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The Parenting for Peace program at the Friends School of Portland presents:
ALWAYS ON: Family Life in the Digital Age
Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:00 pm
102 Wishcamper Center, University of Southern Maine
Free & open to the public – no registration required!
Digital media offers incredible wonders and significant challenges for
our children and our families. How do we embrace the most
exciting aspects of our digital culture while remaining mindful of the
downsides of passive media consumption? What information and skills
do we need to raise healthy children and thriving families in the
digital age?
On May 2nd, Dr. Rob Williams will present on the trends that are
shaping children’s communication culture. He will help us deepen our
understanding of media’s power and create strategies for remaining
active participants in our own digital lives. An educator, social
media specialist, and a founder of the Action Coalition for Media
Education; Williams will help us understand the current terrain in
all of its complexity.Ample time will be provided for reflection, questions and audience interaction. (04/30)

Alewives are a migratory fish that swim to lakes and ponds in May-June to spawn. They make one of the world's great migrations and provide a chance to see wildlife in numbers that we rarely see anymore (fish, osprey, eagle, heron...) Volunteers are needed to count the alewives that pass over Nequasset fish ladder in Woolwich from May - early June. Get more information at or email Alicia Heyburn ( This a great family activity. (04/30)


Primordial Purity and Complete Trust: The Practice of Buddhist Meditation in the Dzogchen Tradition The teachings of Buddhism point out that the basis of our present experience is “Primordial Purity.” The practice of Buddhist meditation is remarkably straightforward. We simply sit without distraction and allow our mental projections to arise and dissipate in our mind. In this way we begin to recognize the fresh, present wakefulness of reality beyond the daydreams of mental projection. This is the practice of complete trust in present awareness.
Ongoing Classes each Wednesday from 10am–12noon and Tuesday 5-7pm
All Welcome – By Donation, The Dzogchen Meditation Center
4 Armstrong Way, West Bath, ME 04530
(207) 607 3392 or,
Tashi Armstrong was a direct student of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is a ngakpa or Tantric practitioner in the Surmang Kagyu Order. Tashi has been a student of Trungpa Rinpoche’s lineage for over 30 years. He attended the 1986 Vajradhatu Seminary and lived in residence at Trungpa Rinpoche’s Contemplative Centers for five years. He continues to study with many central teachers of the Kagyu and Nyingma Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. (04/30)


Judith Lief to lead retreat on Chögyam Trungpa’s Profound Treasury of the Ocean

of Dharma: Judith Lief, a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa, will lead a retreat on Trungpa’s Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma at the Sky Hy conference center in Topsham, Maine, from May 24 through June 2. The program is open to all, but space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register soon. For more information, click here, or contact
Lief edited the three-volume collection, which presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. The retreat will cover the first volume, The Path of Individual Liberation, about the hinayana, or foundational vehicle. 04/30)


Take a Waldorf Weekend! Come to Sunbridge Institute this summer and immerse yourself in a fun-filled, experiential introduction to the foundations and fundamentals of Waldorf Education. Ideal for new Waldorf teachers, parents and staff, Waldorf Weekends are offered June 28-30, July 5-7 and July 12-14. Sunbridge Institute is located on the beautiful, familyfriendly 140-acre campus of Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY,offering nature-filled recreation (pond, gardens, farm) just 25 miles from NYC.
Visit for registration and information on our complete Summer Series 2013 course line-up. (04/23)

Small Group Art Lessons for Young People:
May Art Block: Silk Screen Printmaking, Monday’s from 3:30-5:00, May 6th through June 3rd (no class on Memorial Day). Children will learn how to draw, create a stencil and print their own designs using silk screen techniques. Designs will first be printed on paper with our final project being a silk screened t-shirt. COST: $100. Registration and a deposit of half the course fee before April 29th. Class size is limited to five students and home studio is located on Torrey Hill Range Road in Freeport.
MORE INFORMATION: Contact Heidi at 844-0561 or email at

Silk Screen T-Shirt Art Parties!
Experienced art teacher offering art parties from my private art studio in Freeport.
Perfect for birthdays or a family gathering. Participants will learn how to draw a design, create a stencil and print their own designs on a t-shirt using silk screen techniques. All materials provided.
WHERE: Your home or my home studio.
COST: $200. (For 3 people). Size and cost negotiable.
MORE INFORMATION: Contact Heidi at 844-0561 or email at (04/23)

Please click here for a PDF of the April AWSNA Newsletter, "Inform."
It can also be found here:
"INFORM is a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally.


May Events at the Freeport Community Library:

World Music is coming to the Freeport Community Library on Tuesday, May 14th at 10:00am! Come listen and dance to music from around the world with children’s musician Rob Duquette. For toddlers - kindergarten.