We’re honored to be a part of O+ Festival again, the eighth year running since O+ hatched this bright idea in 2010. We’re opening the doors to the community and our first-floor Senate Room at The Kirkland, 2 Main Street, Kingston for the weekend’s wellness offerings. Be it yoga or sound baths, meditation or DFX, you’ll want to trade in your sweat bands for an O+ Festivall all-access wristband to experience the mind-body-spirit encounters this weekend, October 5 through 7. For the complete O+ schedule, click here.
Friday, October 5
7-9pm GONG IMMERSION: Expect Lecture, Breath, Mantra + Movement before going deep into the Sound Current of the Gong. You may relax on your back, in a chair or sit and meditate. All are Welcome, All Ages, Genders + Levels of practice. This is an experience. Bring a blanket or pillow to sit on if you can.
Saturday, October 6
10-11am THERAPEUTIC YOGA FOR ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS: So much of the musical and artistic lifestyle involves repetitive motions and postures that can lead to chronic conditions over time such as back, shoulder and neck pain as well as inflammatory conditions in the hands and wrists.
11:30am-12:30pm PILATES: The Pilates method has long been used for improving function, focus, and strength. It is also used as a key component in many physical therapies and rehabilitation practices. Here is your chance to learn and practice the fundamentals of Pilates and integrate your life.
1-2pm HYPNOTHERAPY: In this 60 minute class, certified hypnotherapist, David M. Rinaldi will teach you how you can use self-hypnosis to reduce anxiety and relieve stress. You will learn about what hypnosis is, how it works, and how to use it. There will be a 30-minute group hypnosis where you will be guided by David into a very deep state of relaxation and practice using techniques to reduce anxiety and relieve stress. After this guided experience there will be time for sharing and Q&A.
2:30-3:30pm KIDS YOGA: This class is designed for families to explore yoga and mindfulness at a playful, kid-friendly pace. Through yoga games, parallel practice, and partner poses with your child, incorporate relaxation and breathing techniques into your family’s life, establish boundaries for your home yoga practice, and learn how to Play Yoga with your child. This class is geared for adult yogis of any level (newbies strongly encouraged) and their child partners (best for ages 5+).
4-5pm ACTIVISM, HOPE AND SELF-CARE: “Activism itself can generate hope because it already constitutes an alternative and turns away from the corruption at the center to face the wild possibilities at the edges or at your side.” Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark
5:30-6:30pm VOICE EXPLORATION: CREATING LIVING SOUND: In this class, participants will come together in a circle to create an improvisational symphony of sound with their voices.
7-9pm KIRTAN: “Mantra” translates as “mind-protection” or “mind-training. Please join acclaimed mantra musician Lee Mirabai Harrington for an evening of kirtan and healing mantras.
Sunday, October 7
10-11am QIGONG: Qigong instructor Chris Brandon Whitaker will guide you through the Three Treasures Qigong form, a gentle set of exercises that naturally heals the body, balances the emotions, sharpens the mind, and raises consciousness.
11:30am-12:30pm REIKI: Reiki master Sensei self healer from terminal lupus with life changes that included: self healing with Reiki, guided Imagery, organic diet, stress management and positive thinking/manifesting.
1-2pm KIDS MAGICAL GONG SPACE JOURNEY: Designed for the Young Ages + Young at Heart. We will practice Breathwork, Meditation + listen to the Gong in a Magical way. Children will be able to experience the Gong like no other. All are Welcome, All Ages, Genders + Levels of practice.
2:30-3:30pm SHADOW YOGA: Playing with shadows, movement, mindfulness and breath.
4-5pm MOVING BODIES DANCE: Our bodies, full of life and movement, are the path and guide for this work. We will examine a particular aspect of our anatomy as a focus for our moving experience. Peering into our body provides a window into the form and function of our structure.
5:30-6:30pm SACRED NAPPING: A gentle yoga class to help find the fluidity and flexibility in the spine which holds the nervous system. After moving, we will spend a short time napping in order to nourish the nervous system and heal the cellular health of all systems.