JUNE 2015

Studiomate News:

Studio-mates, April Sunami, Heidi Madsen, and Pilgrim Heidi Kambitch, have work in the show, "Remnants," up until Saturday, July 11, 2015. "Remnants" is the joint creative force of the Creative Arts of Women (CAW) collective, an open-membership association of women artists, writers, art supporters, art appreciators, and more. -- Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 130, Columbus, OH 43215

Pilgrim Heidi Kambitch's Open Heart Creatures will perform with new puppets at Comfest Saturday June 27th on the "Live Arts Stage"at 1:30pm. 

Michael J. Morris's choreographed work, "Toward Belonging," was premiered on April 29th, but a view record, filmed by s lumbert is now available on-line. Performed by Phil Brown Dupont, Justin Fitch, Eve Hermann, and Counterfeit Madison, "Toward Belonging," can be seen at vimeo.com/127365782

Yoga: Yoga is growing at ILLIO! Queer Yoga, Hatha, Ashtanga, and Pranayama. Check out the classes below. 

Rentals: If you're looking to rent space for work or events contact Seth at seth.josephson@gmail.com, or talk to any studio-mate you know. On the ILLIO side, we ask for $15 (weekdays) or $20 (weekends) per hour. We also negotiate trades in improving the studio space. 

Weekly at ILLIO:

Note: Jason's Good Morning Hatha will be taking some Sundays off this summer. There will be no classes June 14, 21, and 28; as well as July 5 and 19. Since it's not really weekly at the moment, the June 7th class info included in the monthly schedule below. 

Most Sundays, 6-7:00pm
Sacred Shimmy - Advanced Tribal Belly Dance

This class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One & Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher permission is required to attend.  Please contact angienever@gmail.com with any inquiries.

Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.

Weekdays, 6:15am - 7:30am
Living Well - MOVE

Small group training is ongoing, in a convenient drop-in setting.  Each day has a varied focus and approach to fitness.  You choose your own adventure and decide how many and which days you join the group! Group size could vary from 2-8 participants, giving you a semi-private training experience with greater attention to your technique and abilities, and an individualized and goal-centered training program.

Mondays – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
Tuesdays*– Cardio Intervals & Agility Drills – Energy system development through cardiovascular and agility drills using small hurdles, cone drills, interval training, and sprints.
Wednesdays – Core & Control – Unique combination and isometric movements to enhance core strength, range of motion and flexibility, and balance.
Thursdays* – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
Fridays – Wild Card/Trainer’s Choice!

Try your first session for free! Session Passes are available. Passes are valid for two months from the date of purchase, and are for individual use only.
                                       1-Hour    45-Minute
8 Sessions (~1x/week)    $80          $60 
16 Sessions (~2x/week)  $128        $96 
24 Sessions (~3x/week)  $168        $126
Drop-In                            $12          $9

*Note: There is one small change for the summer season of Living Well. Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays are now held outside at the Indianola Alternative playground (Indianola K-8 is located along Weber Rd. and Calumet St.) The early sunrise and warmer temperatures make this a fun alternative to the studio. When weather doesn’t permit, we will still meet at the studio.



Questions? Email ErinLSJohnson@columbus.rr.com or call/text 614.306.9634

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8-8:45am
Buddha Teaches Buddha - Zen Morning Meditation 

Friends bringing in the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through the year with a 20/25-minute seated meditation, and a short “Dharma sharing” style check in. An occasional zen poem is read. Be ready for sitting on the floor (chairs also available). Those new to the practice are welcome. For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com

Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Queer Yoga's Tuesday Tadasana

Queer Yoga is Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to challenge and deepen your practice.

Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat.


Wednesdays, 7-8:00pm
BREATHE into life with Simone Clayborn

Pranayama has been source of both physical and psychological healing in my life. Prana refers to a basic, universal, all-pervading life force energy long recognized by eastern thought, which is now being more fully appreciated and studied by western science. Yoga practitioners all over the centuries have found that practicing pranayama or Yogic breath we can access this energy, harness and utilize its power. Yoga Breath is thus a wonderful key to good health, longevity and it is also a superb lead-in to meditation. Simone is finishing her Pranayama teaching certification through Yoga On High. 

Please join Wednesdays at 7PM (free/by donation) for a practical, step-by-step explanations about the practice of basic yoga breathing techniques.  

Fridays, 8-10:00am 
Intro to Ashtanga with Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee, a new yoga instructor finishing up her teaching certification at Yoga On High, will lead a Mysore-style Ashtanga class for new students. $5-7 suggested donation. 

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ILLIO special events for June:

Friday, June 5th, 8pm
Tim Kaiser (MN) + Chris Weldon (CMH) + Baat (CLE) + Joo Won Park (OH)

Fuse Factory June Frequency Fridays show features experimental electronic musician/instrument maker Tim Kaiser (MN), experimental improv musician Chris Weldon (CMH), experimental electro-acoustic musician Lisa Miralia/Baat, and experimental electronic musician Joo Own Park (OH). Date: Friday, June 5 2015. Location: It Looks Like It's Open (13 E. Tulane Av., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2014-2015 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

More information here: http://thefusefactory.org/events/

Sunday June 7th, 11am-12:15pm
Good Morning Hatha Yoga with Jason Farrington
Jason Farrington is currently wrapping up his 200 hour yoga teacher training program from Balanced Yoga University, and has been practicing yoga for about 4-5 years now. This class is targeted to beginners, but it has benefit for all. All classes are free or by donation. 

Sunday June 14th, 1:00-3:00pm 
Wake Up Sangha - Community Mindfulness Practice 
Our monthly Sangha meetings consist of sitting meditation, walking meditation, a reading, and sharing from the heart. 
Wake Up is an active global community of led by young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, and inspired by the teachings of Zen teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice awareness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society. All ages are welcome at our gatherings. 
Wake Up Columbus sessions are typically led by Claire W. based on the services of the Still Water Sangha of Orono, Maine. Claire is also currently supporting the growth of mindfulness community in Westerville, Ohio. More information will be posted here: wholeheartsanghaofwesterville.wordpress.com
“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.” - Thich Naht Hanh (1996)
For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com

Sunday June 20th, 10:00am - 5:00pm 
Tribal University with Sacred Shimmy Bellydance

Join us for a day of Tribal study and celebration, featuring six unique classes to round out your Tribal education.

10:00 AM - Hatha Yoga with Angie Never
11:00 AM - Introduction to Middle Eastern Drumming with Zach Beery
12:00 PM - ATS® Level One & Two Drills with Eva Owen
1:00 PM - Break for Lunch
2:30 PM - Make-up for Tribal Performance with Sacred Shimmy Bellydance
3:30 PM - Hair Adornment for Tribal Performance with Sacred Shimmy Bellydance
4:30 PM - Live Music Drilling with the Sacred Shimmy Musicians, for all levels of ATS® dance

Space is limited. Full day passes will be offered for a discounted rate of $50 until midnight on April 30. From May 1 on, a full day pass is $60. Classes a la carte are $12 each. Tickets available here: www.eventbrite.com/e/tribal-university-with-sacred-shimmy-tribal-bellydance-tickets-16675012411  Eventbrite charges a small service fee for all passes.

JACK WRIGHT and JOHN M. BENNETT duo

 
SATURDAY JULY 18 2015 8PM @ IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S OPEN

The duo of Jack Wright, saxes, and John M. Bennett, words, will perform collaboratively and as soloists, at times with Wright wording and coughing through his horn and Bennett honking and braying through his words. This unique duo has been performing together since the 1980's. An electric performance, though no electricity is involved!

John M. Bennett has published over 400 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975­2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature. www.johnmbennett.net and http://johnmbennettpoetry.blogspot.com/

Described twenty years ago as an "undergrounder by design," Jack Wright is a veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 72 he is still the "Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation," as legendary guitarist Davey Williams called him back in the 80s, on the road as much as ever. And he continues to inspire players outside music­school careerdom, playing sessions with visiting and resident players old and new. His partners over the years are mostly unknown to the music press, and too numerous to mention. He's said to have the widest vocabulary of any, including leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds. A reviewer for the Washington Post said, "In the rarefied, underground world of experimental free improvisation, saxophonist Jack Wright is king". For more info go to springgarden music, for sounds soundcloud.com/#jackwright and writings jackiswright.wordpress.com/

MAY 2015

Studiomate News:

Ryan Agnew has 45 old paintings for sale at Urban Acupuncture Center, 3389 N High St, 43202--go check it out and consider trying acupuncture!

Remnants (Tuesday, May 26, 2015 to Saturday, July 11, 2015) is the joint creative force of the Creative Arts of Women (CAW) collective, an open-membership association of women artists, writers, art supporters, art appreciators, and more. The artists of Creative Arts of Women (CAW) find inspiration in what society and nature cast off. -- Alice Carpenter, Allison Buenger, Amandda Tirey, Amy Leibrand, April Sunami, Barbara Vogel, Betsy DeFusco, Caroline Kraus, Cat Lynch, Cat Sheridan, Catherine Bell Smith, Christine Guillot Ryan, Claire Smith, Donna McCarty-Estep, Gaye Reissland, Gigi Gallaway, Gretchen Cochran, Heidi Madsen, J Clark, Janet George, Joan Tallan, Joyce Kwasnik, Judith Zaepfel, Juna Amano, Kristin Morris, Linda Leviton, Lisa Horkin, Lisa McLymont, Lisette Lichtenstein, Mabi Ponce de Leon, Mary Ann Crago, Megan Evans, Melinda Rosenberg, Melinda Sabo, Mollie Hannon, Paula Nees, Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, Roxanne L. Smith-Mansell, Sandra Aska, Stephanie Rond, Terri Maloney-Houston, and Vicki Oster. RECEPTION: Saturday, May 30, 6-8PM -- Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 130, Columbus, OH 43215

Rentals: If you're looking to rent space for work or events contact Pilgram at 614-707-2349, or Seth at seth.josephson@gmail.com, or contact any studio-mate you know. On the ILLIO side, we ask for $15(weekdays) or $20 (weekends) per hour. We also negotiate trades in services. 


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Weekly at ILLIO:

Sundays, 11am-12:15pm
Good Morning Hatha Yoga with Jason Farrington

Jason Farrington is currently wrapping up his 200 hour yoga teacher training program from Balanced Yoga University, and has been practicing yoga for about 4-5 years now. This class is targeted to beginners, but it has benefit for all. All classes are free or by donation. 

Most Sundays, 6-7:00pm
Sacred Shimmy - Advanced Tribal Belly Dance

This class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One & Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher permission is required to attend.  Please contact angienever@gmail.com with any inquiries.

Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.

Weekdays, 6:15am - 7:30am
Living Well - MOVE

Small group training is ongoing, in a convenient drop-in setting.  Each day has a varied focus and approach to fitness.  You choose your own adventure and decide how many and which days you join the group! Group size could vary from 2-8 participants, giving you a semi-private training experience with greater attention to your technique and abilities, and an individualized and goal-centered training program.

Mondays – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
Tuesdays – Cardio Intervals & Agility Drills – Energy system development through cardiovascular and agility drills using small hurdles, cone drills, interval training, and sprints.
Wednesdays – Core & Control – Unique combination and isometric movements to enhance core strength, range of motion and flexibility, and balance.
Thursdays – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
Fridays – Wild Card/Trainer’s Choice!

Try your first session for free! Session Passes are available. Passes are valid for two months from the date of purchase, and are for individual use only.
                                       1-Hour    45-Minute
8 Sessions (~1x/week)    $80          $60
16 Sessions (~2x/week)  $128        $96
24 Sessions (~3x/week)  $168        $126
Drop-In                            $12          $9

www.facebook.com/livingwellcolumbus
www.livingwellcolumbus.blogspot.com

Questions? Email ErinLSJohnson@columbus.rr.com or call/text 614.306.9634

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8-8:45am
Wake Up - Morning Meditation 

Friends bringing in the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through the year with a 20/25-minute seated meditation, and a short “Dharma sharing” style check in. An occasional zen poem is read. Be ready for sitting on the floor (chairs also available). Those new to the practice are welcome. For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com, or visit http://wakeupcolumbus.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/groups/539473676105662/

Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Queer Yoga's Tuesday Tadasana

Queer Yoga is Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to challenge and deepen your practice.

Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat.


Wednesdays, 7-8:pm
BREATHE into life

Greetings all! My name is Simone and I am currently enrolled in the Yoga On High 9-month Pranayama certification course. Pranayama has been source of both physical and psychological healing in my life. Prana refers to a basic, universal, all-pervading life force energy long recognized by eastern thought, which is now being more fully appreciated and studied by western science. Yoga practitioners all over the centuries have found that practicing pranayama or Yogic breath we can access this energy, harness and utilize its power. Yoga Breath is thus a wonderful key to good health, longevity and it is also a superb lead-in to meditation.

Please join me Wednesdays at 7PM (free/by donation) for a practical, step-by-step explanations about the practice of basic yoga breathing techniques.  No class, Wednesday 5/20.


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ILLIO special events for May:


Friday, May 1st, 8pm
Elisa Faires (NC) + Eddie Breitweiser/Michael Junokas (CHI) + Doctah X (CMH)

Fuse Factory May Frequency Fridays: show features experimental composer/musician Elisa Faires (NC), experimental electronic improv duo Eddie Breitweiser/Michael Junokas (CHI) and experimental electronic musician Doctah X (CMH). Date: Friday, May 1 2015. Location: It Looks Like It's Open (13 E. Tulane Av., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2014-2015 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

More information here: http://thefusefactory.org/events/


Saturday, May 9th, 12pm-3pm
Kids' Art Show for the CRC

Fundraiser for the CRC - The Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center Food Pantry.

Young artists and their friends will be selling their creations to raise money for the food pantry. This project was inspired by 8 year old, Ellie Brownell. The CRC provides 24,000 pounds of food to nearly 1,500 families a year.

On May 9th, come buy some art and paint a mural with us!

Snacks provided :)

Young artists Ellie Brownell, Ayla Bella, Wilson Roberts and more.




Sunday, May 17th, 1-3pm
Wake Up Sangha - Meditation and Dharma Sharing

Our monthly Sangha meetings consist of sitting meditation, walking meditation, a reading, and sharing from the heart.

Wake Up is an active global community of led by young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, and inspired by the teachings of Zen teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice awareness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society. All ages are welcome at our gatherings. 

"To love, in the context of Buddhism, is above all to be there. But being there is not an easy thing. Some training is necessary, some practice. If you are not there, how can you love? Being there is very much an art, the art of meditation, because meditating is bringing your true presence to the here and now. The question that arises is: Do you have time to love?" -Thich Naht Hanh (1997)


For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com


Sunday, May 17th, 7:30-9:30pm
Oma Trance: Goddess Tara

This is an invitation to a shamanistic trance session at It Looks like Its Open (ILLIO) on May 17th. We will do the Singing Shaman to open the door and then a Goddess Tara trance in which we will invoke the Goddess Tara (green Tara) who is a female Buddha of compassion. She is a fierce goddess who overcomes obstacles and saves us from physical and spiritual danger. She gives boons, protection, and helps clear up illusion. Come with an issue or question for the Goddess.

These trances are in the tradition of Felicitas D. Goodman www.cuyamungueinstitute.com/ . Here is a YouTube video about Dr. Goodman’s work.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goljLz5sj_o The trances will be facilitated by Susan Josephson, Felicitas Goodman’s daughter, who has lead people in these trances for more than 30 years.

Guided by postures adapted from a variety of sources and driven by a rattle sounded at a particular tempo and rhythm, participants often have visions with personal significance. The trances wake people up. They release deeper levels of consciousness and open people to deeper understandings. Doing the trance is also good for your nervous system.

*Instructions for participation: Please arrive on time, the door will be closed at 7:45 so that the session can begin without interruption. Fasting will enhance the experience, but is not required. For best results, do not eat at least 30 minutes prior to the session. Avoid alcohol throughout the day. Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid wearing metal.

*Young adults / teens welcome.

*Susan does not accept payment for this work, but if you'd like you may support the use and maintenance of the studio space with a small contribution.



Wednesday, May 20th, 8pm
Jason Zeh & Mike Shiftlet & friends

Larry Marotta & David Reed (Cols.)
Scenic Railroads (Cols.)
Developer (Dayton)
Jason Zeh (Kansas City)

APRIL 2015


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Weekly at ILLIO:

Sundays, 11am-12:15pm
Good Morning Hatha, Yoga with Jason Farrington

All classes are free or by donation. "Hello, my name is Jason Farrington and I am currently wrapping up my 200 hour yoga teacher training program from Balanced Yoga University. I have been practicing yoga for about 4-5 years now and I wanted to start offering free beginners yoga classes in my community. Hope to see you there."


Most Sundays, 6-7:00pm
Sacred Shimmy - Advanced Tribal Belly Dance

This class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One & Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher permission is required to attend.  Please contact angienever@gmail.com with any inquiries.

Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.


Weekdays, 6:15am - 7:30am
Living Well - MOVE

Small group training is ongoing, in a convenient drop-in setting.  Each day has a varied focus and approach to fitness.  You choose your own adventure and decide how many and which days you join the group! Group size could vary from 2-8 participants, giving you a semi-private training experience with greater attention to your technique and abilities, and an individualized and goal-centered training program.

  • Mondays – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
  • Tuesdays – Cardio Intervals & Agility Drills – Energy system development through cardiovascular and agility drills using small hurdles, cone drills, interval training, and sprints.
  • Wednesdays – Core & Control – Unique combination and isometric movements to enhance core strength, range of motion and flexibility, and balance.
  • Thursdays – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
  • Fridays – Wild Card/Trainer’s Choice!
Try your first session for free!  www.facebook.com/livingwellcolumbus   www.livingwellcolumbus.blogspot.com
Questions? Email ErinLSJohnson@columbus.rr.com or call/text 614.306.9634


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8-8:45am
Wake Up - Morning Meditation 

Friends bringing in the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through the year with a 20/25-minute seated meditation, a short Zen style service. and a brief “Dharma sharing." Sitting on the cushions (chairs also available). Those new to the practice are welcome. For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com, or visit http://wakeupcolumbus.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/groups/539473676105662/


Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Queer Yoga's Tuesday Tadasana

Queer Yoga is Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to challenge and deepen your practice.

Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat.


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ILLIO special events (remaining) for April:

Wednesday, April 8, 1:00-2:00pm
Performance: Tatsuya Nakatani!

We welcome experimental percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani for an amazing, kid-friendly performance. All ages, all are welcome! Tatsuya is truly a unique performer, not to be missed! 

Updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1048234838523285/

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Wednesday, April 8, 7:00pm
Daron Larson, "Defensive Thriving: Navigating Difficult People with Mindfulness"

Idea Wave Columbus is hosting mindfulness instructor, Daron Larson, at ILLIO for a discussion and Q&A. 

“Hell is other people.” (Jean-Paul Sartre) Mindfulness practice can transform our relationship to our thoughts and feelings. Consistent, intentional observation of our own subjectivity can free us from needing circumstances to be perfect in order to feel at home in our lives. But how do we maintain this freedom as we navigate the world of other – often challenging – people?

This interactive talk explores practical insights and strategies for feeling like you belong in the world even when you have decided to change your relationship to its endless challenges.

$10 cost. More information and registration, here

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Sunday, April 12th, 1-3:00pm
Wake Up Sangha - Meditation and Dharma Sharing

Our Sangha meetings involve sitting meditation, walking meditation, a reading, and sharing from the heart.

Wake Up is an active global community of led by young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, and inspired by the teachings of Zen teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice awareness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society. All ages are welcome at our gatherings. 


For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 7-8:pm 
BREATHE into life

Greetings all! My name is Simone and I am currently enrolled in the Yoga On High 9-month Pranayama certification course. Pranayama has been source of both physical and psychological healing in my life. Prana refers to a basic, universal, all-pervading life force energy long recognized by eastern thought, which is now being more fully appreciated and studied by western science. Yoga practitioners all over the centuries have found that practicing pranayama or Yogic breath we can access this energy, harness and utilize its power. Yoga Breath is thus a wonderful key to good health, longevity and it is also a superb lea-in to meditation.

Please join me 4/22 at 7PM (free/by donation) for a practical, step-by-step explanations about the practice of basic yoga breathing techniques.

Facebook updates: www.facebook.com/events/806707229403743/

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Saturday, April 25th
ILLIO / Open Heart - Open House

More info to come!

MARCH 2015

It Looks Like It's Open (ILLIO) - 13 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, Ohio

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Studiomate News:

The studio at 13 E Tulane continues to grow and evolve! We've been joined by two more artists on the Open Heart Art side (15 E Tulane) and we're currently figuring out how to integrate our practice throughout our building. 

Ryan Agnew's Worm Man gets some recognition! Documentation of Worm Man will be on view in Vermiculture Makers Club at Kentucky School of Art in Louisville March 6 - April 17. Worm Man was also recently featured on the WormCulture website/blog, http://wormculture.orgwhich sets out to highlight the community of worm art makers and hopefully increase the production of culture around worms.

Check out Angie Hay's new project: YOGA ENLARGED:ENCOURAGEMENT. EMPOWERMENT. EMBODIMENT. Yoga Enlarged is a unique class created for big bodies by big bodies.  We believe that the practice of yoga should be accessible to people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, and we strive to offer a welcoming environment for full-figured yogis to come to the mat.  You will be met with a balance of permission and challenge to help you experience your true capacity for strength, flexibility, serenity, and self-love.  We invite you to join us in class for a revolutionary practice within a supportive community.  http://yogaenlarged.com

Rentals: If you're looking to rent space for work or events contact Heidi at 614-707-2349, or email Seth at seth.josephson@gmail.com, or contact any studio-mate you know. On the ILLIO side, we ask for $15(weekdays) or $20 (weekends) per hour. We also negotiate trades. 

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Weekly at ILLIO:

Sundays, 11am-12:15pm
Good Morning Hatha, Yoga with Jason Farrington

All classes are free or by donation. "Hello, my name is Jason Farrington and I am currently wrapping up my 200 hour yoga teacher training program from Balanced Yoga University. I have been practicing yoga for about 4-5 years now and I wanted to start offering free beginners yoga classes in my community. Hope to see you there."


Most Sundays, 6-7:00pm
Sacred Shimmy - Advanced Tribal Belly Dance

This class is designed for the dancer with some mastery of Levels One & Two who feels ready to develop her dance into something greater. Teacher permission is required to attend.  Please contact angienever@gmail.com with any inquiries.

Ongoing, most Sundays from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. $15 drop in, $60 three class pass. Sacred Shimmy updates here.


Weekdays, 6:15am - 7:30am
Living Well - MOVE

NEW!!!  Earlier option for training!  Due to demand, I’m starting even earlier each day and offering the option for a flexible start time. NEW!!!  45-Minute class options! Get in and out and on to work quickly, with pro-rated, shorter class times.

Small group training is ongoing, in a convenient drop-in setting.  Each day has a varied focus and approach to fitness.  You choose your own adventure and decide how many and which days you join the group! Group size could vary from 2-8 participants, giving you a semi-private training experience with greater attention to your technique and abilities, and an individualized and goal-centered training program.
  • Mondays – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
  • Tuesdays – Cardio Intervals & Agility Drills – Energy system development through cardiovascular and agility drills using small hurdles, cone drills, interval training, and sprints.
  • Wednesdays – Core & Control – Unique combination and isometric movements to enhance core strength, range of motion and flexibility, and balance.
  • Thursdays – Strength & Power – Functional, dynamic, big muscle exercises using kettlebells, bodyweight, TRX, plyos, and bands.
  • Fridays – Wild Card/Trainer’s Choice!
Try your first session for free!  www.facebook.com/livingwellcolumbus   www.livingwellcolumbus.blogspot.com
Questions? Email ErinLSJohnson@columbus.rr.com or call/text 614.306.9634


Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 8-8:45am
Wake Up - Morning Meditation 

Friends bringing in the day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays through the year with a 20/25-minute seated meditation, a short Zen style service. and a brief “Dharma sharing." Sitting on the cushions (chairs also available). Those new to the practice are welcome. For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com, or visit http://wakeupcolumbus.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/groups/539473676105662/


Tuesdays, 7:30pm
Queer Yoga's Tuesday Tadasana

Queer Yoga is Columbus's first queer-focused yoga class that offers professional yoga instruction in a designated Safe(r) Space. We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time. Whether you are new to yoga, or you can complete a headstand without assistance, you will find something to challenge and deepen your practice.

Class fees are $6 for ALL participants. Everyone is welcome. Bring a mat.


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ILLIO special events for March:


Friday, March 6th, 8:00pm
Frequency Fridays: Shana Palmer (MD) + Tone Elevator (CMH) + Adam Crawley(IN)/John Osburn(CMH)
Fuse Factory March Frequency Fridays show features artist-experimental musician Shana Palmer, experimental electronica/space rock trio Tone Elevator (CMH), and experimental electronica duo Adam Crawley (IN) + John Osburn (CMH). Date: Friday, March 6, 2015. Location: It Looks Like It’s Open (13 E. Tulane Av., 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2014-2015 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. BYOB, all ages.
To learn more about the performers, please visit: http://thefusefactory.org/events/march-2015-frequency-fridays/  or on facebook at www.facebook.com/events/1562244110718347

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Sunday, March 8th, 1-3:00pm
Wake Up Sangha - Meditation and Dharma Sharing

Our Sangha meetings involve sitting meditation, walking meditation, a reading, and sharing from the heart.

Wake Up is an active global community of led by young mindfulness practitioners, aged 18-35, and inspired by the teachings of Zen teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh. We come together to practice awareness in order to take care of ourselves, nourish happiness, and contribute to building a healthier and a more compassionate society. All ages are welcome at our gatherings. 

For more information contact seth.josephson@gmail.com, Facebook updates: www.facebook.com/events/1421981588098970/

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Sunday, March 8th, 7:30-9:30pm
Trance Studies: Becoming Fish (II)

Rescheduled for this Sunday the 8th! 

We take an experimental approach to trance studies - not a dogmatic one - so all are welcome take what they find valuable for themselves. The Cuyamungue, or "Oma," trance is a shamanic practice used to cultivate visions and a dream-like awareness. It is a syncretic technique developed by anthropologist and spiritual teacher, Felicitas D. Goodman, and continued by her daughter, Susan Josephson (among others). Goodman believed that she had discovered an ancient and universal way to allow entrance into an alternate reality and commune with the beings who dwell there. Guided by postures adapted from a variety of sources and driven by a rattle sounded at a particular tempo and rhythm, participants often have visions with personal significance.

For this session, we will pair two postures. The first will be the "singing shaman" for door opening. The second will be the the "fish trance," derived from representations of Aztec goddess Chalchihuitlique and evoking water, renewal, adapting to change.

*Instructions for participation: Please arrive on time, the door will be closed at 7:45 so that the session can begin without interruption. Fasting will enhance the experience, but is not required. For best results, do not eat at least 30 minutes prior to the session. Avoid alcohol throughout the day. Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid wearing metal.

*Young adults / teens welcome.

*Susan is not expecting payment so this session is by donation. Feel free to support her visit and the maintenance of the studio space with a small contribution.


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Thursday, March 19, 7:00pm
Astrology: Soup to Nuts

Idea Wave Columbus is hosting astrologer, Elsa Hermes, for a discussion and Q&A. Are you curious about astrology and want to learn what it's all about? "Elsa is passionate about sharing her knowledge and has a unique ability to bring awe and awareness to others regarding ancient esoteric knowledge and its beneficial application to enrich one's daily life."

$10 cost. More information and registration, here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/astrology-soup-to-nuts-tickets-15954858411

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Friday, March 20th, 6-10:00pm
Prisoner Art Show in Columbus!

Join Red Bird Prison Abolition in celebrating the creativity folks who are incarcerated in Ohio. And get some art!

There will be:
+ A Silent auction
+ Art Prints and Zines
+ Free food, drinks and good company!

Cost: $5 sliding scale donation.  facebook info here: www.facebook.com/events/733114250121218

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Saturday, March 28th, 3-7:pm
Popup Art Sale 

This will feature the work of studio-mates, April Sunami, Ryan Agnew, and Heidi Kambitsch. 

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Saturday, April 4th, 7:30pm 
Full Moon Dance Party

Dancers, musicians, and performers are invited to perform, and audience members and onlookers are invited to applaud, ooh, and aah to your hearts' content. Open dancing will also be offered for those who might not like to perform but still want to make an offering to the moon.

Doors at 7:30 PM. Show beings promptly at 8:00 PM.
Admission: $5. This is a fundraiser to send Sacred Shimmy troupe to Michigan's Sacred Circles Dance Retreat to learn more about dance and drumming.

facebook info here: www.facebook.com/events/909625465756800