Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #186 - 30MAY15

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream
This week's podcast features:
  • This week and next week we interview a panel of guests who are all presenters at the Conscious Family Festival 2015 event coming up in Santa Rosa on Saturday June 13, 10am—5pm at the Finley Community Center at the corner of College and Stony Point avenues. The diversity of the work that our panelists, both this week and next, will offer at the Conscious Family Festival bespeaks the amazing array of contributions that the Festival is bringing together. In the first hour we’ll speak with Elyse April, author of several books for children and parents, and the director of the Baul Theatre Company. In the second hour, we will speak with Beth Rachel, founder Intuitive Kids, and Dr. Robert Schmidt, spiritual director of Tayu Meditation Center and co-chair of The Conscious Family Festival.

    • Elyse April is a licensed (New York State) early-childhood educator, with a degree in Theatre Arts and an Early Childhood Education. A private school elementary teacher for ten years, Elyse has more recently taught theatre classes in a special program for youth-at-risk. She is a freelance publicist working on books for children and parents on family health issues. She is committed to the promotion of breastfeeding as a national priority. She is the author of several books for children and parents, including bi-lingual editions of We Like to Read, We Like to Eat Well, We Like to Move and most recently, Ready to Wean.

      A thirty-year student of Lee Lozowick, author of Conscious Parenting, Elyse is the director of the Baul Theatre Company, which has performed for years at a Renaissance Festival in Arizona, as well as in venues the U.S. and Europe. An actor and screenwriter, Elyse continues a serious study of improvisation with Alan Arkin, and conducts workshops in this field.

    • Beth Rachel writes: “Growing up I was a sensitive child and I experienced a barrage of what many would consider paranormal or psychic phenomenon. I would see my teachers aura and have preemptory moments like the time my dad forgot to turn his headlights on and I saw that we would be pulled over. I saw beings without bodies, I experienced frequent overwhelming emotions that made knots in my belly and regular tingling at my third eye and palms of my hands which was uncomfortable and itchy. My mom would try to help, she introduced me visualization and grounding. As I grew older I chose to study these things on my own. At age 17, I began a more formal education starting with dream work, tarot and stone study. I went on to attend the Berkeley Psychic Institute, deepening my ability for psychic reading. I was then certified as a Bikram yoga instructor and massage therapist, with complimentary elective courses in cranio sacral work, Breema shiatsu, and jin shin Jyutsu. I then went on to expand my education in metaphysics, intuitive anatomy and energy healing with 3 teaching certifications in Theta Healing TM. I have also been licensed to teach Vianna’s Rainbow children course. Since 2006 I have held a private practice consisting of private bodywork and Theta Healing TM sessions as well as teaching workshops in Theta Healing TM. It is a core belief of mine that energy awareness is the healing our world needs. As we become more attuned with ourselves, so do we with each other and nature, making the world a more harmonious place.”

    • Dr. Robert Schmidt, spiritual director of Tayu Meditation Center, met and began intensive, 24-hour study with Tayu Meditation Center founder Robert Daniel Ennis in 1977. After five remarkable training years, he received ordination as a minister of Tayu, and co-taught with his teacher until Mr. Ennis’ death in 1998. His work with Mr. Ennis included co-writing and publishing a book entitled God Is Gay: An Evolutionary Spiritual Work. Rob succeeded Mr. Ennis as Tayu spiritual director, a post he still holds, in collaboration with yours truly. With Stuart Goodnick and Jim Wilson he co-founded Many Rivers Books & Tea in Sebastopol in Sebastopol, CA, in 2002.

      Currently he’s collaborating with practitioners of many spiritual traditions to create the Conscious Family Festival, a community event scheduled for 2015 in Santa Rosa, CA. Along the way, Rob completed a Ph.D. in anthropological archaeology at UC Berkeley, where he was co-editor with his grad student colleague Barbara Voss of the award-winning Archaeologies of Sexuality, the first academic edited volume to examine the phenomenon of sexuality as a object of knowledge in archaeological contexts.
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