A free public event is planned as part of the “Sacred Space, Urban Grace” conference that will be held at Utah State University and features Peruvian shaman, master ceremonialist and teacher don Oscar Miro Quesada. The free activity is Sunday, Sept. 6, from 2-6 p.m. at Merlin Olsen Central Park, 300 E. Center Street, Logan.People of all walks of life, ages and cultural backgrounds are invited to participate, said conference organizer and Utah State University faculty member Bonnie Glass-Coffin.”This is a free, afternoon event with master healer and teacher don Oscar Miro-Quesada,” Glass-Coffin said. “Those attending will participate in a celebration that is designed to reconnect them with the beauty and spirit of this amazing place.”Participants will reconnect with the natural world and engage in ceremony that is designed to both inspire compassionate social action and to identify like-minded people dedicated to sustainable “green” living. The goal is to create an orientation to living that honors all elements of the natural world as worthy of the same care and relationship that we extend to members of our human family. This understanding of the world as inherently alive and sacred was, and continues to be, core to the lifeways of native peoples, Glass-Coffin said.”We will commune with the sacred dimensions of life to improve the urban habitat and restore our planet,” she said.The free afternoon in the park is part of the three-day seminar “Sacred Space, Urban Grade: Connecting Spirit of Place with People of Soul,” Sept. 5-7, at USU coordinated by Glass-Coffin for Heart of the Healer Foundation, USU’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, the Religious Studies Program, Logan Chapter of Bioneers and Cosmic Nudge.”For this afternoon event, please bring an open heart and whatever you need for your physical comfort — chairs, blankets, sun hats, weather appropriate clothing and water,” Glass-Coffin said. “Please do not bring landfill-destined plastic water containers and other non-recyclables into the park’s ceremonial space.”More information is available online (www.chaupinsuyu.org), or contact Glass-Coffin at (435)757-6817 or (435) 797-4064.Space is still available for the full conference. Conference activities are coordinated through USU’s Conference Services. Cost for the three-day workshop is $199 for adults, $77 for students with ID and free for children ages 8-16. To register, contact USU Conference Services, (435) 797-0423 or 1-800-538-2663. Registration can be completed online(www.chaupinsuyu.org).
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