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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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December Events

Saturday, December 2

Become a Citizen Science Volunteer Monitor: Introductory Wildlife Tracking Hike – 9am-1pm. Registration required. $25/CAS members; $35/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

2018 PACE Annual Meeting – 7pm. Features a keynote address from Craig Lewis of Clean Coalition on Renewables-Driven Community Microgrids and music by State Troubadour Kate Callahan. Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50 Bloomfield Rd, Hartford. SolarEnergyOfCT.org.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5

Group Hypnosis for Stress – 12/5 and 12/12. 6-7:30pm. 315 E Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. Registration required: CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6

Cooking with Kids: Healthy Holiday Snacks – 6-7pm. 315 E Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. Registration required: CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9

Intro to Essential Oils Class – 2-3pm. Learn how essential oils can lead you to better physical and emotional well-being. Free. TFC Health Foods, 230 Farmington Ave, Farmington. 860-471-6164.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13

Fermentation Class – noon-1pm. With Terry Walters. 315 E Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. Registration required: CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Allergy-Free Cooking 101 – 12/13 & 12/15. 6-7:30pm. 315 E Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. Registration required: CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16

Chair Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. Yoga you can do. Easy moves to improve posture, balance, strength and flexibility. $22/in advance; $25/day of. Yoga Born, 1735 Ellington Rd, South Windsor. 860-432-5678.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17

Solstice Ceremony & Potluck – 4-7pm. Celebrate the Winter Solstice. Welcome another season, add your brilliance to this auspicious turning. Presented by: Alliance for Holistic Living. Hosted at Ravenwood Holistic Wellness Center, 199 W Center St, Manchester.

Detox Yoga & Gongs – 5-7pm. Movement, poses, breath work, mantra, meditation and relaxation. $25/in advance; $30/day of. Yoga Born, 1735 Ellington Rd, South Windsor. 860-432-5678.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21

Gentle Yoga 6-Week Series – 7:30-8:45pm. Series for times of high stress or low energy. Great for beginners, seniors and experienced students—anyone seeking a gentle and meditative practice. $15/drop-in; $13.17/per class with preregistration. Vital Life Center, 100 W Main St, Plainville. 860-479-0466.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28

Monthly Bird Walk – 1pm. Come out in search of wintering bird species. Andy will look for horned larks, ducks, hawks, sparrows, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and more. $5/CAS members; $10/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30

Owl Walk – 7pm. Search for wintering owls; such as screech, barred and great-horned owls. Most of the calling is done from the road. Program contingent on the weather. $5/CAS members; $10/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13

JOURNEY OF YOGA OPEN HOUSE – 9am-12:15pm. Save the date! Enjoy the following free classes as Journey of Yoga welcomes you to our annual open house: 9am • Mixed Level Yoga, 9:30am • Gentle Yoga w/ Meditation, 10am • Gentle Yoga, 10:30am • Mixed Level Yoga, 11am • Family Yoga, 11:30am • Mixed Level Yoga, Journey of Yoga. 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482. Register at JourneyOfYoga.com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18

Befriending Your Mind - Intro to Meditation 6-Week Series – 6-7:15pm. Drawing from research in neuroscience on meditation’s ability to positively change the brain and will provide tools to honestly and compassionately relate with your mind. $13.17/per class with preregistration. Vital Life Center, 100 W Main St, Plainville. 860-479-0466.

December Ongoing Events

DAILY

Annual Holiday Nature Store – 12/1-12/22. 10am-4pm. Gifts for all ages with Mother Nature in mind. Stock changes daily. Author Katherine Hauswirth will be here on 11/18 to sign her new book titled The Book of Noticing. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

 

SUNDAY

Astrology with Pat Peabody – Afternoons by appointment. See website for details. $35. Center for Progressive Therapies, 192 aHartford 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.

Kid or Family Yoga – 4-5pm. Every other Sunday. Let your little yogi explore and learn on the mat while you play right along with them. Engaging songs and stories will get everyone practicing movement with breath in this fun kid/family class! $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482.

Slow Flow – 5:15-6pm. 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.

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

Vinyasa Express – 7-8am. Start your day with an express Vinyasa yoga class. This class includes meditation and movement, and is appropriate for all levels. $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. 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.

Vinyasa Beginner – 7:30-8:30pm. Vinyasa Beginner introduces basic poses, teaches you how to move with the breath, and helps you feel comfortable in the yoga practice. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482.

TUESDAY

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.

Beginners Yoga, Yoga You Can Do! – 4:45-5:45pm. No experience needed to participate. Lose inches, low impact, instant motivation and fun. $20 single class, $40 unlimited classes. Yoga Born, 1735 Ellington Rd, South Windsor. 860-432-5678.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vinyasa Express – 6-7am. Start your day with an express Vinyasa yoga class. This class includes meditation and movement, and is appropriate for all levels. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482.

Morning Walks – 8:30am. Stretch your legs, breathe in the early morning air and look for signs of wildlife on the Bafflin Sanctuary with Fran Barnaski. Bring your camera if you are so inclined. Free to CAS members; $5/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

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.

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

Vinyasa Express – 7-8am. Start your day with an express Vinyasa yoga class. This class includes meditation and movement, and is appropriate for all levels. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482.

Baby & Me Yoga –10:30-11:30am. Elements of Yoga, stress reducing breath work, and infant massage create an inviting environment for baby and caregiver alike. $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.Vinyasa Express – 7-8am. Start your day with an express Vinyasa yoga class. This class includes meditation and movement, and is appropriate for all levels. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482.

Baby & Me Yoga –10:30-11:30am. Elements of Yoga, stress reducing breath work, and infant massage create an inviting environment for baby and caregiver alike. $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: 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.