PARADISE, Calif. - A ribbon cutting is being held on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the new Lotus Guide Center for Healing & Information which is located at 6268 Skyway in Paradise, in the same building as Love's Vibrant Art gallery.
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The art gallery and the publication have joined forces to create a community center for post-Camp Fire recovery. The center is the recipient of Camp Fire relief fund money from the North Valley Community Foundation. They plan to provide things like a weekly open mic night, weekly guided meditations, yoga and places for displaced health practitioners to provide bodywork to those that are in need.
Editor Rahasya Poe said, "It will be important for the residents to see that they are being supported and cared for by people who can help, so showing up is what it’s all about sometimes."
He is hoping many people will join them on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the ribbon cutting. He said there will be refreshments. They have invited all healthcare practitioners to come in to the center and bring cards and brochures to share. They plan to stay open until 7 p.m. on Saturday. First responders and those impacted by the fire have been invited to sign up for a free detox program, set up with the help of the group Doctors Against Disease.
Rahasya Poe and Dhara Lemos of the Lotus Guide said they are happy to be working with Marianna Love, who had artwork that survived the Camp Fire. She is the artist and proprietor of Love's Vibrant Art and is a popular retired professor from Butte College. She and her husband, Ray Varlinsky, are donating the space for the new post-Camp Fire recovery center on the Skyway.
CLICK LINK to read an article in the Lotus Guide about Marianna Love and her teaching, her art and her gallery.
Rahasya Poe told Action News Now that this is one of the few "new" businesses opening up in Paradise. He said it is "totally geared to be of assistance to the community as a healing center and information for those moving back with questions."
"There’s also the aspect that Paradise lost all of its centers, said Poe, "... so this is a way to offer the residents a place where they can come, not only for healing & information, but as a place to have things like movie nights, group discussions and therapy, Open Mic Nights, and community events.
Stress relief training will be provided at the center by Dhara Poe during a weekly guided meditation session. The Poe's are also working with a doctor from the HeartMath Institute and a representative from Doctors Against Disease. HeartMath specializes in offering help for stress relief, depression and anxiety.