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Spring Wellness Festival!
March 22-24, 2013 at Common Ground Healing Arts
The change of seasons is a perfect time to take charge of your health and well being, and Common Ground is excited to support you in that! All sessions in our three-day wellness festival are offered to the public on a donation basis. Our team of talented presenters are donating their time, and all donations go directly to benefit equal access to the healing arts at Common Ground. You can register in advance to guarantee your space, and walk ins will be accommodated if space is available. Parking is available in the onsite garage.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, March 22
9:00am-10:30am – Align for the Springtime: Intro to Alignment Based Yoga with Sara Agelasto
10:45am-12:00pm -- Restorative Yoga with Sue Bovenizer
12:30pm-1:30pm -- Herbs for Spring Cleansing with Lindsay Kluge
2:00pm-3:15pm – Refresh Your Health for the Springtime! with Susanna Nicholson
3:30pm-5:00pm – Take Charge of Your Talent with Jay Perry
5:30pm-6:45pm – All Levels Yoga with Tilak Pyle
7:00pm – 8:00pm – Chanting in the Yoga Tradition with Kate Zuckerman
Saturday, March 23
9:00am–10:00am – Mindfulness Meditation with Pat Coffey
10:30am-12:00pm – All Levels Yoga with Kate Zuckerman
12:30pm-1:30pm – Natural Remedies for Allergies with Susan Dunlap
2:00-3:00pm –Ecological Gardening Practices with Terry Lilley
3:30pm-5:00pm – All Levels Yoga with Santiago Hernández
Sunday, March 24
9:00am–10:00am – Mindfulness & Cultivating the Compassionate Heart with Allie Rudolph
10:30am-12:00pm – All Levels Yoga with Kristy Harvey
12:30pm-1:30pm – Wildcrafting! with Rain
2:00pm-3:00pm – Acu Yoga with Nile Bachmann
3:30pm-5:00pm - It's Spring: Time to Play Outside! with Sharifa Oppenheimer
SESSIONS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Acu Yoga. This session is a combination of yoga postures and Jin Shin acupressure for self-treatment of common ailments and stress management. Participants will walk away with tangible tools to improve health and wellness.Please wear comfortable clothing you can move in.
Align for the Springtime: An Introduction to Alignment Based Yoga. This level one yoga class will introduce students to the principles of alignment-based yoga. Emphasis is given to precision in the way students execute various yoga postures, resulting in increased comfort in and understanding of the poses.
All Levels Yoga. These classes are appropriate for all levels of student and are taught by Common Ground teachers whose practice and teaching incorporates presence, peace, and poise. For more information on what to expect from the class, please see the teacher bios below.
Chanting in the Yoga Tradition. Beginners and experienced chanters are welcome. We will learn the Sanskrit pronunciation, the English translation, and the philosophical framework behind several chants, as well as have an opportunity to chant them as a group.
Ecological Gardening Practices. This session will explore ways to mimic nature in the garden to minimize inputs and maximize diversity.
Herbs for Springtime Cleansing. Lots of motion is happening in the springtime! Come and learn some helpful herbs to keep your body, mind and spirit in sync with this upward moving season!
It's Spring, Time to Play Outside! Emerge from the winter and explore ways to connect with your child using outdoor play.
Mindfulness and Cultivating the Compassionate Heart. In the practice of mindfulness, we find our hearts naturally open to the knowing of interconnection with life and to the experience of compassion that naturally arises for ourselves and others. Guided practices will be offered for anyone new to or experienced in meditation.
Mindfulness Meditation. A guided meditation emphasizing ease and tranquility will be offered. This session will be suitable for beginners as well as seasoned meditators as full instructions will be given.
Natural Remedies for Allergies. Are you ready for the spring allergy season? Susan will be speaking about the use of natural remedies to prevent and ease allergy symptoms. Learn which herbs and supplements can keep you breathing - not sneezing!
Restorative Yoga. This is a class intended for relaxation, renewal, and stress reduction. Benefits of a restorative practice can include lowered heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and healthy stimulation of the your immune and endocrine systems. This class is appropriate for any student who would like to learn tools to support a balanced system and relax deeply.
Take Charge of Your Talent: You've Got Everything You Need and Your Moment is Now. We have everything we need to realize our deepest hopes, and yet most of us use only a small percentage of the resources available to us. If you're slowed down or struggling and want to move forward, it's time to identify all your resources and use them fully. In this workshop you'll be invited to take the 100 Resource Challenge, play the 100% Usage game, and create your own unique Resource Mashups. Come ready to be surprised at how many of your resources are being underutilized and how much fun it can be to use them.
Wildcrafting! Gathering food from the wild is a fulfilling way to nourish body, mind and spirit. During this session we will talk about wild nature's springtime edibles, and discuss tangible ways of bringing them into your life.
PRESENTERS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Allie Rudolph, Associate Teacher, Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville. Allie is a long term practitioner of meditation, and teaches mindfulness in different venues in the area. She is dedicated to help deepen the exposure and support of these practices of wisdom and compassion in our community and in the world.
Jay Perry, Co-Author and Chief Talent Catalyst for Take Charge of Your Talent. Jay Perry is a Master Certified Coach who helps people to take advantage of both business and personal challenges in unique and powerful ways. His clients include Fortune 500 corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and creative artists. He is also known as one of the world’s leading mentors for coaches seeking professional certification.
Kate Zuckerman has been teaching yoga since 2002 and is the founder and Executive Director 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.
Kristy Harvey teaches a joyful Yoga for Beginners class at Common Ground. In 2012, Kristy earned her 200 level RYT in Karuna Yoga, a Hatha based yoga practice. This style encourages students to practice with kindness and compassion for self and others. She has also been teaching Nia since 2006, and in 2010, she earned her Blue Belt. She is currently teaching Nia as part of a clinical trial to improve the quality of life among breast cancer survivors at the UVA Cancer Center.
Lindsay Kluge, MS, CNS, Clinical Herbalist, Nutritionist, & Owner of Ginger Tonic Botanicals, LLC. Lindsay received her Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia Institute in 2012. She currently has her own clinical practice, Ginger Tonic Botanicals, in Charlottesville, VA where she specializes in integrative nutritional therapy, herbal therapeutics and custom compounded herb formulations.
Nile Bachmann graduated from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine where he was trained in the many uses of Acupuncture, Herbs, and Eastern body-work in the promotion and maintenance of health.
Pat Coffey, Senior Teacher, Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville. Pat teaches meditation both in the U.S. and abroad; is a founder of the Meditation Teacher Teacher Training Institute; the Blue Ridge Prison Project and the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville.
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.
Santiago Hernández, RYT. Santiago is a graduate of Charlottesville Yoga School (CYS). He devotes his daily personal practice to Ashtanga and to Iyengar-inspired yoga. His teaching methodology emphasizes awareness, presence, and alignment in postures. Having attended numerous workshops with renowned yoga teachers such as Kofi Busia, Tim Miller, and Max Strom, Santiago continues to deepen his studies with Kate Zuckerman and Jennifer Elliot—his current mentors. Santiago was also a Coordinator of the Guerrilla Yoga Project.
Sara Agelasto. Sara’s classes are grounded in her deep respect for the wisdom of the cycles of nature and her curiosity about the capacity of the human body. As a scientist, she is drawn to the precision of the Iyengar Yoga Method and has practiced this style for more than 10 years. Sara currently travels to study with Senior Iyengar teacher John Schumacher in Washington, D.C. Through her work developing the yoga site iHanuman.com, she has also had the opportunity to record and attend hundreds of hours of yoga workshops. Because of her own injuries, Sara concentrates on the therapeutic aspects of yoga and has been influenced by Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Viniyoga. Sara creates a safe, inviting environment for students of all levels to increase their strength and flexibility.
Sharifa Oppenheimer, Owner and Teacher, The Rose Garden. Sharifa is the author of the best-selling book Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children. She was the founding teacher of the Charlottesville Waldorf School, where she taught kindergarten for twenty-one years and served as day care director of the early-childhood program. She now runs a home-based kindergarten program, The Rose Garden.
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.
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.
Susanna Nicholson, CIHC, Director, Practicum Partners LLC. Susanna provides group and individual health coaching at Martha Jefferson Hospital and the Open Space downtown. She is certified by Duke University Professional Integrative Coaching Program, and is a graduate of the life coach training program designed by Doug Silsbee, author of The Mindful Coach.
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.
Tilak Pyle teaches yoga as an intuitive and intentioned practice of awareness. He is known for his sincerity, presence, and his unflinching commitment to authentic sharing. He teaches weekly yoga classes in Central Virginia and leads national workshops as well as international retreats.
When & Where
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.