Since the very beginning of our farm, Kyle and I have always believed in prioritizing our health and wellness alongside growing our business. It hasn’t always been easy and we certainly haven’t always succeeded, but we keep trying to discover new and nourishing ways to care for ourselves. Luckily, we have found dozens of incredible mentors along the way: teachers who have helped us to heal, reflect, nourish ourselves and just generally learn how to live well. We are thrilled to bring many of these beautiful teachers together for you all at our farm this fall.
Our Women’s Wellness series is a trio of workshops held from 1-4:30 p.m. every-other Saturday beginning September 21st. Each with its own unique focus (nourishing meals, introduction to herbalism, and digestive bitters), each session will include a short workshop, a yoga class, time to reflect and set intentions, and beautiful views of our fields. Some workshops will also send you home with goodies to use on your own wellness journey at home.
Our Women’s Wellness event series is your opportunity to learn how to care for yourself. It’s your moment to step away and just savor this life. It’s your moment of stillness.
1 p.m. Intro & Welcome
1:15 p.m. Making Digestive Bitters & Other Herbal Mojo with Erin Schneider of Hilltop Community Farm
Join us for an afternoon of digestive mojo that supports our bodies and the land as we head into the dormancy months. We'll start with an all-levels, Anusara inspired yoga practice led by Peggy for some centering. From there we’ll explore the farm fields for a plant walk, gleaning insights about local herbs that support the land and our digestive health. Take home a custom bitters bottle you had a hand in making, alongside plant lists, recipes and resources for growing and preparing your own herbal blends—digesting further how we might support our well-being as winter beckons.
Erin co-owns Hilltop Community Farm a diversified market farm specializing in organic fruit and flowers. As an organic farmer for 12 years, florist for 9, educator for 20 and a lifetime as a curious plant steward, she loves cultivating a love of learning inspired by beauty, botany, and the hospitality of the land. She brings a breadth and depth of experience to sustainable agriculture, teaching courses in agriculture and food systems development, edible native plants, creative ways with herbs, writing, and global study abroad programming serving academic spheres and diverse community groups that share her love of people, plants, and dirt.
3:15 p.m. Yoga with Jamie Healy
Jamie teaches an Align + Flow yoga class. This style of class emphasizes safe alignment, as well as incorporates a slow flow that will feel both grounding and invigorating. Expect a heart-centered practice that will connect you with your body and your breath. Jamie’s class is suitable for all levels, from the absolute beginner to the well-seasoned yoga practitioner.
Jamie Healy first discovered yoga back in 2002 while living in Seattle as a new college graduate. As a young adult, with no clear career direction or sense of purpose, she struggled with overwhelm and anxiety. On the yoga mat she found she was able to slow life down as she began to witness and appreciate the present moment through intentional focus, movement and breath. She has a deep respect for the ability of the human body to heal itself and has seen firsthand what a consistent yoga practice can do to calm the mind and deepen the connection to self and others.
Jamie received her first 200-hour RYT certification from Perennial Yoga & Meditation in 2014, and her second certification from RajaHatha School of Yoga in 2018. Jamie teaches at The Yoga Sangha within Capital Fitness in Madison, WI, as well as in corporate wellness programs. She also offer workshops and retreats, as well as yoga privates, reiki, and chakra balancing. She can be found on Facebook under Jamie Healy:: Yoga and on Instagram as jamiehealylivenaturally.
4 p.m. Reflections & intentions
When: Saturday, October 5th, 1-4:30 p.m.
Where: Raleigh’s Hillside Farm, 901 N. Marsh Rd, Brodhead
Who: Anyone with an interest in medicinal herbs and holistic health; the class will be limited to 15 participants
Extras: Take home a custom bitters bottle you had a hand in making, alongside plant lists, recipes and resources for growing and preparing your own herbal blends
Do I need to practice yoga regularly to attend?
No! Jamie has been teaching all skills levels for years and will adjust the class to meet all participant needs.
Do I need to bring anything?
Please bring a water bottle, layers as most of the day will be outside or in open buildings and fall can be unpredictable, a yoga mat if you have one (we’ll have extra for those who don’t), a notebook and pen for recording your experience and intentions, and, most importantly, an open heart.