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Wellness Retreat for Makers: Revitalize 2017

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Wellness Retreat for Makers: Revitalize 2017
at Menla Retreat, Resort, and Spa
November 2nd-5th

Learn, Relax, Recharge, and Connect!
Join Wellness for Makers for an inspiring all-inclusive weekend surrounded by the scenic fall foliage of the Catskill Mountains! Attend lectures and workshops led by some of our favorite Mindful Makers. Workshop topics will include: Yoga, Body Mechanics, Reset’s Self-Tuning Techniques, Business Coaching, Massage, Studio Ergonomics, and more! This action-packed weekend will provide you with an opportunity to revitalize your mind and body, and the chance to build lasting relationships with artists, craftsmen, and professionals from all over the country. During your free time, take advantage of Menla’s state-of-the-art spa, hike and explore the Catskill mountains, enjoy time around the bonfire with new friends, or catch up on some rest. Leave feeling revitalized with a heightened sense of connection to your personal creativity and a new set of skills to incorporate into your professional practice.

Class Descriptions:
Instructor: Missy Graff Ballone
Class Title: Wellness and Your Studio Practice
Class Description: Wellness for Makers is dedicated to motivating and empowering artists through education and mindful living. This class will include a mix of background information, such as how knots develop in the body, and practical instruction, such as different ways to increase blood flow, circulation, and flexibility. Attendees will learn massage techniques that can be incorporated into their daily studio routines. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury, and improve posture. Self-care tools will be provided for the duration of the workshop. Each student will walk away with a trigger point ball, a handout, and new skills that will support a healthier studio practice.

Instructor: Missy Graff Ballone
Class Title: Alignment Yoga
Class Description: Missy teaches an alignment-based style of yoga in which the poses are adjusted to make them accessible to any body. Each class is approachable and challenging, and provides attendees with the opportunity to feel empowered through movement. The classes are woven with contemplative content that draws you deeper into the physical practice.

Instructor: Raïssa Bump
Class Title: Reset’s Self-Tuning Techniques
Class Description: As makers, we are taught how to take care of our tools so they perform optimally over a long period of time. We ‘tune-up’ our shop equipment so we can continue to make, but we rarely consider that our body is our most important tool and that it also needs adjustments to perform well over time. In this workshop, you will be taught quick and simple Self-Tuning techniques that help keep your body in good working form, your mind attentive, and prevent or relieve common strains that are a result of your working habits.

All of these techniques can be done in the studio, take no more than three minutes to perform, and are appropriate for people of all types and all ages. They are perfect for times of waiting, indecision, or in moments when you feel stuck. Self-Tuning techniques do not require special equipment or prior experience to perform, but they are guaranteed to increase focus, shift perspective, heighten your connection to creativity, and make you feel better! Each student will walk away with a complimentary neck stretch audio file and hand out.

Instructor: Raïssa Bump
Class Title: Yoga
Class Description: (Description coming soon)
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Instructor: Heidi Lowe
Class Title: Core Wisdom for Creative Entrepreneurs
Class Description: In this class, students will work with Gallery Owner Heidi Lowe to learn new ways to approach their careers in the art world. Heidi will start the day with a discussion of her unique perspective as a gallery owner, maker, teacher, and business coach. Heidi will provide an overview of the different avenues available to artists and share from her personal experiences and practice. Heidi will then guide participants through a series of exercises that will help them refine their values as artists and determine what drives their practice and how to navigate the creative business world with that in mind. This session will help artists plan the next steps in their professional development.

Instructor: Loren Crabbe
Class Title: Correctional and Functional Training
Class Description: The correctional and functional training course is split up into two sessions. The initial session will be used to analyze different aspects of your life and target those that are affecting your physical state and productivity. A full postural analysis and wellness survey will be completed, which will expose any structural issues and/or muscular imbalances.

The second session will be used to teach basic alignment principles, breathing techniques, and applied programming for your individualized needs. This will include a continued daily program and online support. Approaching wellness as an all-encompassing theory that includes physical, mental, and emotional components allows us to better see the areas that need adjustment and understand the mind-body connection.

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