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Tai-Chi: Meditation an Introduction
Snow date: Thursday, January 31 @ 6:30 pm
Join us for a relaxing yet enlivening evening and sample what Tai Chi and meditation have to offer with Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Jampa Mackenzie Stewart of Valley Spirit and Wellness Center.
The ancient Chinese exercise art of Tai Chi is sometimes called “meditation in movement.” All the movements are done in slow motion, yet it actually speeds up your reflexes, improves balance and reduces falls, lowers high blood pressure, calms the nerves and builds strength. Including the Chinese people, there are literally hundreds of millions of people around the world enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi daily. After warming up your body with Tai Chi’s gentle relaxing movements, you will learn a simple and brief sitting meditation that can be done either seated in a chair or on your own cushion. Both Tai Chi and sitting meditation practice integrate your posture, healthy breathing and calmly focused attention.
JAMPA MACKENZIE STEWART, L.Ac., MSOM is our local acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner and teacher at Valley Spirit Wellness Center in Washington Depot. He has taught Tai Chi and meditation for health around the hemisphere for over 45 years, and has written more than 50 nationally published articles on these subjects. He also teaches both Western and Eastern
approaches to stress management and relaxation training. He is an engaging and entertaining teacher and will leave you with some valuable nuggets to take home with you.
For more on Jampa and Valley Spirit Wellness Center visit www.valleyspiritcoop.com
Mother & Daughter Interactive Workshop
Thursday, February 7 @ 6:30 pm
Whitney Ryan, expert and frequent speaker on girls’ and women’s issues, will facilitate a workshop through a series of role playing scenarios to help them build their communication skills, empathy, and teamwork. In this safe, and fun workshop moms and their daughters will develop skills for better communication and understanding. Through interactive scenarios Whitney will help participants better understand how to support their daughters through the tricky maze of the tween and adolescent years and learn more about social world. It is a great opportunity to spend an hour with one another and come ready to actively engage, laugh and have fun with your daughter.
Whitney Ryan currently teaches a Community Living Skills class for sixth grade girls at Rumsey Hall School and is a Director at Wyonegonic Camps for Girls, in Denmark, ME.
How to Live a Happy & Fulfilled 2019
Tal Fagin, a skilled Martha Beck Certified Master Life Coach, can help empower participants to define and reach their goals and stay on course.
For many, the New Year means making a list of resolutions that are sometimes unrealistic and unreachable. We start with good intentions and within months end up feeling unsuccessful. Wouldn’t it be great to have a life coach who provided guidance and helped to stay on track? Tal Fagin does just that. Her business is called Tal Fusion – a nod to the combination of many skills and experiences that have shaped who she is today. Tal Fusion is more than coaching – it is a lifestyle. A former corporate attorney, Tal works with clients one-on-one and in group settings, helping others to pin-point and solve problems, and to devise and implement simple, time tested strategies that help people live fuller, freer, more balanced and joyful lives.
Tal is a full time Washington resident She and her husband have two children that attend Washington Montessori. For more information on Tal visit talfusion.net
Old Man & the Gun
Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.
PG13 / 1 hr 33 minutes
Award winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling team for the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost on Armstrong and on the nation of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
PG-13 / 2hr 18min
“Boy Erased” tells the story of Jared (Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is outed to his parents (Kidman and Crowe) at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith. Boy Erased is the true story of one young man’s struggle to find himself while being forced to question every aspect of his identity.
R / 1hr 51min
A Star is Born
In “A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive. In this new take on the iconic love story, four-time Oscar nominee Cooper makes his directorial debut, and also stars alongside multiple award-winning, Oscar-nominated music superstar Gaga in her first leading role in a major motion picture. Cooper portrays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally. She has given up on her dream to become a successful singer, until she meets Jack, who immediately sees her natural talent.
R / 2hr 15 min
All programs are free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
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5 Wykeham Road at Route 47 on the Green, in Washington, CT.