Previous Workshops

Move with Mindfulness, Write with Ease

Saturday & Sunday November 1-2, 2014

One Day or Two Day options available.

10 am to 4 pm each day

Come and experience how movement can assist your writing in a relaxed environment, with periods to write built into the day.

This workshop-retreat offers an excellent opportunity for work on a new or ongoing project (e.g. fiction, memoir, poetry, personal journaling), as we experience the fall weekend that includes Dia de los Muertos, All Saints/All Souls, Celtic Samhain (end of harvest) and the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. You can attend Saturday, Sunday, or both days.

Where is it being held? Still Point Retreat Center is a small-scale, homey/comfy retreat center with a spiritual emphasis, in Stillwater NY, very close to the Saratoga Historical Park, 30 miles north of Albany.

You can commute to the workshop or stay at Still Point.

How much will it cost? $59/1 day, $118/2 days, including options to experience a yoga class, labyrinth walk and other moving meditation, while supplied with noshes throughout the day. Limited income/NANOWRIMO* participant $29/ 1 day, $58/ 2 days.

Accommodations are a separate charge and should be arranged directly with Still Point. Visit the Still Point website at http://stillpointretreatcenter.com for pictures and information about the cabins & rooms and to sign up for housing. In conjunction with this retreat, you can opt to stay over Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday nights, depending on what rooms are available at the time you book your accommodation with Still Point.

Included each day in your workshop fee: healthy & tasty breakfast foods in the morning, tea and coffee over the day, home made soup for lunch. If you are staying over, dinner will be shared potluck and the evening will be free time (ideas: write, visit with others, rest, walk on the grounds or read).

How do I sign up for the workshop? This is deliberately a small workshop so it is advised to sign up as soon as you know you’d like to come. First, let us know you are attending and which days, through the Contact Us page on this website, and second, mail a check to Of-the-Essence Holistic Wellness, P.O. Box 1344, Troy NY 12181 or contact us for cash payment options.

[*This event is not affiliated with National Novel Writing Month though I am participating again this year as a writer, and offering a discount for other participants. Find more information at http://www.nanowrimo.org ]

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Move with Mindfulness, Write with Ease:  
a one day workshop-retreat brought to you by Of-the-Essence Holistic Wellness
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and experience how movement can assist your writing in a relaxed environment, while doing the writing you want to do.

An excellent opportunity for work on a new or ongoing project (fiction, memoir, poetry, personal journaling), as we experience the quiet depth of winter.

Where is it being held?  Still Point Retreat Center is a small-scale, homey/comfy retreat center with a spiritual emphasis,  in Stillwater NY, very close to the Saratoga Historical Park, 30 miles north of Albany.

How much will it cost? $59, including options to experience a yoga class, moving meditation, labyrinth walk, while supplied with noshes throughout the day. Limited income/full time student $29.

There is the option to stay overnight beforehand or the night after; visit the Still Point website at http://stillpointretreatcenter.com  for pictures and information about the cabins & rooms and to sign up for housing.

“Budget camping” in your sleeping bag inside is $15 per night, Bring Your Own Food (kitchen available); again, reservations through Still Point Retreat Center website.

How do I sign up for the workshop?  This is deliberately a small workshop so it is advised to sign up as soon as you know you’d like to come.  First, let us know you are attending through the Contact Us page on this website, and second, mail a check to Of-the-Essence Holistic Wellness, P.O. Box 1344, Troy NY 12181 or contact us for cash payment options.

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Paying Attention Among the Trees:

Winter Walk and Nature Writing Experiences at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center.

Sundays Jan 19, Feb 16, March 16 2014, from 1-3 pm.

What is it like to stand in the middle of the woods in deep winter? How does it smell, sound and feel?

Conscious attention outdoors feeds us on many levels; writing about the experience afterward helps us to take it in, remember, and relate it to our past, present, and future lives.

We will take a one to one-and-a-half mile meditative walk along Dyken Pond trails, followed by a return to our wood-stove-heated space, with plenty of time to write with intention about this time in the woods or by the water. Each Sunday we’ll take a different trail, and writing guidance will be available for those who desire it.

To this workshop, Diane brings the sensibility of Kripalu yoga training and an appreciation for Dyken Pond’s unique ecology. A local memoir writer and avid hiker, she teaches yoga and self-care workshops through her business, Of-the-Essence Holistic Wellness, in Troy.

Dyken Pond itself serves as principal headwaters of the Poesten Kill and its low-use recreational area is located in Grafton, New York. The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is in the midst of the Rensselaer Plateau, an area of high elevation and New York’s fifth largest unfragmented forest. Thirty-three ecological communities are found on the property, ranging from beech-maple forests to spruce-fir swamps and vernal pools, with over six miles of hiking trails.

$15/session. Attend one or several!

REGISTRATION through Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center at dykenpond@fairpoint.net or by phone 518-658-2055.

**Please be aware that in snow conditions, driving up Dyken Pond Road usually requires an all-wheel drive vehicle.

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Move with Mindfulness, Write with Ease: a one day workshop-retreat brought to you by Of-the-Essence Holistic Wellness

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come and experience how movement can assist your writing in a relaxed environment, while doing the writing you want to do.

An excellent opportunity for work on a new or ongoing project (fiction, memoir, poetry, personal journaling), and timed to coincide with the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (write 50,000 words in 30 days! website: http://www.nanowrimo.org) and the autumn weekend of Dia de los Muertos/All Souls.

Where is it being held? Still Point Retreat Center is a small-scale, homey/comfy retreat center with a spiritual emphasis, in Stillwater NY, very close to the Saratoga Historical Park, 30 miles north of Albany.

How much will it cost? $59, including options to experience a yoga class, moving meditation, labyrinth walk, while supplied with noshes throughout the day. Limited income/full time student/NANOWRIMO $29.

There is the option to stay overnight beforehand or the night after; visit the Still Point website at http://stillpointretreatcenter.com for pictures and information about the cabins & rooms and to sign up for housing.

“Budget camping” in your sleeping bag inside or a tent outside is $15 per night, Bring Your Own Food (kitchen available); again, reservations through Still Point Retreat Center website.

How do I sign up for the workshop? There’s still plenty of room for you! First, let us know you are coming through the Contact Us page on this website, and second, mail a check to Of-the-Essence Holistic Wellness, P.O. Box 1344, Troy NY 12181 or contact us for cash payment options.

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Mini-Workshops: Becoming Better Friends with Your Feet

Saturday December 7, 2013 10 am to noon.
Saturday Nov 16, 2013, 10:30 am to 12:30.

Weekly classes have been rescheduled as recurring mini-workshops. Use the “Contact Us” page to pre-register and assure a spot. Mini-workshops are $25; two or more people attending together $20 each; full-time student & limited income $15.

**Pre-register at the Contact Us tab above by 7 pm Friday. You will receive information about the venue and what to expect via email. Cash or check accepted for payment.

Are you tired of seeing your feet as ugly, unappealing, or even painful appendages? Are you having problems with your feet in your exercise program or yoga practice? Would you like to learn what feet do for you, and how you can change your relationship with your arches and toes?

Spend two light-hearted hours getting to know these miracles of structure that hold us up on the earth and are vital for walking and standing. Learn how to keep them healthy with self-massage, stretch and strengthening. Samples of PurePro Peppermint foot cream–and more!–included. For a discounted price, bring a friend or buy this experience as a gift for someone else.

Other workshops, dates to be announced; let us know what your schedule preferences might be! These are available as private sessions as well:

De-Constructing Down-Dog: understanding & enjoying this primary yoga posture.

Meditation Walks in Troy: Outdoors and Aware

Becoming Friends with Your Mind: the Five Minute Contemplative

Becoming Friends with Your Hardworking Arms & Hands

Becoming Friends with Your Wonderful (yes, wonderful!) Thighs and Lower Legs

Becoming Friends with Your Powerful Posterior Hip (AKA Derrière)

Becoming Friends with Your Low and Mid-Back

Becoming Friends with Your Shoulders and Neck

Becoming Friends with Your Neck and Head

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