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At the June 2 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society, Felicia McQuaid will discuss “Steps to Purposeful Intention.” McQuaid is an author, teacher and reiki master.

The free meeting will start with a silent 30-minute meditation at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church parish hall, at 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

McQuaid will discuss the four steps to bringing intention to one’s life. She will teach the importance of action in alignment with thoughts.

For more than a decade McQuaid has used reiki, yoga and energy work to train, transform and touch thousands of lives through her work as the owner of The Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach. During this time, she has also traveled extensively as a motivational speaker and teacher.

“Reiki taught me the power of self-healing and self-care,” says McQuaid. “Reiki taught me to have faith in my own ability to heal, and to release the old. It offered me a tangible connection to an unlimited source of energy, one that was full of compassion and love such as I had not known before.”

McQuaid’s training includes two different types of reiki master training, in 2005 and 2009; in 2010, graduation from the Source Institute of Massage Therapy; Level One Galactic Healing in 2011; Level One and Two Theta Healing in 2012; also 2012, certified as an Angel Therapist; and in 2015 Level One Pranic Healing.

McQuaid was born and raised in Kansas and has lived in Florida since the early 1990s. She has two children.

The evening will conclude with a short guided meditation. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. Contact nancyjames@embarqmail.com for information.

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Pat Carlyle, a real estate broker and a reiki master, will lead a mini-retreat at the May 5 meeting of the Emerald Coast Meditation Society. The title of her program is "The power of retreat to connect with your true self."

The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion. Although the ECMS usually starts with a 30-minute silent meditation, Carlyle will lead the group with other activities, such as a guided meditation and interactive exercises.

During her talk she will describe various teachers with whom she has studied, retreat centers and styles of retreat. Some of the teachers were Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, Tara Brach and Eckhart Tolle.

She says she began her spiritual journey at a very young age. She spent time in the Catholic Church as a child, as a Unitarian during college, then as a Quaker as a young adult. In 1972 she read about eastern philosophies and took the transcendental meditation initiation. 

She has been meditating and following a spiritual path for over 40 years. She is also a yoga dance teacher and an outdoors woman. And she loves to share the things that made a profound difference in her path.

Carlyle, who has a master's degree in organizational development and adult education from Temple University, was the executive vice president of an international consulting firm with offices in 24 countries prior to moving to Santa Rosa Beach in 2002. Her area of specialization was executive education and strategic planning.

Carlyle says she believes wholeheartedly in living a balanced life. “I moved to the beach because I was a work-a-holic and was committed to changing my lifestyle. I took up reiki, which is an ancient holistic healing technique, so I could weave together my coaching and counseling experience, my yoga dance and meditation practices, and the successful treatment of my own health challenges, to offer alternatives to my clients.”

Since her move to 30-A in 2002, she feels privileged to have studied with a number of master meditation and yoga teachers, and she is excited to share those experiences. 

Carlyle was born in Pittsburgh and moved here from Washington, D.C.

The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.

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Reminder: The next ECMS meeting is this Thursday, April 7 at 6:30. Here's link to the original event post: https://plus.google.com/events/cevbi179chkmi8c4duhb3j1a7ss
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Colleen Duffley, a local artist and photographer who ran seven marathons in seven days – in the Congo – will be the March 17 speaker at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society. She titles her talk “On the Run – Congo!”

The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute silent meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

A runner as well as a photographer, Duffley says the races were on behalf of women’s equality, and she shot the whole time she was running, so has some amazing photos to show the group. “’On the run’ is a series of images I take on the run-- which is my meditation,” Duffley explains. 

In 2009 Duffley started Studio b. in Alys Beach, a creative venue that brings creative people together. It is for “the best of the best,” she says, featuring not only painting, photography and sculpture, but also writing, food, fashion and design--as well as handmade paper boxes from Stockholm!

Duffley was born and grew up in Pittsburgh with a British mother, and also lived elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Having earned a degree in art from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she is a commercial advertising and magazine photographer. As founder and creative director of Colleen Duffley Productions, she has shot national and international campaigns for Nieman Marcus, Volkswagon, and Carnival Cruise lines; and her photos have appeared in hundreds of national and international magazines.

She eventually moved to south Florida, Birmingham and Dallas, then to this area, where she used to come for photo shoots. She has lived 13 years on Eastern Lake in Santa Rosa Beach.

“Because of my career I have had the good fortune to travel all over the world,” Duffley says. “In fact during most of my career I have traveled 200-plus days a year.” Instead of kids, she says she has two wonderful cats, Pippa and Stella.

The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com
 
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  “Meditation: A Path to Mindful Living” will be the subject of an all-day silent meditation retreat to be held Feb. 27 in Santa Rosa Beach.  It will be led by John Orr, a noted Buddhist teacher from North Carolina, who also led a one-day retreat here in March 2015.   

            The retreat, sponsored by the Emerald Coast Meditation Society, will be held from 8:30  a.m. to 5 p.m. in the parish hall of Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Rd. 393, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. 

            The cost is $60, payable in advance at the time of registration, with scholarships available.  In addition, the tradition of “dana,” will be in effect, in which a Buddhist teacher is given a donation separate from the cost of the retreat.  While the retreat is open to anyone who meditates, please keep in mind that one or more of the sittings will last 45 minutes. 

            Orr received Theravada Buddhist ordination while living as a monk in Thailand and India for eight years in the 1970s.  Since 1980 he has been teaching and leading retreats around the world.  He has studied and practiced in several Buddhist traditions but mainly in Vipassana, or Insight Meditation.

            Says Orr, “Mindfulness meditation is a simple and direct practice that fits with just about any spiritual path.  It is the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind/body process through calm, focused awareness.  Through this practice we become more aware of and comfortable with our body, emotions and thoughts, thus decreasing the need to hide from the experiences life offers.”

            Orr says he has been “deeply affected by my contact with the healer John of God,” and leads groups to his center in Brazil.  Orr is an interfaith minister and the dharma teacher for the New Hope Sangha in Durham, N.C.  He also teaches at Duke University.

            The Feb. 27 retreat will be silent except for two dharma talks by Orr followed by questions and answers.  It will include multiple 30- to 45-minute periods of sitting meditation, plus walking meditation, chanting, and free time for exercise.  Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  Sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.; silence begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

            To express interest in attending, contact Tracey Tapp at tltapp@cox.net or 478-960-0174. The number of participants will be limited to 35.  The ECMS is a nonprofit, ecumenical organization that offers opportunities for the practice of meditation, including twice-monthly meetings at Christ the King church.         

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Day-Long Meditation. Claude Anshin has addressed ECMS twice.
Magnolia Zen Center Meditation Day
When: Saturday February 13 from 9am-5pm
Where: 9 Magnolia Dr., Mary Esther FL 32569
Donation basis
For information or to register contact Kenshin at (850) 582-2740 or kenshin@zaltho.org
Please register by January 31
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John Voss, longtime Air Force officer and executive at Eglin Air Force base, will speak to the Emerald Coast Meditation Society May 19 on “The Keys to Longevity: Five Ways to Age to a Healthy 100."

The free meeting will start with a 30-minute meditation at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and follows no religion.

Voss grew up in New York City the second son of immigrant parents. After graduating from New York University he received a commission as a lieutenant in the USAF, where he served for 27 years, traveling the world and raising a family. Along the way he earned a M.S. degree from Texas A&M University and completed several professional military schools.

Among his assignments were as an ICBM launch control officer, a computer operations officer, and an acquisition contracting officer. He was promoted to the rank of colonel. After retiring from Eglin AFB as director of contracting and manufacturing, Voss started his own business in consulting and training. He lives in Niceville.

The evening will conclude with a short guided meditation. The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.

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"Mindfulness in Everyday Life" will be the topic when Peter Snyder addresses the Emerald Coast Meditation Society on April 21. 

The free ECMS meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

Snyder says he will present “tools to take your mindfulness practice off the cushion.” There will be time devoted toward formal meditation practice interspersed with implementation and guidance in "informal" practices. There will also be time for dialogue and discussion.

A dharma teacher trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Snyder leads an MBSR program for the public and another in a prison setting. In 2014 he completed teacher training in MBSR from the University of Massachusetts, where the program was started by author Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1995.  

Snyder has trained in the Kwan Um school of Zen Buddhism since 2009 and in 2014 became a full dharma teacher. He also is a certified yoga teacher and is working on his second 200-hour yoga teacher certification. He teaches yoga in Panama City to both the public and to people who have suffered traumatic brain injury.

He holds a bachelor of social work degree from Florida State University and is working on a master’s degree in social work. Born in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Snyder first went to Panama City 14 years ago, then tried other parts of the South. He has lived in Panama City for the last seven years.

The evening will conclude with a short guided meditation. The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com

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Chandra Hartman and Anne Anderson will be the April 7 speakers at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society. Their presentation is titled “Living in Harmony with the Natural World.”

The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute silent meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

Hartman and Anderson invite the audience to go on “a mindful foray into the amazing world of healing with plants,” says Hartman. If you struggle with your garden, she will present “a lively discussion on earthing, no-work gardening, and how to find balance in our man-altered environments.” 

Anderson will “cultivate your relationship with the useful plants in your landscape, allowing you to utilize their edible and medicinal properties,” says Hartman.

Anderson is a 200-hours registered yoga instructor, and community herbalist. She organizes community events to foster personal growth and is the owner of Fera Wellness, a holistic consulting business. 

Hartman calls herself “a forager, permaculture designer, and beginning community herbalist.” She and her husband, Eric Marcus, own Wild Root Plants & Sundries, at 707 R. Jackson Blvd., Panama City Beach, featuring unusual plants, food, and handmade goods inspired by nature. She says she is in transition, heading toward providing advice on lifestyle, herbalism and more.

She moved from Frederick, Md., to NW Florida in 1996. She holds an A.A.S. degree in Architectural Design and Drafting from Frederick Community College, and now has her own firm, CFH Design Studio. She has designed more than 200 homes, many of them small and many incorporating energy- and water-saving features. In 2009, she completed her B.A. in sustainable community development from Prescott College in Prescott, AZ. 

She is the proprietor of Moonlight Micro-Farm, a seed business dedicated to preserving our heritage of heirloom and non-GMO seeds. Hartman is currently enrolled in the East West School of Planetary Herbology in California, studying the combined healing systems of Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese medicine, and Western herbalism. She lives in Panama City Beach with her husband and daughter, Jordan, two rescue dogs and a cat.

The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.
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“Solvitur Ambulando: a Thru-Hike of the Florida National Scenic Trail” is the tale to be told March 3 by Mary McKinley at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society.

The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

McKinley says she is the first woman to do the southbound through-hike of the trail. The Florida National Scenic Trail is a congressionally designated National Scenic Trail approximately 1,100 miles long. It showcases the incredible biodiversity, history, and rich culture of Florida. Its terminals lie in Gulf Island National Seashore to the North and Big Cypress National Preserve in the South.

McKinley worked in adult education for 37 years and is an adjunct professor in the math department at Northwest Florida State College. She started long-distance hiking when she was 50, and has hiked the entire 2,184-mile Appalachian Trail as well. 

McKinley was born and raised in Dallas and has lived in Niceville since 1999. 

The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.
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I looked up Solvitur Ambulando and Wikipedia defines it: "It is solved by walking.
The problem is solved by a practical experiment."
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"Thoughts Are Things" is the title of a talk to be given at the Emerald Coast Meditation Society Feb. 18 by Kabe Woods, facilitator of the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fort Walton Beach. 

The free meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meditation at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and does not follow any religion.

In his talk Woods will discuss how our thoughts influence and develop our individual consciousness and the collective consciousness of the world around us. He will share how the Buddha, Jesus of Nazareth and other teachers have described this process and the process of transforming our consciousness toward love, peace and deep connection to ultimate truth and God.

A retired senior executive with past leadership roles at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent and ADVO Inc., Woods started his meditation practice in 1978. Since 1994 he has practiced in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and was ordained by him into the "Order of Interbeing" in September 2013. He is a member of the Magnolia Grove Mindfulness Practice Center & Monastery community in Batesville, Miss. He is also a member of Unity Church in Ft. Walton Beach where he is a prayer chaplain trainer, teaching centering prayer and meditation.

The Mindfulness Practice Center of Fort Walton Beach was established in June 2013. It is open for meditation practice six days a week.

The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com.

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Dr. John Savage, who has been practicing dentistry in Ebro along the Choctawhatchee River for over 30 years, will speak to the Emerald Coast Meditation Society Feb. 4 on “Being Happy With What Is.”

The free meeting will start with a 30-minute meditation at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, Santa Rosa Beach, one-half mile north of Hwy. 98. The ECMS is ecumenical and follows no religion.

He writes, “Can you make a serious commitment that ‘I will be happy’? If so it could change your thinking and even your life. I hope to stir up a provocative and stimulating discussion.”

Savage was born and raised in Destin. However, his roots in this area date from 1870, when his great-grandfather began traveling by horse and buggy to treat dental patients along the Choctawhatchee River.

Savage earned a degree in dentistry from Emory University, and taught in the dental school while pursuing a law degree. While practicing dentistry in the Atlanta area he served 10 years in the Georgia legislature, representing two different districts for five years each. He also served two stints in the U.S. Navy during Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica.

But, he says, “The emotional pull for me to return to the Choctawhatchee River never left me.” Eventually he and his father bought land along the river, setting the stage for one of the most remote dental practices one might imagine. 

He has thrived in his specialty, which is cosmetic dentistry – or helping people have pretty smiles, as he puts it. Now in his 58th year of practicing dentistry, he also finds delight in speaking on his philosophy, which includes trying to learn something new every day. In 2008 he was a founder of the Destin Philosophical Society, which holds monthly meetings.

The evening will conclude with a short guided meditation. The ECMS meets on the first and third Thursday of every month except July and August. Anyone who needs meditation instruction should arrive by 6:15 p.m. For information contact Nancy James, nancyjames@embarqmail.com
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Founded
March 2009, following two meetings of local people interested in meditation. The group decided to meet twice a month.

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Meetings consist of a 30-minute meditation at 6:30 followed by a program and a five-minute closing meditation around 8 p.m. We meet twice monthly September through June, are non-sectarian, do not charge, and include practitioners of many forms of meditation.

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The usual meeting place is the parish hall at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 480 N. Co. Hwy. 393, half a mile north of Hwy. 98 in Walton County. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. If you would like meditation instruction please arrive at 6:15. 

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Meditation and related topics. Programs consist of presentations by meditators, therapists, psychologists, teachers and practitioners of a wide variety of alternative healing methods and of healthy practices such as yoga, qigong, tai chi and reiki. Most of the presenters are local but occasionally the group hears from a visiting Zen priest or Vipassana teacher.

Would you or someone you know like to address our group after meditation? We're interested in a wide range of subjects that you think might be relevant to people who meditate.  Contact Nancy James @nancyjames@embarqmail.com