Event Calendar

NEW_Event CalendarThe calendar items included here are wonderful opportunities for health & wellness, natural living, and holistic parenting.

For more events on these and other topics, please check out the resources on our list of other DC-area websites, email lists, Meetup groups, Facebook groups and more on our Around DC page.

Calendars of general holistic health interest can be found at Natural Awakenings and Pathways magazines.

For a wide range of classes on breastfeeding, infant care and more, see the course listings at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington.

Adding events of your own is free and easy! Just click on the green button that says “+Post Your Event” below, right at the top of the calendar. We can also help you promote your events with blog posts and via social media. Click here for information.

Early Childhood Yoga Fall Classes Begin (Capitol Hill) @ Breathing Space
Sep 20 all-day
Early Childhood Yoga Fall Classes Begin (Capitol Hill) @ Breathing Space | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Yoga helps babies, toddlers, and preschoolers explore movement milestones, gain confidence, build strength and fitness, learn a tool for self-regulation, connect with parents and caregivers, and set the foundation for healthy body attitudes and a fit lifestyle.

Breathing Space tot and preschool family classes feature a mix age-appropriate yoga poses, songs, stories and games.

Classes are offered on multiple times a week in venues near Eastern Market or Union Station on Capitol Hill. Fall series are 8 to 12 weeks long, depending on the day and venue. Total registration price is based on at $16 per class cost.

Your Story is Your Strength: Reimagining Your Personal Narrative @ The Insight Shop
Sep 20 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 25 @ 8:30 pm
Your Story is Your Strength: Reimagining Your Personal Narrative @ The Insight Shop | Vienna | Virginia | United States

Have you struggled through and endured a life-changing experience? Your story is your strength. In this writing class, you will learn how to hone your narrative identity – a science backed way to process and interpret your challenging experiences to create a life story. And you’ll find empowerment by learning how personal storytelling can create big shifts in your life. Each week you will get lessons, tools and resources (including some fun stuff like videos, hand letterings, and personal audio recordings). By the end of the six weeks you will have a completed workbook, which weaves together your personal journey.

Class is also offered same dates from 2-3pm.


School Lunches – with Rachel Abbett @ The Teal Center
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
School Lunches - with Rachel Abbett @ The Teal Center  | Arlington | Virginia | United States

Thursday, September 21
7pm- 8:30pm
$15 per person (kids are welcome to attend for free)

Join Nutrition Coach Rachel Abbett for an interactive workshop on packing the perfect lunch. Our goal will be to inspire each other and strike the perfect balance between quick, healthy and delicious. Break boredom with bentos, fight germs with gut-healing gummies, and have them begging for allergen-free snacks. Children are encouraged to attend with their family members. Samples will be available, please let us know if you have any food allergies.

Self-Care Sundays: Sensory Balancing – with Nishanka Lahr MEd-SE, ECSE, LMT @ The Teal Center
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Self-Care Sundays: Sensory Balancing - with Nishanka Lahr MEd-SE, ECSE, LMT @ The Teal Center | Arlington | Virginia | United States

Sunday, September 24th
$15 please pay instructor

Join us for meditation grounded in sensory experience, to calm your nervous system and start the week right:
Tune into your body, and innate needs. Recognize options to balancing your nervous system. With your sensory awareness as your guide, and trusting the subtlety of your experience, understand your sensory system, recognize your to sensory needs, and options for balancing them.

Meditation through sensory integration…relaxation through the senses, low key, gentle class that allows for restoration before your week begins? The class is inclusive, adapted for anyone with physical limitations.
Give it to yourself, I hope you are able to join me, I would love share with you a few simple techniques.

Diastasis Recti Workshop Series Session 3 @ The Breastfeeding Center
Sep 29 all-day

Join us for a free 3-class interactive workshop series on Diastasis Recti beginning on January 13th, 2017 at 2:30pm. The workshop will be held every other week on Fridays. The first class will be 1.5 hours, from 2:30-4pm.
In this workshop we will discuss Diastasis Recti from pregnancy all the way through postpartum recovery. Led by Dr. Ann Udofia, co-owner of Body Connect Health and Wellness, we will be tackling the facts as well as the myths and misconceptions behind this oftentimes ignored and undiagnosed issue.
As well as answering questions and leading the discussion our goal is to get our attendants started on a solid Diastasis Recti safe exercise regimen as well as show how physical therapy can help resolve this very common issue.
Please be aware that this class will be a more physical class that involves exercise, so please wear athletic clothes and leave baby at home, if at all possible!
Event Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Women’s Health and Wellness Day @ Reston Association Conference Center
Sep 30 @ 8:45 am – 1:00 pm

Women’s Health and Wellness Day features workshops on movement, mindfulness and bodywork with a special focus on pelvic floor health. Organized by Jen Chu of ITR Physical Therapy, the first-time event features 12 workshops over six sessions.

For a full description, see the Mindful Healthy Life interview with Jen Chu and event preview post at bit.ly/WomensWellnessGiveaway

Register at bit.ly/WomensHealthWellnessDay

More information at itrphysicaltherapy.com/speaking-engagements  

Share the event on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/786262038228369

Event schedule at a glance




  • Teamwork & Intimacy: A Winning Combination When Sex Hurts – Amy Heard, PhD
  • Your Body, Post Partum: What to Expect – Allie Demers, PT, DPT of ITR Physical Therapy


  • Be Strong: Building Strength from the Inside Out – Jennifer Chu, MS, PT, WCS of ITR Physical Therapy
  • Mindfulness Meditation: Benefits and Guided Practice – Amy Heard, PhD



Virginia Urban Agriculture Summit @ Founders Hall, George Mason University, Arlington, VA
Oct 5 @ 8:00 am – Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm

From backyard gardening to rooftop farming, urban agriculture is an unique way to farm in small spaces in city and suburban communities. Join us for a two-day summit with community leaders and agriculture experts. Learn about sustainability, food policy, farm-to-school programs, food and farming policy, starting a business, and much more!

For info & registration: https://vafb.swoogo.com/urbanag2017/


NoVa Wellness & YogaFest Retreat @ Morven Park
Oct 6 @ 2:00 pm
NoVa Wellness & YogaFest Retreat @ Morven Park | Leesburg | Virginia | United States

A 3-day authentically envisioned and carefully planned weekend aimed at creating calm, camaraderie and harmony for all those who attend. With nature as our backdrop, we look forward to warmly welcoming those who regularly practice Yoga so they can quickly embrace the many classes led by many minimum 200 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) hour practitioners, as well as introducing Yoga, Meditation and Wellness workshops to those who’ve never taken a class or experienced an opportunity to immerse themselves in back to back Yoga classes and wellness options, before!

3 Day event beginning on Friday October 6th from 2pm-8pm and continuing Saturday and sunday from 8am-8pm.

Everyone – come out, join us then continue this path well beyond our weekend long Fest Retreat. Find your inner calm, it’s there, we know it and despite the hectic pace of life in and around NoVa let us help you on a path to peace and quiet.

National Kids Yoga Conference @ Nannie J. Lee Center
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A Message from the NKYC Founders:

Across the country, leaders are doing incredible work bringing the health benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation into our communities. Kids and teens are learning how to de-stress, focus their minds, and develop greater self-awareness. Educators, mental health professionals, parents, and yoga teachers are seeing the benefits of social emotional learning, physical movement, and wellness programs taught at all ages. The National Kids Yoga Conference unifies this work through an inspiring, collaborative, professional conference, which will propel our movement forward and deepen our impact.

As yoga teachers, moms, and community leaders we feel passionate about creating a conference so this remarkable community can come together in a professional learning environment. We have watched the practice of yoga transform our own lives, our families, and the students we serve. Inspired by transformation and the need to bring together like-minded teachers, leaders, and visionaries in the kids yoga world for collaboration and connection, the National Kids Yoga Conference was born.

The National Kids Yoga Conference was founded to create a space where inspired action, collective connection, and meaningful conversations towards implementing positive change in our communities and schools can happen in a professional learning forum. We are especially grateful to our sponsors, hosts, presenters, and the attendees that energize this beautiful community and continue to make this conference an annual event.

MFR for Upper Body (Nursing, Carrying and Wearing your baby) @ The Breastfeeding Center
Oct 19 all-day

The neck, back, shoulders and wrists are very common areas to experience pain and stiffness from nursing, carrying and wearing your little ones.Come and learn simple but highly effective myofascial release techniques with advanced trained physical/ occupational therapists to self treat these issues once and for all.

Namas Day Yoga Celebration
Oct 21 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Namas Day is an opportunity to enjoy your yoga community as a whole. Enjoy programming and teachers that you might not otherwise experience.

We hope you’ll stay the day and visit with other yogis, shop the wellness marketplace, and deepen your yoga practice.

See the full schedule at https://www.namasday.com/dc/schedule/ and the full list of presenters at https://www.namasday.com/dc/presenters-2/

Register at https://www.namasday.com/dc/

Namas Day® is brought to you by My Area Yoga, a website dedicated to equally supporting yoga and wellness businesses in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago and their surrounding areas. Representing the community as a whole, we are not owned or operated by any individual yoga studio or business. We strive to bring together the community, offering an opportunity to strengthen our ties without competition – connecting students, teachers, studios and wellness businesses.

Mindful Healthy Life is proud to be a partner of this event.

Delight Retreat with Pleasance Silicki @ Meadowkirk in Middleburg, VA
Oct 27 @ 8:33 pm – Oct 29 @ 5:00 pm

What Would It Feel Like To Live With Intention?

How would it feel to make time to rest, nourish, connect, and play a priority, if just for a weekend?

Have you been so busy that you have lost track of where you are going, what you are doing at your work, home or even feel disconnected with your own relationship to your self?

What if everything you did aligned with your values and purpose?

What if you weren’t always so busy doing this or that and made time to fall in love?

What if you experienced less struggle and more joy? What would it be like to know you’re capable of directing your life—and that you’re willing to step up and do this!

This fall, you are in for a treat.

If any of this resonates and you’re ready to dive into the materials from Delight you’re invited to apply to join me and other like-minded, open-hearted awesome women in the beautiful Virginia countryside as we explore the principles I outline in my book through movement, meditation, self-contemplation, discussion, writing, and art. The Delight Retreat is a weekend of rest, contemplation and inquiry into the areas of our lives that we neglect or are not able to make time for in our daily life; a weekend to walk in nature, tap into your intuition, and BREATHE deeply.

About Your Retreat Leader

Pleasance Silicki is an entrepreneur, coach, creator, teacher, author, and magic-maker. She is the founder of lil omm, a wellness and lifestyle movement that leads courses, workshops, and retreats using wisdom traditions and modern research to enhance the daily lives of women and their families.  Read more here.


When and Where

October 27 – Sunday October 29 at Meadowkirk Retreat in Middleburg, Va. Participants are encouraged to start arriving around 3pm on Friday to unpack and get comfortable. We will start on Friday evening and conclude after lunch on Sunday.

Who Is This Retreat For

This weekend is intended for women who are looking to take care of themselves.

Each retreat experience is special and unique in it’s own way. The season of your life and your own spiritual evolution are always a part of your own individual journey. ALL of our retreats are designed to inspire and uplift out community through reflections, conversations and relevant teachings.
The agenda and the workshops will be carefully crafted based on the registered participants.


Delight participants are:

*women who want to have quiet, rest and relaxation from the daily grind.

*women who are interested in growth, transformation and spirituality

*women who are tired of being exhausted or overwhelmed by life and who seek intentionality and purposeful living
*women who want to savor time in nature, in community and depend well being practices


You Will Leave This Retreat With…

Space to contemplate personal goals and mission, your meaning and your purpose, and how this relates to the activities of your daily life.

Experience of nourishing daily yoga and meditation practices for all levels that you can do at home.

The discovery and unleashing of your creativity through our playshops.

The comfort and support of women who share your mission for self-improvement.

A deep, whole sense of ease, calm, and replenishment.

What We’ll Do

  • Rest
  • Practice yoga and meditation for all levels, ages, and stages
  • Hike the beautiful rolling hills of the VA countryside
  • Dive into the 8 Principles of Delight.  (Upon registration, each participant will receive a free copy to help facilitate discussion).
  • Journal and Reflect
  • Connect with each other through discussions and delicious meals
  • Laugh, hug, and probably cry.

** NEW this year will be a Mindful/Intuitive Eating Workshop and lunch discussion on Saturday, with my friend, Alison Tepper.

Registration Information

Registration is by application only!  A very limited number of participants will be invited to attend this sacred retreat. Apply here.

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat @ Holistic Healing Mountain Retreat Quizarrasal Road, Costa Rica
Nov 2 – Nov 6 all-day
Costa Rica Yoga Retreat @ Holistic Healing Mountain Retreat Quizarrasal Road, Costa Rica

Location: Holistic Healing Mountain Retreat Quizarrasal Road, Costa Rica

Airport Options: Juan Santamaría or San Jose Costa Rica

Have you been want to reconnect with your higher self? Do you envision mountains, openness and clear water? Look no further in this Holistic Healing Mountain Retreat connect with self, nature and so much more.

Four days to replenish with inspirational speakers, yoga and adventure.

I am Cordelia Gaffar, an author, speaker and founder of Workout Around My Day. Over these four days, you will replenish the woman inside of the mom. You will nurture, nourish, energize and sweet talk her. In my workshop, implement practical stress reduction and reframing strategies that will be ready use when you triggered.

Workout Around My Day is a three step process created over the past fifteen years to help me raise my six children. With this program moms can thrive and prioritize themselves by nourishing with wholesome food, energizing with movement and encouraging themselves with sweet talk.

As a corporate accountant and commuting mom in 2002, I found self-care overwhelming and needed to easily provide a peaceful environment and wholesome food for my family. Beginning with a stressful second pregnancy resulting in postpartum depression and excessive weight gain, I started researching and implementing foods and exercises to be centered, peaceful, and whole.

Ashley Adams is the founder of The Corporate Yogini, Tampa Bay’s virtual yoga studio that is designed specifically for the mompreneurs. All classes are taught online so you do have to find someone to watch the this so you can get a moment to relax.

Ashley’s intention is to create an environment where you are left empowered and at peace. So you have the energy to kick ass in your business and be Wonder Women for your family.

The Corporate Yogini is on a mission to bring the practice of yoga and meditation to mompreneurs to create balance crush and overwhelm to increase happiness, reduce stress and set up productivity.

For those not staying at the retreat facility lodging is available at: Finca Vibran 100 metros antes Escuela San Francisco, San Isidro de Grecia, Costa Rica, Provincia de Alajuela, Grecia, 20302, Costa Rica Phone: +506 2494 4706 https://www.fincavibranbb.com/

Contact: The Corporate Yogini with any additional questions at 727-773-7613 or via email at info@ashleynicoleadams.com

Additional installment options are available upon request Deposits are Non-refundable

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