Happy Hour: The Intersection of Science + Spirit + Happiness!

Dates

Tuesday, February 28th | 5:15 to 6:15PM

Tuesday, March 7th | 5:15 to 6:15PM

Tuesday, March 14th | 5:15 to 6:15PM

Come to one or all! Each Happy Hour stands alone, but together provides the most comprehensive conversation!

Description

Have a glass of wine after work and be a part of the conversation. Join our diverse teaching team at the intersection of science and spirit for a 3-part look at the major correlates of happiness! Come straight from work to enjoy a beverage and explore a particular practice that is known to increase our positive moods. Together for the first time, Christopher, Tammy and Susan will teach participants how strong relationships, gratitude and kindness can help us live happier lives – come for one or all three.

A mixture of lecture, experiential exercise and open conversation. Let the end of your work day build you up for the next work day with one, or all three, of our Happy Hour.

Facilitators

Tammy Jackson is an Organizational Culture Administrator at VCU and the owner of Positive Impact Consulting. She’s pleased to be working on the HR Redesign, making VCU a Great Place to Work and to be facilitating for Chrysalis. A skilled facilitator, Tammy has been the Instructor of the Year for Nonprofit Learning Point and is known for her use of humor, creativity and engaging style.

Christopher Reina is an Assistant Professor of Management at VCU. A popular teacher and workshop leader, Christopher has expertise in the areas of mindfulness, leadership, and emotions. Christopher is also a co-founder of the nonprofit HEROES (Helping Educators Revive Our Economic Success) for students, a standards-based classroom curriculum. A new faculty member at Chrysalis, Christopher brings a strong background in the research behind the positive psychology movement and mindfulness.

Susan Brock Wilkes, is a psychologist, university professor, and award-winning instructor. A certified spiritual director, Susan has presented nationally and internationally as well as for a variety of local nonprofit and faith-based organizations. She is also a past President of Chrysalis and co-editor of the Words for the Journey. As a Chrysalis faculty member, Susan teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self Compassion

Cost

$10 members | $20 non-members

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 Are you a member of Chrysalis already? Joining is a great way to stay in touch with all the happenings at Chrysalis and you can save up to 50% on courses.  Become a member here!

 

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Essential Oils 101: Meet the Author!

 

Date

Monday, February 27th | 6:00 to 8:00PM

With

Kymberly Keniston-Pond is the author of Essential Oils for Health and Essential Oils 101 being released January 2017.  She is a Certified in integrative facial and hormonal reflexology, along with being a Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist.  She is a continued education provider for both reflexology and aromatherapy.  She has presented on using essential oils with people with disabilities for the Virginia community colleges Association’s annual concurrent sessions in 2009 and 2010 and for the Virginia State Therapeutic Recreation Association in 2010.  Kymberly has also spoken about essential oils on the television program Virginia This Morning and has been published in Natural Awakening and Belle magazines.  She is a member of Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance (NAA) and National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and will be securing her Certification for Boutique Skin Care in the Spring of 2017.

Description

What do Cleopatra, who enticed kings; Queen Esther of Persia who saved her people from annihilation; and Queen Zenobia of Palmyra have in common? A love affair…with essential oils! …You don’t have to be a queen to have a love affair with essential oils but you can feel like one as you use them.  Let this event be the beginning to YOUR great love affair.

Cost

FREE!

Register for this class

Planning to come? Let us know how many we can expect by RSVP-ing here!

Questions?

Email Charlotte at cchristensen@ellwoodthompsons.com.

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Get to Know: Frances Kimmel, Somatic Movement Therapist

I’m so excited to introduce you to Frances Kimmel, a member of our Ellwood Thompson’s Health Team and a long time local practitioner here in Richmond. Frances has a unique niche in the healing world, offering skilled movement therapies for all ages and a multitude of conditions. Her skills are multifaceted, and it’s impossible not to be in the presence of Frances without feeling her deep love for her work (and her infectious smile!). Continue reading

Myth Busting Q&A with Dr. Marlisa Hurt of Hitting Cancer Below the Belt

Date

Wednesday, February 22nd | 6:00 to 7:30PM

With

Marlisa J. Hurt, PhD in Anti-Aging Medicine

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Dr. Hurt is a clinical restorative nutritionist who also works in research and development for nutritional supplement providers.  She has presented at GI conferences, nutritional conferences, and Dr. Hurt is a Board member as well as the Education Director for the local cancer prevention organization Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2).

Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2) is a Richmond-based cancer prevention organization which focuses on providing awareness raising events, prevention education, colorectal cancer early detection services, and support for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

Description

Are you still eating yogurt?  Enjoying your green tea?  Reading labels to avoid too much fat?  Buying your probiotics off the drugstore shelves but you have questions as to the efficacy of your choices?  This is an evening where you get to share your thoughts about nutrition, ask questions of an expert MD, and get real, practical help and tools that you need to perfect you personal diet.

Here are some choice questions that will get the ball rolling:

  1. I am a recent colon cancer survivor and I’ve been reading quite a bit about the importance of digestive health. The amount of information is overwhelming and I don’t know where to start. Help! Can you give me at least, the top 3 things I should be doing for my health?
  2. What is the difference between a “probiotic” and a “prebiotic”?
  3. If taking a probiotic, what are the signs that one needs a prebiotic as well?
  4. Can there be too much “good bacteria” ina compromised GI tract?

Bring your own questions! This is your opportunity to get tools and concrete answers from the expert in her field…

Cost

$10

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Q & A with Dr. Marlisa Hurt



Questions?

Email Taylor at trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com or cchristensen@ellwoodthompsons.com!

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Ellwood’s 2nd Annual Health Team Fair

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When

Monday, February 20th / 6:00 to 7:30PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

Featuring

Lindsay Kluge, M.Sc, CNS, LDN | ET’s Health Coach | Integrative Herbal Therapeutics & Nutrition | Richmond Natural Medicine | www.ellwoodthompsons.com

Mark S. Smith, DC, DABCN, FACFN | Richmond Chiropractic Neurology | www.richmondchironeuro.com

Michael Jones, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF | The Well Being | www.thewellbeing.info

Kelly Nentwich, CHC, CN | Thrive 4 Mom LLC Coaching & Consultants | www.thrive4mom.com

Corina Hossle | Embrace Midwifery, Care and Birth Center | www.embracebirthva.org

Alexandra Cenname, CHC | Mama In The Makin’ | Instagram

Mary Frazier Colfer, MD | Revitalize | www.marycolfermd.com

Michelle Kabler, CHC | Natural Foods Chef & Food Coach | www.michellekabler.com

Andrew Shepherd, DC | River City Chiropractic Wellness | www.rivercitychiropractor.com

Kristina Page, CMT | Nimbus Massage | www.nimbusmassage.com

Kymberly Keniston-Pond | Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist | www.kymberlyskorner.com

Frances Kimmel | Registered Somatic Movement Educator | www.franceskimmel.com

Georgianne S. Ginder, MSc | Certified Health & Wellness Counselor, Department of Arts & Healthcare at VCU

Marlisa J. Hurt, PhD | Clinical Restorative Nutritionist | www.hcb2.org

Sally K. Norton, MPH | Vitality Coach, Speaker & Health Consultant | www.sallyknorton.com

Description

We are proud to support a diverse community of local practitioners dedicated to helping you live your happiest, healthiest life through both traditional and non-traditional methods.  Our Health Team has been carefully chosen with those values in mind, and we’re excited to share their knowledge, expertise and passion with you!  This year, in addition to our Health Team, we have opened the Health Team Fair up to some of our regular instructors from The Beet.  From medical doctors to midwives to certified natural food chefs, we’re providing you with more resources than ever to choose from on your wellness journey.

Our Health Team Fair is your chance to meet these practitioners, learn about their practices and philosophies, and how they can help you make 2017 your healthiest year yet!

Admission

FREE!

Registration

Please RSVP here. (We’re printing materials, so waste not want not!)

Questions?

Call the customer service desk at 804-359-7525 or email trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com.

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Batch Cooking Basics with Michelle Kabler

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When

Wednesday, February 15th / 6:30 to 8:30PM

Location

The Beet at Ellwood’s

Description

We’re excited to introduce and welcome Michelle Kabler for her first class in The Beet: Batch Cooking Basics.  If you’re down to simplify your kitchen routine and embrace  a healthier you in 2017, this is your class.

Check out Michelle’s blog and you’ll see a lot of tips centered around this wellness hack, and for good reason!  She believes batch cooking is your blueprint to a healthy, vibrant life.

Per Michelle’s wisdom: “You are busy, you are awesome, you are out in the world rocking at life.  Cook once a week and you’re set-up for anything life throws your way.  Look at it like this: when you consider your lifelong longevity, a few short hours once a week will actually add years to your life, so what may feel like a time investment now is actually buying you time to live the life you love long term.  It’s a no brainer.”  And we think she makes a great point.

As if that wasn’t enough, prepare your taste-buds.  Michelle will demo, sample, and provide recipe cards for Thai Carrot-Ginger Soup  and Herbed Tahini Veggie Cups!

About Michelle Kabler

Michelle Kabler is a Certified Natural Foods Chef and Food Coach on a mission to support busy professionals in learning how to cook healthy meals for themselves.  After years of bingeing, dieting, and a stressful career, she embarked on a quest to heal her own health struggles.  Her turning point?  Learning to cook for herself. Since completing the Chef’s Training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC, she continues helping burned out women nourish themselves daily.  Her message is simple: healthy starts in the kitchen, cooking for yourself is essential to becoming healthy, and batch cooking is the solution to making it work.  Michelle can be found dishing healthy tips in her YouTube series, Michelle’s Minutes, coaching one-on-one clients, providing healthy meal delivery, and on www.michellekabler.com.

Admission

$10 per person OR $15 for you and a friend!


Batch Cooking Basics



Questions

Email The Beet Cafe Coordinator, Charlotte, at cchristensen@ellwoodthompsons.com!

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Animal Abuse Is The Price Of Eating Most Affordable Meat. WARNING: DON’T READ IF YOU WANT TO REMAIN IGNORANT ON THIS TOPIC

Let’s just cut to the chase: factory farming is the single most organized system of animal cruelty and abuse devised by humans.  And the moral dilemma for many consumers is that they love their meat so much that ignoring the inhumanity inflicted on such animals makes it easier to eat them for food.

Chickens are abused before they go to your plate.

Cows are subject to “sadistic animal torture” by major food suppliers to fast food and cheese suppliers that workers are charged with criminal animal cruelty.

Pigs are not only brutally  beaten but in documented instances are butchered alive before they become ham and bacon.

These are not limited or unusual practices.  Instead, they are  well-documented and are considered as “good practices” by some in the factory farm industry.

 

However, factory farms don’t want you, the consumer, to know about such practices. Instead, like other government assaults on consumer transparency to know what we are eating, factory farms are trying to get our government to help them cover up these moral and serious problems with new so-called “Ag-Gag” Laws.

According to Rolling Stone, “Ag-Gag,” or farm protection, laws are a controversial wave of pro-agribusiness state-sponsored bills aimed at silencing animal-abuse whistle-blowers. Six states (Kansas, North Dakota, Montana, Missouri, Iowa and Utah) currently have Ag-Gag laws in place, and 11 more introduced similar farm-protection bills this year. Nearly all modeled themselves on portions of “The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act” drafted by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Agribusiness employees contributed $91 million to candidates in last year’s elections, while lobbying by agriculture interests rose from $112 million in 2007 to $138 million in 2012.

The ASPCA publishes a list of states who have introduced “Ag-Gag” laws.

 

The truth of behind the meat from factory farm is undeniable. It can only be suppressed as evidenced by “Ag-Gag” laws and the convenient desire of consumers to ignore such truth behind the meat on their plate. Only consumers can change this inhumanity with the choice of what they eat on their plates.

 

Q & A with Michelle Kabler!

We had a chance to sit down with Michelle for a little Q & A and real talk: she’s loaded with tricks of the trade! Plus, her rainy-day snack advice it quite timely…
ET:  In your time as a chef, what’s your favorite veggie discovery?
MK:  Hands down: honeynut squash. It’s super sweet, has a saturated orange glow, and makes me feel fancy every time I cook with it.
ET:  We’ve all got one, so what’s your rainy day craving?
MK:  Homemade spiced popcorn for the win.  Snack-y and all the right flavors while still being healthy.
ET:  Do you have a “must know” kitchen trick to save space & time?
MK:  Cutting cherry tomatoes one-by-one takes forever, but this tip is a brilliant time-saver.  Sandwich a handful of cherry tomatoes between 2 round, plastic lids from your takeout containers, so that the circular lips hold those tomatoes in place.  Then use your chef’s knife to slice across in between the two lids.  You just scored yourself a whole lotta extra time for munching and living life.
ET:  Of anyone, ever, who would you want to cook a meal with & why?
MK:  My husband (so cheesy, but so true!)  We cook together often, and it’s my absolute favorite.  Since we’re both trained chefs, we can spend hours hosting dinner parties, testing recipes, and pushing each other to become better cooks, all while having the best time.  But if I had to choose a celebrity, Oprah is a close second. 🙂
Intrigued by her tips? Come hang with us Wednesday for more during Michelle’s Batch Cooking Basics!  Learn to simplify your cooking and sample two of her favorite recipes: Thai Carrot-Ginger Soup  and Herbed Tahini Veggie Cups.

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Speed Date for a Doula!

 

Date

Monday, February 13th | 7:00 to 8:00PM

With

Corina Hossle | Founder, Clinical Director & Midwife | Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center

Embrace encourages, educates & empowers women to embrace a healthy pregnancy, a safe & gentle birth, & a peaceful transition to confident mothering.

Description

Calling all Mamas-to-be! Join Senior Midwife Corina Hossle, owner of Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center, for “Speed Dating for a Doula”

Doulas “mother the mother” and provide pure emotional and physical comfort during childbirth, no matter where or how you plan to birth! Come to our fun and laughter filled evening and meet some of the best doulas in RVA…maybe you’ll meet your perfect match!

Partners are welcome!

About The Instructor

CorinaCorina Hossle | Founder, Clinical Director & Midwife

Corina ordered her first “How to Become a Midwife” book in 1992, but raising three children, homeschooling, and running several businesses got in the way of her dream.  At 42, with her kids leaving home and her life shifting, she decided to make the leap!

Corina doula’d her way through midwifery school, serving high risk mothers who were provided doulas for support.  She attended National Midwifery Institute, which is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Counsel.  She passed her North American Registry of Midwives test in 2012, and became a Certified Professional Midwife.

Since beginning her journey, she has worked with 13 different midwives at over 300 birth center or home births.   She spent months assisting Hispanic women on the border of Mexico who spoke no English, has witnessed Amish women give birth by lamplight, has attended doctor’s wives who chose home birth and placenta encapsulation, and has sat with hippy mamas singing to their babies under full moons.  Corina even spent 18 months as a staff midwife at the only freestanding birth center in the Caribbean, working with island families in Trinidad and Tobago.

After teaching at an accredited midwifery school in Florida for several months, Corina decided that Richmond VA was the place to open her birth center, and she came to RVA on a mission!  Embrace Midwifery Care & Birth Center (and Embrace Wellness Collective!) is her dream come true.

“The truth is, all women birth in similar ways and they all know how to do it. It’s Intuitive.  My vision is to create space and support so that women can access that intuition and birth with joy.”

Cost

FREE!

Register for this class

Planning to come? Let us know how many we can expect by RSVP-ing here!

Questions?

Email Taylor at trichardson@ellwoodthompsons.com.

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Multi-Use Botanical Oils

Body care products are something I rarely write about, but it’s one of the most common areas of interest from clients and friends that we inevitably get to talking about when health goals extend past their nutrition and onto the products they put on their skin. It makes sense to pay attention to the products you’re using on a daily basis because within a matter of seconds, everything you put on your body is absorbed into your bloodstream, and can have similar health effects as the foods that you eat – either supportive or detrimental. The US has extremely lax standards when it comes to cosmetics and body care products in general (it’s alarming, really, how many questionable ingredients are allowed in the cosmetics industry in this country), and usually I’m personally looking for products that have minimal ingredients, are botanically based and not tested on animals. The EWG also has an awesome resource to check your ingredient list for safety and read up on ambiguous sounding ingredients. Ultimately though, I use and recommend botanical oils for most body care uses because, well – they’re just so simple and pure. Continue reading