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DAYTIME CRYSTAL BOWLS SOUND HEALING Returns! Wednesdays, January 9, February 6, March 6, 11 am-12:30 pm
Edie Jemiola, RMT - This is a daytime version of this popular favorite. See the description of Crystal Bowls Sound Healing.
ENLIGHTEN SOUND CIRCLE Thursday, January 10, 7:15-8:45 pm
Lisa Burch, LCSW, RMT - Do you find Joy in gentle vocal sound? Do you wish to use your voice more? For meditative purposes? To connect to the Divine? Learn some simple techniques for bringing your unique vibration outloud and into sacred practice. You do not need to be a soloist or even a singer to join this participatory group session intended to connect to the universal energy flow and a space of sound beyond words. Lisa will demonstrate some techniques and we will sound together as we tap into our collaborative intuition. Feel free to bring singing bowls, frame drums, rattles, tingshas or bells. Some will be available to borrow. Fee: $15. Register in advance with Lisa: 860-783-5597, or text 860-985-9719.

MORNING TAI CHI, Ongoing 8 Week Cycle Tuesdays, starting January 15, 9:00-10:15 am
George Hoffman - Discover the secret of how this ancient Chinese exercise system can help you manage stress, reduce blood pressure, decrease pain associated with arthritis, improve balance and reduce falls. The gentle movements of this soft flowing meditative exercise system direct the life force, “Chi”, to increase flexibility, provide more efficient breathing and enhance circulation. Its slow motion movement, inner focus, and health benefits make it an ideal, low impact, health enhancing exercise system for people of all ages. This is a mixed levels class. Fee: $72, $64 age 65+. Register with George: 860-742-5892.

The Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong: THE CRANE Friday, January 18, 1:00-4:00 pm
George Hoffman - Come play with these wonderful 1800 year old Chinese health and healing qigong exercises. Attributed to Hua Tuo (CE 207), the father of Chinese medicine, we'll learn and play with each of the five Animals individually. These have been used for hundreds of years as preventive exercises to keep the body healthy and prevent disease. Each has been over time associated with individual organ health but all should be considered together as a complete health system. Come play with us and seek the spirit of the animals to restore well-being and maintain health. The Crane opens the gates of the spine and the major connecting channels of the body. The Crane is light and soaring, calm and tranquil and opens and stretches the sinews. Look for the Crane to be graceful, standing like a tall pine, opening its wings and soaring into the clouds and can server as a gentle warm up to the entire system. Fee: $45. Register with George at 860-742-5892 by January 16 to register. Limit 12 students.
THE SHAMAN'S TENT New! Third Fridays, January 18, February 15, 6:30-8:15 pm
Patricia Shannon, MS - Step into the shaman’s tent to experience how the Shaman finds clarity in even the most complex situations and challenges. Seeing clearly leads us to live with purpose and honor so we can become Keepers of the Fire for both our inner fire and the fire of the world. Join us as we will explore a spirit inspired topic each evening through shamanic journeying, wisdom sharing, and heartfelt ceremony. Fee: $20/evening. This offering may become a regular monthly offering. Contact Patricia to register at 860-871-5467 or

REIKI SHARE REJUVENATION, monthly 3rd Saturdays, January 19, February 16, March 16, 9 am–12 noon
Edie Jemiola, RMT - Ready to Refresh, Reconnect, and Rejuvenate Your Reiki? This Reiki Share is a great opportunity designed to support Reiki practitioners at all levels: those who are just starting out, to those who haven't practiced in awhile but would like to start using their Reiki energy again. Whatever level you have been attuned to, this Share/Rejuvenation is dedicated to refreshing and reconnecting you with your Reiki energy, and enjoying self and group healings. We can take turns on the table - giving and receiving! No matter how long it has been since your last Reiki class, this session will have you rejuvenating in the Reiki energy and light! Edie will open and close with a sound healing blessing using Crystal bowls! Tables are welcome! Fee: $20. Register with Edie: 860-933-8145.
SOUND MEDITATION with Tibetan Bowls, Drums, and Vocal Toning Thursdays, January 24, February 28, 7:15-8:45 pm
Lisa Burch, LCSW, RMT & friends, Sharon Tarala, RN, JD, RMT (January) - Wind down with a unique sound bath and meditation with the Tibetan singing bowls and tingshas, Himalayan sacred sound instruments. Reiki, drumming, vocal toning and a crystal pyramid will also be included. Allow yourself to float on a beautiful sound journey. Build your ability to experience the present moment more fully, clearing your chakras and releasing what no longer serves you. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket if you wish to lie down. Chairs will also be available. Prepare to enter a zone of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, reflection, and inner peace.
Fee: $20/evening. Register with Lisa: 860-783-5597, or text 860-985-9719.

CRYSTAL BOWLS SOUND HEALING, Monthly 1st Fridays, February 1, March 1, March 29, 7:00-8:30 pm
Edie Jemiola, RMT - Everything in and about our bodies resonates to sound. Sound used with intention can shift the energy in and around the body to help reestablish physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Experience the purity and passion of Edie's voice and quartz crystal bowls, which will stimulate healing at a very deep level. Come and soothe your spirit. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket if you wish to lie down. Fee: $20. Register with Edie: 860-933-8145, 48 hours in advance preferred.

The Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong: THE DEER Friday, February 8, 1:00-4:00 pm
George Hoffman - The Deer helps to stretch and open the spine and the legs with its relaxed yet proudly erect and extended movements. Look to develop natural and free movements without constraint or tension. Practicing the Deer helps to circulate the inner energy (Qi) from the base of the spine through the top of the crown. Over time this exercise can help you feel the the sensation of energy in the Governing vessel and develop flexibility in the bones and sinews. Limit 12 students. Fee: $45. Register with George at 860-742-5892 by February 6.
Also at 199 West Center Street, remember that Ravenwood Holistic Wellness Center also hosts a Drum Circle with Craig Norton on the 4th Friday of the month at 7:00 pm and Kripalu trained MaryAnn Napoletano teaches yoga on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30-6:45 pm. See for details.


Please register with the workshop facilitator in advance. In this way appropriate materials will be available for all registrants and set up can be arranged to accommodate all interested. The facilitator can also contact you if there are any scheduling changes. Thank you for your assistance with a smooth advance registration process.