Spiritual events for April 3


Olympia Zen Center: “...And What Did You Make of Your Life”, lecture and reading by poet David Stroud, 7 p.m. April 16, at the Heritage Room, 604 Water Street, Olympia; tickets at the door; workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17, at Olympia Zen Center, 3248 39th Way N.E. For reservations contact or phone 360-357-2835.

World Sacred Music Festival: Al-Andalus Ensemble 7:30 p.m., April 11 at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. The first in the festival’s new quarterly series, this concert will celebrate through music and dance the interfaith connections in Spain between Africa, the East and the West, as well as among Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Sponsored by Interfaith Works and KAOS 89.3-FM Community Radio. The concert takes place at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia; tickets are $25 or $15 for low-income individuals, available at the door or online at www.BuyOlympia. com. For more information:

Practicing Buddhist Mindfulness: 7 p.m. Thursday at 1211 Wilson St., Olympia. Geshe Jamyang Tsultrim, spiritual director of The Nalanda Institute, will give instruction on practicing Mindfulness Meditation. Talk will explain the basic physical and mental steps involved and have opportunity for practice and feedback. Geshe Jamyang was a Tibetan Buddhist monk for 20 years, is now a mental health counselor and professor, and brings unparalleled depth and knowledge of classical Buddhism. Contact 956-1215, $15 donation requested.

Interfaith Earth Care Series: 7-8 p.m., Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave., Olympia, April 14, “The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community” (DVD), a talk by Dr. David Korten. Discussion follows. May 12, “The Great Story.” This DVD portrays the life and work of Thomas Berry, cultural historian and ecologist. Discussion follows. For more information, call 360-459-5825. All Events are Free. Co-sponsored by Earth Care Catholics of Olympia and Interfaith Works Earth Stewardship Committee.


“Lord’s Pantry” at Turning Point Church, Lacey: Join the Thurston County food bank to offer groceries to people in need from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the last Thursday of the month at the warehouse next to the site of the new church building at the corner of Marvin Road Northeast and Hawks Prairie Road Northeast, Lacey. For questions or information, call 360-560-6919.

Pastoral skills: Classes are 7-9 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Community 6326 Martin Way E., Suite 103, Lacey, To sign up, call 360-481-2379 or 360-456-5697.

The Olympia Mahayana Buddhist Center: 211 Legion Way S.W., Olympia, The Olympia Mahayana Buddhist Center offers a variety of classes, day courses and in-depth study programs. Call 360-754-7787 or go to

St. Placid Priory Spirituality Center: 500 College St. N.E., Lacey, offers individual and group retreats, spiritual direction, programs and weekend workshops. Call 360-438-2595 or go to

Olympia Zen Center: 3248 39th Way N.E., Olympia offers daily meditation in the Soto Zen tradition and monthly one-day retreats. Newcomer orientation Wednesdays at 6 p.m. followed by meditation at 7 p.m., ceremony and dharma talk. Call 360-357-2835 or go to

The Nalanda Institute (Center for Buddhist Studies and Meditation): Classes meet at Lien Hoa Vietnamese Temple, 1211 Wilson St. N.E., Olympia. Classical Buddhist meditation practices, group discussions and monthly teachings, 7 p.m. Thursdays; Tibetan transformative meditations, 10 a.m. Saturdays. Call 360-786-1309 or

All-denominational devotional gathering: 10 to 11 a.m. Sundays, DeColores Bookstore, 507 Washington St., Olympia. These gatherings are initiated by the Baha’i faith and are open to all faiths and belief systems. Call 360-704-1823.

The Center for Spiritual Awakening – A Science of Mind Community: Meditation at 10:30 a.m. and metaphysical service and children’s program at 11 a.m. Sundays, NOVA School, 2020 22nd Ave. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-570-2112 or go to

Seek and You Shall Find … Emmaus Catholic Community: 11 a.m. the first and third Sundays of every month and Easter Sunday at Lacey Women’s Club House, 829 Lacey St., Lacey.

Weekly meditation and Puja: 11 a.m. Sundays, The Dharmata Foundation, 2613 Aztec Drive N.W., Olympia. Followed by weekly recorded dharma talks by Anam Thubten. Call 360-866-8442.

Spirit service: 6 p.m. Sundays, The United Churches, 110 11th Ave. S.E., Olympia. This service was developed to help people focus on spiritual formation. The types of service will vary from week to week, but will follow a monthly schedule: labyrinth walk, first Sundays; celebrate music, second Sundays; taize, third Sundays; prayer, fourth Sundays; and healing service, fifth Sundays. Services include communion and prayer candles. Call 360-943-1210.

Capitol Christian Healing Rooms: From 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Family Chiropractic, 204 Pinehurst Drive W., Tumwater. Call 360- 943-4880 or 360-438-1430.

Gifts of Being meditation class: 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first, second and third Mondays of each month, Heart of Wellness, 205 Clark Place S.E., Tumwater. This class taught by Kim Lincoln offers guided inquiry to help participants cultivate presence and explore subtle energies within. By donation. Call 360-866-9234 or visit

Thurston Insight Meditation Group: 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, The Quaker Meeting Hall, 219 B St., Tumwater. Each week will include basic instruction and a session in mindfulness meditation from the Buddhist tradition. Call 360-491-8943.

Northwest Bon Buddhist Healing Practice Group: Meditation groups meet at 7 p.m. Mondays at 2222 State Ave. N.E., Olympia. Tibetan sound healing and Pranic yoga practice, first Monday of each month; Wisdom and Compassion Practice of Sherap Chamma, second Monday of each month; Healing Waters Practice of Yeshe Walmo (especially for those with health-related issues), third Monday of each month; Foundational Practices and study group, fourth Monday of each month. For more information, send an e-mail to

Soundview Christian Writers: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Olympia. Call 360-705-2846 for location and information.

Testimony meeting: 7 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Singing, prayer, inspirational readings and testimonies of healing. Everyone is welcome. Christian Science Church, 1475 Evergreen Park Drive, Olympia. Call 360-352-1572.

Kid’s Jewish Book Club: 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, The Chabad Jewish Discovery Center, 1611 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. Children ages 3-6 can explore Jewish values, traditions and Mitzvahs (good deeds) through interactive story time, crafts and activities. 360-918-8828 or

Ending Your Week in Stillness: 6 to 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2200 East End St. N.W., Olympia. This meditation group has two periods of sitting meditation, a period of walking meditation and a brief reading. Call 360-786-6383.

Beginning Qi Gong: 6 p.m. Fridays, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Community, 6326 Martin Way E., Olympia. Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system integrating physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. The class is followed by guided meditation at 6:30 p.m. Free. Call 360-491-3171.

German Ministry: 1 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, St. Benedict Espiscopal Church, 910 Bowker St., Lacey. Monthly worship in the German language. Sie sind herzlich willkommen. Call 360-701-2037 or 360-456-1402.

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