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THE GIFT OF BALANCE: Stress Management with Chinese Qi Gong Friday, September 22, 1:00-2:30 pm
George Hoffman - Stress and how to manage it are all too common problems in our fast-paced daily lives. Too much to do with too little time in which to do it leads to an accumulation of tension, stress and associated physical and emotional impacts. Conquer your stress with relaxed breathing techniques, optimized body posture and focused intention that can help you rebalance your body's energy and release stagnant energy, stress and tension. Come learn a simple tool you can use for the rest of your life! Fee: $25. Register with George: 860-742-5892.

TRAVELING YOUR HERO'S JOURNEY Monday, September 25, 5:45-8:45 pm
Fredericka Close, RN - The spiritual teachings of Eastern and Western mystics, Joseph Campbell, Caroline Myss and current scientific principles will serve as guideposts on our personal hero's journey of empowerment into our soul. We will use the chakra system to thread our way to discover who and what is managing our spirit. This journey will contain deep reflections and contemplations. Participants should expect to receive revelations contained within their being through the process of spiritual alchemy. We will explore how to manage our spirit when encountering the inevitable challenges of life. Please bring a journal to record your revelations. Fee: $35. Register with Freddie at www.sacredcontractsconsulting.com or 860-872-2911.

SOUND MEDITATION with Tibetan Singing Bowls & Drums Thursdays, September 28, October 26, 7:15-8:45 pm
Lisa Burch, LCSW & Marna Walter, RN - Wind down with a unique blend of guided imagery and sound healing with the Tibetan singing bowls and tingshas, Himalayan sacred sound instruments. Reiki, drumming, vocal toning and a crystal pyramid will also be included. Build your ability to experience the present moment more fully, clearing your chakras and releasing what no longer serves you. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket if you wish to lie down. Chairs will also be available. Prepare to enter a zone of deep relaxation. Fee: $20. Register in advance with Lisa: 860-783-5597.

CRYSTAL BOWLS SOUND HEALING, Monthly 1st Fridays, October 6, 7:00-8:30 pm
Edie Jemiola, RMT - Everything in and about our bodies resonates to sound. Sound used with intention can shift the energy in and around the body to help reestablish physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Experience the purity and passion of Edie's voice and quartz crystal bowls, which will stimulate healing at a very deep level. Come and soothe your spirit. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket if you wish to lie down. Fee: $20. Register with Edie: 860-933-8145, 48 hours in advance preferred.

DAYTIME CRYSTAL BOWLS SOUND HEALING Wednesday, October 18, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Edie Jemiola, RMT - Everything in and about our bodies resonates to sound. Sound used with intention can shift the energy in and around the body to help reestablish physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Experience the purity and passion of Edie's voice and quartz crystal bowls, which will stimulate healing at a very deep level. Come and soothe your spirit. Bring a mat, pillow and blanket if you wish to lie down. Fee: $20. Register with Edie: 860-933-8145, 48 hours in advance preferred.

DIDGERIDOO SOUND MEDITATION & LABYRINTH WALK Friday, October 20, 7:00-8:30 pm
Dan Connors - The didgeridoo, an ancient native instrument, uses frequency and vibrations to assist in healing processes. Dan creates a sound space with the didgeridoo to guide you into a meditative journey. Come as you are and allow yourself to wander on this gentle journey. This is a space of rest and reflection. Ease the mind, calm the nerves and relax the body. Being here and now, take a peek at your inner expanse to discover what may lie within. As the exploration grows fall into your meditation or simply be at ease and enjoy the therapeutic sounds and vibrations. May the resonance expel mental clutter restoring the mind and body with a sense of clarity. As a medicinal tool the didgeridoo is effective in releasing stress and negative energies within the body. Feelings of peace, rejuvenation, groundedness and exploration of the inner consciousness are often experienced. We will weave a group labyrinth walk into the evening as well, assisted by Lisa Burch and her drum. The labyrinth, a powerful tool for meditative walking and a metaphor for life's journey will aid the group into a unified space of deepened consciousness on the beautiful Ravenwood outdoor labyrinth (as weather allows). Fee: $20. Register with Lisa Burch at 860-783-5597.

REIKI SHARE REJUVENATION, Monthly 3rd Saturdays, October 21, 9 am 12 noon
Edie Jemiola, RMT - Ready to Refresh, Reconnect, and Rejuvenate Your Reiki? This Reiki Share is a great opportunity designed to support Reiki practitioners at all levels: those who are just starting out, to those who haven't practiced in awhile but would like to start using their Reiki energy again. Whatever level you have been attuned to, this Share/Rejuvenation is dedicated to refreshing and reconnecting you with your Reiki energy, and enjoying self and group healings. We can take turns on the table - giving and receiving! No matter how long it has been since your last Reiki class, this session will have you rejuvenating in the Reiki energy and light! Edie will open and close with a sound healing blessing using Crystal bowls! Tables are welcome! Fee: $20. .Call Edie in advance to register:860-933-8145.

SPIRITUAL ALCHEMY Monday, October 23, 5:45-8:45 pm
Fredericka Close, RN - Sir Isaac Newton, the infamous 17th century scientist, practiced alchemy and wrote extensively about his experiments. Alchemy is described as a chemical philosophy that attempts to change a base metal such as lead into gold. This workshop is metaphorically designed to do the same. We will revisit past experiences once labeled as negative and reveal the golden wisdom they contain through deep reflections. We may think we have successfully planted these experiences in a deep hole, never to see the light of day again. In many cases they unexpectedly sprout up. By this I mean we are unconscious of the enormous toll they continue to have on our lives and soul because they remain alive and well. We will delve into the depths of these experiences with the skills of a spiritual alchemist and retrieve the golden wisdom these leaden experiences contain. We will change woes into wisdom. As a result of this journey, you will be able to use this revealed wisdom to navigate your soul's journey by a new life compass. You will be able to move into your future knowing, from your own experience that things really do work according to Divine order for the greatest good. Your inner wisdom will reveal that Divine grace has guided you throughout your life and that you were never truly alone. Fee: $35. Register with Freddie at www.sacredcontractsconsulting.com or 860-872-2911.

YANG FAMILY BALANCE OF YIN & YANG QIGONG Friday, November 10, 1:00-3:00 pm
George Hoffman - A valuable Yang Family exercise for strengthening and mobilizing the Qi first described in print by Chen Yen-lin about 1930 based on Yang family documents. "Taiji Qigong allows the sinews and bones to be stretched and expanded, causing the blood and qi to unite, increasing the internal energy." Come experience this powerful health enhancing, qi cultivation exercise. You'll want to add this one to your qigong repertoire. This workshop includes: Discussion of the origin and health benefits of this wonderful exercise; Detailed teaching of the exercise including handout with pictures and movement descriptions; Repetition of exercises to reinforce the movements and intentions; Tips on practice and incorporating into your daily routine; Questions, feedback and discussion. Fee: $35. Advance registration required. Call George at 860-742-5892 by November 8 to register. Limited to 12 students.

FOCUS YOUR TAI CHI FORM PRACTICE Friday, December 15, 1:00-4:30 pm
George Hoffman- We've all heard profound tips and guidance from our own teachers and various masters we've encountered in workshops and other events on how to guide our bodies to the optimal position to enhance our martial and energetic skills. This workshop consolidates more than 30 of these tips gathered from class and workshop notes from more than 18 years of study. You may have heard some of them before - but here they all are in one place, at one time, in a deck of cards you can use in your daily practice. Practicing your form on a daily basis with one or more of these focal points will profoundly improve your Tai Chi, your health and your energy balance. This workshop includes: A simple approach to practicing your Tai Chi forms using the Focus Your Form list; A deck of cards - more than 30 focal points for your use; Practical application of each tip using pieces of your own Tai Chi form; Implementing a practice strategy; and Questions, feedback and discussion. Fee: $45. Advance registration required. Call George at 860-742-5892 by December 13 to register. Limited to 10 students.

Also at 199 West Center Street, check out www.ravenwoodhealing.com for information on additional program offerings hosted by Kurt and Deborah Ravenwood, including twice weekly evening yoga, monthly drum circle, weekly Daytime Celestial Sounds, Emotional Archaelogy and more!











 









Please register with the workshop facilitator in advance. In this way appropriate materials will be available for all registrants and set up can be arranged to accommodate all interested. The facilitator can also contact you if there are any scheduling changes. Thank you for your assistance with a smooth advance registration process.