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Spring Wellness Festival

Common Ground Healing Arts

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

Spring Wellness Festival

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Donation Type Sales End Amount
Spring Qi Gong w/ Jay DeMaio, LMT   more info Ended
Restorative Yoga w/Sue Bovenizer, RYT   more info Ended
Natural Remedies for Spring Allergies w/Susan Dunlap, CHC, of Rebecca's Natural Foods   more info Ended
Ecological Gardening Practices w/ Terry Lilley of Blue Ridge Permaculture Institute   more info Ended
Contemplative Practice & Stress Resiliency w/Susan Bauer-Wu, UVA School of Nursing   more info Ended
Yoga: Open Your Hips for Spring Time w/Kate Zuckerman, ERYT, Founder of Common Ground   more info Ended
Silent Meditation w/Asha Greer   more info Ended
Kripalu Yoga for Every Body w/Caitlin Clarke   more info Ended
Wildcrafting w/Rain   more info Ended
Complimentary Medicine: Insights and Benefits w/ Dr. Gregory Gelburd, MD, Downtown Family Health Care   more info Ended
Yin Yoga w/Jen Fleisher, ERYT   more info Ended
Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation w/ David Silver, Senior Teacher, Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville and Common Ground Healing Arts   more info Ended
Alexander Technique Applied to Yoga w/Lydia Von Briessen   more info Ended
Spring Into Parenthood w/Month 10 Doulas   more info Ended
Birth & The Primal Brain w/Dr. Sarita Bennett   more info Ended
Springtime Activities for Kids w/Cynthia Jordan Fisher   more info Ended

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Common Ground's second annual donation-based Spring Wellness Festival is an inspiring three day event of classes and lectures by area experts in holistic health. All donations go directly to benefit equal access to the healing arts through Common Ground. This is your chance to make an impact in the health of your community while also taking care of yourself!


From yoga to parenting to herbal medicine, Common Ground's Spring Wellness Festival has something to support your wellbeing. On Saturday and Sunday, acupuncture treatments and chair massage will also be offered on a donation basis. All sessions will take place at Common Ground's anchor location in the Jefferson School City Center. All sessions are offered to the public on a donation basis. Advance registration is encouraged. Onsite parking is available.

Presenter Bios


Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Tussi and John Kluge Professor in Contemplative End-of-Life Care and director of the Compassionate Care Initiative at the University of Virginia (UVa) School of Nursing, with secondary appointment in the UVa Department of Religious Studies. Her work focuses on the use of mind-body approaches to bolster stress resilience and sense of well-being, for which she has garnered significant NIH and foundation funding. Besides her academic scholarship, she has authored a book for the lay public, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness (New Harbinger, 2011). She is currently on the board of advisors of Mindful magazine, immediate past-president of the Society for Integrative Oncology, a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow, senior fellow of the Mind & Life Institute, and Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Bauer-Wu is well recognized for her expertise in secular contemplative practices, such as mindfulness and compassion meditation, and teaches and leads workshops, retreats, and training programs for people living with cancer and other serious illnesses and their loved ones, health care professionals, and university students.


Sarita Bennett is an Osteopathic Family Practice Physician and Certified Professional Midwife who began studying and practicing the Midwife Model of Care over 30 years ago. After working as a home birth midwife for 15 years, she entered the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, completed a family medicine residency with a strong women’s and children’s health component and went into private practice, providing family medicine and midwifery services in rural West Virginia for the past 15 years. Sarita’s unique experiences make her an expert in Integrative Women’s Health. She has recently opened her new home birth practice in Charlottesville, VA. Sarita takes an active role in midwifery and medical education. She co-founded and was a core instructor at Sacred Mountain Midwifery School throughout its 4-year history. She has served as an associate clinical professor for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), and has served on the WVSOM faculty as an assistant professor in the Osteopathic Principles and Practice Department. Her new program, The Academy of Experiential Midwifery Education, opened in January 2014.


Sue Bovenizer, RYT, fell in love with yoga in the mid-1980′s and has been on a yogic path ever since. She taught Hatha Yoga in England in the ’90s and after moving back to the US, continued her studies and became certified in the Integral Yoga tradition. Sue has taught Hatha I & II, and Meditation through the UVA Rec Dept for the past 15 years and is pleased to be offering Restorative Yoga at Common Ground. Sue has a private bodywork practice, specializing in aromatherapy massage, craniosacral therapy and individual restorative yoga sessions.


Caitlin Clarke is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor. Kripalu yoga is designed to adapt to all body types, ages, fitness levels, and interests. Caitlin’s approach to teaching takes into account people’s individuality and personal expression as she guides students through classic yoga postures. As with other styles of yoga, students tend to notice the effects of practice from the first time they step onto their mats.


Jay DeMaio received a certification in therapeutic massage from the NCTMB in 2006. He currently is the owner of Core Revitalization, an 8 week restorative wellness program that integrates elements of qigong, acupressure, stretching and meditation. Jay is grateful to the many inspiring teachers that have contributed to his internal cultivation and personal growth. He continues to study Taoist healing traditions with Qigong Master Zhongxian Wu and Tui Na Acupressure with Paul Olko.


Susan Dunlap, CHC, Certified Health Counselor from Rebecca's Natural Food. With more than 30 years’ experience in natural food and alternative therapies, Susan has her Health Counselor certification through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is available for guidance and advice at Rebecca’s, and offers private consultation as well.


Jen Fleisher has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for 13 years and was co-director of Charlottesville Yoga School, a 200-hour Teacher Training program. She spends time each year deepening her practice with her primary teachers, Kofi Busia and Eddie Stern. She currently teaches prenatal yoga and hatha yoga master classes. Jen is a birth doula and midwife-in-training, and a partner at Charmed Designworks, a full-service design firm in Charlottesville.


Gregory Gelburd has been in practice since 1985, and he has five children, Margaret, Mollie, Erica, Jaclyn and Monica and wife Kathy. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at Moses Cone in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Gelburd is boarded by American Academy of Family Physicians. He has won a number of awards, including Patients' Choice Award 2011 and Compassionate Doctor Recognition 2011.


Asha Greer teaches and paints. She likes sitting enough to do it daily and enjoys the possibility of sitting with others. There are claims that sitting with others develops compassion.


Cynthia Jordan Fisher is an AMI Montessori Assistant to Infancy (birth to 3 yrs), DONA certified Postpartum Doula, teaches Parent/Infant and Toddler classes called Montessori Open Mornings and has a small 2 day a week Montessori Infant/Toddler program in Charlottesville.


Terry Lilley, Owner of Heart Root Herbs, Teacher at Blue Ridge Permaculture Institute. Terry lives in Afton, VA where she grows medicinal and culinary herbs as well as fruits and vegetables for her business, Heart Root Farm. She is also an organizer and a teacher for the Blue Ridge Permaculture Institute.


Month 10 doulas are trained, experienced professional birth and postpartum doulas who provide physical and emotional support to the mother during labor and also in the home after the baby is born. They also offer weekly new and expecting moms meet up groups. See www.month10.com for more information.


Rain is a Nelson County resident who wildcrafts year round to put healthful, seasonal food on the table for her family. She journeys the path of Earth Spirit, living simply and honoring traditional healing ways, and is a lifelong student of midwifery, herbal medicine and earth skills.


David Silver has meditated for twenty-five years, teaches mindfulness through the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville and the UVA Mindfulness Center, and hopes through his teaching to encourage others toward an abiding sense of peace and a greater capacity for living from an open and compassionate heart.


Lydia VonBriesen – Lydia’s yoga class provides an opportunity to connect, focus, deepen, soften, clarify, and listen to your body and mind. She has a background in Alexander Technique that inspires her to offer hands-on to students desiring the extra guidance and support. Her yoga for beginners class is designed to accommodate any person interested in moving with awareness.


Kate Zuckerman, ERYT has been teaching yoga since 2002 and is the founder of Common Ground. With a background deeply rooted in the philosophy of yoga, her teaching emphasizes awareness, poise, and presence in our postures both on and off the mat. Perhaps most influential in her teaching style is her devotion to her daily personal practice. Kate is grateful to her primary teacher, Kofi Busia, who is one of the world’s foremost instructors in the Iyengar tradition. She has also been inspired by other senior teachers in the Iyengar, Anusara, and Hatha Yoga traditions, as well as her studies in Buddhist meditation.



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When & Where

Common Ground Healing Arts
The Jefferson School
233 4th St NW, 2nd Floor
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Friday, March 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Common Ground Healing Arts

The mission of Common Ground is to improve wellness throughout our community by expanding opportunities for affordable and accessible complementary health practices at community-based locations. Our focus is on evidence-based practices such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and massage. A portion of every dollar generated from paid programming supports our extensive outreach services in the community.

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