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Memorial for Frank Levey – Senior teacher at Deep Spring Center

Frank Levey - Deep Spring Center teacherApril 14, 1956 — August 6, 2018

For those in the Ann Arbor, MI area, a celebration of Frank’s life.

When: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time: Noon
Location: First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
Address: 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103

For more information please use this link: Frank Levey

From Barbara Brodsky:

Dear friends,
Frank Levey first walked in my door in 1989, curious to attend an Aaron night. He came with a strong background in vipassana, and quickly became a regular, then joined the 3 year teacher training program. He met his wife-to-be, Larissa, in class, and I had the honor to officiate at their wedding.

Frank was a first teacher to many in our sangha, and also a beloved friend. As a teacher he was clear and spoke from his heart, offering his own dharma experiences to encourage and elucidate. As a friend, he was deeply wise and compassionate, always supportive.

He was also a fine builder and carpenter. You can see his craftsmanship in my office, which for some years was our DSC meditation hall and will serve again now as the site for the new Dharma Path program. He was a great environmental champion as well, deeply knowledgable.

Frank, you are beloved and will be missed. Go brightly into this new adventure, carrying all of our love.

Barbara

Letter From Barbara Brodsky – 2018 Oakwood Fall Retreat

Dear friends

As you may know, our Oakwood retreat is just five months away. That may seem like a long time, but many people need that much time to clear calendars for a week, and Oakwood planning for the retreat committee and teachers begins now.

I realize that some of you may have hesitated to register, as you wondered if John and I would show up, given John’s illness during Oakwood 2017 and my busy life during these past two months since Hal’s stroke. John’s health is much improved, as is Hal’s. I want to reassure you that both John and I plan to be at Oakwood, with deepened dharma drawn from this challenging year. For both of us, this year would not have been endurable without our practices. But we both go past enduring and do continue to find real happiness. This is the fruit of practice, what Aaron calls “The Dharma Path.”

Since January in Brazil, Aaron has been talking enthusiastically to me about his planned direction of teaching, the new year-long course we will begin in September live and on-line (more about that separately), and Aaron’s intention to bring some of the content to Oakwood. Aaron says:

“I might call this course ‘The Spiritual Path’— what it is, why we are drawn to it, in fact, came into incarnation to walk it, and how we may live it. Our two-part focus is waking up and living with love. You learn to use the challenges of daily life as the grist for the mill, to help you wake up. Everything is included—spiritual fatigue, pain, heavy emotion, feelings of shame or unworthiness, feeling out of control, helplessness, anger, confusion, fear, grief. It is all part of practice and of the human experience, all fodder for awakening. Our meditation practices are a vital core … .”

What is this spiritual path? It does ride like a roller coaster at times, with its ups and downs. I’ve been on this roller coaster quite a bit since Hal’s stroke. It may seem to be a simplistic statement, but I am learning to relax and know that it will go up and down, and to let go of trying to hold it steady. Many practitioners reach a point where practice seems to become stagnant or feels too hard and they withdraw or give up, just at the point where new support and dedication are most important.

A retreat is one of the best ways I know to rejuvenate our commitment and practice, and Oakwood is a beautiful venue for a retreat. I am personally very excited about the new course that Aaron and I will offer starting in the fall, and about this retreat, as ways to deepen our practice and support our opening hearts. This year our Oakwood retreat gives us an extra day, too. Aaron, The Mother, John and I look forward to this added time with you and look forward to seeing you there.

With love, Barbara

Retreat Information and Registration

 

 

Managing Director | Board of Directors, Volunteers, Oakwood Fall Retreat

by Tana Dean, Managing Director
from weekly newsletter, May 2, 2018

As always, it’s a busy month at Deep Spring Center, serving an expanding international community, with local support in Ann Arbor, MI. Of course, the Board of Directors is always busy exploring ways to support you. This month, however, they have also been supporting our founder, Barbara Brodsky, and her husband, Hal, who suffered a major stroke in February. We are indeed fortunate to have the connection with spirit in the form of Aaron, The Mother and Jeshua, who offer their lighted spiritual guidance.

Since January, you have heard from many of the Board members, who not only give their time to serve on the Board of Directors but also lead a team to help run the center. Now we are asking you for help. We need volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, some that need to be done locally, and others that can be done from a distance. Every little bit helps, so when we put out a request, please step forward. The time commitment need not be great, and it can make all the difference in the world to the running and growth of Deep Spring.

The retreat team has extended the early bird registration discount until Friday, June 1 for the Fall Oakwood Retreat. Please take advantage of this extension to get the discount. In response to those of you who were interested in a full week-long retreat, the retreat this year has been extended by one more day, running from Monday to Monday.
You are what keeps me passionate, knowing that many people are helped in so many ways through this non-profit that continues its vision, “To awaken to higher consciousness. We rest in the knowing that this is already so.” Please join with us to help us strengthen our presence in the world.

Loving Kindness,
Tana Dean
Managing Director

Steiner Spring Retreat | March 9-11, 2018 | Ruth Essig

Ruth shares her experience at this lovely, intimate retreat held in the spring at Steiner House on Geddes Rd. in Ann Arbor, MI…

I wanted to share what an extraordinary weekend it was at the retreat. The Steiner House was an excellent space that accommodated all our needs so well for meditation, separate groups, individual rooms, and food (yum!). It was a small intimate gathering in a safe space that felt supportive of individual inquiry. I’ve learned to trust where I’m guided to be and I’m so grateful for the teachings, healing energy, and sense of community that was nurtured over the weekend.

I am so grateful that my curiosity led me to the Oakwood retreat and now to Ann Arbor, as it’s made my life, inner and outer, richer.

Thanks, Mary, for your feedback on the weather. It had been snowing at home the day we were driving downstate and I was concerned about road conditions, but it was a mostly sunny, balmy day with dry roads. Buds were popping out on trees and bushes there and spring flowers coming up. Yeahhhh!

Tricia joined me on the weekend and this was her first introduction to meditation instruction/teachings and we were talking so much on the drive home that I missed the turn-off to get on 10 to Midland, so we were almost to the Houghton Lake exit before realizing we’d gone too far north on 75!! It was a good hour and a bit out of the way, but also such stimulating conversation that it was well worth it!

Well, that’s it from up north Michigan! I trust that all is well with everyone and look forward to our continued interaction.

Thank you for your loving presence, gassho.

With metta,
Ruth

 

From the Board of Directors President | Tavis Taylor, M.D.

From the President
From Board of Directors President, Tavis Taylor, M.D.

Greetings from the Pacific Northwest! As the President of the Board of Deep Spring Center (DSC), I would like to fill you in on some exciting new developments that have taken place over the last couple of years. Following a major revision in organization that was made in 2016, Deep Spring Center is now poised to offer programming to all of our members located both near and far.

But first, let me introduce myself. I am a Board Certified Internal Medicine M.D. who is semi-retired from private practice, now working part time in an underserved clinic. I also practice complementary spiritual energy healing. Twenty years ago I would have told you that anything outside of allopathic medicine was unfounded and a placebo effect. I am glad I developed a more open mind and keep learning. I have two adult children, one getting a public health degree with plans to go onto nursing; the other working as a personal trainer and a brand new father—which makes me a new grandparent! I like to hike, bike, kayak, read, go to the theatre, travel and expand my spiritual well-being. The latter is why I am a part of Deep Spring Center.

I first came to know Barbara and Aaron personally in 2011. Having read her book Cosmic Healing, I then went to the DSC website and found a listing for a retreat that was to take place in Seattle. Imagine that: the center was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, yet there was to be a retreat in my area of the country! And it was to take place the following month: how convenient. I had no idea what to expect, given that the retreat was in someone’s home and not at a big retreat center. Yet there, in this nice cozy house with wonderful hosts, were Barbara and Aaron, the authors of the book I had just read. Wow! Over the years I have come to know Barbara and Aaron and some of the other members of DSC, despite my being located in the far northwest corner of the U.S.

In 2016 with the advent of an exploding digital world of technology, the Deep Spring Center Board took a new approach and decided to expand using computer media software that allows meetings to occur “face to face” in real time while members are anywhere in the world. I was invited to join the Board and jumped at the opportunity to help DSC expand. This connection via computer is integral to our success. While traveling, I have been known to seek out a pub with good wi-fi in order to participate in one of our meetings, such as in northern Scotland: good thing I had a headset to hear over the pub rowdies!

I am a relatively new president, having served as a board member from summer 2016 until November 2017, when I was drafted to this new position. I have found the DSC board to be a wonderful group of loving, compassionate people who feel strongly about sharing our mission with all those who are interested. We and the volunteers are developing new ways to reach out to as many people as possible. Tana and Bill have become IT whizzes with social media apps and video technology to bring live streaming workshops and other segments to you worldwide. Mary and Celeste are very organized and warmly create multi-day workshops and retreats for people to personally attend; Celeste has also organized an online meditation group. Bob, Isabelle and Tana are keeping us on track with finances and record-keeping. Roann is helping keep us up to date on the business end of things, and on making sure that what we send you is accurate and easy to read. And, of course, Barbara and Aaron are our loving and dedicated founding teachers and guides, without whom none of this would be happening. Tana is the backbone of Deep Spring Center. It is only because of her dedication, expertise and enthusiasm as our manager that we have been able to accomplish so much.

We rely on volunteers to help with the many projects being developed. Thank you to those of you who have stepped up to help move us forward. We are grateful for your specialized skills and your guidance. You are part of our developing international family.

With this new international digital approach, Deep Spring Center membership has grown significantly, which means that we no longer know who everyone is: we’re all over the world. As part of our effort in developing a sangha, a group of people with similar interests, we invite you to introduce yourself to us. Shortly, we will be putting a page up on the website for you to leave a short paragraph about yourself; we look forward to getting to know you a bit.

Thank you for sharing your love and interest in spiritual growth with us. As each one of us grows and lightens our own vibration, it lightens the vibration of the whole.

Light and Love to each of you,
Tavis Taylor, President
Deep Spring Center

Technology, Here We Come!

By Bill Riccobono

From living room talks in founding teacher Barbara Brodsky’s home, to group talks in various sangha settings, now via Zoom in the sanctuary at Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, the dharma is being spread around the globe. It has been quite a journey … and a steep learning curve at that. But with the help of friends to guide our acquisition of the proper camera and video equipment at a reasonable cost, and the help of Zoom, an online technology that allows us to bring together up to 99 people from around the world, the Deep Spring Center dharma is being spread like never-before imagined!

Approximately 18 months ago, we began with an office manager with some techie skills and a photographer wannabe. Our decision to stream content live on the Internet meant that we needed the equipment to do so and the training to know how to use the equipment! Slowly, we gathered the materials and outlined our production plan and needs. We spent much of the summer of 2015 figuring out how to work with the new equipment.

Learning how to use the camera was the easiest. But even so, with its remote controls, different optical options, and lack of clarity surrounding Bluetooth vs. wireless … we had our hands full. Learning about Zoom was another matter. We were optimistic. Why couldn’t we use three microphones and expect that each would operate predictably and also be properly connected to the laptop/Zoom? (We now use one!) And then we needed to make sure that the various pieces of equipment (approximately 7 or 8) were wired together properly.

We scheduled a dress rehearsal for early September. There were some glitches with wiring, of course, and problems getting the camera to behave as it should, but we did manage a 30-minute taping. With the live Evenings with Aaron night just one week away, anxiety was mounting. We arrived 2.5 hours early to get set up. We started ten minutes late and then encountered a few stumbles along the way—but no matter: we were up, live, sending out the dharma.

At the end of the session, the 12-15 people in Ann Arbor joined Barbara up front so that the 10 online were able to see who had been attending in-person. The hearts and voices from everyone there celebrated our first live presentation as we all waved good-bye to one another. And thus was the first video for the archives produced. It was an incredible, wonderful feeling (and relief). And, you know, maybe something we could consider doing on a regular basis.

Gratefully,
Bill Riccobono
Video Production Team Leader
Deep Spring Center Board

Rudolph Steiner House, Ann Arbor, MI

DSC teacher Dorothyann shares her thoughts about the 2018 March retreat

Deep Spring Center’s annual March Retreat with basic instruction in Vipassana Meditation was held at the Steiner House in Ann Arbor this year.

The event drew seventeen folks from all directions. Responding to our online promotion, they came from Traverse City, Cadillac, Alpena, Midland, Grand Blanc, Sterling Heights, Pinckney, Westland, Toledo, Dayton to join local Ann Arbor retreatants in a weekend exploring the four foundations of mindfulness as well as the four noble truths of Buddhist teaching.

Most of the retreatants for the weekend were new to the practice. But as the group settled in, it became apparent to the teachers that these students of the dharma were serious and hungry to learn the practice. They entered into the noble silence as if they had been doing it all their lives.

As comments were shared at the closing, it was plain that Barbara Brodsky’s teaching from her own personal situation with her husband’s health had left a very strong impression. We can forget how lucky we are in Ann Arbor to have such an inspiring guiding teacher and opportunities to sit with fellow meditators regularly.

As people talked during the final hour of the last day, Dorothyann Coyne and Amy Koch, who were both teaching with Barbara, could hear the very heart-felt desire for more opportunities to learn and practice meditation in towns around us. It is wonderful that Deep Spring Center can address this very real spiritual hunger not only with our annual March Retreat but also with the many classes and special events that are carried out into the world through our internet offerings.

What Like Minded Loving Hearts Can Accomplish

As Managing Director I am passionate about Deep Spring Center and the possibilities of what like-minded, loving hearts can accomplish. We are on an exciting journey that is part of a growing international spiritual center, Deep Spring Center.
The volunteers and I have spent hours, dare I say years, developing a center that uses technology to connect us. This newsletter is a sample of the organization that supports the dharma and the teachings of Aaron, channeled by Barbara Brodsky.
Barbara Brodsky returned recently from the Casa in Brazil and is now ready to continue her work with Aaron and teaching the dharma.
The end of this month features several Deep Spring Center events.
  • Sunday, March 25, Remembering Wholeness, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, will be held locally offering Darshan, which is an interaction between the human and the divine as Barbara channels the Mother. Other sessions this spring will be held on Sundays, April 15 and June 3.
  • Wednesday, March 28, Evenings with Aaron, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, will be held locally and streamed live. Aaron, channeled by Barbara, shares stories, teachings and answers questions from those at the center and online. Another session will be held in late spring, on Sunday, May 9.
  • Weekly, Sunday Online Meditation from Anywhere, 11:00 am – 12 noon eastern, exclusively online for our growing international sangha. No experience needed; facilitated by Celeste Zygmont.
So many avenues have been developed to connect and support Deep Spring Center. Visit our website at DeepSpring.org. Join us on Facebook, follow us on twitter and view the monthly Dharma Journal on YouTube.
You can always connect with me personally at [email protected]. I will do my best to assist you.
Lovingkindness,
Tana Dean
Managing Director

Technology, Here We Come!

by Bill Riccobono

From living room talks in founding teacher Barbara Brodsky’s home, to group talks in various sangha settings, now via Zoom in the sanctuary at Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, the dharma is being spread around the globe. It has been quite a journey … and a steep learning curve at that. But with the help of friends to guide our acquisition of the proper camera and video equipment at a reasonable cost, and the help of Zoom, an online technology that allows us to bring together up to 99 people from around the world, the Deep Spring Center dharma is being spread like never-before imagined!

Approximately 18 months ago, we began with an office manager with some techie skills and a photographer wannabe. Our decision to stream content live on the Internet meant that we needed the equipment to do so and the training to know how to use the equipment! Slowly, we gathered the materials and outlined our production plan and needs. We spent much of the summer of 2015 figuring out how to work with the new equipment.

Learning how to use the camera was the easiest. But even so, with its remote controls, different optical options, and lack of clarity surrounding Bluetooth vs. wireless … we had our hands full. Learning about Zoom was another matter. We were optimistic. Why couldn’t we use three microphones and expect that each would operate predictably and also be properly connected to the laptop/Zoom? (We now use one!) And then we needed to make sure that the various pieces of equipment (approximately 7 or 8) were wired together properly.

We scheduled a dress rehearsal for early September. There were some glitches with wiring, of course, and problems getting the camera to behave as it should, but we did manage a 30-minute taping. With the live Evenings with Aaron night just one week away, anxiety was mounting. We arrived 2.5 hours early to get set up. We started ten minutes late and then encountered a few stumbles along the way—but no matter: we were up, live, sending out the dharma.

At the end of the session, the 12-15 people in Ann Arbor joined Barbara up front so that the 10 online were able to see who had been attending in-person. The hearts and voices from everyone there celebrated our first live presentation as we all waved good-bye to one another. And thus was the first video for the archives produced. It was an incredible, wonderful feeling (and relief). And, you know, maybe something we could consider doing on a regular basis.

Gratefully,
Bill Riccobono
Video Production Team Leader
Deep Spring Center Board

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