Learning Institute for Growth, Healing and Transformation

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The Learning Institute for Growth, Healing and Transformation (LIGHT) is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Normally, events sponsored by LIGHT will take place in Winnipeg.
Other Community Events
(listed below) will list other events that we feel may be of interest to LIGHT members and friends.


LIGHT Events

LIGHT Lecture Series

Location: Charisma Restaurant
               83D Sherbrook St.
Attendees get a special price on a dinner buffet, starting at 6:00 p.m.; the presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free but donations would be appreciated.


Tuesday, September 19 - 7:00 p.m.
Dan Waldman: “Beyond Meditation”

Although meditation is usually associated with spiritual practices within a tradition such as Buddhism or Yoga, it has much wider applications. Dan Waldman will show how we can tap into this powerful universal tool to develop mindfulness, physiological body control and concentrative power. He will also share his own experiences with meditation as a healing force through energy transfer, providing relief from the side effects of cancer treatment, and working with the terminally ill.

Dan Waldman has been meditating for many decades and has explored a wide range of spiritual paths. His broad and varied life experiences include working as a horse trainer, contractor, farmer, stockbroker, medic, martial arts instructor and wood carver.


Tuesday, October 17 - 7.00 p.m.
Douglas Staley: “The Psychological Teachings of the Fourth Way”

G.I. Gurdjieff brought an ancient teaching of spiritual transformation to the West known as “the Fourth Way.” It seeks a harmonious development of our physical, emotional and mental functions by consciously working with the challenges of everyday life, rather than withdrawing from the world. The presentation will explore some of the central concepts of Gurdjieff’s psychological teachings, including essence and personality, self-observation, conscious attention, states of consciousness and stages of spiritual development.

Douglas Staley is the President of LIGHT and has studied Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way teachings for more than four decades. In collaboration with Ernie Strauss, he has developed a website devoted to the exploration of Gurdjieff’s life and spiritual impact: “Gurdjieff and the Fourth Way: A Critical Appraisal” (www.gurdjiefffourthway.org).


Tuesday, November 14 - 7.00 p.m.
Melody Newcomb: “Attention: Gurdjieff Movements as a Practice in Community”

George Gurdjieff created a set of Movements to "wake up" his students, bringing to consciousness the automatic ways of thinking, feeling, and moving. This presentation will include information about the context of the Movements within the Fourth Way tradition, the way they are currently practised around the world and in Winnipeg, as well as the opportunity to experience this practice directly.

Melody Newcomb was first introduced to the Movements in 1996 when Marna Clarke brought the practice to Winnipeg through the Inscape community and their work with the Enneagram. Melody started a group here in Winnipeg in 1998 that continues to meet weekly. She has studied with teachers in Alberta, California, New Mexico, West Virginia, Germany and Greece. She has attended the International Retreat since 2003 and has served on the Organizing Committee since 2010.



Other Community Events

A small group meets in Winnipeg to practise movements on most Thursday evenings and one Saturday afternoon a month. They welcome anyone who would like to participate. For further information, contact Sandy Landin at 204-885-4644 or sandylandin@shaw.ca