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Natural Awakenings Hartford Calendar of Events

Welcome to the Natural Awakenings Hartford Edition Calendar of Events. If you are looking for events or classes in the area that fit your Natural lifestyle this is the calendar for you. Use this monthly resource to find health-oriented classes like pilates, yoga, tai chi, meditation, and more. The Natural Awakenings Hartford Edition Calendar is open to all readers and is a great way to post information about health and green living oriented classes, events, festivals, retreats, talks, and any other happenings. If you would like to submit to our calendar, please see the submission guidelines for events:

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March Events

Wednesday, April 4

Woodcock Watch – 7pm. A sure harbinger of spring, this fascinating little bird puts on a riveting mating display at dusk. As long as the weather cooperates, we should hear and see them in action. $5/CAS members; $10/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Pomfret-Home.

Thursday, April 5

Ignite Happy: Hartford Happiness Club With Darrin Tulley – 7-8:30pm. Please join us in welcoming Darrin Tulley, author of Ignite Happy and founder of Ignite Happy, LLC. 22 Woodland St, Hartford. 860-463-6333. WG@IgniteHappy.com. IgniteHappy.com.

Saturday, April 7

Embracing the Negative as a Way to Wellness – Embracing the negative is an invitation for us as a culture to look at our bias towards the negative or the quick judging of the facts. Avoiding the negative makes us use all our energy fighting, not living. Join us as we play with these concepts, making them relevant to our everyday lives. Wu Healing Center, 45 S Main St, Ste 100, West Hartford. 978-790-8888.

Survival 101: Fire Making – 10am-noon. Learn how to build a fire using both ancient and modern techniques (with or without matches) in this continuing survival course taught by the Baranski brothers. $3/CAS members; $7/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Pomfret-Home.

Inquiry Dyad Meditation – 12:30-5:30pm. Clear your mind and remove long held obstacles and barriers to peace and self-realization through inquiry and communication. $39/pre-registration; $49/day of. Vital Life Center, 100 W Main St, Plainville. 860-479-0466.

Sunday, April 8

Tapping Into Your Best Life: Greater Vernon Holistic Healthfest – 2-3pm. Stuck in old emotions, self-criticism and sabotage? Learn to quiet your mind, calm your body and disengage the fight or flight so you can show up as your best self in your work life, your relationships and your personal life. VernonHealthFest.com.

Tuesday, April 10

Intro to Meditation – 10:45-11:45am. 6-week series. Come and learn the basics of meditation and develop a practice to suit your unique personality and daily life. $13.17/class with pre-registration. Vital Life Center, 100 W Main St, Plainville. 860-479-0466.

Saturday, April 14

Spring into Health Celebration – 3-6pm. Be our guest for a fun-filled afternoon of wellness. Wholesome food as medicine, organic wines and tea infusions, learn about natural ways of healing, raffles, giveaways, samples, demonstrations and more. RSVP for free admission. Vis Wellness Center, 1845 Silas Deane Hwy, Rocky Hill. 234-2-ACU-DOC. VisWellnessCenter@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 21

Spring Cleaning: Trail Wood Work Day – 9am. Come on out to help “spruce up” Trail Wood. Bring work gloves/rakes, etc. Trail Wood Sanctuary, 93 Kenyon Rd, Hampton. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Trail-Wood-Home.

Friday, April 27

Virginia Rail Bird Walk – 6pm. We will set out with the goal of hearing and observing a Virginia Rail, along with other bird species. $5/CAS members; $10/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Pomfret-Home.

Sunday, April 29

Beginners Bird Walk – 8am. If you are new to bird watching, this is a good weekend to start. Some of the colorful spring birds are back and the leaves aren’t out yet. $5/CAS members; $10/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Pomfret-Home.

Community Acupuncture – Noon-3pm. Individualized treatments in a common treatment area. Come relax, repair, restore. Call or visit website to pre-register. $35. 234-2-ACU-DOC.
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Saturday, May 5

Yoga Basics – 9-10:15am. 6-week series. Great for beginners. This class promotes balance, flexibility, strength and stress release. $15/drop-in; $13.17/per class with pre-registration. Vital Life Center, 100 W Main St, Plainville, 860-479-0466.

 

April Ongoing Events

SUNDAY

Astrology with Pat Peabody – Afternoons by appointment. See website for details. $35. Center for Progressive Therapies, 192 Hartford Rd, Manchester. 860-989-1238.

Create Financial Freedom with Healthy Products – 4-5pm. Learn how to build a business and create financial freedom for you by distributing natural Aloe Vera nutritional supplements to help others be healthy. Free. Bristol (call for address). RSVP: 860-372-8171.

Qigong - All Levels – 5:30-6:30pm. Deep breathing and flowing movements derived from ancient Chinese healing exercises for increased balance, flexibility, muscle and bone strength, immune function, decreased pain and stiffness. $17 drop-in. Yoga Center of Collinsville, 10 Front St, Collinsville. 860-693-9642.

MONDAY

Morning Flow – 7-8am. Rise and shine with a gentle to moderate asana flow perfect for all levels of yoga practice. The perfect way to start your day. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482. 

Complete Strength Class – 9:30-10:30am. Total Strength classes are the #1 priority to burn calories and build lean muscle to boost your metabolism for the long-term. $20. YES Fitness, 292 Spielman Hwy, Burlington. 860-673-4293.

Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-11am. Free. Windham Recovery Community Center, 713 Main St, Willimantic. 860-423-7088 or 860-423-9843 for more info.

Open Play! For Ages 10 Months to 5 Years 10-11:15am. Join open play in our creative arts studio. Non-instructional play will include gross motor equipment like tunnels and balance beams, dress up and art projects. Donation of canned good. Imagine Studio, 97 South St, West Hartford. ImagineStudioCT.com.

Gentle + Restorative Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Gently held postures for joint health and nurturing. Great for any experience level. $50 for 30 days, unlimited classes/new students. Yoga Center of Collinsville, 10 Front St, Collinsville. 860-693-9642.

Meditate Through the Madness – 6pm. Hosted by Torin Lee. Learn to manage the stress of life through mediation. $10. Oneida Holistic Health Center, 16 West Rd, Marlborough. To register: 860-467-6518.

Meditation Mondays – 7-8pm. Meditation for all.
Beginners and drop-ins welcome. Begin each week with a meditation practice to quiet your mind and let go of all that does not serve. Facilitated by Melanie VanOstrand. $10. Sea in the Sky Healing and Wellness Center, Hebron. 860-530-1552.
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Tong Ren Healing Class 7-8pm. Dr. Ming Wu leads this class focusing on internally healing the body’s energy system by using the collective unconscious. Wu Healing Center, 45 S Main St, West Hartford. To register: 978-790-8888.

Vinyasa Yoga For Everyone – 7-8:15pm. Classic yoga postures in flowing sequence linked by breath. Learn breathing techniques that keep you invigorated and calm in your daily life. $50 for 30 days, unlimited classes/new students. Yoga Center of Collinsville, 10 Front St, Collinsville. 860-693-9642.

TUESDAY

The Graduate Institute – Call to visit us any day of the week to arrange a visit. We offer Master of Arts Degree programs designed for busy people. Only one weekend a month; 2 years. The Graduate Institute,171 Amity Rd, Bethany. 203-874-4252.

Chair Massage – Treat yourself to a relaxing break. You decide how long. $1/minute. Oneida Holistic Health Center, 16 West Rd, Marlborough. Walk-ins welcome or call for an appointment: 860-467-6518.

Express Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7am. Touches on all the essentials of the core standing, balancing, and seated postures. Build strength, heat and focus moving through sun salutations linked with breath and clarity. Some yoga experience recommended. $50 for 30 days, unlimited classes/new students. Yoga Center of Collinsville, 10 Front St, Collinsville. 860-693-9642.

Early Morning Bird Walks – 8am. Join Andy in search of various bird species. We have access to over 1,650 acres of protected land. Wear drab colored clothing and bring binoculars or a spotting scope. Free/CAS members; $5/non-members. Center at Pomfret, 218 Day Rd. Free admission. 860-928-4948.

Tai Chi for Kids (Ages 6-12) – 4-4:45pm. Learning the Chinese art of Tai Chi is a great way for children to relax, have fun and strengthen body and mind. Wu Healing Center, 45 S Main St, West Hartford. To register: 978-790-8888.

Tai Chi with Dr. Ming Wu – 6-7pm. Learn from a Tai Chi master who has studied the art of Tai Chi for more than 40 years. Wu Healing Center, 45 S Main St, West Hartford. To register: 978-790-8888.

Reiki Share – 6-8:30pm. 3rd Tuesday each month. Certified Reiki practitioners of all lineages and levels welcome. This is a time to come together with other practitioners as a community, give/receive Reiki. $10. 47 Upson St, 2nd Fl, Bristol. 860-302-1609.

Monthly Information Sessions at The Graduate Institute – 6:30pm-7:30pm. Join us for an info session every 2nd Tuesday of the month at The Graduate Institute. Please contact us to let us know that you’ll be attending. The Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Rd, Bethany. Call 203-874-4252.

Soul Circle: A Meditation and Journey Group – 6:30-8pm. First Tuesday. Join us for an evening of meditation, journeying, drumming and healing. Explore power animals and spirit guides, healing light meditations, nature spirit allies and more. Facilitated by Melanie VanOstrand. At Sea in the Sky Healing and Wellness Center, Hebron. $20. 860-530-1552. SeaInTheSkyHealing.com.

Turbo Kick Boxing with Mary – 7:15-8:15pm. Extreme aerobic workout is fun and will get you in shape. Great music. Tuesdays are for beginners and Thursdays are advanced classes. $5. Center for Progressive Therapies, 192 Hartford Rd, Manchester. 860-883-9664.

Meditation as a Way of Living with Tom Dest 7:30-8:45pm. Promoting access to intention from deep inside and heart to heart communication - soft live music. Contemplation on our eternal nature and keys to peace. $15. Center for Progressive Therapies, 192 Hartford Rd, Manchester. 413-822-8486.

WEDNESDAY

Coffee with Coach – 7am. Early morning session facilitated by Torin Lee, Life Coach. Learn ways to handle stress, navigate change and make each day count. $10. Oneida Holistic Health Center, 16 West Rd, Marlborough. To register: 860-467-6518.

Morning Flow – 7-8am. Rise and shine with a gentle to moderate asana flow perfect for all levels of yoga practice. The perfect way to start your day. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482. 

Gentle Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. Gently held postures for joint health and nurturing. $50 for 30 days, unlimited classes/new students. Yoga Center of Collinsville, 10 Front St, Collinsville. 860-693-9642.

Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. Chair yoga allows individuals of all physical abilities to enjoy the
benefits of yoga. Class features traditional yoga postures and techniques. Chair yoga is gentle, relaxing and strengthening. Facilitated by Michele. $5/suggested donation. Toivo, 399 Franklin Ave, Hartford. 860-296-2338.

Metabolic ZT – 4:30-5:30pm. Our version of a cardio workout. Monitored by individual heart rate, burn calories, get your metabolism revving, and give you the cardiovascular benefits you are looking for. $20. YES Fitness, 292 Spielman Hwy, Burlington. 860-673-4293.

Weight Management Class – 6-7:30pm. Weekly series led by a registered dietitian nutritionist discussing topics such as simple meal planning, what and how much to eat, and the skinny of fats and sugar. Free. ShopRite, 110 Albany Tpke, Canton. 860-693-3666.

Support Group More Better Happy – 7:15-8:30pm. When people and circumstances are sucking the energy, motivation and life right out of you, come here. You can recharge while getting what you want. Registration required. Free. Yoga Born, 1735 Ellington Rd, South Windsor. 860-432-5678.

Mediumship Development Circle – 7:30-9pm. Mixed level circle active six years. Beginners welcome. Develop evidential mediumship, with support, in a safe and sacred space. $10/donation. Dragonfly Healing Arts, 8 Wickett St, Pine Meadow. 860-989-2358. DragonflyHealingArts.net.

THURSDAY

Complete Strength Class – 5:30-6:30am. Total Strength classes are the #1 priority to burn calories and build lean muscle to boost your metabolism for the long-term. $20. YES Fitness, 292 Spielman Hwy, Burlington. 860-673-4293.

Move and Groove - Conscious Conditioning with Sandy Byrne – 8:45-10am. Fusing the expertise of conditioning athletes with yogic consciousness, this fun, energetic class will jump-start your metabolism and get your body feeling strong and supple. $16 drop-in, class cards available. River Rock Yoga, 274 Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield. 860-757-3339.

Kundalini Yoga and Music Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. With Leesa Sklover, PhD, C-IAYT, Certified Yoga Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher. Experience the yoga of awareness weekly to heal your mind and your life. All welcome. Register for first class. $15 per class/monthly discount. Short Beach Union Church, 14 Pentacost St, Branford. 917-860-0488. DrSklover@gmail.com. LoveLifeProductions.net.

Bump Day – 10am-6pm. 60-minute prenatal massage or reflexology by Colleen Dumas, LMT and certified in prenatal care. Refreshments, raffle. $40. Oneida Holistic Health Center, 16 West Rd, Marlborough. For an appointment: 860-467-6518.

Tai Chi & Meditation – 10:30-11:30am Instruction is focused on empowering Chi and enhancing health and healing of the mind, body and spirit. Wu Healing Center, 45 S Main St, West Hartford. To register: 978-790-8888.

Belly Dance Classes with Elisheva – 6-7pm. Learn the ancient art of belly dance in this beginner class. All levels and abilities warmly welcomed. $17. Spotlight Dance, Art & Wellness, 45 S Main St, Unionville. Register: 860-967-9424.

Community Acupuncture – 6-7pm. Every other Thursday. 315 E Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. Registration required: CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Blended Style Yoga Classes – 6-7:15pm. Our many styles meet you where you are. Gentle sound allows tuning and awakening improving life and self. Also every weekday. See our website. $5 or $8. Center for Progressive Therapies, 192 Hartford Rd, Manchester. 860-649-9600.

Sound Bath Session – 6:30-8:30pm. 3rd Thursday of the month. Enjoy a monthly group sound bath with Karen Fox, Sister of Sound. Let singing bowls, bells, drums, chimes bathe you in angelic healing vibrations. $20 advance, $25 at door. Oneida Holistic Health Center, 16 West Rd, Marlborough. 860-467-6518.

Vinyasa Yoga For Everyone 7-8:15pm. Classic yoga postures in flowing sequence linked by breath. Learn breathing techniques that keep you invigorated and calm in your daily life. $50 for 30 days, unlimited classes/new students. Yoga Center of Collinsville, 10 Front St, Collinsville. 860-693-9642.

FRIDAY

Morning Flow – 7-8am. Rise and shine with a gentle to moderate asana flow perfect for all levels of yoga practice. The perfect way to start your day. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482.

Meditative Coloring – Noon-1pm. Coloring for relaxation, stress reduction, meditation and spiritual connection, centering, healing and coming into your true deep self. We will supply coloring pages and supplies or you may bring your own. Facilitated by Heidi. $5/suggested donation. Toivo, 399 Franklin Ave, Hartford. 860-296-2338.

Slow Flow – 5-6:15pm. You’ll flow with the breath through continuous movement and hold postures in this vinyasa practice that provides both a full workout and relaxation. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482.

SATURDAY

Morning Express Vinyasa Yoga – 7:45-8:45am. Touches on all the essentials of the core standing, balancing, and seated postures. Build strength, heat and focus moving through sun salutations linked with breath and clarity. $50 for 30 days unlimited classes (new students). Yoga Center of Collinsville, 10 Front St, Collinsville. 860-693-9642.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 8-9am. Dr. Ming Wu is a Tai Chi and Qi Gong Master who has dedicated his life to teaching others how to live healing and healthy lives. Wu Healing Center, 45 S Main St, West Hartford. To register: 978-790-8888.

Ellington Farmers’ Market – 9am-Noon. Over 40 vendors bringing local and fresh products in a quaint, shaded country setting. Matching SNAP dollars, Kids Power of Produce Club, weekly themes and entertainment. Arbor Park, Main St, Ellington. EllingtonFarmersMarket.com.

Natural Weight Loss Seminar – 10am-Noon. Learn how tasty and vitamin-packed Aloe Vera drinks and supplements help you to lose and manage weight for a healthy, active life. Free. Bristol (call for address). RSVP: 860-372-8171.

See Me As I Am: Meditation and Float Yoga Class (2-3pm) and Women’s Spiritual Wellness Collaboratory (3-4pm) – Experience deep peace in a gentle water themed yoga and meditation class Followed by a women’s group focusing on empowerment, spiritual fitness, creativity through techniques and discussion. Choose one or both. $15/one session. $30/both. Short Beach Union Church, 14 Pentacost St. Branford.