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FIRST YEAR TAI CHI, Ongoing 8 Week Cycle, Wednesdays, starting April 25, 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: $72, $64 for age 65+. Register with George: 860-742-5892.

INTERMEDIATE TAI CHI, Ongoing 8 week cycle starting Wednesdays, April 25, 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: $72, $64 for age 65+. Register with George: 860-742-5892.

SOUND MEDITATION with Tibetan Singing Bowls & Drums Thursday, Monday,Thursday, April 26, May 24, 7:15-8:45 pm
Lisa Burch, LCSW & Becky Coates, LMT Wind down with a unique blend of guided imagery and sound healing with the Tibetan singing bowls and tingshas, Himalayan sacred sound instruments. Reiki, drumming, vocal toning and a crystal pyramid will also be included. 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. Fee: $20. Register in advance with Lisa: 860-783-5597.

CRYSTAL BOWLS SOUND HEALING, Monthly 1st Fridays, May 4, 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.

SACRED CONTRACTS, Part 1: Survival Archetypes Saturday, May 5, 9 am -12 noon

Fredericka Close, RN How well do you think you know yourself? I can almost guarantee you it is not as well as
you think. You've no doubt heard the quotation from Shakespeare's Hamlet, "To thy own self be true" and the axiom of the great Greek philosopher Plato, "Know thyself." The question then becomes, how do we follow this most excellent advice if we're not sure of who we are? This workshop will answer questions like, "Why do I keep doing the same things?" and "How did I end up here yet again?" The journey of the workshop is based on the New York Times bestselling book Sacred Contracts, by Caroline Myss. It will make the difference between living the life for which you were incarnated, your soul's journey, and the life you succumb to, your ego's journey. Understanding the archetypal energy patterns that your individual Sacred Contract contains will empower you to live a life of destiny instead of a life of fate. Fee: $40. Register with Freddie at or 860-872-2911.

WORLD LABYRINTH DAY: Walk As One At One Saturday, May 5, 12:30-1:15 pm
This event is co-sponsored by Spirit Matters & Ravenwood Holistic Wellness Center
Come for an orientation to Labyrinths at 12:30 pm for new labyrinth walkers by Lisa Burch, LCSW then we'll join a wave of walkers around the world as we "Walk as One at One" together on the beautiful Ravenwood outdoor labyrinth in our time zone. Meditative instruments and festive clothing welcome. Donations welcome.

SACRED CONTRACTS, Part 2: Your Eight Personal Archetypes Saturday, May 5, 1-4 pm
Fredericka Close, RN Now that you know the basics of Sacred Contracts, come and discover your eight
personal archetypal patterns. You will unveil what life long energetic patterns you incarnated with and what animates the choices you make in your thoughts, words, and deeds. After determining your personal archetypes, you will cast your Natal Chart to reveal which of your archetypes has the most influence over each one of your twelve houses of the zodiac. This will be an interactive workshop that will guide you toward your soul's journey of empowerment. Learn how to manage your spirit and live a life of your conscious choice. Sacred Contracts Part I is a prerequisite for this workshop. Fee: $40. Register with Freddie Close at or 860-872-2911.

MORNING TAI CHI, Ongoing 8 Week Cycle, Tuesdays, starting May 8, 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.

DAYTIME CRYSTAL BOWLS SOUND HEALING Wednesdays, May 9, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Edie Jemiola, RMT - See evening Crystal Bowls Sound Healing description, fee and contact information.

George Hoffman The first and most widely known of the two major taiji ruler sets to have survived to
present day. Slightly different than the lesser known Primordial Ruler, this set helps us gather qi to enhance our health and achieve vitality and longevity. This exercise system will enhance dan tian awareness, encourage the movement and transformation of jing, blood and qi and help the practitioner improve their martial arts and healing power and improve health and quality of life. Limit: 14 students. Fee: $45. Register with George at 860-742-5892 by May 9.

REIKI SHARE REJUVENATION, Monthly 3rd Saturdays, May 12, 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. .Call Edie in advance to register:860-933-8145.

Vivian Sovinsky, MS, Certified Shambhala Director and Meditation Instructor -Join this newly forming community of meditators as we celebrate our 3rd event. New or experienced meditators are welcome. We will open with guided meditation instruction followed by silent group meditation. Then we'll discuss how meditation can lead to a larger perspective of life’s challenges. As sacred warriors, we uncover our innate courage and clarity, seeing how we can more skillfully contribute to lasting solutions in both our personal lives and beyond. A short reception will conclude the program. This meditation may be combined with any spiritual path. Fee: $20., sliding scale available. Register with Vivian: or 860-966-2916 in advance.

Also at 199 West Center Street, check out for information on additional program offerings hosted by Kurt and Deborah Ravenwood, including twice weekly evening yoga, monthly drum circle, weekly Daytime Celestial Sounds, Emotional Archaelogy and more!


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.