Monthly Spiritual Gatherings
(These events have been discontinued. Please stay tuned for future opportunities)
Take a breath, pause, and be present. Our gatherings are an opportunity to connect into something larger than yourself while in the presence of others who are committed to the same thing.
Schedule of Speakers
Tuesday, April 14th 6:30-7:30pm
Creating Peace. It will be an experiential and individual claiming-of-peace opportunity for each person who attends. We will do so as a community and Michaela Torcaso will lead us using tools of energy, music, and spoken guidance. Michaela is the founder of Creating a Peaceful World more than 13 years ago and it is her mission for all of her holy siblings to have the experience of peace.
Tuesday, March 10th 6:30-7:30pm
Join us in March to experience the practice of Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) This event is led by Jacy Sundlie who helped develop the TRE certification program and is a licensed social worker. The founder of TRE is coming to Madison in April for a series of events. This is a great opportunity to get a taste. You can find Jacy at Natural Stress Release.
Tuesday, February 4th 6:30-7:30pm
February’s focus is Peace Yoga led by Shadow Backus. Shadow is a Clinical Social Worker, Massage Therapist, and Yoga Instructor. She has been practicing yoga regularly since 1996. She has been trained in Iyengar, Bikram, Power, and Ashtanga. Shadow began teaching Power Flow in 1998 at Harbor Athletic Club, Kanopy Dance, and MATC while earning her teaching training in Chicago. She and her co-teacher began teaching hot yoga before it was popular in Madison. Yoga has been called spiritual exercise, movement with breath, and stretching and strengthening muscles via meditation. Some think it is vital to maintaining balanced emotions, steady creativity, and a healthy body thereby making it a vital tool for navigating relationships and challenges in life. Shadow knows that yoga isn’t for everyone but she believes anyone can do yoga.
Tuesday, January 14th 6:30-7:30pm
Creating Peace is our January event! It will be an experiential and individual claiming-of-peace opportunity for each person who attends. We will do so as a community and Michaela Torcaso will lead us using tools of energy, music, and spoken guidance. Michaela is the founder of Creating a Peaceful World more than 13 years ago and it is her mission for all of her holy siblings to have the experience of peace.
We will not have a Gathering event in December — Happy Holidays!
Tuesday, November 12th 6:30-8:00pm
Kathy Ginn will share how her personal path to peace is Ethics, specifically Ethics as Soul Work. She has been active in the field of massage therapy and bodywork since 1991. Kathy is the creator of Ethical Dimensions and co-creator of Life Empowered Institute, and is on faculty with East-West Healing Arts Institute. Kathy has served with the NCBTMB Ethics committee for 8 years. She is a member of AMTA and is a regular contributor to MASSAGE Magazine.
Tuesday, October 8th 6:30-8:00pm
Our speaker for October is Angela Becker-Bradley who will share how putting things in perspective is her personal path to peace. Angela is a Major in the Wisconsin Army National Guard and serves as the commander of a military medical unit. She has a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies and owns a business, ABB Consulting, connecting servicemembers with civilian work.
Tuesday, September 10th 6:30-8:00pm
Susanne Benton will be joining us to share how her personal path to peace involves supporting parents and children in developing easeful bedtime routines using her experience as a Reiki Master, Massage Therapist, children’s book author, parent, and former daycare owner.
She owns MindBody Bedtime an online resource for mindfulness games, books and classes that offer self soothing practice, connection building, and celebration of the day!
Tuesday, August 13th 6:30-8:00pm
Our speaker for August is Karyn Moehring. Her personal path to peace is Internal Family Systems (IFS). Karyn has been a Registered Dietitian for more than 30 years and is an IFS Therapist specializing in the treatment and prevention of eating and body image disturbances. Karyn founded her business Innovative Nutrition and Wellness Services in 2002.
Tuesday, July 9th 6:30-8:00pm
Our speaker for July is Karyn Richmond who will share with us how meditation is her personal path to peace. Karyn has been an Occupational Therapist in the schools for more than 30 years and is now her district’s Wellness Coordinator.
Tuesday, June 11th 6:30-8:00pm
Our speaker for June is Edriss Drammeh who will share with us how his Islamic faith is his personal path to peace. Edriss is a doctoral student at the UW School of Nursing and has a passion for end-of-life care.
Tuesday, May 14th 6:30-8:00pm
Our speaker for May is Jacy Sundlie who will share with us how the practice of Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)is her personal path to peace. Jacy helped develop the TRE certification program and is a licensed social worker. You can find her at Natural Stress Release.