Enjoy a variety of workshops each day of the festival from experts on the subjects of breathwork, mindfulness, meditation, nutrition, and more.
Larkin Stentz: Meditation Teacher & Professional Flutist
Larkin’s Meditation Training Journey
Prior to his freshman year of college Larkin read, “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen, which launched his journey of self discovery. During his freshman year he took the TM training and received his personal mantra. Another book that influenced his inner journey was, “The Only Dance There Is” by Ram Dass. His teachings on meditation breathing and focusing on the molecules of air as they entered and left the nose was yet another tool that excited Larkin. “I Thou” by Martin Buber helped him realize his connection to all beings, including trees, rocks, water, etc.
Many years later, a seven day Sasheen (or total silent meditation course) with a Korean Zen Master opened the door to his deep innerconnectedness that exists within and around us all. There, Larkin had a profound experience of watching everything around him dissolve, carpets melting and reforming, walls vanishing to leave the outdoors in view, to reassemble moments later. He had no feeling, no pain, no pleasure, no hunger, nor the stiffness that had plagued him for four days. He had a new presence of mind and body, without borders for the next three days.
Larkin’s graduation event occurred three months later. He had been so opened to the universe that a magical energy surrounded him, insisting he accept special power. It felt wrong somehow, and out of tune with the feelings he had experienced earlier. An inner battle raged within him and he was taken to the edge of consciousness where he chose to accept Truth, Light, and Love as his guiding life principles over the “magical” powers that were offered to him. Upon making that decision, he was lifted into a bright loving light of unconditional love. Now, teaching meditation is an act of love, allowing him to share tools of awareness that can assist others in connecting to their inner loving presence.
Beth Bauer: The Mindfulness Happiness Connection
Beth traveled to over 30 countries in the past few years in search of happiness. What she realized is that happiness is a journey, and not a destination and she’s eager to share her insights with others to help them live a happier life. You’ve probably heard it said many times, “Happiness is a choice.” But is it really that simple? If it were, everyone would be happy. So what does mindfulness have to do with happiness? What’s the connection? In this workshop you will learn how to be more mindful (aware) of the things that interfere with your happiness and how to prevent them. Beth has a an acronym for it – FEEDBACK. Learn how FEEDBACK can help you be happier in any circumstance.
Beth Bauer has taught workshops and classes at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and currently teaches at Grays Community College in Ilwaco, Washington. She has also been a trainer for many corporate clients and non profit organizations, both in the U.S and overseas.
Amber Mitchell, Blink of an Eye Healing
Amber Mitchell, MRET
Amber loves seeing the Divine Light awaken in people’s eyes. The Light that was dimmed due to life circumstances; doubting their self-worth. An inability to believe they can create change in their lives, broken hearts and minds, and grief. When one’s Light is recharged, brightly shining out of their beautiful eyes, that is THE moment when anything is possible. She remembers THE moment when Divine Light was relit for her.
Divine Light is what ignites and sustains Amber in her willingness to be of service to others in her healing practice. She believes each person is unique; therefore, has studied and learned many diverse and esoteric healing techniques and practices. The ability to utilize a non-traditional approach has assisted her in creating a healing space for every precious person who comes to sit with her.
Amber is a Certified Spiritual Life Coach and a Master Trained Rapid Eye Technician through the Rapid Eye Technology Institute. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and teaches Full Force Reiki classes. She also studied with The Society of the Guardians of the Flame and is a Level 2 Healer.
Becoming a mother to 7 children has lead her to an ever-evolving background in what she calls “The Motherhood Arts,” which includes but is not limited to: Essential oils, Educational and Behavioral Techniques for Developmentally Challenged Children, Reiki, Energy Work, Homeopathics, Herbs, and Alternative Eating Styles.
CHAKRAS 101: YOUR PERSONAL ENERGY SYSTEM
Chakras are YOUR personal energy system that affects you constantly. When blocked, clogged, or misaligned, you may experience mental, physical, emotional disease with spiritual ramifications.
Discover how each Chakra influences your life. Empower yourself in learning how YOU (yes, you) can heal, clear and align the connection between the Chakras to create energy, health, and happiness.
We will explore how crystals, other natural elements, and energy work sessions support your Chakras in your day to day life. A grab bag of support tools and a variety of energy work sessions will be available for purchase at the workshop and throughout the festival weekend.
AURA 101: YOUR PERSONAL ENERGETIC DEFENSE SYSTEM
Your Aura is your personal energetic defense system. When the Aura is cloudy, torn, dirty, or weak, you may experience mental, physical, and emotional dis-ease with spiritual ramifications. You may feel completely defenseless when around negative people, crowded places, and super tired for seemingly no reason.
Discover how your Aura influences your life. Empower yourself in learning how YOU (yes, you) can heal, clear and strengthen the connection between all the levels of your Aura to create energy, health, and happiness.
Learn how to support your Aura in a variety of easy to learn and do techniques, and experience greater personal vitality, peace, and health. We will discuss how crystals, natural elements, and energy work sessions support your Aura. A grab bag of support tools and a variety of energy work sessions will be available for purchase at the workshop.
Cindy Stratman: Blink of an Eye Healing
Cindy is a lifelong healer that has worked for 30 years with vulnerable populations: the elderly, foster children, and children with special needs. She knows the impact of living as an empath with all its gifts and difficulties. A certified Life Coach, Rapid Eye Technician, Reiki Master, and co-owner of Blink of an Eye Healing, Cindy is an experienced teacher, coach and energy healer. Recently a student commented that “the information was wonderful but even better was being in the calm, safe energy. I really felt like I was invited to experience myself as an empath in a new way”.
The Healthy Empath
Are you an Empath? Fatigue, overwhelming emotions, anxiety, pain, all of these are things you might experience as an empath.
This 2-hour workshop will help you to identify what an Empath is and if you are one, what you need to know as an Empath, and how to deal with being an Empath.
AWAKEN YOUR PSYCHIC SENSES
Your spirit body is in many ways like your physical body, what you exercise, and stretch gets stronger and more flexible. Here we will learn exercises for those senses beyond the 5 senses we are most familiar with. During this 1-hour workshop we will begin the exploration of your other abilities and how you can access them.
Sabrina Renee is a Certified Health and Life Coach with a passion for teaching others how to nourish their body while putting an end to emotional eating and healing their relationship with food. She truly believes we can all change our lives, our relationships, and our family in an incredibly powerful way by tapping into our own intuition and beginning to see ourselves as worthy of love!
Sweet Talk: 10 Simple Steps to Kick Your Sugar Habit
This a workshop designed to help you gain a greater understanding of what refined sugar does to the body and why we may experience intense sugar cravings. You will learn 10 simple steps to kick your sugar habit, explore the connection between food and your mood, and be introduced to a secret community of wellness warriors that will help you eat mindfully sweet! This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to discover how to get “UN-stuck”. Are you ready to reclaim your health by taking a big leap and finally making the decision to get your sugar cravings under control?
Padme Grace, owner of Pacific Integrated Martial Arts and My Keto Sensei, found her passion for guiding others toward their best selves through the martial arts. She holds multiple black belts and has been a health and wellness lifestyle coach for over 20 years. Her extensive education includes NASM CPT personal trainer certification with specialties in corrective exercise and fitness nutrition, NLP neuro-linguistic programming and CBT cognitive behavioral therapy.
She embraces a holistic approach with her coaching clients. The main force behind My Keto Sensei is a deep desire to empower and support individuals in achieving their long-term diet and nutrition goals through a low carb way of eating. Whether you’re seeking help with weight loss, sports nutrition, or disease prevention, each client is individually evaluated and provided with a well-researched and comprehensive plan for nutrition, movement, sleep and relaxation they can follow for the attainment of their goals.
Padme’s baby is her martial arts school, Pacific Integrated Martial Arts, in Long Beach. It is a multiple style fitness facility delivering character building life skills along with its family-friendly atmosphere.
Qigong Shibashi Tai Chi: Peaceful Motion for Health
This class leads you through a peaceful, beautiful, and gentle flowing Qigong exercise that creates euphoric relaxed feelings, and at the same time is physically stimulating.
The rocking motions and stretching movements gently massage the internal organs, stimulate the energy meridians, move the major joints, and improve circulation and digestion. The chest exercises and controlled breathing are good for the heart, lung conditions and asthma related problems. The overall effect of the routine is to reduce mental stress and physical tension carried in the muscles of the body.
Six steps of Qigong
1. Calm mind-empty the mind of all thoughts focusing on the breath
2. Relax body- by deeper fuller and slower breathing
3. Qi flows freely through the body to open meridians (energy pathways)
4. Mind directs the Qi
5. Can absorb the Qi where needed as meridians are clear and open
6. Can release the Qi…letting go or direct it.
These movements are suitable for practiced by anyone regardless of age and can be done seated or standing.
Sleep Hacks: the Art and Science of Sleep
The overwhelming majority of people have trouble sleeping, even those who have mastered every other aspect of their lives. Even if you had time to sleep an entire eight hours a night, would it be optimal, uninterrupted sleep? Would you wake up feeling 100 percent refreshed?Learn the benefits of high quality sleep, circadian rhythms and sleep chronotypes, the role nutrition and exercise play, tech gadget aids and action steps toward a better nights sleep.
Nelle Moffett and Rick Bowers
Nelle Moffett and Rick Bowers are ordained interfaith ministers and are the founders of Common Ground Interspiritual Fellowship. As a married couple, they partner together to lead workshops, facilitate practice groups, and coach individuals and businesses in communication and conflict resolution. Nelle spent 25 years in higher education as a strategic planner, researcher, change agent, coach, internal consultant, and Psychology instructor. Rick spent 26 years with the Hewlett-Packard Company in R&D. He retired early to obtain an MA in Conflict Analysis and Engagement. He has mediated in the court system as well as supported families and churches to work through conflict. Nelle and Rick are the authors of four books including Empathy in Conflict Intervention: The Key to Successful NVC Mediation.
This class provides an introduction to simple communication tools so that you can resolve conflict and create connection and empathy. Participants will learn a simple procedure for providing empathy to themselves, family, and co-workers. They will learn to distinguish the difference between observations and interpretations, between feelings and thoughts, and between needs and strategies. They will learn how to make clear requests instead of demands. This training is based on the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg called Nonviolent Communication.
Authentic Spirtual Conversations
Rick Bowers and Nelle Moffett facilitate a conversation and create a safe space where participants can explore what feels spiritually real, core, and alive in fellowship with other spiritual seekers and practitioners from a variety of spiritual paths. This is an interactive group conversation for anyone interested in sharing their unique spiritual journey in a gentle and relaxed setting of learners where we are encouraged to express our authentic Self in the company of others. Participants are free to explore spiritual questions, doubts, practices, and deepest longings in a space where there is no preaching, teaching, or promoting any particular belief system. This group meeting may be the first time you have experienced such freedom and safety in speaking about spirituality. Not to be missed! Rick Bowers and Nelle Moffett are interfaith ministers and live in Astoria, Oregon.
Natasha Belle Luce
Natasha is a certified Zumba Instructor and ISSA Personal trainer at Ocean Park’s Adventure Training Center. She also holds a Brown Belt in Combat Hapkido and has practiced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for four years. She brings her joy and passion for Zumba, fitness, and Ladies Self-Defense to the every class she teaches on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Natasha is dedicated to helping her community stay happy, healthy, and safe. Because of this, she is also a firefighter and EMT and volunteers whenever she can. Her journey has been a long one, growing out of the unhealthy lifestyle that surrounded her during childhood. She grew up in a small Pennsylvania town and graduated high school, tipping the scales at over 300lbs. She fought this weight for many years trying every diet and fad along the way only to rebound back to being very overweight. Eventually, in her late 20’s, she wound up in a doctor’s office staring at a lifetime of pills with a diagnosis of Diabetes. She decided to dedicate herself to being healthy and living her fullest life. She found a balance of nutrition, exercise, and encouragement that allowed her to lose much of her former self and begin her new way of life. When one exercise became boring she grew to learn something new. Zumba was introduced to her 6 years ago, and she knew instinctively that she had found a new fun way of disguising a cardio workout, and her jogging routine became a thing of the past.
Her hobbies include music and spending time in nature. Her other passions are learning to live and love her life to its fullest. It is because of lessons she learned that the inspiration to open a gym became a reality. Natasha, and her partner Cosmo, opened the Adventure Training Center with the vision that everyone deserves to live life to its fullest. The ATC has one motto that holds true for Natasha. “Life is an Adventure, Train for it.”
Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio-dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. While many of the types of dance and music featured in the program are Latin American inspired, classes can also contain everything from jazz to African beats to country to hip-hop and pop. Zumba is truly for anyone who can stand up and dance. And “dance” is a very liberal term here, as no dance experience or skills are necessary. People of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome and encouraged to attend classes. If you can shake your booty and like fun music, this class is for you.