SANCTUARY
A circular earthen bench space created for conversational gatherings, mindfulness talks, and hanging out.  SANCTUARY was built by over 100 community members, funded in part by a grant to the Mil-Tree Organization, whose mission is to help veterans heal through community and the arts.  

   

Aaron Mueller & Zen Priest Jim Yugen           
Dharma Time - FRI, SAT & SUN  9am – 11am

If the bass dropped in the desert, and no one was there to hear it, did it make a sound?  We have all come here seeking something, maybe that something already lies within.  Join us each morning for open sitting meditation followed by questions and answers on basic meditative practice.  Its easier than you think!  Hosted by Aaron Mueller and Zen priest Jim Yugen Lakey. Aaron Mueller has traveled extensively in Asia and teaches simple Buddhist practice.  Rev. Jim Yugen Lakey trained for 6 years with Tenshin Fletcher Roshi at Yokoji Zen Mountain Center and is a senior Zen priest. He lives in Yucca Valley where he leads the Mojave Zen group who meet every Tuesday evening at the Desert Hills Presbyterian Church.
 

Andrew Ecker
7 Sacred Containers - FRI 11:15am, Talking Circle - SUN 11:15am
                      
The Sacred 7 - Learn the transition in humanities evolution; from being an earth based culture to JOB based culture.   Most importantly, how we transition back to being more centered around ourselves, family, and community.  Explore our relationship to the AIR-WATER-FIRE-EARTH through a simple form of introduction.  Native American Inspired Talking Circle - Participants will be able to have a safe place to share and connect with one another through words prayer and song. We will open up the heart to really feel what it means to be human, and walk together in the journey of life. Andrew will also lead a Drum Ceremony at the Positive Vibration Station on FRI @ 4pm.
  
 

Asa Anunciation 
Gratitude Cacao Ceremony - FRI 3:45pm, How to Make Cacao SUN 2:15pm                   
As individuals we can tend to leave or be distracted from the present moment. The breath supports the individual to stay, come and maintain presence in the moment.  You will be invited to show up for yourself, guided to breath and be present with yourself. In this intuitive class, you may experience bliss, a strong feeling of being present with yourself, joy, healing, happiness & thankfulness. Asa is a personal trainer, reiki certified.
  
  
 

Catherine Svehla, Phd
Mythic Mojo Power Hour - SAT 12:45pm             
  
Mythic Mojo is story magic and the transformative power of myth.  Step into the story circle. Laugh, think, stretch your mind, open your heart, and find your place in the tale. Local mythologist and storyteller extraordinaire, Catherine will help you start a mini-revolution in consciousness. Keep the mystery in your life alive.  Catherine will also be in the Healing Oasis throughout the weekend, offering up Mythological Medicine for Soulful Seekers.
  
 

Dana Stiles
Singing Bowl & Voice Alchemy - FRI 2:15pm, SAT 3:45pm & SUN 12:45pm 
 
Dana invites listeners to lay or relax as we move through the body with vibration. I've written an Affirmation Song for each chakra that I sing in harmony with 7 crystal singing bowl. The intention in the lyrics, the harmony of my voice and the bowl's vibration create an alchemy of sound for listeners to bathe in as they allow their body to enter a meditative state where it can heal itself, align and rejuvenate. 
 

Lauren Chelec Cafritz
Breath Bliss - SAT 11:15am
 
Experience the power of your breath during a breathwork session to music. Joy and energy come from a fully connected breath. Lauren Chelec Cafritz will guide you through a breath session using varied breath rhythms, sound and movement. Lauren is an experienced breathworker and wellness specialist and serves as the U.S. National Representative for the International Breathwork Foundation. Next June, she is bringing 300 international breathworkers to Joshua Tree.  
experiencebreath.com  GIC2019.com
  

Mil-Tree Org - Cheryl Montelle       
Get to know Mil-Tree  - FRI & SAT 5:15pm 
Our mission is to bring veterans, active-duty military, and civilians helping each other to address the wounds of the soul through communication and art. On Friday, enjoy the healing benefits cupped and beating hand massage with Bruce Baughman & Marsha Meyer. On Saturday, enjoy a  presentation and community dialogue with Catherine Svehla PhD, mythologist, storyteller, artist, and activist. How can mythology help us understand and heal the wounds of war?  Mil-Tree brings diverse people in the community together to increase mutual understanding and respect, and provides safe opportunities to express, help process, and support in the healing of soul wounds, especially those of war, through the power of storytelling, speak-outs, healing retreats, art, music, movement, and nature.  www.mil-tree.org
  

Tania Hammidi & Michael Shawn Cuevas          
Consent 101 - FRI 12:45pm & SAT 2:15pm  
Being mindful of all humans, animals & plants at the is of the utmost importance.  The Consent 101 Workshop offers a space for Festies to learn about, discuss, gain vocabulary & leave with hands-on tools to apply a philosophy of Consent to all social, economic, gendered & romantic relationships.  Come join us and sort out any confusion or concern you carry about Consent! Tania Hammidi is a desert local & holds a Ph.D. in Dance History as it intersects with theories of Social Justice and Violence Prevention.  Michael Shawn is a Chicano musician / poet who grew up in the Mojave desert and mentors young folks in achieving their adulthoods in the shoes of gentle masculinity.