Classes

Tergar Meditation with

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

1st & 3rd Tuesdays
7:15pm - 9:00 pm

Free

4th Sundays
1:15pm -4:00 pm
Free

Nectar of the Path Practice
4th Tuesdays
7:15pm – 9:00pm
Free

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during these Tuesday offerings (not Sunday offerings). A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Explore meditation and the fundamentals of Buddhist practice

1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings of each month
7:15pm – 9:00pm
We explore Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings with the support of our Tergar community of practitioners, and the guidance of a comprehensive meditation group curriculum. This curriculum, based on Mingyur Rinpoche’s books, The Joy of  Living and Joyful Wisdom, covers the core teachings of the Joy of Living program and includes guided meditations, experiential exercises, and questions that foster group discussion. Sessions are held on a drop-in basis. There are no prerequisites for attending our group meeting. All are warmly welcome!

 

4th Sunday of the month group meeting
1:15pm – 4:00pm
Consists of two sessions. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

First session, 1:15pm – 2:45pm ~ a group meeting focusing on Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings using our Joy of Living curriculum based on Rinpoche’s books, The Joy of Living and Joyful Wisdom. Our meeting includes guided meditations, experiential exercises, and questions for group discussion. We enjoy a short tea break together before our 2nd session begins.

Second session, 3:00pm – 4:00pm ~ an opportunity for us to come together as a community for formal meditation practice. Our practice schedule is divided into two 25-minute sitting sessions with walking meditation in between.

 

NECTAR OF THE PATH
4th Tuesday evening of each month
7:15pm – 9:00pm
The Nectar of the Path is a meditation practice composed by Mingyur Rinpoche. It’s a short text that provides a framework for practicing the Buddhist path. This practice includes chanting, contemplation, visualization and meditation. It leads the student through the Four Thoughts, Refuge, Bodhichitta and Guru Yoga. All are welcome to join us!

For more information, please contact Group Coordinators Lyle and Diane McQueen-Smith:
portland@tergar.org / www.tergar.org/portland

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Nia with

Siere Munro

Mondays & Wednesdays
9:00am - 10:00 am

$15 drop-in, cash or check

Class Pass: 5 classes for $50

*Class Cancelled Wednesday 2/14

Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts, Nia provides a variety of movement dynamics to create an experience that involves body and spirit. The use of eclectic, rich music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart-felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia class. Every class guides students to mindfully focus on sensation in their body while listening and dancing to music. Each class has its own kind of magic that fosters personal creativity and expression. Nia is practiced barefoot. Every class is adaptable to individual needs and abilities, with movers empowered to explore a variety of intensity levels and ways to modify movements to safely condition their bodies. Beginners welcome.

For more information, please contact Siere: siere.munro@nianow.com

*Class Cancelled Wednesday 2/14.

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Gift of the Tao Qigong 1: Vibratory Acts of Power with

Ben Rosen

Wednesdays
6:00pm - 7:00 pm

First class is free to try out!

$15 drop-in, cash, check or credit card

Class pass: $60 for 5 classes; $100 for 10 classes

Sliding scale rate available upon request.

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

 

Increasing Health & Awareness

Qigong is a form of meditation originating in ancient China as far back as 5,000 years ago. Qigong was first created by the indigenous Taoist shamans of China as an art for self healing. Qigong has since become one of the five branches of Chinese medicine along with Acupuncture, Herbalism, Nutrition and Tuina massage. All aspects of Chinese medicine help to achieve energetic harmony within the body’s network of energy points and channels. The practice of Qigong is a powerful way to naturally help correct and balance one’s entire energy system promoting increased health for the practitioner.

Gift of the Tao Qigong is a unique form of Qigong created by Grandmaster Michael Lomax, lineage holder of the Stillness Movement Lineage. Master Lomax has trained extensively with both Taoist and Buddhist Qigong masters in China as well as Cherokee and Lakota Medicine Men here in the states. Gift of the Tao Qigong combines the energetic principles from all these energetic traditions. The result is a powerful and unique set of high level Qigong movements designed for optimal energetic cultivation.

For more information, please contact Ben: qiclinicpdx@gmail.com / www.qiclinicpdx.com

 

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Saying Yes! with

Carlton Grew

Wednesdays
7:30pm - 9:30 pm

$10 drop-in, cash

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Playful improvisational theater class to inspire spontaneity & creativity

This session is based on Scott Kelman’s form of body-centered improvisation. Kelman was a practitioner and teacher of alternative theater and improvisation for over 50 years, a celebrated director in LA who taught in Portland from the 1990’s until his death in 2007. He created a body-centered form of improvisation and presence in which participants explore with abandon within defined constraints.

The form consists of structured exercises and play using mindfulness, observation, physical precision, discovered physical impulses, vocalization, speech and observation, and empathy and engagement with others. The result is to fully experience and inhabit every moment and express the creativity generated by those moments, alone or in ensemble. Kelman’s work cultivates fresh, deep creativity and authenticity.
The work can be a creative adventure, spiritual exploration, a magical fusing of an ensemble, or simply a collection of fully lived moments. It is also Big Fun.

Whether you are a daydreamer, writer, singer, dancer, or simply a curious person seeking to live more fully, Kelman’s work will enhance your creativity and add another level to your experience of your art and your daily life.

For more information, please contact Carlton: nwrain99@yahoo.com

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The Big OM: A Group Healing, Meditation Experience
 with

Maha & David Brown

Thursdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm
6:00pm - 7:00 pm

No registration required, donation-based. Drop-ins welcome. Cash pay at door.

 

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

 

Begin 2018 with a truly transformational practice. Participate in a powerful, weekly healing that will rocket you in to a higher vibration in your daily life. Share in this easy yet powerful group toning practice, which is guaranteed to blow the cobwebs of the mind away more efficiently and effectively even than regular, silent-sitting meditation, bringing a precious feeling of group-unity and inner-stillness. Explore the root of the sacred syllable AUM, within and without.

The combination of sound and breath creates a cerebro-spinal cleansing, constituting a true healing for body, mind and soul. Walk away feeling high in spirit, with a healing, meditation technique you can use in your daily life as a wonderful accompaniment to your asana practice.

The Big OM with Maha and David raises the vibration and amounts to a healing of the emotional and spiritual bodies.

All welcome! No previous meditation experience is necessary.

For more information, please contact Maha & David:
mahaanddavid@gmail.com

 

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Dance Temple with

Sacred Circle Dance

Thursdays
7:30pm - 9:00 pm

$10 drop-in, cash or credit

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Spiritually-Based Community Dance

Sacred Circle has been meeting to dance together in Portland for over a decade. We are a warm and welcoming group of dancers who love to create something really special together.   We encourage people of all ages and abilities to sink into their body in the safe, beautiful and sacred community-created space, to gather and create an beautiful interaction where music and movement happen, and while each person comes into the space with their own story, their own needs, their own reasons to be there — there is one thing we all share — and that is the love of the dance!

This is a free form dance, you create the experience by how you engage with your body, with other dancers and with the music. There are no set moves, just be safe and kind to your body and respectful those around you and have fun.  This is a great space to practice being unabashedly in your body.

For more information, please visit the Sacred Circle Dance website.

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Healing Chronic Pain with

Jacqueline Rubinstein

Fridays
10:00am - 11:00 am

**2018 Winter Class Series**
Winter Class Series Dates: January 19 – March 9
Time: Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am*

Cost: 
8-week Winter Class Series (in-person and recordings): $96

8-week Winter Class Pass On-line (recordings only): $58

Walk-in to any class: $15/drop-in

 

 

Gentle Movement & Awareness Exercises with the Feldenkrais Method

Chronic pain and injuries influence every aspect of life. Conscious and unconscious limits are placed on your ways of being in the world. Your dance is constrained. Your mind is busy protecting you, restricting your freedom of expression, closing in your world.

You may be acutely aware of the limitations or you may have adjusted to this restricted way of walking through life. Either way, come remember how you use to feel ~ strong, comfortable, flexible, loose, free, & effortless!

In this class, you will experience carefully crafted, gentle movement sequences that will relieve your pain and give you invaluable, surprising insights into your movement and thought patterns.

These exercises are designed to communicate directly with your Nervous System, making the changes you feel not just a temporary fix, but a fundamental improvement in your movement habits. These new movement patterns will be so delicious to your brain and Nervous System that you will find them immediately, subconsciously integrated into your daily life.

If you are ready to:

Eliminate aches and pains, and move more easily.
Improve your co-ordination, posture and flexibility.
Restore lost function.
Find relief from stress, and the tools for psychological growth.
Attain greater ease and pleasure in all your physical activities.
Improve the fitness and agility of your brain at any age.
Gain renewed physical vitality, health and emotional well-being.

Then, come learn how your Nervous System is your best ally in feeling better in an effective, quick, and lasting way! Gain the tools to be a powerful agent in your own healing and on-going comfort.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline: jacqueline@somaspace.us / 971.258.1885

For more info about this class offering: feldenkraisportland.com/healing-chronic-pain/

 

**2018 Winter Class Series**
Winter Class Series Dates: January 19 – March 9
Time: Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am*

Cost: 
8-week Winter Class Series (in-person and recordings): $96

8-week Winter Class Pass On-line (recordings only): $58

Walk-in to any class: $15/drop-in

To Register for the Winter Class Series:




*Also, available for on-line subscription ~ you can take this class anywhere, at any time that works for you!

To Register for the Audio Recordings Only:




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Crystal Bowl Sound Baths with

Marissa Leigh

2nd & 4th Fridays
7:00pm - 8:30 pm

1st & 3rd Sundays
7:00pm – 8:30 pm

$20 in advance, $25 at the door

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

You are invited to lie down and relax as part of a group while the sounds and vibrations of seven crystal singing bowls wash over you. The medicine of these bowls is grounding and clearing, helping you quiet your mind and open your heart. This allows space for your body, mind and spirit to return to harmony.

This harmony supports your body’s natural healing process. A sound bath is a peaceful entry into re-alignment with your heart’s center.

Blankets and pillows will be available for use but please feel free to bring mats or more cushy layers as we will be on a beautiful hardwood floor.

Doors open at 6:45pm. Please arrive on time as we close the doors by 7:00pm to allow a sense of safety and quiet to this peaceful offering.

For more information and to register: healingwithmarissa.com /  healingsoundbath/tickets

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Dance Seen with

Sara Eden Moss

2nd Sundays
7:30pm - 9:30 pm

$10 – $15 sliding scale, drop-in, cash
or Paypal (sent before class) to Moss.E.Productions@gmail.com

Class begins Saturday February 24, 2018

After this date, class will then recur Second Sunday of each month

 

 Exploring Transparency in Community through Movement

What is Dance Seen?
Dance Seen is an experiment in community transparency. Together we share our humanity by creating a container for members of our community to be witnessed and held through expressive movement.
We are building our connections, nourishing our relations, and kindling our knowing of self as other.
This concept was birthed from the imagination of Oblio Stroyman.  

We gather together in a circle, together creating the physical container of a dance floor. Individuals volunteer, one at a time, to be witnessed by the circle in their movement. They may move to a pre-planned song, a song divined by an exchange between the mover and the DJ, or they may move with silence. After about 3 minutes of expressive movement, a moment of silent integration is held, and the invitation for reflections is offered to the mover (who is at choice to accept this invitation or decline it).

Reflections from the community of witnesses are then shared (if the invitation is accepted) to the mover. Reflections are a gift, and offering, an extension of vulnerability given back to the circle and mover alike. Reflections may be about what I experienced in my body while witnessing the movement (emotions, sensations, etc), or the story that the movement told me, or an image that was evoked by the movement.

We open and close the space with open space for all to move and dance, together, or alone.

Class begins Saturday February 24, 2018
7:30pm – 9:30pm

After this date, class will then recur Second Sunday of each month
7:30pm – 9:30pm

 

For more information or to send class payment via Paypal: Moss.E.Productions@gmail.com

 

 

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Burlesque with Madam Steele: 8-Week Spring Series with

Audrey Steele

Sundays
4:15pm - 5:45 pm

8-week Spring Series begins Sunday evenings February 4, 2018!

Pre-Registration Required.
$175

No class 3/4/18.

It is more than just a dance class…

Burlesque workshops with Madam Steele go beyond a dance class where you shake what your mama gave you, (although that is included!)  These thoughtfully crafted classes invite each woman to bring her most authentic, fierce and sensual nature to the dance floor.  It is a chance to see and be seen in this place- to move from complete pleasure, and to push edges into new, exhilarating ways of experiencing yourself as a dancer, a seductress and a performer.  These classes are always open to all abilities and bodies!

The 8-week class series is an opportunity to play with and develop improv skills as well as to learn and develop choreography in a totally safe,  non-threatening, and encouraging environment.  In addition to having SO MUCH FUN, we will be learning a group piece as well as working on solo acts.  This class is open to all levels!!  Don’t be shy. We will conclude the class with an optional performance.  I love teaching this class!  It is so beautiful and so humbling to watch each woman find her power through this art form.  I look forward to sharing it with you!

This class is for you if…

•You love to dance and have fantasized about performing striptease or burlesque

•You would like to feel more confident

•You want to explore your sensuality

•You want to wake up your sex and feel more turned on

•You want to play with a fantastic  group of women identified people in a safe and non-threatening environment.

 

Dates:
Sunday evenings beginning February 4, 2018 – April 1, 2018
Please note there will be no class March 4, 2018. 

Time: 4:15pm – 5:45pm

Cost:

Pre-Registration Required.
$175

 

For more information & to register, contact Madam Steele: 

www.audreysteele.com /  madamsteeleburlesque@gmail.com

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Move the Earth with

Audrey Steele

4th Sundays
6:00pm - 8:00 pm

$15 – 20 sliding scale, drop-in, cash only

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

A Sensual Ecstatic Dance Class For Women

Move the Earth is about repossessing our wild feminine, reclaiming our sexuality and freeing our creativity.  When we allow this, we begin to cultivate our limitless power.

Women hold immense power in our creative centers (aka: our second chakra or our womb space), but we are often in conflicting relationship with this place due to the immense cultural programming and collective trauma we all carry in and around our sexuality. We can feel hopeless, detached, numb, or like we are “too much.” This keeps us from having the lives we want and the kinds of relationships and sex we want. It keeps us from pursuing our dreams and embracing our talents. It holds us back from being the powerful women we are in our lives.

Reclaiming our sexuality is imperative if we wish to find any sense of freedom, or power within ourselves. 

The emphasis of this series will be on developing healthy relationship with Self.

Each class in this series will be a journey diving into, and deeply exploring, our sensual expression through dance.  We will practice listening to our body, to what it desires, and to how it most authentically wishes to express that. In doing so, we will begin to reprogram our limiting thought and action patterns into more empowered ways of being.

WOMEN ONLY…

In order to eliminate the confusion, fear, frustration, and distraction that can sometimes occur in other mixed-gendered, conscious-dance practices, this class is offered to women identified people only. The goal is to create a safe container where we get to play with this energy and express our sensuality freely. It is not about performing, looking good or pleasing anyone but YOURSELF.

What to expect …

Movement…  A large portion of the class will be our movement practice where you will be supported and encouraged to invite your sexual energy out on to the dance floor.

Depth… We will practice simple guided meditations connecting us with our womb space and with the energy of the earth.

Reflection… At times we will have the opportunity to share and reflect our experience with others and with the group.

Challenge…While this class will be focused on developing deeper self-love, it will include pushing ourselves a little outside our comfort zones.

Fun…It doesn’t always have to feel like drudgery!  We will have loads of fun in this class!

The 7 phases of Move The Earth

Like 5-Rhythms, the music will create a “wave,” meaning, there will be a variety of music intended to evoke different flavors of our creativity, and authentic expression.  However, in this class they are specifically designed to evoke our sensual and sexual energies, sometimes referred to as Kundalini, Shakti or orgasmic energy.  Our playlists use a variety of music including pop, hip-hop, electronic, vintage, blues, jazz, powerful female artists and much more…

The 7 phases are: Depth, Opening, Confidence, Wild and Fierce, Grind and Grit, Play, Tenderness 

What to Bring and Wear…

Please dress comfortably… AND you are also encouraged to dress in a way that feels sexy!  What ever that means to you. This class is not about looking good, it’s about feeling good. But it is also about pushing your comfort zone in order to discover how your sensuality would like to express itself.  It is an opportunity to turn a regular dance class into a living art experience!  Have fun with it!

See you on the dance floor!

For more information, please contact Madam Steele: www.audreysteele.com

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Women’s Circle with

Jacqueline Rubinstein

Mondays
6:00pm - 7:30 pm

Door opens at 5:45pm

$5-15 sliding scale, drop-in, cash

Work-trade available, please contact us for more information. 

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

 

Come However You Are

Does something inside you crave community with other women? Do you feel a thirst for coming together and tapping into the nourishment of being with like-hearted sisters?

Show up exactly as you are in-the-moment. Bring your desires and experiences with you.

Facilitation will be grounded, encouraging you to be present in your body and your inner light. Flow of the evening will follow the energy of the group. We will learn from each women’s wisdom and empathy.

Women across the vast gender spectrum welcome, including trans-women. Queer friendly space. Women of all ages welcome. Women across the vast race/ethnicity spectrum welcome. People of Color, refugees, and immigrants welcome.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline: jacqueline@somaspace.us / 971.258.1885

Check out this blog post from Jacqueline about her intention for Women’s Circle!

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Moving to Heal with

Siere Munro

Tuesdays
10:00am - 11:00 am

$15 drop-in, cash or check

Class pass: 5 classes for $50

*Class cancelled for 2/13

Moving to Heal is “Movement as Medicine” and is for anybody seeking a gentler movement practice to compliment and facilitate the healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. “Healing” as defined by Nia is defined simply by “I feel better.” Moving to Heal teaches people to listen to the voice of the body, sensation. Through sensation, participants learn how to adapt movements to support their comfort and health needs. Classes include soothing, rhythmic soundscapes and simple choreographed movement, shared in an atmosphere of safety and trust. Chairs are made available for students to utilize for maximum stability, pleasure, and comfort. The focus on adapting personalized, self-healing, movement results in increased body awareness, and overall improvements of wellness, regardless of diagnosis. Beginners welcome.

For more information, please contact Siere: siere.munro@nianow.com

*Class cancelled for 2/13.

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Sitting With Comfort with

Jacqueline Rubinstein

Tuesdays
6:00pm - 6:50 pm

4-week class series beginning Tuesday evening February 27, 2018 – March 20, 2018

$60 for all 4-Weeks
(No drop-ins for this series)

 

 

The Fundamentals of Healthy Sitting

Are you tired of slouching, yet find it strenuous and maybe even painful to sit upright?

Are you stiff and sore during or after sitting?

Would you enjoy sitting upright with less effort and a clear sense of what a healthy sitting posture feels like?

Would you like to learn how to set up a supportive environment?

Sitting is one of the basic functions that people do countless times and for a large portion of each day. Yet, with unsupportive chairs and increasingly more time looking at screens, it has gotten harder to sit comfortably. It is unclear what healthy sitting posture feels like and really confusing how to achieve it.

What is healthy sitting?
How do you sustain sitting upright?
What does “upright” actually mean or feel like?
How do you achieve healthy, comfortable sitting in a lasting, effective way?

In this class series, you will experience deep relief, relaxation, and learn an effective, systematic approach to getting out of chronic pain and improving your sitting habits.

You will feel increased comfort immediately and the improvement that will last longer and longer after each subsequent class.

If you are longing to:

  • Eliminate aches and pains, and sit more easily.
  • Improve your co-ordination, posture and flexibility.
  • Restore lost function.
  • Improve the fitness and agility of your brain at any age.
  • Gain renewed physical vitality, health and emotional well-being.

 

Then through this class series you will learn Tools for Successful, Healthy Sitting:

Reducing Chronic Tension: I will lead you through gentle, easy movement exercises that will release the chronic tension that you hold in your body while sitting. Not only will this be relaxing and ease your discomfort, it will give you the physical availability to sit in healthy ways. Instead of fighting to sit upright, you will naturally sit in a new, healthy posture.

Using Your Skeletal Support: In this class, you will learn what it feels like to really use your skeletal support in sitting. This is an opportunity to learn your anatomy from a place of embodiment—that is from feeling yourself. Once you know how to support yourself successfully and your brain gets a taste of the energy conserved by structurally supported sitting you will spontaneously find yourself sitting differently.

Dynamic Sitting: An emphasis of this class is that sitting is meant to be a dynamic activity. There is not one perfect sitting posture, but rather many sitting postures that will support you well in different activities. Through a wide variety of movement exercises, you will explore a range of healthy sitting postures, perfect for all the things you do while sitting.

Supportive Environment: I will share essential information on how to set-up your physical environment to support you in healthy sitting. These discussions will include information on chairs, work-station set-ups, and computers. 

What you learn in this class will stick in powerful way because we utilize the innate intelligence of your nervous system and brain! 

 

Dates:

Tuesday evenings beginning February 27, 2018 – March 20, 2018

Time:
6:00pm – 6:50pm

Cost: $60 for all 4-Weeks

(No drop-ins for this series)

Register through Paypal!




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Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ® with

Paulette Rees-Denis

2nd Tuesdays
7:15pm - 8:15 pm

$15 drop-in

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Gypsy Caravan Tribal is a contemporary global fusion of various cultural styles, with N. African, Indian, Spanish influences, danced together as a tribe, with a learned vocabulary of moves…

Evocative, meditative, exciting…

This class is for dancers with knowledge and experience in Tribal…an hour long workout, with technique and formations, often using zils and props such as shawls and baskets! Join us!

For more information and to contact Paulette: 

dance@gypsycaravan.us

www.gypsycaravantribalbellydance.com

www.paulettereesdenis.com

 

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