Mind Body Spirit Utah: June 20 – July 10 Events

By Margaret Ruth

Don’t leave town – stay and enjoy your own personal journey locally with delectable classes and events that nourish you on the inside and out. There is plenty to choose from over the next few weeks and, like opening a box of chocolates, it might be difficult to pick just one.

Start by celebrating the Summer Solstice.  One of the biggest events of the year for the Inner Light Center is the Summer Solstice Pot Luck Picnic and Sacred Space Ceremony begin at 6:30p, Friday, 6/21. www.innerlightcenter.net

Also on June 21, is a Kirtan Yoga Fest at the Salt Lake Krishna Center: live mantra music, yoga practices for all levels, as well as dance, healthy vegetarian foods and juices. “Relax, do yoga, get spiritually nourished, meet new people, and dance.” It starts at 7p; priced between $7-10. www.utahkrishnas.org

Network with the local Green Community with SLC Green Drinks, in partnership with the Energy Commercialization Center at the 5th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on the Sky Terrace of the Utah Museum of Natural History on Tues., 6/25, 6:30p.  http://ecc.utah.edu/events-2/

On Thurs., June 20, The SLCC Community Writing Center presents a mini-workshop: The Art of Listening: Writing Oral Histories, 4:30p. A part of the Utah Art Festival, it the workshop is held along the Crescent Wall at Library Square; don’t forget to bring your favorite person with you so you can practice. http://uaf.org/schedule/event/667-mini-workshop-the-art-of-listening-writing-oral-histories

Crystals, Gems and Beads; Oh My! The Gem Faire is back on June 21-23 at the South Towne Exposition Center. Classes, demonstrations and displays, plus bring in your June CATALYST Magazine ad on p. 11 for $2 off admission. www.GemFaire.com

Expand your spirit with sound, Sun., June 23. The First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, http://www.slcuu.org, presents “String Theory: Music’s Limitless Mysteries,” from Carl Johansen at 10a as part of its 10 week Summer Forum series presentations. Over at Dancing Cranes Imports, 2:30p, energize and harmonize with a Full Moon Meditation and Gong Bath. $9. www.dancingcranesimports.com

Fatigue, allergies, headaches, hypertension, depression, insomnia, brain fog, poor appetite, or irregular breathing?” Keith Stevens, OMD LAc, and Daves Health and Nutrition present a free class on “Hidden Health Costs of Dehydration” Tues., June 25, 6:30p. daveshealth.com/local-classes.html

Indulge your inner child (or inner Fred Astaire) and Dance ALL Day for $10 with Repertory Dance. Theatre Community School on June 29, 9a-2p.  www.RDTutah.org or call 801-534-1000. 

Did you know that the SLC Jewish Community Center is offering free public concerts this summer? On Tues., July 9, 7p, Otter Creek plays folk and Celtic music on the JCC patio, where the motto is “It’s tough to be our view.” Really, I’ve been there and it is an amazing vista. Bring your own picnic (no outside alcohol – use the cash bar) or get food from the onsite café; see the website for menu. https://www.slcjcc.org

An icebreaker at a party. A fun way to interact with family or friends. A tool for personal insight. Whatever your reasons for studying beginning palmistry, you’ll find it accessible, entertaining, complex, and endlessly interesting. My four week Palmistry for Fun and Insight class at the UofU Lifelong Learning starts Tues. night, 7/9. $129 + materials fee. http://continue.utah.edu/lifelong/class/llpot_911_palmistry_for_fun_and_insight

The public is welcome to the annual Prayers for Compassion at the Tibetan Buddhist Temple Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa, Thurs., July 4, 6:30p – Sun., July 7, 2p. www.urgyensamtenling.org

Have some great ideas or events the Utah Mind-Body-Spirit community? Send them to:  mr at margaretruth.com.

This article was originally published on June 20, 2013.