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Interested in learning about holistic approaches to wellness and healing? Programs include wellness education and support for both individuals and community wellness. 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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Breath Centered Yoga
: Weekly Class
Sonia Weirich at One To One Yoga

Thursdays at 10-11:15am at Cedar Sanctuary, (Sammamish, WA)
Investment $25. Advance registration required (first class free & 5-class pass at $100)
Contact Sonia to save-your-spot
: onetooneyoga@gmail.com or call/text 206-422-1317

This intimate yoga class is focused on breath, movement and meditation. Suitable for students of all levels, group classes are designed using safe sequencing and adaptation to serve individual needs. Breath is the fundamental link between body, mind, emotion, and spirit and it is emphasized in Viniyoga as the medium for all practice. Repetition and stay in a pose helps to build flexibility and strength as well as re-pattern bodily movement and habits (neuromuscular reintegration). The class ends with a guided meditation to calm and focus awareness.

Sonia Weirich is a 500 E-RYT yoga instructor and educator with 15yrs of experience. Sonia is training in a 4-year yoga therapy program (through 2020), she participates is in a renunciate study program with her non-dual Guru, and she also holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate.

These combined experiences provide the unique energy and perspective that Sonia brings to her classes and individual client sessions. Sonia meets individuals where they are and guides them to greater self-understanding and well-being. Together, through the transformational art of applied yoga, we deepen awareness and broaden perspective of body, emotion, mind and spirit.

(Sonia is also offering private Yoga For Healing sessions at Cedar Sanctuary! Contact her directly to schedule your appointment ($80ph): onetooneyoga@gmail.com


 


SoulDance
Move Your Body. Dance Your Dance.
Thursday, November 15, 6:30-8pm at
Cedar Sanctuary (Sammamish, WA)
Investment: $20 (limited to 8 participants)
EVENT WAITLISTED: Email Susan to add your name to the list (plus future dance info): WellnessConnects@outlook.com

We were born to move, and SoulDance is a safe and creative space to dance your dance ‘like nobody’s watching”. Dancing with no judgment of ‘right’ ways to move, this is a place for you to be you. To dance your soul with a freestyle movement experience that will light up your body, your smile, and your life. Come as you are.

“In a society that worships love, freedom, and beauty, dance is sacred. It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.”
-Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

(Co-ed. No fitness or dance experience is necessary. Dance barefoot, wearing socks, or flat inside shoes.)
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Brenda Loukes-Johnson creates a juicy free-flowing journey for each SoulDance session using voice and soul-stirring music, while drawing on her experiences as a dance instructor, Kahuna transformational bodyworker, and holding space for creative Soulpainting programs. Contact Brenda with questions at bloukesb@gmail.com

This event plants the seed for SoulDance to become a regular program at Cedar Sanctuary in 2019. Contact Susan Creighton to request your own gathering or event including programs like SoulDance: susan333@live.com or 425.298.6428


Meditation Sound Bath
Gail Kronberg of Singing Bowl Soundsations
Sunday, November 25, 7-8pm at Cedar Sanctuary (Sammamish, WA)
Investment $25: Save-your-spot here

Take a healing sound journey immersed in the luscious soundscapes and healing frequencies of an extraordinary ensemble of therapeutic sound instruments that will leave you feeling wonderfully relaxed and renewed. As the harmonious tones and vibrational frequencies wash over the body you will experience a deep sense of mindfulness, reduce stress, and restore balance and well-being to Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Your evening will include a unique blend of quartz crystal and Tibetan chakra singing bowls, native drum, rainstick, tingshas, and koshi chimes. All of these instruments will play a part in our meditative experience as they bring their own unique textures and tonal qualities to your sonic journey. Clarity and presence will lead you on the pathway to Light and Peace.

If you're new to meditation or find it difficult to meditate, sound baths are a great way to get “in-tune” with yourself and access deeply meditative states with ease. Experience effortless relaxation, and connect to higher self while receiving subtle energy attunements especially for you.
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Pamper & Pause: Gotta Have Happy Feet!
Sunday, December 9 at 2-4:30pm
at Cedar Sanctuary (Sammamish, WA)
Kristen Jawad of Women's Wellness & Massage and Susan Creighton of Subundance Wellness
Investment $50 (limited to 8 students and advance registration required): Save-your-spot here

Your afternoon of necessary indulgences begins with simple MELT self-care foot techniques using small balls to awaken and restore balance and vitality. Followed by a Barefoot Signature Foot Soak with our Happiness aromatherapy blend and enhanced with a mineral salt blend. You will then be treated to a mini foot massage followed by a bed of warming Basalt stones to complete this grounding experience (cuppa and connect time while others are receiving their massage).  Happy feet = happy you. Join us!
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Restorative Foam Rolling with MELT
Thursday, December 13, 8:45-9:45am
at Cedar Sanctuary (Sammamish, WA)
Susan Creighton of Subundance Wellness
Investment $20 (limited to 8 participants and advance registration required)

Save-your-spot online here or email susan333@live.com
(Stay for our Breath Centered Viniyoga class at 10-11:15am with Sonia Weirich at $25,
or $35 for both classes!)

Move and feel better! Improve your body’s stability, mobility, balance, and fun-factor with restorative foam rolling. Using a specialized soft foam roller and small balls for feet and hands, these easy self-care techniques release tension, stuck-stress, aches, and pain, decompress the joints, and help us move with greater ease from head to toe. Sound awesome? You bet!

Whether you’re an athlete or someone simply looking to move with greater ease, restorative rolling is complimentary to any wellness program, and a proactive approach to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Bonus: Appropriate for all levels, no pain, and feels great. (Includes an overall rebalancing sequence.)
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Sound Bath Massage Private Sessions
Gail Kronberg of Singing Bowl Soundsations
Friday, December 14, 809pm at Cedar Sanctuary (Sammamish, WA)
Investment $25: Save-your-spot here

Invite lightness and flow into your life as we take a transformative journey immersed in the luscious soundscapes and healing frequencies of an extraordinary ensemble of therapeutic sound instruments. The pure, penetrating frequencies will tune every cell of the body and support your experience of harmonization as you are guided into a deep state of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Your evening will include a unique blend of quartz crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, native drum, rainstick, tingshas, and koshi chimes. All of these instruments will play a part in our meditative experience as they bring their own unique textures and tonal qualities to your sonic journey. Clarity and presence will lead you on the pathway to Light and Peace.
More info/Share event on Facebook here


Move&Groove Community Dance
Stay-tuned for the next program!

Bellevue Family Y: 14230 Bel Red Road
International Dances • 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 a great time together.

This program will be part of annual Welcoming America Week efforts to connect new and long-time residents in a spirit of unity.

Through the universal languages of music and movement, we build connections, strengthen a sense of belonging for everyone, and celebrate our richly diverse community. Your dance. Our dance.
This dance.

Questions? Contact Susan Creighton: WellnessProfessionalsNetwork@outlook.com

May 2018: We celebrated community connecting and multiculturalism through a variety of superfun cultural dances, including an impromptu participatory Persian dance!

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 140 people. (Pics/videos on Facebook at WellnessConnect).

Sept 2017: To celebrate and 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.


ZENJOY Your Natural Beauty!
Aesthetic Acupuncture with Joie Jacala
This event was a big success - stay-tuned for the next program.
Where: Cedar Sanctuary, 21407 NE 6th Place, Sammamish, WA

Turn back the clock with ZENJOY Anti-Aging Facials! Learn how to maintain youthful skin and receive cosmetic facial acutherapy including: a deep herbal cleanse and skin exfoliation, facial rejuvenation therapy, and herbal hydrating moisturizer.

$80 per person for basic aesthetics. Event limited to 8 guests. Each guest receives a goodie bag of skin care products ($150 value)

Optional add-ons include constitutional body acupuncture, microcurrent muscle tonification, facial sculpting massage, acupoint injection therapy with collagen or placenta, anti-aging and acne fighting light therapy.


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!

This program was sponsored by the Wellness Professionals Network and the Redmond Library to support community connections, wellness, and a sense of belonging for everyone.

 Join our mailing list for program updates or contact Susan Creighton to schedule your own event.


COMMUNITY MATTERS
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.

At a time of growing divisiveness and misinformation in our country, this program was an opportunity to learn more about the commonalities of three Abrahamic faith traditions, and how these faith leaders are driven by their faith toward good works, unity, and justice for all. Panelists Aneelah Afzali (MAPS), Pastor Ellie VerGowe, and Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick shared thoughtful, brilliant, and funny responses to questions about their roles as women in faith leadership, feminism, cultural oppression of women, the percentage of women/men in attendance, God's love for non-believers, the concept of an angry and wrathful God, common incorrect assumptions about their faith, welcoming all in a non-binary world, science vs. religion, mystery of the divine, responsibility toward those who are vulnerable or suffering, and controversies about Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holiday greetings and Starbucks holiday cup designs. This video is an of excerpt on the topic of masculine associations with God.

Interfaith Leaders:
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.

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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.

Join our mailing list for updates or contact Susan Creighton to schedule your own event.


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.

Join our mailing list for updates or contact Susan Creighton to schedule your own event.


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)

Facilitators:

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:

Workshops/Sampler Events:

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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