January 2020 Newsletter



January 2020

Welcoming the New Year

May this New Year 2020 connect each of us with the many possibilities available, every day, that bring bring us closer to living our lives in alignment with our deeper aspirations, those that bring joy and kindness to those we love, and those we share the Earth with. May this New Year bring balance into our lives, and love into our hearts, for the benefit of all sentient beings, without exception.



A Trip to Dharamsala

Every year, folks from New Orleans and beyond take trips to Northern India with Neil Guidry and the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok. We are happy to share a reflection from our friend Kalaya Steede, who participated in last month’s Northern India tour. The following is an offering from Kalaya Steede describing her experiences with the trip she took last fall.


For the past three years  I have been studying Tibetan Buddhism at the Samten Choeling Dharma Center in New Orleans. I have attended many teachings given by Rinpoches and Lamas who were brought here by Tibetan House and the Louisiana Himalayan Assoication in New Orleans. I never thought I would go to India and yet I did. Thanks to Neil Guidry and the Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, I had the opportunity to participate in their 62nd group trip to Dharamsala with seven other strangers who became like family.

In the months leading up to the trip, I was filled with trepidation. I am attached to my comforts here at home and my mind was filled with concerns about the heat, the bathrooms, and so on. However, once I decided to open my heart all sorts of magical things started happening.

When we reached Dharamsala, the home of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, my heart was ready to stay. In this little town situated on the edge of mountain I was surrounded by the teachings and I felt at home. It was so comfortable, in fact, that I did not want to go anywhere else! But the group had their plans and so I followed them.

We drove through the India Himalayas surrounded by mountains enveloped in clouds to the small town of Bir. Our visit coincided with the end of summer retreat at two different monasteries. We were allowed to sit inside a temple during a puja ceremony, meditating while hundreds of monks chanted. In Tso Pema, we visited the sacred caves of Princess Mandarava and Padmasambhava, held a Chod ceremony, hung up prayer flags, and ate lunch with the nuns. Later in Mandi, we crashed an Indian wedding and were welcomed with open arms. Those were just a few of the trip’s highlights.

The most beautiful and memorable part of the the trip was spending time and meditating with Lama Tsering and Khenpo Kunsang Ten, soaking up all of their knowledge and kind energy. It was a cultural experience unlike any I have ever known. I have traveled to many places but nothing has placed an impression like Dharmasala and traveling in northern India.

I am so very grateful for Neil and Lama Tsering for guiding us on this tour and for the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for hosting this trip. I am especially grateful to Lha Charitable Trust and the Tibetan communities we visited who generously shared with us their time, culture, wisdom, and kindness. They all made me feel at home.

Now I am back in New Orleans and the adjustment has been challenging. In Dharamsala, I was immersed in the teachings but here have to seek it out. No doubt this trip has been a life changing experience. It is my hope that one day you too will be able to travel to India and experience all the beauty it has to offer.

Tashi Delek!

- Kalaya Steede



Coming Up at Tibetan House

  • Meditation Class Alert
  • Exploring Stillness: A Day Retreat at Tibetan House
  • Mindfulness for Kids Classes
  • Kaiut Method Classes with Sati Yoga
  • Awakening! An Introduction to the Clairvision style of Inner Alchemy
  • Inner Space Therapy, Sessions with Robert Volinsky
  • Introduction to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
  • Mythology and the Body with Melanie Weller
  • Lama Lena Returns to Louisiana
  • Space Clearing Basics and Mandala Workshop with Wenndi Freer
  • Meditation Class Schedule at Tibetan House



No Meditation Class Alert

No Tuesday night class

December 31, 2019 – January 14, 2020.

No Friday morning class

January 3, 2020 – January 10, 2020.



Exploring Stillness

A Day Retreat at Tibetan House

Saturday, January 4


with a 1-hour lunch break

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $40

Pre-registration required.

To register, contact: info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339.

Encoded into every modality and philosophy of meditation is an experiential exploration of a part ourselves that most of us spend very little time with: the deep quiet place within. The transformative power of meditation begins with the daily practice of simply stepping into the sacred silence of this still space.

This day retreat will explore the terrain of the subtle inner realms we enter in meditation, the distractions that challenge the process, and the path to the center of your experience. We will address what happens when we sit still and close our eyes, and what doesn’t happen.

Come with a curious open mind and heart, and a willingness to enter deeper parts of your being. Designed for beginners as well as those of you wanting to further your practice.

Retreat led by Gael Thompson

Mindfulness for Kids

Courses for Ages 6-8 and Ages 9-12

Kids ages 6-8

Wednesdays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

January 8, 15, 22, 29

Led by Katie Taber

Kids ages 9-12

Thursdays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

January 2, 9, 16, 23

Led by Whitney Stewart

Fee: $80 per child, for four weeks.

To register for the four-week session, please contact Tibetan House: info@tibetanhouse.com.

Sometimes kids’ lives can get busy and out of control, and worries can take over. When that happens, knowing how to pause and regain composure with mindfulness can help! This class introduces kids (ages 6 – 8yrs and 9 – 12yrs) to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. With breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises, kids will have an entire toolkit at their disposal. Kids will learn to settle their thoughts and look inward through a series of fun writing prompts, games, and meditation exercises.

About the Teachers

Katie Taber always knew that she wanted to teach kids from the time she was in second grade. She told her mom that she wanted to teach Physical Education so she could wear sweat pants to work every day. Katie received a B.S. in Physical Education in 2012 and has been working with kids in a professional environment since then. She is now a kids yoga and mindfulness teacher and loves creating a space where kids feel safe and heard. There was a quote displayed in her childhood PreK classroom that read, “Childhood is a journey not a race.” She carries this philosophy with her so many years later and uses yoga and mindfulness to help kids slow down and enjoy the ride.

Whitney Stewart is a children’s book author and mindfulness instructor. Her recent publications include Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus, and Calm, and Mindfulness and Meditation: Handling Life with a Calm and Focused Mind (2019) For more information about Whitney Stewart, visit hhtp://whitneystewart.com.


Whitney Stewart is an award-winning children’s book author of fiction and nonfiction books for kids, for toddlers to young adult. When she is not writing, she teaches mindfulness and meditation to kids. You can find Stewart’s books on her website link below or wherever you buy books.



Kaiut Method Classes with SATI Yoga

January Schedule:

Tuesday, January 7

Friday, January 10

Tuesday, January 14

Tuesday, January 28

Time: 8:45am-9:45am

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Tibetan House


$15 per class

$40 for all 4 sessions

February Schedule

Tuesdays & Fridays,


The Kaiut Method is a form of yoga that was developed over the last 30 years and adapted to the concerns of the modern day, especially the chronic issues stemming from the Western lifestyle and its particular stresses on the body and mind.

Classes begin with restoring and preserving biomechanical health, where the teacher skillfully guides students to relieve stiffness and reduce discomfort in the body.  The practice builds strength and flexibility while promoting the body’s natural ability to restore itself and rest deeply.

The teacher will adapt the classes to the needs of each individual. All are welcome and can benefit from this practice.

Every BODY is welcome and benefits from this adaptation of traditional yoga, from absolute beginners to experienced practitioners working with blockages in their personal practice.

Alessandra and Bruno have a collective experience of 22 years of practicing and teaching the Kaiut Method and  continue ongoing training with the founder Francisco Kaiut.

To know more about the Kaiut Method, please visit:


Space is limited – Please pre-register to reserve your spot by emailing info@tibetanhouse.com or call (504) 897-9339 and leave a message.




How Meditation can Transform your Life

An introduction to the Clairvision style of Inner Alchemy

Thursday, January 23

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tibetan House. 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Suggested $20 donation

What exactly is meditation and inner alchemy and how does it work? What’s the difference in styles and what are the results?

How do I decide what’s right for me?

Learn how meditation can transform you and your life to be better and more fulfilling, with greater clarity, focus and joy.

Bring your questions!

About the Instructor

Robert Volinsky  has been a body-mind therapist, Reiki/energetic healer and meditator since 1996. He has been a student of the Clairvision School for over 13 years and is an IST Practitioner practicing in Manhattan. He brings his passion of exploring limits, and his curiosity about the mind and consciousness to his work and teaching. He is excited by the possibility of inspiring others to be more, to transform, and by helping others to know themselves more honestly and deeply.

More info about Robert at www.restorativetherapies.com

Inner Space Therapy, with Robert Volinsky

Private Sessions are available

January 23 – January 25, 2020

Inner Space Therapy (IST) is an interactive technique of self-discovery and past-life regression. It is aimed at promoting emotional freedom through self-awareness, overcoming fears and releasing negative emotional patterns and blockages. IST is a tool to find and free your deepest and truest parts, bringing clarity, self-confidence and joy.

Through a meditative space of relaxation, you will be gently guided beyond the ordinary mind to become aware of deep patterns and limiting behavior. The emotional scars and traumas of your past (or past lives) can keep you from your very best. IST will help to unlock and release these imprints. It is this unlocking that will enable you to see and know yourself as you truly are, and to move toward your highest potential.

Beyond emotional work and regression therapy, IST is also a technique to map consciousness in general. It can strengthen your connection with and awareness of the non-physical presences, energy and spirit that interact with you in many unseen ways. IST can also bring deep states of union with the divine and profound glimpses into existence and of your most evolved self.

IST was created and developed by Samuel Sagan, and the Clairvision School of meditation.

Robert is available for one on one Inner Space Therapy Sessions.

Fee: $150 per session.

If you are interested, please contact us at info@tibetanhouse.com, or contact Gael Thompson at 504 330 3507 via text. 



Introduction to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Led by Robert Volinsky


Saturday, January 25, 2020


Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $60-$70 sliding scale.

Pre-registration is required.

To register, contact: info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339.

What are essential oils anyway? Begin to understand and make sense of the world of aromatherapy. Learn how to use essential oils for physical, emotional and mental well-being, and how to apply and use oils safely and for maximum benefit.

This mini workshop is geared to  beginners and bodyworkers/healers who are interested in exploring the benefits and many uses of essential oils but don’t know where to start.

  • What are essential oils?
  • How to use essential oils safely?
  • How to use essential oil to support physical and mental health, and open you energetically?
  • Why is there so much confusion around essential oils?
  • How do I know what oils are good?
  • How can I use oils to enhance health and wellness? Ideas for self treatment and working with others.



Mythology and the Body

Led by Melanie Weller

Sphenoid Bone of the Neurocranium

Intro to Mythology and the BodyThursday, January 30

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $20 suggested donation

Cranial Mythology: It’s All in your Head Workshop

Saturday, Feb 1


Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $60

Pre-registration is required.

To register, contact info@tibetanhouse or call (504) 897-9339

Mythology was a mode of scientific writing and tells the story of our anatomy and gives us clues to the spiritual underpinnings of our physical dysfunction. Melanie Weller will be presenting an overview of the topic on Thursday, January 30, 2019 (donation) and will do a deep dive into the mythologies that go with our cranial anatomy with techniques to identify, shift, and balance the distortions of how these stories live in our bodies. February 1, 10am-1pm. $60

Melanie Weller is the world’s leading expert on multidimensional alignment. With an extensive background in treating patients no one else could help, she now focuses on mitigating burnout and optimizing performance in entertainers, athletes, and medical professionals. Melanie uses her extensive physical therapy credentials and logically organized metaphysical system to voice the story of your body. When we give a voice to the physical expression of our internal narrative, and the internal expression of our physical narrative, we find the shortest path to our highest potential. She is a Physical Therapist, board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults.


Lama Lena Returns to Louisiana

February 28 – March 5


Lama Lena (Yeshe Kaytup) is a teacher of Direct Mind Perception Meditation and a lineage holder of several Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Her informal style is precise and direct and she is revered by students around the world for her exceptional ability to share profound teachings in a clear, poetic, and humorous way.
Beginning in 1972, Lama Lena spent three years studying with Lama Thubten Yeshe at his monastery in Nepal. She then spent seven years in retreat and practice in a small cave above Tso Pema under the tutelage of her root teacher, Ven. Wangdor Rimpoche. She continued to travel extensively with him as his translator and assistant.
Having also studied Chinese medicine, Lama Lena had a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005 she returned to Tso Pema to assist Wangdor Rimpoche. She currently lives on the mountain above Lotus Lake with her two khandros where she provides medical assistance to the Tibetan refugee community, the local Indian villagers, and mountain tribespeople.
At the request of H.E., Zigar Choktrul Rimpoche and Ven.Wangdor Rinpoche – as well as many Western and Tibetan dharma students – she has been traveling, teaching, and translating from the lineages she holds.
Official Lama Lena Archive site: LamaLenaTeachings.come-Sangha Facebook Group: Lama Lena Teachings FB Group

Teaching Schedule: LamaLenaTeachings.com/teaching-schedule


Space Clearing Basics

Led by Wenndi Freer

Saturday, March 7

10:00am-6:00pm, with a 1-hour lunch

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $279 plus $10 for materials

Early Bird Price: $249 plus $10 for materials

Pre-registration required. To register, contact: info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339.

Your home is way more than just a place where you store your stuff. It is the foundation for your life! It’s a place you retreat to for rejuvenation and a safe place to let go after a day in the world. In this workshop you’ll learn to create a vibrant space to anchor your energy and rest your consciousness.

Space Clearing 101 is a full day of connection and fun presented by Wenndi Freer. Wenndi has been a professional space clearer since 2001 and trained with Karen Kingston from 2000 to 2016.

We will walk through the basic steps of space clearing so you can confidently clear and revitalize your own space and the homes of close friends and relatives.

You will learn:

  • When (and when not) to space clear and why
  • How to prepare for a space clearing
  • Techniques for energetically creating a clear and supportive space for work and play.
  • How to create a personal altar

Making a Mandala Workshop

Led by Wenndi Freer

Sunday, March 8


with a short lunch break

Tibetan House

4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Fee: $140 plus $20 for materials

Early Bird Fee: $111 plus $20 for materials

Pre-registration required. To register, contact: info@tibetanhouse.com or (504) 897-9339.

Mandalas!  This 1/2 day class is designed to enhance your meditation and bring support to your meditation space. You will become immersed in the symmetry and flow of the design as the creation of the mandala becomes a form of meditation.

Prerequisite: Space Clearing 101

Discounts for taking both classes

For both classes, $375 plus $25 for materialsEarly Bird Fee both classes: $320 plus $25 for materials


About Space Clearing

Private Sessions with Wenndi Freer Available:

March 5, -March 9, 2020

Space clearing is a step by step ceremony where I use flower offerings, clapping and bells to change the way a place feels. It’s designed to clear stagnant energy and revitalize your space so that you feel uplifted and supported in your life journey.

Most people can easily recognize when a room or home feels comfortable, warm and inviting or when it feels cold or even creepy. The dilemma is that most people don’t know what to do to get the desired feeling they want in their home or work place. This is where space clearing comes in.

Space clearing is a specialized branch of Feng Shui dedicated to balancing, harmonizing and revitalizing the energy in your home or office. The basic principles of Feng Shui were founded on knowing how to sense what is happening energetically and working with the energy of a space in a way that brings alignment and vibrancy. When the energy flow is alive and healthy, life feels synchronistic and wellbeing presides. When it stagnates we feel stuck.

Space Clearing is particularly helpful for people who have:

  • Just moved into a new home or office
  • Gone through a major life change
  • Want to engage a spiritual path
  • Want support with clutter clearing
  • Are looking for a new career or direction in life
  • Want to re-ignite passion for life

To sign up for a session, contact:

About Wenndi Freer

After being a Feng Shui practitioner for 3 years Wenndi realized that Feng Shui worked much better if the energy in the home or office was clear and vibrant. She took the next step in her career by studying with Karen Kingston, the world’s leading authority in the feng shui art of space clearing in 2001 and completed her training in 2002. Since then Wenndi has cleared 400+ homes and offices throughout the US.

Wenndi is based in Encinitas, CA and travels regularly to Northern California and the East Coast to see clients.

For more information, visit http://wenndifreer.com


Tibetan House Meditation Class Schedule

Tibetan House offers weekly classes on Sitting in Stillness meditation practice. The first Tuesday and Friday of every month will be more of an introductory class for newcomers. It is not necessary to attend the first class in order to come the following classes of the month, although it is recommended. Meditation practice rests on continuity and consistency.   You are welcome and encouraged to participate continually month to month.

Drop-ins are welcome.

Tuesday Evening Class


$30 a month

$10 drop-in

Friday Morning Class


$30 month

$10 drop-in


May all beings never be apart from the supreme blisswhich is free of all suffering!

May all beings live in the great equanimity

free from the attachment and aversion

that keep some close and other distant!

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