December 2019

31Dec01JanReconnect, Renew and Re-Awaken: A New Year's Eve Celebration7:30 PM - (January 1) 12:30 AM Community Meditation Center Teacher(s): Teja Bell; Melanie DeMore; Verlinda Montoya No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Date: December 31, 2019 – January 1, 2020; 7:30pm – 12:30am
Sliding Scale: $75 – 250. Code TJ1S19.

Join us in community to ring in the new year!

In this special evening, we pause to honor and release the past, celebrate the gift of the present, and set intentions for the future. Reconnect, renew, and reawaken in community! This celebration brings together spiritual practices and rituals from the Theravada, Zen, Gullah, Qigong, Lakota and Hopi traditions.
Our time together will include periods of meditation, sound healing, mindful movement, musical performances, wisdom teachings, dance, reflections, and an end-of-the-year guided ritual.

Spirit Rock will provide snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Dress up, dress down, come as you truly are! All are warmly welcome.

Please note, 5Rhythms will no longer be offered, as the teaching team was updated. 

7:30 p.m. – Doors Open
8:00 p.m. – Opening – Setting Intentions for the New Year
8:30 p.m. – Teja Bell – Chanting, Songs, Sound Meditation, and Qigong
9:30 p.m. – Melanie DeMore – Gullah/Geechee Stick Pounding, Rhythmic, Interactive Singing
10:30 p.m.– Refreshments
11:00 p.m. – Verlinda Montoya – Drumming and Singing in the Lakota, and Hopi Traditions
12:00 a.m. – Ringing in the New Year with 108 Gongs
12:30 a.m. – Program Ends

General Information

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  • Melanie DeMore

    Melanie DeMore

    Grammy Nominated artist Melanie DeMore: Vocal Activist - helping to preserve the African American Folk Tradition through song and Gullah stick pounding. She has a career spanning 30 years dedicated to teaching, lecturing, mentoring, conducting, directing and inspiring children and adults about the power of song as social and political change. She uses her voice as weapon of mass connection. Melanie is a sought after presenter, conductor and soloist at national and international choral and music festivals, including Festival 500 in New Foundland, Canada and Chorus America. She is sought after as a song/ prayer facilitator. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, Master Teaching Artist for CalPerformances at UC Berkeley, a featured presenter for SpeakOut! the Institute for Social and Cultural Change and the former Artistic Conductor of The Oakland Children’s Community Choir with Living Jazz. She was a founding member of the Grammy nominated, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Melanie DeMore is a singer/songwriter, composer who believes in the power of voices raised together.

  • Teja Bell

    Teja Bell

    View Teja's upcoming programs or profile.

  • Verlinda Montoya

    Verlinda Montoya

    View Verlinda's profile.

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