Newsletter – April 2009



                                             GRIEF RELEASE RITUAL

                                           April  3 Friday 6 pm – 9 pm

                                       April  4 Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

                                        April  5 Sunday 10 am – 2 pm

                                             Jane and Keith        $105

The Grief Release Ritual is a 3 day event focused on the loss of something dear in your life. It is an African ritual we learned from Melidoma and Sobonfu Some when they we over here teaching this ritual in the United States. It is truly a profound experience that involves singing, drumming, building an altar and creating a grief bundle for the lost loves focused on releasing them to their path. This is a Grace House Regional Training event.    


                                                       HART WORK

                                                May 2    9 am – 3 pm 

                                                 Keith and Jane $75 

Hart Work can carry you to a deep reflective inner space for exploration of your psyche. This experience involves lying on a sleeping bag or mat, closing your eyes, breathing deeply and listening to music for about 90 minutes. The music is your trajectory and breath is the vehicle. After the music is completed you will go to the art table and capture as much as you can with art supplies that will be provided for you. You will tap into your emotional spiritual physical aspects for healing. Bring a sleeping bag or mat from home along with a pillow and may a blanket to be most comfortable.

                                           As The HART Grows

     Walter Williams has jumped on board with The HART Center to carry the addiction component of what we offer to the next level. His expertise is operations and program development. We feel blessed and grateful that he has moved in our direction. He has incredible talents that you will learn more about as he brings The HART Center into view.

     We are so thrilled to have Dean Grave and Carol Crane offering their wisdom and teaching at The HART Center. They bring Meditation classes Wednesday evening while Open HART Night is happening. How amazing is that? Talk about an energy buildup… You must experience it to believe it. We request a love offering of $5.

     Lazora Jone is starting a Iyengar Yoga class on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8PM $5 love of offering. Lazora is also a Licensed Massage Therapist who work out of The HART Center. Call her at 901-620-1854 to get details. Remember to bring your mat and dress in appropriate yoga clothing. 

     Keith is starting a Men’s Abuse Group the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 – 7 pm. Call him at 901-493-1103 to discuss your admission to the group.

     We invite you to come see and feel The HART Center as we begin
to move forward with all that we have to offer our beloved community. Wednesday
night is a great community night that offers Open HART Night for energy work to
help you relax and distress. At the same time that is happening Dean and Carol
are providing meditation classes to help you learn techniques that will teach
you how to stay relaxed and distressed. As energy psychology move more into
focus you will hear and read more and more about these two modalities and how
they can really help you feel better and heal emotionally spiritually and
physically. The mind spirit body is truly connected in ways that are
phenomenal. Trust the experience and begin to feel yourself move into balance.   


                                           DAVID AUSTIN SKY

                  Hearing the Unheard Story: Tools for Awareness Print

                                    Monday, June 08 2009

                                                                                                                    9:00am – 3:00pm

                  $65 for 6 contact hours with lunch included.

                                   You can register online.

    For the last twenty four years, David Austin Sky has enjoyed life as a full time speaker, trainer, and storyteller. He tells stories to share life’s wisdom. His daughter says that he puts wings on simple words. Audiences say he is a child in a bald man suit.

    David has a Masters Degree from the Methodist Theological School. He is the author of See the Forest, Hear the Trees: The Art of Storylistening and Sky Stories: A Storybook for Grownups. David has been a counselor, a bar band musician, and a janitor at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. Maybe he cannot hold a steady job.

    Dave spent many years playing music in bars to rowdy crowds full of delightful characters. This experience gave him a perspective to write about drinking, relationships, and confusion. The people he tells stories about are based on folks he has met, or thinks he has met in the dim lit halls of taverns and churches. Regardless of the place, the people have their stories.

Participants will be able to:

Apply a new method of hearing the client unheard stories 

Identify the stories that influence the client behavior  

Create questions that lead to awareness and to insight into their issues 

Present new stories of hope and change that tap into the clients core beliefs 


Everyone tells stories that they cannot hear. We talk about changes, loss, addictions, and our unresolved issues. We will continue to tell the story or act it out, until we have awareness and a new story.  This workshop will give helpers the tools that lead to new stories for change, healing and growth. This program is for helping clients of all ages, economic and educational levels. We all tell and listen to stories. 


This will change how you listen.  This will change how you help. 

Location: The HART Center 1384 Madison Avenue Memphis 38104
Contact: Jane Abraham 901-828-1332 or 

Community Services from the HART – Love Offerings and Fees

Wednesday   7 pm – 8:30 pm    Open HART Night     Community Volunteers    $5 love offering

For energy work, including Reiki, you come in and sign your name, a practitioner will ask you to set an intention and then provide about 20 minutes energy work in the company of others who are there for the same reason. This is some of the best stress management you can find, not to mention the healing qualities of the work you will receive from the magnificent practitioners who are all certified in their area of expertise.

Wednesday   7 pm – 8:30 pm    Meditation Classes    Dean Graves & Carol Crane $5 love offering

Dean and Carol have been studying meditation together for years. They offer these classes at The Sanctuary. Please join them for this wonderful experience to learn about meditation. 

Thursday    6:30 – 8:00 pm     Yoga Class      Lazora Jones      $5 love offering       

Lazora became a yoga instructor through a ten month intensive at The Yoga Center Of Jackson, in Jackson TN. She studied under owner Deborah Perry and director, Kevin wheat. Lazora studied the Iyengar method with focus on good body alignment. And of course good body alignment allows for excellent body mechanics while doing massage, or standing in line at the grocery store. As a mother of nine, Yoga has been instrumental in helping me keep mind and body together, and continues to be as I grow.  Call Lazora at 901-620-1854. 

By Appointment Only       Massage        Concorde Career College    $20 fee

We have three new Massage Students all day Wednesday, Saturday afternoon and Sunday evenings until May 27. Call Jane at 901-828-1332 to take care of yourself and set regular times for your massages. Here are the new available times.

All Day Wednesdays 10:15, 11:30, 1:30, 2:45, 4:00 (one male and one female student)

All Day Saturdays 10:15, 11:30, 1:00, 2:15, 3:30 (one male student)

Sunday Evenings 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 (two males and one female student)

By Appointment Only       Massage        Stephen Pair        $65 fee

Stephen is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Physical Fitness Specialist. He is providing therapeutic massage on Wednesday afternoons until we get a new student. Stephen is not only my personal massage therapist he is also my personal trainer. He really gets tension, stress and sore muscles and knows how to move it out of the mind and body. He is managing his own schedule so give him a call at 901-277-1705 to set your appointments. He is an incredible healer in many, many ways.

By Appointment Only       Massage        Lazora Jones       $65 fee

Lazora Jones is a licensed and certified massage therapist and yoga instructor in Memphis. She attended and graduated from the Massage Institute Of Memphis under Karen Craig She is certified in Pain Relief Therapy. Lazora’s hands possess an educated yet intuitive touch that allows her to be disciplined yet tailor each massage to meet the individual need. In essence she honors the sacredness of each one. And each massage becomes an invitation to unique experiential journey that allows the individual to let go, and let go and let go and just be~~~~   Call her at 901-620-1854 to set your appointment. 


Grace House Regional Training Events  

May 22   Meditation  $35

Rev. Dr. Jane Abraham, LCSW, LADAC, ADS

Dean Graves and Carol Crane

Meditation 101 will provide you with new techniques to help make life easier. You will also get to explore deeper forms of meditation that include guided meditation, walking meditation, eye-open meditation and mantra meditation. 

Make check payable to Grace House and send it to Regional Training Event, Att: Jane Abraham, 329 N. Bellevue, Memphis, TN 38105. You can register online at  

You Are Loved,








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