Surrender to Source:
A Weekend Experience with GRace
Yoga, Meditation, Live Music, Writing, Nutrition & Discourse from Around the World
Saturday, June 6 • 8:15am-2:30pm PST • Free
Zoom, Facebook Live, Instagram Live
Sunday, June 7 • 9:30am-11:30am PST • $6-66 Sliding Scale
Swami Anand Arun
Dr. Makgati Mokwena
Aaron Nigel Smith
Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.
– Sonia Ricotti
What does it mean to surrender?
No practice is more powerful or profound than the act of surrender. Surrender begins now, when all other strategies end. Surrender happens when we accept that we don’t know. When we surrender, we let go of the results of our actions and put our attention on how we are in this moment, right now. This is when life comes alive with wonder. We are able to experience the presence of something larger and unknowable – Source, Universe, God. Having tasted surrender, we are able to soften and trust. Trust that life is happening for us, not to us.
In this Global Live Stream SoulJour Experience which takes place on June 6 (6.6), we’ll touch every sense and learn now only how to surrender but also experience the feeling of it. We'll simultaneously connect to our global family and come to a realization that this life is an AUMazing gift! No matter what happens on the outside, when we heal on the inside we're best able to find balance in order to serve humanity as well as Mother Earth.
Saturday, June 6:
Free on Zoom, Live Facebook & Instagram Live
Pre-register to attend the Zoom platform which includes a virtual gift bag & a special concert with Jim Beckwith! Otherwise, tune in on Instagram & Facebook Live: @iamsouljour
Sunday, June 7:
SoulJour Session with Our Hawaiian SoulJour Sisters Nicki Doane & Noelani Love
Featuring a 90-minute yoga class with Nicki Doane followed by a short concert & mantra with Noelani Love
|Includes live stream experience, virtual gift bag. Limited spaces available. Preferably for those financial constraints and/or those living outside the US/EU.||Includes live stream experience, virtual gift bag, plant 2 trees in the SoulJour forest||Includes live stream experience, virtual gift bag, a SoulJour Experience Kit (US Oonly), plant 11 trees in the SoulJour forest|
Why June 6?
For the remainder of 2020, we’ve partnered with TreeSisters – an organization we believe is doing great things in the world! TreeSisters works to empower local communities in remote areas,by contributing to the reforestation of tropical areas decimated by fires and clearcutting.
TreeSisters exists to elicit collective responsibility for planetary restoration at the grass roots level with a focus on women and tropical reforestation. They channel 80% of member donations to exemplary existing reforestation organizations in the tropics with whom they partner to restore ecosystems. The remaining 20% funds our behavior change and consciousness shift work with women to reinstate feminine leadership, and normalize collective ownership of planetary restoration.
Every dollar donated will plant 2 trees!
All times listed in Pacific Standard Time.
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Saturday, June 6:
8:15-8:30am: Live Music for Zoom Participants ONLY
8:30am - 8:35am: Welcome
8:35am- 9:15am: Opening Keynote & Satsang (Q&A)
Bodhisattva Swami Anand Arun
9:15am - 10:00am: Gravity & Grace Yoga
Peter Sterios & Jim Beckwith
10:00am-10:30am: Maya Yoga
10:30am - 11:00am: Surrender to Source Meditation
11:00am - 11:45am: Writing Activity
Dr. Makgati Mokwena
11:45am - 12:45pm: Cooking & Nutrition
How food creates our reality
Koya Webb & Keith Mitchell
12:45-1:00pm: Give Back & Live Music
Aaron Nigel Smith
1:00pm - 2:15pm: Race & Humanity
A Panel Discussion Facilitated by Talaya Thomas
Aaron Nigel Smith
Aaron Nigel Smith
Sunday, June 7: SoulJour Sessions
9:00 - 11:00am: A Deep Dive in Surrender with Hawaiian Vibes
Yoga with Nicki Doane
Live Music with Noelani Love
Closing prayer/meditation with Ashley Melin
Ashley Melin, Founder of SoulJour
Ashley has been a freelance graphic designer for nearly 20 years. Her current clients include Nike, Columbia, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Starbucks, and HEMA Amsterdam. Taking her first yoga class in 1992, she has been a daily practitioner of yoga/meditation ever since, having studied with the best teachers all over the world. She began taking groups to India in 2007, with the goal being to get people out of their comfort zone and to practice living life off the mat that only India will do. As an avid mountain biker, skier, 10 time marathon runner, and big mountain climber (climbing over 25 peaks above 14,000 feet ), she has an intimate understanding of pushing limits – physical, emotional, mental – in order to create change. This concept became the most real when 5 years ago, Ashley experienced a radical shift and divorced the man she'd been with half her life. It was during this most challenging time of her life that the idea for SoulJour was born and she was able to turn her biggest challenge into her greatest gift.
Read more about Ashley
Koya WebbKoya Webb is an internationally recognized yoga teacher, celebrity holistic health coach, author, speaker, and vegan activist whose core mission is to promote daily self-care, oneness and eco friendly living to combat some of the worlds biggest challenges including mental health, social injustices and global warming. Koya is the founder of Get Loved Up, the author of LET YOUR FEARS MAKE YOU FIERCE: How to Turn Common Obstacles into Seeds for Growth. She spreads wellness to her devout Instagram following of over one million followers. As a former competitive track and field athlete training for the Olympics, Koya first got introduced to yoga after a debilitating track injury. Today, Koya has over 15 years of holistic studies. Her aim is to dramatically decrease the number of people who suffer with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and lifestyle through daily self-care, plant-based nutrition and eco-friendly living. Koya’s expertise has been featured on national media outlets such as Goop, Forbes, NBC, CBS, The Steve Harvey Show, Essence, the cover of Oxygen, and more. She also starred in the reality show “Yoga Girls”, and she’s had a roster of celebrity clients including Stevie Wonder, India Aire, P. Diddy, Ashley Judd, Rev Beckwith and Les Brown.
Keith Mitchell was an All Pro Linebacker. His NFL career ended when he suffered a spinal contusion in his 7th season making a routine tackle. Through the experience of this paralyzing injury, Keith learned to be a contributor to his own healing and regained all functionality through conscious breathing, meditation, and yoga. Keith’s compelling story of healing trauma through holistic practices have been featured on Dr. Oz, USA Today, People, Sports Illustrated, Fox News, The Huffington Post, Mantra Magazine, Yoga Journal, MindBodyGreen, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony, Essence, NFL Films, LA Yoga.
Peter Sterios is an internationally recognized teacher, author, and entrepreneur based in San Luis Obispo, California. His first yoga video Gravity & Grace made Yoga Journal’s “top 15 yoga DVDs of all time” (2008). He is the founder of Manduka™ (1997), LEVITYoGA™ (2012), and was invited to teach yoga at the White House for Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiatives from 2011 to 2013. In 2018, the US Marine Corps invited Peter to the Pentagon to share his ideas on the therapeutic effects of yoga. His first book Gravity & Grace, published by Sounds True and Macmillian Publishers launched in October 2019.
Boddhisattva Swami Anand Arun
Bodhisattva Swami Anand Arun is the founder and coordinator of Osho Tapoban - an international commune and forest retreat centre in Nepal. An engineer by profession, he is also a celebrated writer and orator. He has worked as engineering consultant for various international agencies like World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID, to name a few. His recent book Lone Seeker, Many Masters has garnered much popularity in a very short period of time. His previous books in Nepali - Santa Darshan, Santa Gatha and Antaryatra - are national bestsellers. He also contributes regularly in The Kathmandu Post, a leading english national daily. He divides his time between Nepal and 20 other countries of Europe, North America, Russia and Asia, where he gives discourses and facilitates Osho meditation retreats regularly.
He showed an eager inclination towards spirituality since his schooldays. This pursuit took him to many masters and spiritual leaders of the time, most of which is chronicled in his book Lone Seeker Many Master. On March 29, 1969, when he was still a student of engineering, Swami Arun first met Osho. In the very first glimpse he realised his search for a master had come to an end. In 1974, he took initiation from Osho at Pune. After a few months of staying with his master, he was instructed to open an ashram in Nepal and spread his vision. Today, he has initiated around a hundred thousand seekers from 90 different countries into Osho Neo-Sanyas. He actively mentors and guides 6 Osho communes and more than 75 meditation centres in Nepal, a commune in America and around a 150 Osho meditation centres in 50 different countries.Learn more about Swami Anand Arun
Beyond being the Founder and Executive Director of Im’Unique, Tyrone Beverly is a gifted and inspiring yoga instructor, bringing excitement and a higher purpose to every class. Mr. Beverly is one of the leading advocates for diverse inclusivity in yoga and has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. His extreme passion for equality, humans rights, unity, and physical and social health has kickstarted a wellness movement that unites communities and foster healthy lifestyles across the nation. Both internationally and nationally known, Tyrone has touched global communities by successfully taking his health initiative to locations such as the Ragamuffin Summer Camp in Settlement, Jamaica and Wudang, China.
His enthusiasm and energy for quality of life for all continues to increase active participants—drawing those of all ages, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. His efforts supersede stereotypes and create avenues that permeate social and cultural barriers from a health perspective. Thus, Beverly’s life work epitomizes his vision of a future with more problem solvers and solution based thinkers, that are equipped to deal with the historical and systematic challenges we face as a society. He reminds us that we all have the power to improve our lives and contribute to positive change.
Jim Beckwith is an accomplished musician, songwriter and teacher. His love of music and yoga inspired him to focus on bringing live music to yoga classes. Jim's music is soulful and evocative of healing and inner awakening. He mixes mantra chants and English lyrics with a melodic and accessible tapestry of sound, exotic instrumentation and undulating rhythms. A compelling lyricist with a voice that soars from high to low with the greatest of ease, Jim is a devoted yogi and musician who focuses on Bhakti - the great yoga of the heart.
Jim has played with many of the world's top teachers: Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, Sianna Sherman, Janet Stone, Kia Miller, Silvia Mordini and Tommy Rosen, among others.
Jim recently move to Bologna, Italy where he is weathering out the virus in one of hardest hit countries in the world.
Aaron Nigel Smith | Reggae Artist
For the past 15 years Aaron Nigel Smith has worked to educate, empower and entertain youth and families around the world. He teaches chorus & drumming in Oregon & Washington through 1 World Chorus, Young Audiences, and the Right Brain Initiative. His most recent album, In Our America, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The 2015 release, Celebrating Bob Marley, also spent several weeks on charts. In 2012, One World Chorus released a debut CD, Welcome to the Village, to critical acclaim. People Magazine and USA today recognized the project as one of the best children’s releases of the year and the CD received a Parents’ Choice Award. His 2010 album Everyone Loves to Dance, received a Parents’ Choice Award and recognition in People Magazine. In 2009, he collaborated with Ziggy Marley the Bob Marley children’s record, B is for Bob. In 2005, Aaron’s debut album release, Let’s Pretend, won the NAPPA & IParenting Media Awards. Aaron joined the cast of the PBS Kids show, Between the Lions, in 2008. In 2009 Aaron and his wife of 19 years Diedre, formed the non-profit One World Chorus with the goal of building bridges internationally through choral singing. There are currently children involved in Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Kenya & Jamaica. Aaron also works with Ben & Jerry’s, The Bob Marley Foundation and PYE Global to organize the One Love Youth Camp.
Dr. Makgati Mokwena | Healer, Arts Therapist, Leadership Coach | South Africa
Makgati is a rites of passage companion, holding ceremonial rituals and retreats to help individuals journey through various life passages such as marriage, the scattering of ashes, birthdays, first menstruation for girls, initiation into eldership and other rites which mark important transitions in a person’s life. She is also a registered Arts Therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, working as a therapist and coach, as well as performer. She has delivered the opening addresses at various conferences including the International Goddess Conference in Glastonbury, and has designed and facilitated various leadership development programs. She holds two international yoga teacher training certifications from India, and is involved in a soon to be released document-series that charts her life path as a pilgrim seeking direct experience of Divinity. Her leadership development work largely (but not exclusively) centers on personal development, and references the self within the context of a larger team/community/system. The paradigm I hold is appreciative and strength-based – she believes that all human beings are oriented towards, and have the capacity to grow into, their essential Wholeness. She make use of rigorous self-inquiry and reflection as tools for understanding and appreciation oneself, in order to serve self, others and organizations.
Watch her All Women TV Show filmed in Cape Town
About Saffire Bouchelion
Saffire Bouchelion is a Master Black Belt Nia instructor who has been passionately practicing Nia for 18 years. He is also a professional performer and musician who has been featured on over 40 CD's, and has opened for several international acts, including Cheryl Crow, Crash Test Dummies, and Barenaked Ladies. His embodiment and transmission of music and rhythm stir profound transformation in his students. Saffire co-founded two experimental dance companies in 1986 and 1989, and has performed with Danelle Hellander Dance Company and Mergence Dance Theater. For 7 years he was co-director of the Ecstatic Choir, 5 at Naropa University where he was also a musical accompanist for dance and movement classes, and taught drumming classes for the continuing education program. He has taught Drumming and Dance into Being workshops throughout the US, Europe, Mexico and Bali for the past 15 years.More info about Saffire
About Noelani Love
As a Native Hawaiian singer and songwriter, Noelani sings to remember all that is sacred in life. Her lyrics are reminders to honor our connection to nature and the beauty of our individual journeys. As a crystal healer, plant medicine guide, water priestess and yoga and mediation teacher, she invites you to connect with the power that lives within you. You are the guide of your spiritual journey, and you always have choices. Her work is a reflection of the dance of light and dark on our planet, and a reminder to choose your course with intention.More info about Noelani
About Thaddeus Miles
Thaddeus Miles, recently named one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color, is an author and internationally recognized and award-winning photographer. Thaddeus is currently The Director of Community Services at MassHousing. His approach is to create strategies that directly engage residents in addressing quality of life issues which he envisions leading to sustainable cities and confronts the complexities of social justice issues. Thaddeus is a veteran of the United States Air Force with a long track record, a strong commitment to empowering people and strengthening youth voice, and vision. He garnered insights and strategies from his international work at Harvard Law School and Community/Urban planning programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To address community health and wellness, he designed HoodFit – the first ever 5k run through the community of Roxbury, Massachusetts which now in partnership with the Boston Alethic Association and Dimock Center host over 1000 runners/walkers and a community health fair. Thaddeus also founded “Think Big Dream Big,” a youth-driven initiative to jumpstart young people on the journey to a positive future. He co-founded two Technology Consortium which supported over 1500 community technology centers nationally and served 100,000 youth and 250,000 adults and seniors yearly. Thaddeus is currently the Co-chair of My Brother’s Keeper Boston, Chair of Becoming a Man, Boston. His latest endeavor, BlackJoy, seeks to highlight positivity amongst Black communities. He was recently awarded the “Hero’s Among Us” by the Boston Celtics,” “Embracing the Legacy, by The Robert F. Kennedy Action Corp, and The Directors Community Award by the Director of the FBI.
About Reginald Hubbard
Reggie has held many senior strategic and logistical roles across a variety of fields, ranging from global marketing, digital and community organizing, government relations, international education to Presidential campaigning. He currently serves as a senior political strategist for MoveOn, managing their relationships, impact and communications with Capitol Hill. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University and an MBA in international strategy from the Vlerick Business School in Belgium.
In addition to his political work, Reggie is also a 500 hour certified yoga teacher and authored a thesis entitled, "Yoga and Spiritual Activism: Serving Humanity from a Sense of Devotion and Love." He has taught Members of Congress, Congressional Staff, leading progressive organizations and individuals, sharing techniques for growing peace and ease as a foundation, not an afterthought. His teaching practice is designed for all levels and lifestyles, the only thing required is an open mind. The focus of his teaching practice is to bring more peace and balance to activists AND to guide the wellness community toward being more engaged, concerned citizens. Achieving this balance is how we catalyze transformative change.
About R.R. Shakti
R.R. Shakti, Ph.D. A doctorate in Mythology and Depth Psychology, combined with formal education in Traditional Eastern Arts, (including nearly two decades of work in Yoga, Meditation, Massage Therapy, Ayurveda, and Five Elements) has provided me with stories, symbols, insights, and practices that give life more meaning. She masterfully shows the common threads of image and archetype that weave us all together as ONE.
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