Kids Yoga with Nitya

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When

Sunday, June 29th  /  10:30 to 11:30am

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Nitya-Lydia Griffith

Description

Children ages 4 to 9 welcome!

In “Yoga with Nitya,” each class takes children on a yoga adventure where they explore the wonders of the natural world while learning fun poses to stretch their bodies, minds and imaginations. Nitya has created delightful and engaging original songs that hold the child’s focus in certain poses and enhance the class experience. The DVD was created and produced by local Richmond talents like Park Group, Rocket Pop Media, Marc Langelier of the band Rattlemouth, and the amazing talent of Emmy Award winning producer Roberta Oster Sachs of Oster Sachs Communications.

Nitya Griffith, considered a master at teaching kids yoga, has released her first “Yoga with Nitya” Kid’s  DVD, featuring four classes themed by the seasons. Nitya has been featured on Richmond’s Local Access Channel and WTVR Channel 6 Virginia This Morning. She has earned an impressive reputation and huge following over the past several years of teaching kids yoga in the Richmond Community. It has been proven that yoga for children helps them to be more focused, balanced, calm, body aware, healthy and less stressed. Nitya incorporates breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation as tools to teach children the importance of releasing anxiety and stress.

Cost

FREE!

Capacity

30

Register for class

There is limited seating/availability for all classes and events and you must register ahead of time.

Register online for the class now.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Grind. Brew. Relax.

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When

Thursday, June 26th / 6:30 to 7:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Room

Instructors

Stephen Robertson of Blanchard’s Coffee and Allison Carver of A Taste of Therapy

Description

There are few things more relaxing than the deeply ritualistic act of savoring a cup of coffee. It’s one of the most basic and holistic therapies for the mind, body and spirit alike.

Take an evening to taste and enjoy this ritual with Stephen Robertson of Blanchard’s Coffee and Allison Carver of A Taste of Therapy. Stephen & Allison will lead you through a sensory experience – a combination of both tasting and therapeutic –  to share coffee and wellness with you in a whole new light.

Cost

FREE

Capacity

35

Register for class

Space in this tasting and workshop is limited, so RSVP to be sure you are included! Spots are given on a first come first serve basis.

Register online for the class here!

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

Behold the Bees! A Workshop with Blue Bee Cider

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When

Thursday, June 19th / 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Courtney Mailey and Katie Schifano of Blue Bee Cider

Virginia’s first and only urban cidery, Blue Bee Cider is located in the heart of downtown Richmond’s Old Manchester district at the fall line of the James River.

Description

In honor of National Pollinators Week, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our own local pollinators than with our friends from Blue Bee Cider! Courtney and Katie will provide you with a hands-on, interactive experience on Blue Bee Cider’s namesake – the Blue Orchard Bee – detailing the difference between the honey bee and more as their share their passion for these tiny wondrous insects!

Cost

FREE

Register for Workshop

There is limited seating for this event so you must register ahead of time.

Reserve your seat here!

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

4 Secrets to Optimal Health

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When

Thursday, June 18th / 6:30 to 7:30PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Dr. Franklin Luke of River City Chiropractic Wellness

Description

Did you know that your body should be self-healing and self- regulating? Learn the four critical areas of health and identify which ones you are missing or lacking in. This workshop will focus on igniting your body’s innate intelligence to heal and function at a higher level.

Cost

FREE

Capacity

40

Register for class

There is limited seating for all classes and events so you must register ahead of time.

Register online for the class now.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

JRGBC Richmond Luncheon Series: New Storm Water Regulations

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When

June 18th  /  12:00 to 1:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Presenter

Scott Blossom with Stantec

Description

In this Lunch & Learn, Scott will provide a review of current water resource engineering issues in the State of Virginia and throughout this Mid Atlantic, including stormwater regulations and floodplain management. The presentation will address both the runoff reduction method and energy balance method with specific project examples. In addition, we will discuss the relationship of nutrient banking and environmental mitigation/restoration to site design and development.

Cost

$10 to JRGBC members / $25 to non-members

Capacity

25

Register for this JRGBC Richmond Luncheon

There is limited seating, so please register in advance.

Register online for the luncheon now.

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

The Energetics of Summer

The summer solstice is coming up this week (June 21) and with it comes the beginning of our new summer season. I have come to view summer as two distinct (yet closely connected) seasons: early summer and late summer. Each has it’s own specific positive energy, and sometimes it’s negative energy as well. When you come to know the seasons and their gifts intimately you will also notice which season you reside in the most (and also which season your friends and family reside in, too). This can be really helpful when you may feel “out of balance”without knowing why…a common imbalance is when people live out of sync with the seasons. This is why summer, for me, has two distinct phases: one of expansion and one or retraction.

In my previous blog about the Energetics of Spring, I mentioned that spring has a tremendous UPWARD energy – things are popping up out of the ground, new leaves are forming, we are coming out of our winter hibernation, etc. Everything is bursting up at the same time. Now, in early summer, the upward energy has turned to OUTWARD energy as things begin flourishing in early summer and expanding to fill the world with green, and our gardens with food.

Early summer is ruled by Fire with keywords being Maturity; Passion; Awareness; Warmth; Partnership; and Joy.

These words are a sample of the gifts that we can learn to access and embody in ourselves and call forth to others. Summer is also ruled by the Heart (a drastic change from the Liver emphasis of Spring). Circulation is key during this time. During the months of summer, we are often confronted with considerably larger projects and responsibilities. In the past, this was the busiest time for planting, tending the land, being with family, traveling and otherwise flourishing from our efforts in the spring. If our heart is not fully in something, we feel empty. We are expanding our energy to tend to all others and be with all others with more activities which can be a very joyous time! However, we can become so fired up that we burn out quickly. It’s important in this season to build an internal fire that can be sustained and nurtured. Do not over exert yourself…pulse this new expanding energy to sustain you for several months and remember to take time to relax. Vacations are an excellent idea in early summer!

Late summer is ruled by Earth with keywords being Harvesting; Transformation; Giving/Receiving; Abundance; and Gratitude.

As I’m sure everyone has noticed, late summer (August and September) is a harvest time, a dying back of the abundance of early summer and a quieting of boisterous months preceding. We all have a tendency now to store and prepare for the long months ahead – we are retracting our energy more inward and accepting the death of the vibrant life of summer. This is the time during the year to reflect – have you harvested the gifts that have been offered this summer? We must work hard to bring about abundance, and when the harvest is there, do we have the ability to slow down and process (like canning)? Can we appreciate all that we have, even when it is temporal in nature? Ultimately, this is a lesson in gratitude. I consider sweetness the attitude of late summer – the capacity to nurture and nourish one another. Savory + Storing + Giving away is the true sweetness of the late summer. This is a practical thing, not a charity. It is an acknowledgment of abundance and that death is just around the corner (being the season of Fall).

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What kind of person would reside in this season? Well, primarily caregivers (those of us who are the most generous and sweet). When out of balance, these are the people who give and give (rarely receive) and become depleted (i.e, “have nothing left to give). This is a negative consequence of living in late summer for too long. For example, the mother/child relationship. If we are going to nourish a chid we must first nourish the mother (so be sweet to yourself!).

So as the summer solstice comes upon us this week, take some time to make plans for the upcoming expanding energy of summer. What new experiences and projects are in store for these flourishing months? For me, I decided to take a trip up to Maine for a friends wedding on the solstice and while I’m at it, travel around New England for a little while, visiting new places and seeing old friends. Summer will also mean a great deal of time in my backyard garden and learning how to can and preserve all of the vegetables we will need for the fall and winter. I’ll be starting to take new continuing education courses, embarking on challenging new practices (more on that later) and traveling quite a bit. All the while, making sure to take the time to relax, reflect and offer gratitude to this abundant season!

For further reading on the energetics of the season, check out Tom Balles’book, “Dancing with Ten Thousand Things: Ways to Become a Healing Presence”.

 

Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com

It’s National Pollinator Week!

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Art Therapy & South Africa

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When

Thursday, June 12th / 6:00 to 7:00PM

Location

Ellwood’s Community Classroom

Instructor

Becky Jacobson | www.beckyarttherapy.com | fundly.com/rrxxdoqp

Rebecca Jacobson graduated from George Washington University with her Masters in Art Therapy with Counseling. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children and has worked within community-based organizations, psychiatric emergency facilities, with women transitioning out of prison, & within hospital settings. She has contributed to two South African art-based studies and was a selected delegate at the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference. Rebecca currently provides art therapy to hospice patients and their families; provides bereavement support through art therapy; and provides art therapy within a behavioral health program. She additional is offering individual, family, and group art therapy in Richmond VA at The Creative Arts Space.

Description

South Africa continues to rebuild after years of institutionalized racism instilled by the apartheid rule, ending only 20 years ago when Nelson Mandela became president. With limited resources the arts have served as tools for empowerment and healing throughout South Africa. Through the arts, communities have been able to share their stories and begin the healing process.

Within the township community of Winterveldt, South Africa, music, dance, and drama has been used for healing and self-expression for over a decade at The Bokamoso Life Center.  The Bokamoso Life Center serves young men and women from the community, helping them heal and find new successes in life.  In 2011, Becky Jacobson, M.A. Art Therapy, and The George Washington University helped to introduce art therapy to the Center.  Becky then completed a study, which looked at artwork and interviews created by the Bokamoso community that highlighted important themes expressed by the youth.  This study has since been used in creating a culturally relevant therapeutic arts curriculum, which will be implemented at the Center in July and August of 2014.

This presentation will illustrate what art therapy is, how art therapy can be used when working with community-based organizations, and most importantly, how The Bokamoso LIfe Center has used the arts in supporting the well-being of many, many young people throughout Winterveldt, South Africa.

In preparation for her return to Winterveldt, South Africa, join Becky in this eye-opening presentation as she shares her journey on the success of art therapy cross-culturally.

Cost

FREE!

Capacity

40

Register for class

There is limited seating for event so you must register ahead of time.

Register online for the class now or email trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com to reserve your seat.

Want to learn more?

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525.

5% DAY // Change The World RVA

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Shop at Ellwood Thompson’s on Sunday, June 22nd, we will be donating 5% of our sales directly to Change The World RVA!

Change the World RVA is a charitable foundation established to support high school and college students in Richmond, Virginia who are experiencing housing instability.  They partner with other organizations, local churches, and professionals to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth.

Change The World RVA’s mission is to provide unconditional nurture, support, and hope to students in unstable housing situations through transforming relationships, inspiring positive personal and societal change.

Local Vendor Of The Month: Box Brown Imports

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June’s vendor is Box Brown Imports, run by Richmond native Alex Lawrence, specializes in men’s shaving and body care products. Every product is loaded with essential oils and botanical ingredients. These all natural skincare products are geared toward treating sensitive, irritated to normal skin.

Alex E. Lawrence, Jr. grew up in Richmond, VA, attended Norfolk State University, and graduated with a B. A. in sociology. Alex began his career in skincare after wrestling with the difficulties of shaving and breakouts. After developing a natural solution for himself, Alex was compelled to share this discovery with others, which is now known as the Boxology of Shaving.

The inspiration for our name Box Brown comes from the ingenuity of Henry “Box ” Brown, a 19th century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom by arranging to have himself mailed from Richmond to Philadelphia abolitionists in a wooden crate.

To Alex, each handcrafted skincare product gives you the freedom to experience healthy and invigorating skin!

Box Brown Imports has been featured in many publications, including Richmond Magazine, Urban Views Weekly, and Essence Magazine.

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