Events & Workshops

Matteo & Grandma

Tribal Belly Dance Basics
w/Lynda Aiman-Smith

Saturday September 8, 4:00-5:30 pm
Saturday September 15, 4:00-5:30 pm
Saturday September 29, 4:00-5:30 pm 

* No workshop September 22 - equinox celebration

In this series of three classes, we will learn and practice a small set of moves that are basic to American Tribal Style belly dance. American Tribal Style Belly Dance is a particular style of belly dance created by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman in the late 1980s. Carolena has perfected tribal with her troupe, Fat Chance Belly Dance, based in San Francisco.  Unlike most other belly dance forms, Tribal is all about group improvisation and dancing in community for mutual fun — the purpose is NOT performance!  

In these classes we will focus on learning and practicing just a few traditional Tribal moves — arm postures, arm undulations, slow shoulder shimmies, hand florios, chest slides,  rib cage circles, hip circles, figure eights, toxims, and basic shimmy. And we will practice group improvisation to combine these basic moves into sets that make for very fun dancing!  Oh, and of course, we will all learn that important trill - the zagareet! 

$10 Drop-in; $8 w/Lotus Center Class Card

Fall Equinox Celebration and Spiritual Book Sale
w/ Beatriz Giraldo

Saturday, September 22; 10:00 — 11:30 am
Cost: By Donation

Join Beatriz Giraldo and friends in the Global Harmonization Ceremony for the Autumn Equinox to bless our waters, especially for protection of our Gila River. We will dance our prayers with our main intention to raise the consciousness of humanity and the frequency of Mother Earth. More than 250 circles of sound, synchronize their starting time to GMT which is 10:00 a.m. New Mexico time. We are using the sacred sounds of crystal singing bowls, didgeridoos, drums, flutes, rattles, bells and other sacred instruments. Bring them or just come as you are.

Everyone is welcome!  Blessings of Light and Harmony all ways and always!

Please stay afterwards for Lotus Center's fundraising Spiritual Book Sale,
10:00 am — 1:00 pm

Passion Pending Dance Cooperative

Saturdays (beginning September 22)
7:00 – 9:00 pm; Doors open at 6:30

Cost: $10 Drop-in; $8 w/ a Lotus Class Card

Folks under the age of 16 and over 75 dance for free!


About Passion Pending Dance Cooperative:


PPDC is an alcohol-free dance alternative, offering free-form recorded, soulful dance programs (from time-to-time, the music will be live!).


For more information, please call Lotus Center at 956-6647


I want to stand by the river in my finest dress. I want to sing, strong and hard, and stomp my feet with hundreds of others so that the water hums with our happiness. I want to dance for the renewal of the world.
 — Robin Wall Kimmerer

Fall Ayurvedic Cleanse

guided by Cate Bradley and Jeff Goin


NOTE: The following two gatherings are in preparation for a Ten-day Ayurvedic cleanse beginning Monday, October 1, and ending on Wednesday October 10. 


Free Public Talk
Friday, September 14, 2018; 5:30 to 7:00 PM

A free introduction and overview presentation about the principles of Ayurvedic cleansing for well-being. Clean out your system from summer heat and prepare for winter wellness. Understand how your personal characteristics (doshas) support or impact your health. Learn how food and herbs create balance within your body. Join with others for support and community as you experience your personal cleanse journey.


Fall Cleanse Instructional Meeting
Saturday September 29, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM

$25 suggested donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Optional food preparation session at The Commons (a.k.a., the Volunteer Center) on Sunday September 30, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.


Optional guided meditation sessions will be held each morning of the cleanse in order to help support your process.


For more information, please contact Cate at

Please give yourself this special gift . . . you deserve it!

Active Hope ⇒ Meaningful Action w/ Shirley Pevarnik
Saturday, October 6, Noon - 4:00 PM

NOTE: Friday October 5th 6:30 - 8:30pm will be a video discussion on Joanna Macy’s work (suggested for those who are attending Saturday’s workshop but open to all)

Yes, it looks bleak. But you are still alive now. You are alive with all the others, in this present moment. And because the truth is speaking in the work, it unlocks the heart. And there’s such a feeling and experience of adventure. It’s like a trumpet call to a great adventure. In all great adventures there comes a time when the little band of heroes feels totally outnumbered and bleak, like Frodo in Lord of the Rings or Pilgrim in Pilgrim’s Progress. You learn to say ‘It looks bleak. Big deal, it looks bleak.’  ~ Joanna Macy

Active Hope is not something we have, it is something we do! It is a choice we can make to be present to our world, to all of it – it’s grief and beauty - to ourselves and others. This workshop is based on the work of Joanna Macy, social and environmental activist and Buddhist teacher. Shirley Pevarnik, a student of Joanna, will lead us through exercises that will help us connect with each other and our creativity in these challenging times. Allyson Siwik, director of the Gila Resources Information Project and Gila Conservation Coalition, will join Shirley in break out groups that will facilitate our journey into meaningful actions. 

Space limited, pre-registration suggested, email Shirley at 

(Please bring journal or something to take notes)

Suggested donation: $10 - $40; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Holotropic Breathwork & Shamanic Ritual
w/ Sharon Mijares
Friday, October 12; 6:15 - 9:15 pm
Cost: $45 (new price!)

This powerful process:

  • Facilitates entering into non-ordinary states of consciousness
  • Encourages deep healing
  • Illuminates your innate capacity to transform old patterns
  • Expands your world as you explore other realms.
  • Impacts mind, body, and spirit.

Each rapid-breathing session lasts over two hours.
The session ends with a shamanic healing cleansing ritual.

Where: The Lotus Center, 211 West Broadway, Silver City
Cost: Each session is $45; Drop-ins welcome

What is needed:

  • Willingness to breathe deeply and to enter non-ordinary states
  • Bring a sleeping bag or very thick pad to lie on (yoga mats are not thick enough)
  • Pillow so head is comfortable for long sessions
  • Elastic band soft eye pad (similar to those they give on long-distance airplanes)

Note: The ending time will vary depending on the number of people attending.
Facilitated by: Dr. Sharon G. Mijares, certified Breathworker, licensed psychologist,  Qi Gung instructor, and author of The Revelation of the Breath: A Tribute to Its Wisdom, Power and Beauty. 

See for more on Sharon. Email Sharon for information and to reserve your spot at or call 530.687.2694.

You can watch a video about this powerful process at