Saturday, December 13, 2008

Rhythm for Your Soul

Come explore the ancient rhythms within yourself! Rhythm for Your Soul will lead you through story of the djembe drum, the basics of how to play the djembe and dunun drums (a type of drum from West Africa), and how to put the techniques together to learn ancient traditional rhythms and songs. Just like other instruments, these drums have notes that are combined to play music. We will work on the sounds of the notes and will play music that you can play alone or with other drummers. Whether you are a beginner drummer or an experienced one, join us to discover or improve your own sound on the drum, and to create music in community with others.

Classes are for all ages of drummers and all skill levels.

When: Every 3rd Saturday of the Month, starting in January 2009
Time: 2:30pm – 4pm
Cost: $15 per class.
Where: Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster (across from Central Market)
How to Register: Contact Radiance 717-290-1517
Dates: January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16

If you don't have a djembe, dunun (barrel-shaped stick drum), or ashiko drum, you can rent a djembe for $2 (technique instruction is focused on these drums, but you may also bring frame drums to play during the rhythms). Please request rental drums ahead of time for each class.

Classes Led by Tammi Hessen, a Lancaster-based drummer who has been studying in the West African hand drum tradition of djembe. She has traveled to Africa to study drumming there, studies under djembe master Mamady Keita, and Master Drum Maker/Cultural Educator Baile McKnight. She has also studied with Menes Yahuda, Salim Ajanku of Sankofa Dance Theater, Mahiri Keita, Ubaka Hill, and other drumming instructors who travel around to teach. Tammi has been working with Ubaka Hill as her teaching assistant at the Michigan Women’s Music Festival, and recently recorded on Ubaka’s 3rd CD, “Beyond the Wind” and played at the CD Release concerts. Tammi began teaching Bumbada! Women Drumming classes in Baltimore Maryland in 2003, and the program continues to grow. She also has a performance group that plays for various events locally. You can contact Tammi directly for more information about the ongoing drumming classes in Baltimore, Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg areas, or for private lessons.

Tammi currently teaches classes in Lancaster, Reading, Harrisburg, and Baltimore, and drums for local West African Dance Classes. For more information,

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Attunement to Reiki III further increases and enhances the amount of Universal Life Energy that flows through the body. Reiki III heals the spiritual body, bringing about profound life changes and completing the Reiki healing circle.

Experience the power of Reiki in this class being taught by Reiki Master, Marilyn J. Landis.

• Learn the Reiki III Symbols, their mantras and uses
• Initiation (Attunement) to the third degree of Reiki
• Guidance on becoming a Reiki Master
• Instruction for Passing Attunements
• Guidance for teaching Reiki
• Reiki III Certificate, after completion of this class

Prerequisite: Reiki Level I and II Attunements

Location: Radiance,
9 West Grant Street, Lancaster

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
You can purchase lunch at Central Market or bring your lunch.

Cost: $325.00

RSVP: Requested by Saturday, March 21.
Call 290-1517.
Class size is limited to 4 so early registration is recommended.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Yule Forest at Radiance

The front door at Radiance opens right onto the cobblestones. Sometimes it feels like a bit of a challenge to make it feel welcoming and enticing. We're very excited about our Yule decorating though, and want to share it with the world! It's a work in process, with another tree inside on the landing & an evergreen archway to step through. Very magical. Come on in.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Radiance in the newspaper!

Yesterday afternoon, we held our 2nd anniversary celebration at Radiance. We'd invited the local artisans whose work we carry in the shop to set up their booths in the classroom, like a mini craft fair. We'd sent a notice to the newspaper for the weekly calendar of events, and they ran the listing (twice actually). Well, I guess one of the reporters thought it looked interesting so he came over & brought a photographer! They mingled, interviewed quite a few people and ran this nice article in this morning's paper. Here's a link to the article!

And here's a link to Tina Sams' blog entry about the event, with several more photos. Thanks Tina!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Radiant Artisan Festival this Sunday Afternoon!

A lot has changed since we opened in 2006, and we would like to show just how much we appreciate our customers and our vendors. Sunday will be a gathering of friends enjoying what we have been able to offer- a place to buy, sell, and enjoy earth and spirit- friendly products and services, all in the nature of sustaining ourselves and our world. We sincerely hope you are able to come and meet those that have made our space what it is... radiant!

Enjoy an afternoon with the artists and craftspeople that make our shop special!

Festival events include:

Stands featuring the work of local artists
A lampworking demonstration with Maryanne Schwartz
Short sessions with our adult and kid yoga instructors
5-minute chair massages
A book signing with Tina Sams, author of Wild Foods, Under the Sun, and editor of The Essential Herbal
Live music, refreshments, and fun!

For more information, call us at 290- 1517, or just stop by... we hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Alice Schwager Showing at Radiance

Wow! Wow! Wow! We have a collection of Alice Schwager's paintings hanging in our gallery/classroom through the end of the year. They are stunning. Artist reception will be held on First Friday in December from 5 until 8pm. In addition to the paintings, Alice will have a collection of her dolls here at Radiance for the reception.

Alice is a mixed-media visionary artist, expressing spiritual and healing themes in her art. Her intent is that when we gaze into her works, mundane thoughts dissolve for a moment and we stare into our divine cores.

A prolific painter, Alice was born in Romania, however now lives in southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She describes her inspiration for her artwork as being "a force outside of herself", almost as if she were simply compelled by channeling, rather than actually creating her own artwork without some sort of inexplicable or even divine drive. Although her original use of color, collage, textures and cerebral motifs make her work identifiable and recognizable as being "her own" style, nonetheless, each one of her hundreds of paintings is truly unique, thereby reaffirming both her creative talents and endless imagination.

Baby Yogi Bees - Infant Yoga & Massage Classes

Babies are born blissful, and transform the lives around them profoundly. Practicing yoga and massage with your baby eases their transition into the world and your transition into parenthood. In this six week class we will teach gentle yoga and massage techniques that help both mom and baby relax into their new life together.

Infant yoga and massage can improve digestion and sleep, enhance natural flexibility and growth, increase neuromuscular development, and boost the immune system, all of which leads to less stress and anxiety for the whole family.

Tuesdays, Oct 21 thru Nov 25, 2008, 10:30-11:30 am
Classes are held at Radiance, 9 W. Grant St, Lancaster- across from Central Market. Call Radiance at 290-1517 or stop by to register.
6 week session – $72 or $15 per class. Drop-ins are welcome.

Please bring a yoga mat, blanket or sheepskin for baby, and pillow for relaxation/meditation, plenty of water and snacks, and anything else you may need to be comfortable.

This class will be co-taught by Kara Kriner and Jen Lehman.

Kara Kriner is a Certified Massage Therapist with training in infant massage, and a teacher trained in both Radiant Child Yoga and YogaEd. She also teaches yoga classes for toddlers and young children.

Jen Lehman has been working with pregnant and postnatal women and their families since 1995. She is certified as a doula and childbirth educator through the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE) and received certification as a prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor through the Asheville Yoga Center.

Hatha/Anusara Yoga classes with Roberta Strickler

Based on the belief that all bodies are not created exactly alike, these six-week sessions are inspired by Anusara - a new heart-centered model of Hatha Yoga. Each class includes breath, poses, and some time for quieting the mind.

Morning yoga, Fridays 9 to 10:30 a.m.
January 9 – February 13, 2009 and
February 20 - March 27

$75 for 6-week session, paid in advance. $15 per class drop-in fee.

Classes will be held at Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster (across from Central Market). Call Radiance, 290-1517, or stop by to register.

Wear clothing without seams or belts and be prepared to be barefoot. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Mats are available for sale at Radiance.

Roberta Strickler has taught Hatha Yoga in central Pennsylvania since 1995. Her teaching style is challenging, thought provoking and full of fun. She holds a teaching certificate from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is currently accepted into the certification program of Anusara Yoga.

Bumbling Yogi Bees - for toddlers!

Four-week sessions of Yoga classes for kids ages 2 to 4
Saturday mornings from 11:15 to 11:45am
March 14, 21, 28 and April 4
$30 for the session, or $8 per class

Did you know that Toddlers who practice yoga regularly:
• Improve body awareness
• An outlet for social interaction and self expression
• Cope with stress more effectively and sleep better
• A playful way to relax
• Set a lifelong foundation for well-being and self-esteem

Kara Kriner is a Certified Massage Therapist and a teacher with specialized training in both Radiant Child Yoga and YogaEd. Kara will lead us through this delightfully fun class with stories, songs and games.

Classes are held at Radiance, 9 West Grant St, Lancaster, across the cobblestones from Central Market. Call 290-1517 for more information, or to register.

Toddler must bring an adult to class.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Busy Yogi Bees - Yoga for 5 to 8 year-olds

Busy Yogi Bees

Six week session of classes for kids ages 5 to 8
Friday evenings from 6pm to 8pm 1 hour of yoga & 1 hour of craft
Oct. 10, 17, 24 & Nov. 14, 21, 28, 2008
$90.00 for the session, or $20 per class
Parents are welcome to browse in our shop, read in our library or leave us your cell phone # and go have a quick date!

Did you know that children who practice yoga regularly:
• Increase focus and attention span
• Develop strong, healthy bodies
• Cope with stress more effectively
• Relax and sleep better
• Set a lifelong foundation for well-being and self-esteem

Kara Kriner is a Certified Massage Therapist and a teacher trained in both Radiant Child Yoga and YogaEd. Kara will facilitate this fun class with story, song and games.

Classes are held at Radiance, 9 West Grant St, Lancaster, across the cobblestones from Central Market.
Call 290-1517 for more information, or to register.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Reiki 3 Class, Master & Teacher Level


Attunement to Reiki III further increases and enhances the amount of Universal Life Energy that flows through the body. Reiki III heals the spiritual body, bringing about profound life changes and completing the Reiki healing circle.

Experience the power of Reiki in this class being taught by Reiki Master, Marilyn J. Landis.

• Learn the Reiki III Symbols, their mantras and uses
• Initiation (Attunement) to the third degree of Reiki
• Guidance on becoming a Reiki Master
• Instruction for Passing Attunements
• Guidance for teaching Reiki
• Reiki III Certificate, after completion of this class

Prerequisite: Reiki Level I and II Attunements

Location: Radiance, 9 West Grant Street, Lancaster

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You can purchase lunch at Central Market or bring your lunch.

Cost: $325.00, $100 non-refundable

RSVP: Requested by Saturday, March 21.
Call 290-1517.

Class size is limited to 4 so early registration is recommended.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Luminous Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy is a wonderful time to focus inward, build strength and flexibility, and learn the art of relaxation. This six week session will use pranayama, asana, meditation and visualization to connect with the breath, body, emotions, and baby in a compassionate way.

The benefits of prenatal yoga can include more energy, greater focus, ease of common discomforts, preparation for birth, greater balance and awareness, and self-empowerment.

6 week session – Tuesdays, Sept 9 thru Oct 14, 2008, 10:30 – noon.
$60 or $12 drop-in fee.

Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, and pillow for relaxation/meditation, plenty of water and snacks, and anything else you may need to be comfortable... and please check with your midwife or physician before embarking on the yoga journey.

Classes are held at Radiance, 9 W. Grant St, Lancaster- across from Central Market.
Call Radiance at 290-1517 or stop by to register.

Jen Lehman has been working with pregnant and postnatal women and their families since 1995. She is certified as a doula and childbirth educator through the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE) and received certification as a prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor through the Asheville Yoga Center.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Reiki Shares in Lancaster

On the third Sunday afternoon of each month, Radiance is host to a Reiki Share. Usually facilitated by Marilyn Landis, who teaches the Reiki classes we offer at Radiance, the Reiki shares are open to anyone who has been attuned to at least Reiki Level One. We meet in circle first, share Reiki experiences & discuss Reiki issues, then we break into groups & exchange Reiki with each other. Each person has the opportunity to receive Reiki as well as giving it to others in the group. The Share is from 1:30 until 4pm on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Reiki Share Lancaster also hosts a yahoo group, which sends reminders of the monthly Shares, and allows us to request distance Reiki (for ourselves or others) from the group between meetings. If you would like to subscribe to the Reiki Share Lancaster group, you can email a request for an invitation to or .

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Ancestors Workshop with Amanda Kemp

You know the ancestors are calling you
You know the ancestors are calling you
They say Remember me
They say Forgive me
They say I forgive you

Inspired by her poem, You Know the Ancestors Are Calling You, Amanda Kemp developed this workshop to open the door to compassion, forgiveness and a deeper awareness of what we are called to do in this life.

Integrating yoga postures, creative writing and meditation Dr. Kemp creates a space for participants to connect with, and draw strength from, our ancestors. These ancestors may be biological, political, spiritual or artistic with names known or unknown to us. Appropriate for all levels of yoga and/or writing experience, Dr. Kemp has offered this workshop at Pendle Hill, Stanford University and Friends General Conference, among other places.

Sunday, November 23, 6:30 to 9 pm

Held at Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster (across the cobblestones from Central Market)

$20 in advance $25 at the door. Call Radiance, 290-1517, or stop in to register.

Amanda Kemp completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Classical Hatha Yoga at Dr. Bob Butera's Yoga Life Center in Devon, Pa. A second degree reiki practitioner and Radical Manifestation Coach, Dr. Kemp is also the founder of Theatre for Transformation. She has taught at Franklin & Marshall College, Dickinson College and Cornell University. Weaving together yoga, reiki, forgiveness, and theatre, Dr. Kemp is "on a mission to heal the planet" and invites you to join her.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Shamanic Energy Circle on September 14

Join Har Gopal Kaur-Jaque for a consciousness-expanding experience. This Shamanic Energy Circle will deepen your connection to your divine self. We gather under the umbrella of the Autumn Equinox, each of us asking the question, "What am I harvesting?"

The sun moving into Libra will be presenting us all with opportunities for finding balance. What will you surrender in order to achieve that balance? Day and night will be equal in length, and we will turn our thoughts to balance and gratitude, for all we have and to remember the balance of all the Elements which sustain and nourish our lives.

Sunday, September 14, 11am until 3pm
Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster

Cost for this workshop is $45. Registration and payment must be in advance. Call Radiance, 290-1517, or stop by to register.

Har Gopal Kaur-Jaque (Jaqueline Hanson) is a Shamanic Energy Healer, as well as a Reiki and Shamballa Master/Teacher, Certified Massage Therapist, Kundalini and hatha Yoga teacher, currently living in Carlisle, PA. She believes that this is the time we have all been waiting for, and sees herself as a vessel, providing a safe container in which others may peel back their outer layers and allow their true radiance to emerge.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fairy Nests

If you've been to Radiance, you've probably seen some of Lisa Mercer's artwork. She makes all sorts of wonderful things from found and recycled items. Earlier this week, Lisa came in with a case full of "Fairy Nests". Mostly made with small recycled baskets, wool roving, feathers and found treasures, these tiny works of art are lovely. Perfect for a fairy corner, altar or indoor garden. My photos don't do them justice, I'm afraid. People have been oohing and aahing over them ever since they arrived. Stop in soon - I don't think these will be here for long! And while you're here, you'll want to look at our amazing selection of fairy figurines. We have Flower Garden Fairies, Amy Brown Faeries and some delightful Forest Faeries.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Let's Make Malas, Workshop & Field Trip

On the full moon day of August, Saturday, Aug 16, 2008 8:45 AM -5 PM:

Join Kundalini yoga instructor, Padmani Kaur (Christine Cappabianca) and Virginia Dugan, for this delightful experience. The day will include meditation, yoga and gemstone beadwork as we make our own malas, or prayer beads.

We will start the day with a carpooling field trip to the stone show in Lebanon, where each participant will select & purchase the stones and other materials needed for mala-making. We will then return to Radiance in downtown Lancaster, for the rest of the day, which will include a light vegetarian lunch, teachings on the history of malas, beads of significance and healing properties as taught by Yogi Bhajan. We will have a yoga class to prepare us spiritually for the stringing & knotting of the beads and a blessing ceremony at the end of the day.

This workshop is appropriate for all levels of yoga and meditation experience.

Cost is $60 including lunch. Please bring a blanket or yoga mat and a journal. You will need to bring some sort of container with a lipped tray/lid to work and hold the project during and after the workshop. Contact Radiance for more information or call 717-290-1517 to reserve your spot.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Old is New, artwork from Jennifer Strasenburgh

For those of you who have been to Radiance, you have already seen some of Jenn's work. She painted the flowering vines that lead you upstairs, as well as the sun and triple moon murals in our classroom.

This is a wonderful collection of abstracts, with a zen- like peace. Join us on First Friday for the artist reception, or stop in anytime to enjoy this wonderful show. Jenn's works will be hanging at Radiance through the month of August.

Artist reception, Friday August 1 from 6-8, during downtown Lancaster's First Friday events.

A little more about Jenn ..

A Lancaster native, Jennifer's work appears in galleries throughout the United States as well as numerous International venues. Her mixed media paintings and fine art prints contain vibrant reds and blues along with warm earthy tones. These newest abstract paintings are part of an upcoming series entitle "Communities".

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Mama Donna, Urban Shaman

In case you were wondering, here is a video explanation of what it means to be an Urban Shaman. This is a link to a 3 minute excerpt from a presentation that Mama Donna Henes gave recently at The Goddess Culture Conference at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.

We are hoping to bring Mama Donna to Lancaster for a workshop at Radiance sometime in the near future. Watch here for an announcement!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Brazilwood is in the dye pot!

Almost since we opened Radiance, we've had a small selection of beautiful hand-dyed and spun yarns from Rachel-Marie ( Really, they are works of art. Yesterday, she stopped in and we made a trade. I gave her a selection of dyeing herbs & she gave me some amazing yarn & a book with patterns & photos of all sorts of hand knit items made with handspun yarns - including some of hers!

Today I've been working a dye pot with Brazilwood. Colors ranging from coral to pink so far. Stop by the shop to see the new pieces! There are some little girls dresses, knit skirts, a silk camisole (of course - I don't think I've ever set up a dye pot without dyeing some camisoles). I also dyed a long flag-style banner. Padmani Kaur, our yoga teacher, is going to put some lettering on it & eventually we'll hang it outside from our upstairs window.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Herb Classes Scheduled!

Herb classes are finally in the works! It's been so hectic the past year or so, with birthing Radiance & tending to it in its infancy, that it's been difficult to schedule many herb classes. So, finally, Jen (my apprentice) and I (Sarah) have worked out a schedule for some classes over the next few months. We're very excited about them, and hope you will be, too. Let us know if there is a class you would like us to teach which isn't on the list yet. Cost for each class is $25.

Let's Make Infused Oils and Salves

  • Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 to 8pm
  • Friday, July 25, 2:30 to 4pm

Let's Make Fresh Fruit Cordials

  • Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 to 8pm

Let's Make Tinctures

  • Wednesday, August 13, 6:30 to 8pm

Let's Make Herbal Vinegars

  • Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 to 8pm
  • Friday, September 12, 2:30 to 4pm

Let's Make Herbal Teas

  • Wednesday, October 8, 6:30 to 8pm
  • Friday, October 10, 2:30 to 4pm

Let's Make Herbal Cordials

  • Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 to 8pm
  • must be 21 to take this class

Colds, Flu, and Herbs for Winter Health

  • Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 to 8pm
  • Friday, November 21, 2:30 to 4pm

Let's Make Dream Pillows

  • Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 to 8pm
  • Friday, December 12, 2:30 to 4pm

Let's Make Lover's Cordial

  • January, 2009

Monday, May 19, 2008

Youth Creative Journaling Summer Workshops

Wednesdays, June 18, July 23, August 20 2008 10-11:30am

Forget about school as we merge writing and art to invent an awesome new form of expression. Whether you are serious about art or just want to have fun, join us as we dive deep into the hidden recesses of our imagination. We will brainstorm story ideas through maps and sketches, paint postcard poems, and use music to jumpstart the creative process.

The themes are as follows: June--Creative Minds , July-- Roots and Wings , August-- Treasure maps . Each workshop is different and intended as a stand-alone class. Come to one or come to all.

Pre-registration is necessary. Call today to reserve your spot. 717-290-1517 All classes are held at Radiance, 9 W Grant St in Lancaster, PA (Across from Central Market).

Open to the kids ages 8-16. $15 for each session plus a (one-time)$5 journal fee .

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Fair Trade Day 2008!

This Saturday, May 10, is International Fair Trade Day. It's a great day to raise public awareness of the importance of Fair Trade in the world economies. Fair Trade means that a fair, living wage is paid directly to artisans, collectives or small farmers around the world. It's a way that we can support and participate in local economies worldwide.

Most people are familiar with Fair Trade Coffee and Tea, but did you know that there are certified Fair Trade Chocolates? And lots of hand-crafted items, too.

In our shop, we always carry hand-woven traditional market baskets from a women's collective in Ghana. This 20-year-old collective has completely changed the economy of the villages where they are made. All of the children now attend public school, there are clean public wells for water, and health clinics. All because the women of the village can make fair pay for making traditional crafts from their own homes.

From Nepal, we have bags woven from hemp & purses made of recycled silk saris. We have beautiful sterling silver and stone earrings from Nepal, India and Chile. From Bali we have capiz shell wind chimes and beautiful parasols. And from Indonesia, we have hand-batiked clothing!

Come see us on Saturday, either at our shop, Radiance, right across the cobblestones from Central market in downtown Lancaster, or at the Landis Valley Herb Fair just north of Lancaster! Purchase any Fair Trade item and receive a free postcard about Fair Trade and a sticker to let others know that you participated in Fair Trade Day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Magic Amongst the Trees, a new art exhibit from Mary Schroeder

Radiance is very happy to show this wonderful new collection of Mary Schroeder's art. The multi-media expression fuses watercolors and fabric to create a forest of imagery that delights the soul. We are also enjoying yoga classes among these spirit-filled trees!

This exhibit will be in the gallery through the end of May, 2008. We will have an artist reception (including live music from Ben Weiss & Joel Fath) in concert with the First Friday activities in downtown Lancaster. The reception will be from 5-8 pm on Friday, May 2.

Mary will also be here during Artwalk weekend, which is April 19 & 20, and in addition to the framed pieces in the show, she will be offering t-shirts with her trees appliqued on them!

Radiance has carried notecards made from Mary's watercolors, and always has a selection of those in the shop.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Deep Journaling with Jill Althouse-Wood

One Wednesday morning a month, treat yourself to this series of workshops in creative journaling with Jill Althouse-Wood. Held in the classroom at Radiance, Jill will guide participants through exercises designed to take journal writing to a new level. We discuss personal color codes and ways to vary your practice with art techniques. Hands-on time may include written meditation, guided writings, collage, mapping, lights-out journals, emotion painting, and photography. These interactive workshops are great for creative professionals, those who want deeper insights into self, and those who just want to play.

Workshops will be held, one each month on a Wednesday morning from 10 until noon.
On April 16, the theme we explore will be “Journeys”, part two!

May class will be “Potpourri”, on the 14th. June 11 theme is “Creative Intention” July 16 will be “Healing” August 13 theme is “Ourselves – Community” Come to one or come to all. Each workshop will be different.

Call 290-1517 to reserve your space. Cost is $15 for each 2-hour session. Bring a journal.

Jill Althouse-Wood is a writer and artist whose first novel Summers at Blue Lake reached bookshelves in August of this year. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Delaware. Before quitting her job to write and paint full-time, Jill worked for fifteen years as a fabric designer. She began writing as a way to express herself creatively in balance with her day job and raising a family. These days Jill writes in the morning and paints in the afternoon. You might have seen some of her art on exhibit at the Red Raven Gallery in downtown Lancaster during the month of February. Jill combines her love of the visual and the verbal in workshops she facilitates on creative journaling. Jill lives in Reinholds, PA, with her husband, two children, and a black pug dog who rests at her feet while she writes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Reiki I Class


Reiki is energy work that activates, directs and applies the natural energy of the body promoting health, healing, balance and wholeness of body, mind and spirit. Reiki relieves stress, aids in relaxation and restores energy.

Experience the power of Reiki in this class being taught by Reiki Master, Marilyn J. Landis.


Learn the History of Reiki and its power to heal
Introduction to the three levels, or degrees, of Reiki
Initiation (Attunement) to the first degree of Reiki
Guidance to self-treatment and treatments of other people
Participation in Group Healings
Reiki I Certificate, after completion of this class

Location: Radiance
9 West Grant Street, Lancaster

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
You can purchase lunch at Central Market or bring your lunch.

Cost: $95.00

RSVP: Required by Saturday, September 6.
Call 290-1517.Class size is limited so early registration is recommended.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mala Meditation workshop & weekend with Gurunater Kaur Khalsa

Gurunater is the maker of the exquisitely beautiful malas (prayer beads) that we have in the shop, here at Radiance. During this weekend of April 18-20, she will be offering a workshop in Mala Meditation, appointments for Angelic Healings, and an evening class in Kundalini yoga. Come to one or come to all! You won't want to miss these amazing opportunities!

Evening Yoga Class, Friday evening
April 18 from 6:30 until 8pm
Experience an evening class in Kundalini Yoga, taught by Gurunater Kaur. This could be a wonderful way to prepare for the Saturday Mala workshop, or simply a wonderful way to begin your weekend. Gurunater is a very gentle being, and I suspect that a very peaceful nights sleep is likely to follow this evening class.
Cost for this class is $15.

Mala Meditation: A Prayer Bead Workshop For Prosperity, Peacefulness, Healing and Prayer
Saturday, April 19 from 2-6pm (after our regular 12-1:30 Kundalini class)

This ancient, sacred, yogic practice was revived by Yogi Bhajan. Using handcrafted gemstone malas in the class you will learn:
· The history of Prayer Beads
· The science of sound current and how japa (recitation) works
· The healing benefits of gemstones and which ones work for you
· The numerological significance of the number of beads in a mala
· The correct meridian points to stimulate wisdom, health, prosperity, patience and communication
Taught by Gurunater Kaur, who has made malas for many international dignitaries, including President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, Yogi Bhajan, and his holiness the Dalai Lama. When: Saturday, April 19, 2008, from 2 until 6pm
Where: Radiance, 9 W Grant St., Lancaster, across from Central Market
Cost: $55
Register in advance by calling 717-290-1517, or stopping in at Radiance.

Angelic Healings
Individual appointments with Gurunater on Sunday, April 20 Gurunater Kaur has deeply healing hands, decades of therapeutic experience, and an acute intuition. She has a profound link to the angelic realms and often receives messages of clarity, guidance and love from individuals' guardian angels and personal spirit guides that can initiate healing of the body, the mind, the heart and the spirit.
She specializes in looking into each chakra of the body, one at a time, accessing information to clear and release such things as self-defeating irrational beliefs, incomplete past experiences and/or energetic blocks.
A limited number of one hour healing appointments are available at a cost of $70.
Call Radiance at 717-290- 1517, to schedule an appointment on this special day.
If you would like us to mail you one of Gurunater's brochures describing the healings, please call & give us your mailing address.

Gurunater Kaur has been teaching Kundalini Yoga since 1976. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist doing Past Life Regressions and Reiki Master, Polarity Therapist, Therapeutic Touch, & Sat Nam Rasayan Practitioner seeing clients out of the Reston clinic called Khalsa Integrative Medicine. She is an ordained minister since 1984 and a member of The National Guild of Hypnotists, Mid-Atlantic Yoga Association, International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Radiance Road Trip to Snatam Kaur Concert

On Saturday evening, a group of us from the Kundalini Yoga classes at Radiance carpooled to Philadelphia for a wonderful concert at the First Unitarian Church on Chestnut St. It had rained off & on all day, the wind was whipping around, the skies were dark gray & flooding was threathened. We bravely set out on the turnpike anyway, because Snatam Kaur and the Celebrate Peace band were playing & singing. Other members of the band are GuruGanesha Singh, Manish Vyas and Tanmayo. The night was advertised as a combination "concert, chantfest, musical group meditation, a yoga class in melody" & it truly was an ecstatic experience.

Padmani (the Kundalini teacher at Radiance) often plays Snatam's music during the meditation portion of our yoga classes, and we often play her cd's in the shop as well, so we all have some degree of familiarity with her crystal clear voice, and many of the chants she led us in singing.

Here's a link to clips from the Celebrate Peace cd. Ong Namo is the chant we use at the beginning of each yoga class, to call in the wisdom of the lineage of teachers and create a safe space in which to practice the yoga. It's very similar to what we do in Reclaiming Tradition to begin a sacred ceremony or ritual, when we Cast a Circle, and call to the Elemental Guardians and Ancestors. In each case we create a container of safe and sacred space in which to do our work, and then call for support and assistance from ancestral teachers/protectors. Interesting similarities.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Herbs and Bones: Tinder for a Fire in the Making

Bios for Erin and Eli(sabeth)

Erin Weaver is an environmental educator, an eco- psychologist, and surfacing artist born and raised in Lancaster PA. Her academic career began prior to her college education at several different eco-village communities where she learned and eventually starting teaching principals and practices of environmental and social sustainability. She then attended and graduated from Prescott College with a degree in Environmental Education and Ecopsychology (this is the study of the relationship between the natural world and the human psyche). Since then she has returned home to her hometown to share and implement her knowledge of how we can restore health to the natural and social community of Lancaster. She has been working with the Threshold Foundation's "Dig It" project since 2005 and recently signed on as a naturalist at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department. Outside of work, Erin can be found turning trash into practical gadgets and/or accessories, drawing, painting, making and/or listening to potent music, hiking, and perpetually trying to discover and live out the actions needed to restore the balance to our lives and our planet.

Elisabeth Haskell Weaver is a visual artist, musician, and arts activist born and raised in Lancaster, PA. A 2003 graduate of Hampshire College, Weaver received a fellowship from Community Partnerships for Social Change to continue her love of doing social justice work through the arts by teaching mural art to young people. She started her business ArtScape Designs in 2005 working with community groups and schools promoting youth leadership through the arts, murals and graphic design. When not busy with community projects, she enjoys printmaking, growing medicinal perennials, painting, singing, and riding her bike. Check out some of the work she has done on her soon to come website:

Monday, March 3, 2008

Look for Radiance's Bellydance Teacher in the Sunday News

Photo courtesy of Lancaster Newspapers

Tahjia (Jody Killian), the Bellydance teacher at Radiance, will be featured in an article in the Lancaster Sunday News this coming Sunday. We're so excited for her! Congratulations, Tahjia! That's Tahjia on her knees in the front of the photo & several of the students (all in their performance outfits) from the Intermediate class behind her in the classroom at Radiance.

As you might imagine, bellydance is great exercise, lots of fun, and a wonderful way for women to honor their bodies and connect to their feminine divine natures.

Classes are held at Radiance on Monday evenings. Beginners class starts at 6:30, Intermediate class starts at 7:30. $50 for a six-week session, $10 drop-in fee. You may start any week.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rally for Peace, March 15 in Lancaster

On March 15th Rally for Peace to Mark 5th Anniversary of the War
Sponsored by the Lancaster Coalition for Peace and Justice ( County citizens, veterans, religious groups, scholars, civil rights advocates, and civic organizations will gather for a potentially record breaking peace rally on the Fifth Anniversary of the start of the Iraq War at Binns Park and then march to Southern Market.
The Lancaster Coalition for Peace and Justice (LCPJ) will stress throughout the day that Lancaster residents need to hold our elected officials accountable in order to curtail massive budget cuts in social spending needed to pay for the military to return WW2 levels. In addition, officials must also be diligent in defending our civil liberties, the welfare of veterans and other US citizens, and the well-being of Iraqi and Afghan civilians.
Participants and feeder marches will converge on Binns Park at 12 noon. Speakers will include active-duty soldier and York native Bill Kohler, Pam Adams, step-mother of Lancaster born Brent Adams, a soldier killed in action in Iraq, Titus Peachey of the Mennonite Central Committee, and lastly John Schreck of the LCPJ will close the rally at Binns Park.
Ushers will then lead a march through the streets of Lancaster arriving at Southern Market by 2 PM. At this time, LCPJ will feature a live feed from the Winter Soldier program of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) ( At approximately 3 PM, Andy Hoover of ACLU PA will speak. Following Hoover will be the keynote speaker, Ms. Jana El Horr, a 2005 Fulbright Scholar of Iraqi-Lebanese descent and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. The day will end with a candlelight vigil on the old Courthouse steps at 7 PM commemorating all the lives lost on both sides since the beginning of post-9/11 military conflicts.
For more information on M15, please email or contact one of the folks mentioned above.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Reiki Level 2 Class and Attunement

Attunement to Reiki II increases and enhances the amount of Universal Life Energy that flows through the body. While Reiki I works with healing of the physical body, Reiki II is used for mental and emotional healing as well as healing at a distance.

Experience the power of Reiki in this class being taught by Reiki Master, Marilyn J. Landis, at Radiance in downtown Lancaster.

* Review the History of Reiki
* Learn the Reiki II Symbols, their mantras and uses
* Initiation (Attunement) to the second degree of Reiki
* Guidance for mental, emotional and distance healings
* Instruction on preparing for Reiki III Master level
* Reiki II Certificate, after completion of this class

Prerequisite: Reiki Level I Attunement

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2009/span>

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm - You can purchase your lunch at market, or bring it with you!

Cost: $155.00

Location: Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster, PA, across the cobblestones from Central Market

RSVP is required by Tuesday, October 7. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required. Call 290-1517 to register. Class size is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Now is the Time... Be Present. A workshop with Siri Neel

Come in Truth, Come in Love, Come in Joy
Come in Doubt, Come in Fear, Come in Anger
Let our tears wash away the veil that prevents us from knowing who we are.
Be present with us.
Using the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan,
Let us be real with ourselves and each other that we might experience
the power of our humanness
the sacredness of our honesty
the joy of being in suniya (stillness)
Change is within us – we need nothing, no one.
Let us sit together and be one in that knowing, acknowledging ourself and each other.

Siri Neel Kaur Khalsa will lead us on this joyful journey, which will include a Kundalini Yoga class at noon, lecture/discussion, recipes, meditation and a vegetarian & mostly gluten-free lunch!

Date: Saturday, March 1, 2008
Time: 10am until 4:30pm
Cost: $75
This Kundalini yoga style workshop will be held at Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster.
Call Radiance, 290-1517, to register for this wonderful day.

“If you can not see God in all, you can not see God at all.” Yogi Bhajan

Siri Neel has been practicing yoga since 1968 and Kundalini Yoga since 1969. Long a beloved teacher in the central PA area, she has recently moved to the Southwest. She is a Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer, Conscious Pregnancy Teacher & Teacher Trainer, SuperHealth Teacher & Teacher Trainer, Healer & Mentor.

“The entire society, in theory and reality, is based on the spirit of woman.” Yogi Bhajan

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Kundalini Yoga Classes

Amlomst since we opened, we've been offering 3 classes each week in Kundalini Yoga, taught by Padmani Kaur (Christine Cappabianca) at Radiance in downtown Lancaster. In general, we take a week off between sessions, so if I don't get this listing updated, please feel free to call for the dates of the next session.

The yoga of awareness, Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan combines pranayam (breathwork), mantra (sound), asana (postures), relaxation, and meditation in each class. This yogic technology will create harmony throughout your entire being. Kundalini Yoga can be experienced by all ages and fitness levels.

Six-week Tuesday session: 8:30am to 10am, beginning September 30, 2008

Six-week Thursday session: noon to 1:30pm, beginning September 25

Six-week Saturday session: noon to 1:30pm, current session ends October 4th and the next session begins October 11

$60.00 for each 6-week session or $12.00 per class. Drop-ins are welcome.

Classes are held at Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster (across from Central Market). Call Radiance, 290-1517, or stop by to register.

Things to bring to class: a natural fiber blanket or towel and/or a yoga mat. A pillow if it will help you sit with more comfort on the wooden floor. Dress in layers.

Christine Cappabianca (a.k.a. Padmani Kaur) has been practicing Hatha Yoga for ten years and teaching for six years. She discovered Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan at a yoga conference in New York City in 2002. The philosophy of tension release, increased energy, and feeling happier motivated Christine to study and teach Kundalini Yoga. She believes in a gentle approach to teaching so that the student can experience the beauty and benefits in the science of Kundalini. Through her teaching, she strives to embody what Yogi Bhajan says," It is the birthright of every human being to be healthy, happy, and holy." Christine is an I.K.Y.T.A. certified teacher as well as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) with the Yoga Alliance.

It's a Sheet of Ice Out There!

It's looking less and less likely that we'll be opening the shop today at all.

It's supposed to warm up (well, to above freezing) later, so I'm expecting that we'll be there tomorrow without any trouble.

Outside my windows it's just ice & sleet. It looks almost pretty from in here, but I have no desire to be out in the mess. See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Snow & Ice on the Way!

Well, it looks like we're going to get a winter storm starting this afternoon & into tonight! It's about time. This has been an almost snowless winter so far for us.

Anyway, there won't be a Tai Chi class tomorrow morning at noon. If you were planning to come, wait until Saturday at 2pm, or next Wednesday at noon.

The Deep Journaling class which was scheduled for 10am tomorrow has been postponed a week, and will be held at 10am next Wednesday, February 20 instead.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tai Chi with David Haines this week!

Tai Chi
The Supreme Ultimate Exercise
With David Haines

Saturday, April 12, 2008 from noon until 1:30pm
This Level 2 class will take your practice to new depths and build on an existing practice, but is appropriate for anyone. Cost is $15
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 from 12:30 -1:30 pm
This Level 1 class is appropriate for everyone, with special attention to seniors. Cost is $12
Tai Chi is a sequence of postures that flow continuously from one to another with all the parts of the body moving in harmonious balance as if swimming through the air. It might resemble engaging an invisible opponent or moving against an imagined (although with practice it begins to feel quite real!) force.

Improved posture
Balance and coordination
Present-centered awareness
Revitalizes energy

Structure of class
Learn 4 postures
Practice Tai Chi principles
Warm up exercise
Closing meditation (Qigong)

Tai Chi classes will be held at Radiance, 9 W Grant St (across from Market in downtown Lancaster). Call 290-1517 to register.

Friday, February 1, 2008

No Hatha Yoga this morning

Due to the icy weather, there will be no Hatha Yoga class this morning. See you next week!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Couples Massage Special Offer for Valentine Week

Looking for a unique, relaxing experience to make Valentine's Day wonderful for you and that special someone? Come to Radiance...
A perfect start to your perfect date.

During Valentine's week, February 10 through 16, 2008, we are making a special offer for Couple's Therapeutic Massage. $120 per couple for a one hour massage by two certified massage therapists. Same room or separate rooms available.
Call now to schedule your appointment. 290-1517

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Healing Altar at Radiance

Each morning after we arrive at Radiance, and get settled in, we light a candle on the altar. We keep a beautiful Blessing Bowl there, and read through all of the prayers each day. Some of the blessings are healing prayers that someone has asked for, some are for Peace or Justice, some are pleas that someone has left in the bowl. Because we often offer to put something in the Blessing Bowl when someone we encounter has a need, I felt that it would be good to post a photo of the altar here, so that you might see what it looks like. Of course, it changes with the seasons, but you get the idea. Right now we have a small runner-type cloth on the table, but sometimes we have elaborate scarves.

I'll tell you what's on the altar, at the moment, so you can tell what the individual pieces are in the photo. On the far left is a statue of Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. He's holding a couple of calendula flowers and has a little string of prayer flags that Ember (age 7) made for him. Beside him is a gourd & in front of him is a carved box for burning incense. To the right is a bottle of Ganga Water, holy water from the headwaters of the Ganges river. Next is a little enamel fire box with a dragon on it - I keep matches in it. Then comes an exquisite porcelain statue of Quan Yin seated on an elephant. In front of Quan Yin is the Blessing Bowl - made of alabaster and painted with henna. Beside her is the candle & a wonderful root that someone gifted us with. One the far left is a statue of the triple goddess, Brigid & a small round mirror at her feet to symbolize her sacred well.

So, if you ever want to ask us to put a message for you in our Blessing Bowl, now you have an idea of the setting!

Blessed Be!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Queen of My Self: a workshop with Mama Donna Henes, the urban shaman

The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife

An empowering workshop with Donna Henes

Based on her award-winning book from Monarch Press

Throngs of female Baby Boomers are now entering midlife. We are unique in history for our freedom, education, longevity and wealth. We hold positions of unheard of responsibility and stature. We are no longer Maidens, nor Mothers, and not yet old Crones. So where do we fit in the spectrum of women's lives? We are poised on the brink of a new, exciting, and as yet uncharted, stage of life. We are pumped and primed for personal sovereignty. Make way for the Queen —the new inspirational archetype for Women of Power. Come and join your spirit with other incredible, mature, accomplished women. Meet and celebrate the Queen in yourself as we share a spirited and profound mythological, philosophical and ritual exchange.

In a ceremonial counsel of encouragement and support, we will summon, name, and claim the wealth of our experience, our resources, and our best intentions. We will drum up the passions to fuel our potent midlife transition and chant for the persistence to maintain it. Our gathering will culminate with a Royal Coronation Ceremony wherein we will crown ourselves our own power and authority.

Turn your midlife crisis into your Crowning Achievement! The Queen is the earthly ruler of all Her domains. Preeminent, She is capable, accomplished, assured, respected, and in charge. Passionate and compassionate, She is an active woman of the world. The scope of Her natural abilities is vast and Her influence enormous. The Queen accepts and initiates personal response-ability for circumstances and conditions in ever-expanding circles. The chief dispenser of order, measure, justice, and right relationship in all realms, Her rule is informed by Her keen cosmic perspective as well as the heart-felt promptings of Her own intuition. She reigns supreme by virtue of Her great virtue. Today, just as the accumulative damage to our Earth is reaching a perilous point of no return and our entire natural and cultural environment is in the throes of dangerous disconnection and dis-ease, we Women of a Certain Age are called upon to ascend the throne of conscious and conscientious leadership and exercise our special Queenly powers to redeem and transform ourselves, our society and our planet.

Long live the queens! May we rule in a peaceful world!* As for age. If you feel like you are on the cusp of becoming the Queen of Your Self, then you are! We Queens have visions to create, projects to develop, communities to organize, a country to run, and a planet ot protect.
This wonderful workshop (which Donna has offered at the Omega Institute!) will be held at Radiance, in downtown Lancaster, on Saturday, March 29, 2008 from 10 am - 4 pm. Cost is only $90. Reservations are required. Call 717-290-1517, or stop by to register.
On Sunday, March 30, we are scheduling Individual Tarot Readings with Mama Donna! Usually $150, she is offering us the special rate of only $100 while she is in central PA! Call to schedule your reading at Radiance, 290-1517.