by Katherine Pennington
Stepping through the doors of REGENERATE,
on NW Everett and Broadway, is like entering a different dimension.
You look through the large windows at the busy street, but all you
hear is the soothing splash of water. Gazing around at the brick
walls displaying an amazing exhibition of paintings by local artist,
Katherine Pennington, you realize that this healing center is not
just for the body it is for the soul. Time seems to stand
still as your senses absorb the atmosphere. Anna Abrahams
new center defies categorization. It is both a leading edge healing
center and a dynamic cultural arts center featuring artists from
every medium and cultural tradition. This unusual combination gives
new meaning to the term, The Healing Arts.
Anna Abraham, the visionary dynamo behind REGENERATE,
admits she is a woman on a mission. With some 35 years of accomplishment
in both the healing and cultural arts, Annas talent for fusing
them together is part of the alchemy that makes REGENERATE
so unique. For her they are inseparable. Anna explains, "They
are spirit-generated synergistic energy fields designed to inspire
and nourish us on our journey...the journey of the soul. I can't
imagine living without the stimulating vibrations of music and the
arts. For most artists they are the elixir of the soul. Combined
with the healing arts they magnify our ability to connect with the
universal creative life force. It is no mystery why so many artists
are also involved in the healing arts." Anna finds it intensely
satisfying to note that the center has become a magnet for both.
"As a sculptor I find the process of releasing a form from
the clay of the earth magical. The transmutation of energy and matter
into form is the energy dynamic of the universe. Creating REGENERATE
is part of the same magic. It began as a vision and materialized
as a multidimensional energy hologram. The center is a place where
people from all walks of life can elevate their consciousness and
explore their energy potential."
At least a dozen artists who live and work at Everett Station Lofts
have contributed to the appealing charm of the center. The seven-foot
walk through water fountain is a collaboration between artist Jordan
Geis and Anna. Jordan's ultra contemporary glass and metal furniture
and REGENERATE's very hip sign are part
of the multiple design elements Anna has woven into the eclectic
charm of the center.
It is no surprise that REGENERATE has
attracted a group of highly distinguished and skilled practitioners
in the healing and spiritual arts. It will be offering Transpersonal
and Craniosacral therapies, acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, massage,
Reiki and various Energy Medicine techniques and intuitive readings.
The center also offers a wide variety of alternative healing classes
and workshops including rebirthing, hypnotherapy, past life regression,
meditation, Qigong, psychic development and other metaphysical studies.
REGENERATE has several totally unique
elements including Anna's Energy Testing & Adjustment Technique
using intuitive energy testing and "Young Living Essential
Oils," as well as wonderful juice and mineral cocktail that
she devised that gave me a terrific boost.
One of my favorite bits is the "REGENERATION
CELL" which arose out of the collaboration between Anna
and Artist Kirk Woods. It even surpassed her own expectations and
is a must try. "If all you have is 15 minutes, we can dissolve
your stress, generate a state of harmony and recharge your energy.
So many of us are moving too fast, stressed and with no time to
take care of mind, body and spirit. The 15-minute REGENERATION
CELL responds to this fast paced life style and reminds us
to care for body and soul. The center is a place where everyone
can feel comfortable and restore their energy." This is the
heart of Annas mission.
"If we are to survive the age of technology and emerge as
a spiritually evolved species...we need to attend to our spirits,
individually and collectively. We are birthing an era that is transforming
the planet, and the pace is sometimes overwhelming. To accomplish
this we must continue to develop our awareness and take command
of our own energy. The collective psychic strain associated with
a quantum leap of this magnitude has to be acknowledged and consciously
managed. " Anna believes energy centers similar to REGENERATE
will become an integral part of the healing arts landscape.
REGENERATEs stylish ground floor
space is ideal for cultural events such as its two monthly showcases,
"Dialogues With Interesting People" and "Salon Wednesdays,"
while the private rooms upstairs offer a serene ambiance for the
healing arts. It is just five blocks from the new Classical Chinese
Garden on Everett.
Anna sees her fusion of the arts and healing as continuing in traditions
established by such pioneers of Portland's Healing Arts Movement
as naturopath, Dr. Tori Hudson and New Renaissance Book Store. "Portland
has evolved into a dynamic energy center for the Healing Arts whose
practitioners have inspired and expanded a new awareness. The overall
movement is raising the collective consciousness of the city and
beyond. REGENERATE is another piece of
the healing arts paradigm. The center reminds us of the infinite
potential in the healing arts and the inspiring role they are meant
to play in the realm of evolutionary consciousness. If REGENERATE
compliments and enhances the inspiring strides that have already
been made, we will have accomplished our mission."
REGENERATE, 625 NW Everett # 110, Portland, OR 97209; Tel: (503)
Fax: (503) 827-8324. Website: www.ReGenR8, e-mail: email@example.com