• Janet Nash, MSW, LISW-S

New Fall Workshops at Grace Tree (new additions 8.30.19)

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

1. Meditation 101: Techniques, Benefits + How to Begin a Meditation Practice with Jill Conyers

Date:  September 14th

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Investment: $40.00

"Meditation practice isn't about trying to throw

ourselves away and become something better.

It's about befriending who we are."

Ani Pema Chodron

Meditation is an ancient practice that embraces spiritual and personal development. It is centered around focusing your attention on clearing the mind of overcrowded thoughts with the intended purpose of increased well-being.

The basic objective is to be present here and now - being precisely in the moment. The goal of this workshop is to use meditation and mindfulness as practical tools to become more aware during our daily activities. Meditation is a mind-body approach to life that a rapidly expanding body of research is suggesting can help people manage a range of physical and mental health problems as well as promoting general well-being.

This workshop will give a basic introduction to meditation, including breath and posture. We will practice different styles of meditation including:

  • Breath

  • Kundalini

  • Guided Mantra

  • Mala

  • Body Scan

Each activity will be followed by a short discussion and chance for questions. This is a workshop that is for anybody who wants to improve their health,k peace of mind, and relationships with others. NO Previous Experience Necessary! In addition to experiencing a variety of different meditations, we will ensure that we set up the proper environment for meditation. We are naturally influenced by the physical space around us, and creating surroundings filled with beauty, simplicity, and tranquility will aid you in achieving an effective meditation. The physical space we create for meditation does not need to be elaborate. In fact, simplicity is an extremely important and fundamental concept in meditation. You should commit yourself to meditate regularly and to adopt a routine. The commitment you make to meditation will aid you considerably in achieving a greater sense of harmony and self-awareness. This workshop will show you how to carve out time from your daily schedule even if you think you don't have the time or the privacy. YOU'LL RECEIVE THE INFORMATION, TIPS, TOOLS AND INSPIRATION TO CREATE A MEDITATION PRACTICE:

  • Beginner's Guide To Meditation E-Book, "How to Set Up Meditation Space Workbook and Guide"

  • Guided Meditation Resources

  • The Best Essential Oils to Use for Meditation

  • Meditation Journal

  • 31-Day Email Inspiration

THIS IS THE START OF SOMETHING FOR YOU! SOMETHING POSITIVE AND PERSONAL! "Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away." Barbara DeAngelis If you have any questions, contact Jill at 513.267.0550 or yogaandwellness@jillconyers.com

2. Caitlin's Zoo with Caitlin Harrington

Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019

Time: 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Investment: Adults - $15; Kids 4 and above - $5; Kids 3 and under are free

Who knew having fun could be so educational - for adults and kids? Pet a multitude of reptiles and animals, learn about the differences among lizard species, interact with different animal habitats, and touch a variety of animal sheds.

I bring the whole Zoo - bearded dragon, ball python, corn snake, Asian forest scorpion, gargoyle gecko...the list goes on. Ever want to see a scorpion glow or watch a chameleon change colors? The program is for you!

All animals are interactive, and some can be touched; hands-on sensorial and tactile materials; games for adults and kids; information handouts about reptiles. And more!

Testimonial: "Dear Miss Caitlin, Thank you so much for taking the time to come to our class with some of your animals. I really enjoyed myself. Thank you!" - a student

About Caitlin: Hi! I've been living & breathing animals since the time I was born. No, really, you won't meet anyone else with more random fact than me. I've been working with kids and animals for over a decade, and I am thrilled to share my Zoo with the world. Check me out on Instagram @caitlinszoo to follow my day-to-day life.

3. Step Into Your Past with Theresa Kuhn

Date: September 22, 2019

Time: 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Investment: $35

A unique workshop that helps you learn more about your own soul's-journey and how past-life experiences shape and influence your current life, including how it impacts your health and well-being. We begin sharing the how, what, and why about past-life regression and complete our work together with a deep hypnotic journey to your own past.

For questions, please contact Theresa Kuhn at theresamkuhn@gmail.com or through her website: www.TheresaKuhn.yoga

4. Yoga 101 4-Session Series with Jill Conyers

Dates: October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm Buy Now: $70 with early registration [or $80 with registration the week prior]

Are you new to yoga? Have you been to a few classes and hoping to get your questions answered and specific poses explained? Have you tried to do yoga at home, but aren't sure if you are doing it correctly? Do you want to experience the many health benefits associated with yoga and meditation, but don't know where to begin?

Yoga 101 with Jill is great for anyone who is brand new to yoga. It's also an opportunity for those who are experienced on the mat, but seeking to broaden their basic knowledge of yoga to continue to develop their personal practice.

This workshop series was designed to answer some of the most common questions students have about their new or evolving yoga practice. With the benefit of a small group environment, you will take a close look at the most commonly practiced poses and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and find out how to modify poses so they work best for you. One of the greatest aspects of yoga is that regardless of your experience or level of fitness or flexibility, there is a way to modify to match your exact level of ability and this series will teach you how.

With this 4-week workshop, you'll discover the foundational practices, techniques and guiding principles to begin your yoga journey on a path of personal growth and wellness.

Session 1:

  • History of yoga

  • Benefits of yoga

  • Physical posture (asana) practice

  • Beginner sequence and savasana

Session 2:

  • Live your yoga

  • Yamas and Niyamas

  • 8 Limbs of yoga - 5 Points of Yoga - 4 Paths of Yoga

  • Sanskrit and terminology

  • Physical posture (asana) practice

  • Beginner sequence and savasana

Session 3:

  • Types of yoga

  • How to use props (blocks, strap, bolster, mat)

  • Physical posture (asana) practice

  • Beginner sequence and savasana

Session 4:

  • Breath awareness

  • Tips for starting a regular yoga practice

  • Physical posture (asana) practice

  • Beginner sequence and savasana

If you have any questions, contact Jill at 513.267.0550 or yogaandwellness@jillconyers.com

5. Let it Go Yoga Retreat: Release and Restore with Jen Malloy and Britney Rudolph

Date: Sunday, October 6,2019

Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Investment: $85

Join Jen Malloy and Britney Rudolph for a day dedicated to healing. We will meet at Keehner park at 9:00am (2.5 miles from Grace Tree) to begin our morning with a guided walking meditation in nature and then continue our day immediately after at Grace Tree Yoga & Growth Studio.

Retreat includes a guided walking meditation and reflection time in nature, your own personal journal, candlelit yoga, provided lunch, a healing "letting it go" fire & cacao ceremony, singing bowls, rest and relaxation. Feel free to bring your own mat if you'd like but no need to! All supplies needed for the retreat will be provided. See the schedule below for more details!

*Enjoy an early bird discount of 10% now through 9/22 when you register early! A minimum of 8 registrants is required for the retreat to take place. Must pre-register by 10/1 to hold space.

Keehner Park Address: 7411 Barret Rd, West Chester Township, OH 45069

*Be sure to wear weather appropriate clothing & shoes for our walking meditation in the beautiful fall scenery.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Walking guided meditation & journaling at Keehner Park led by Jen

10:30 AM Meet back at Grace Tree Yoga & Growth Studio (the park is only 2.5 miles away from the studio.)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Yoga - candlelit gentle vinyasa to yin led by Britney

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch break & socializing (lunch provided)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Cacao & fire ceremony

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Singing bowls session

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Hot tea & reflection

6. The Art of Doing Nothing with Antonia von Hirschberg and Heather Hewitt

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Investment: $30, limited to 10 students.

Do you spend the wee hours of the morning tossing and turning, punching your pillow into a more comfortable shape, throwing off the covers, checking the clock, getting up to read in another room? Do you often ind yourself lying awake staring at the ceiling or counting endless sheep?

Insomnia often stems from stress. When overstimulated by stress, we become agitated, making it difficult to fall asleep. From there the cycle continues - loss of sleep, unbalanced day, more stress, less sleep.

Restorative yoga can help . In this workshop, we will offer you a selection of poses designed to soothe your senses before going to bed, so you fall asleep with ease.

Please join us to explore the possibilities open to you, to investigate how these restful postures can help you and leave feeling rested and informed.

We will have Svasana Gravity Quilts and a selection of props to support your practice. Feel free to bring your own gravity quilt to use. Please wear loose, warm comfy clothes. This workshop is open to all levels and abilities.

7. Yoga Basics for Supporting Breast Cancer Survivorship: Collaboration Study Workshop with Becky Morrissey, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, eRYT500, C-IAYT, TCTSY

Date: October 20, 2019

Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm Investment: By donation

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Becky Morrissey, adaptive yoga therapist, will offer an overview of specific yoga applications to support Breast Cancer Survivorship. This workshop will cover yoga practices to manage symptoms following breast cancer treatment, how specific yoga methods can lessen lymphedema, stress and chemical changes in the body, and more for individual and group sessions. A celebration as well as a learning collaboration, yoga builds our ability to source and access our own wellness, as student, teacher, and practitioner. Join us!

Supportive Text: Ross, Diana. (2015). A Comprehensive Handbook for Yoga Teachers for Breast Cancer. Published by Breast Cancer Yoga. www.BreastCancerYoga.com

Yoga Basics for Supporting Breast Cancer Survivorship

October 20, 2019 Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/487157815366233/

8. Men's Retreat - Forgiveness: The Healing of Memories Presented by Patrick Murphy Welage with Joshua Morrow and Jonathan Sterwerf

Date: November 9, 2019

Time: 12:00 to 5:00 pm

Investment: $45, lunch included This Retreat is a deep and personal, yet gentle journey into exploring what Forgiveness is, how Forgiveness works, and practicing Forgiveness based in the "Healing of Memories" model, which come from post-apartheid South Africa. While Forgiveness is not always possible, the healing of memories is always possible. This Retreat includes working with art and clay as tools to express and share our journey and our relationship with Forgiveness. It also involves an in-depth exploration of consent and communication, and some light meditation. And, a healthy lunch is included!

Note: this Retreat is limited to 20 participants. For more information: 513.607.1830

9. Winter Solstice Candlelight Restorative Retreat with Heather Hewitt and Antonia von Hirschberg

Date: Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Investment: $30

From our hearts to yours, we would like to offer you an opportunity to switch the world off for a little while, to set your lists and obligations aside, and to touch that place within you of love and joy, where your true Self resides. Give yourself permission to take time out from holiday busyness, recharge and release tension. Experience the ambiance of our candlelit restorative evening, with soothing music the magic of healing Reiki energies, and meditations to open your hearts to the beauty of the season. Please join us as we connect to the wider spirit of love, joy, compassion and caring.

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