July 25 @ 8:00 am – July 27 @ 5:00 pm
3 Day Retreat with various opportunities…more detailed information about this offering is provided in the link!
Amy Roadman Art
A Mindful Connection with Nature through a Creative Lens.
Are you willing to trust your senses and let nature be your guide?
Join us for a unique experience that will allow you to connect to nature with a saunter through a wooded area along a quiet stream. You will be invited to center yourself and bring awareness to your senses as you connect to our environment. An opportunity to create art utilizing natural materials that you find during your meditative walk will be offered as a takeaway from your experience. Incorporating all of the natural elements will allow us to feel deeply connected through this experiential morning.
We will bring our finds back to the outdoor classroom that is set up in a wooded clearing along the stream. You will create a unique journal by using these items as part of the art media while learning printing techniques appropriate for all levels of ability. Nature-inspired prompts will get your creative juices flowing during a time of reflection. No previous experience is necessary to achieve lovely results.
Please dress appropriately as we will be outside during this entire workshop.
If you are seeking a way to identify and process long held beliefs about food, are sick of the diet roller coaster ride, want to learn to love your body, and dream to experience food freedom…this workshop is for you!
Join us as we explore how our ideas and beliefs around nutrition effect our overall wellbeing. We will be utilizing conversation, beginner friendly movement, meditation, breath work, and reflection to cover some of the following topics:
• How “what we consume” effects us through the different layers of our being.
• Mindful Eating Habits
• Nutrition for Healthy Living
You will walk away with a different perspective around how you think about food and the various ways we are affected by what we “consume” from our culture on a daily basis. Our hope is that you will be able to incorporate some of these concepts into your daily lifestyle practice to have a more balanced way of how to feed your mind, body, and soul.
What to bring:
• Yoga mat and Props you need to feel Comfortable
• Clothing that allows for movement and comfort
Light Refreshments and Foods to enjoy mindfully will be provided.
You will also receive a packet of information discussed during the workshop for your own reflection along with ways to implement the ideas and concepts into your lifestyle as you choose.
The workshop will be from 10am-1pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early to get settled and acquainted with your surroundings.
Refund Policy due to there being limited spaces for the event.
You will receive a 50% refund if you cancel 3 days prior to the event. You will receive a full refund minus a $2 cancellation fee for processing your credit card if I am able to fill your spot within those 3 days. If you are a no show without notification you will not be refunded. You always have the option to put the cost towards another workshop sponsored by Small Things Often, LLC. Please feel free to discuss extenuating circumstances with me on a case to case basis.
I recently had the privilege of attending the first teacher training EVER to be a Grief Yoga™ Certified Instructor. This training was held at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health which is located in Stockbridge, MA in the Berkshire mountains. The center offers a vast array of trainings that range from personal to professional development. It was a unique setting to experience my teacher training experience!
So what exactly is this practice all about? Our trainer Paul Denniston has worked to develop this practice blending the worlds of loss and yoga into one to create a unique way to help individuals move through their experience. This practice allows emotions to move through the body by utilizing 4 steps that Paul strategically put together to create the practice. The main focus is the utilization of movement, breath, and sound to help move feelings through the body and make way for healing. While these concepts are the base it has many branches into various forms of yoga to make it complete. Some of these include: Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Let Your Yoga Dance, Laughter Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.
Paul was able to provide a unique experience by pulling in other presenters to make the training experience all encompassing. David Kessler provided information to help gain a better understanding of the grief experience and how to best support individuals through their journey in grief. Beth Segaloff was available as a support to Paul and other students as they moved through their training experience. Jurian Hughes provided us with an opportunity to experience Let Your Yoga Dance in the training and reminded us of the powerful effects that music and dance have together. The individual participants of the training came from a variety of backgrounds and also provided insight throughout the training. The presence of each individual provided unique insight into all areas needed to make the training a complete experience for everyone involved.
This training helped me gain insight into where I am in my own personal journey of grief and also helped me develop further in my professional realm. I was able to witness first hand the powerful effects of what the practice can provide for myself and others. I am hoping that my knowledge as a mental health professional will only enhance the experience that I can provide through this journey. I feel very honored to have went through this experience and have gained a whole community of others that can support me in my journey as I begin to share this practice.
Please stay posted for upcoming classes and workshops I plan to offer in the near future. I hope that you will help spread the word of this wonderful experience to others. More information will be posted soon on my website Small Things Often .
Enjoy Your Journey,
Small Things Often has been on hiatus with posting regular blog posts for the year 2018. My goal is to change this for 2019. I apologize for my lack of diligence in this area. A quick update is in order to get everyone back on track.
The year 2018 led me in a new direction in my capacity for helping others. I am excited to announce that I started my yoga teacher training this fall and am currently working towards my RYT 200 with Satya Yoga. I felt a draw towards learning more about yoga over the summer months and chose to follow the universe on this pull. A blend with yoga continues to occur with my recent completion of my grief therapist certification. I will be applying for my certification with the start of 2019. In addition, I will be attending a grief yoga teacher training in February at Kripalu. I am thrilled to blend my experiences of being a therapist into the yoga world and feel that this can be a great benefit in my work with others. I hope to continue making connections that will enable me to provide unique ways to work with people in a variety of environments. Stay tuned for all the ideas and thoughts that get conjured up in me during my long hikes. This is the year my ideas are going to start coming to fruition! I have chosen the word “try” to motivate me this year. I hope that you also have chosen a word to keep with you throughout the year. Think of this word as a reminder of the goals you have set for yourself for the coming year! Feel free to share yours with me in the comments!
Enjoy your journey,