Month at Samsara House 2023
- November 2015 -
Highlights this month:
Hearts at Wounded Knee: Speech & Global Ceremony
World’s Problems Being Solved From Bloomingdale, D.C., Join Us!
is Every Step: Thay’s Continuation - Thich Nhat Hanh’s turns 89
Film Night 2015-2016 Season Launch - Premiering in D.C. : The
Doctrine of Discovery - Unmasking The Domination Code
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Samsara House 2023 is a row house
in Bloomingdale, D.C. where profound transformation happens.
Transformation of what? You, at all costs and by all means—the ripple
effect such an event can create in others and in the world is
immeasurable. My purpose is to help others realize transformation
right now or one day in the near future and above all become continuous
renewals of themselves. The purpose of Samsara House 2023 is to
help ignite a planetary revolution in consciousness within ten years.
If you don’t want to this, you’re a fool. If you
think don't you need it, you’re a fool. If you think you are okay,
that you’ve arrived someplace on a plateau different than others, and
have done your inner work, or that doing work on oneself is for other
people and not you, you’re a fool. If you don't know what this
means, come by and check it out. We are all fools, we all have
broken parts of our selves which need healing lest we unleash those parts
of ourselves unto others, and we all need to do our part as both cordial
passengers and intelligent stewards on this space ship we are all on
which someone named Earth.
Everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever
was, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there.
Our survival as a species depends upon our ability to participate
in practices of group awakening. Let's get together. Truths
are revealed to us and we can no longer live the life we once lived
beforehand--we become dedicated to the healthy survival of All. No
matter what our beliefs, practices, or status in society, we are all in
this together—from your mother to the human beings who participate in
ISIS. Each and every one of us in the developed world has enormous
responsibility to our ancestors and to our children to help heal the
wounds of our psyche, our family, our nation, and of humanity. It
There is no way out of this one consciousness, this
necessity and interdependence upon all people and all life--every
possible “thing” there is, from rock to human being, from good to
evil. The boundary between our skin and the next “thing”,
whatever it may be, can give us the impression that we and everything
else are separate, disconnected things. The reality is that everything,
everywhere, from the elements which make up our body to the elements
found on edges of the known cosmos is connected, has always been
connected, and will always be connected—we quite literally,
inter-are. To be or not to be, that is *not* the question, the
question is to interbe. But how can we realize the idea of
"interbeing" in our bones? How can we embody it and gain
a sense of greater understanding?
This is why there are so many different types of seemingly
unrelated events being offered at Samsara House 2023--so far, over 100
events in total since 2013. There are many doors to liberation,
many rivers, many paths, many practices--liberation at your own pace and
your own next shift in consciousness. No modern secular practice will do
this by itself and also stick. No modern religion will do this and
also stick. This is the evolution of spiritual religion. This is spiritual
but not religious. This is beyond spiritual but not religious. This is
Evolutionary Spirituality. This is the cutting-edge.
Seeds will be planted, and you will be deeply met, held and seen for who
you are, right now, and you will feel a sense of confidence in yourself
to arrive on a path with clarity on where you are meant to go; your life
purpose and a relaxation into both sides of how to fulfill it—a knowing
and a not knowing of the way. Alone we can go fast, but together, in
mutuality, in recognition and seeing of whoever is before us, We will go
Come join me and my friends on our journey to inner
space—the true and final frontier, to help us save us from
ourselves, find that the journey is the destination, that everything
is just as it should be unless we want it to be different, and discover
just how the most impossible problems of the world at all levels are
being solved from a simple 1895 row house in the 5,500-home
community known as Bloomingdale, Washington D.C. Won’t you join us?
The first session included a
five-person panel delineating how the problems of massacre, racism and
war are identified as leading to deep multi-generational wounding that
ultimately touches each person and affects every nation on earth. Human
evolutionary experiences of deep healing, spiritual transformation, and
consciousness expansion indicate how far reaching, resonant and crucial
it is for us to end denial of these pervasive wounds and truly
An invitation for people around the world was made to join with us on
December 29th, 2015 in the Ceremony for Healing Our Hearts at Wounded
Knee. This is a call for Deep Indigenous and Global Healing initiated by
ceremony, healing practices, and a written declaration/invocation to end
massacre, racism, and war.
The second session was a dynamic workshop designed to engage participants
in: a profound examination of sites and historical events of massacre and
other forms of grave collective wounding with the purpose of instigating
healing ceremony at these locations; identifying the growing number of
resources for healing (workshops, ceremonies, talking circles and
other modalities); beginning to identify and support those who are
willing to commit to join us in ceremony and the healing journey;
initiate considerations for the future. We present an action for healing.
Saniel Bonder's speech was
titled "To Really Reclaim the Heart of Our
Humanity, Let Us Also Claim the Heart of Our Divinity." His
talk addressed the multi-generational and multi-lineal, psychological and
also biological impact of trauma stemming from wars, massacres,
atrocities, and genocide -- and the potential for cultivating resilience
and healing through many means.
You can see the whole delegation's presentations from Friday, Oct. 16th,
to an audience of over 200 people, at the links below. The other speakers
·Chief Arvol Looking Horse, the 19th generation keeper
of the Sacred Pipe brought to the Sioux peoples by White Buffalo Calf
·Jean Fleury, a Lakota Sioux Grandmother, visionary,
and the convener of the delegation, and also a practitioner of the Waking
·Audri Scott Williams, a Native American and African
American champion of the "beloved community," Peacewalker, and
·Stephen Dinan, the co-founder and CEO of The Shift
Saniel and the other panelists
were told by many attendees that their events were among the most
powerful and moving at the enormous convention of 10,000 people
from 80 nations and 50 faiths, with more than
1,200 presentations going on concurrently over all four days. Their
follow-up workshop on Saturday, Oct. 17th, the day after their
presentations, was standing room only. Here are the links to the Oct. 16th
presentations: Presentations: (click to watch)
Indigenous peoples all over the world are starting to heal
from the deepest essential and millennial wounds of humanity created by
colonization and lack of reconciliation. Arising from inspiration from
Indigenous peoples, we propose to unite all peoples, all communities, and
all nations in a series of World Wide Global
Ceremonies: Ceremonies to heal massacre, heal
holocaust, heal racism, heal the deepest, most heartfelt, soul wrenching
wounds of humanity throughout time.
We need to bring our wounds out of
denial and work together to heal them hand in hand, heart to heart,
invoking the sacred to be with us as we walk down this deeply
compassionate reverential road together.
For the past 25 years, Native American people have been
riding, running and walking the route that Chief Bigfoot followed with
his people, before they were massacred at the site of Wounded Knee in
Pine Ridge, South Dakota. This year, to honor the 25th anniversary of the
Chief Big Foot Band Memorial Ride and the 125th anniversary of the
massacre, we inaugurate a 4 year cycle for global ceremony to end
massacre and all that massacre means and to finally heal our hearts.
Wounded Knee becomes a focal point for healing ceremonies and activities
to heal the multi-lineal, multi-generational wounds of humanity. Through
ceremony and other healing modalities, we are engendering the healing
process for indigenous and non-indigenous communities worldwide; by
recognizing the core wounds of humanity, participating in ceremonies and
activities of healing, and creating opportunities for everyone to heal…
25 Year Chief Big
Foot Band Reunion Ride
We will be honoring the first 19 Chief Big Foot Band Memorial riders, who
first made the trek on horseback to honor our ancestors. Starting
in 1986-1990 they retraced the 7 day journey made by Big Foot’s people in
1890. Then in 1990 for the 100 Year Memorial of the massacre, these
original riders were joined by walkers, runners, and hundreds more. The
Walkers and Runners who journeyed in 1990 will also be honored. This
pilgrimage to Wounded Knee has been repeated annually for the last 24
years. We invite riders, walkers, runners, and support volunteers to join
with us on this year’s historic journey.
This year is
We are hosting the 25th Bigfoot Band Memorial Ride. We expect hundreds of
riders, walkers, runners, media and volunteer support staff. This will
include a diverse group of people of all ages and from all over the
world. For more information on how you can volunteer and support
the ride, please click here.
Come Join Us and Sign the
To honor the endless lineage of our Ancestors and Relatives who have
sacrificed their lives in war, violence and massacre; we pledge to End
Massacre; We Pledge to End Genocide; We pledge to End Racism; We pledge
to End War. Click here to
15-19 OCTOBER 2015 Watch the 2015 Parliament A recap of one of
the most significant events of 2015 Read
The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions included an
amazing lineup of Nobel Peace Laureates, Religious Leaders, Global
Thinkers, and interfaith activists who are saying yes to reclaiming the
heart of our humanity at the 2015 Parliament!
2015 Parliament Speakers Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity Bring
Global Wisdom and Practice to 3 Critical Issues:
Change & Care for Creation,
Inequity & Wasteful Consumption,
War, Violence & Hate Speech.
The 2015 Parliament’s
world-class speakers comprised:
Peace Laureates including Costa Rica’s two-time President,
the Spiritual Leader of Tibetan Buddhism, and a mother who
helped put an end to sectarian violence in a war-torn Northern Ireland;
Lakota nation tribal leader who is a global defender of sacred
United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious
religious scholars, writers, speakers and activists achieving
compassion, peace, justice and sustainability;
media icons pointing global attention to issues like racial and
interreligious relations, income equality, immigration, and the
human rights and dignity of women, children, and
all oppressed peoples.
and spiritual luminaries strengthening the interfaith movement for
EVERY MONDAY NIGHT, RSVP REQUIRED BY NOON MONDAY Community Yoga with Deb Koolbeck
7:00PM - 8:00PM, Every Monday Night, RSVP Required Requested
Register: Without at least RSVP by Noon Each Monday, Class Canceled
Mailing list sign-up/express interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
15 NOVEMBER - SUNDAY
EVENING Alchemy Crystal Bowl Meditation and Deep Relaxation Yoga
Nidra with Deb Koolbeck 6:30PM - 8:00PM Register By Midnight Saturday 11/14, Save $5: Read More/Register:http://DeepRelaxationYoga5.eventbrite.com 18 NOVEMBER - WEDNESDAY EVENING LAUNCH Men's Circle: Masculinity A New Story An
3-month Online Course with Charles Eisenstein for Men and Women Read More/Register: https://thesacredmasculine.net/
The old patriarchal conception of masculinity is
disintegrating before our eyes. This is a good thing, but what is
the next step?
Here are some of
the questions we will explore:
qualities characterize a healthy or sacred masculine?
are the shadow aspects of those qualities?
is the role of initiation in manhood, and how might we reclaim it?
is the proper relationship of the masculine to the sacred feminine
(both internally, and as manifested by women)?
can each heal the other?
would a new “story of a man” be in the areas of love, intimacy, partnership,
sexual capacities might be developed in a liberated man?
is fatherhood in a new story?
shall we engage the damage that has been done to woman and earth by
the distorted, violent masculine?
does masculinity mean in a time of great fluidity in sexual
preference and gender identity?
can wisdom traditions and indigenous cultures tell us about the
and how can we source the support we need to stand consistently in
(first trailer) (alternative trailer) 20 NOVEMBER - FRIDAY NIGHT Conscious Film
Night: The Doctrine of
Discovery - Unmasking the Domination Code 8:00PM - 10:30PM Cost: Please share $5 or
more RSVP: https://consciousfilmnight14.eventbrite.com This powerful and landmark documentary “The Doctrine of
Discovery: Unmasking The Domination Code” is a result of the
collaborative efforts by Dakota filmmaker and Director Sheldon Wolfchild
and Co-Producer Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape). The film, based on
Newcomb’s thirty years of research, and his book Pagans in the Promised Land:
Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery (Fulcrum, 2008), brings to
the big screen an amazing and little known story:
The first Christian people to locate lands inhabited by non-Christians
(“infidels, heathens, and savages”) claimed the right to assert a right
of domination to be in themselves. On the basis of this religiously
premised argument, the U.S. Supreme Court has defined the land title of
the Indian nations as a “mere right of occupancy” subject to a right of
domination on the part of the United States. The first “Christian people”
that claimed “ultimate dominion,” said the Supreme Court, could grant
away the soil while yet it was still in the possession of the “natives,
who were heathens.”
Birgil Kills Straight, a Headman of the Oglala Lakota Nation, provides
insight into the traditional wisdom and teachings of the Seven Laws of
the Oglala Lakota. The documentary points out that the traditional
teachings of original nations and peoples form an alternative to the
dehumanizing domination system of Christendom. Run time: 61
minutes. The film will be followed by a group healing and
21 & 22 NOVEMBER - SATURDAY & SUNDAY ALL
DAY WORKSHOP Waking Down in
Mutuality (WDM) Awakening and Beyond Workshop 10:00AM - 6:00PM Each Day RSVP: See Below Cost: See
Below Come join Waking Down in Mutuality teachers Bonita Williams, Elijah Petersen and Dan Will for a two day workshop that
will explore the nature of awakened life, as well as the conditions,
limitations and obstacles to awakening and beyond.
invite you to deepen into the Waking Down in Mutuality (WDM)
dharma. Explore, investigate and feel into the limiting voices,
preconceived notions and conditioning that prevent fully embodying and
owning awakening and awakened life. Probe the edges of your experience,
learn techniques to successfully negotiate and integrate infinite consciousness
into ordinary daily life. Say yes to the paradoxes that previously
limited your experience of Self as source.
join the conversation with three awakened teachers. Allow yourself to
feel the joy of your awakened embodied infinite consciousness. Learn to
be with and integrate difficult emotions and receive their wisdom.
is limited, so reserve early via PayPal (email@example.com)
or RSVP and pay when you attend. The price is 175$ if you pay before
11/14 and 225$ after 11/14. This event will take place on
11/21 and 11/22. The price is 175$ if you pay before 11/14 and 225$
after 11/14. This event will take place on 11/21 and 11/22.
NOW through NOW Thay’s Continuation Celebration - Thich Nhat Hanh turns 89
Thich Nhat Hanh has been instrumental
in introducing the practice of engaged Buddhism through through the
uniquely simple ways he has modernized the 5,000 year old practice of
Mindfulness. “Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing,
there must be acting. Otherwise, what is the use of seeing? We must be
aware of the real problems in the world. Then, with mindfulness, [we wake up more and more],
and we will know what to do and what not to do to be of
Thay's Continuation Celebration: Zen
Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh, celebrates his 89th year. Known
affectionately as “Thay” (pronounced “Tie”) by those touched by his
simple yet profound teachings, the word means "Teacher" in
Vietnamese. Thay would remind us that Thay was here before
Thay was here, that Thay will still be here after Thay is here, that he
has always been here, and that there is only a Continuation, no birth and
no death. There is only a Continuation to be celebrated. We are the Continuation of Our Ancestors.
"Samsara House 2023" at 36 R Street NW is an
Awareness-based shared event space where world-shifting communities
are meshworked to expand each other's
world view and experience and cross-pollinate that which
is emerging in the world. Samsara House 2023 rapidly
prototypes models for the new world to template upon and ignite a
planetary revolution in consciousness within ten years.
Samsara House 2023’s strategy is to exemplify a gift-economy over the market
economy, one that values giving over having. While all events cost at
least one dollar to cover utilities, any additional contribution will go
towards periodically giving half back to a socially responsible
organization or cause in need that you also help identify. Going together
as a river, we build a thriving community of communities and pave the way
for a new world. Samsara House 2023 is a Holacracy powered
organization founded by Cullen Kowalski at a row house in Bloomingdale,
New Washington, D.C.
You never change things
by fighting the existing reality. To change something,
build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ Buckminster
Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Gandhi