Upcoming Events

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  • Thu
    07
    Jan
    2016
    Tue
    31
    Jan
    2017
    6:00pm-7:30pmSfeer Yoga Studio, 200 Britton Dr., Chapel Hill, NC.

    90 minute all levels class.  For more information, see flier.  LAST CLASS will be January 25.

    After that time there will be a (free) get together on the first Wednesday of each month for all who are interested in discussing how we go forward in this new era to protect the values we hold dear.  This is an opportunity to come together with other spiritual seekers to discuss climate, democracy, politics, racial justice, the economy, and everything else (!) through a spiritual lens.

    All are welcome.  Call Betsey for more information or questions: 919.903.9557.

  • Sat
    16
    Jan
    2016
    10:00 amGarden of the Heart Yoga Center, Sarasota, FL

    One-day Retreat at GOH with Cheryl Chaffee & Betsey Downing on Nourishing Yourself & the Planet with Fabulous Food!

  • Sat
    30
    Jan
    2016
    1:00 pmCarrboro Yoga Co, Carrboro, NC

    Yoga offers us a truly amazing gift: connection with The Sacred … something that is sorely needed in today’s world. Join Sommer and Betsey in an exploration of this profound way yoga enhances your daily life, transforms who you think you are, and gives you tools for greater balance, clarity, and skillful participation as we go through this historic planetary shift of consciousness.

    Full spectrum workshop of poses, breathing exercises and meditation, to tap into the place of Your Sacredness inside.  Carrboro Yoga Co.

  • Fri
    05
    Feb
    2016
    Sun
    07
    Feb
    2016
  • Fri
    19
    Feb
    2016
    Sun
    21
    Feb
    2016
    Ancient Yoga Center,151 Lotus Circle • Austin TX 78737

    You are invited to participate in a gathering of former and current certified or inspired Anusara teachers.  Join us for a weekend of sharing asana, lectures, meditation, pranayama, ritual and breaking bread together.

    See Ancient Yoga Center for details.

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2016
    6:30pm-8:00pmPittsboro Roadhouse, 39 West St, Pittsboro, NC

    Our Earth is facing a crisis.  Join Climate Reality Leaders, Betsey Downing, Ph.D. and Amanda Robertson, for a presentation on the latest scientific findings and a discussion of what we can do individually and collectively to address this crisis.  FREE!  See flier for more information.

  • Mon
    11
    Apr
    2016
    3:30pm-5:00pmNorth Carolina State University, Williams Hall, Raleigh, NC

    Our Earth is facing a profound crisis.  It is time to come together to see the latest climate science and discuss what we can do individually and collectively to address this crisis.

  • Thu
    14
    Apr
    2016
    10:15am-11:30amCarrboro Yoga Company, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510. Phone: 919.933.2921

    Free preview class for Meditation Skills for Daily Life.  See website for more information.

  • Thu
    21
    Apr
    2016
    Thu
    26
    May
    2016
    10:15am-11:30amCarrboro Yoga Company, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510. Phone: 919.933.2921

    Meditation can be an indispensable sand calming practice for the unsettled times we're living in.  It is an easily learned skill that can provide a pathway to living with greater peace, grace, and wisdom.  See flier or Carrboro Yoga website for more info.

  • Thu
    28
    Apr
    2016
    Sun
    01
    May
    2016
    Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, MA

    Join us for a mini-version of our longer Spirited Women's Retreat!  Go to Kripalu website for complete information or see flier.

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016
    1:00pm-4:00pmCarrboro Yoga Company, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510. Phone: 919.933.2921

    One of the most profound gifts that yoga offers us is reclaiming the Sacred, with which most of humanity seems to have lost touch.  Join Sommer Sobin and Betsey in an exploration of this profound way yoga enhances daily life and helps us awaken to our hearts knowing and inner wisdom of Intuition.  See website for more information.

  • Fri
    13
    May
    2016
    6:30pm-8:00pm6000 Island Boulevard, Aventura, FL 33160

    Join Betsey in a screening of the film Humanity Ascending, a groundbreaking and transformational 40-minute documentary that offers a vision of our possibilities as a new humanity, featuring author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard.  See flier for more details.

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016
    1:00pm-3:30pmYoga1, 613 N. 21st Avenue, Hollywood, FL

    Practice embodying your gifts in standing poses, hand balances, and back bends, taught progressively and safely.  More info here.

  • Sun
    15
    May
    2016
    1:00pm-3:30pmYoga1, 613 N. 21st Avenue, Hollywood, FL

    Quiet class of hip opening poses, breathing exercises, meditation, and a variety of techniques for listening inwardly and touching The Sacred.  More info here.

  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2016
    1:00pm-4:00pmCarrboro Yoga Company, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510. Phone: 919.933.2921

    This workshop focuses on our connection to the divine sacred internally and externally, using our power for the greatest good. Join Michelle Johnson and Betsey as we explore physical shifts and changes in perspective to inspire changes in our world by way of living and loving into our full humanity. See website for more details.

  • Tue
    14
    Jun
    2016
    3:30pm-5:00pmHeld at the Oasis Café, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC

    Come join fellow kindred spirits who are concerned about the state of our climate for a discussion that includes a spiritual perspective.

    We’ll discuss the science, as well as the ramifications in our lives and what we can do to prepare and to adapt to the disruption from the growing climate destabilization.

    Held at the Oasis Café, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC

    • Tuesday, June 14, 3:30-5:00pm
      • Discuss chapters 6-10, pages 76-142
      • We'll add another day or two to discuss the book if there is enough interest.

    You could also watch Paul Gilding’s Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_gilding_the_earth_is_full?language=en

    Please RSVP to Betsey by noon on Tuesday, June 14 if you plan to attend: moc.g1506132560ninwo1506132560dyest1506132560eb@ye1506132560steb1506132560

    See flier for more information.

  • Fri
    17
    Jun
    2016
    7:00pm-8:30pmHeld at the Oasis Café, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC

    This film is a groundbreaking transformational documentary featuring author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard. It offers direction, meaning and a vision toward our birth as a new humanity. It presents us with a glimpse of the power of human consciousness when it is harnessed for good, as well as inspires us to look at our history and our potential for conscious evolution.

    40 minute film, followed by discussion.  See flier for more information.

  • Tue
    19
    Jul
    2016
    3:00pm-4:30pmOasis Café, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC

    Come join fellow kindred spirits who are concerned about the state of our climate for a discussion that includes a spiritual perspective.

    We’ll discuss the science, as well as the ramifications in our lives and what we can do to prepare and to adapt to the disruption from the growing climate destabilization.

    Held at the Oasis Café, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC

    • Tuesday, May 31, 3:30-5:00pm
      • Discuss chapters, 1-5, pages 1-75
    • Tuesday, June 14, 3:30-5:00pm
      • Discuss chapters 6-10, pages 76-142
    • Tuesday, July 5, 3:00-4:30pm
      • Discuss chapters 11-15, pages 143-202
    • Tuesday, July 19, 3:00-4:30pm
      • Discuss chapters 16-20, pages 203-263

    You could also watch Paul Gilding’s Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/paul_gilding_the_earth_is_full?language=en

    See flier for more information.

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016
    7:00 pmOasis Cafe, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC

    The second movie in the Humanity Ascending Series; in Visions, futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard brings together some of the finest minds of our time, presenting us with positive, future scenarios for humanity based on the latest scientific, social and spiritual realities.

    Barbara Marx Hubbard is one of the great elders and visionary pioneers in the fields of conscious evolution and future studies. A colleague of many 20th century pioneers like Abraham Maslow (founder of Humanistic Psychology) and Jonas Salk (creator of the polio vaccine), for decades she co-founded leading-edge organizations like the World Future Society and the Association for Global New Thought; co-produced more than two dozen large conferences to uncover innovative synergies for whole-society evolution; promoted Soviet-American dialogue; wrote a number of books including Conscious Evolution, Emergence, and The Evolutionary Journey; and had her name placed in nomination for US Vice President on the Democratic ticket in 1984.

    Visions film flier, July 2016

  • Sun
    21
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016
    Trinity Center, 618 Salter Path Rd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

    See Brochure-SWR 2016 for complete information.  One double space left as of March 25, 2016.  Call Betsey at 919.903.9557 with questions or to be put on the Waiting List.

  • Thu
    08
    Sep
    2016
    Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    10:15am-11:30amCarrboro Yoga Company, 200 N. Greensboro Dr., Suite C-1, Carrboro, NC. Free preview class Sept. 8; regular session begins Sept. 15.

    Meditation can be an indispensable and calming practice for life. It is an easily learned skill that can provide a pathway to living with greater clarity, compassion, wisdom, and peace.

    In essence meditation is learning to be conscious in the present moment. Major skills taught include recognizing our thoughts, mental habits and patterns; consciously choosing where to direct our attention; fully allowing “What Is”; navigating our emotions; embracing total self-acceptance, and connecting with our spiritual essence.

    A variety of techniques are practiced so students can find ones with which they resonate. The classes also include breathing exercises, some philosophy, discussion of the obstacles encountered in meditation, and suggestions for developing a home practice. Meditation is both eminently practical and a portal to the Sacred.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    9:00am-5:00pmSpirit House Yoga, Oklahoma City, OK

    Betsey returns for another year of Teacher Training.  See Spirit House website for more information.

  • Sat
    01
    Oct
    2016
    1:00pm-4:00pmCarrboro Yoga Company, 200 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510. Phone: 919.933.2921

    Join Michelle Johnson, a social worker, activist, and yogi, and Betsey Downing, a yogi and climate change activist, for a workshop focused on our connection to the divine sacred internally and externally, and how to use our power for the greatest good. Through yoga poses and turning inward, we explore physical shifts and changes in perspectives. Then we invite you to take new insights into the world by way of living and loving into our full humanity ... and that you take with you a deeper connection to self, all beings, and our ecosystem.

    This all-levels yoga workshop includes a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.See website for more details.

  • Fri
    07
    Oct
    2016
    7:00pm-8:15pmOasis Cafe, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro, NC
    Join Betsey Downing, Ph.D., ERYT500 for an inspirational film, Humanity Ascending, by Barbara Marx Hubbard followed by discussion.

    This film is a groundbreaking transformational documentary featuring author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard. It offers direction, meaning and a vision toward our birth as a new humanity. It presents us with a glimpse of the power of human consciousness when it is harnessed for good, as well as inspires us to look at our history and our potential for conscious evolution.

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    4:00pm-6:00pmEVOLVE Movement, Cameron Village, 219 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 919.828.4525
    We are in the midst of a tumultuous shift in consciousness, moving from separation to connection, from competition to cooperation, from over-using our earth’s resources to honoring them. As yogis we have been practicing for years to develop compassion, just for these times. No question it takes heroic courage to stand in the depth and strength of your heart, and offer its wisdom. But your centered Presence and Compassionate Heart are just what is needed at this time.

    Develop these qualities in a full spectrum workshop, including a mini-session on Forearm Balance (Pincha Mayurasana). Betsey will lead you in a progressive sequence of skills toward your appropriate expression of the pose.

    Once you’ve tapped into your courageous heart you can offer it fully off the mat as well!  Evolve Oct 2016-flier.  To register: follow this link.

    Stay after for a community pot luck from 6-7pm and film screening of Humanity Ascending with Barbara Marx Hubbard from 7-8:15pm.  See link for more information on the film.

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    7:00pm-8:15pmEVOLVE Movement, Cameron Village, 219 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 919.828.4525
    Join Betsey Downing, Ph.D., ERYT500 for an inspirational film, Humanity Ascending, by Barbara Marx Hubbard followed by discussion.

    This film is a groundbreaking transformational documentary featuring author and futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard. It offers direction, meaning and a vision toward our birth as a new humanity. It presents us with a glimpse of the power of human consciousness when it is harnessed for good, as well as inspires us to look at our history and our potential for conscious evolution.

    Come early for a yoga practice with Betsey from 4-6pm (register online) and community potluck from 6-7pm.

    This screening is FREE and open to the public. Reserve your space online.