To Be Well

To Be Well

Experience wellness in Yellow Springs

By Nicole Wroten

The Experience Wellness event in Yellow Springs encourages participants to ‘be well,’ especially through physical activity. Photo courtesy of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t your health and your body deserve the best? Then mark your calendar for a weekend entirely devoted to your wellness. The Yellow Springs Arts Council is hosting another one of their famous Yellow Springs Experience events, but this time they’re focusing entirely on wellness. Just in time for spring, the event will be held March 18-20 on March’s Third Friday Fling weekend.

“The whole ‘Experience’ idea is something that came together last year,” said Carole Braun, coordinator at the Yellow Springs Arts Council. “The Arts Council was looking for a way to pull together different partners in the community and work on doing something together to help the economy of the village, but also help the artists in particular.”

Since then, thanks to a grant from the Morgan Family Foundation, the Arts Council was able to create the idea of the “Yellow Springs Experience,” starting with a 10-day festival in the summer. “This is an extension of that,” said Braun.

We really like things of all kinds that have to do with creativity – that people might not normally think of as creative,” she said. “We’re pushing the envelope on that. This is another ‘Experience’ event. It’s a lot of fun for people to come to Yellow Springs and ‘experience.’”

The Experience Wellness event will feature a Gala Wellness dinner featuring nationally-known Dr. Sherry Wheaton whose discussion topic will be “The Role of the Inner Healer in Our Health Care Crisis: The Missing Link.” Wheaton is an Omega Institute instructor and national Jungian workshop leader who will discuss the latest research in Body/Mind Connection and its relationship to wellness. Dayton-area residents might remember Wheaton as the former news health reporter for WHIO-TV. “She focuses on that mind body connection,” said Braun. “She has become interested in how the mind and body work together to heal.” Wheaton will also hold a special session titled, “Trusting the Messages of Your Body” and will be the featured guest at a VIP cocktail hour to speak with attendees one-on-one.

The event will also feature art exhibitions, yoga, bodywork sessions, a raffle featuring art and services by Arts Council members and much more. The highlights of the weekend are five tracks of workshops, each devoted to a specific kind of wellness taught by experts in their fields. The workshop tracks include:

Track 1: “Mind and Body” which will explore the connection between mind and body. “It focuses on things like meditation and yoga that would have to do with making more synergy in that connection,” said Braun.

Track 2: “Especially for Women” is a women-only track that deals specifically with women’s issues. “One class is about power issues, psychologically for women,” said Braun. The track also includes an expressive art class for women. “It’s a way to let yourself go, express yourself and become a more creative person,” said Braun. There’s even a spa class for women that has massages, footbaths and facial steams.

Track 3: “Renewal” is for people who may have had immune system problems in the past or for people who might be concerned about aging. The focus is mostly on climbing the hill and becoming healthier; overcoming any problems from the past and moving forward.

Track 4: “Exploration” is all about trying new things. There are many sessions where people can try something new that they might not have thought about doing before. “Like if you’ve never tried belly dancing, you can take a beginning belly dancing class to see what’s that’s like,” Braun said. This track also features an interesting class about sound and about sound healing. “We all know that sound can be a stress, so this is a way for people to learn that sound can actually be a calming experience as well,” said Braun.

Track 5: “Yoga Immersion” is all yoga, all the time. The track will feature yoga for wellness classes, including a class on “Yoga for the Immune System.” Learn what the immune system is made of and how you can enhance organ function and maximize your immune potential through yoga practice and relaxation techniques. “We will have a number of people from all over the region to do the yoga [track],” said Braun.

Each instructor for these sessions is an expert in their field and each holds credentials in their own area of expertise. Many teachers and practitioners will also be doing one-on-one sessions like massage and astrology throughout the weekend that participants can sign up for.

The weekend is also designed with plenty of time to enjoy the arts, food and shopping in Yellow Springs, with scheduled breaks and opportunities to mingle and meet with other participants on different wellness tracks.

Day or weekend packages are available. The cost for the full weekend is $290, or you can pay by day for between $55 and $165, depending on the track/sessions. Lodging options for the weekend include a vintage motel and several B&Bs, each with a distinctive style and location.

“Spring is coming and it’s time to get out and do something new, make some new friends and warm up your body,” Braun said. “Learn about yourself and about your body.”

For more information, visit www.yellow-springs-experience.org or call (937) 532-6237.

Reach DCP Editor Nicole Wroten at editor@daytoncitypaper.com.


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