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Lagunitas Station,West Marin

The Western Gate: [R]evolutionary Teahouse and Book Commons is a not-for-profit library, bookstore and community space dedicated to conversation and education about ecological design, alternative economies, health, and cultural transformation. Our classroom space is open for use on a sliding scale by local and visiting teachers, authors, and facilitators-  contact us at westerngate.commons@gmail.com  to reserve the space.

All events and classes are by donation.
All proceeds benefit the operation of the Library and Community Space.

Open Tues-Sun 10am to 7pm 

westerngate.commons@gmail.com
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Sunday Night:  Solstice Community Poetry Reading

6:00 Celebrate the longest night with candlelight and poetry.   Bring a candle and your favorite poems (written by you or by others) to share with your community at the Western Gate 

 

Weekly Community Classes and Events

Tuesdays 5:30:  Yoga Flow, with Juliana Birnbaum (90 minutes)

This class offers a creative, graceful and intelligent yoga flow that focuses on linking breath and movement. Students will explore Vinyasa sequences that build strength, flexibility and mindfulness.

 Juliana Birnbaum  is a certified Interdisciplinary and Prenatal Yoga Teacher with 14 years of teaching experience in various settings.  She  began her pursuit of yoga in India and Nepal, then went on train at the Omega Institude in Interdisciplinary Yoga, which combines elements  of Ashtanga with the more meditative Kripalu approach, for a balanced vinyasa style. She has completed workshops with masters Richard  Freeman, Ana Forrest, and David Life, and has taught prenatal and hatha yoga at numerous studios on the East Coast and in the Bay Area.

Wednesdays 4:00pm:  Family Yoga with Cynthia Amarista. (60 minutes)

Family Yoga.  That’s right- All ages welcome! Bring your kids, nieces, nephews, grandma and grandpa, friends and neighbors too. All are welcome in this joyful class, where we will re-member embodiment together.  Classes focus on proper alignment, connecting breath and movement, expanding our awareness, and embodying more joy and peace.  Children 9 and over welcome without an adult.
Cynthia Amarista is a beautiful dancer and a certified yoga instructor.

Thursdays 9:15am: Kundalini Yoga with Monique Grillet (90 minutes)(no class on Christmas day)

Kundalini Yoga is an ancient and sacred transmission of yogic teachings that serves to awaken the infinite essence of Soul, bringing guidance on how to be healthy human beings.

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 Monique Grillet aka Sat Meher Kaur (Princess of Compassion) completed her Kundalini Yoga Teacher’s training under the tutelage of Deva      Kaur in 2005, in the lineage of Yogi Bahjan and Guru Ram Das.  She has since been gratefully devoted to the linage of Kundalini Yoga and  has delivered these teachings at Yoga Mountain and the Kundalini Yoga Center in Fairfax. Upon completing a four-year sabbatical discourse, she is  now pleased to respond to her soul’s request to return to delivering these sacred teachings.

 

 Sundays 5:30pm: Candlelight Yoga- Mark Wax & Juliana Birnbaum

This candle-lit, evening class is geared toward a mindful transition to a new week with a slow yoga flow, breath awareness and traditional asana (yoga postures) adapted to the needs of students present.

Mark Wax is a certified teacher with 12+ years of experience in studying yoga and other meditative arts.  He is passionate about yoga as a vehicle for cultivating mindfulness and as a force of positive social change in the world.

IMG_6562 Juliana Birnbaum  is a certified Interdisciplinary and Prenatal Yoga Teacher with 14 years of teaching experience in various settings.  She  began her pursuit of yoga in India and Nepal, then went on train at the Omega Institude in Interdisciplinary Yoga, which combines elements  of Ashtanga with the more meditative Kripalu approach, for a balanced vinyasa style. She has completed workshops with masters Richard  Freeman, Ana Forrest, and David Life, and has taught prenatal and hatha yoga at numerous studios on the East Coast and in the Bay Area.

 

 Sundays 10:30:  Sing Together, with Kelly McMenimen (60 minutes) (Starts Jan. 11)

Human beings are meant to sing!  Together!  Come sing yourself toward wholeness and harmony, and help us expand the musical commons.  We will be singing classic and sacred songs from any and all eras and genres, to celebrate and honor the seasons, the natural world where we live, the human journey, and the joy of being alive.  Kelly will provide songs and some amount of vocal instruction (warm-ups, pitch training, improvisation, etc.), depending upon who shows up and what the community desires.  There will be opportunities for you to bring a favorite song to teach as well.  All voices, all ages, are welcome!

Kelly McMenimen came out of the womb singing and never stopped.  She is a songkeeper who collects songs from many different places and times.  She has been the vocalist in a number of professional jazz bands and currently sings with the world music band Orpheus Ensemble.  She has studied a variety of musical genres and she loves to share the music.  She especially loves harmonizing human voices and thinks that the more people join in the harmonies, the better the world will be!

 Sundays 4:00:  Earth Recovery:  12-Step Meeting, facilitated by Nina Pick

Please join Nina for a weekly 12 step study, writing, and discussion meeting focusing on: deepening into intimate relationship with our ecology; recovering from our addiction to technology, oil, consumption, and other potentially destructive behaviors; shedding light on unexplored emotional responses to environmental catastrophe—our blind-spots, denials, and unconscious patterns; and finding a sense of integrity, serenity, and freedom that is of true service to ourselves, our fellows, and the earth. We come together to explore these questions in a Twelve Step meeting format.  We will read the literature of AA and other Twelve Step fellowships, as well as spiritual and ecological literature from other traditions, to deepen our understanding both of our disease and the paths to healing.
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