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Adopt a Homeless Senior Project

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Dear Friends,

This has been a rich year for me with with travel, a new and most loveable puppy, wonderful retreats, teaching precious classes & counseling precious students, losing Sally, Janet’s sister-in-law and spending invaluable time with family and continuing to love and enjoy Janet. Alongside all of this, the Adopt a Homeless Senior Project has had a new boost of energy as a result of a great response to our fun and informative booth at the Solano Stroll. We have several more volunteers who are upping the vitality level of the project.

Our project, Adopt a Homeless Senior is one Berkeley neighborhood’s attempt to have some positive impact on homelessness in the Bay Area”. We have chosen a goal that we feel is doable: the majority of Alameda County’s homeless are over 50, and for an average cost of $17,000 we can get one homeless senior off the streets and into permanent housing. With the support of neighbors in the four blocks of north Keeler Avenue, Berkeley, we have achieved more than half of that sum. By widening our appeal to friends like you, we think we could raise $17,000 by the end of the year.

We aren’t, of course, equipped to “adopt” a homeless senior on our own. We are collaborating with St. Mary’s Center in Oakland, a respected institution (secular in spite of its name, and non-profit) that has been working successfully with Alameda County’s homeless for 46 years. $17,000 is what it costs St. Mary’s, on average, to provide one homeless person with one year of services including (but not limited to!:

emergency shelter & meals
mental-health services
money-management counseling,
addiction recovery,
transitional housing and
low-income housing

You can read more about them at http://www.stmaryscenter.org. I have also attached a chart that outlines their homeless senior services (along with services for housed low-income seniors and a preschool). I can say personally that a visit to St. Mary’s Center makes your heart sing.

Could you help us to achieve our $17,000 goal by the end of the year? If you’d like to contribute, you can send a check to St. Mary’s Center, 925 Brockhurst St., Oakland CA 94608. Make sure to mark your check Adopt a Homeless Senior or AHS.

For online donations, go to this link. Under “Designation” type “AHS”

You would be making a tangible contribution to addressing homelessness in the Bay Area.

Thank you!

Barbara

2019 Coming of Age Group

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Change of Dates and Times:

The 2019 Winter/Spring
Coming of Age Group for Women 60+
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Wednesdays 3 PM – 5 PM
March 20th – December 4th

Explore the spiritual and psychological
effects on our souls to be an older woman in today’s culture.

Grief and loss, physical challenges, devaluing cultural beliefs, changes in self-image,
feeling without purpose and approaching death are some of the difficult
issues that we face as aging women. Addressing these issues in a supportive
environment can help us to re-engage with our deepest nature, discover our
purpose, uncover our vitality and express the beauty and the wisdom of our
unfolding souls.

Some of the tools used for self-exploration in the group are:
Body-centered Inquiry, Interpersonal Exercises, Group Sharing, Creative Expression and Ceremony.

The Group will meet every other Thursday
March 20th – December 4th
3 PM – 5 PM
North Berkeley
Cost: $45 per meeting (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Facilitator: Barbara Reiner

To register, call or email Barbara Reiner at 510-506-3902
barbara@spiritualawarenesscounseling.com

For more detailed information about the Coming of Age Group, visit:
https://embodyingspirit.org/embodying-spirit/coming-of-age-group-for-women-60/coming-of-age-group-a-pilot-group-for-women-60-and-over/

For information about Barbara and her work, visit:
https://embodyingspirit.org

Adopt a Homeless Senior Project

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“ADOPT A HOMELESS SENIOR”, A BERKELEY, CA NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT

LABOR DAY BLOCK-LONG GARAGE SALE
SILENT AUCTION
KEELER AVENUE, BERKELEY

If you live in the Bay Area, it is hard to miss seeing and being affected by the numbers of people who are living on the streets. They sleep in doorways, on benches and in tent communities that are cropping up under our overpasses, railways and freeways. Our shelters are at maximum capacity. The main cause of homelessness here in the Bay Area is a lack of affordable housing. According to St. Mary’s Center located in downtown Oakland, an agency that works with very poor and at-risk seniors, over 50% of the homeless in the Bay Area are seniors.

Several neighbors in Berkeley who live on Keeler Avenue have gathered together to do something to make a difference. I am one of those neighbors who has committed themselves to raising 17K, the average cost of getting one homeless senior off the streets and into housing. On Labor Day, Monday 9/3, we are going to have a BLOCK-LONG GARAGE SALE. At least a portion of the proceeds will be given to St. Mary’s Center in support of our “Adopt a Homeless Senior Project”.

I invite you to come and enjoy the Garage Sale or simply give a cash donation to St. Mary’s Center. You can donate on-line at stmaryscenter.org. If you do, please acknowledge the Keeler Neighborhood Fund so that your donation will go directly to support our project.

Thank you for helping us make a difference.

Barbara

LABOR DAY BLOCK-LONG GARAGE SALE & SILENT AUCTION

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“ADOPT A HOMELESS SENIOR” PROJECT
Keeler Avenue
Labor Day Garage Sale & Silent Auction
September 3
Garage Sale: 9 AM – 1 PM, between Grizzly Peak & Marin Ave
Silent Auction: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, between Forest & Miller
Proceeds to support the Keeler Avenue “Adopt A Homeless Senior Project”

Fall 2017 Coming of Age Group for Women 60+

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The Coming of Age Group is in its 2nd cycle and the work is deepening.  The group has become a safe place for women 60+ to explore their issues and enjoy the openings and connections that accompany such work.  The circle is now open to new members for the Fall Season.

The Fall 2017 Coming of Age Group will be structured so that participants can delve into topics related specifically to aging as well as other issues that are are important to each individual via a combination of spiritual and psychological inquiry.

Some of the tools used for self-exploration in the group are:

Body-centered Inquiry, Interpersonal Exercises, Group Sharing, Creative Expression and Ceremony.

As with all transitions, aging requires a continuous integration of the changes we are experiencing in our bodies, within our families, our communities and within our lives in general.

Grief and loss, physical challenges, devaluing cultural beliefs, changes in self-image, feeling without purpose and approaching death are some of the difficult issues that we face as aging women.  Addressing these issues in a supportive environment can help us to re-engage with our deepest nature, discover our purpose, uncover our vitality and express the beauty and the wisdom of our unfolding souls.

The Coming of Age group provides a kind and loving environment in which to identify and dismantle the false and debilitating beliefs we carry about aging and allow for a spiritual unfoldment into the deeper truths of our lives.

I have found that groups like this one are best developed through word-of-mouth referrals from and to the people we know and love.  Would you please pass this email onto the women in your life who might benefit from participating in the group.  Thank you!

Warmly,

Barbara

Every other Tuesday evening, July 19th – November 8th
9 Meetings
6:45 PM – 8:45 PM
North Berkeley
Cost: $45 per meeting
Facilitator: Barbara Reiner
Website: http://www.embodyingspirit.org

To Register: Call or email Barbara Reiner at 510-506-3902
barbara@spiritualawarenesscounseling.com

Date & Time Change for the Coming of Age Group for Women 60+

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THE COMING OF AGE GROUP FOR WOMEN 60+ WILL BEGIN ON MARCH 1ST AND MEET EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY FOR 9 MEETINGS, BEGINNING AT 6:45 PM AND ENDING AT 8:45 PM.

Explore the spiritual and psychological effects on our souls to be an older woman in today’s culture.

This December the pilot Coming of Age Group completed its 7 meeting cycle.  We explored stereotypes and how we are affected by them, our sense of value and where it comes from, the current political culture and its affects on us as well as our personal experiences of grief and loss.   We ended the series with a Rite of Passage ceremony.

Among many things I have learned during this pilot program, one of the most important is how personally enriching it has been to do inner exploration in the company of women in my age group. For the most part, the issues and experiences we addressed reflected the issues and concerns experienced by everyone in the group.

The 2017 Coming of Age Group will be structured so that participants can delve into topics related specifically to aging as well as other issues that are are important to each individual via a combination of spiritual and psychological inquiry.

Some of the tools used for self-exploration in the group are:

Body-centered Inquiry, Interpersonal Exercises, Group Sharing, Creative Expression and Ceremony.

As with all transitions, aging requires a continuous integration of the changes we are experiencing in our bodies, within our families, our communities and within our lives in general.

Grief and loss, physical challenges, devaluing cultural beliefs, changes in self-image, feeling without purpose and approaching death are some of the difficult issues that we face as aging women.  Addressing these issues in a supportive environment can help us to re-engage with our deepest nature, discover our purpose, uncover our vitality and express the beauty and the wisdom of our unfolding souls.

The Coming of Age group provides a kind and loving environment in which to identify and dismantle the false and debilitating beliefs we carry about aging and allow for a spiritual unfoldment into the deeper truths of our lives.

I have found that groups like this one are best developed through word-of-mouth referrals from and to the people we know and love.  Would you please pass this email onto the women in your life who might benefit from participating in the group.  Thank you!

Appreciatively,

Barbara

For more detailed information about the Coming of Age Group, visit:https://www.embodyingspirit.org/groups/coming-of-age-group

For information about Barbara and her work, visit:
https://embodyingspirit.org

9 Meetings, March 1, 2017 through June 21, 2017

2017 Spiritual Awareness Group

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In January 2017, the Spiritual Awareness Group will begin its 16th year of personal exploration, healing and empowerment.

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We’ll explore:
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how to live in a state of well-being
*how to stop searching outside of ourselves for meaning and satisfaction
*how to reclaim, enjoy and celebrate our personal capacities such as strength, joy, pleasure and power
*how our body is a portal to our soul

We’ll do this with the help of each other, each of us providing the support that carries us closer to our hearts and to our souls.

The tools that I use in the Spiritual Awareness Group are:

Body-centered Inquiry, Interpersonal Exercises,  Group Feedback, Creative Expression & Ceremony

If this kind of spiritual unfolding calls to you, please call or email me at 510-506-3902, barbara@spiritualawarenesscounseling.com

VISIT MY WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ME, THE GROUP AND MY WORK IN GENERAL http://www.embodyingspirit.org.

2017 GROUP MEETING DATES & TIMES
The Spiritual Awareness Group meets for 2 1/4 hours every other Tuesday evening.

Dates:          January 31, 2017 through December 19, 2017
Time:           7:15 PM – 9:30 PM
Location:    Berkeley
Cost:            $65 per person per meeting
Facilitator: Barbara Reiner
Website:      http://www.embodyingspirit.org
To Apply:     Call or email Barbara Reiner at 510-506-3902
barbara@spiritualawarenesscounseling.com

WHAT MEMBERS HAVE SAID…
“The comfort and security and the love of this group have allowed me to just be me, to learn more about who I am and how I show up in the world, and to deepen my relationship with myself and others.”

“I am a big believer in the work that Barbara does. I love how she cuts through the stories to get right to the “heart” and “soul” of the matter. I have worked with her for many years now and never hesitate to recommend her to anyone.”

“This group has been immensely helpful and supportive for me. I have been going through a difficult transition time and found I was encouraged to be with whatever was true for me. Barbara creates a very safe and caring space to go inside, open to ourselves and be witnessed.”