SouthNEXT: Saturday, October 19th


12 NOON – 6:00pm | Hope in a Time of Anxiety Community Mural

Come together as a community to name our anxieties and share our hopes for the future by writing them on the wall, then joining in the coloring of a meditative mandala mural to bring us all together to reduce anxiety and realize our hopes as a community.

Mandala is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the universe. The circular design symbolizes the idea that life is never-ending and everything is connected. Coloring mandalas helps to reduce stress and anxiety and allows everyone to be creative, which often gets lost in our daily lives and stresses. 


 “Ayni” is core principle in Peruvian Shamanism. It means “sacred reciprocity” or that when we give and receive in good measure, we remain in right relationship. The Despacho is a gift, or prayer bundle, that works with the universe as an energetic exchange for healing, reestablishing perfect Ayni (right relationship), or protection. When we give to Mother Earth in thanks for all she gives to us, we remain in right relationship with her. Join Lori Dalvi as we create a Community Despacho. Each item of offering represents a gift of power that sparks the momentum for energy shifts and healing.

1:00PM | Let’s Talk About Death, Differently

Caren Martineau is a branding pioneer and entrepreneur. As founder of two groundbreaking death literacy platforms, and, she is reshaping how Boomers and successive generations think about aging and mortality. In addition to online content, Bevival produces edutainment programming for institutions and organizations navigating this multi-generational culture shift.

2:00PM | Higher Learning

Join Joel Greengrass, CEO of Theramu, for an exploration into the science behind CBD and how to make the best decisions for yourself and your loved ones. Joel has personally dealt with the ravages of MS for over a decade and will share his story of how turning to medical cannabis to treat his Multiple Sclerosis has changed his life and why he is now dedicated to helping as many people as he can with MS as well as many other chronic conditions. Joel is a man on a mission that you should all know about.


Lead by Dr. Juan Rios, this workshop will provide both experiential and discussion based interactions that will raise questions as to how emerging technologies may be useful tools to address implicit biases and increase empathy. Integrating mindfulness practices such as non-judgmental reactivity, being present in the moment and expressive gratitude are all ancient practices that can inform our use of immersive virtual experiences in order to cultivate compassionate community spaces.


The robots are coming! What’s going to happen to us? Technology is quickly advancing upon us and we’re finding ourselves increasingly plugged in, reliant on computers to answer our questions, entertain us, and curate our choices. Automation is increasingly taking over both routine manual tasks as well as assisting in more complex applications. And more than ever, we are being convinced about the value of technology to make our lives better. Join Danni Michaeli and Peter McLard to explore the question, “As technology takes hold of our daily lives, are we on the cusp of losing our humanity or discovering it for the first time?”


SOMA’s GOT CRAZY TALENT celebrates the exceptional talents of individuals in the South Orange and Maplewood community. Open to children and adults alike, the final nine contestants were selected by the community through a video submission entry. The grand prize winner will take home a $500 Amazon Gift Card with second prize receiving 2 tickets to a SOPAC show plus a $75 certificate to Jackie & Son restaurant. Third prize is a $50 gift certificate to Sparkhouse Toy store. Who needs America’s Got Talent when we have SOMA’s Got Crazy Talent! Grab dinner and drinks downtown and we’ll see you in the SOPAC Loft of Saturday night!