Health & Wellness
For the third year in a row, the Heartfulness Institute of Dayton invites the entire community downtown to Courthouse Square on Thursday Septemeber 21st, 2017 for free, beginner-friendly yoga and meditation sessions. This lovely, community building event celebrates both the autumn equinox and the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.
The idea for this type of “mass meditation” came from Libby Ballengee, a local event organizer, who was inspired by a similar event that was planned for New York City’s Central Park. She dubbed the first event “Dayton Big Quiet” and sought out assistance from meditation experts. Ballengee explains, “It started as a “what if” conversation on Twitter, and the idea took off. It was recommended that I check out the Natural Path Meditation Center in Beavercreek for help, and I’m so glad I did! They were the perfect partner for this event.”
They were perfect for the event because teaching meditation to the community is their speciality. The Natural Path Meditation Center is also known as The Heartfulness Institute of Dayton, a non-profit educational organization. They offer free relaxation, meditation, and yoga classes, as a service to the community, so that everyone has the same tools to manage stress. They are not affiliated with any religions. The meditation trainers simply want to help spread inner peace to all, in an effort to achieve world peace. The Dayton organization has been recognized by the State of Ohio for its significant contributions to the region.
Most recently, the organization opened a center inside the Fairfield Commons Mall, which offers these same free classes. It’s an incredible way to disconnect from our busy, plugged-in world, and simply let our minds rest. You can try out this heart-based meditation style at the meditation center in Beavercreek, the mall location, or downtown at this unique first day of fall event!
How to Go?
5:30pm Free Yoga class
6:15pm Free Heartfulness Meditation for Humanity
Come to either event or both! #DaytonBigQuiet
NOTE: Please bring your own yoga mat, towel or blanket for yoga. Organizers will have some chairs provided for meditation if you don’t want to sit on mats during meditation.
Info on Heartfulness at Fairfield Commons:
Tuesday 6 pm – 6.45 pm
Thursday 1 pm – 1.45 pm
Sunday 2 pm – 2.45 pm
Group Meditation :
Monday 9.15 pm-9.45pm
Tuesday 6.45pm – 7.15pm
Thursday 1.45 pm -2.15 pm
Friday 9.15 am – 9.45 am
Sunday 2.45 pm – 3.15 pm
Drop-in Relaxation and Meditation Sessions at all other times.
Heartfulness Introductory Session: Every Sunday 12:15pm and Thursday 7:15pm.
Clink above for information on additional series classes, yoga classes, private sessions, and more. All no charge!
Stressed? Seeking some peace of mind? Aren’t we all! It’s not as complicated as we tend to imagine. Self care, through movement and meditation, can dramatically improve our ability to cope with an increasingly stressful world.
Lots of folks are unaware that we have a wonderful resource nestled right here in the Miami Valley! The Natural Path Meditation Center, a non-denominational center that teaches a heart-based form of meditation called Heartfulness, is located in Beavercreek, conveniently close to both Fairfield and I-35 (directions below).
This weekend the Center is hosting their 2nd Annual HeartFest event. It’s a FREE & fun wellness festival, with workshops and vendors for all ages! Organizers hope that by offering tools for self care and inner peace, people will be able to live a more balanced life. How wonderful would that be for our community?
Curious about meditation, yoga, and wellness? Looking for ways to cope with stress? Seeking inner peace? Something to do with the kids? All of the above? Then this is sure to be a wonderful day you won’t want to miss!
- Heartfulness Meditation sessions all day
- Kids Tent with Activities for all ages
- Variety of Wellness Speakers & Vendors
- Movement Tent offering yoga, qigong, & Melt classes + Music!
- Food Trucks (Shakery Juice Bar, Harvest Mobile Cuisine, and Bella Sorella Pizza!)
- For the full schedule of events, click here.
How to go?
- 10am – 5pm on Saturday August 19, 2017.
- Free admission!
- Parking at St. Luke’s Parking Lot. For directions click here.
The 5th annual 5k for Kelli run/walk is happening this Saturday, August 5th, 2017, which honors and supports women with breast cancer, and to remember those who lost the fight. This is a super fun event for the whole family. It is a 3.1 mile out and back course that begins and ends at Wegerzyn Gardens and winds along the beautiful Stillwater River.
This race is in memory of Kelli James who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006, and is organized by her two loving sisters. Kelli loved fairies so participants are encouraged to wear tutus, wings, and flower crowns. No fairy gear? No problem! Handmade gear is available at the merchandise tent. They will also offer free fairy face painting from our friends at Princeton Management and free colored hair spraying from Great Clips.
When: Saturday August 5th– Onsite registration starts at 7:30 am. Race starts at 9 am.
Recently I interviewed the three Dayton Police Majors, asking them what we can do to preventatively to help defeat the opioid crisis. “Teach people coping mechanisms,” was the resounding response. They explained that often they encounter good people who simply don’t know how to handle life’s disappointments, so they turn to drugs. It made me wonder what coping mechanisms are best, and really work?
In today’s heated and divisive political climate, again, people are searching for ways to de-stress and get perspective. Again, what is the best way to do just that? Turns out, whatever reason you may be seeking inner peace, meditation is far and away, one of the easiest and most effective ways to handle these difficulties.
In the Dayton area, accessing meditation and yoga (a physical form of meditation), just got a whole lot easier! The Heartfulness Institute, an all-volunteer non-profit organization associated with the United Nations, has expanded their facility to include a space in the Fairfield Commons Mall. There, they are offering free Relaxation and Meditation sessions and donation-based Yoga classes! This is the Institute’s first location inside a mall in the United States!
What is their motivation? To provide those coping mechanisms people so
desperately need. The Heartfulness group feels it is part of their service to humanity, to teach these relaxation and meditation techniques, so that each individual, and ultimately the world, can find peace.
Heartfulness Meditation is practiced in over 110 countries around the world. The Beavercreek center at 3153 Lantz Road has been open since 2000. This will be a 2nd location for them inside the mall in Beavercreek. Please make a point to stop out for either the grand opening this weekend, or anytime you need some relaxation, peace and harmony. This is the perfect way to unwind!
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 from 12-6pm. Lower Level near Elder Beerman.
12:30pm Inauguration and Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Bob Stone and Vice Mayor Julie Vann
1:00pm Dr. Gary Huber from Cincinnati to speak on Benefits of Meditation
1:30pm Brian Jones, Cleveland Heartfulness trainer to present on Heartfulness
2:00pm Experience of Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation
4:00pm Yoga with Janae Christopher (Ayurveda Yoga style)
4:45pm Experience of Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation
After a great response from their South Park community mural along Wayne Avenue, The Mural Machine will be working with the Belmont Eastmont Hearthstone Community Council for a Mural Painting Party in the Park at Nordale Park in Belmont on Sunday, August 13.
“It was so exciting to see their murals being painted all over Dayton,” said Kim Petro, member of the Belmont Eastmont Hearthstone Community Council. “We’d already been talking with Etch and Tiffany about doing a mural on the pavilion at Nordale Park and we’re even more excited to have them come to Belmont now!”
More than just a day of community mural painting, the Mural Painting Party in the Park will feature sports tournaments, local artisan vendors, door prizes, a 50/50 raffles, and popular local food trucks.
“Doing a mural in the park, we wanted to make the day into a party for the whole community,” said Reggie Swickard, board member of the Belmont Eastmont Hearthstone Community Council. “In addition to the mural painting we’re going to have vendors, sports tournaments, food trucks will be on hand, door prizes, raffles and a whole lot more!
Belmont is an amazing neighborhood and we want to take a day to celebrate that while beautifying one of our great parks!”
Zombie Dogs and The Drunken Waffle will be serving food all day long and local artisan vendors are encouraged to submit applications at https://daytonfun.wufoo.com/forms/zu3q7110dk837z/.
Basketball, kickball and disc golf tournaments will be announced in advance, in addition to other details, all at www.facebook.com/BelmontEastmontHearthstoneCommunityCouncil/.
“Belmont is affordable and friendly. Not only is it close to a number of great businesses and recreation areas in Dayton, it’s home to quite a few of them,” Petro said. “We’re putting the spotlight on all of that. It’s going to be an awesome event!”
Money raised will be used to offset mural costs in addition to help fund the growing community garden in the park.
A park clean-up will be held on Aug 12th in preparation for the Mural Painting Party in the Park. Volunteers are needed and you can contact Reggie Swickard at [email protected] for more details.
This is a free event that is open to anyone of any age! For more information check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BelmontEastmontHearthstoneCommunityCouncil/
Tired of your average bazaar? This one promises to be fun and fulfilling!
This Saturday, Dec. 3rd in Moraine, The Greater Dayton Apartment Association office is hosting a Holiday Bazaar!
All proceeds benefit their related charity, called The Rent Foundation, which helps keep families from being homeless, by paying their rent in times of unexpected hardship. Over the year, the Rent Foundation has helped hundreds of local families, and your support, will help them continue to help hundreds more.
HERE IS THE SKINNY ON THE SATURDAY, DEC. 3rd HOLIDAY BAZAAR:
—WHEN: This charitable event takes place Saturday December 3rd, 2016 from 10am – 3pm
—WHERE: The event center located at 3155 Elbee Rd, suite 300, Moraine, OH 45439
****Please note the event center is on the 3rd floor, so use the elevator in the lobby!
—WHAT: They are offering a festive day of shopping. Some traditional booths mixed with some fun and funky local craft-vendors that you’re sure to LOVE! We are also offering a Mimosa Tasting for our shoppers 21 and up sponsored by a local business, called “My Catering Gal.” There will also be raffle prizes.
—WHAT ELSE: Baked Goods, Bourbon Balls, Snacks & Refreshments Available During the Show for Additional Purchase.
—COST: Admission at the door is $3.00. No charge for children under 12. All proceeds benefit GDAA Rent Foundation. Snacks and raffle tickets will also be for sale at the event. There will be a Coloring/Craft Table for Children.
—LIST OF SOME OF THE VENDORS and LOCAL BUSINESS ON HAND
****Traveling Vineyard ****Usborne Books & More
****Plunder Design ****Lularoe
****Mary Kay ****She Blingz by Shonda
****Pure Romance ****Origami Owl
****Lillarose ****Pampered Chef
****Poetic Xchange ****Lipsense
****Wildtree ****Mama Aswan Butters & Oils
****Custom Burlap Wreaths by Babes & Burlap
****Stained Glass Home Accents ****LIVELOVEBEAD
****Hand Crafted Quilted Purses by Blue Line Design
****Custom Jewelry ****31
****Scent Hound Candles ****Home Accessories,
****Photography by Alison ****Hand-crafted Baby Items
****Unique & Delicious Vendors ****Desserts
****Butter Rum, Apricot Brandy & Harvey Wallbanger Cakes by Langford’s Gourmet Cookies!
A great opportunity to put a dent in your holiday shopping list !
From hand lotions to handcrafted items, this promises to be a blast. Please join us at the bazaar and know you are supporting a good cause as well. This is a “MUST SEE” event, don’t miss your opportunity to support local vendors and charities.
Human 2.0 festival is a festival that offers FREE full-fledged Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Qi Gong classes, all in a natural, tranquil setting. The stage is set with engaging speakers, and a multitude of activities aimed at exploring the various facets of the mind-body-self connection.
Local food trucks will be serving delicious food, and the kids will enjoy our multitude of activities such as face-painting booths and a 7-foot tall blank canvas!
This festival is a space for you to explore the ways and means to create your OWN unique reality. We would like to invite you to come and set the tone.
Admission and Activities are Free!
Saturday October 22nd from 10am – 6pm
Address: 3153 Lantz Rd Beavercreek OH
- Engaging Speakers
- Full length Yoga, Tai chi, Qi Gong classes (Bring your Own Mat!)
- Fun kids activities, families welcome
- Physical fitness challenges for fitness buffs
- Chess challenge for those looking to exercise their minds!
- Delicious food trucks and various holistic practitioners
- Meditation for Humanity – Spread the peace and love!
The Breast Wishes Foundation presents the 4th annual 5k for Kelli to honor and support women with breast cancer and to remember all those we have lost. The 5k for Kelli is a fun and family friendly event that gives 100% of its proceeds to local charities: The Noble Circle Project, Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Health Center and our very own Breast Wishes Foundation which grants wishes that bring joy to women and their families affected by breast cancer.
The Natural Path Meditation Center in Beavercreek welcomes Grandmother Sapokniona Whitefeather, a spiritual leader from the Apache Nation, for a free talk on Love & Loving. The talk will be followed by a Heartfulness Meditation introductory session at the Natural Path Meditation Center in Beavercreek, seven serene acres dedicated to peace and meditation.
Sapokniona Whitefeather, affectionately known as “Grandmother”, is a Visionary, Wisdom Teacher and Keeper of the Earth. Grandmother’s goals are to help people to understand their journey here on Earth; to help others to see their full potential through their life experiences as well as through her teachings and example; lastly, to walk softly on Mother Earth and to respect all life forms everywhere.
She is a Certified Alternative Healer trained in numerous healing modalities, i.e., Light Weaving, Aromatherapy, Trauma Release, Enneagram, Energy Psychology, and Reiki. She is a Spiritual Counselor. Grandmother also recently completed her doctorate of divinity.
Grandmother has led workshops, retreats, teaching circles and ceremony. She has conducted Silent Retreats to help people to go within to connect with their Higher Self. This is achieved through different forms of guided imagery, walking meditations and ceremony.
Grandmother often works with veterans’ organizations focusing on helping veterans and their spouses to release trauma and supporting families to come back into balance through energy psychology and ceremony. Grandmother serves as board member for Cardinal Retreats, a Maine based service organization. She worked with Angel Fire Veterans Wellness retreat in New Mexico and has served as spiritual counselor at the Embrace The Vet retreat in Harpswell, Maine.
How to go? 10:30am May 15th at Natural Path Meditation Center 3153 Lantz Rd Beavercreek OH. Free!