news & upcoming events
Next Olympia Trillium sitting
Sunday, Dec 9
3:00 - 6:00 pm
With Joanne Lee & Margit Bantowsky
contact us for more info
Trillium Awakening Embodiment Retreat
With John Bottone & Margit Bantowsky
Sat-Sun, Feb 2-3
We have new mentor!
Debi Bailey recently completed all the training requirements and the lengthy application process to become a Trillium Awakening mentor, and was unanimously voted in by the Trillium Awakening Teachers Circle in early August!
A warm and wide heart, generous nature, and commitment to serving others are among Debi's many gifts. Her years as a parenting educator and certified counselor have honed her capacity to be with others in a deep and supportive way. We appreciate her stepping forward into more leadership in the Olympia community, and and look forward to watching her grow and flourish in her new role of supporting spiritual aspirants.
Red Lion Talks
Interning Trillium teachers Joanne Lee and Margit Bantowsky gave three one-hour talks at Olympia Red Lion Hotel's "Living Stage" on the topics of:
In Memory of John Tatman
Our dearly beloved friend and companion in awakening passed away on Tuesday afternoon, October 17, 2017. John found Trillium Olympia in late March, 2014, and quickly blossomed in the radical acceptance and unconditional love that our community practices. He came to know himself as the all encompassing and infinite Heart of Love, and his radiance glowed increasingly strongly in his last months of life. John blessed us with his room-illuminating smile and big bear hugs. We miss him, and will love him forever.
Here's a recent offering from Trillium Awakening teacher, John Bottone. He helps us understand embodied awakening in the context of transpersonal dimensions of psychological growth. Check out his video!
"Maslow said that the top need on the "hierarchy of needs" was self-actualization. And self-actualization suggests, "I'm doing what I want to do in the world. I'm successful in the world. I've developed a sense of skill." Later in his work he decided that self-actualization in that sense was not the final step in human development. And he added self-transcendence as the highest need of human development. Self-transcendence means that there's a stage when we start to feel an impulse to discover what is larger than the ego.
And that's the transpersonal dimension. You know there's something bigger than us organizing this, something larger than the ego that is at play here. And there's that impulse to start to explore our spirituality past the self-actualization stage.
The Trillium Awakening transmission is very catalytic. What it catalyzes is embodiment and opening to consciousness, to the larger awareness. That opening to consciousness is very much the transpersonal. We start to experience ourselves as not limited to this human body, that actually we're larger than that. We're more expansive than that. And we start having an awareness of consciousness as holding us and directing us-- something larger that is holding us, directing us--the awareness that we really are spiritual beings. All the dimensions that open up through the Trillium work really are the transpersonal dimensions." ~~ John Bottone
From the Studio
The Trillium Awakening Consciousness Summit
Trillium Awakening teacher, Cielle Backstrom, noticed that as a teacher she had relatively few readily available resources within the Trillium path that spoke to the important subject of consciousness clarification and identification and the variety of experiences and recognitions that hallmark this seminal transition. So Cielle decided to create her own “Consciousness Summit” by interviewing and recording a number of Trillium experts on the subject. Check it out here: