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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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January Events

Tuesday, January 2

Group Hypnosis for Weight Loss: The “Anti-Diet”– 6-7:30pm – 3-part series: 1/2, 1/9 and 1/16. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, 315 East Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Thursday, January 4

Community Acupuncture – 6-7pm. 1/4 and 1/18. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, 315 East Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Monday, January 8

Paleo/WHOLE30 January Challenge – 6-7pm. 4-part series: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22 and 1/29. Includes cooking demos and samples. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, 315 East Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Introduction: Breeding Bird Atlas Project – 7pm. Snow date: 1/9. Come learn about this project, which will focus on birds that breed, winter or migrate in Connecticut. Free. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

Wednesday, January 10

A Busy Mom’s Medicine Cabinet: Essential Oils 101 – 11am-noon. 1/10, 1/22 and 1/23. With Michelle Bergman. Busy Mom? Frustrated with keeping your family healthy? Want a more cost-effective, time-saving approach? Join me as I teach you about dōTERRA Essential Oils. Free. 11 Pheasant Ln, Weatogue. 860-221-8118.

Thursday, January 11

Foods for Immunity: A Winter Wellness Workshop – 6:30pm. Food is medicine. Learn how to easily make your own medicine using all natural ingredients in this fun and informative workshop with Dr. Nicole Klughers, naturopathic physician. $35. Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique, 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. 203-693-3893.

Sunday, January 14

Community Acupuncture – Noon-3pm. Affordable acupuncture treatments are offered to multiple patients in a shared space. Community Acupuncture helps to serve the community and increases accessibility to this ancient healing method. $35. Energetic Being Center, 3 Barnard Ln, Bloomfield. 234-2AC-UDOC. DrNicoleKlughers.com/Shop.

Restorative Yoga & Signing Bowl – 4-6pm. Learn to let go. Postures and bowl release tension, restore energy and calm nervous system. Space limited to allow individuals equal time to be bowled. $30/in advance; $35/day of. Yoga Born, 1735 Ellington Rd, South Windsor. 860-432-5678.

Thursday, January 18

Monthly Bird Walk – 1pm. Join Andy in search of wintering bird species. $5/CAS members; $10/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

Community Acupuncture – 6-7pm. 1/4 and 1/18. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, 315 East Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Effective Ways To Create Positive Energy – 7-8:30pm. With Stacy GoForth and Valinda Salva, energy healers and co-creators of Crystal Vibrations Jewelry. Learn how to feel and discern energies, clear unwanted energies, and surround yourself with positive uplifting energy to support your life. Free. Ravenwood Holistic Wellness Center, 199 West Center St, Manchester.

Saturday, January 20

Owl Walk – 7pm. Attempt to find screech, barred and great-horned owls. Most of the calling is done from the road. Subject to weather conditions. $5/CAS members; $10/non-members. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

Sunday, January 21

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

Trail Wood Reflections: Writer & Artist In-Residence Exhibit Reception & Reading – 2-4pm. Come celebrate the works of this year’s Writer & Artist In-Residence class. Exhibit open thru 2/25. Free. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

Monday, January 22

A Busy Mom’s Medicine Cabinet: Essential Oils 101 – 11am-noon. 1/10, 1/22 and 1/23. With Michelle Bergman. Busy Mom? Frustrated with keeping your family healthy? Want a more cost effective, time saving approach? Join me as I teach you about dōTERRA Essential Oils. Free. 11 Pheasant Ln, Weatogue. 860-221-8118.

Satsang Meditation Literature Study – 6:15-8pm. Meditation book club and a great opportunity to deepen your meditation practice with us. $15/drop-in; $10/per-class when you sign up for 6-week series. Vital Life Center, 100 W Main St, Plainville. 860-479-0466.

Film Series: Tapped (2009) – 6:30pm. Snow date: 2/23. Film examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and reliance on oil. Free. Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center. 860-928-4948. CTAudubon.org/Center-At-Pomfret.

Tuesday, January 23

A Busy Mom’s Medicine Cabinet: Essential Oils 101 – 11am-noon. 1/10, 1/22 and 1/23. With Michelle Bergman. Busy Mom? Frustrated with keeping your family healthy? Want a more cost effective, time saving approach? Join me as I teach you about dōTERRA Essential Oils. Free. 11 Pheasant Ln, Weatogue. 860-221-8118.

Women’s Health & Wellness Program – 6:30pm. Come for a free program where naturopathic physician, Dr. Nicole Klughers, will discuss women’s health for all ages and natural approaches to women’s wellness. Free. Cora J. Belden Library, 33 Church St, Rocky Hill. 860-258-7621.

Thursday, January 25

Ready for Relaxation Workshop – 6:30pm. Guided meditation and ear acupuncture session. Restorative session with Dr. Nicole guiding guests through a relaxing session. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring a yoga mat, pillow and small blanket. $35. Walnut Beach Wellness & Boutique. 41 Naugatuck Ave, Milford. 203-693-3893.

Saturday, January 27

Yoga Basics – 9-10:15am. 6-week series. New to Yoga? This class promotes balance, flexibility, strength and stress release by emphasizing basic postures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills. $13.17/with pre-registration; $15.95/drop-in. Vital Life Center, 100 W Main St, Plainville. 860-479-0466.

Natural Plant-Based Solutions for Your Health – 2-3pm. Using essential oils for physical well-being and stress reduction. Free. TFC Health Foods, 230 Farmington Ave, Farmington. 860-471-6164.

Sunday, January 28

Therapeutic Essential Oils to Improve Health – 1:30-2:30pm. Learn how therapeutic essential oils can improve health and help balance your response to stress. Free. Sharing the Light Wholistic Center, 395 West Avon Rd, Avon. 860-471-6164.

Wednesday, January 31

Clean Food Eating – 6-7pm. With Terry Walters. Jumpstart your clean food eating in 2018. Includes cooking demo with samples. Registration required. Collaborative Natural Health Partners, 315 East Center St, Manchester. 860-533-0179. CTNaturalHealth.com/Event-Calendar.

Wednesday, February 7

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.

January 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.

Community Yoga – 4- 5pm. Cultivate a conscious lifestyle on and off the yoga mat as you experience the joy of yoga. Style and content vary from class to class and are always appropriate for all levels. $9/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
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.

Vinyasa Mixed Level – 9-10:15am. A flowing yoga class for those newer to yoga or those wanting a refresher of the basics. Vinyasa Mixed Level introduces basic postures and teaches you how to move with the breath. $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.

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.

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
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.

Gentle Yoga w/ Meditation – 9:30-10:45pm. Gentle Yoga is perfect for times of high stress or low energy, as well as healing from injury or illness. Nurture yourself with gentle poses and relaxation. This class ends with a guided meditation. $20/drop-in. Journey of Yoga, 730 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury. 860-680-1482.

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.