Get out your calendars! Take a look at this list of events to support family wellness, holistic parenting, and natural living this winter! (And a peek at spring, too!) Read More
Nine years ago right now, I was preparing to launch the Arlington/Alexandria chapter of Holistic Moms Network. The group has met monthly since January 2009, hosting dozens of terrific speakers on topics relevant to health and wellness, parenting and natural living. This coming January, as the chapter celebrates its ninth anniversary, the group will convene a discussion reflecting on its past and envisioning its future.
Summer is winding down, but opportunities for learning and playing abound! Several terrific events are coming to the DC area in the next few months, and you’ll for sure want to tune in to some great free online summits to gain knowledge on your own time.
Spring is the season for Earth Day, Mother’s Day, yoga, and lots of other great events. We have loads of terrific activities listed in our calendar, where you can get a glimpse of the details of several events at a time. In this post we’ve added some more and offer a quick at-a-glance list the green and healthy events you won’t want to miss this spring & early summer!
There are so many terrific events for health-minded folks this fall! Always check out our calendar, where it’s free to list your own events, and be sure to follow our Facebook feed, where we share even more events. Here is a quick compendium of some of the not-to-be missed events this fall! Read More
The Mindful Healthy Life event calendar is popping out with great wellness and green events this spring and summer in Metro DC. Check them out here! We have listings for events for health seekers, expectant parents, environmental enthusiasts, birth advocates, yogis and much more.
It’s free to add events to our calendar, so if you have one, please share it with our community!
Sometimes we need to gather all the great health and wellness event information in one place to make sure we keep track of it all! We have lots of great events and classes listed in the Mindful Healthy Life calendar, and we post new things as we learn about them on the Mindful Healthy Life Facebook page and on our Twitter feed @MindfulHealthy. But here is a quick and handy list of some of the bigger not-to-be-missed events coming up this winter and spring.
Here at Mindful Healthy Life, we want to be in the know and to keep our readers in the know about all the great events in Metro DC that celebrate and promote healthy living and mindful parenting. As summer winds down and fall approaches, we are looking to learn about all the events that might be off the beaten path and a little harder to find, opportunities for us and our children to connect to nature, to feel grounded, and to feel inspired to pursue healthy lifestyle choices.
Please help our newly growing team of contributors to build a robust list of events that will help natural-minded parents feel joyful and supported this fall.
Submit information about workshops, seminars, meetings, expos, festivals, classes and more in the comments below or on our Facebook page. You are always welcome to submit events directly into our online calendar, too.
Submissions requested by September 8 for inclusion in the list to go out by the Autumnal Equinox!
During this season of hibernation, bulbs are awaiting warm weather to shoot up through the earth and expose their colorful glory. So am I. I’m working on gathering some great material to push out come springtime while I spend these cold months conserving my energy.*
While the air is cold and the predominant colors brown and grey, there is a lot going on under the ground and under protective cover!
We’ve got a lot of great upcoming events listed in the calendar but wanted to compile them into this quick list so you’re sure not to miss them!
Thursday, February 19: Moms Clean Air Force Virginia Mama Summit, Virginia General Assembly, Richmond, VA, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Note: Mindful Healthy Life is a partner in this event
Thursday, February 19: “Raising Non-Toxic Kids in a Toxic World” presentation at Holistic Moms Arlington/Alexandria chapter, UUCA, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 21: Traditional Foods daylong seminar with Sally Fallon Morell – just a few spots left!
Saturday, February 28: Rooting DC gardening conference, Wilson High School, Washington, DC, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
March 4-7: Green Schools National Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
March 17-29: Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Thursday, March 19: “Family Biking 101” panel, Holistic Moms Arlington/Alexandria chapter, UUCA, 7-9 p.m.
Monday, April 6: Growing Green Schools, Fairlington Community Center, Arlington, VA, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 9: School Environmental Action Showcase, George Mason University Center for the Arts, Fairfax, VA, 9:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 16: “Screen Time” presentation with Lisa Guernsey, sponsored by Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria Chapter and Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool, UUCA, Arlington, VA, 7-9 p.m.
April 17-19: Mind-Body Week, The Mindfulness Center, Silver Spring, MD
Sunday, April 26: DC Birth and Babies Fair, The Hill Center, Washington, DC, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, May 11: NoVA Outside Networking meeting, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Annandale, VA, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 16: Peace Love and Yoga Fest, Washington, DC, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 21: “Real Food with Nina Planck,” Holistic Moms Network Arlington/Alexandria Chapter, UUCA, Arlington, VA, 7-9 p.m.
The winter solstice is coming on Sunday, December 21, and there are lots of great opportunities for reflection. So many that we haven’t even had a chance to put them all in our calendar yet!
So here’s a quick compilation of solstice and winter events. Be sure to follow the links for information on prices and registration. Most of these events are not free.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Yoga Nidra: Relax and Renew at lil omm yoga in NW DC, 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Winter Solstice Hike at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington, VA, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Winter Solstice Shakti Flow with Jeneen Piccuro at Local Motion Studio in Alexandria, VA, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Note – this class has been canceled. Look for it to run in January!
Winter Solstice Celebration (ages 3 and up) at Locust Grove Nature Center, Bethesda, MD, 4-6 p.m.
Winter Solstice Celebration at Brookside Nature Center in Silver Spring, MD, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Winter Solstice Yoga class for donations to ASPAN, Sun & Moon Yoga, Arlington, VA, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Note that the Fairfax County Solstice Event for Sunday was canceled due to low numbers, but there will be some discussion of the solstice at the Friday, December 19 Wintertime Warmth Campfire at 7:00 p.m.
Other ways to welcome winter:
Host a Solstice Party of your own. You could do crafts related to dark and light, make special snacks, sing songs about cold or about sun, do things by candlelight.
Read books like Winter, Awake!, The Winter Solstice, and Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice, or make up stories in the wordless Gerda Muller Winter board book.
December 28: Warm Up to Winter Dance Party, lil omm yoga, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
December 31: Family New Years Eve party at lil omm yoga, 4:00-5:00 p.m. for ages 0-3, 5:30-7:00 p.m. for ages 3 and up.
And of course, for more winter fun beyond the solstice, consult all the other great websites that feature lists of children’s activities around the DC area. Scroll to the bottom of our Around DC page for all the ones we know about.