With the aim of inspiring connections in and around Loudoun County and helping wellness-seekers learn more about local businesses, the first LoCo Wellness Expo will be held on Saturday, May 5 at Ridgetop Coffee & Tea/Riverside Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Virginia. The event promises the “perfect storm of wisdom, frivolity, and functional wellness in our urban oasis.”
The free event features local wellness businesses, products, and service providers and offers attendees opportunities to:
- hear from local wellness advocates
- take part in demo classes or workshops
- discover solutions for healthier lives that are available “right in our own backyards”
Children’s activities include
- custom comic art
- kids yoga
- enrichment activities including a scavenger hunt
Additionally, Ridgetop Coffee & Tea has a built-in play area for children under five.
For older kids, YA Fantasy Fiction Author Kristen Taber will be doing a reading from her Aerenden book series 10:00-10:45 a.m.
Tickets are free and available at Eventbrite. Register to get a Swag Bag and #VIP access to the classes, demos, and workshops.
The goal of the organizers in creating LoCo Wellness Expo is to bring people in the wellness community together with people who want to know what they have to offer, and with one another. The event is a collaboration of Chelsea Snyder, as mentioned above, and Jerome Schlafer, both yoga teachers and the folks behind SAVASANATION Wellness Resources Marketplace, MojoWriting Publishing and Marketing, and Samskara Yoga & Healing.
Chelsea is a mother of four children, ages 12-20. When asked about how parenting had influenced her work, she said:
As a single parent, I have had to make my commitment to my own wellness a priority for all of our sakes! My own health and wellness journey began while researching dietary options for my ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) child. My understanding has grown from there and continues to do so!
Despite the availability of information online, the ability to learn what was going on in my community to help me and my children on our wellness journeys would have been priceless. Plus, you cannot always believe what you read; even nutritional labels can be filled with misinformation.
Mindful Healthy Life is pleased to be an in-kind sponsor of this event and will be donating a raffle basket that will include Beautycounter #saferskincare and doTERRA essential oils with some other healthy goodies!
Additional sponsors at the Platinum, Onyx and Goal levels include the following businesses:
Silver Sponsors include
- JKLWELL Health Coaching, LLC
- Katie Baxter Yoga & Doula Services
- Wise Oils, LLC ~ doTERRA Essential Oils
- Trippin’ with Jamie
- Striving for Health
- Katie Grace Collins | Young Living Essential Oils
- Elizabeth Gordon | My Essential Bodywear
- Aradia Fitness Loudoun
- Pathways in Aging
- LoCo Mala & I am Buddha Cat
- Fost Art
- Dorothy Gandy | Mary Kay Cosmetics
Jessica Claire Haney is the founder, publisher and editor of Mindful Healthy Life and the author of its Guide to Holistic Family Living in Metro DC. Jessica volunteers on issues related to wellness in public schools and was the founder of the Arlington/Alexandria Chapter of Holistic Moms Network. A writer working on her first novel, Jessica offers writing, editing, and consulting services. Learn more at JessicaClaireHaney.com and in Jessica’s Mindful Healthy Life Q&A. Jessica is a Beautycounter consultant and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Follow Jessica on Facebook at MindfulHealthyLife, on @Twitte