Chautauqua Community Gathering October 23rd


by Tara Jones

Chautauqua: A community gathering for learning and healing

Where: 2811 Alder Street Eugene
When: October 23rd 10am – 8pm

10:00 Try Thai Massage with Amanda Cameron: Traditional Thai bodywork is a therapeutic technique that dates back thousands of years. Often referred to as “lazy man’s yoga”, the therapist supports the patient in stretches that help to relieve pain and stress, and improve range of motion, while reducing stagnation of energy. Amanda is an LMT with a compassionate heart and a love of crystals and the beauty of nature.

11:00 The Practice of Tarot Reading as a Form of Self- and Community-Care with Joanna Brook: The earliest extant Tarot cards date back to the 15th century, and were originally used in Catholic Europe as a form of meditation on the nature of existence. What is Tarot now and how can we use this mystic tool to care for ourselves and our community? Joanna will delve into answers to these and other questions. Her talk will include a community Tarot reading. Joanna has been studying Tarot for 15 years and reading professionally since 2007

12:00 Lunch Break (Soup, cornbread and salad will be provided.)

1:00 Light Up the Brain: Alzheimer’s Prevention with Daily Meditation with Simrat Kaur: Simrat will lead a 12 minute meditation protocol – shown by multiple western studies to aid in the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. Handouts supplied! Simrat Kaur has taught yoga for 17 years, loves nature and supporting families!

1:30 Banning Aerial Herbicide Spraying in Lane County with Katja Kohler and Annie Odean: Timber companies in Oregon routinely spray forest lands with hazardous chemicals like Glyphosate, Atrazine, and 2,4-D that poison our air, water, and bodies. Learn how we are working to amend the Lane County Charter to prohibit aerial spraying of herbicides and strengthen our local democracy. Katja and Annie are members of Freedom from Aerial Herbicides Alliance

2:00 The Living Inquiries with Judith Sumitra Burton: Connect with the deep wisdom of your body and learn to trust its guidance. Tenderly hold your wounds and negative self-beliefs. Discover your inner spaciousness in which effort and resistance relax. Integrate your abandoned, neglected or rejected parts. Most importantly, learn to love yourself. Judith Sumitra Burton is a Certified Facilitator of the Living Inquiries.

3:00 Climate Kids: Youth Going to the Courts for Climate with Avery McRae and Kelsey Juliana: Avery and Kelsey, two of 21 youth plaintiffs on a Federal Climate Lawsuit filed in Eugene, will discuss ways youth in this community are finding empowerment and addressing the climate crisis. Kelsey is a student, activist and environmental educator from Eugene, Oregon. Avery is a 6th grader at the Village School a dancer, musician and environmental activist.

4:00 Basic Home Systems and Maintenance with Forrest Castile: Forrest will be sharing the class he teaches for new homeowners interested in knowing how to keep their homes in good repair thus avoiding expensive ones like dry rot and leaking roofs. Forrest is the owner of Castile Construction the company that built my beautiful deck and bathroom.

5:00 Potluck Dinner and Music

Amanda will be offering free Thai massages every half hour throughout the day starting at 11:00.

Joanna will be offering free tarot card readings every half hour throughout the day starting at 10:00. (She is happy to meet with someone for a full hour if they have a particularly complex concern.)

Joshua will be offering free healing experiences (incorporating Swedish and deep tissue massage, Reiki and crystal healing) every hour throughout the day starting at 10:00. Joshua’s Healer’s Touch work creates an environment for healing with traditional and ancient techniques. The experience provides a moment in time when the recipient can detach from the world and allow her mind and body to transform their restrictions to a high vibrational level.

Cost: This event is free and open to the public but donations ($1 – $100 sliding scale) are gratefully accepted to cover expenses and to pay Tara, who organized and hosted the event, for her time.

Though you are welcome to attend as many or as few of the presentation as you wish, please contact Tara at (541) 343-3340 or at if you wish to either sign up for a Thai Massage, a Tarot Card Reading or a Swedish Massage or if you will be joining us for lunch.

Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day. (Wikipedia)