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Past Workshops and Events:


Workshops with Lindel Hart  
Yoga for Gardeners Lindel Hart
Yoga for Your Feet Lindel Hart
Core Strength and Balance Workshop Lindel Hart
Simple Greens: A Yoga and Food Workshop Susanne Hynes and Lindel Hart
Lindel Hart at Kripalu  
Yoga from the Core of Stillness Lindel Hart
Drawing Closer to Nature Through Art and Yoga Peter London and Lindel Hart
Special Events  
Sun Salutations for Haitians Lindel Hart
The Time for Yoga -- A FREE Global Community Practice for Peace Lindel Hart
Exploring the Inner Landscape Lindel Hart and Rick Roberts
Sand and Water: A Healing Tibetan Sand Mandala The Gajang Tsawa Monks
Rachel's Blooming Photos: Recent Photography by Rachel Kerr  
Art at Hart Yoga: Recent Collages by Peter London
Mark Fraser: Black and White Documentary Photos, 1976-1991
Other Workshops  
Henna with Heart Kelly Flaherty
Zentangle® Sheila Gilroy
Hips and Lower Back Workshop Bronwyn Sims
Yoga for Shoulder Health Bronwyn Sims
Turn Your World Upside Down! Bronwyn Sims
Physical Theatre Workshop Bronwyn Sims and Patrick Donnelly
Introduction to Therapeutic Breathwork Kaiilama Morris
Free Talk: Therapeutic Breath Kaiilama Morris
Free Talk: Connected Birth Kaiilama Morris
Shamanista Healing Circle Workshop Larry Ruhf
Shamanista Musical Healing Experience: A Shamanic Journey to the Inner Landscape Faith Burrington Jones
A Shamanic Breathwork Experience

Faith Burrington Jones

Lucky Labyrinth Playshop Deborah Yaffee
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day! Labyrinth Walk with E-Z Tai Chi Class
Deborah Yaffee
Aging with Ease and Grace: The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement Victoria Ahrensdorf
Freeing your Neck, Jaw and Shoulders Victoria Ahrensdorf
Eating For Two: Maximizing nutrition for pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond Susanne Hynes, Amanda Kingsley and Marissa Potter
Mask Movement Workshop Larry Hunt

Past Workshops and Events:

Yoga for Gardeners
A workshop with Lindel Hart

The joy of gardening can sometimes leave you with aching muscles and overtaxed joints. Lindel Hart will work with you on yoga poses and other stretches that can help you prevent and/or alleviate some of the common ailments associated with gardening. You'll learn ways to keep yourself healthy before, during and after gardening.

In this workshop we'll focus on strengthening the core, opening the shoulders and hips, and protecting your knees and back.

Invite body, mind and spirit to blossom with your garden!

Yoga for Gardeners is geared to all gardeners, from backyard hobbyists to professional landscapers.

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Yoga For Your Feet:
A workshop with Lindel Hart

Re-energize your feet and positively impact your overall health as instructor Lindel Hart leads you through an exploration of yoga poses and other exercises to awaken your whole body from the ground up!

Learn how to strengthen and balance your feet, improve your foundation, and care for your whole body. Our feet are the foundation for our well-being, supporting us as we stand, walk, and engage in our active lives. Don't neglect your feet! Taking care of your feet can help stave off problems in other parts of the body - the hips, knees, lower back, even the neck and jaw.

Build a better foot through yoga! Beginners welcome!

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Core Strength and Balance:
A workshop with Lindel Hart

Strengthen your abs and increase stability through balancing poses. Build awareness of the relationship between your core and balance. While we are led to believe that the elusive six-pack abs are what it's all about, it's the deeper abdominals that do the real work of keeping the spine free and supported.

Learn how to tone the midsection and build abdominal strength by working through a number of yoga poses and other exercises. We'll also work on balancing poses to discover just how important abdominal support is.

Take home a practice that supports your whole body from the inside out!

Some knowledge and experience of yoga is helpful if you plan to attend this workshop.

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Yoga from the Core of Stillness with Lindel Hart
Kripalu Center for Health and Yoga
Stockbridge, MA

Course Description:
Return to the source in this restorative retreat, reconnecting to what Lindel Hart calls “the core of stillness.” Slowing down the mind provides space to step back from the surface of your practice to reveal a more profound and satisfying organic foundation. By deconstructing the way you view and embody asanas, Lindel will help you open your mind, body, and heart to the possibilities available in each moment.

The workshop will explore a full range of postures that includes inversions. Focused breathwork and meditation will prepare you for a potent, energizing, and meaningful yoga practice. Time for meditation and reflection will be built into each session, and journaling will be encouraged to record important insights.

The program includes a full restorative yoga session in which the studio becomes a sanctuary of stillness. During this session, all poses will be practiced on the floor, supported by bolsters, blankets, and other props to facilitate a gradual, sustained sense of opening, a heightened sense of awareness, and deeper relaxation.

All levels welcome, with a minimum of 6 months experience with yoga requested.

This course is eligible for CE credits for yoga instructors and fitness trainers.

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Drawing Closer to Nature through Art and Yoga
Kripalu Center for Health and Yoga
Stockbridge, MA

Course Description:
Art and yoga are complementary practices that can help us recover our lost sense of unity with nature. As we draw closer to nature through these practices, we also draw closer to ourselves, tapping into the creative soul that exists in us all. This brings about a richer, more authentic, and graceful sense of artistic expression and our place in the world.

Artist Peter London employs simple art materials—such as charcoals, oil pastels, and tempera and watercolor paints—and uncomplicated techniques that require no previous training. Lindel Hart offers a hatha yoga practice that is accessible to all. Together they provide an integrated and holistic approach that enriches and extends the powers of art and yoga to explore, portray, and incorporate the endlessly rewarding ways of nature.

In a safe and supportive environment, all participants, regardless of prior experience with art or yoga, have the opportunity to relax and draw closer to their inner nature and to the natural world.

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Sun Salutations for Haitians:
A Fundraiser for Haiti Earthquake Relief

Lindel Hart hosted a 2-hour drop-in yoga session on February 6, 2010, to benefit the victims of the Haitian earthquake. The fundraiser consisted of ongoing basic Sun Salutations. With a suggested minimum donation of $10, Hart Yoga raised over $600, which was donated to The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

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The Time for Yoga --
a FREE global community practice for peace
with Lindel Hart
Friday, September 30, 2011
7:00-8:30 PM
FREE!

September is National Yoga Month, and Hart Yoga invites you to unite on September 30 for a worldwide yoga practice. Be a part of the first annual Time for Yoga Global Community Practice.

At 7:00 PM on September 30, yoga students of all experience levels are invited to practice yoga at Hart Yoga as an international observance and the culmination of Yoga Month. A one-hour yoga practice will be followed by savasana beginning at 8:00 PM, and a 15-minute meditation for universal peace and well-being at 8:15 PM. By participating during your own local time, a wave of yoga will take place around the globe.

September is the official National Yoga Month (a national observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services) designed to build awareness of yoga's proven health benefits and provide people with actionable guidance and tools to enhance their own well-being. This grassroots awareness campaign inspires both youths and adults to take responsibility for their well-being by focusing on prevention and healthy lifestyle choices. In 2011, Yoga Month will actively move towards a global campaign by initiating Time for Yoga practices all over the world.

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Henna with Heart with
Kelly Flaherty of Henna Elements

    Adorn your body with Kelly Flaherty's amazing henna art!

    Henna is a safe, natural dye derived from the crushed leaves of the henna plant, a flowering shrub which grows in hot arid regions like North Africa and the Middle East. Traditionally it was used to paint elaborate and auspicious designs on the hands and feet of brides to bless the marriage and nurture fertility. Modern times have brought this 9000-year-old art form to many cultures across the globe. Buddhists, Christians, earth-based religions, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and others use henna for celebrating weddings, holidays, births and coming-of-age rituals.

Now men and women alike adorn themselves with henna art. Just as you choose jewelry to wear, you choose the temporary designs of henna to express yourself.

Unlike ink tattooing, henna application does not pierce the skin. A paste is applied to the skin in a hand-drawn design, staining the first few layers of the skin a rich burgundy color that lasts one to two weeks. The design will gradually disappear as you naturally exfoliate.

The process of receiving henna is relaxing, both for the recipient and the onlookers. Many people report a deep sense of ease while having henna applied.

Designs can be as simple or elaborate as you choose, with prices starting at only $5.

For more information, contact Kelly Flaherty:
kellyfhenna@gmail.com - 413.625.6453



Hips and Lower Back Workshop

with Bronwyn Sims

One of our key complaints as Westerners is that we have chronically tight hips, and when our hips get tight, we often feel the effects in our lower backs, as well. By utilizing our breath and the proper stretches, we can learn how to open our hips and relieve stress and tension in the hips and low back.

Join Bronwyn Sims for this workshop specifically focused on opening the hips and stretching and releasing the lumbar region of the back. Whether you are an experienced yogi seeking to deepen your knowledge and practice or a novice seeking a starting point for releasing hip and low back stress from your daily life, don't miss this Hips and Lower Back Workshop!

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Yoga for Shoulder Health
:
A workshop with Bronwyn Sims

    Join Bronwyn Sims to focus on conditioning and strengthening the shoulders for injury prevention and recuperation. Bronwyn brings her expertise in yoga, acrobatics and aerial circus work - all of which rely on healthy shoulders - to this workshop for yoga practitioners of all levels.

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Turn Your World Upside Down!
A workshop with Bronwyn Sims

Join yoga teacher, professional actor, acrobat, and aerialist Bronwyn Sims as you Turn Your World Upside Down! Experience the benefits of safe, healthy inversions.

Bronwyn will lead you through creative and fun exercises to help build upper body strength, flexibility, shoulder health and self confidence. You'll also condition the core abdominal muscles. Then we'll get down to business!

Whether you are a beginner who wants to work on your first handstand at the wall or a more experienced practitioner aiming to move away from the wall, this is the workshop for you! Don't miss this opportunity to work with Bronwyn in a small group setting.

Turn Your World Upside Down! is open to all levels.


Physical Theatre Workshop
with Bronwyn Sims and Patrick Donnelly

All live performance styles have something in common: the performer seeks to communicate something to the audience, to affect the audience, and ideally, to reach the audience on an emotional level. The physical performer has an advantage, because nonverbal communication is extremely powerful. But technique alone will not move an audience, nor will it enable performers to reach their full potential as artists. This workshop focuses on proven exercises in dramatic structure, vulnerability, imagination, improvisation, status, and establishing a relationship with the audience. Students will come away with expanded possibilities and understanding of themselves and their art, and the power to courageously initiate a dialogue with any audience.


Breath of the Heart: An Introduction to Therapeutic Breathwork
with Kaiilama Morris

LIVE PASSIONATELY WITH CLARITY, JOY & CONNECTION

Are you passionate about your life? Do you want change but do not know how? Are you interested in self-evolution? Do you LOVE feeling connected to yourself and others? Are you ready to really live a life of joy, abundance, service, community and peace? Then join this transformative educator for an informative, life-changing afternoon!

  • What can I expect to feel from doing it?
  • Restore emotional harmony
  • Relief from chronic physical and emotional pain
  • Relieve migraine headaches, asthma, anxiety, depression, addictions and many more!
  • Reconnect to natural creativity, relaxation, deep joy and healthier relationships with others and yourself
  • Renew yourself daily with this very simple and accessible energy
  • What is therapeutic breathwork?
  • A do-it-yourself tool to help you connect to your true self
  • A proven and effective practice to gain freedom from mental, physical and emotional hardship
  • A fast track to joy, abundance, accomplishment and healthy relationships
  • A self-facilitated method to continually support a balanced healthy life!

Breath of the Heart is open to all levels. Cost of the workshop is $45. Call 413.512.0470 or email lovingspirit1@gmail.com to register. Visit Kaiilama Morris's website: www.breathoftheheart.com.

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Free Talk: Therapeutic Breath: A Key to Overall Physical, Mental and Emotional Health
with Kaiilama Morris

Join Kaiilama Morris of Breath of the Heart for a FREE introductory talk about Therapeutic Breath Education. What is this tool? How can it help you? And why is correct breathing so vitally important? These are just some of the questions that will be addressed. You will be pleasantly surprised by the simplicity and power of the BREATH!

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Free Talk: Connected Birth: An Alternative to Lamaze - Ride the Waves of Labor
with Kaiilama Morris

Kaiilama Morris welcomes all parents-to-be and prospective parents for a FREE introductory talk to introduce you to an amazing series of classes to prepare couples to manage preganancy, labor, birth and parenting effortlessly, gracefully with little pain! Birth is a natural, incredible, opening, joyful experience to be embraced, supported and welcomed. Give your baby and yourself the gift of Conscious Connected Breathing. Discover how this amazing tool benefits you, your baby and your partner/coach.

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Exploring the Inner Landscape through Yoga, Chanting and Meditation:
An Afternoon of Contemplative Practice

with Lindel Hart and Rick Roberts

Join Lindel Hart and Rick Roberts for an afternoon of physical, spiritual and mental rejuvenation. Enter into the stillness that promotes self exploration through yoga, chanting and meditation. Come together in community with others for this mindful retreat from an overactive world to reconnect with your natural state of balance, harmony and peace.

The afternoon will include a gentle asana practice guided by Lindel Hart and chanting with Rick Roberts and friends, as well as time for silent meditation together. There will be no specific instruction for meditation; we'll simply sit quietly together.

Like the quiet space between the in-breath and the out-breath, the stillness that arises out of yoga and chanting leads one easily and naturally into meditation. No vocal/musical, yoga or meditation experience is necessary to experience the joy of this afternoon of contemplative practice. All are welcome, regardless of the type of yoga, meditation or spiritual practice you may have.

This event is FREE. However, donations are appreciated.

For more information, contact Lindel Hart or Rick Roberts:
lindel@hartyoga.com - 413.768.9291
rick@pioneervalleyyoga.com - 413.367.9777

This program is supported in part by grants from the Conway Cultural Council and the Greenfield Local Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

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Shamanista Healing Circle Workshop
with Larry Ruhf, Ed.D.

This workshop is an introduction to and experience of basic Shamanic healing methods and rituals. Shamanista Healing Circle is an international group that developed at Burning Man to provide Shamanic healing for people at Burning Man. There are now Shamanista Healing Circles in New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and now beginning in New England.

The Shamanista concept is based on the idea that within all of us is a shamanic healer that knows how to heal us. We all need healing and all have ability to heal others. Based on this principal, Shamanistas are NOT Shamans but those therapists and healers who want to follow shamanic healing methods to enhance their healing powers especially working with TRAUMA.

Please come and join this developing Healing Circle that will continue after the workshop into an ongoing group to further heal ourselves and learn more about how to be an effective healer.

EXPERIENCE and LEARN: Ancient shamanic healing methods, concepts and rituals, find your POWER ANIMAL learn to SIT ON YOUR MOUNTAIN for strength and detachment, PAIRED shamanic healing journey with a partner using drumming to go into NON-Ordinary reality where your healing imagination can really help you. Music, sound, and vibration healing will also be included in this workshop.

For psychotherapists, body healers, energy workers, yoga teachers all of these healing methods can add to your practice.

Please come and check out this really new and unique way of using shamanic healing in this contemporary world.

SHAMANISTA LEADER Dr. Larry Ruhf, Ed.D. has been a practicing psychotherapist, family therapist, Antioch Counseling Psychology professor and Mental Health professional for over 30 years in the Pioneer Valley.

Out of this workshop, the goal is to develop an ongoing healing group and begin a Shamanista Healing Center for PTSD.

Please come to this workshop and feel the healing connection of the CIRCLE. Shamanistas from the New York Circle are planning to attend to support this beginning SHAMANISTA HEALING CIRCLE workshop.

Fees: $50 for all day workshop $35 for students.

For more information, please call Larry Ruhf at 503.784.3615.

Please come a little early to register. Bring a pillow, blanket and lunch!!

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Shamanista Musical Healing Experience: A Shamanic Journey to the Inner Landscape
with Faith Burrington Jones
Sunday, November 6, 2011; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
COST: $65. Sliding scale available.

Come join us at the beautiful healing space of Hart Yoga Studio on the top floor of the Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom building in Shelburne Falls, MA, for a deep inner experience using breathwork, evocative music, expressive artwork, and group sharing.

This shamanista musical healing experiential uses the power of circular rhythmic breathing along with evocative music that creates energy flow through the chakra system of the body. This method is very effective for accessing ones inner landscape. This deep healing experience can facilitate the release of deep psychic blocks stored in cellular memory, thus opening the mind and heart for a deeper understanding of Self and the interconnectedness to all creation. The group experience facilitates the energies that are necessary to transform both individually and universally.

Faith Burrington Jones is a psychotherapist who specializes in the integration and alignment of Body/Mind/Spirit. She is certified in Integrative Breathwork and Psycho-spiritual Integration through Jacquelyn Small and the Eupsychia Institute. She has been studying and practicing holistic healing for well over 20 years. She feels deeply honored and blessed to guide others on their individual journeys to remembering their true essence and creating their life's purpose. She strongly believes that life flows in a continuum of death/rebirth cycles and acceptance of this process brings peace and joy into ones life experience. We are currently in a transformational shift both individually and universally in conscious awareness and are being called to a daily practice of aligning with ultimate truth and our Soul purpose.

This workshop facilitates deep Shamanic healing and conscious awareness; it is a healing into wholeness!

Embracing the shadow gives birth to the light.

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A Shamanic Breathwork Experience
A Shamanic Journey to the Inner Landscape facilitated by Faith Burrington Jones
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Come join us for a deep inner experience using Shamanic breathwork, evocative music, expressive artwork, and group sharing.

Shamanic Breathwork uses the power of circular rhythmic breathing along with evocative music that mimics the ancient spiritual practice of ceremonial fire dancing while lying on a comfortable mat in a journeying position. By using circular breathing and evocative music as a conduit altering normal states of consciousness, the ego recedes, and participants are able to access their inner landscape where resources are experienced for transformational healing and guidance.

Faith Burrington Jones is a psychotherapist who specializes in the integration and alignment of Body/Mind/Spirit. She is certified in Integrative Breathwork and Psycho-spiritual Integration through Jacquelyn Small and the Eupsychia Institute. She has been studying and practicing holistic healing for 25 years. "We are currently in a transformational shift both individually and universally in conscious awareness and are being called to a daily practice of aligning with ultimate truth, integrating the ego, and manifesting our destiny."

This workshop facilitates deep Shamanic healing and conscious awareness; it is a healing into wholeness!

Potluck has worked best for lunch/dinner meals to encourage community and sharing and to keep costs down.

For more information and to register, please call Faith at (413.522.4220) or email her at: faithjones@verizon.net.

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Simple Greens: A Yoga and Food Workshop
with Susanne Hynes and Lindel Hart
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
6:00 PM
Cost of Workshop: $20 per person

Join Holistic Health Counselor and Chef Susanne Hynes and yoga teacher Lindel Hart for an evening of yoga and healthy food ideas! We'll begin with an hour of yoga at Hart Yoga and follow it a walk to Susanne's kitchen -- just a few hundred yards from the studio. Susanne will share some simple recipes and talk about the importance of incorporating healthy greens in a diet. We'll also sample raw and cooked greens and a few simple sauces that would complement any meal.

Look for more opportunities to feed body and soul with Susanne and Lindel as the farmer's markets get into full swing!

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Aging with Ease and Grace: The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement
with Victoria Ahrensdorf
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Saturday, February 25, 2012
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM (includes a lunch break at 1:30)
Cost of Workshop: $110

Check out this introductory video on the Feldenkrais Method

Feel Fabulous in February with a day to deeply rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit... benefits of Feldenkrais® "Awareness Through Movement"® sequences are very long lasting. Join us for a day long retreat in beautiful Shelburne Falls featuring four 50-minute movement sequences done while lying on the floor (or sitting in a chair), designed by Israeli physicist, engineer and martial artist, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). Age with more agility, less stiffness, more freedom and less pain... think overall wellness and increase overall mobility for all your daily activities. And be able to do walking, running, sports, yoga and other forms of fitness easier and with more pleasure and less likelihood of injury. Enjoy your body in a whole new way! This is easy and for people of all abilities and ages. No experience necessary. Contact Victoria (victoria8154@gmail.com or 413.268.3220) if you have questions.

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Freeing your Neck, Jaw and Shoulders: The Feldenkrais Method® of Awareness Through Movement®
with Victoria Ahrensdorf
Saturday, May 12, 2012
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM (includes a lunch break at 1:30)
Cost of Workshop: $110 (Register by May 3 and pay only $95!)

Check out this introductory video on the Feldenkrais Method

We all carry tension in the neck, jaw and shoulders, and in this relaxing, day-long retreat, we will learn four gentle Feldenkrais movement sequences to balance, tone and integrate the muscles of the jaw, neck & shoulders. These Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement sequences have not been taught in any of the previous retreats held at Hart Yoga in 2012 and will help reduce chronic pain and stiffness. If you have attended prior sessions with Victoria this year, you can deepen what you've already learned!

Participants will feel more results and far more flexibilities by the end of the first sequence and feel surprisingly better by the end of the day. One student says she's astounded how much better Feldenkrais helps her feel!

This retreat makes an excellent Mother's Day gift for the special woman in your life. Or treat yourself -- whether you're a man or a woman -- to a day focused on releasing tension and stress!

The benefits of Feldenkrais"Awareness Through Movement" sequences are very long-lasting. The Feldenkrais movement sequences are done while lying on the floor (or sitting in a chair) and are easy and for people of all abilities and ages. The Feldenkrais Method was designed by Israeli physicist, engineer and martial artist, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984). No experience necessary. Contact Victoria (victoria8154@gmail.com or 413.268.3220) if you have questions.

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Eating For Two: Maximizing nutrition for pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond
with Susanne Hynes, Amanda Kingsley and Marissa Potter
Sunday, April 15, 2012
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost of Workshop: $25 per person

You know that nutrition is extra important during pregnancy, but the pressure to eat right and keep track of protein and vitamins can be overwhelming! We make eating for two (or more!) easy in this workshop led by Susanne Hynes, Holistic Health Counselor & Food Activist, and Amanda Kingsley and Marissa Potter, Birth and Postpartum Doulas.

You will learn what to make, how to make it, and where to shop to get the lowest price for the highest quality ingredients. Come taste, learn, and get inspired! You’ll leave with easy family-friendly recipes, delicious samples, shopping tips, and resources to get you cooking.

Topics will include:

~ Coping with morning sickness
~ Eating through pregnancy
~ Snacks for strength in labor
~ Milk-making foods for breastfeeding
~ Staying well-fed during postpartum recovery

Registration is required (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/73WWN8N)

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Lucky Labyrinth Playshop
Learn how to MAKE a little Luck o' the Irish
with Deborah Yaffee
Saturday, March 17, 2012
1:00 - 5:00 PM

Fee: $40 ($35 for FCC Coop Members)

The Lucky Labyrinth pattern will enjoy its WORLD DEBUT in this workshop!

  • Create your own Labyrinth to take home
  • Learn the 5 secret steps to manifesting your heart's desire
  • Learn the Energy Meridian Tapping Technique that rapidly clears the limiting beliefs that are hijacking your Luck
  • Receive a special luck message at the center of your labyrinth walk
  • Enjoy tasty Irish treats from Chef Marty

Space is limited. Please register by March 15th at www.riversidehealingarts.com. Questions? Call 413-625-2800.


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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day!
Labyrinth Walk with E-Z Tai Chi Class

with Deborah Yaffee
Saturday, April 28, 2012
3:00 PM

Fee: FREE!

Enjoy a labyrinth walk and sample an E-Z Tai Chi for Health Class!

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Mark Fraser: Black and White Documentary Photos, 1976-1991
May 22 - July 17, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 3-6 PM
Live performance by cellists Mark Fraser and Ben Peterson at 4 PM

Artist's Statement:

I have lived in Deerfield, Massachusetts, at Woolman Hill for eleven years. I am a professional cellist, and I also work at Woolman Hill.

I became obsessed with photography at age fifteen while living in Windsor, Ontario. My first camera was a medium format twin-lens reflex; two of the photos in this exhibit are from my first roll of film in that camera.

I loved my time alone prowling the streets in search of good shots. I remember cutting high school classes when the light outside was irresistibly just right. I loved equally my time in the darkroom, the magic of watching my creations come to life in the developer tray.

My work could be described as documentary photography. I strive to capture art and beauty in the everyday images of people, things, and nature.

I only shoot black and white film. My cameras over the years have been a Yashica Mat twin lens reflex, and Argus C3, an Olympus OM2, a Leica M3, and most recently, my uncle's Rolleiflex, a return to my original medium format. The prints in the exhibit were processed by me, on selenium-toned double-weight fiber paper.

View Mark's photos during regular Hart Yoga class times or by special arrangement with Lindel Hart (413.768.9291 or lindel@hartyoga.com)

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Mask Movement Workshop
Sponsored by Syrup -- One Sweet Performing Arts Festival, a production of Piti Theatre Company
An opportunity to learn mask work from Larry Hunt, the nation’s leading mask performer
Sunday, March 10, 2013
1:00 - 4:00 PM

Cost: $30 ($20 for students -- financial aid available)

Ages 15 and older

Intended for Theatre or movement students, professionals (actually anyone) interested in exploring the non-verbal elements of masks. Designed to study a mask's intent including attitudes, emotions, speed, relationships, character traits.

Larry Hunt’s movement workshop will encourage exploration of body language in relationship to the expressions on the full silent masks and relationships to other masks.

You will undoubtedly discover a freedom of expression through the mask which will aid in future performance capabilities even without a mask. We will work with physical and musical elements and create short vignettes as a result of the relationships found within and between the masks.

Register for this workshop by emailing info@ptco.org with the number of places you’d like and for which session. Note: Mask Movement is limited to 15 participants. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.

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Sand and Water:
A Healing Tibetan Sand Mandala by the Gajang Tsawa Monks

Saturday, May 5, 2012
12:00 noon - 7:00 PM -- Drop in any time!

Donations accepted to benefit the Gaden Jangtse Monastery in south India

The Tsawa Monks from Gaden Jangtse Monastery in south India travel to Shelburne Falls on Saturday, May 5, 2012, to create an intricate sand mandala at Hart Yoga. Sand and Water begins at noon and will conclude at approximately 7 PM. The monks are touring the USA to raise awareness about Tibetan Buddhism and culture and to raise funds for their monastery and orphanage in South India.

The Tibetan mandala is a tightly balanced, geometric composition which serves as a tool for guiding individuals along the path to enlightenment. According to Buddhist scripture, sand mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them.

Sand and Water strives to bring healing to our region - and to the world in general - after the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene. The focus of the blessings and the mandala will be on continued healing after the flood. It's important to remember that even today many in our community and in our region are still feeling the impact of the storm.

The monks will consecrate the site during an opening ritual, using sacred chants and music. They then create the outlines of the mandala with chalk before painstakingly filling in the design with colored sand. The sand mandala, which includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. Upon completion, the monks ritually consecrate and then destroy the mandala, enacting the impermanent nature of existence by sweeping the sand into an urn.

Some of the sand will be distributed to those present at the closing ceremony; the rest will be released into the Deerfield River, its waters carrying the healing blessing downstream and ultimately to the ocean. From there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.

In addition to the creation of the mandala, a Tibetan physician will be available for consultations to assess the overall health of the body and to make recommendations for strengthening body systems and their functioning. He can also offer "Mo" divination, in which he asks questions and is then able to tell the recipient of the divination about his or her past, present and future lives. Tibetan Astrology readings may be offered during the day, as well. Tibet handcrafts will be available for purchase.

This beautiful event is offered without charge but donations are strongly encouraged and will benefit the Gaden Jangtse Monastery in south India. Several hundred orphans are cared for at the monastery, which provides housing, food, clothing and education to the children. This tour has been designed to raise funds to help build a new dormitory for the children served by the monastery.

For more information about the monks and their monastery, visit www.tsawamonksusa.com.

Sand and Water is part of the Shelburne Falls Art Walk on Saturday, May 5, 2012. McCusker's Market will tie into the Tibetan theme by offering special menu options of foods that reflect the culture and heritage of Tibet.

For more information, contact Lindel Hart at 413.768.9291 or lindel@hartyoga.com.

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Zentangle®
A workshop with Sheila Gilroy, certified Zentangle® Teacher
Saturday, November 16, 2013
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Cost: $35 per person (includes all art supplies)

What is Zentangle?

The process of creating beautiful pen-and-ink drawings entirely using structured patterns. It's easy to learn, easy to do, and enjoyed by a wide range of ages and abilities. For some, it's a creative outlet. For others it’s a meditation. For others, it's something else.

NO art experience is necessary. Time will fly!

For more info, see www.zentangle.com.

Class size is limited to 6 participants. Prepayment and preregistration are required.

Sheila Gilroy is also a nutritionist and wellness coach specializing in celiac disease and gluten-free diets. She discovered the "thwarted" artist in herself when she found Zentangle, and now finds great joy in sharing this method with others. For more information, feel free to contact her at sheila.gilroy@yahoo.com or 413.584.2925.

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