Category Classes

GENTLE YOGA
Classes offered by Trudy Austin
@Chalk 593 East Georgia St. (ground floor space)
September 15th to October 27th 2014

Classes are accessible to all men and women regardless of physical ability.  Trudy Austin has trained extensively as a yoga teacher, has experience as an RN and will support participants to attain a level of practice appropriate to their needs.

The first session is free.  Fee for 6 classes: $90.00
To register contact: austin.trudy@gmail.com  PH: 604.345.8991

MEDITATION RETREAT

AWAKENING THE BODY, LIBERATING THE BREATH
THE POSTURE OF MEDITATION

You  are  invited  to  join  us  for a  RETREAT with  WILL JOHNSON

March 14th 6:30-9:00pm
March 15th and 16th from 10:00am -5:00pm
@Chalk 593 East Georgia Street (entry at ground level at the corner of Princess St)

Bring any blankets, cushions or props you may need for sitting comfortably on the floor.

Will honors the Buddhist practice of Dana at his retreats, and so in lieu of payment we ask you make a donation at the end of the retreat, to show your appreciation for his service. We also ask that you send a check of $25.00 to cover room rental fees.

TO REGISTER: Checks made out to Trudy Austin and please send to:
Trudy Austin / 1960 Robson Street  #501 / Vancouver BC /  V6G 1E8

For further information please contact:  austin.trudy@gmail.com

We will begin by exploring the three somatic principles that together form the foundation of the posture of meditation: alignment, relaxation, and resilience. Building on this foundation, we are naturally led to explore the Buddha’s culminating instructions on breath: “as you breathe in, breathe in through the whole body; as you breathe out, breathe out through the whole body”.
On the last day of the retreat, we explore the remarkable suggestion of the 11th century Tibetan mahamudra teacher Tilopa, to “become like a hollow bamboo.”

Sitting is the common postural denominator to the many different forms of spiritual practice, and the principles that we will share and explore in this retreat are as applicable to Zen students as they are to Vipassana meditators or to Vajrayana practitioners. Nor is the practice of sitting the exclusive domain of the Buddhist world, and what we will be presenting will be equally supportive to people exploring Christian contemplative practices as well as Hindu yoga practices.

Simply to sit, in a way that affords us greater grace, joy, and release, can be one of the most potent gestures that any of us can ever explore. Gradually, over time, the ideas of who we are naturally become replaced by a direct experience of that which lies deep at the center of all of us.

For more information on Will Johnson and his Embodiment Training philosophy, please visit:  http://www.embodiment.net

 

 

CHALK YOGA

There will be one more series of yoga classes starting this Sunday (tomorrow).  Juliane teaches a hatha yoga flow suitable for all levels.  If you’ve taken her classes here before you know how awesome you feel afterwards!  These will be the last classes she teaches before the summer.  Hopefully we can bring her back for more in the fall.

Sunday Yoga at Chalk
May 26, June 02, June 09, June 16
10am – 11am
$10 drop in
Bring your own mat, blankets, any props you like.

Juliane Barz started Yoga when she came to Vancouver 8 years ago.
A buddhist monk once told her, “as soon as you enter the path there is no turning back…imagine a porcupine inside a tube, it can’t walk backwards only forward”.  For Juliane, on the path of yoga and meditation there is no turning back, only diving deeper.
Juliane’s yoga classes emphasize the connection between breath and movement, the slowing down of our actions and eventually our mind.  She focuses on being present, understanding and reflecting on whatever we feel in a certain moment.  Juliane approaches yoga as a meditation and a state of being; it’s a learning tool to be more centred, aware and to celebrate your own being as it is.

 

YOGA CLASSES 2013

Come on over to Chalk and get flexible with our new line up of classes.  Make the commitment to a series of six and save $2 per class or drop in when you can for $12.  We need six people to run a series so please spread the word!

Payment can be made by cash or check (made out to Shannon Harvey) and dropped off or mailed to: 655 Princess Ave. Vancouver V6A 2E3 We need a minimum of 6 folks registered to run the class so let me know if you would like to attend!

(Please remember to bring your own mat, blankets or any other props you like to use.)

SERIES A
6 series Yoga taught by Juliane Barz
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Dates: January 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27
$60 for all 6 or $12 drop in

SERIES B
6 series Yoga taught by Juliane Barz
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:30am -11:30am
Dates: January 27, Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 17, Feb 24, March 3
$60 for all 6 or $12 drop in

SERIES C
6 series Yoga taught by Joanna Wells*
Day: Tuesdays   Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Dates: January 22, January 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, Feb 19, Feb 26
$60 for all 6 or $12 drop in

 

Joanna Wells’ creative and intelligently sequenced flow classes are focused on breath, fluid movement and release. She incorporates an element of self-exploration in traditional postures while focusing on alignment and meditation to awaken the body. Her classes are designed for students of different levels and abilities and emphasizes that everyone should enjoy the benefits of yoga.

Joanna has studied with Lana Maree of Rizze Yoga in East Vancouver, along with Mariah Moser who is a local Somatic Therapist.  These trainings provided elements to teach Hatha flow, Kundalini meditation and somatic release.  She has recently returned from traveling along the West Coast participating in multiple Somatic and Vinyasa workshops at the Harbin Retreat Center in Northern California and the Yoga Tree in San Francisco.  These studies have helped forge an intuitive, spontaneous and eclectic instructional style.  Joanna holds her YTT – 200 Multi-Style Yoga Alliance Certification and has taught outreach and private lessons since acquiring her certification in 2011. In addition to teaching yoga classes, she is also a working metalsmith and visual artist in the Strahcona community, and participates annually in the East Side Culture Crawl.

Juliane Barz started Yoga when she came to Vancouver 8 years ago.
A buddhist monk once told her, “as soon as you enter the path there is no turning back…imagine a porcupine inside a tube, it can’t walk backwards only forward”.  For Juliane, on the path of yoga and meditation there is no turning back, only diving deeper.
Juliane’s yoga classes emphasize the connection between breath and movement, the slowing down of our actions and eventually our mind.  She focuses on being present, understanding and reflecting on whatever we feel in a certain moment.  Juliane approaches yoga as a meditation and a state of being; it’s a learning tool to be more centred, aware and to celebrate your own being as it is.

 

BELLY FIT

Bellyfit is a seamless fusion of movements inspired by the science of Western fitness, the style and beauty of Cultural Dance and the power of spiritual practices & philosophies from the East. In the first half hour of the class, burn mega calories, relieve stress and get the sweat flowing with fun, easy to learn cardio moves infused with the ancient and beautiful inspiration of Belly Dance, Bollywood, Bhangra, African Dance and more. During the second half of the class, enjoy sculpting, toning and tightening with Pilates inspired core work, a deep yet relaxing Yoga inspired stretch and mindful Mudra Meditation.

Instructor:
Laura Gordon is a fitness instructor, performance artist, and fire dancer in Vancouver.  Since her introduction to Bellyfit, she’s felt supported by a community of women living healthy active lifestyles and feeling collective empowerment.  She feels Bellyfit not only gives a great workout, but leaves people feeling strong, centered and ready to step out into the world to follow their bliss.   http://www.bellyfit.ca/lauragordon

May 20th, 27th, June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th. 10am to 11am | 593 E.Georgia St. Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z8 | $60 for 6 week session or $12 drop-in  | Please wear runners & bring a yoga mat
PLEASE NOTE: THE JUNE 3RD SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED.
CLASS WILL RESUME THE FOLLOWING FRIDAY.

Payment for the series may be made by cash or check, made out to Shannon Harvey and dropped off at Chalk.  Please include contact info with payment.

KITE MAKING

Stories on the Wind Festival-Kite Making Workshop
The Vancouver Society of Storytelling and the Strathcona Community Center have partnered to work on an upcoming Kite Festival happening in May.  Leading up to the event there will be free kite making workshops in the community.
Parents, grandparents and caregivers- bring your kids and create a flight of fancy.  All materials and instruction supplied.
April 23rd | 2pm-4pm | Chalk | FREE

MEMORY BOX WORKSHOP

Not sure what to do with that drawer full of found objects, mementos, photos and keepsakes?  Local artist Valerie Arntzen has a passion for these objects and will show you how to incorporate them into a Memory Box.  A Memory Box is a place to honour a person, place or thing.  It can reflect your childhood, your family, your travels, or a special occasion…the ideas are endless. This workshop will introduce students to assembled art techniques, with the goal being to create one finished Memory Box.
June 5th | 1pm-4:30pm  | Chalk  |  $65 + 2.62 eventbrite fee

To register: http://memorybox.eventbrite.com/

INSTRUCTOR:
Valerie Arntzen is a Vancouver-based artist working in assemblage, mixed media collage and photography. Her work developed from her fascination with junk and treasures collected on her travels.

Joseph Cornell was a huge inspiration for her in finding assemblage as her main artistic endeavor.  Her work has been show throughout British Columbia, USA, Bulgaria and France as well as published in numerous books.  She can be found online at www.valeriearntzen.com or www.valeriesarttalk.blogspot.com


NEIGHBORHOOD YOGA FLOW

It’s the return of Monday night yoga! Start your week out right by stretching both body and mind. Heather Tremain returns to lead this popular yoga series. Heather will teach a class modified to your yoga level that will encourage you to develop strength and ease within your body. The class will be Kripalu style which is a gentle hatha practice with a compassionate approach.

Heather has been practicing yoga for nine years and is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Sign up for the whole 5 week series for $50!

May 16, 30 June 6, 13, 20. 7pm to 8:30pm | 593 E.Georgia St. Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z8 | $50 or $12 drop-in  | Please remember to bring your own mat and a blanket.

Payment for the series may be made by cash or check, made out to Shannon Harvey and dropped off at Chalk.  Please include contact info with payment.

ALTERED BOOK WORKSHOP II

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Chalk Xchange is hosting a second class with artist Rachael Ashe. It’s a great opportunity to make mom an altered book as a gift, bring her to the class for a creative day together, or just enjoy the class on your own!

This workshop is an introduction to examples and techniques for transforming old books into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. There is an unlimited potential for creating interesting work by altering books through cutting, folding, rolling, collage, etc. This course will demonstrate a selection of techniques and provide a starting point for creating work of your own. The goal will be to complete one finished “folded page” altered book by the end of the workshop. Please bring at least two old books you would like to work with, one for experimenting, and one to make a completed project with.
Saturday, May 7th | 11am to 5pm | 593 E.Georgia St. | $80
(+ $2.99 processing fee)  Payment may also be made by check
To register: alteredbook2.eventbrite.com

Instructor:

Rachael Ashe is a Vancouver-based artist working in photography, mixed media collage, and altered book arts. Her work is motivated by a need to experiment with different techniques and styles, as well as to explore the spontaneous ideas that come from the visual inspiration of nature, found objects, and connecting with the work of other artists. Her work has been shown in Toronto, Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco as well as published in numerous books and magazines. She can be found online at: http://rachaelashe.com

YOGA FLOW SERIES

YOGA FLOW SERIES
It’s the return of Monday night yoga! Start your week out right by stretching both body and mind. Heather Tremain will be taking over this popular yoga class. Heather will teach a class modified to your yoga level that will encourage you to develop strength and ease within your body. The class will be Kripalu style which is a gentle hatha practice with a compassionate approach.
Heather has been practicing yoga for nine years and is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Sign up for the whole 6 week series for $60!

Feb. 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28. 7pm to 8:30pm | 593 E.Georgia St. | $60 or $12 drop-in  | Please remember to bring your own mat.
Payment for the series may be made by cash or check, made out to Shannon Harvey and dropped off at Chalk.  Please include contact info with payment.

ALTERED BOOK WORKSHOP

ALTERED BOOK WORKSHOP
Rachael Ashes‘ altered book workshop is an introduction to examples and techniques for transforming old books into one-of-a-kind pieces of art. There is an unlimited potential for creating interesting work by altering books through cutting, folding, rolling, collage, etc. This course will demonstrate a selection of techniques and provide a starting point for creating work of your own. The goal will be to complete one finished “folded page” altered book by the end of the workshop. Please bring at least two old books you would like to work with.
Saturday, February 19 | 1:00pm to 4:30pm | 593 E.Georgia St. | $60
(+ $2.49 processing fee)  Payment may also be made by check
To register: alteredbook.eventbrite.com