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Holistic health practitioners, artists and organizers of this weekend’s Wellness Experience are, in front, Stacy Arnett of Design Sleep, second row, from left; Alice Young-Basora of Nina Carina Jewelry, Reena Appell of Yoga Springs, and reiki practitioner Aiysah Walker; third row; traditional healer Virgil Mayor Apostol, organizer Monica Hasek, Steve Deal of IFG Health, Brian Housh of the Arts Council, and Molly Lunde of Yoga Springs. A Wellness fair runs fom 10 a.m .to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the John Bryan Center and are followed by in-depth wellness workshops on Sunday. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

A weekend of wellness and art healing

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With hopes of re-igniting regional interest in the town’s alternative therapies, holistic health practitioners and artists have teamed up to put on this weekend’s Wellness Experience. Today the village boasts a dizzying array of holistic health options — from acupuncture, massage, yoga, and chiropractics to reiki, sound therapy and homeopathic medicine — and most of it will be on display this weekend.

The marquee event is a wellness fair, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John Bryan Center, where live health demonstrations will start every 20 minutes, free mini-classes will be offered and more than 40 exhibitors will showcase their chosen healing modality. Paid art and wellness workshops follow on Sunday and include poetry hikes, various yoga practices, paper-making, mediation and more. Meanwhile, fun and frivolity are scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights, where the weekend’s themes of artistic creation and health and healing merge.

The Saturday fair will kick off with a free “Salute to Wellness” yoga practice led by Hasek, followed by a an opening ceremony that comes from the Filipino tradition in which the ancestors and four directions are honored. Demonstrations throughout the day include qigong, shiatsu massage, zumba, holistic birth support, hot yoga and even animal acupuncture using a live pony. Vendors can only sell all-natural or handmade items. Outside on the Bryan Center lawn there will be music and health food (think falafel, scrambled tofu and smoothies), with all Styrofoam packaging banned.

On Sunday, Molly Lunde will teach a workshop on Yoga for Athletes, which focuses on poses that support an athletic body. Yoga can help athletes gain balance, strength, endurance and flexibility and learn injury-prevention and mindful breath work, according to Lunde. Carol Allin will head a session in which participants decorate a walking stick, while Sarah Strong will help participants make paper journal by hand, and Jannirose Joy will lead a meditation on the vibrating frequencies created by gongs, drums, chimes, bells and tuning forks.

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Read the full story in the Sept. 20 edition of the News.

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