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Tools for Radical Democracy

MINNEAPOLIS – Paul Getsos, co-author of Tools for Radical Democracy: How to Organize for Power in your Community, will do a book reading at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 2, at Magers & Quinn Bookstore, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis. Tools for Radical Democracy is an essential resource for grassroots organizers and leaders, students of activism and advocacy, and anyone trying to increase the civic participation of ordinary people. This event will be an interactive session of Paul Getsos reading passages from the book and tackling various questions from you.

In Tools for Radical Democracy, Getsos and co-author Minieri share stories and tools from the challenge of building their award-winning community-led organization. By training community leaders and conducting campaigns that changed public policy, they delivered concrete results to tens of thousands of people. The book contains keen insights for using technology effectively, building more powerful alliances, and engaging in the social justice movement.

This event is sponsored by the Progressive Technology Project. For more information email [email protected].

Power to Heal the Body

MINNEAPOLIS – Rick Levy, Ph.D., author of Miraculous Health: How to Heal Your Body by Unleashing the Hidden Power of Your Mind (Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2008), will share his simple, effective, research-based methods for unleashing the power of the mind to heal the body in an introductory talk and booksigning at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Intentional Life Foundation, 81 Lowry Ave. NE, Minneapolis, and at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the University of Minnesota Bookstore.

Dr. Levy is a licensed clinical psychologist with five board certifications in his field. He has been a pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine since 1976. His ground-breaking work – simple techniques that empower anyone with the ability to heal themselves and master their destiny – has been featured on Prime Time Live, FOX News, ABC radio and Washingtonian Magazine. For more information, and to download free meditations, visit

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain

MINNEAPOLIS – Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk and best-selling author, photographer and translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will present "Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: Cultivating Inner Conditions for Genuine Happiness" at the annual Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Mayo Memorial Auditorium, 425 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, presented by the Center for Spirituality & Healing of the University of Minnesota.

The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required by April 4 at 612.624.9459. Ricard also will present an evening lecture on Thursday, April 17, at The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness. Call 952.935.2202 for information.

More than 35 years ago, Matthieu Ricard left a promising career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas. Now drawing upon his recent writings (Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill), his own research into brain plasticity and cognitive neuropsychology, and his work with neuroscientists and Buddhist practitioners at the Mind and Life Institute (co-founded by the Dalai Lama), Ricard examines the interconnecting relationship between meditation, brain circuitry and emotional balance.

Women Healing Conference

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Hazelden’s Women Healing® conferences, which help women in recovery integrate the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous into their lives to restore balance and health in their personal, family and career challenges, will take place April 18-19 at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott, 2020 American Blvd. E., in Bloomington, Minn. The first day of the event is for professionals, and the second day is for women in recovery. A Twelve Step meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the hotel for women attendees. Booksignings will be presented at the conference by Karen Casey, Carolyn Gross, Brenda Iliff and Rokelle Lerner.

Day one of Women Healing offers inspiration and education to a broad range of professionals who work with women suffering from addictions. Participants will learn from some of the nation’s most respected clinicians and trainers, explore new approaches to women’s issues, and leave with practical applications. Continuing education hours are offered for each day. Pre-registration is $150 ($170 onsite).

Day two of Women Healing offers an opportunity to celebrate recovery. It presents an inspiring, empowering and educational experience for women from all walks of recovery. It is a unique day of fellowship and personal growth. It’s women supporting women for a full day of sharing, caring, and learning. Pre-registration is $75 ($95 on-site).

Pre-register to attend both days at $205 ($265 on-site). Register online at Call 1.888.257.7800, ext. 4429.

Oprah favorite at Borders

WOODBURY, Minn. – Oprah favorite, O Magazine columnist and bestselling author Martha Beck will be at Borders in Woodbury at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, to promote her new book Steering by Starlight. Steering By Starlight, a follow-up to her bestselling Follow Your North Star, will reconnect readers with their authentic hopes, needs and desires. The new book brings together cutting-edge research in psychiatry and neurology, and it offers powerful new methods for solving problems that trouble all of us at one time or another.

Martha Beck, Ph.D., is a writer and "life coach" who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, all from Harvard University. She worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, studying career paths and life-course changes in today’s economic and social environment. Before becoming a life coach, Dr. Beck taught sociology, social psychology, organizational behavior and business management at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management. She has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics. More information can be found at Dr. Beck lives in Phoenix, Ariz., with her family.

The Christ Teachings

MINNEAPOLIS – Internationally acclaimed teacher Gita Saraydarian, founder and president of the TSG Foundation and TSG University, a spiritual training Center online and onsite, will present an evening lecture, a full-day workshop and half-day workshop May 9-11 at Spirit United Church, 3204 Como Ave. SE, Minneapolis on the power of the Christ Teachings. She believes the future of human welfare and well-being depends upon people who look toward the future with love and sacrifice and work to bridge the gaps that divide humanity in culture, religion, race and political outlook. The event is sponsored by Lighthouse Events, Spirit United Church, and the International Network of Esoteric Healing.

• Friday, May 9 – 7-9 p.m. – Lecture on "How do we define Christ? Bridging Humanity and Healing Separatism." Christ gave the supreme example of love and sacrificial living. When we become aware of the Christ Teachings and work to come into contact with the Christ energy, we will be part of a humanity that strives to unite and bring healing and joy to people’s lives. $20.

• Saturday, May 10 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Workshop on Healing with Christ Energy. Information will include: Hierarchy and Ashrams: building a unified consciousness; Building Bridges: The Chalice; Building Intuitive Awareness; The Christ and Externalization; and Radiating Light and healing: exercises and guided visualization. $90. Register for both Friday and Saturday by May 1 for $100.

• Sunday, May 11 – 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Sound, Rhythm & Healing Workshop: Sacred music and rhythm are a powerful means to destroy crystallizations in our aura. This workshop will teach sacred songs and sacred healing movements created by the speaker’s father, Torkom Saraydarian, for the purpose of healing, energizing and integration. $30.

For more details or to register, call Elizabeth St. Angelo at 952.935.9920. For more information on the speaker, please visit

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The 10th anniversary of World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day will feature internationally known author and qigong master Chunyi Lin at a free public event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Normandale Community College, 9700 France Ave. S., Bloomington. Parking is available in west lot, off Collegeview Road.

Celebrate the unifying power of Tai Chi and Qigong for achieving better health and a better world at the same time as thousands of other people in 60 countries around the world. The event will include interesting visuals and fascinating demos, dances, and break-out sessions.

A growing body of medical evidence and scientific research has established the healing benefits of T’ai Chi and Qigong. Both T’ai Chi and Qigong are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. Often referred to as moving meditation, T’ai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for physical and mental well-being. In fact, scientific studies show T’ai Chi increases flexibility, muscular strength and fitness. Qigong helps people increase their self-awareness, build internal energy and develop a healthy body physically and spiritually.

"Everyone can learn these traditional Chinese practices to help themselves and to help others," said Lin, the founder of Spring Forest Qigong. For more information on the event, go to or call Sunny Ainley at 952.487.7289.

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