $75. Benefactor tickets, which include donor recognition listing, are $175 per person. Order tickets online and get more information here. Contact Alice G.

 

Saturday, October 21st, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM – 7 Principles Discussion Group- Weekend Edition!

Are you interested in the ongoing 7 Principles discussion groups, but haven’t had the time to attend? Well now you have a second option! Jessi Salute has offered their house for a weekend meeting of the 7 Principles Discussion Group! Come on over around 7:00 PM for a potluck style dinner and conversation about Unitarian Universalist core beliefs. For this meeting we will reset to the First Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person. Location: 1002 Girard St NW, Washington, DC. For more information you can RSVP on Facebook here, or feel free to email Nick Ford.

 

Sunday, October 22nd, 1:00PM-3:00PM – Fall Ideation Meeting: Holiday Season

We are coming up on so many wonderful opportunities to engage with our community at All Souls during the holiday season! We will have prepared information about what is already available and discuss how we can serve one another after an arguably difficult 2017. Our ideation meetings are an opportunity for our group to meet together and give operational feedback as well. The first half of the meeting is dedicated to a specific topic and then the second half is free-form for whatever you feel we should discuss. Location: All Souls, Room TBD. Bringing a contribution of food is encouraged (fruit, snacks, etc), and other light refreshments will be available. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Alice Goldberg with any questions.

 

Young Souls November Circle Suppers – Looking for hosts!

Thanks to everyone who hosted dinners at a restaurant or at your home for our September Circle Suppers. Photos are on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. These Circle Suppers take place every other month and we are now looking for hosts for the month of November! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. If you are interested in hosting in November, please contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart.

 

Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

In October the Young Souls Book Club will read Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt. “Mr Chartwell is a huge, black dog. In this original, moving, funny and exuberant novel, Rebecca Hunt explores how two unlikely lives collide as Mr. Chartwell’s motives are revealed to be far darker and deeper than they seem.” YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Lauren.

September Circle Suppers

Thanks to everyone who hosted a Young Souls Circle Supper in September!

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Check out more Circle Supper photos on Facebook.These Circle Suppers take place every other month and we are now looking for hosts for the month of November! These are wonderful events for newcomers to meet fellow Young Souls in smaller settings. If you are interested in hosting in November, please contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart.

Young Souls September Circle Suppers – Sign up!

Young Souls September Circle Suppers – Sign up here!

Circle Suppers are back! In September we have seven wonderful Young Souls opening up their homes or going to a restaurant for a Young Souls Circle Supper. These are great events for newcomers to meet other Young Souls in smaller settings. Sign up here to attend a Young Souls Circle Supper! Take a look at photos from previous Circle Suppers on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. Have a great time : )

Young Souls September Events!

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Young Souls September 2017 Events

Keep track of all events on the Young Souls Google Calendar.

Would you like to organize a Young Souls event? Send your idea to the Young Souls Board at youngsoulsboard@googlegroups.com.

Friday, September 1st – NEW LISTSERV IS LIVE

After months of deliberation and democratic changes in posting policies, our new open listserv will go live! We have set up a new free-posting listserv for everything from invitations to events, rapid response protests, to housing availability and requests. Posts made to the new listserv will be immediate again; in order to encourage posts and replies in line with our covenants and guidelines, the YS Board reserves the ability to suspend or remove posting privileges if covenants are broken.<<CLICK HERE TO ADD YOURSELF TO THE NEW LISTSERV>> Be sure to 2x check that your display name is your first and last name and type in “I Agree” to the question response box to indicate you agree to our posting guidelines found here. Questions? Contact YS President Alice Goldberg.

Thursday, September 7th, 7:15pm – Fall Retreat Discussion Meeting

Do you want to help organize fall retreat 2017? We need help to make this event a big success, so if you want to help with anything from the food, the worship activities, to workshops and music, please come out and help us delegate some of the work. Location: 1702 ½ 10th St. NW, Washington DC 20001. Contact Alice G and Martha Durkee-Newman if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, September 8th, 7pm – Young Souls September Potluck

Join us for our monthly Young Souls potluck! Potlucks are held at a home of one of our members and is a great event for newcomers. Please bring a dish or drink to share with everyone. RSVP on Facebook here. Hosted by Alice G, Kristin Z, Ben W-M, and their housemates. Location: Check the listserv for address. Visit the Young Souls Blog to see photos of previous potlucks. Questions? Contact Claire.

Saturday, September 9th – Young Souls Beach Day! – Rescheduled!

Take a break from DC and let’s head out to the beach. We will meet at the church at 8am and depart for Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Please contact Claire by email or the facebook event if you are interested in coming so that we coordinate drivers/passengers/etc. Hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Claire.

Wednesday, September 13th, 5:30pm – Young Souls Happy Hour

Join us for our monthly happy hour! This is an excellent event for newcomers to attend and meet other Young Souls. Local 16 donates 10% of our checks back to All Souls. Location: Local 16 (1602 U St. NW). RSVP on Facebook here. For those interested, we’ll walk over to Vespers after the happy hour. Questions? Contact Claire.

Wednesday, September 13th, 7pm – U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Public Program

“How Did Ordinary Citizens Become Murderers?” This is a free public program event at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. For tickets, visit the event website. “In the Holocaust era, countless ordinary people acted in ways that aided the persecution and murder of Jews and other targeted groups within Nazi Germany and across Europe. The Museum’s current special exhibition, Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust, examines one vexing question: what prompted average people to commit extraordinary crimes in support of the Nazi cause?” Danny Lambert will be attending and hopes to see you there so we can share this enlightening experience together. Register with the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and let Danny know you are coming. Email Danny.

Sunday, September 17th, 1pm – Young Souls September Brunch

Join us on Sunday September 17th at 1pm for our monthly Young Souls brunch! We’ll meet in Pierce Hall after the service and walk over as a group to brunch. Location: TBD. RSVP on Facebook here. Questions? Contact Claire.

Wednesday, September 20th, 6pm – Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion Group

Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month we will gather to discuss these 7 basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about the actual language of the principle, historical UU perspectives, and our own experiences in relation to the month’s principle. On Wednesday, September 20th, we will cover the Third Principle: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations” Snacks and, friendship will be provided. All are welcome, and those who are either new to the community or excited about the faith are especially encouraged to come. Bring your curiosity and join us as we delve into this intentional exploration of UU beliefs! Location: Conference Room #2- Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. RSVP on Facebook here. Contact Nick Ford for more details or with any questions!

Sunday, September 24th – Find Your Ministry Fair

Young Souls will have a booth at the “Find Your Ministry Fair” at All Souls (Pierce Hall) on September 24th after both services. We need assistance setting up around 10:00 AM and also some Young Souls who would like to talk about what they like about being a part of our group! If you are able, please bring a baked good we can give away at the table. If you want to help out, please email Daniel Martin or just show up and we’ll find something for you to do!

Young Souls September Circle Suppers – Sign up here!

Circle Suppers are back! In September we have seven wonderful Young Souls opening up their homes or going to a restaurant for a Young Souls Circle Supper. These are great events for newcomers to meet other Young Souls in smaller settings. Sign up here to attend a Young Souls Circle Supper! Take a look at photos from previous Circle Suppers on the Young Souls Blog and Facebook. Questions? Contact Justine.

Classic Movie Mondays

Watch a critically acclaimed film. Popcorn and a movie inspired cocktail will be served. Showtime is at 7:30pm. Co-hosted with Souls in the Center. Questions? Contact Alice Goldberg. Want to learn more about Classic Movie Mondays? Check out this blog post!


Thursdays – Young Souls Book Club

In September the Young Souls Book Club will read Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra. “Written in the form of a standardized test, Multiple Choice invites the reader to respond to virtuoso language exercises and short narrative passages through multiple-choice questions that are thought-provoking, usually unanswerable, and often absurd.” YS book club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Alice Goldberg.

Young Souls Fall Retreat – Mark your calendars! – Nov. 3rd – 5th

Fall Retreat is a weekend getaway to the Shenandoah River Valley State Park from November 3rd – 5th. Join other Young Souls for a weekend of spirituality, community, and fun! Stalwarts and newbies alike can meet new friends and deepen current relationships. The sign-up sheet will be posted at a later time, so keep an eye out for it! Contact Alice G or Martha Durkee-Newman if you have any questions.

Interested in joining Souls in the Center? Souls in the Center is a fellowship of members and friends of All Souls from ages thirtyish+, who look to celebrate and strengthen the beloved community with activities of all types. Souls in the Center is planning events for September and beyond. We already have a Nerd Day (September 9, details here); a Happy Hour (September 21, details here) and will be planning other events TBD. We urge you to join us at our General meeting on October 1, after second service, to get involved! We will announce a meeting room soon. This is a perfect time to get involved as we are looking for social chairs, and to plug in folks for larger spiritual and advocacy events. Click here to join the listserv. Click here to join the Facebook group. Click here to add the Google Calendar. Questions? Contact Souls in the Center Leadership at souls-in-the-center-leadership@googlegroups.com. Would love to hear from you!

Happy Hour Location Change

Hi all,
Hope you are having a great week. Just wanted to remind you that we have our monthly happy hour on Wednesday (Aug. 9th)  at 5:30pm.  Please note that there has been a change in the location. We will be meeting at Right Proper Brewing. Hope that you can make it!
Best,
Claire

 

July Circle Suppers

July Circle Suppers were a success! We had about 30 Young Souls attend 5 different Circle Suppers. The dinners were hosted in several neighborhoods, from Trinidad to Mount Rainier, MD. Five Young Souls opened their homes (or went to a restaurant) to share a dinner with new and old friends. Some groups were as small as three and as large as seven. It was a great way to spend time with fellow Young Souls in a smaller setting. Since this was so much fun, we’ll be having Young Souls Circle Suppers again every other month. The next month is September! Interested in hosting a Circle Supper in September? Contact YS Communications Chair, Justine Rothbart (contact information in monthly email). Once we have a list of hosts, keep an eye out on the listserv for more information about how to sign up to attend. Take a look at more Circle Supper photos on Facebook!

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Upcoming Events

  • Young Souls 7 Principles Discussion October 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA Have you ever wanted to know more about the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism? Every third Wednesday of the month we will gather to discuss these 7 basic tenants of the Unitarian Universalist faith. We'll talk about the actual language of the principle, historical UU perspectives, and our own experiences in relation to the month's…
  • YS Book Club October 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • UU United Nations Office Reception October 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA The UU United Nations Office (UU-UNO) invites you to celebrate the UU-UNO’s important work supporting human rights around the world, including LGBTQ equality, gender equality, climate justice, and racial justice for all on Saturday, October 21, from 4pm to 6:30pm. Maryland State Senator—and Cedar Lane member—Rich Madaleno will deliver keynote remarks, including presentation of the…
  • 7 Principles Discussion Group- Weekend Edition! October 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Are you interested in the ongoing 7 Principles discussion groups, but haven't had the time to attend? Well now you have a second option! Jessi Salute has offered their house for a weekend meeting of the 7 Principles Discussion Group! Come on over around 7:00 PM for a potluck style dinner and conversation about Unitarian…
  • YS Book Club October 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • YS Book Club November 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm The Young Souls Book Club meets every Thursday at 7:30pm. For more information, contact Reeve.
  • Young Souls Fall Retreat November 3, 2017 – November 5, 2017 Shenandoah River State Park, 350 Daughter of Stars Dr, Bentonville, VA 22610, USA