BuddhaFest Celebrates Five Years of Generosity

BuddhaFest presents its fifth anniversary festival of films, talks, meditation and music on June 19 to 22 in Rosslyn, Virginia. This year's theme is generosity and service, and speakers include Ram Dass, Roshi Joan Halifax, Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg and many more. The idea for BuddhaFest came about five years ago, after being asked to put together a benefit screening ... Read More »

Reiki for Animals Certification in June

The Reiki for Animals Level I and II Certification Program will be presented by Life Holistic Center (LHC) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, June 21 for the classroom work portion and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, June 22, for the practicum. Day one, which will be held at the LHC Violet Studio in Mountain Top, ... Read More »

Mandala Workshop to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Suchinta Abhayaratna, Th.D., will facilitate a Community Sand Mandala to celebrate the summer solstice from 2 to 5 p.m., on Saturday, June 21 in Fairfax (exact location will be sent to attendees). From ancient times, visualizing, creating and meditating on a mandala has been a spiritual practice by which one’s own divine creative essence, through symbolic and sacred art, is ... Read More »


The first lesson in A Course in Miracles is, “Nothing I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) means anything.” You are then to look around the room and apply the idea to whatever you see. Why is this lesson important? What the course is reminding us, is that everything is neutral, until we ... Read More »

Washington Area Labyrinths Inspire New Documentary

On the rooftop of the American Psychological Association office building in Washington, meditation teacher, Klia Bassing leads class participants on a walk around a stone labyrinth. The labyrinth, which was installed as part of the building’s environmental green roof, is one of several in the Washington metropolitan area that will be featured in Cintia Cabib’s new documentary, Labyrinth Journeys. The ... Read More »

On Love and Loneliness

Dedicated to J. Krishnamurti and all of those who have ever wondered if flowers get lonely. You stood alone in the darkness, light pouring from your eyes, penetrating into the unknown, sailing into the vast waters of uncertainty. We explored the deep trenches of your wrinkles, canyons of wisdom flowing into the steeple of inquiry. Sages breathe while both alive ... Read More »

A Heart for February …. and Chocolate!

Dear Readers, I won’t forget the day the phone rang and with a few simple words, I understood that my 57 year-old father had died of a massive heart, alone in his Florida condo. He left just as his own father had, who died at the same age, in a diner in Akron, Ohio many years before. In my father’s ... Read More »

Sharon Salzberg Teaches How to Grow Happiness at Work

Is happiness at work the final frontier for healthy living? Many of us spend more waking hours working than doing anything else. Relationships with colleagues play a significant role in whether we feel fulfilled, and work issues are among our greatest challenges in achieving happiness, says Sharon Salzberg, author of the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness. Salzberg’s readers and ... Read More »

Healing Starts From Within – Dahn Yoga Center

For some, yoga is about strength, others breathing or flexibility. At Dahn Yoga Center, yoga is about energy. Originating in Korea, the practice of Dahn yoga combines stretching, flowing movement, deep breathing exercises and meditation to develop the body’s physical, mental and spiritual health. Dahn means life force, or energy, so it is no wonder why Dahn Yoga offers yoga ... Read More »

An Interview with Shiva Rea

Recently, Sofia Sunaga, a friend of Natural Awakenings DC, had the opportunity to speak with yogini, firekeeper and global activist Shiva Rea, well-known for the creative and transforming ways that she leads in the evolution of prana flow yoga throughout the world. Rea is the creator of prana flow yoga and the innovator of many programs such as Yogadventure Retreats, ... Read More »