Awakening to the Heart 

 A Mountain Sanctuary for Heart-Centered Community Gatherings & Events

             Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire                  




Connecting People 

through their Hearts…

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Harmonium 101

with Shana Aisenberg
Sunday, April 21, 2-3:30pm

                                 $25 


Join Shana Aisenberg for an introduction to playing the harmonium for accompanying your chanting practice. Shana will teach basics of the Indian Sargam system, an intuitive way of understanding how to play kirtan melodies, and also relate this system to western music, for those who already know note names. 


Everyone will learn to play a chant, possibly two chants if there’s time. There will be 2 or 3 harmoniums available for use during the workshop, if you don’t have your own instrument. No previous musical experience required. 


* For those who attended the previous Harmonium workshop in December, Shana will teach different chant/s.*


* If you require lodging in order to attend this class, we have affordable accommodations at the sanctuary for a limited number of individuals. Please contact Cynthia to inquire re availability.


Shana Aisenberg is an acoustic musician, singer, composer, songwriter and writer. She has over 35 years of experience in teaching music, individually and in groups. Shana’s unique personal journey greatly informs her teaching, and she can truly empathize with adult beginners as they embark on learning something new and challenging. Shana is an experienced Kirtan leader and has co-led Community Kirtan at Awakening to the Heart for several years.


shanasongs.com 

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Sacred Cacao Ceremony

with Joan Ruffels
Saturday, June 22, 10am-12:00pm

                             $45 


Immerse yourself in the mystique of cacao - a timeless elixir and divine plant medicine that's been cherished for centuries. 


Cacao ceremonies provide a portal to the depths of your heart and soul and their origins are traced back to ancient Mesoamerican cultures. It is a sacred gathering where participants drink ceremonial-grade cacao to promote heart-opening, connection, and self-discovery. Cacao is known for its natural healing benefits and is a gentle but powerful tool for self-reflection and personal growth. 


What to Expect:

  • Through guided meditation, music and gentle movement, experience a profound shift in your consciousness. Tap into the wisdom of the cacao spirit and your own inner self—a profound journey of self-discovery, healing, and transformation.

  • Be part of co-creating a sacred circle and experience feeling connected, powerful and uplifted. 


You won’t want to miss this opportunity to experience the magic of a Sacred Cacao Ceremony!


Read HERE frequently asked questions about Cacao Ceremonies.



Joan Ruffels is a teacher, facilitator, ceremonialist, intuitive and healer, wisdom seeker, world traveler, and global citizen. Her passion lies in the art of facilitation, guiding and supporting individuals as they unlock their potential, reclaim their power, and rediscover the truth of who they are. 


encircles.us 

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Summer Solstice Community Drum Circle


with Becky Cyganiewicz


Thursday, June 20, 5:30-7:00pm

(Rain date: Friday, June 22 )

Event is free - donations kindly accepted




We Welcome you to join us at our Sacred Fire Circle in the  Mountains for the Spring Equinox! Bring your drums, rattles, gongs, songs, chants and prayers as we join together in the rhythms of our hearts through drumming. 


This Community Drum Circle is a conscious collaborative gathering inviting participants to co-create and have a transformative and empowering experience. An altar will be created on which you may place your sacred objects while we drum, dance & sing. Some drums and small instruments are available to borrow if needed.






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Kirtan Workshop

with 

Cynthia Scrimshaw, Audrey Drake & Shana Aisenberg

Saturday, June 29, 10am-5:00pm

                           $150  


Immerse yourself in a day long introduction to Kirtan. Whether you are beginning or deepening a personal chanting practice or hoping to lead others in Kirtan, this workshop will provide you with practical tools and wisdom to support you on your journey. 


Cynthia, Audrey, and Shana will each offer guidance and tips from their own journeys which are uniquely different and combine beautifully. 


Some of what you will learn:

- Creating a container through intention & meditation 

- Foundational mantras with chanting melodies

- History of each mantra

- Instruments used in traditional & modern approaches 

- Reflection on Deities represented 

- Moving Spirit through the voice


We will close with a collective Kirtan experience and reflection time for questions, guidance and sharing what’s next for you. 


Cynthia Scrimshaw, Audrey Drake and Shana Aisenberg have worked together and co-led Sandwich Mountain Community Kirtan for the last 5 years. (Click their names for links to more information about them and their individual offerings.)

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* Partial scholarships available for those unable to attend due to financial constraints.


* If you require lodging in order to attend this workshop, we have affordable accommodations at the sanctuary for a limited number of individuals. Please contact Cynthia to inquire re availability.




Releasing Stress through Art

with Carol Ellis

Saturday, July 27, 10am-3pm

             $65 + $10 materials fee 

 

In this workshop we will be exploring and alleviating our stress through a variety of drawing + painting techniques to help reformat the neural pathways of the brain, soothe and tame our emotional stress, improving and repairing the nervous system and creating a personal  practice thru the practices of self-awareness, mindfulness and art expression.   You will leave with 3 Self Care Art practices, as well as,  guides for incorporating breathwork + meditation. 


We will incorporate, breath, gentle movement, meditation and neural art prompts to release the hold of tension in our bodies, mind and spirit. This class is focused more on relieving the stress rather than  on creating a work of  art. 


No previous experience with Art is necessary, just a willingness to explore and  heal!


Carol Ellis is an Artist, Yoga & Qigong teacher, Reiki practitioner, and has always felt a deep connection for sharing perspectives and techniques through a variety of sources and mediums.  She created "Art for Stress Reduction" workshops to address the habitual stress we all endure, whether it be our daily life's struggles, the effects of illness, or the shifting changes in our world.  Carol finds great joy in providing  artistic prompts and a setting for individuals to explore, release, and restore harmony to their well-being; whether this be through Yoga, Qigong, Meditation, Reiki or Art. 


laboratastudio.com


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Pathways to the Heart of Healing

Metta Practice with Cynthia Scrimshaw

Saturday, August 10, 1-4:30pm

$35-$50 (sliding scale)
Limited to 12

Metta Practice designed for those who have chosen to work in the service & support of healing others; Nurses, Social Workers, Physical Therapists, Counselors, Massage Therapists, and others in the Healing Arts. Spend an afternoon embracing the heart of healing and discovering how to find sanctuary for oneself while caring for others amidst stressors of varying kinds & intensities.

 
Includes:

  • Opportunities for gentle self-healing, connecting with the heart, cultivating mindfulness and compassion for oneself and others.

  • Balancing the art of being with others in their suffering, while maintaining one’s wholeness.

  • Exploration of self as wounded healer.

  • Reflection, discussion, and supporting others as a whole and in smaller groups.

  • Experiential learning with music/sound healing, guided imagery, storytelling, clay sculpting, journaling, mind-body integration, 3-fold path walking of the labyrinth.
         
  • Medicine bag to take with you, filled with tokens that represent your own pathways to the heart of healing.


Cynthia Garner Scrimshaw has over four decades of experience in the service of healing—as an RN, a massage therapist, and in her work as APRN in holistic nursing and psychiatric/mental health. She was program developer/lead faculty for the Holistic Health Care Practice Certificate Program at University of Southern Maine Continuing Education from 2004-2013. Cynthia retired several years ago, but her   passion for the heart of healing remains, and she is happy to share her knowledge and experience with others.


awakeningtotheheart.com/cynthia



If you require lodging in order to attend this workshop, we have affordable accommodations at the sanctuary for a limited number of individuals. Please contact Cynthia to inquire re availability.

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Way of the Labyrinth

Walking a Sacred Path

with Rev Todd Glacy

Saturday, August 24, 1-3:00pm

 $25-$45 (sliding scale)  


A Labyrinth is an ancient symbol found in a variety of cultures and traditions throughout human history They have long been used as a tool for prayer and meditation and can be used in any number of ways to represent a journey to our own center and back out into the world with a renewed perspective towards our own Life’s Journey.


Join Rev.Todd Glacy for this experiential introduction to the labyrinth. We will briefly cover their history and spiritual/symbolic significance, review proper etiquette when walking a labyrinth,  and explore a variety of possible contemplative approaches that will allow you to integrate it into your own spiritual practice. 


Participants are encouraged to bring comfortable attire to walk  Metta Labyrinth and a journal or notebook.


Rev Todd Glacy is an Interfaith minister, speaker, musician, counselor, teacher and facilitator. His goal and intention is the encouraging and empowering of all people to rediscover and reconnect to their highest potential and live the vision of their happiest, healthiest and most authentic selves.


sacredsoundandliving.com




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*Additional offering with Todd & his Kirtan group!

After the Labyrinth workshop on 8/24, join Todd and his group, Shanti Kirtan @ 4:30-6:30pm in the yurt. 


Break & Refreshments, 3:00-4:30. 

Join us for a special afternoon at the Sanctuary!

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Ganesha Chaturthi Metta Practice

with Cynthia Scrimshaw

Saturday, September 7, 10-11:30am

$15-$25 (sliding scale)  


Ganesha is one of the most well known and beloved Hindu Deities. He is often described as the God of Beginnings, Remover of Obstacles and Guardian of Wisdom. What a great time  to invite the benevolence of Ganesha into our lives—during the time of the Hindu celebration of Ganesha Chaturthi! 


Metta Practice sessions with Cynthia offer opportunities for gentle self-healing, connecting with heart wisdom and inviting grace into our daily living. 


This session will include the following:

• Stories, Symbolism, & Life Lessons of Ganesha

• Sacred Sound immersion

• Guided Meditation 

• Ganesha Mantras & Chants/with live music

• Learn/Practice the Ganesha Mudra

• Let go of Obstructions to Living an Authentic Life

• Find Positivity & Courage amidst Life Challenges

Go to Metta Practice Page for more information about what to expect during your session.

Cynthia Garner Scrimshaw is a Bhakti/Shakti devotee, lover of nature, music, animals and ways of the heart. Through her decades of work in healthcare and the healing arts, her passion has been to help increase awareness about the potential for healing and wholeness with a more conscious and compassionate way of living.


awakeningtotheheart.com/cynthia

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Autumn Equinox Community Drum Circle


with Becky Cyganiewicz


Sunday, September 22, 5:30-7:00pm

(Rain date: Wed September 24)

Event is free - donations kindly accepted




We Welcome you to join us at our Sacred Fire Circle in the  Mountains for the Spring Equinox! Bring your drums, rattles, gongs, songs, chants and prayers as we join together in the rhythms of our hearts through drumming. 


This Community Drum Circle is a conscious collaborative gathering inviting participants to co-create and have a transformative and empowering experience. An altar will be created on which you may place your sacred objects while we drum, dance & sing. Some drums and small instruments are available to borrow if needed.






Finding Refuge:
Heart Practices for Difficult Times 

with Carrie Grossman

Sunday, October 6, 1-3:00pm

 

$25-$45 (sliding scale) 

 

In difficult times, it can be hard to keep the faith. How can we turn inward through spiritual work, and also keep our eyes open to the suffering in the world? How can we honor our own pain, grief, and anger—and also witness it with compassion? Through wisdom, music, and practice, this workshop will explore the power of love and light—two great illuminators that reveal what’s hidden, whether in the personal or collective unconscious. 


Carrie Grossman (Dayashila) is a devotional singer, composer, writer, and lifelong student of the mystical traditions. For over 20 years, she has studied the art of sacred sound, guiding people into the sublime realms of the heart through her concerts, workshops, and retreats. You can find her acclaimed albums—Soma-Bandhu, The Ram Sessions, Homeward, and Pranam—on all digital and streaming platforms, as well as the popular meditation app Insight Timer.  


carriegmusic.com 



*Additional Offering with Carrie! 

Join Carrie Grossman & her band, Danny Solomon, Owen Landis & Ezra Landis, for Carrie Grossman Kirtan, Saturday 10/5, 6:30-8:00pm (Limited seating)

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