Unconference, Sheffayim Nov 14/14

People from all over Israel attended the Unconference, and I was there to represent Class Relax, born and developing here in the Western Negev.


What is an Unconference?

Receiving an invitation asking if they are interested in contributing to a given theme, would be participants apply, get approval and then show up at a designated venue on the prescribed day. There, they select a time-slot, sign up and prepare to present their project for 25 minutes or so.

The white-board of time-slots and locations gets quickly filled up with topics and presenters.

Attendees gather round and fill out their own schedule according to what looks good.

A bell is sounded and it begins.

November 14, 2014 Unconference at Sheffayim Bank Hapoalim  8:30 – 2:30 pm. This year’s theme:  School as a way to close social gaps

We were told to get there early to sign up!

So it was that on November 13th, I travelled north to Petah Tikvah to stay the night. My daughter and her fiancee drove me up to Sheffayim and I checked in, got my name tag…

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Nirinjan Kaur guides us through the Adi Shakti Meditation, a practice to restore personal power.
The 40 Day Meditation cycle began May 17th. Forgive me for not sharing but I hadn’t realized how beautiful and enriching this meditation would prove to be.

The words to the Complete Mantra:

Adi Shakti Adi Shakti Adi Shakti Namo Namo
Sarab Shakti Sarab Shakti Sarab Shakti Namo Namo
Pritham Bhaghvati Pritham Bhaghvati Pritham Bhagvati Namo Namo
Kundalini Mata Shakti Mata Shakti Namo Namo

Excerpts from Mindfulness in Education 2014 Conference presenters.
Keynote by U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan.
Also featuring Mirabai Bush, Mark Greenberg, and the Holistic Life Foundation’s Andres Gonzalez, Atman & Ali Smith.
More about the conference & links to clips of each speaker’s full presentation at http://www.mindfuled.org

Interviewing Janice Weizman, a writer from Rehovot, Israel

I was happily invited to the Sde Avraham home of Sara Lischinsky this past weekend, where I was able to meet with Janice Weizman.

The Wayward Moon - book coverJanice, formerly from Toronto, has lived and breathed Israeli life for the past 30 years and her fertile imagination and research led her to write her first novel, The Wayward Moon.

I interviewed her and posted my first entry to a new blog: Writers Speak Out!

Here is the link. Take a look!