The Art of Living Retreat Center Hosts “An Enlightening Holiday with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar”. International Spiritual and Humanitarian Leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to visit the United States for an alternative holideay retreat in North Carolina from Dec. 22 - 29, 2013. International spiritual leader and the founder of the world-renowned Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will host an unprecedented U.S. holiday celebration and week-long retreat in Western North Carolina. The event, “An Enlightening Holiday with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,” will take place Dec. 22 to 29 at the Art of Living Retreat Center (otherwise known as the Art of Living’s International Center for Meditation & Well-Being), and will mark the first time Sri Sri has celebrated the Christmas holiday in the United States. The retreat is expected to be at maximum capacity with upwards of 1,000 attendees coming to Boone from all over the world. For the past 30+ years, Sri Sri has regularly visited more than 150 countries, teaching meditation and spiritual wisdom to millions. He launched the Art of Living Foundation in 1989 as a worldwide humanitarian organization. In 2011, the Foundation acquired a 381-acre property located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, then restored and developed it into its first and only retreat center in the United States. Today, with its wide range of housing facilities, holistic spa, wholesome vegetarian cuisine, panoramic mountain views, serene meditation halls and powerful retreat offerings, the Art of Living Retreat Center is a haven of self-renewal for its many visitors from around world. Art of Living’s vision is for this retreat center to become the North American spiritual epicenter for inner peace, personal transformation and service to humanity. This December, Sri Sri’s rare holiday visit to the United States will bring attendees together in joy and inner peace. It offers a way for people to enliven the holiday spirit in a completely new way and to celebrate themselves from the inside out. “One of our aims at the Art of Living Retreat Center is to provide first class experiences along with the feeling of coming home,” said Neil Srivastava, managing director of the Art of Living Retreat Center. “So this December’s programs couldn’t be more perfect in that individuals and families can “come home” for the holidays in the spirit of celebration and return with renewed vision and clarity for the upcoming year. We are grateful that Sri Sri has chosen the United States of all the countries in the world this holiday season, to help us reconnect with ourselves and unwrap our enlightened sides together.” During “An Enlightening Holiday with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar,” Sri Sri will lead attendees in the “Weeklong Silent Retreat,” which includes the acclaimed “Art of Living Course” and the signature “Art of Silence Course” for a thorough spiritual immersion. During the retreat week, participants will go through the renowned Sudarshan Kriya breathing technique and self-reflective processes. As the week progresses, they will move into more advanced guided meditations and deep personal silence. Several additional courses for both children and adults will be held throughout the week, and more information can be found at http://www.enlighteningholiday.org.
In addition to the courses, there will be a Christmas celebration on the evening of Dec. 25. For more information, visit www.enlighteningholiday.org, the Art of Living Retreat Center’s Facebook page
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Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Learn breathing techniques, Sudarshan Kriya, easy yoga, and meditation.
A two-act Marathi play will be presented by Rasik Ranga Mancha. Choomantar is a fun-filled, captivating comedy play written by the late Vasant Kanitkar. Directed by Pankaj Shetye, co-directed by Ketan Deodhar under the guidance of Dr. Vijaya Bapat. The play will be performed on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 2pm. The venue is Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner, NC. for more details write to email@example.com or call919.303.0845.
First Night Charlotte is an alcohol-free, innovative and diverse celebration of the New Year that advances the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through a shared cultural experience, accessible and affordable to all. It all kicks off with activities with First Night KIDS at 12pm, followed in the evening with a 2-hour live airing on WBTV. Charlotte’s favorite bands will take the stage at 10pm to count down to the New Year in style. The annual event features arts, performances, family-oriented activities and more. It all happens on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. For more details visit www.firstnightcharlotte.com.
Presented by ArtsPlosure, the annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations take place on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in downtown Raleigh, NC. Schedule of Events: Children's Celebration 2-6pm; People's Procession 6pm; Early Countdown with Fireworks 7pm; Evening Performances 7-11:30pm; Main Stage Performances 6pm to Midnight; Fireworks and Acorn Drop at Midnight. For more details visit www.firstnightraleigh.com.
Holiday on Ice is back for the holiday season. As the air gets colder, the ice beckons. The outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of Uptown is now open through January 5, 2014. The holiday tradition brings families and friends together for and afternoon or evening of ice skating, hot chocolate and fun. The rink is located at the corner of MLK Blvd and Brevard on The NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza in Charlotte. For more details call 704.277.2636 or visit http://www.wbt.com/holidayonice/.
Capture the story of Christmas through the play "The Christmas Gift" enacted by children. The play will be performed on Saturday, December 14, 5pm, at Immanuel Assembly of God, 1004 Copeland Oaks Dr., Morrisville, NC. Admission is free. For more details call 919.442.8537 or 919.599.9293 or visit http://www.immanuelassembly.org/
Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space explores the creation and maintenance of borders, both physical as well as psychological, through the works of artists primarily from South Asia. These artists focus on the idea of partition as a productive space where nations are made through forging new identities and relationships; reconfiguring memory and creative forgetting; re-writing history and the making of myths; and through the creation and patrolling of borders. Developed by the arts organization Green Cardamom, “Lines of Control: Partition as a Productive Space” originated in London in 2009 as an exhibition focused on South Asian artists and the division of India in 1947. The project later expanded to a larger exhibition at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, incorporating works by artists from countries such as Mexico, Lebanon, and Ireland. The exhibit is on view through February 2, 2014 at the Nasher Museum. For more details visit http://nasher.duke.edu/exhibitions/lines-of-control/
The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India
For over twenty years, the influential, Delhi-based artist collective Sahmat has enabled Indian artists in all media to create and present works that engage in important political and social debates. Formed in 1989 in the weeks after playwright, actor, and activist Safdar Hashmi was fatally attacked by political thugs while performing a street play, Sahmat is an expansive network of Indian artists and intellectuals—painters, sculptors, writers, poets, musicians, actors, and activists—who create powerful and vibrant works of art in defense of freedom of expression and in celebration of secular, egalitarian values. Through a mix of high art and street culture, Sahmat artists take a consistent stance against the threats of religious fundamentalism and sectarianism. In the first major exhibition about the group organized for U.S. audiences, The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989 (now at Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill) includes more than 60 artists, including several with high profiles in the international contemporary art world. With paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs alongside ephemera, collaborative works, performances, and rich interpretive materials, the exhibition encourages a thoughtful assessment of the impact of this unique, multi-faceted—and sometimes controversial—collective on contemporary Indian society. It also adds a dynamic and stimulating chapter to the history of activist art worldwide. “For the American viewer it may help to see these works in the context of the ‘culture wars’ as they are playing out in India,” said co-curator Ram Rahman. “Sahmat’s projects also reflect the camaraderie and community spirit of the Indian art scene, where artists of different generations and philosophical outlooks still have a close-knit sense of community and purpose.” Sahmat is both an acronym for the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust and the Hindi word for “in agreement.” Engaging a broad base of collaborators—from celebrated artists and scholars to writers, musicians, and rickshaw drivers—the group pursues a mission of resistance against the forces that threaten “the essentially pluralist and democratic spirit of creative expression in India.” At the Ackland, The Sahmat Collective will examine the group’s key projects from 1989 to the present day, including street-based mobile performances, large cultural sit-ins, and conceptual exhibitions. The exhibit runs through January 5, 2014 at the Ackland Art Musuem, UNC Chapel Hill. Free admission. www.ackland.org.