MARCH 2014

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


Studio-mate shows not at the studio:
March 20th- CAW mentor show at Fort Hayes shot tower gallery, "Exchanges". Openheartcreatures collaborates with their two young artist interns. Matthew McVay age 14 and Cellissa Woods age 18. This performance will merge visual art with sound art using a large Boom Box body puppet.
April 4th- Ryan Agnew's Worm Man will perform during Fuse Factory's Frequency Fridays show at The Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Frequency Fridays 2013-2014 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.


13 E. Tulane events:

Sunday, March 2, 6-7:00 - and most Sundays - 

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


Tuesday, March 4th 7:30pm - and every Tuesday -
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.


Sunday, March 9th, 11-1:pm
Open Meditation: Off the Cushion and into the Street

This session will meet earlier than usual so that some of us can head off to Dublin for the march to Wendy's headquarters. Proponents of farmworker justice are calling on Wendy's to join other major corporations in signing on to improve working conditions in Florida's tomato fields.

A Zen gatha, said before sharing food, begins, "Innumerable labors brought us this food. May we know how it comes to us. Receiving this offering, may our virtue and practice equal it."

In this globalized system of exchange it is often very difficult to know what labors brought us our food, but through social justice networks we can learn about the conditions of farms and even contribute to improvements. 

The practice of loving kindness begins in our heart, and continues the moment we rise from the cushion. We carry it, or it carries us, forward into community to smile and listen to one another with our full attention. It also compels us to stand on the street, not out of anger, but like a beacon or a lighthouse guiding those who steer our corporate ships. Without making them the enemy, we can call to them to stop and move toward compassion. 

In the 1980s, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, "In the peace movement there is a lot of anger, frustration, and misunderstanding. The peace movement can write very good protest letters, but they are not yet able to write a love letter. ...A fresh way of being peace, of doing peace is needed. That is why it is so important for us to practice meditation, to acquire the capacity to look, to see, and to understand. It would be wonderful if we could bring to the peace movement our contribution, our way of looking at things, that will diminish aggression and hatred. Peace work means, first of all, being peace. Meditation is meditation for all of us. We rely on each other. Our children are relying on us in order for them to have a future." 

Weather you attend the march or not, please join me to sit in quiet on Sunday. 

Let's learn to become the still source from which change grows. 

Let's try this simple practice together.

*We sit for two 20 minute sections, with mindful walking in between. We will have time for every participant to talk before and after the sit. Those new to meditation are welcome to join and participate as much as they feel comfortable! There is no cost. Donations are welcome.

* Florida farmworkers' are vary vulnerable to exploitation, including forced labor and sexual violence. Wendy's is one of the few major corporations still unwilling to sign on to the Fair Food Program, which would provide basic support to farmworkers. Information about the campaign here. Information about the Central Ohio events, including the march, here.

Facebook event page for this meditation:


Saturday, March 15th, 6:30-9:30

Triommm Kirtan LOVE Circle

Triommm is is a devotional kirtan LOVE circle and community. We are a multi-cultural, universally accepting group that sings devotional songs from many traditions. All are welcome for an hour and a half of singing followed by sharing food and love.

Songbook includes mantras from Vedic Indian, Native American, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh traditions and British Psychedelic Rock. We're open to expanding the Songbook to include your most treasured devotional songs!

Bring your instruments, your voice, your friends, your kids and food to share. Doors & light snacks at 6:30p, Singing at 7:00p, Food at 8:30p.


Sunday, March 16th, 7:30-9:30
Trance Studies: Becoming Fish

How do we adapt to change like fish moving through water?

The Cuyamungue, or "Oma", trance is a shamanic practice used to cultivate visions and a dream-like awareness. 

This session will include the "Fish Trance", a posture based on an image of the goddess of running water, Chalchihuitlicue ("she of the jade skirt"). According to the Aztec story, when a flood was sent to the earth by Tlaloc, her consort, Chalchihuitlicue had compassion for the humans and changed them into fish so they could survive. When our wold becomes flooded with difficulties, how do we become like fish, had home in these new conditions?

At this trance session, we first do the Singing Shaman to open the door, than Chalchihuitlicue’s Fish. We will have an introduction beforehand and a discussion of our experiences afterward.

We take an experimental approach to trance studies, not a dogmatic one. The Cuyamungue technique is a practice of new-shamanism based on the experiences of Felicitas D. Goodman (Where the Spirits Ride the Wind). Felicitas was an anthropologist who studied alternate states of consciousness and developed a technique for their cultivation. Felicitas believed that she had discovered an ancient and universal way to allow entrance into an alternate reality. This tradition of trance practice is maintained locally by Felicitas’s daughter, Susan Josephson, and in formal organizations in New Mexico and Germany.

*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.


March 29, 1-4:00 
Fuse Factory: Intro to Pure Data Workshop

Info to be updated here:

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