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2019 New Moon Sound Ceremony Inspiration: THE 13 ORIGINAL CLAN MOTHERS

2019 New Moon Sound Ceremony Inspiration: THE 13 ORIGINAL CLAN MOTHERS

The medicine wheel of the Thirteen Original Clan Mothers is based on the creed of “Life, Unity, and Equality for Eternity. I am learning from the writings and interpretations of Jamie Sams, member of the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge, who was taught by her Kiowa Grandmother Wisdom Keepers. Jamie writes: “The Thirteen Clan Mothers are […]

Men Authentically Connecting

Men Authentically Connecting

“Seeing your attempts at finding your way in this life, commits me to my own journey.  To know that I too can struggle, and we are all working to find our way, gives me strength and commitment to my own path.”   ~ a previous men’s circle member.  We all need to have real, authentic relationships.  Humans are not in their optimal environment […]

Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light

As we enter the new year and the renewed commitments and new plans for who or how we want to live this year, I am reminded of an old Native American parable: An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is […]

Providing Space to Heal for the LGBTQ Community

Providing Space to Heal for the LGBTQ Community

by Maygen Nicholson I have been practicing yoga since 2008. I began practicing sporadically, enjoying the benefits when I chose to go to class and receive them. In 2014, my life took a plunge after I left a very toxic relationship that was a catalyst for me completely losing my dance career, and sent me into […]

The Art of Gathering

The Art of Gathering

Why do we gather? We gather to celebrate, to remember, to mourn, to connect, to play, to create and to heal. The impulse to gather is embedded deep within our biology and can be tracked all the way back to our earliest ancestors. Evolution has equipped us with an unbelievable ability to defend ourselves through […]

Connection, Consumption & Climate Change

Connection, Consumption & Climate Change

My seven year old woke us up this morning afraid of a ghost. We talked about this. Are ghosts real? Can they hurt me? No matter what I said, she was still scared – “I’m afraid Papa!” Life is scary, I said. That we cannot get around. Life has great moments of joy, beauty, play, […]

Men, lean in. Be quiet and powerful.

Men, lean in. Be quiet and powerful.

By Jonathan Khorsandi While pondering a subject for this blog post I found myself caught between overwhelm and keen sense of being lost at sea, not clear which harbor to steer towards.  After some time spent writing up catchy headlines and diving into themes that deserve much more attention than a blog post – patriarchy, […]

Spotlight on Public Health: Systemic Change in the Foster Care System

Spotlight on Public Health: Systemic Change in the Foster Care System

The purpose of this regular public health column is to shed light on current public health issues; sharing the solutions and innovations that can productively address those challenges and improve the health of diverse populations and the systems that support them. Each day at La Maida, dozens of individuals participate to improve their health and […]

Digestive Support for the Holidays

Digestive Support for the Holidays

I come from a family that loves to indulge in rich foods and drinks during the holiday season. As much as I love food (and boy do I love food!), I have to be cautious during this time of year to make sure I am keeping an eye on my digestive system. Luckily, having a […]

Words of Gratitude from our Leadership Team

Words of Gratitude from our Leadership Team

In honor of Thanksgiving, the leadership team at La Maida would like to offer these reflections on gratitude:   A quote from David Whyte : “Gratitude is not a passive response to something we have been given, gratitude arises from paying attention, from being awake in the presence of everything that lives within and without us. […]

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