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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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February Events

Thursday, February 1

Community Acupuncture – 2/1 and 2/15. 6-7pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Friday, February 2

No Bake Gluten & Dairy Free Valentines Treats – 6-7:30pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Sunday, February 4

Sacred Heart Sisterhood Circle – 2-4pm. A time for women to relax, connect and share. February’s theme is self-love. Each gathering includes meditation, sound healing, inspired readings, tools for emotional healing & sharing. RSVP required. $20. 475 Buckland Rd, 2ns floor, South Windsor. 860-457-1060.

Monday, February 5

Heal Your Mind, Heal Your Life: Lecture with Leesa Sklover, PhD, LPC – 7-8pm. Techniques in music therapy, yoga therapy, mindfulness and imagery to bring peace in challenging times. $25/donation appreciated. Madison Beach Hotel, Madison. Register: 917-860-0488. DrSklover@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 6

Heal Your Mind-Heal Your Life Workshop – 9:30am-1:30pm. Music Therapy/YogaTherapy workshop. Kriyas, Meditation and breathwork aimed at healing the mind and bringing awareness of our essence in difficult times. Aimed at all practitioners and anyone interested in yoga and music. $95. $20/lunch if desired The Madison Beach Hotel, Madison. Register: 917-860-0488. DrSklover@gmail.com.

Getting Healthy with Hypnosis Series – 2/6 and 2/13. 6-7:30pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Wednesday, February 7

Terry Walters: Seasonal Eating, Winter – 2/7 and 2/27. Noon-1pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Introductory Class: Essential Oils – 7-8pm. Learn about essential oils. Make and take blends for your health concerns. $2-5. TFC Health Foods, 230 Farmington Ave, Farmington. 860-471-6164.

Thursday, February 8

Tap Your Way To Self-Love – 6-7:30pm. Release patterns of self-criticism, judgment and sabotage. Learn self-awareness, acceptance and love. Let go of anxiety, negative mind-chatter and overwhelm. Women only. $20. RSVP required. Bookclub, 869 Sullivan Ave, South Windsor. 860-432-7411.

Saturday, February 10

Cold Weather Survival: Fire Building 101 – 10am-Noon. With The Baranski brothers. Experienced outdoorsman, animal trackers, campers and nature photographers, will teach the proper way to build a safe campfire. Meet at the Center at Pomfret, 218 Day Rd. Fee: $3/members; $7/non-members.

Thursday, February 15

Traditional Chinese Medicine – 7-8:30pm. With Donna Gordon, Reiki Master Teacher. Learn about energy meridians, herbs, and the secrets of the human energy system. Free, non perishable food item encouraged. Sponsor: Alliance for Holistic Living. Vibrational Healing Center, 966 Tolland St, East Hartford.

Saturday, February 17

The Magic of Tuning In to Your Hidden Nature: One-day Retreat –10am-6pm. Connect to the silenced aspects of Self & Nature that lie hidden from view. $195 (sliding scale to $95). $55 deposit. Reserve space now. Sacred Circle, Transformational Breath, Sound Healing & EcoTherapy, Chester. Carol Piro 203-585-9033. Lois Grasso 860-796-1480.

Sunday, February 18

Intro to Yoga Props – 10:30-Noon. Learn ways lengthen, strengthen and relax using yoga props. Find alignment and ease in poses to support the hips, lower back, legs and shoulders. $25/advance, $30/day. Yoga Born, 1735 Ellington Rd, South Windsor. 860-432-5678.

Wednesday, February 21

Nutrition for Teens – 6-7pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Thursday, February 22

Monthly Bird Walk – 1pm. Search for wintering bird species. We’ll look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more. $5/members; $10/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free Chinese Food Cooking Demo – 6-7:30pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Saturday, February 24

Tapping Into Your Best Life – 2:30-3:30pm. In this workshop you’ll gain a clear understanding of how and why you’re stuck in old emotions and unhealthy patterns and how to change it! Winter Wellness Expo, 90 Elm Street, Enfield. Facebook.com/events/394599264298479/.

Thursday, March 1

Community Acupuncture – 3/1 and 3/15. 6-7pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Tuesday, March 6

Hypnosis for Insomnia – 3/6 and 3/13. 6-7:30pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Thursday, March 8

Gluten, Dairy & Soy Free on a Budget – 6-7:30pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Friday, March 9

Terry Walters: Fermentation Class – Noon-1pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Wednesday, March 14

Free Picky Eaters Club – 11am-Noon. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Tuesday, March 20

Free Gut Health: Foodmaps 101 – Noon-1pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Friday, March 23

Gluten & Dairy Free Spring Brunch – 6-7:30pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Thursday, March 29

Cooking For One – 6-7pm. More information online. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, Community Classroom, 315 East Center St, Manchester. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

February 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.

Family/Kid Yoga – Every other Sunday. 3-4pm. Yoga is for the whole family! Let your little yogi explore and learn on the mat while you play right along with them. Kids ages 4-8 will enjoy this playful, yet beneficial yoga class that introduces the basics of movement and breath. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482.

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
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. SeaInTheSkyHealing.com.

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: 860-606-0578.

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.

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. SeaInTheSkyHealing.com.

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: 860-606-0578.

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.

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: 860-606-0578.

Consortium of Unicorns – 6-7pm. This unique empowerment group will support you while you focus on reconnecting with yourself. Learn what true self worth, self-love looks and feels like. $20. The Beyond Center, 281 Hartford Tpke, Ste 5G, Vernon. 860-899-4700.

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.

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: 860-606-0578.

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.

Slow Flow – 10:30-11:30am. 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.

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.

Wednesday Noon Walks –Noon. Join our volunteers for fresh air, exercise, good company and naturalist lessons along the way. Seniors and parents with babes in backpacks welcome. Free/CAS members; $3/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

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.

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, Ph.D, 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.

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.

Tai Chi & Meditation – 6-7pm. 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: 860-606-0578.

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
Yin and Tang – 9:15-10:30am. Experience the benefits of a balanced practice of yin and yang styles of yoga. The yin style of long-held passive poses opens the body to more flexibility and prana flow. A more active, dynamic, yang style of vinyasa flow will follow. $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.

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: 860-606-0578.

Ellington Farmers’ Market – 9am-12pm. 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-12pm. 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.