Special Zoom Event 3/21/21: Zahara Goes to India!

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to a Book Release event 3/21/21 with Joyce Yarrow, author of Zahara and the Lost Books of Light.  Presented by the Kalyan Center and hosted by acclaimed poet-author Dr. Santosh Bakaya, internationally-acclaimed writers, poets and musicians will share readings, poetry and music on the theme of Communal Harmony.  Steven and I will be joined by world-class musicians, Dr. Nawal Singh and Pankaj Singh for several East/West music collaborations.  We hope you will join us as we Quill a Convivencia!  This will be a public event;  you are welcome to share this poster and Zoom link with interested others.  8:00am PDT, 10:00am CDT, 11:00am EDT, 8:30pm India Time!

Love to All,


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Mar 21, 2021 8:00am PDT, 10:00am CDT, and 11:00am EDT
Topic: 'Zahara' Goes to India:  From Dystopia to Utopia

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Dec. 13th, 5-7pm ET, Kalyan Center Presents: In the Spirit of Convivencia! – Book Release Party for author, Joyce Yarrow

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Friends, we hope you will join us to celebrate the release of Joyce Yarrow’s new novel, Zahara and the Lost Books of Light, a suspenseful historical fiction mystery revolving around the Convivencia – a time in medieval Spain where Jews, Muslims and Christians lived in harmony.  We will be sharing mystical poetry, music, and a reading from Zahara by Joyce.  Please use the Contact tab to request the Zoom link.  We look forward to your joining us!

From Joyce about her inspiration for Zahara:

Joyce Yarrow, Photo by Jenny Boyle

How a Song Became A Book

I was inspired to write Zahara and the Lost Books of Light by a song that I performed with the world music vocal ensemble Abráce.  Quando el Rey Nimrod was composed in Ladino – the language of Spain’s exiled Jews – and the lyrics tell the story of the birth of Abraham. I would often introduce the song to our audience along with a fervent wish that the world’s three Abrahamic religions will someday acknowledge their common origins and live in peace.

Zahara is based on the premise that La Convivencia – a short time in Spanish history when Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived in harmony—was not totally destroyed by the Inquisition. Instead, several thousand Hebraic and Arabic manuscripts were rescued from the million that were burned and hidden away in the foothills of the Sierra Madre.

Online Classes Only During Corona Virus Outbreak

Dearest Friends,

In consideration of Corona virus concerns, we have decided to offer Kalyan Center activities online only until further notice.  We will let you know when this changes.  

We love you and value your presence.  If you would like to join Healing Circle and/or Spiritual Awakening Class online via Messenger, FaceTime or Whats App, please use the Contact tab to let me know by Thursday morning on the week you wish to join.

May All be safe and well!

Blessings to All,


Happy Spring – We’re Back!

Dear Friends,

We are back from our vacation, rested and renewed, and are diving deeply into ‘The Ecstasy Beyond Knowing’, a manual of meditation representing the lifetime work of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan.

We are at a time where healing and spiritual awakening are needed more than ever, and each of us is capable of developing ourselves as healers and spiritually awakened human beings. What more important work is there, and what can be offered in service which is more meaningful? Together, we can become healing, encouraging presences, and make a difference. Journeying in spiritual community can be a source of illumination, mutual, support, friendship, and inspiration.

Please join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm for Healing Circle, and 8:00pm for Spiritual Awakening class.

Enjoying the lovely people and the Land in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Blessings to All!