Introducing “Rooted in Wellness: A Holistic Health Curriculum”

At Ellwood’s, we’re no strangers to sharing health & wellness knowledge with our community.  Our regular educational events in The Beet cover everything from natural solutions for anxiety & depression to regulating your gut microbiome to relieving chronic pain with floatation therapy.

But what if you don’t know where to start building your wellness tool belt (or why so many people are talking about our ‘guts’ in the first place?)  Do you wish you had a better foundation of knowledge before jumping into a wellness class or conversation?

Enter “Rooted In Wellness”.  This educational program lays a comprehensive foundation for thriving, complete well-being.  Through the guidance & leadership of Health Coach Kelly Lindamood of Live Full Well, students of this cohort-style program will become empowered advocates for their own health.

Building on your desire to learn more about real health and wellness, this dynamic and interactive curriculum will equip you with the tools, resources and knowledge to own your health journey.  Bond with other like-minded students as you hear from an array of diverse holistic health experts, engage in robust dialogue, and learn sustainable approaches to achieving your wellness goals.  Together, we will cover everything from the latest fields to watch in integrative health, how to decipher fact from fiction and what sources to trust, knowing the role you can play to influence food policy, and even how to hone your skills in the kitchen.

Rooted In Wellness consists of five courses curated exclusively for program participants and designed to clarify basic principles and critical thinking skills needed to evaluate the myriad of food and health choices we encounter on a daily basis.  Each establishes a critical pillar of your health knowledge and will feature Kelly Lindamood as well as other local, holistic professionals, ranging from Naturopathic Doctors to Acupuncturists to Chiropractic Neurospecialists and more.  Complete the entirety of this curriculum and you will leave with confidence and direction to continue on your health journey.


  1. Foundations: Build Your Base | 4/9/18
  2. Your Compass: Establish Best Practices | 4/23/18
  3. The Landscape: Meet the Healthkeepers | 5/14/18
  4. Advocacy: Expand Your Influence | 6/4/18
  5. The Mechanics: Sharpen Your Skills | 6/25/18

*all Roots classes are on Monday evenings, 6:30 to 8:00PM, at Ellwood’s home-base, located at 3540 Floyd Ave

This is a cumulative education developed to build on itself, much like a semester in an academic setting.  All participants will have access to a private Facebook group, providing an additional method of connection, dialogue, community, information exchange, motivation, inspiration, accountability and more, maintained and moderated by Kelly.

Additional benefits include one-on-one health coaching plus an Ellwood’s t-shirt & gift card (upon completion of program).

Program Kick-off: Monday, April 9th, 6:30PM

Informational Sessions:

  • Thursday, March 15th, 5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Sunday, March 18th, 9:00 to 11:00am at Ellwood Thompson’s
  • One-on-one over the phone!  Schedule by emailing Kelly

About Kelly Lindamood


Kelly Lindamood is a certified Health Coach and founder of Live Full Well Consulting. Through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York she has studied more than 100 dietary theories and has built her practice based on the work of the world’s top health and wellness experts. She is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In addition, Kelly has 15+ years experience in the field of corporate Learning and Development. This combination of experience and education informs all of her client interactions. Kelly caters to professional women and men who seek to improve healthful practices while pursuing careers, or who seek guidance in retirement and other transitions. A marathoner and yoga practitioner, Kelly uses innovative coaching methods and practical lifestyle management techniques to help her clients achieve their health and wellness goals.


The program is $300 in it’s entirety, with classes available exclusively to ‘RIW’ cohorts.  Register via email through, at Customer Service in store, or through Eventbrite here.


Flatbreads in The Beet!


The most exotic flavors are built around just a few simple, whole ingredients. With that in mind, our chef created these flatbreads, celebrating real, nutrient- dense plant-based foods.

We source every ingredient according to the same values and standards we apply to everything at Ellwood Thompson’s: local and organic first, never any GMOs, and with special consideration given to our vegan and gluten-free friends.

In the kitchen, we build every flatbread upon a 100% organic crust (traditional or gluten-free), starting with one of our own house-made sauces. We then layer with fresh vegetables and toppings, before baking just enough to toast the edges.

We’re proud to share the simple goodness with you!

Starting this Thursday, March 15th, enjoy flatbread service at the bar in The Beet! Try the full menu for yourself while sipping a happy hour craft beverage to live tunes.

From there, order your favorite flatbread(s) in The Beet every Thursday through Sunday, from 4 to 9PM.

See the full menu HERE — or better yet, see you Thursday!

Anti-Aging Therapies for Women’s Health & Skin




Wednesday, October 11th / 5:30 to 6:30PM


Dr. Lisa LaCova-Bhat is a passionate, multifaceted holistic healer, combining acupuncture, Reiki, traditional Chinese medicine, massage, yoga, meditation, natural herbal supplements, and more.  In this lecture & in honor of breast cancer awareness month, Lisa’s focus will be to provide the women in our community with natural remedies for common women’s health concerns.

Topics Lisa will cover include:

  • Foods, spices and herbal supplements for naturally balancing hormones and healthy, rejuvenated skin
  • Women’s health concerns including stress, heart disease, acne, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, breast cancer, pre and post menopause, and more
  • Using holistic medicine to alleviate symptoms & improve your health
  • An introduction to facial rejuvenation and facial acupuncture, provide research along side a live demonstration on how it works and the benefits

As a Licensed Master Esthetician, Lisa will also provide step-by-step instruction for self facial massage, as well as herbs and natural solutions that fight signs of aging, with scientific research to substantiate her information.

Following the class, Lisa will be available for chair massages on a ‘first come first serve’ basis at $1 per minute.


Lisa LaCova-Bhat is a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner from Richmond with her own practice, Lmar Healing at Symmetry Salon and Gallery.  She has her Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine and is a Licensed Certified Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist, Licensed Master Esthetician & Teacher, and Yoga Instructor.

Lisa has been  healing and studying  in the field of holistic and natural medicine for over 20 years.  She continues to research and write about complementary, integrative and holistic medicine.

Lisa is a  gifted and intuitive healer with a multicultural background that has been called unique, rare, magical, rejuvenating and magnetizing.  She is world-traveled, having visited over 30 different countries, and she’s a gifted young scholar, dedicating her life’s work to helping, healing & educating people all the world over.  Lisa is dedicated to educating others to make well-informed decisions about health and increasing awareness about holistic health and wellness.

Lisa is motivated, compassionate and caring.  Practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years, she helps her clients with regular deep stretching, breathing exercises and meditation.

She also specializes in reiki, universal energy healing,  daily meditation, deep breathing techniques, yoga and tai chi.  Lisa feels her special technique is her gift to balancing her clients’ bodies, minds and spirits through holistic and natural approaches.  She serves as President of  public 501c3 non-profit, Lmar Integrative & Holistic Medicine & Anti- Aging Therapies Inc., the mission of which is to educate and provide the community with natural, holistic medicine integrating optimal health and wellness through lifestyle practices, anti-aging therapies, mixed modalities, complementary and alternative medicine and educational workshops and resources.


$5 Donation | Register through Eventbrite here!

Proceeds benefit Lmar Integrative & Holistic Medicine & Anti- Aging Therapies, a 501c3 non-profit founded by Lisa whose mission is to educate and provide the community with natural, holistic medicine integrating optimal health and wellness, particularly to the elderly and under-served.  Additional donations welcomed.


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Zero Waste Living!


Back by popular demand, discuss with us the what, why and how of the zero waste movement and living more sustainably! It’s more than the absence of trash or simply recycling — in fact, it involves recycling LESS!


Erica Wells is a registered dietitian and blogger behind “A Waste Not Kind Of Life.”  This Richmond native embarked on a journey towards a zero waste lifestyle earlier this year in response to the environmental destruction that is being caused by over-consumption.  She’s a wife and mother to a vivacious toddler with whom she enjoys sharing her love of nature and the outdoors.


$5 | Proceeds benefit Tricycle Urban Ag & Culture | RSVP here to save your seat!


Drop us a line at 359-7525 or shoot us an email at!

The Happiness Series: Zip Your Inner Critic



Tuesday,  September 26th / 6:30 to 7:30PM


The Beet at Ellwood Thompson’s

About This Class

You talk to yourself constantly, am I right?  We all do.  And what you say matters.  Too often, that voice in your head is the voice of criticism, telling you things that disempower and immobilize you.  If you allow it to chatter away unchecked, it has the power to produce anxiety and even depression that can rob you of a happy and fulfilled life.  With relatable and personable approach, Vernon Brown shares his stories of worry, confusion and happiness in this class, Zip Your Inner Critic.  It is all about embracing your humanity and using that understanding to show up in life happier and more successful.

 With his humorous and entertaining approach, Vernon will explore:

  • How life can create habits that effect your inner conversation in a negative way
  • Acknowledge that life is pushing you to be more critical and less accepting
  • How use the same thoughts that say “What is wrong” to say “How does this help?”

He points out the significance of not taking yourself too seriously and to appreciate life even in the less than happy moments.  Join Vernon for a potentially life-altering presentation as he demonstrates how to:

  • Spot the signs when your inner critic gets the best of you and affects your quality of life.
  • Lower the volume—or completely quiet—the criticism and negativity, replacing it with uplifting and energizing thoughts.
  • Implement simple activities to train your brain not to go on auto pilot where the inner critic lives.

The Happiness Series

The Happiness Series is a four-part class series consisting of four conversations positioned around four significant pillars of personal happiness.

Having coached over 10,000 people in the past four years, Vernon puts together practical methods to increase personal happiness.  Streamlined into 45-minute bite sized portions that embrace laughter, positive thinking, exercise, and inspiration, The Happiness Series gives light to the possibility that we can be healthy people living versus healthy people surviving.

People are more than the struggles they deal with.  Vernon talks with those who are challenged, and together he helps people get the life they never dreamed possible started for them.  Then he keeps the momentum going in that direction.  With support, confidentiality, and no judgment, Vernon opens the door to the possibilities.

About Vernon Brown

Vernon Brown is a happiness and success coach and owner of What’s Your Happi, a hands-on life coaching practice designed around an individual’s true happiness. Vernon works with people to improve their confidence and self-worth, personal relationships, career changes, health, managing stress & frustrations, and working towards to change in order to create a more purposeful living that is unique to each individual.  Visit his website to learn more here.


Each class in this series is $30 on it own, but a discount is offered with each additional class purchased.  Get your ticket(s) here.

1 Class: $20 | 2 Classes: $45 | 3 Classes: $60 | Full Series: $85


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Batch Cooking Basics with Michelle Kabler



Monday,  September 25th / 6:00 to 7:30PM


The Beet at Ellwood’s


Michelle Kabler is back and hosting her next class in The Beet: Batch Cooking Basics! If you’re down to simplify your kitchen routine and embrace a healthier you, 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 a few of her favorite, game changing recipes!


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


$10 | RSVP in advance here or at Customer Service!



Natural Thyroid, Hormone & Weight-Loss Seminar with Dr. Wild



Tuesday, September 19th / 6:30 to 8:30PM


The Beet at Ellwood Thompson’s


Hyperthyroidism, a little understood disorder, results in symptoms that stem from hormone dysregulation.  According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 27 million suffer from a thyroid condition and 50% are undiagnosed.  Surprisingly, 90% of women over 40 suffer from subclinical hypothyroid.  Although there are 27 known forms of Hyperthyroidism, conventional medicine treats them all the same way- by prescribing various medications that either have no effect or further irritate the system.  Doctors are conducting the wrong tests and asking the wrong questions when it comes to your endocrine (hormonal) health.  Too often, we treat the symptoms without understanding the underlying cause for a disorder, and often, the cause can be alleviated through diet and lifestyle change.

Thyroid symptoms can be extremely varied and difficult to diagnose.  Common symptoms include extreme weight gain or loss, brittle hair, flaky skin, flimsy nails, feeling cold, regular joint pain, frequent headaches, IBS, difficulty sleeping, premature aging, unexpected mood swings, irritability, depression, trouble concentrating and high blood pressure.  Needless to say, a thyroid condition can leave a huge impact on your life, affecting your relationships, family, goals, job performance and self-esteem.  This can lead to feelings of depression, desperation, inadequacy, and uncertainty.

If you suffer from a thyroid disorder, you should know, you are not irrational!  You are not inadequate!  And you are not alone!  Join us in The Beet for Dr. Wild’s discussion to learn more about the underlying cause of most autoimmune diseases, cellular inflammation and the detrimental effects this can have on our organs, brain, endocrine system, and the every cell that makes up our body.  Learn what you can do daily to reduce inflammation and how to reduce stress on your system by avoiding various toxins and irritants.  Dr. Wild offers a “Seminar Special” for those interested in a substantial reduction in cost for initial tests that may change what you thought you understood about your own body!  You might just find the answers you are looking for…


Dr. Michael Wild | GetN2Balance

Dr. Wild graduated with Cum Laude Honors from Boston College with a BA in Psychology (concentration in Psycho-Physiology), and received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College in 1991.

Dr. Wild is a board certified Chiropractic Physician licensed by the Medical Board of Virginia. He has been freeing people from pain and helping them live healthier more productive lives since 1991, and has focused on the needs of his neighbors in Richmond’s West End since 1993.

Dr. Wild uses a “whole person approach” when taking care of his patients. By combining the very best hands-on healing techniques, state-of-the-art diagnostic & treatment procedures, and providing the newest and best natural whole-food vitamins and mineral supplements on the market today, Dr. Wild is able to help you to accelerate your journey to good health. His mission is to help people realize that “health comes from within, and ultimately, maintaining your health is superior to the treatment of disease.”


Please RSVP here.



Crush Your Sugar Cravings!


Monday, September 18th / 6:30 to 7:30PM


If you’re feeling like your food habits are not supporting the wellness you desire, the first place to look is your daily intake of sugar and processed foods.  We all know this, but are you truly aware of how significant the affect these foods have on your brain and blood sugar?  Putting down the salty potato chips, rich, chocolate-y brownies, flakey croissants, and sugar-laden drinks is not a matter of sheer will power.  Regularly consuming these items triggers the sugar addiction cycle in the brain, and can spike and crash blood sugar, fighting against your best efforts.

Come learn what steps you can take to crush these health-sabotaging cravings and help reset your taste buds back to craving wholesome, real foods – foods that reconnect us to our own bodies and support better digestion, mental focus, quality of sleep, energy levels, and ability to lose unhealthy weight.


Shelly Rose  |  Nutritionist & Natural Foods Chef  |  Virginians are getting hungrier for real food and its connection to living an active and vibrant life.  Because of this, Shelly is on a mission to bring us back to our roots through leveraging her solid foundation in nutrition and practical skills in the culinary arts, all with a focus on food as medicine.  Using that unique combination, she have the privilege of helping people make delicious meals and make their health goals a reality.

After earning her Nutrition and Culinary Arts degree from leading natural health institute Bastyr University, she supplemented that formal education by attending Quillisascut’s Sustainable Kitchen Farm Culinary School, interning at Seattle’s FareStart, and volunteering with places like Cancer Lifelines, PCC Natural Markets, The Root Connection Farm, and Shalom Farms. She’s worked in medical practices alongside Naturopathic Doctors specializing in food sensitivities, chronic conditions, and incorporating meal plans and culinary skills into patient care plans. Shelly also independently teaches whole foods nutrition for fitness members, outdoor enthusiasts, corporate offices, and partner with integrative health practitioners in a team approach to provide whole food, whole body nutritional care for those with Lyme and auto-immunity.

When she’s not teaching and cooking, you’ll mostly likely find her doing star jumps or making homemade pizza with two awesome kids; playing outside with her better half, kayaking, hiking, or running trails.  She also love slowing down with a warm drink in hand, reading a good book, catching up on the latest nutrition research, yoga, and napping in her hammock.

Learn more about her practice, Pure Roots Nutrition, and services here.


$10 | Reserve your seat HERE.

All attendees who are interested in participating in Shelly’s 25-day fall sugar cleanse (starting 10/18/17) will receive a $20 off coupon after the class!  Learn more about the program here.


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Pups & Pints benefiting Prevent A Litter!


The 2nd Thursday every month, weather permitting!

September 15th / 5:00 – 7:00PM


The Patio & The Beet at Ellwood Thompson’s


Our dog-friendly happy hour season is going strong!  This month, we’re partnering with Carytown neighbor Prevent A Litter as our non-profit beneficiary.  Bring your fur-baby and friends to enjoy some sunshine on our patio and jazz tunes by Django Tango.  Take advantage of happy hour prices at the bar in The Beet and give back to animals in need in our community.

As usual, $1 from each pint sold during the event will be donated to PAL!

Who is Prevent-A-Litter?

Prevent A Litter is a non-profit, fully licensed facility whose mission is to help end pet overpopulation through affordable spay/neuter services.  They were the first spay/neuter clinic in Virginia, and since opening in 1999, they have successfully performed over 100,000 surgeries.  The mission of Prevent A Litter Veterinary Hospital is to eliminate the killing of healthy, otherwise adoptable companion animals simply because they are surplus and cannot be placed in loving homes.  PAL plans to accomplish this goal by providing high quality, affordable, and accessible spay/neuter services to the public without regard to income or geography.


Although this event is free and open to all, help us spread the word by RSVPing to and sharing our Facebook event here!


Email or call Customer Service at 359-7527!

*Mother Nature has a way of surprising us, so please note this is weather permitting! Check our social media for the most up-to-date information*

Nutrition for Conception: How to Naturally Boost Your Fertility


Wednesday, September 13th / 6:30 to 7:30PM


Pregnancy is one of the greatest joys in life, and diet can play an important role in helping women conceive.  In this informative session, learn about foods that are nourishing, nutrient-dense and play an important role in helping you naturally boost your fertility for healthy conception.  We’ll also explore ways to add more movement into your lifestyle and reduce toxins and stress in your environment to help support a healthy and happy pregnancy.  Alex will also be sharing easy recipes that have been carefully curated and are specifically tailored to help men and women boost their fertility naturally.  Come hungry because you are going to be the official taste testers!

While the class was created with mamas in mind, we invite anyone to attend these sessions – all are welcome, partners too!


Alexandra Cenname, CHC | Holistic Health Coach

Alexandra is a Certified Health Coach, specializing in personal health coaching for pregnant women as well as those trying to conceive and women postpartum.

She believes in an individualized approach to health and wellness and recognizes that what works best for one client may not work for another.  She founded Mama In The Makin’ in 2016 because she believes every woman can have a healthy pregnancy and achieve the birth experience that she wants with the proper education, encouragement, and empowerment.  Her goal is to support you on your journey and transformation into motherhood with the right tools and resources, support and all the love.

Have a particular question for Alex?  Email her at!


$10 (includes partner, friend or guest) | RSVP in advance here!


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