We here at Mindful Healthy Life are pleased to present a list of some activities this fall you won’t want to miss if you’re interested in healthy living and mindful parenting. And good clean – or dirty! – fun outdoors!
Saturday, October 3 – Revolution: Food Movie The premiere of the new documentary Revolution: Food is happening as part of the Take Back Your Health conference. Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel, 2800 South Potomac Avenue, Arlington, VA 22202. Film tickets (for those not attending the conference) are $15, which includes a reception at 4:30 before the 6:00 screening and a discussion panel following the film.
Saturday, October 3 – Fall Farm Festival at Broadlands – Food, rides and games. 10 am to 12 pm. Nature center lawn, 21907 Claiborne Pkwy, Broadlands, VA. $15 per household with pre-registration (all activities and foods included). $20 per household on day of event.
Saturday & Sunday, October 3-4 – Maryland & DC Tour of Solar and Green Homes – 11 am to 5 pm, One ticket per car, $5. The self-guided tour of 60 solar and green homes in MD, helps educate the public on the positive aspects of solar energy and sustainable design. Booklets available for download or from area vendors, including MOM’s Organic Market locations.
Sunday, October 4 – Navigators Scouting Group Welcome Activity – Casual hike with a little tree identification at Huntley Meadows with co-ed scouting group. 2 pm to 4 pm. Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd, VA 22306
Sunday, October 4 – Mom’s Up Series – Mom’s Up! is an empowering series that merges life coaching exercises and yoga practice to help mothers to manage their biggest challenges – balance, stagnation, self-doubt and energy – in a healthy and mindful way. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lil Omm, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016. $40 or $120 for all four retreats
Monday, October 5 – School Garden Meetup at Campbell Elementary School – Learn about Campbell’s Outdoor Classroom and meet other Arlington Public Schools parents and staff. 737 S. Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA 22204. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Accompanied children welcome. Please RSVP to http://goo.gl/forms/c19jMx2hO3
Wednesday, October 7 – Holistic Holidays discussion – Holistic Moms Burke/Springfield Chapter, 6.30 pm to 8.30pm, Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA 22150. Come share in community to discuss any holistic holiday traditions you and your family observe.
Thursday, October 8 – C-Section Scars: Problems and effective physical therapy solutions workshop with Body Connect Health & Wellness. Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington, 3-4 p.m. 2141 K Street NW, Suite 3, Washington, DC 20037
Saturday & Sunday, October 17-18 – Loudoun Farm Tour – 10 am to 4 pm. Come out and enjoy the colors, flavors, people and products of the Loudoun Valleys! Click here to see a list of participating farms.
Saturday, October 10 – 5th Annual Oktoberfest at Fields of Athenry – 12 pm to 4 pm. Fields of Athenry Farm has their final patio service of the season where they will grill up our farm fresh meats paired with delicious sides. Beer, wine and music as well.
Saturday & Sunday, October 10-11 – Whole Woman workshops – All day-long workshops for posture, pelvic health, incontinence and prolapse by Whole Woman, Springfield, VA. For details call (703) 867-4581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, October 13 – Holistic Living Month Open House – Holistic Moms Northern Virginia Chapter, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Fairfax Church of Christ, 3901 Rugby Road, Fairfax, VA 22033. Please join us for a lively night of connecting and sharing with one another. Bring your passion, your personal experiences and recommendations, and if you would like to, a labeled “special diet” treat to share.
Thursday, October 15 – From Menstruation to Menopause presentation – Holistic Moms Arlington/Alexandria Chapter, 7 pm to 9 pm, UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd Arlington, VA 22204. Kelly Valceanu, CNM, IBCLC, of Midwifery Care Associates in Rockville, MD will talk about women’s monthly cycles and what happens as they near their end. The presentation will focus on what to expect from peri-menopause and menopause and how to approach these transitions in a holistic way. More general questions about cycles and menstruation can be addressed in the open Q&A.
Sunday, October 18 Arcadia Farm Fallfest Funtacular – A day full of games and activities at Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. 1:00-5:00 p.m. 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA. Free but Eventbrite RSVP requested. May also reserve pumpkins and order lunch via Eventbrite.
Sunday, October 18 – Family Stream Day – 1 pm to 4 pm, 21544 Old Vestals Gap Rd, Sterling, VA 20164
The 14th annual “Family Stream Day” will be held at Claude Moore Park in Sterling. This year’s event is co-hosted by the Loudoun Environmental Stewardship Alliance (LESA) and Loudoun Watershed Watch and will offer a number of family-friendly hands-on activities that relate to the health of county streams.
Saturday, October 24 – The Challenges of Maintaining a Holistic Lifestyle Outside of Home Discussion – 10 am, Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd NW, Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Discussion by Holistic Moms Loudoun Chapter, focusing on methods you can use to help keep your family’s holistic lifestyle outside of the home. Some of the topics that will be addressed are daycare and school challenges, the influence of friends and extended family, parties, holidays, community events and festivals.
Saturday, October 24 – Potomac Crescent Waldorf School Fall Festival – Demonstrations, puppet plays, crafts, games, music, food and fun. 10 am to 2pm. Fairlington Presbyterian, 3864 King St, Alexandria, VA 22301
Saturday, October 24 – Birding the Blue Ridge Center – Free Bird Walk, 8 am (meet at BRCES Education Center), 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd. Purcellville, VA 20132. Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) leads a free bird walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), a 900-acre preserve that includes includes meadows in the valley and heavily forested slopes on the Blue Ridge.
Saturday, October 24 – Holistic Moms Network 12th Annual Natural Living Conference. Newark, NJ. 8:30-6:00. Includes keynote speakers Kim John Payne of Simplicity Parenting and Robyn O’Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth. $60
Sunday, October 25 – Smith Meadows Farm Day 2015 – Farm tour and community potluck. 3 pm to 7 pm. Tour starts promptly at 3:00 so arrive early. Tickets are $25 and include a copy of new book Growing Tomorrow: Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way We Eat. 568 Smithfield Lane, Berryville, VA
Sunday, October 25 – Flu U: Holistic Massage for Family Care with Barbara Goldschmidt – Workshop offered at Lil Omm – Learn what to do at the first sign of a cold, and what do when colds strike. 1 pm to 2.45 pm. Cost $40/person. 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Monday, November 2 – 2015 Farmland Feast – 6 pm to 10 pm. Tickets start at $150. Ritz-carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW Washington, DC 20037. A very special night where FRESHFARM Markets pays a most delicious tribute to the food and farms of Chesapeake Bay watershed. Join them for seasonal libations, inspired small plates, bay oysters, a harvest grown three-course dinner and unique, farm-centric auctions.
Wednesday, November 4 – Public School Alternatives Presentation & Discussion
Holistic Moms Burke/Springfield Chapter, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield, VA. Talk about alternatives to homeschooling including traditional homeschooling as well as Waldorf and Montessori. Popular blogger Stephanie from Throwing Marshmallows will help lead the conversation along with some parents who have explored several different methods.
Sunday, November 8 – Mom’s Up Series – Mom’s Up! is an empowering series that merges life coaching exercises and yoga practice to help mothers to manage their biggest challenges – balance, stagnation, self-doubt and energy – in a healthy and mindful way. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lil Omm, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016. $40 or $120 for all four retreats
Wednesday, November 11 – Vaccinations and Informed Choice. What is right for your child? Presentation – Holistic Moms Loudoun County Chapter, 7 pm. Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Rd NW, Leesburg, VA 20176. Presentation of current available vaccination information and resources by Judith Jolly, NVIC Director of Vaccine Response Reporting and an advocate for vaccine safety and vaccine choice. An open group discussion with follow the presentation.
Friday November 13 through Sunday, November 15: National Kids Yoga Conference. “For adults bringing yoga to our next generation.” GWU School for Public Health, Washington DC. Ticket prices vary, starting at $70.
Thursday, November 19 – Building a Healthy Relationship with Money Presentation – Holistic Moms Arlington/Alexandria Chapter, 7 pm to 9 pm, UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd Arlington, VA 22204. Cindy Morgan-Jaffe, money coach and parent of five children, will talk about her own journey with money and how the stories and beliefs we carry influence our relationships with family, work and community. Cindy will also share some practical advice on how to talk with kids about money and how to foster generosity even on a limited budget.
Saturday, November 21 – Washington Waldorf School Fall Bazaar – Crafts, food, storytelling, artisans and vendors. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4800 Sangamore Rd., Bethesda MD
Sunday, November 22 – Rest and Digest: Massage Techniques for Great Digestion with Barbara Goldschmidt. Workshop offered at Lil Omm. 1 pm to 2.45 pm. Cost $40/person. 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Sunday, December 6 – Mom’s Up Series Mom’s Up! is an empowering series that merges life coaching exercises and yoga practice to help mothers to manage their biggest challenges – balance, stagnation, self-doubt and energy – in a healthy and mindful way. $40 or $120 for all four retreats.1:00-2:45 p.m. Lil Omm, 4708 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Saturday, December 5 through Sunday, December 13 – The Christmas Revels performances, GW Lisner Auditorium. Times and prices vary.
For more events this fall of all types, please check out the many other wonderful family-friendly resources around the area on our Around DC page.
Want to request an addition or to get on our radar for our winter list? Email jessica (at) mindfulhealthylife (dot) com.