Remember Someone Special with
a Gift Certificate to Blueberry Gardens


A Blueberry Gardens gift
certificate is the perfect gift for Christmas or any special occasion. The lucky recipient
can use the certificate to participate in classes or to receive a personal healing or wellness session with one of
our practitioners.

Gift certificates in various
amounts are now available at  www.blueberrygardens.org.
Click on the "gift certificates" button in the upper right. If
you give us the email address
of the lucky recipient, we'll
send an email notice, or we can create and mail a lovely certificate if you provide us
with the recipient's mailing address or you may pick up
the certificate in person.
It's so easy and quick!


Congratulations,
Robert True!


Robert True, one of the owners of Blueberry Gardens and
a massage therapist here, just earned his certification in Zero Balancing, in addition
to certification in
Muscle-Release Technique.

Zero Balancing is a "hands-on body-mind system of therapy that balances the relationship of energy and structure within the body's bones and tissues. ZB uses energy movement to integrate Western medical science with Eastern energy healing traditions into an original, practical and coherent bodywork skill."

The best way to learn about ZB is to experience it! Robert sees clients here on weekday evenings and on weekends. Call 301-570-5468 to schedule your appointment.


Look for Our Schedule of Events + Ad in Pathways Magazine 

Blueberry Gardens publishes
our schedule of upcoming events and is also a longtime advertiser in Pathways Magazine. You
can now check our activities,
see our ad, read and download
a complete free copy of the
new Winter 15-16
issue of Pathways Magazine.

Save it and read it anywhere, anytime. More than 1,000 links and all of the articles are in a
.pdf that can be saved to your smart phone, tablet, laptop
or desktop. Go to www.PathwaysMagazine.com.  The first paragraph includes a quick and simple link. Enjoy!


                                                 
 
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 Blueberry Gardens' lovely 
Octagon Room is available  
for rental for wellness events
such as workshops and
retreats. For more
information,
contact us
at 301-570-5468 or
blueberrygardens@verizon.net.
 

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Latest News + Updates                                            December 2015
The Many Benefits of T'ai Chi
by Katheryn Yasuoka
Blueberry Gardens Instructor
 
T'ai Chi Chuan is an ancient exercise that originated in China. It consists of continuous standing movements linked together to create a 37 posture form. The movement is slow and fluid. One learns how to relax the muscles, deepen the breath and focus the mind. Daily correct practice will improve balance, joint flexibility and strength, suppleness and alignment.
 
It is said that, with daily practice of T'ai Chi Chuan over a prolonged period of time, one will gain the pliability of a child, the health of a lumberjack and the peace of mind of a sage.
 
No special clothing or equipment is required. All ages can benefit from learning this exercise to enhance well-being and general health.
 
I began my study in 1975 and started teaching in 1987. I have taught T'ai Chi Chuan at George Washington University, the Dept. of Labor, Dept. of Energy, Arlington Recreation Dept. and several dance studios in Washington, DC. Currently, I teach at several venues throughout Montgomery County.

Contact me at katheryn.yasuoka@blueberrygardens.org or 301-924-0487 for more information about the practice of T'ai Chi and classes at Blueberry Gardens.

Winter Food Drive at Blueberry Gardens

Th
rough New Year's Day, Blueberry Gardens celebrates the winter holidays by holding a Winter Food Drive to collect canned goods and shelf-stable food for Olney HELP. You're invited to participate.
 
Bring 10 or more items or donate cash/gift cards of $20 or more, and as our "thank you," you can choose a stress-relieving acupuncture treatment or a New Year's nutrition consultation from our practitioners. Blueberry Gardens is delighted to reward your generosity!
 
Olney HELP has provided emergency assistance to the community for more than 40 years. The current list of critically needed items includes jelly, canned fruit, canned chicken, beef stew, canned meats, cold cereals, shelf-stable juices, pancake mix and pancake syrup. Always needed are rice and pasta side dishes, evaporated milk, canned yams and gift cards to area grocery stores.
 
Two of our Blueberry Gardens practitioners are offering free services to those who make significant donations to our Winter Food Drive. Select one of the following services as our "thank you" for your generosity:
-- 30-minute stress-reliving acupuncture treatment with Licensed Acupuncturist Erin Smith or
-- 30-minute New Year's nutrition consultation with Licensed Dietician and Nutritionist Irene Czapery
 
To schedule a session of your complimentary service, please contact Erin Smith, LAc, at 420-490-3346 or Irene Czapery, LDN, at 301-452-5315. More information about Erin and Irene (and all Balueberry Gardens practitioners) is available on our website: www.blueberrygardens.org.

Special Events at Blueberry Gardens
The sunset of one year and the dawn of another often leads to introspection and resolutions for improvement. As 2015 draws to a close and 2016 beckons, your personal assessment may result in goal-setting to enhance your physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Upcoming special events at Blueberry Gardens can help you achieve your personal and professional objectives.
 
Embrace the holidays and the new year with an open heart at The Art of Grace, a half-day workshop from 1:30 to 4:30pm, Saturday, Dec. 19. Coordinators Maria Hamburger and Sarah Kaufman invite you to be inspired with yoga, meditation, stories of amazing grace and a book-signing. Cost: $50. Register: sungoldsam@aol.com.
 
Massage therapists are invited to a one-day session on Cultivating a Mindful Practice to identify communication skills, appropriate roles and boundaries to accompany finely honed hands-on skills. This experiential workshop is set for 9:30am to 5:30pm, Wednesday, Jan. 6. It meets NCBTMB Ethics requirement and offers seven NCBTMG CE's. Cost: $139. Info or registration: 919-885-1069 or traceyjmoon.com.

Become a Certified Integrative Reflexologist in a weekend and spread a little more healing throughout the world! Learn the basic techniques of foot, hand and ear reflexology through the four-theory approach of structural alignment, zones, oriental meridians and proprioceptors. This three-day session is 9am to 6pm, Jan. 8-10 and is NCBTMB approved. Cost: $475. Info or registration: 919-885-1069 or traceyjmoon.com.
 
Enjoy a long winter's relaxation and rejuvenation during a half-day retreat from 1 to 5pm, Saturday, Jan. 23. Winter Bliss Mini-Retreat includes all levels yoga asana, chanting and meditation to assist you in connecting fully to your heart source. Cost: $50. Register: kelly@wildfloweryoga.com.
 
Is 2016 the year to find your voice and vision and fulfill your resolutions? Shakti: Vision and Goals, a one-day women's retreat for body and brain, will help start the new year from the inside out. Vision boarding, chakra yoga, a private photo shoot, reiki and craniosacral therapies, restorative yoga and meditation are on the schedule from 9am to 5pm, Saturday, Feb. 6. All skill levels are welcome, previous experience is not required. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Cost: $200. Info: 919-237-1518 or belinda@hummingbirdrcc.com. Register: hummingbirdrcc.com/shakti/
 
Focusing on self understanding allows us to better love others. Intimacy with Oneself: A Day of Practice, helps deepen mindfulness and generate love and understanding for ourselves and others. This one-day session is set for 8:45am to 3:30pm, Saturday, Feb. 13 and will be led by Connie Anderson, Tim MCormack and Scott Schange, practitioners at Still Water Mindfulness Practice Center. Suggested donation: $40-$70. Info: 301-260-1635 or gklinger@verizon.net. Register: StillWaterMPC.org
 
Learn to free yourself of negative attributes to lead a more fulfilling, joyful and creative life. Love, Power, Serenity is a one-day Pathwork workshop led by veteran Pathwork Helper Janeil Stewart and Martie Harris, Associate Pathwork Helper. They will use guided meditations, movement, teaching and experiential exercises for growth and connecting. The session is set for 9am to 3pm, Saturday, Feb. 20. Cost: $55. Info or registration: 301-461-8733.
 
Explore the possibilities of somatic awareness to enhance your creative expression at a one-afternoon workshop, Creative Renewal -- Embodied Art Retreat, 11am to 4:30pm, Sunday March 6. Rosen Method Body work practitioner Carol Cober and artists Bonny Lundy and Caitlin Sherwood guide an exploration of mindful awareness, creative exercises in watercolor and art journaling and offer Rosen Method touch and movement. Cost: $75 includes art journaling and watercolor supplies. Info and registration: 240-418-5603.

Experience the magic of making your own medicine drum with your love, passion and energy entwined in it at a one-day workshop, Drum and Rattle Making, 10am to 5pm, Saturday, March 12. Contemporary medicine woman and drum-doula Mia Luz will lead creation of a 14-inch round elk-hide drum with cedar frame, beater and traditional elk-hide rattle. Cost: $250 before Feb. 12. Info and registration: drumdoula@gmail.com or drumdoula.com.