On Wednesday, June 20, founder of Spiritual Paths Institute and longtime friend of La Casa de Maria Ed Bastian came for a visit. His purpose was two-fold – Bastian wanted to see firsthand the devastation that is a result of the 1/9 mud and debris flow. But he also came to offer financial support and delivered a $12,000 donation in support of La Casa’s rebuilding efforts, the beginnings of which are now underway.
In the days following the devastating mud and debris flow on January 9, La Casa received countless offers of help from its many friends and supporters. One such offer came from Bastian, who has led many programs at La Casa and is a spiritual leader in the Santa Barbara community and beyond.
Bastian’s idea was to create an online course, so he worked quickly to gather several resources and develop a spiritual curriculum aptly entitled “Coping and Thriving with Catastrophe.” In this six-week e-course, provided through Spirituality and Practice, six respected teachers shared the gifts of resilience, rebirth, and renewal from the spiritual traditions that have shaped their lives with all the proceeds of the course donated to support La Casa’s rebuilding effort.
The teachers of the modules, all of whom had previously led retreats at La Casa, included Bastian, Cynthia Bourgeault, Kabir and Camille Helminski, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Mirabai Starr and Swami Atmarupananda. These spiritual leaders and teachers donated their time in creating and recording each session.
In addition, La Casa staff members were able to participate in the course at no cost to them.
“We are so grateful to Ed for his years of friendship and for this wonderful show of support,” said Director Emerita Stephanie Glatt. “Not only were we the recipients of this generosity, but everyone who took the course benefited from the wisdom of some wonderful teachers. We all experience change and sadly, sometimes catastrophe too,” she continued. “That’s when we need support in all its forms.”
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