WellnessConnect and Community Matters Events
Interested in learning about holistic approaches to wellness and healing?
WPN programs include wellness education and support on both an individual and community level. We invite people of all cultures, races, faiths, ages, gender identities, and manners of awesomeness to connect, learn about wellness modalities, support individual and community wellness, and have fun!
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UP-NEXT (Seattle's Eastside):
Move&Groove Community Dance
Friday, May 11, 7-8:30pm
Bellevue Family Y: 14230 Bel Red Road
International Dances • DJ Tunes • Family friendly • Free to all • Dance with us!
In the words of Hans Christian Andersen, “Where words fail, music speaks.”
Sponsored by Wellness Professionals Network and the Bellevue Y, Move&Groove Community Dances are an opportunity for awesome people of all cultures, races, faiths, ages, and gender identities to come together, support community wellness, and have fun.
Through the universal languages of music and movement, we build connections, strengthen a sense of belonging for everyone, celebrate our richly diverse community, and have a great time together! Your dance. Our dance.
• Instructor-led international dances plus freestyle dance
• No experience needed - just have fun!
• Dress to move easily (comfy shoes, socks, or barefoot)
• Arrive a few minutes early to park and check-in.
Wellness Professionals Network practitioners collaborate to support individual and community wellness. WPN focus is on creating, restoring and maintaining wellness through professional services and tools, cross-referrals to complementary practitioners, and public WellnessConnect programs for education, outreach, and community connection.
Y community programs support Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. Proudly serving a diverse and expanding population, programs at the Bellevue Family Y are designed to foster connections and wellness through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. The Y is Community.
Our awesome DJ Diana Ruiz is a professional entertainer and consummate vocalist who has toured internationally with her solo show. Diana is also an author, speaker and coach, who empowers heart centered entrepreneurs coaches and healers to expand their business and impact.
Questions? Contact Susan Creighton: WellnessProfessionalsNetwork@outlook.com
January 2018: The first 2018 Move&Groove Community Dance included 14 cultural performances and participatory dances from around the world and was attended by over 130 people. (Pics/videos on Facebook at WellnessConnect).
Sept 2017: To celebrate ans support Welcoming America Week, the Wellness Professionals Network and Bellevue Y sponsored a free community dance to support community diversity, bridge communities, and connect new and long-time residents in a spirit of unity. Through the universal languages of music and movement, 100+ dancers strengthened connections and a sense of belonging, celebrated our richly diverse community, and had a great time dancing together!
April 28, 2017: We danced and raised over $1500 to support ERIC (Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition) programs to support welcoming, inclusive, and equitable communities for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
COMMUNITY MATTERS: Kindness Rocks
February 2018: Do you believe that kindness rocks? This Community Matters program was a crafternoon of community connecting through art.
Kindness Rocks is a fun project that's spreading all over the country. Here's the idea: you paint rocks with positive and encouraging images or messages; then inspire others by dropping the rocks in random places for them to find them and play it forward.
We connected as a group, included a meditation to inspire creativity and inspiration, created uplifting treasures to share in our neighborhoods, and had a great time together!
What We Have In Common: 3 Faith Traditions
November 2017: This Community Matters panel discussion was sponsored by the Wellness Professionals Network, Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition, and the Redmond Library to support community wellness by building connections and bridges, and creating a sense of belonging for everyone.
Aneelah Afzali, Interfaith Leader, Director at Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
Rev. Ellie VerGowe, Pastor at First Covenant Church
Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick, Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Am
A supportive community is vital to a healthy society. Community Matters gatherings are opportunities for people of all cultures, races, faiths, and gender identities to connect and converse about wellness and everything that entails; personal wellness, family wellness, and wellness in the world.
COMMUNITY MATTERS: You Belong
You belong. Whether you’ve lived somewhere your whole life or just recently arrived in your new home, a sense of belonging can be hard to come by. This sense of belonging isn’t just good for personal health and happiness; it’s critical for community health as well. How can we create a stronger sense of belonging for ourselves and others?
Join us for an evening of conversation exploring how to overcome challenges that can keep us isolated and even divided from one another. We hope to:
· Bring people together who may not normally get a chance to know each other
· Engage in meaningful conversation that honors our diverse perspectives
· Inspire small, but powerful actions that strengthen our sense of belonging and the health of our community
Event sponsored by the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition (ERIC), the Wellness Professionals Network and the Redmond Library as part of Welcoming Week, a national celebration that brings together U.S. born residents, established immigrants, and newcomers to increase awareness and to build stronger unity across differences. Free event open to all ages. Registration recommended but not required.
The Redmond Library hosted this free program on Sept 19, and it will be repeated in 2018.
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Relax & Renew
A mixed-modalities afternoon of necessary indulgences and modalities. Our most recent program included Aromatherapy, MELT Method, Gyrotonic, and a Gong Sound Bath. Heavenly! Stay-tuned for the next Relax & Renew Progam.
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SoulCollage for Community Wellness
SoulCollage is an opportunity to foster community wellness with a creative, fun and meaningful art activity. Meet new people and learn an art form you’ll be able to easily do on your own whenever you feel the urge to create.
We’ll gather together to identify internal resources to build the kind of community we want to live in. You’ll then leave with a visual representation and reminder of your gifts – gifts you can consciously draw upon to strengthen community and your connections with others.
Making SoulCollage® cards is a creative and intuitive practice. Using found images from magazines and an easy cut and paste process, you’ll create a unique collage card that supports your goals and desires. No prior experience necessary. (Note: We won’t be teaching the pure SoulCollage method originally created by Seena B. Frost, but we’ll use SoulCollage techniques.To learn more about Seena’s method and to view a sampling of SoulCollage images, visit www.soulcollage.com)
Debbie Lacy is a certified life coach, community facilitator, and Director of the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition. Debbie learned about SoulCollage from Noelle Remington, a certified SoulCollage facilitator, and has been incorporating SoulCollage techniques in her workshops for 15 years.
Susan Creighton is the Chief Inspiration Officer for our event sponsor, Wellness Professionals Network. WPN practitioners provides a network of support services from a wide range of wellness modalities. Members focus on creating, restoring and maintaining wellness through professional service and tools, cross-referrals to complementary practitioners, and public programs for education, outreach, and community connection.
⇒ Stay-tuned for our next SoulCollage event or join our mailing list for program updates.
WPN offers opportunities for individual and community wellness, connection, sharing information, and fun, including:
- Individual Private or Semi-Private Sessions
- Corporate Lunch & Learns: Custom-tailored to your needs
- Wellness Parties: Let's get it started!
- Spa/Wellness Day: aaahh...
- Interdisciplinary Focused Events (2 or more practitioners)
- Group Private Events
- Public Events. Our events are opportunities for community connection, sharing information, and fun, and we welcome people of all cultures, races, faiths, and gender identities to connect, learn about, and support individual and community wellness:
WPN Workshops and Sampler Events feature local health and wellness experts who collaborate to bring you informative and fun programs.
Wellness Professionals Network Meetings:
WPN member practitioners meet regularly on Seattle’s Eastside. We welcome health and wellness practitioners to inquire about membership and attend their first meeting as our guest. Click here to inquire about membership.
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