The Human Touch

This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful; in a word, more alive. ~ Alice Waters

Welcome to Paths of Heart“- a high spirited, heart-centered community where we gather together in music, poetry, commentary, and dialogue to create and nurture joy, compassion, gratitude, and love – in our own lives and throughout the world.  Paths of Heart is a 501(c)(3) Human Services/Educational non-profit organization that uses the arts, especially, to encourage and propel seekers of a better, more peaceful world to find ways to serve, while becoming more kind and compassionate human beings.

We welcome you as we collectively and individually explore the sweet mysteries of life – this is an invitation into co-creation! Our gatherings are most every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 117 Evans Drive in north Fort Collins. Childcare is available (please let us know ahead of time so we can make arrangements).

We hope our paths cross soon!

October 8th

The Human Touch

As often happens, our Sunday conversations get so juicy that we don’t get to everything we intended to cover!  Such was the case last week, when we ran out of time for Mark to share an insightful NY Times article with us about friends with (health) benefits!  So that’s where we’ll start this week, talking about human connections.  We’ll also explore the human/animal bond in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. 

“The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.” ~ Dean Ornish

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”  🙂  ~ A.A. Milne

“Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self.  And only through working on the self can we begin to embrace our connectedness to others.” ~ Harriet Goldhor Lerner

Looking Ahead/Notes of Interest

Tuesday, October 24th –
“Paths of Heart Presents” a house concert with The Frontera Project, featuring NY musicians Abel Mireles on saxophone and Myles Sloniker on bass. This will be their first stop before continuing their tour in Texas and Mexico.  Mark Sloniker will be joining them on piano, with other special guests. Start time is 7 pm.  $20 suggested donation (pay what feels right to you).

Sunday, October 29th –
Dia de los Muertos Celebration and Potluck –

As is our tradition, we will create an altar in joyful celebration of our loved ones who have passed.  After our gathering, we’ll have a potluck, hopefully outside!

Saturday, November 4th –
“Paths of Heart Presents” a house concert with author/blogger Teresa Funke and singer/songwriter Colleen Crosson.  This will be their third concert together, featuring blog posts of Teresa’s paired with Colleen’s music selections. Always an inspired, magical celebration!  $20 suggested donation at the door (amount is always up to you!).

“Paths of Heart” Website Stop by for a visit!
There you’ll find past newsletters, a newsletter sign-up form, more about our organization, and a photo gallery.  For folks who like to make their donations by credit card, there is a link for your convenience on the website.


What a delight to have Judi Lucero playing flute with us last week!  
We are also grateful for the window of wonderful weather that graced our potluck!  Rain in the morning and quite a storm in the later afternoon, but right as we were breaking bread together, we were dry and comfortable in the backyard, watching painted ladies dance around the mums!

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” — Ralph H. Blum

What are you grateful for today?

Other Details….

If this has been forwarded to you by a friend and you would like to join us, we encourage you to add your name to our newsletter list, as schedules do occasionally change,and we like to keep you informed of topics and special events as well. Just visit our website and click the newsletter sign-up link. If you know of other interested and kind-hearted souls, please refer them to our website, or they may also contact us by email: or by phone: 970-484-9600, to learn more about our organization. Thanks! 

CAR-EOGRAPHY *  You may park in the driveway, as well as diagonally along the north side of our property.  Should those areas become full, please park out on Hwy 1, which has plenty of space and a nice wide shoulder.  Please watch for cars as you are exiting and entering your vehicle, though! The carport area is reserved for folks with special parking needs. Out of respect for our neighbors, we ask that you kindly refrain from parking on Evans Drive beyond our property line. Car pooling is encouraged.  We also have a bike rack for cyclists!

Yoga with Heart!

We do yoga here in our “community space” on Mondays and Wednesdays (we are taking a break on Saturdays through the summer).  All levels are welcome to participate.  Let us know if you’re interested in joining this heart centered practice!

“Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd.” ― Rumi

Please note, we are a “remove your shoes upon entering” household (what better way to bare our “souls”…!).  Feel free to bring slippers or thick socks for your comfort (and we always have extras!) 

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