Workshops and Presentations

Layla has developed and presented workshops on a variety of topics, including diversity, business, meditation and music.  See a list here.


There are so many divisions between and among people; it is easy to get frustrated, annoyed or angry at people with whom we disagree.  Also, many of us have been taught to think of prejudice or discrimination as the problem of the people who are affected, but that is not the case.  

The reality is that we are all impacted – by hatred, mistrust, and other forms of thinking, feeling and acting that dishonor and harm people, and our planet.  And it’s not just individuals, or even groups – we are all part of systems that treat people unfairly and sometimes cruelly.  Co-liberation is a word that expresses the reality that everyone is harmed by racism, homophobia and other forms of oppression – though some are clearly harmed much more than others – and that we all have the responsibility to work for equality. 

Layla presents workshops and consulting on peaceful communication, bystander intervention, and anti-racism.  Please contact Layla for more information, or to schedule a workshop.

The Many Methods of Meditation

You may think that meditation would be good for you, but perhaps you don’t know how to start, or don’t think you can do it.  Or, you may have tried a particular method that didn’t work or you didn’t like. This class will show you that there are many ways to meditate, and that you can pick the one that fits best for you.  Meditation can be long or short, still or using movement, quiet or using sound.  It can be practical – for health and well-being – or spiritual, or both.  This class will provide some history of the practice of meditation, and will give participants the chance to try several different meditation methods, to see which one(s) feel right for them.  No previous experience with meditation is necessary.

Spirit Circle

Bring your dreams & hopes, issues & challenges.

A time of meditation will be followed by a chance for each person to share their current steps on the journey to wholeness. All sharing is received in caring silence, as the group acts as loving witnesses to what each person chooses to share.

Element Pledge Ceremony

Developed by Layla’s spiritual mentor, Gwendolyn Jansma, this ceremony is an opportunity to prepare and pledge to study one of the four sacred elements – earth, air, fire and water – for three years, three months, three weeks, and three days.  The ceremony includes creating a prayer arrow and choosing a God/Goddess to guide your journey.  This is a beautiful and meaningful way to bring spiritual awareness more fully into your daily life.