Edge Life News :: March 2006


Center relocates

MINNEAPOLIS – The Center for Inner Awakening, a "meditation-focused" yoga Center, is relocating effective March 1 to 4100 42nd Ave. S., in the Longfellow Neighborhood of Minneapolis. A public open house will take place from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Snacks, information and enrollment opportunities will be available.

Founded by Alan L. Pritz, the center offers gentle hatha yoga, energy-boosting exercises, chanting & meditation, plus lectures and classes on various spirituality-related topics. Regular meditation sessions and ongoing activities provide information to enhance inner growth, plus help foster a friendly, supportive community. New classes are scheduled to begin Saturday, April 1.

For more information, visit www.CSpiritAwake.com or call (612) 721-4100.

Men & middle age
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. – Once they reach middle age, men may begin to question the purpose of their lives. They have mastered all their goals and realize their achievements do not make them happy. Or they realize they’ll never meet their goals and wonder if their lives have any meaning.

The Benedictine Center is offering an opportunity for men to come together and experience a "quiet place" where they may address these issues. On March 24-25, an overnight retreat called "Men, Meditation, Midlife and Merton" will be presented by David Sagula, Ph.D., a psychologist and experienced retreat leader.

This retreat will draw on the writings of Thomas Merton and explore how men may find a deeper meaning in everyday life. Merton once wrote, "I have no idea where I’m going."

"And that’s a good place to be," Sagula explains. "When you find yourself wondering what it’s all about, you’re in the perfect place for starting the next phase of life’s journey."

Participants will also explore the role meditation and mindfulness can play in helping them live lives that are centered and peaceful. No prior experience with meditation is necessary.

The cost for this retreat is $75, which includes room and meals. For more information, or to register online, go to www.stpaulsmonastery.org and follow the Benedictine Center link; or call (651) 777-7251, or e-mail [email protected]. The Benedictine Center is located at 2675 Larpenteur Ave. E in Maplewood.

Wisdom retreat
DEERWOOD, Minn. – An extended health realization weekend: "Relaxing, Reflecting & Experiencing Inner Peace & Wisdom" will take place March 24-26 at The Deerstand in Deerwood, Minn., a Northern retreat setting.

The event is intended to promote relaxation and deepen participants’ grounding in inner peace, wisdom and living in the now. Keynote speaker and retreat leader is Craig Polsfuss, a licensed psychologist with more than 30 years of experience exploring wisdom and inner peace. He is a Certified Health Realization Practitioner and has dedicated his life to assisting others in realizing the optimal experience in quality living.

Space is limited to 30 participants. For more information, call (952) 922-9056.

Night of the Butterfly
MINNEAPOLIS – "Night of the Butterfly," a celebration to benefit Chrysalis, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at The International Market Square. This annual event benefits thousands of women, children, and families in need throughout the Twin Cities.

The benefit will include hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live auction and entertainment. Music will be by renowned vocalist Bruce A. Henry. The cost is $75.

"Night of the Butterfly" is an opportunity to gather with others in the Twin Cities community who support the work of Chrysalis and their efforts to inspire and empower women to take charge of their lives. A half million women and children have been served by Chrysalis during the last 32 years. Through the many programs and services provided at Chrysalis, clients work toward sobriety, break free from destructive relationships and behaviors, achieve mental and emotional balance, and learn how to keep their families healthy and safe.

To order tickets for "Night of the Butterfly," call Chrysalis at (612) 870-2414 or e-mail [email protected]. For more information, visit www.chrysaliswomen.org

NUCCA office opens
ST. PAUL – The only NUCCA chiropractic office in the Twin Cities, and just the third in Minnesota, opened February 11 in the Midway area of St. Paul at 2233 Energy Park Drive. Mighty Oak Chiropractic’s Dr. Rodd Bruntjen specializes in the NUCCA technique, a highly technical and non-force form of chiropractic that is practiced by only a few hundred chiropractors in the entire world.

NUCCA stands for the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. It is a more recent development in adjusting techniques, therefore practiced by only a handful of doctors and not universally known about. 

"NUCCA care has been called the best kept secret in healthcare," Dr. Bruntjen said. "It is not unusual for people to drive as much as 10 hours one way to see a chiropractor who practices this method."
Mighty Oak Chiropractic first opened in September 2005. 

More information, call (651) 646-2233 or visit www.mightyoak.org. The NUCCA website is www.nucca.org.

Silence & solitude
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. – In a stress-filled culture driven by deadlines, family obligations or 60-hour work weeks, it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and what we truly value. To regain that sense of self and respond to a deeper need for "something more," many seek the silence and solitude of a spiritual retreat, a weekend seminar or an evening workshop. Many others yearn for this opportunity but can’t afford it.

To address this need, the Benedictine Center in Maplewood, is offering many enrichment opportunities that are financially accessible to everyone. "We get many calls from people needing to get away and reflect on their lives for awhile," says Sam Rahberg, program administrator. "But sometimes the cost represents their food bill for the week. They simply can’t afford it."

A few of these opportunities include:

– How Poetry Helps Us Name God – reading and discussing poems that give a sense of how one experiences who God is, $10

– Living Simply for Freedom’s Sake – a discussion of the practical, achievable ways of living simply, free will offering

– Spiritual Practice for Modern People – how to maintain a vibrant spiritual life in the midst of daily demands, free will offering

– Sitting at the Well – topics include feminine spirituality in everyday life, listening with the ear of one’s heart and service; free will offering

– Spirituality and the Cinema – participants learn how movies can both entertain and enlighten us about the deeper questions of life, $10

Rahberg said these workshops are made possible by teachers relinquishing their standard fees and by donations from patrons committed to making these events accessible to everyone.

For more information about these workshops, go to www.stpaulsmonastery.org and click the "Benedictine Center" tab. You can also call (651) 777-7251 or e-mail [email protected]

Classes without quizzes
ST. PAUL – Asian Lady Beetles, basic tree care, and affording the future are just a few of the topics featured at Classes Without Quizzes, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. Researchers from the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences and the College of Natural Resources will present mini-seminars on the latest scientific research that affect our everyday lives.

"Research that makes it easier to make healthy decisions about the environment, the regional economy and your personal health are all high priorities among researchers here at the University. This half-day seminar is a great opportunity to share the work and progress we’re making in these areas," said Mike Lammi, President, College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences Alumni Society.

In a keynote address, Ted Labuza will discuss the impact that bioterrorism, biotechnology and nanotechnology are having on the food that you eat. Labuza, a Food Science and Nutrition professor, is an award-winning food technologist and an international expert on the dangers, new technologies and the health aspects of food.

Classes Without Quizzes participants will meet nationally renowned researchers and be able to choose from eight mini-classeses targeted toward particular interests in food, the environment or agriculture. This event is a joint effort between the alumni societies of the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Natural Resources.

More details and a complete program are at www.coafes.umn.edu/CWQ. To register for the event, either use the online form or call (612) 624-1745. The cost is $20 for the public and $10 for students (University of Minnesota Alumni Association members qualify for a $5 discount).

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