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December 2018
Neuroscientists Have Identified How Exactly A Deep Breath Changes Your Mind

This recent study shows that volitionally controlling our respirational, even merely focusing on one's breathing, yield additional access and synchrony between brain areas. This understanding may lead to greater control, focus, calmness, and emotional control.

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"U-Who!" The Gift Book
That Transforms Parties and People

U-Who Book
Spiritual teacher/author Ronda LaRue, Founder of Center for SoulArts Retreats in Ojai, California, brings you an impish training manual and personal depth process in this: part parody, part spiritual teaching, part laugh out loud psychological commentary all wrapped in a meaningful Holiday dinner party game.
 
In this special Holiday Hosting Playbook, Ronda lays out a creative dinner party game challenge for bringing rich and transparent sharing to a Holiday gathering of friends, book clubs, and family.
 
This witty and entertaining 50+ page Party Game Hosting Playbook, teases and tempts the reader with spiritual reflections about life and true connection; social irony and responsibility; and the meaning of friendship -- where hosting the party game, becomes the Holiday enlightenment.
 
What began as gift of gratitude to SoulArts retreat clients, supporters and practitioners of SoulArts Meditative Awareness Practice (Soul-MAP)tm became a travelogue into the inspired heart, OCD mind, fiery soul, and utterly unique teachings of holistic consciousness master teacher/healer, Ronda LaRue.
 
With chapters like: "How to sneak up on your guests and get them to do something "for their own good"; "A party that's got legs", "Introverts and the new politics of (dinner) party", Ronda LaRue's humor and depth of spiritual life wisdom blend into a playful romp with your Holiday and party guests this season!
 
Included are Game Hosting Instruction and Play Sheets. Great Christmas Holiday Gift Idea for the Spiritually Playful!
 
Center for Soularts ~ Personal Guided Retreats for Self-Healing Breakthrough & Awakening to Your Soul's Path of Truth
Rated Top Spiritual Retreat Worldwide for Healing Breakthrough.
Couples & Marriage Private Healing Weekend Intensives
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- Women's Healing Retreat Specials ~ See 2019 dates on our website

 
Blessings of the Holy-Days!
 
Ronda LaRue ~ Center for SoulArts



All Are Welcome Here
Discover the Commonalities of the Human Experience

All Are Welcome at Kirkridge
Today, division in our communities and the experience of "the other" is strong in our collective vocabulary. Here at Kirkridge we strive for conversation and dialogue as we gather around common tables. We gather around tables for meals, celebrations, worship and prayer claiming both our divine nature and common humanity.

Whenever we gather, we share our common stories. Together, we become what Terry Tempest Williams describes as an "ecotone... the border area where two patches meet that have different ecological composition."

Not so long ago I heard a woman attending a retreat at Kirkridge say, "This weekend has been so wonderful because I have never spoken with a convicted felon before. At breakfast I heard his story and now understand the need for prison reform." Over good meals and conversation, her table became an ecotone for new thought and perspective.

At Kirkridge we meet across class, economic barriers, cultures and race. We meet across sexual orientation, faiths, political ideologies, and generational understandings. Throughout the decades on this mountain, trust has been formed, friendships carved, and commonalities of the human experience discovered.  

Each day, I am reminded of the importance of our work as I read the words of Margaret Mead hanging in our kitchen "Never doubt the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has."

Come visit, rest awhile or join us for a program. You will be welcomed at Kirkridge. 

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