BOULDER, COLORADO – While researching my book, Maya 2012: A Guide To Celebrations In Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras , I got the privilege of meeting a wide spectrum of people whose lives are somehow wrapped up in the upcoming cycle change of the Maya Long Count. I’ve always been both a collector and a connector of people, and part of my journey in 2012 has been working with authors, archaeologists, shamans, elders, and documentary film makers.
I’ve invited a few of my new friends to my neighborhood independent theater this Friday for the Colorado premiere of 2012: The Beginning, a 52-minute documentary film by WildHeart Vision and Director Shannon Kring Buset (trailer: http://vimeo.com/37875433 ). This Friday is Gregorian Date September 28, 2012, and Maya Long Count 22.214.171.124.16, 11 Kib, 19 Ch’en, the day of the screening. The event will benefit the San Rafael School of Copán Ruinas, Honduras (Friday, September 28, 2012, at the Nomad Theater in Boulder, tickets are $20 in advance, available at http://2012filminboulder.eventbrite.com/ ).
The evening will begin with a sacred fire ceremony by Aumrak, Guatemalan priestess (pictured above), as well as a talk by 2012 author/scholar John Major Jenkins, a Q&A with Director Shannon Kring Buset and a special musical performance by TIERRO, the new musical group by Kan'Nal co-founder Tierro Lee.
AumRak, who is featured in the film 2012: The Beginning, is an acclaimed public speaker, curandera (medicine woman), transpersonal psychotherapist, and ceremonialist, who is from Central America and travels around the world to do her work. A yogini for over 30 years, Aumrak has explored the paths and disciplines of yoga, leading her to enhance her psychic gifts of channeling, empathy, and other intuitive reconnections.
John Major Jenkins  is a pioneering voice in the evolving 2012 discussion with over twenty years of experience defining and debating the issues.
“I'm excited to return to Boulder,” Jenkins said in an interview, “and for a showing of this wonderful film. I wrote several of my early books while living in Boulder.”
When asked what attendees can expect to learn this Friday, he answered, “cutting-edge research on what the ancient Maya thought about 2012, and what the modern Maya think about 2012.”
MORE INFORMATION: http://2012filminboulder.eventbrite.com/ 
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Joshua Berman is a columnist for the Denver Post and author of Maya 2012: A Guide to Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras. His website is http://joshuaberman.net/