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In Memoriam - Raven Grimassi

Raven Grimassi
April 12, 1951 – March 10, 2019

Gary Charles Erbe, known as Raven Grimassi, was an American scholar of paganism and author of over 20 books on the subjects of Wicca, Stregheria, and neo-paganism. Descended from Italian witches on his mother’s side, he popularized Stregheria, the religious practice of witchcraft with roots in Italy. Grimassi was a practitioner of witchcraft for over 45 years.

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Mirabai Starr Interview - Invoking Women Mystics

With poetic language, inter-spiritual teacher, author, mother and lover of the Beloved, Mirabai Starr takes listeners on a journey invoking the awe of the feminine. Calling on women mystics of all traditions and Lineages, Mirabai weaves a tapestry of stories that have relevant lessons for our modern, broken world. This is a tender interview with a fierce message to rise up, love more, and give ourselves completely to the Beloved.

Mirabai will be speaking on 'Wild Mercy: Living the Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics' at Banyen Books on April 5th:

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New at Banyen - Kansa Wands

The Kansa Wand (trans. Bronze) comes from an Ayurvedic medicinal practice and has been used for centuries in healings. Our wands are Ayurvedic grade, bronze, domed massage tools with Sheesham wood handles. They promote balancing of the meridian points and chakras, and also balance ones pH levels while releasing excess acid from the body. They are a soothing and potent way to promote relaxation, destressing, circulation, lymph node drainage and rejuvenation. The Kansa Wands come in four sizes that correspond to the body: Foot, Body, Face and the Marma-Acupressure point. We also carry many organic massage and essential oils to use with the wands. Single wand $60 or set of 4 for $225.

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In Memoriam - John Welwood

John Welwood
March 12, 1943 – January 17, 2019

John Welwood was an American clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, teacher, and author, known for integrating psychological and spiritual concepts. He was the Director of the East/West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and an associate editor of Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.  He is known for coining the term “spiritual bypassing” to describe the use of spiritual ideas and practices to avoid unresolved emotional and psychological challenges.

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Gangaji Interview - Inner Freedom

In this Banyen interview, spiritual teacher and author Gangaji speaks about coming home to our inner freedom, a state that transcends emotions and suffering and is not subject to loss or gain. This requires a willingness to have no future and no past and to recognize what’s here. Gangaji eloquently speaks about how to overcome the trance of suffering, the illusion of thought and find immediate and lasting fulfillment of our Divine birthright.

Join Gangaji live on March 26, 2019 for an Open Meeting at St. James Community Square in Vancouver, BC. Event details: 

Watch the video here:

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Cosmic Weather Report

Astrological highlights by Danielle Blackwood

April 2019

There are only a handful of spots left at my Sacred Astrology Women's Retreat on Salt Spring Island. If you've been thinking of registering, don't delay. This is going to be a transformative and magical weekend!!  We hope you will join us! 

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In Memoriam - Rev. Thomas Keating

Rev. Thomas Keating
March 7, 1923 – October 25, 2018

The Rev. Thomas Keating was a Trappist monk and a pioneer in the worldwide Christian contemplative prayer movement. He played a major role in popularizing what is now known as centering prayer, a method of silent prayer that allows one to rest in the presence of God. Over
the years, his thoughts crystallized into what friends said became one of his favorite sayings: “Silence is God’s first language. Everything else is a poor translation.”

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In Memoriam - Shakti Gawain

Shakti Gawain
September 30, 1948 – November 11, 2018

Shakti Gawain was the cofounder of New World Library and author of the classic book Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Life (1978). It has been a bestselling book for nearly 40 years and has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.

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New at Banyen - Fall Crystals Arrival

Thousands of new crystals have arrived! Come in and see the stunning crystal allies that will be coming out throughout the season.


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In Memoriam - Namkhai Norbu

Namkhai Norbu
December 8, 1938 – Sept 28, 2018

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In Memoriam - Baba Hari Dass

Baba Hari Dass
March 26, 1923 – Sept 25, 2018

Baba Hari Dass was a yoga master, a silent monk, and a commentator in the Indian scriptural tradition. Upon his arrival in the US in the early 1971, he and his teachings inspired the creation of several yoga centers and retreat programs in California and in Canada, including Dharma Sara Satsang Society on Salt Spring Island.

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Orit Sen-Gupta Interview - Touching the Sacred

In this Banyen interview, Orit Sen-Gupta, Sanskrit scholar, founder of Vijnana Yoga International, and respected Yoga teacher, speaks about stillness and spaciousness and the practice of movement and sitting that bring us closer to the experience of the sacred.

Orit Sen-Gupta will be offering a free talk at Banyen Books on Wednesday, October 17th. Event info:

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