An Evening of Inspiration: Songs, Stories and Stillness

WHEN: May 20, 2017, 6.30-10pm
WHAT: ServiceSpace has been described as an incubator of compassion in action.  At the same time, it has enabled many to align their heads, hearts and hands.  This informal evening will be an indulgence of our interest in things of the spirit, of the things which inspire our thoughts and deeds.

A number of us, including Trishna, Shamash and Ashik were fortunate enough to attend the recent Gandhi 3.0 Retreat in India.  Khushmita and Sheetal Sanghvi were part of the organising team and we are fortunate to have them here with us in London.  A great passion of theirs is the on-line music offering called Maitri Tunes which Sheetal anchors and this evening is inspired by this and the love for spiritual poetry and stories for which Sheetal has such a great passion.  In addition, we will be blessed by the presence of Zilong Wang, a ServiceSpace volunteer from California who has spent the last year on a bicycle pilgrimage!   You can read about our special guests below.

Let us come together to celebrate our journeys and continue to sow seeds of transformation and generosity.

The flow for the evening:
6.30pm - Home-cooked vegetarian dinner
7.45pm - Sitting in Silence
8:00pm - Circle of sharing within the group

The evening is offered in the spirit of service, there is no charge for attending the gathering.

RSVP at the bottom of the page to join in on May 20th in Stanmore to hear more about "An Evening of Inspiration: Songs, Stories and Stillness" :)

After you submit your RSVP, you will be emailed follow-up details a few days prior to the gathering. 

About Sheetal and Khushmita
When Sheetal and his wife Khushmita inherited his family's 15-room ancestral home in Pune, they decided to share their home with the entire community -- by turning it into an ashram. It was while attending an Awakin circle at the original home in Santa Clara where these gatherings first began, that Sheetal had this "aha" moment: "A community of noble friends can also be spiritual teachers to each other!" This realization planted the seeds of what was to manifest as The Urban Ashram.  The Urban Ashram, an urban oasis in the heart of the city of Pune, is a space to dedicated to the work of inner transformation.  The Urban Ashram is a space where community gathers regularly for yoga, Awakin Circles, inspiring talks by incredible pilgrims, giftivism projects such as a book library and hand crafted Wisdom Crafts, laughter yoga, inspirational movie nights as well as musical Satsangs by traveling artists among other activities -- with seven other homes in Pune also hosting Awakin Circles. Sheetal also anchors on-line music offering called Maitri Tunes.

Sheetal and Khushmita live and serve at the Urban Ashram, opening their home and hearts each day to everyone.  They also spend part of each year in Ahmedabad where they serve as anchors of the ServiceSpace community in India called Moved By Love.  Moved by Love is a portal dedicated to small acts of transformative service. Through online and local projects, we aim to cultivate decentralized communities of practice that ignite our fundamental generosity, and thus catalyzing both inner and outer transformation.  Together, the Moved By Love volunteer team has hosted over 100 retreats and planted seeds for so many beautiful ripples through projects including Seva Cafe, Wisdom Crafts, Pay-It-Forward Rickshaw, Karma Kitchens, and more!

About Zilong
The quiet directness of Zilong Wang, his articulate, measured way of speaking and something so open about him makes an immediate impression. If one is around him very much at all, its impossible not to feel, in some measure, hope for our future. Following a bicycle pilgrimage across the US from the East to West coast immediately after university, Zilong embarked on a bicycle pilgrimage called "Journey to the East" last year, which brings him to London this month!  His purpose for this journey is "to cultivate peace and service inside and out" and "to explore and amplify the ecological and spiritual awakening of our time" -- and Zilong is only 26 years old :)  We are blessed to welcome him to London, where he will continue his pilgrimage cycling around Europe!  Check out the inspiring vows he took before beginning his "journey to the East" exactly one year ago, and read this in-depth interview featured on DailyGood, which sheds light on the heart within the pilgrim on the bicycle. 
WHERE:Stanmore, NW London
HOST:Ashik Shah

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