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TIBETcenter Benefit with Live Music, Silent Auction and Dinner


The Chicago Didjeridu Chorus (CDC) is perhaps Chicago’s largest acoustic tribal percussion ensemble, featuring the Australian Didjeridu as its centerpiece. The Didjeridu is an ancient Australian instrument that has been used by various indigenous tribes in the Northern region of Australia for at least 6,000 years. The culture from whence it comes is said to be 45,000 years old.

Founded by  Tim Porcelli in 1991 as a Didjeridu Storytelling group, the Chicago Didjeridu Chorus has since grown to include handmade instruments from indigenous cultures around the world, including: Didjeridu (Australia), hand drums from Africa, India, Puerto Rico, Siberia, Cuba, Indonesia and the Middle East, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Balinese Temple Gong, various wooden flutes, the Kora (African Gourd Harp from Senegal), Tongue Drums (USA), Zithers (USA), Sitar, Tabla, Naal, Dholak (India) and  ever expanding variety of other percussion instruments.

The Chorus lineup has changed and evolved through the years. At this point in time the lineup includes (in order of seniority): Tim Porcelli, Dragan Milovanovic, Carl Pedigo, Catherine Myers, Kim DeVore, Steve Riddle, Terry Reimer, Dania Calandrino, Joy Wolf, Jim Cote, Kristin Cone and Jonathan Anthony. Some of the folks who have played with the CDC in the past include Dan Plovanich, Lynda Sanford, Bob DeVore, Jennifer Ruggieri, Ed Anderson, Jerry Sanders, Trina Fischer, Abdul Jami, Alexander Duval, Pam (djembe) and many others.

The CDC has a long history of collaborations/performances with many innovative dancers and artists including Bec McNamara, Callie Evans, Andrea Mattson, Mari Miller, Whitney Counts, the SAIC Belly Dance Troupe, Read My Hips Tribal Belly Dance Troupe, and many others.


If you wish to donate one or more interesting items for the silent auction (Items, Tickets, Mileage, Gift Certificate, et cetera) please try to deliver at 828 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202 between 1:00 and 6:00 pm (Tuesday through Saturday). If you want us to pick up, please call Tashi at 872-243-4737


“Stretch & Relax Restorative Yoga Classes” at TIBETcenter

Terri and Shawn Drummond return to teach STRETCH & RELAX RESTORATIVE YOGA

Sundays_10:30 to 11:45 AM
September 29
October 6, 13, 20

828 Dempster, Evanston IL 60202

Meter Parking. No need to feed meters after 6:00pm and on Sundays.

$15.00/class. All proceeds go to supporting the TIBETcenter. All major credit cards accepted.

Space is limited, so please register in advance by e-mailing Terri Drummond at

This class is designed to allow almost anyone to participate in a very mild form of Hatha (Ha =Sun, Tha= Moon) Yoga. It is a slower paced practice to make it more accessible to people of all sizes, ages, and fitness levels. This program helps an individual in the management of stress and in choosing a lifestyle that promotes health and vitality.

Restorative Yoga uses props and blankets to modify traditional yoga poses. The supportive postures gently open the body to deep relaxation and healing.

Whether you need assistance in rehabilitating your body from a medical condition, daily stress, or you are interested in prevention of diseases such as high blood pressure or heart disease, this program may be of assistance to you. These classes support people with and without limitations. We also have fun!

The class will consist of 60 minutes of warm up exercises and yoga postures with and without the assistance of a chair, pillows, and blocks. The last 15 minutes will be a practice called Yoga Nidra, or a guided deep relaxation exercise. Singing Tibetan healing bowls will accompany the deep relaxation exercise. This is a practice of mindfulness done primarily while resting on the back or in a chair, in a comfortable position. Deep relaxation clears the mind and creates a relaxed and energized experience in the body.

Benefits of taking this class are remarkable! They include increased mobility and flexibility, improved concentration, reduced blood pressure and heart rate, improved posture, and the ability to relax more deeply and sleep better at night.

has been practicing yoga for 6 years and is a certified Cardiac Yoga® instructor trained by Dr. Mala Cunningham. She has studied with various other yoga teachers including Sarah Powers, Suddha Weixler, and Srivatsa Ramaswami. She is also a practicing stress management and mind/body skills instructor and a Reiki practitioner. In addition, she has studied Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing with Richard Rudis, and she has been working with the singing bowls since 2005.

Shawn has been practicing yoga since 2001, and he appreciates the system’s many benefits for physical and mental health. He practices the Vinyasa method of yoga, which links the body, breath, and mind through dynamic movement in a flowing sequence of poses. He approaches yoga with a sense of fun and joy, and he seeks to share that in his classes. He completed his 200-hour teacher training with Suddha Weixler at the Chicago Yoga Center, and he is registered with the Yoga Alliance. Shawn considers Suddha and Srivatsa Ramaswami to be his most influential teachers. He has also completed various workshops and intensives with numerous other senior teachers.

(please try your best to send email)
(Tue-Sat 1:00 to 7:00 pm)

Sanskrit Mantra with Darlene Nelson

Sanskrit Mantra Class presented by certified instructor Darlene Nelson
Thu, Dec 29 (7:00 to 8:15 pm)
828 Dempster, Evanston IL 60202
(847) 492-0809

Sanskrit Mantras are sacred sounds that resonate with the body’s energy system. At its core, Sanskrit Mantra is a tool to free the mind of negative thought. By chanting these mantras the vibration of the chanter’s energy becomes raised. This higher vibration can help promote healing, create abundance, and enhance spiritual growth. The oldest spiritual scriptures of Hinduism, the Vedas, contain mantras dating back to 2000 B.C. The mantras were first passed down orally from generation to generation. Later they were written on palm leaves to be preserved. The first “librarians” were families who dedicated themselves to cataloging the mantras by subject and application. Each mantra had a “seer” who tested the mantra for its purpose. Mantras were held in trust for ages in both India and Tibet. Sanskrit Mantra chanting is a complementary spiritual practice that can be used by people of all faiths and spiritual traditions. Darlene, founder of Sanskrit Spirit in Chicago, has been a teacher and practitioner of vibrational and energy healing modalities since 2002. With co-author Karen Daughtry, she created My Helpful Healing Touch: A Guide for Empowering Children. This book teaches the basics of energy healing to “children” of all ages. Darlene has studied with Namadeva Archarya, Thomas Ashley Farrand, one of the West’s leading authorities on the application of mantra. She is certified by Sanatana Dharma Satsang, a nonprofit organization that teaches and promotes meditation disciplines from the Vedic and Tibetan traditions.

H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama gives a Public Talk on Non-Violence at Loyola University Chicago

Please note that this is an past event and is only here for reference.
H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama will be coming to Loyola University Chicago on Thursday, April 26, 2012 to give a Public Talk on Non-Violence.

Tickets for General Public: $40, $80 and $120

To learn how to purchase a ticket, visit our old webpage linked below:

Please help us celebrate and promote this event by downloading our poster below:
H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama’s Public Talk Poster (PDF)