Sept. 21, 2014 SpiritJam Weekly Update

Explore the theme of Unity with EnsoJam (Zen Circles) and a ParachuteJam this Sunday, open to all ages.   

9 and 11 a.m. Kindergarten* and up (adults invited too!):

EnsoJam (Zen Circle Meditation) with guest artist, Lisa Gyoko Schaewe, adjunct faculty at Naropa Institute. All are invited to participate in meditation, then unite mind, breath, and spirit to paint enso, Zen Circles!  In Zen Buddhism, an ensō is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create. The ensō symbolizes enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and mu. Lisa will share her special ox and squirrel brushes, rice paper and sumi ink. At the close of each hour, we will use a giant horsehair brush to create a mural outdoors.

Note: the sumi ink is permanent. We suggest wearing paint clothes. We will have a limited number of aprons to share.

ParachuteJam with Rachel Stevenson, SpiritJam leader. Exalt in the sunshine and in unity around the 24 foot parachute, offered on the Nature Playground.

*Note: Kindergarteners are invited to choose between SpiritJam and Miss Ari’s class, depending on their comfort level.

9 and 11 a.m. Preschool/Nursery-  “All Around Us”  with Miss Ari, Early Childhood Teacher with helper Talia Ferrante-Roseberry (11 a.m.). Fifth graders and older are invited to be a helper at either 9 or 11 a.m. Sign up online

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Enso/Zen Circle Meditation CONTINUED! 

Special session for adults and youth, 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, Room #9 Alcott. donation $20. Drop In’s welcome, due to the gracious invitation of our guest.  About the Artist: Lisa Gyako Schaewe engages in creative process as a form of meditation practice.   She is adjunct faculty at Naropa University and facilitates Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction groups and workshops combining contemplative practice and creative process.



Apple Harvest Picnic,  Sunday Sept. 21, 12 – 2 p.m.

BYO  picnic/sack lunch and a picnic blanket. All ages are welcome!    Pick our apples! Bring some! There will be a cider press.

No RSVPs are required for this event, but if you have questions or if you have any apple processing equipment that you’d be able to bring (peeler/corers; press for cider; dryer, etc.) Contact Martin Ogle at  [We’d like to know what kind of such equipment is available and expected.]


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PS. 9 a.m. service has plenty of room! The 11 a.m. service is busting out of the seams. If you are able to switch, thanks!

 “Vision” next in October. We are planning mini-Vision Quests, Tarot, CropWalk ServiceJam, and kaleidoscopes. If you have an idea or activity for “Vision” explorations for mind, body or spirit, let Katie know! Join us as we co-create this experimental program with paid lead teachers and monthly themes!

Peace and Justice Day Camp – Coming to BVUUF in June 2015!

Help the RE staff plan next year’s BVUUF day camp – we’re looking for parents, camp counselors and others who would like to shape the way our kids explore the theme of Peace and Justice through fun and meaningful activities. Be a part of this group that will meet a few times to create content/jams for camp, address some issues that came up this year, and recruit volunteers for next year. Our first meeting is November 2 at 12:30 in the Pauling room. If you need child care, please let Katie Covey know, If you’d like to learn more about camp, join the planning committee, or volunteer the week of, please talk to Katie Covey or Rachel Setzke,

Your School of the Spirit Staff:

  • Emily CongerYouth Coordinator, 
  • Ari Flauta, Early Childhood Teacher,
  • Rachel StevensonSpiritJam Teacher and Religious Education Assistant, 
  • Michael NewmanSpiritJam Teacher,
  • Katie CoveyDirector of the School of the Spirit,