Journeying Toward Wholeness

November 2019

Greetings Yoga and T'ai Chi Students and Lovers of Breema and The Painting Journal!

The RMSI Yoga class continues on Wednesday afternoons at 2:15. Several younger men have been showing up lately. Leonard, who has come to the classes on and off for several years, has returned to Nashville. Yeah!…and all best wishes as he enters the community with the gifts he has to offer.

Bill Northrup who does both Yoga and T'ai Chi and recovering from a hip break, ventured out to join the RMSI Yoga class October 23rd. The following is from Bill:


“ Two weeks ago I went with Julie to Riverbend Maximum

Institution where she teaches a weekly Yoga class. Ten men

joined us. I was astonished at how cheerful, pleasant, good-

looking and physically fit they were. Obviously they thrived

on this treat of having Julie's presence. I definitely would

recommend this experience to anyone else. My mat was

next to a very spontaneous, cheerful middle-aged man. We

chatted a bit and at one point I asked him how long he had

been there. He answered, “37 years!” We were in a large

indoor basketball court with many hand-painted images

of basketball players, representing major basketball teams.

A spectacular bird had been painted on the floor and a

smaller example of the same bird was on the wall. So much

to notice and soak in from this memorable hour.

Thank you, Julie.”


Kirsten Damphier a longtime participant in the Yoga classes, joined the RMSI yoga class September 25th. The following is from Kirsten:


“I would like to express my appreciation for the opportunity

to experience the yoga class at RMSI.

I felt warmly welcomed by the GENTLE men who were

in attendance. I was impressed by their willingness to share their

stories, their attentiveness and involvement in all areas

of the class, and the evident appreciation and respect

that is held for Julie.

I know the impact and meaning that the attendance of

Julie's classes has had on my life. I can only imagine

what it means for these men to be given a time of

“No Judgement”, mutual respect, and to receive the tools

to cope and evolve in gaining personal meaning

in life, no matter where they are.

No one expresses this meaning better than Tony, a

previous inmate of RMSI.

“Thanks to you - I am breathing, embracing, participating in life.

I'm no longer just waiting for it all to end…”

So powerful, and MY hope for all these men.

Again, I am grateful for being invited to this class

and hope to return in the future.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


If you would like to do a Yoga class at RMSI, please email or text me with your name and date of birth. I will be setting up times for December and January.



Full Beaver Moon is November 12th. Restorative Yoga is happening the week of November 11th. Please bring a bolster if you have one. During Restorative Yoga week we need lots of blankets. If you have not yet brought a blanket to class, this would be a good time to begin. During the colder weather it is much needed.


T'ai Chi Classes

Tuesdays 8-9am (Early meet-up at Fido's at 7:15am) Dragon Park in good weather..When very cold or rainy, the class is at Belmont Methodist Church.

Thursdays 9-10 am @ Martin Center, Brentwood


Yoga Classes



9:30-10:55 am Beginner Yoga @ Friends Meeting House

11:00-12:30pm Intermediate Yoga @ Friends Meeting House

6:00-7:30pm Intermediate Yoga @ Friends Meeting House



2:15-3:45 RMSI Yoga Class



10:15-11:30am Beginner yoga Class at Martin Center, Brentwood


Breema Treatments are available Mondays, Tuesday afternoon, Thursday afternoons, and Fridays. Please call 615-498-4090 to reserve a place for you.


“There was a time when I would read the poems of

Rumi and Hafiz and wonder if perhaps those great

poets were just “wired” a bit differently than

the rest of us. I didn't know what could make

for such profound joy and celebration of life.

Now, many years have passed (and thousands

of hours of Breema), and when I read these

poems, they spark a place inside me that has

tasted the joy of a simple moment, a direct

experience of unity with all life -and I find

that I am that joy, that love!”


~ Roxanne Schroter


Katherine Correa is offering two Breema workshops @ The Farm in Summertown TN.

Sunday November 17…10-1:00pm

Saturday December 7th 1-4:00pm

Contact Katherine for registration, information and directions…615-440-1342



Circle Dancing will be happening Friday November 22nd at Friends Meeting House 7-9pm. All are invited to get a bite to eat at Calypso Cafe on Charlotte Ave. between 5:30-6:00 before the dancing starts.


“The function of both Circle Dance and water

is life giving and life enhancing, and the effect

of both is global. They share qualities: they

both flow, they change energy, they both

balance energies, they are agents of

connection; they affect the environment,

permeating it with subtle vibrations.

Every drop of rain increases the

water level in the ocean, every dancing

circle swells the ocean of positive

vibrations on the planet.


~ June Watts



Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell TN is offering the following retreats:

“Recognizing our True Self” November 22-24 With Don Oakley and Patty Bottari. This is a mostly silent retreat, with a housekeeping fee of $45 and bringing food for one meal.

“New Year's Retreat” December 28-January1st.

Check out there 423-626-9000


“A Course In Miracles” with Candace Adelson and Jerry-Yah'kov Sunday November 10th @ 9:30 -10:45 at the Lobby of Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Brentwood.






Saturday November 23, 2019


Family and friends will share Stories and music of Dennis, scatter

his ashes in the outside environment and plant a cherry tree.

Followed by visiting and refreshments

at the home of

Bonnie johnson

2934 Voulx Lane

Nashville TN 37204 casual attire




Autumn seems short this year. Still signs of color in the last of the leaves clinging, lift the heart. As Thanksgiving approaches I want to give thanks especially for all those who have supported me in so many wonderful ways here in Tennessee. In 1960 I did not know how I would fare leaving New England and venturing to the South! I am relieved to leave the hard winters behind, and enormously grateful for a gentler way of life infused with amazing and wonderful folk inside and outside the walls! Thanks to you all!




“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from

another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude

of those who have lighted the flame within us,”

~ Albert Einstein



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