May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Leg Strength, Balance and Mobility

Workshop 1: Walking Medicine 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Participants will learn simple therapeutic exercises, targeted stretching, and self-acupressure to relax and strengthen the foot, leg, hip and lower back improve balance, posture and gait.

Workshop 2: Walking Meditation 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Participants will learn a meditative Bagua walking method to further relax and strengthen the lower limb, ground the body and mind to the earth, and strengthen the abdominal core.

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May
13
6:00 PM18:00

Help for Helpers Session 3

This is a 3-part Realization Process workshop for practitioners, teachers, and/or care providers that gives tangible practices for how to be in service to others without burning out.

Those of us in caregiving fields often find that we are left processing other people’s “stuff” after they have left the office. Whether that shows up as fatigue, burnout, or overwhelm, it can be a challenge to deal with.

Others of us may play the helper role more in our personal lives than within our profession, but the symptoms remain the same.

The Realization Process is a series of practices for opening the body, heart and mind to nondual reality. By embodying fundamental consciousness, you can let go of your fixed patterns of self and other, so that they actually dissolve. This provides an enduring transformation which can persist, even during reflexive thinking, intense emotion and while relating with other people.

Classes will be 90 minutes and focus on awareness practices for deep embodiment of the self, and how that directly translates to how we show up relationally in the world- whether with clients or outside of work.

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May
6
6:00 PM18:00

Help for Helpers Session 2

This is a 3-part Realization Process workshop for practitioners, teachers, and/or care providers that gives tangible practices for how to be in service to others without burning out.

Those of us in caregiving fields often find that we are left processing other people’s “stuff” after they have left the office. Whether that shows up as fatigue, burnout, or overwhelm, it can be a challenge to deal with.

Others of us may play the helper role more in our personal lives than within our profession, but the symptoms remain the same.

The Realization Process is a series of practices for opening the body, heart and mind to nondual reality. By embodying fundamental consciousness, you can let go of your fixed patterns of self and other, so that they actually dissolve. This provides an enduring transformation which can persist, even during reflexive thinking, intense emotion and while relating with other people.

Classes will be 90 minutes and focus on awareness practices for deep embodiment of the self, and how that directly translates to how we show up relationally in the world- whether with clients or outside of work.

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Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Help for Helpers Session 1

This is a 3-part Realization Process workshop for practitioners, teachers, and/or care providers that gives tangible practices for how to be in service to others without burning out.

Those of us in caregiving fields often find that we are left processing other people’s “stuff” after they have left the office. Whether that shows up as fatigue, burnout, or overwhelm, it can be a challenge to deal with.

Others of us may play the helper role more in our personal lives than within our profession, but the symptoms remain the same.

The Realization Process is a series of practices for opening the body, heart and mind to nondual reality. By embodying fundamental consciousness, you can let go of your fixed patterns of self and other, so that they actually dissolve. This provides an enduring transformation which can persist, even during reflexive thinking, intense emotion and while relating with other people.

Classes will be 90 minutes and focus on awareness practices for deep embodiment of the self, and how that directly translates to how we show up relationally in the world- whether with clients or outside of work.

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Digestion, Metabolism, & Muscle Health

Digestion, Metabolism, and Muscle Health

with Tim Regan M.A.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM & 1:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Barefoot Living Arts


In the 10:00 - 12:30 pm workshop, participants will learn simple therapeutic exercises from Chinese medicine to strengthen the abdomen, improve digestion, stimulate the metabolism, and resolve phlegm. Assisted range of motion exercises and self-acupressure will help participants release muscle tension and alleviate edema.

In the 1:00 - 3:30 pm workshop, participants will learn more advanced therapeutic exercises from Tai Chi and Monkey Play to further stimulate digestion, metabolism and muscle/tissue support. These techniques help resolve chronic injuries that worsen with damp weather. Sensitivity and self-assessment will be reinforced through cooperative partner exercises.

Cost $45/single workshop or $75 for both. Register with Tim Regan at (203) 852-0522 or tregan@waterwheeltaichi.com

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Apr
3
1:00 PM13:00

Women's Creation Circle

Join us for a FREE introductory session at Barefoot Living Arts:

Wednesday, April 3rd.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm OR

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Sportsplex @Fairfield, Barefoot Living Arts

85 Mill Plain Rd. Fairfield, CT 06824 - Building V – 3rd Floor

This 8-week program is designed to create a safe space in which each woman can

personally flourish, being positively supported by the women in her community, as she

brings her project or dream into fruition.

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Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

Releasing the Neck and Arms

In the 10:00 - 12:30 pm workshop, participants will learn simple therapeutic exercises from Chinese medicine for complaints of the neck and head, upper back, shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand. Assisted range of motion exercises and self-acupressure will help participants relax major muscle groups and joint restrictions.

In the 1:00 - 3:30 pm workshop, participants will learn more advanced therapeutic exercises from Tai Chi and Bagua to strengthen, integrate and release restrictions from the arms and spine. These techniques can be very helpful with old injuries and chronic strain. Sensitivity and self-assessment will be reinforced through cooperative partner exercises.

Cost $45/single workshop or $75 for both. Register with Tim Regan at (203) 852-0522 or tregan@waterwheeltaichi.com

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Return to Spring: A Sheng Zhen Workshop with Dr. Mark
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Return to Spring: A Sheng Zhen Workshop with Dr. Mark

Return to Spring, is a standing form of moving meditation qigong with associated contemplations that reflects the harmony found in nature.

Through the practice, the practitioner can return to a natural state of ease, harmony, and balance.

This practice moves with qi. Breathing should be natural. Go into a space of emptiness. Enter into nothing. In your heart and in your mind everything is perfect. No good. No bad. No happy. No worry. Go back to your natural state. Then you can begin this practice.

This practice is like giving oneself a massage, tendon and ligaments are strengthened, and joint mobility is greatly increased. These movements are especially good for your hips.

Return to spring means to return to a youthful state, this practice is helpful for longevity.

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Feb
23
10:00 AM10:00

Chinese Therapeutic Movement Workshop

In the 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. workshop, participants will learn simple
therapeutic exercises from Chinese medicine beneficial to the "Liver
system" that address complaints that worsen with stress, as well as injuries of the arms and legs, rib pain, back and neck ache, and migraine headaches. Assisted range of motion exercises and self-acupressure will help participants relax major muscle groups and joint restrictions. $45/single workshop.

In the 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. workshop, participants will learn advanced walking exercises for the Liver system from Tai Chi, Deer Play, and Bagua that help relieve stress, improve breathing, loosen muscles and joints, and promote balance. Appropriate for all levels of experience. $40/single workshops

$70/both workshops

register at (203) 852-0522 or

timregan@waterwheeltaichi.com

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Intuitive Movement with Beth Furman
Feb
10
12:00 PM12:00

Intuitive Movement with Beth Furman

Intuitive Movement is a movement/meditation/healing experience that is a soul satisfying journey towards your deepest sense of well being.  Weaving together energetic mapping through the chakra system, while exploring other modes of alignment and body awareness, the work is an experience of both strengthening the musculoskeletal system to help us hold ourselves with clarity, while releasing what might be stuck to make room for what helps you feel whole and more creative.

You will move a lot and yet have experiences of deeper stillness and surrender. You will shake and squat and twist and bounce. You may even dance a little (or a lot).

Warning: From this work, you may have a bit more bounce to your step, feel lighter and find yourself not needing your GPS in quite the same way as you hone your senses and find yourself navigating through your life effortlessly.

For all levels of movement experience



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Return to Love: Cacao Ceremony with Dr. Tanvi Gandhi and Mackenzie Fay
Feb
9
2:00 PM14:00

Return to Love: Cacao Ceremony with Dr. Tanvi Gandhi and Mackenzie Fay

“To become masters of Love, we have to practice Love.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

 

          Join Dr. Tanvi Gandhi and Mackenzie Fay for a cacao ceremony to honor Valentines Day. Mayan Shamans brewed cacao and sipped it in ceremony as it is a sacred medicinal & spiritual plant. Cacao has been said to open the heart chakra, and in this ceremony we will meditate on just that. In addition, we will practice several restorative heart opening postures and reflect on readings from the Mastery of Love. There will also be a short, optional, group discussion on self-love. Homemade cacao elixirs will be provided.



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Meditation & Your Shadow Self with Dr. Gulrukh Bala
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Meditation & Your Shadow Self with Dr. Gulrukh Bala

As meditation deepens, our attention begins to dive into the subconscious. The conscious mind becomes less busy, and the awareness is thus allowed to recede back to deeper levels of our being. With that, things that you had repressed, or chosen to overlook in life, are there waiting for you. Join us for an enlightening evening with Dr. Bala as we explore the shadow self and how we can benefit from knowing it more deeply.



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Introduction to the Grief Recovery Method with Julie Blitzer
Jan
23
11:00 AM11:00

Introduction to the Grief Recovery Method with Julie Blitzer

The Grief Recovery Method (GRM) is an action-oriented educational program designed to help grieving people complete the pain, isolation, and loneliness caused by a death, divorce, or other types of losses. GRM was created in the 1980s by a griever, John James who suffered several significant losses and struggled to find a way to relieve his emotional hurt. The GRM Institute offers the program around the world and has helped countless people re-discover the ability within themselves to transform the quality of their life after experiencing a loss.

The group program meets once a week for eight weeks. The meetings offer participants an opportunity to share their feelings in a safe, non-judgmental environment so that they can take the steps to heal. Participants are required to complete reading and homework assignments that involve guided reflection on their losses and relationships.

Julie Blitzer is a Grief Recovery Method (GRM) Specialist, mom, and community builder. She founded Authentic Matters (authenticmatters.net) as a vehicle to offer personal coaching, movement and meditation classes, and self development programs for women. She is dedicated to helping people realize the highest version of themselves, and has found that GRM is a powerful tool for healing along that journey.

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Introduction to Sheng Zhen Meditation with Michelle Quigley
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Introduction to Sheng Zhen Meditation with Michelle Quigley

In this introduction to Sheng Zhen Meditation, we will learn the form called Heaven Nature Contemplation. This form gifts the practitioner with the experience of the sacredness of the body. As the qi flows through the body, little by little, it does its work of opening the Heart, releasing blockages, and dissolving physical and emotional pain. Enjoy the graceful standing movements and see your body as a boat carrying you on a journey of discovering the meaning and joy of life. Through Heaven Nature Practice, you can invite Love and qi to nourish the true self.

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Jan
11
11:30 AM11:30

Chinese Therapeutic Movement Workshop with Tim Regan

When: Saturday 1/12, 11:30-1:30pm (Workshop 1) & 2:00-4:00 pm (Workshop 2)

Where: Barefoot Living Arts, 85 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield, CT

What: In the Saturday 1/12 11:30-1:30 pm workshop, participants will learn simple therapeutic exercises from Chinese medicine beneficial to the "Kidney" system (the foundation of health and ageing) that address complaints that worsen in winter, and benefit the feet, knees, hips, pelvic region, and lower back. Assisted range of motion exercises and self-acupressure will help participants relax major muscle groups and joint restrictions. Appropriate to all levels of experience, including beginners. In workshop 2 participants will learn advanced walking exercises for the Kidney system from Tai Chi, Five Animal (Bear) Play, and Bagua that help relieve stress, improve breathing, loosen muscles and joints, and promote balance. Appropriate for all levels of experience, including beginners.


$35/single workshop, $60/both workshops, pre-register via paypal

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Silent Night Meditation
Jan
3
6:00 PM18:00

Silent Night Meditation

“There is a pulse in the core of our being – It is the throb of the universe heard only in deep silence. When one surrenders to it, one melts into the universe and receives all it has to give. Let silence lure you into the infinite spaces of freedom.” – Sheng Zhen Community 

Join Dr. Mark Romano for a night of meditative movement to guide you inward. Discover and deepen your inner silence and stillness. Find what waits for you here.

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New Years Eve Sound Healing Journey with Crystal Cymbalogy
Dec
30
4:00 PM16:00

New Years Eve Sound Healing Journey with Crystal Cymbalogy

Join Cynthia and Rick on as we embark on a sound healing journey to welcome the new light of 2019, purging ourselves of all we no longer want or need to carry from 2018 and gleaning the gifts of the year.

 

Please be prepared to find a comfortable position to journey in. We would encourage you to lie on the floor so bring all items to make yourself comfortable. (If you are a practiced in meditation you may be able to sit for this.)

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Thanksgiving Gratitude Sound Healing Journey with Crystal Cymbalogy
Nov
25
4:00 PM16:00

Thanksgiving Gratitude Sound Healing Journey with Crystal Cymbalogy

Join Crystal Cymbalogy for a Thanksgiving sound healing journey to celebrate and cultivate gratitude. Please be prepared to find a comfortable position to journey in. We would encourage you to lie on the floor so bring all items to make yourself comfortable. (If you are a practiced in meditation you may be able to sit for this.)

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Healing Earth Festival and Journey with Crystal Cymbalogy
Oct
28
4:00 PM16:00

Healing Earth Festival and Journey with Crystal Cymbalogy

Join Cynthia and Rick on as we embark on a shamanic journey to experience the sacred earth year. Each monthly workshop will focus on one of the 8 major earth festivals.  Please be prepared to find a comfortable position to journey in. We would encourage you to lie on the floor so bring all items to make yourself comfortable. (If you are a practiced in meditation you may be able to sit for this.)

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Heaven Earth Festival and Sound Journey with Crystal Cymbalogy
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Heaven Earth Festival and Sound Journey with Crystal Cymbalogy

Join Crystal Cymablogy at Barefoot Living Arts for a sound journey to celebrate and honor the Fall Equinox. Please be prepared to find a comfortable position to journey in. We would encourage you to lie on the floor so bring all items to make yourself comfortable. (If you are a practiced in meditation you may be able to sit for this.)

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Fall into Wellness & Restore
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Fall into Wellness & Restore

Join Dr. Tanvi Gandhi and Kris Healy for this restorative workshop. 

As the leaves begin to fall, support your health with seasonal self-healing practices and the deep  restorative practice of Yoga Nidra. This workshop will include: 

- Fall tea ceremony with self-healing intention setting

- Yoga nidra to deepen the intention for self healing

- Health tips and practices to stay healthy in autumn

- Self marma/acupressure techniques for lung and large intestine organs

- Closing meditation

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Aug
26
5:30 PM17:30

Healing Journey with Crystal Cymbalogy

Join Cynthia and Rick on this full harvest moon journey to share the fruits of all you have planted this Summer of expansion and growth. Please be prepared to find a comfortable position to journey in. We would encourage you to lie on the floor so bring all items to make yourself comfortable. (If you are a practiced in meditation you may be able to sit for this.)

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Jul
14
9:30 AM09:30

Healing Gong I & Heaven Nature Contemplation

Sheng Zhen Healing Practice is a restorative medical form that blends an ancient tradition with gentle, meditative movements performed seated on a chair. Sheng Zhen Healing Practice is an integration of healing traditions, using the power of Nature to heal oneself. What is the essence of the practice? The practice leads one to the original state that abides in every human being. One comes to experience the opening of the Heart and the stillness of the mind. This form is loved by many for the physical and mental benefits it has bestowed upon them.

The practice of Heaven Nature Practice gifts the practitioner with the experience of the sacredness of one’s body. The grace that is developed in the practice is simply a reflection of the true nature of the human Heart which is full of compassion and innate goodness. As the qi flows through the body through the practice, little by little, it does its work of opening the Heart of the practitioner, releasing the blockages, dissolve physical and emotional pain. Enjoy the graceful standing movements and see your body as a boat carrying you on a journey of discovering the meaning and joy of life.

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Jul
7
9:30 AM09:30

Gathering Qi & Awakening the Soul

When the Heart is open, it possesses the qualities of willingness and suppleness, of having a natural sense of wonder and freedom from fear. As these qualities grow and develop, as the heart opens, one can return to the origin, to breathe the original breath and become one with the pulse of the universe. This meditation has the power to achieve this. When the soul is awakened, one’s life becomes inspired, and doubt and worry cease to exist. The burden of life becomes non-existent as in a newborn child.

 

Join us for this two hour workshop as we learn and practice Gathering Qi and Awakening the Soul, two forms of Sheng Zhen Meditation. 

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Introduction to Exploring Meditation: A Summer Program for Middle Schoolers
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Exploring Meditation: A Summer Program for Middle Schoolers

Join Renk Kocturk for an introductory class to Exploring Meditation, a summer program for middle schoolers. 

 

When we hear the word “meditation” we immediately think of sitting cross-legged with our eyes closed. However, there are so many other ways to meditate. In this 5-day summer program we will empower teens on their journey to find inner peace, happiness, and creativity. By incorporating yoga, movement, writing, arts & crafts, nature walks, and so much more, participants will explore what meditation can be for them and learn tools to use throughout their school year, all the while having fun! Each day we will be exploring different types of meditations, helping each student to discover his or her personalized mindfulness practice. 

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A Grateful Weeknight Practice
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

A Grateful Weeknight Practice

Gratitude. Sound Healing. Yoga. Three poignant and life-changing, yet sensible, practices that impact healing on all levels. Join holistic healers Joy and Kelvin for a special class for no special reason other than to make space for deep healing and community building.
$30 Pre-register, $35 at the door.

Kelvin Young is a Sound Practitioner and Owner of Sacred Sound Healing, LLC. He has presented around the country in diverse settings, including Yoga Reaches Out, Newtown Yoga Festival, Indie Yoga in San Francisco, CA, Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, yoga studios, retreat centers, conferences, colleges, prisons, addiction treatment centers, psychiatric inpatient units at state hospitals and mental health agencies. www.sacredsoundenergyhealing.com

Joy Herbst is a holistic nurse practitioner, and empowered recovery guide. In her private practice, Purnima Women's Health, she provides integrative mental health care and recovery coaching for women who struggle with depression, anxiety and problem drinking, She moderates weekly Women for Sobriety meetings and Yoga of Recovery classes. www.JoyHerbst.com

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Meditate With A Master
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Meditate With A Master

Meet Master Li Junfeng
Master Li achieved international fame as a popular film actor, action director, and the coach of the Beijing Wushu team. At the height of his career his success brought him into contact with a spiritual master who taught him a simple but profound meditation technique, the Union of Three Hearts. His meditation practice subsequently led to a life-changing epiphany that planted the seeds of Sheng Zhen Meditation in his heart, and he left China to spread this message of Unconditional Love throughout the world.


Master Li is one of the true living masters of our time. He is the driving force behind bringing Sheng Zhen Meditations, practices of Unconditional Love, into the world. His life is a testament to the value of practicing this system. Master Li travels internationally to train and certify Sheng Zhen Meditation teachers, and to practice or simply spend time with his students. In doing so, he shares his passion, wisdom, humor and love, so that others can also experience the profound joy that permeates his entire being.
Master Li conducts workshops and teacher trainings in countries including Canada, the United States, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Latvia, Israel, Australia, Japan, and the Philippines, among others. When he's not traveling, he is based in Santa Barbara, California, where he teaches Sheng Zhen Meditation workshops.


Master Li’s goal is a world suffused with Unconditional Love, in which every person truly loves their neighbor as if they were family. He believes that the practice of Sheng Zhen Meditation is the key to achieving this vision. With regular practice, one comes to experience a Sheng Zhen state: a life steeped in Unconditional Love.
Everything about Master Li emanates a deep and profound love – his kindness, compassion, his joie de vivre, and his seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm. His heart is as big as the ocean he speaks of in Sheng Zhen teachings – the Divine Ocean that all spiritual seekers strive to reach. To be in his company is an honor and a gift. He lives by the same principles he teaches, and his spirit is radiant. Many who meet him are deeply moved by his presence and return from trainings feeling renewed and transformed.

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