Classes & Workshops

View upcoming classes, workshops and events held in our studio rental space.

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June & July

Jo Workshop – Introductory

 

Working with the Jo, an Aikido staff, has the potential to draw deep self-insight with a few simple steps. Some say it’s like magic. It has the ability to illuminate patterns that are deeply ingrained within us, bringing the unconscious into consciousness. With this awareness, we have the choice. And with the jo, we have a playground for practice that incorporates the body and the mind.

Kara has brought the jo into one-on-one sessions and taught it to large groups. She has taught it to six-yer-old kids and 80-year-old women. It’s truly a practice for anyone (though this class is reserved for ages 16+).

Several introductory workshops will be held where you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice. Exploration classes will introduce myriad themes, allowing you to gain insight into your embodied patterns and learn tools for shifting in real life. 

Introductory Workshops*
Wednesday June 19, 6-8pm
Thursday, June 27, 5:30-7:30pm
Monday, July 22, 5:30-7:30pm
Monday, July 29, 6-8pm
*Register early as each class is limited to 12 people.

Each workshop will be held at Wilcox Park. Pre-registration is required so there are enough jos available. Bring your own if you have one, or you may purchase a jo for an additional $20.

Led by Wellness Collective member Kara McNabb, a traditional naturopathic practitioner who guides others in their pursuit of mental, emotional and physical freedom through holistic counseling, energy work, plant medicine and somatic expressive movement.

Date and Time
Multiple dates in June & July

Location
Wilcox Park
Robinson & Norwood
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$40

Contact
Kara McNabb

June & July

Herb Walk

 

Many of the plants growing right in our own backyards are medicinal and edible. In a series of herb walks, Kara McNabb will identify plants growing in public spaces and discuss their herbal properties and how to use them. Each class will be in a different location, which means opportunity to explore more plants!

Lunchtime locations will take place in Grand Rapids. Evening locations will be in GR or nearby. Locations will be disclosed upon registration, as these details are not yet solidified. If you’d like to host a walk on your property, let Kara know.

Evening Herb Walks
July 17, 5:30 – 6:30pm
July 23, 6-7pm

Lunchtime Herb Stroll, 12-1pm
June 24
July 1
July 22
July 29

Led by Wellness Collective member Kara McNabb, a traditional naturopathic practitioner who guides others in their pursuit of mental, emotional and physical freedom through holistic counseling, energy work, plant medicine and somatic expressive movement.

Date and Time
Multiple dates in June & July

Location
TBD

Cost
$15/walk
(Kids 12 and under are free)

Contact
Kara McNabb

July & August

Jo Workshop – Exploration

 

Working with the Jo, an Aikido staff, has the potential to draw deep self-insight with a few simple steps. It’s been said that it’s like magic. It has the ability to illuminate patterns that are deeply ingrained within us, bringing the unconscious into consciousness. With this awareness, we have the choice. And with the jo, we have a playground for practice that incorporates the body and the mind.

Kara has brought the jo into one-on-one sessions and taught it to large groups. She has taught it to six-year-old kids and 80-year-old women. It’s truly a practice for anyone (though this class is reserved for ages 16+).

Several introductory workshops will be held where you’ll have the opportunity to learn and practice. Exploration classes will introduce myriad themes, allowing you to gain insight into your embodied patterns and learn tools for shifting in real life.

Explorations Sessions**
Series 1: Mondays, July 1, 8, and 15, 5:30-7pm
Series 2: Thursdays, August 8, 15, and 22, 5:30-7pm

**Pre-requisite: Exploration classes are for those who have attended an introductory workshop, the Somatic Symposium, or have done private jo work with Kara, Micah or Mike Cohen.

Each workshop will be held at Wilcox Park. Pre-registration is required, so enough Jos are available.
Bring your own if you have one or you may purchase a jo for an additional $20.

Led by Wellness Collective member Kara McNabb, a traditional naturopathic practitioner who guides others in their pursuit of mental, emotional and physical freedom through holistic counseling, energy work, plant medicine and somatic expressive movement.

 

 

Date and Time
Mondays, July 1, 8, 15
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Thursdays, August 8, 15, 22
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Location
Wilcox Park
Robinson & Norwood
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$35/class

Contact
Kara McNabb

July 10

Goddess Unveiled Photo Art Experience

 

Are you ready to witness the wilderness within women? Are you willing to hold space for the untamed aspects of the feminine?

Join us for an art exhibition with Megan Lendman. Megan comes from a long line of healers, both indigenous and immigrant. As a professional photographer, certified sacred women’s circle creatrix, and part of her family’s naturopathic practice The Remedy House, she holds space for people, especially women, to be their authentic selves and heal from the inside out.

Over the past two years Megan has photographed over 50 women in sessions called ‘Goddess Unveiled’ where she explores each person’s identity with their own image. Goddess Unveiled is a type of portraiture that is an experience beyond the final images. Women have long been subjects of their own criticism conditioned by popular magazines, celebrities, and catty culture among other women. In these sessions, Megan holds the mirror for women to see themselves. These images are vulnerable and empowering. The experience of witnessing oneself takes effort to take down the barriers, formed both by self and society.This exhibition will feature 20 women in all stages of life who are ready to expand their experience from witnessing themselves to allowing others to witness self in them.

This art opening experience will feature drums, storytelling, and the unveiling of stunning portraits.

Learn more about Megan Lendman.

Date and Time
Wednesday, July 10
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
Free

Contact
Susanne Werblow

August 10

Herb Roll

 

We’re putting a twist on the typical “herb walk,” instead we’re going to Herb Roll. We’ll bike from Comstock Park to Rockford, stopping along the way to identify herbs aplenty along the White Pine Trail.

The plants that surround us are bursting with powerful medicine and nutrition. You’ll identify myriad plants, learn about their medicinal properties and edibility and learn how to use them. The dandelion growing in your lawn, for instance, is packed with bitter properties to stimulate enzyme production and it also helps to balance water in the body. It’s wonderful for digestion, reflux, joint pain, urinary system and edema, just to name a few. You’ll get to connect with many many more plants that will be both familiar and new on this bike ride.

All participants will receive a recording and photos through email afterward, since pen & paper may be cumbersome. Once we reach Rockford, feel free to have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants or gather as a group to grab a hoppy herbal beer and lunch at Rockford Brewing. You’ll head back on your own. The ride is approximately 40-50 minutes each way, not including our stop times.

Registration is limited to 15 participants.

Kara is a naturopathic practitioner and herbalist at Continuum Healing. She works with plant medicine, energy work and focuses on the mind-body connection to help clients connect to unconscious belief systems to find truth, freedom and, ultimately, less stress and better health.

Date and Time
Saturday, August 10
9:30 am – 12:30 pm (approximate)

Location
White Pine Trail
Comstock Park – Rockford

Cost
$50

Contact
Kara McNabb

August 24

Reiki III

 

This level is taught in one day and is for the serious student who is ready for an intense healing experience. It is comprised of lecture, discussion, and experience. This class will concentrate on advancing your skills and developing your intuition as a Reiki healer.

Levels I and II will be reviewed before you receive your Master attunement. This attunement will increase your vibratory levels and further balance your energy system so that you can become a clear channel for the flow of Life Force energy.

In this class, you will learn the following:
Learn the Master symbol for healing
Be able to describe what it means to be a true Reiki Master Learn the ethical issues involved in practicing Reiki
Learn additional symbols for healing and how to use the
Learn advanced techniques for using Reiki

Pre-requisite: Reiki Levels I and II.

Patti Ortyl is a Reiki Master/Teacher and Psychic Medium. She currently lives in St. Louis MO and Scottsdale AZ. Patti has been practicing and teaching Reiki since 2003 and worked for over 14 years at The Crown Jewel Spa and Salon in Grand Rapids MI, until its closing in December, 2018. In addition to Reiki, she teaches special workshops on various topics like Intuition Development, Chakra Balancing, Mediumship, and Meditation. She is also a member of The International Association of Reiki Professionals.

Date and Time
Saturday, August 24
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$300

Contact
Patti Ortyl

September 18 – October 23

Essential Flow 6-week Yoga Series

 

Does your yoga practice need a little reboot after a summer hiatus? Ready to reprioritize your practice this fall? Little Dipper’s Essential Flow series is the perfect opportunity to recommit to breath, to movement, and to YOU.

Six sessions to help you cultivate balance, strength, and flexibility. Just you, your mat, and 60 minutes of flow. Beginner friendly, but ideal for yogis with some vinyasa experience.

Class size is limited to 15 participants; all payments and registration fees are nonrefundable.
Contact Kate for more info or if you’d like to pay for registration with cash or check.

Kate is an RYT 200 yoga teacher trained specifically in vinyasa style (flow-based) yoga and mindfulness techniques. For her, yoga is all about learning how to show up, connect, and move from a place of alignment with your deepest, truest YOU. She believes that truly honoring your body as both your best teacher and your ultimate authority is the secret to letting go of old patterns that aren’t serving you and building new ones that will.

Date and Time
Wednesdays, September 18 – October 23
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$69 (payment plan available upon request)

Contact
Kate Block

October 10 – May 17

Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy Certification

 

There is a group of practitioners craving deeper and sustainable change in their lives and in the world. There’s a longing to provide tools to guide people toward connecting to their own natural state of being, helping them to live from all facets of wholeness after trauma and limiting beliefs.

The educators of GRHY invite you to join the 300 Hour Yoga Therapy Certification.
Applications are being accepted at this time.

***** Radically expand your yoga practice and teaching by facing limiting beliefs and unknown barriers to reconnecting to your Self; barriers which keep you feeling small and not showing up in your life.

***** Learn tools to support others in their ability to open the window of tolerance and move toward pain and fear.

***** Learn to be a sovereign facilitator, gaining skills in reading energy in yourself, how to stay centered while interacting with another, shadow monitoring, and mirroring.

****Stand out in a crowded yoga marketplace by integrating mental and emotional health skills and dialogue.

****Specialize in the embodiment necessary to facilitate a present moment experience over and prescription.

Led by members of Grand Rapids Healing Yoga.

Date and Time
October 4 – May 17
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location
Contact Raechel

Cost
$2900

Contact
Raechel Morrow

November 9

Throwing of the Bones Ceremony

 

Throwing of the Bones Ceremony in the ways of Ka Ta See is an ancient divination ceremony and healing art. Join JoAnne Dodgson for this powerful healing ceremony to receive guidance for your life and the changing times on the earth. The doctoring and guidance from the spirits will begin before we meet and continue to touch your life after you receive the ceremony.

“I feel a dynamic, living force in this tradition. The bones speak through you powerfully and you carry this lineage with such grace and beauty.” – M.J.

I feel I received an indescribable healing.” -J.H.

No registration necessary. $25 at the door.

JoAnne Dodgson is a healer, teacher and ceremonial guide in the ways of Ka Ta See, a lineage from the Eastern Andes. She has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in Holistic Health. She lives in the enchanted desert mesas of New Mexico.

Date and Time
Saturday, November 9
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Location
1324 Lake Drive SE, Suite 4
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Cost
$25

Contact
JoAnne Dodgson