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Zen center fundraiser to include intro classes
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MONROE - The Great Plains Zen Center, W7762 Falk Road, Monroe, will host a fundraising event entitled "Exploring Your Inner Path: A Day of Contemplative Activities from Meditation to Blacksmithing" from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 5. This is an opportunity to explore different styles of meditation and contemplative practice.

The program will include a gentle introduction to several types of Zen meditation, including metta (loving kindness meditation). Participants will then have the opportunity to sign up for one-hour classes of their choosing.

Local artist and Monroe High School art teacher Kathy King will present classes in Zentangle (a meditative art form) and making a mala (Buddhist prayer beads). Steven Spiro, Madison, will lead a class on Breathing Earth QiGong, an energy healing practice involving movement, postures, visualizations and individual and group energetic experiences. Beth Wortzel and Jim Powell, members of the Madison-based kirtan band Jaya, will offer a class on chanting as a spiritual practice. Chris Wellington of Prairie Song Yoga will lead a class on restorative yoga. Chuck Wellington will guide students in discovering the meditative aspects of blacksmithing as they shape hot metal on an anvil using a coal fire forge to create metal art. A vegetarian lunch will be served. The facility is wheelchair-accessible.

The cost of the workshop - which includes a choice of four classes and meditation instruction - is $100 ($90 early bird rate if registration is received by Monday) or $60 for half-day attendance - which includes a choice of two classes and meditation instruction.

All proceeds go to the Great Plains Zen Center building renovation fund.

Early registration is encouraged as the event is limited to 20 participants and availability of classes is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information and online registration materials can be found on the website For more information, email, call 608-325-6248 or visit