2017 Authentic Expressions Series

A FREE monthly series created to enliven and inspire your palette with a variety of guests that bring their own special authentic expressions in the world.


MARCH EVENTS

Come hear the Young Adult Perspective on Authenticity with Jessie Kriess, RScP and Kristophe Green, two powerful and dynamic presences in the world.

Saturday, March 11, 1-2:30 p.m.,
Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Avenue, Oakland.  This is a FREE event.  Love offerings welcome.

jkreissJessie Kriess, RScP

I am 26 year old licensed Spiritual Practitioner. I like to live my life from my overflow. I take inventory in my life as a spiritual practice.  If I notice that I am giving from an empty cup I ask myself, “Why am I choosing this?” More often than not, I do not have a good answer so I remove it from my life. I love to give from an overflowing cup, because no matter how much I give it’s overflowing so there is no end. This is how I love to live my life.

Kristophe-Green300Kristophe Green

Kristophe Green was brought up in the New Thought Ancient Wisdom teaching. As a teen he served as the Western Regional Representative for the Centers for Spiritual Living International Youth Council. In this role he assisted with planning and coordinating national Youth Camp activities, gave talks at a number of conferences, and represented the needs of the Youth of Centers for Spiritual Living at the annual Gathering. Kristophe recently completed his Bachelors in Psychology at University of California, Berkeley. His passions include social justice, authentic communication, and strong coffee. If he had a super power, it would be giving stellar hugs.

 


February events – Authenticity Journey of Renewal (AJOR)

Authentic Expressions Series
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Destiny Arts Center, 970 Grace Avenue, Oakland, CA

Why Diversity Matters

Join us for this informative and interactive session about the relevance and importance of diversity and inclusion initiatives, ESPECIALLY now. Special guests:

denisebostonDenise Boston, PhD
Dean of Diversity & Inclusion
California Institute of Integral Studies

Denise Boston was appointed as Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2016. Denise has been an artist, social activist, researcher, and educator for over 40 years in a variety of community and advocacy settings. She has collaborated on several mental health prevention/intervention programs and her African-centered methodology has been beneficial in increasing resiliency and in preventing and/or decreasing any associated harmful behaviors. She has taught psychology courses at HBCU’s, religiously affiliated colleges, public, and private institutions. Denise has also instructed and facilitated training workshops abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea and Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. She is a registered Drama Therapist and has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of topics including Narrative Therapy, Participatory Action Research, Expressive Arts, and NTU psychotherapy.

ShirleyStrong200Shirley Strong, MS
Chief Diversity Officer
Samuel Merritt University

Shirley Strong has spearheaded initiatives in higher education, philanthropy and social change for over 30 years.  Currently, she is Executive Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. Strong considers herself fortunate that her work matches her personal vision, and both continue to develop in response to her commitment to reimagining a “Beloved Community,” as described by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and other prophetic leaders.  Her definition of a “Beloved Community” is that of an inclusive, interconnected consciousness based on love, justice, responsibility, shared power and respect for the dignity of all persons, places and things that radically transform individuals and restructures institutions.  Her maturation into this transformative vision is due in large part to her work with Grace Lee Boggs and other members of the Beloved Community Initiative.

FREE event.  Love offerings gladly accepted.


Creativity in Action Vision Board Workshop

Facilitator – Rev. Sunshine Michelle Coleman

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 3 – 5 p.m.
Interplayce, 2273 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA

Lake Merritt Gondola PartyWhether you have a current vision board or not, whether you’re an expert at creating a vision board or a novice, if you want to solidify your intentions for your life in a visual way, join us for this fun and inspirational time of creative expression.  Bring recycled greeting cards, magazines, poster board, scissors, and other supplies to create your own masterpiece to remind you of your good manifesting now.

FREE event.  Love offerings gladly accepted.


Kicking off the series
Renew in Beauty ~ Faces of God

Bonnie Allen, RScP, aka Ms. Leonardo
Artist & Teacher Extraordinaire
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 1:15-2:30 p.m.

bonnieJoin Bonnie in the discovery of art as a point of view, creativity, and imagination as we explore with watercolor and colored pencils. This will be a safe and supported space for everyone, experienced or not. The only thing to bring is the authentic you.

Bonnie Allen is a beloved Religious Science Practitioner since 2001, currently at Heart and Soul Center of Light, where she loves to pray and teach Science of Mind classes.

Bonnie is also a highly respected Art Teacher and trainer for the past 27 years. She delights in many students being accepted into the Oakland School for the Arts. Her passion is to empower all to the idea that we are artists, poets, musicians, and dancers. Bonnie has been a presenter at Awakened World, Asilomar, and led an art workshop for AJOR in the Oakland Redwood Regional Park during their Outdoor Summer Sacred Series.

This is a FREE workshop
Love offerings gladly accepted