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SOUND MEDITATION with Tibetan Singing Bowls, Drums, & Vocal Toning Thursdays, October 25, 7:15-8:45 pm
Lisa Burch, LCSW & Becky Coates, LMT - 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. Register with Lisa: 860-783-5597.
 
FIVE ANIMAL FROLICS QIGONG, Part 3: THE DEER Friday, October 26, 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 sensation of energy in the Governing vessel and develop flexibility in the bones and sinews. Limited to 12 students. Fee: $45. Register with George by October 24 at 860-742-5892.

CRYSTAL BOWLS SOUND HEALING, Monthly 1st Fridays, November 2, December 7, 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.
 
MORNING TAI CHI, Ongoing 7 Week Cycle Tuesdays, starting November 6, 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: $63, $56 age 65+. Register with George: 860-742-5892.
 
FIRST YEAR TAI CHI, Ongoing 6 Week Cycle Wednesdays, starting November 7, 5:00-6:15 pm
George Hoffman - See description for Morning Tai Chi. This class is focused on first year students. Try the first class with no obligation! Registration still required due to space limitations. Fee: $54, $48 for age 65+. Register with George: 860-742-5892., no class on November 21.
 
INTERMEDIATE TAI CHI, Ongoing 6 week cycle Wednesdays, starting November 7, 6:45-8:00 pm
George Hoffman - This class is intended to allow students to move to the next level in their Tai Chi practice and includes more advanced teachings and practices. Special focus on Yang Style 24 Form movements. Prerequisite: One and one half years of tai chi experience or permission of the instructor. Fee for 8 week cycle: $54, $48 for age 65+. Register with George: 860-742-5892, no class on November 21.
 
ENLIGHTEN SOUND CIRCLE Thursday, November 8, 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. This may become a regular offering. Fee: $15. Register in advance with Lisa: 860-783-5597, or text 860-985-9719.
 
The Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong: THE BEAR Friday, November 16, 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 Bear creates leg strength and develops the energy of the kidneys, the body's fundamental source of vitality. The Bear fortifies the liver and bones and is the energetic and healing compliment of the Crane. Look for the Bear to be ponderous, solid and stable but with a surprising lightness and agility. After practicing the Bear for some time the kidneys and legs will be greatly strengthened and the spleen and stomach harmonized. Fee: $45. Call 860-742-5892 by November 7 to register. Limit 12 students.
  
REIKI SHARE REJUVENATION, monthly 3rd Saturdays, November 17, December 15, 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, Toning Thursday, December 13, 7:15-8:45 pm
Lisa Burch, LCSW & Becky Coates, LMT - 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. Register with Lisa: 860-783-5597, or text 860-985-9719.

Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong: THE MONKEY & THE TIGER Friday, December 14, 1:00-5:00 pm
George Hoffman - We'll teach the Monkey and the Tiger, the shortest of the five movement sequences, together. The Monkey is quick witted, alert and nimble but conceals a watchful calm and focus. We will work to incorporate the Monkey's agility and flexibility with balanced, quick movements while maintaining an underlying inner peaceful calm. Play with the Monkey's sense of mischief and with its lightening speed and appreciate its internal element of stability. The Tiger is the most external and dynamic of the five - fierce and awesome, the king of the animals, externally strong, inwardly supple, deliberate and calculating. Tiger moves like a whirlwind yet is tranquil like the moon. We'll play with the spirited eyes and fierce claws of the animal and seek to replicate its awe inspiring power. Over time, continued practice of the Tiger will greatly increase our strength both internally and externally. Fee: $45. Call 860-742-5892 by December 12 to register. Limit 12 students.

THE SHAMAN’S TENT Third Friday, January 18, 2019, 6:30-8:15 pm
Patricia Shannon, Earth & Sky - 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. www.earthandskyshaman.com Fee: $20. This offering may become a regular monthly offering. Contact Patricia to register at 860-871-5467 or Patricia.shannon1@sbcglobal.net
 
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 www.ravenwoodhealing.com for details.












 














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