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Fall Permaculture Practices for a Successful Spring Garden

Permaculture is a sustainable and natural approach to agriculture that integrates nature and society. Join Michael & Jennifer in this afternoon workshop that will introduce you to the principles that allowed them to turn their 2/3 acre lot into an urban homestead that produces more than half the food for their family. The workshop will offer a generous mix of philosophy and methodology. Participants will be introduced to the basics of permaculture; mulching, co-planting, natural pest control, chemical free fertilization, and designing a food forest. You will gain the knowledge to plant your fall crops and prepare your spring beds now for a successful garden in the coming year.Rainbow

We will offer you a sampling of our perennial plants to take home for your own gardens and then we will cap off the day with a variety of fresh snacks and hot coffee.

What to bring: Garden shoes, warm farming clothes, gloves, re-fillable water bottle. This workshop is limited to 10 attendees.

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Matching Pictures: An Introduction to Compassionate Communication

“That’s not what I meant!”

How many times have we found ourselves muttering this under our breath? How do we find the peace within our hearts and with those we love? How do we practice meaningful communication in order to get our needs met appropriately?

20130913_214132Experience new approaches to communicating that help us connect with others and our divine energy. During the workshop we will participate in several fun exercises that will help us practice and explore listening with empathy and expressing ourselves with an open and loving heart.

This workshop is appropriate for couples, siblings, families or individuals looking to connect with their loved ones with more intention.  The skills can be applied to all relationships, especially ourselves!
This workshop is based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication, a language of compassion, referred to as NVC. For those of you unfamiliar with NVC you can visit the Center for Nonviolent Communication’s website and read the first chapter of Rosenberg’s book:

https://www.cnvc.org/Training/nvc-chapter-1 


Feel free to contact Jennifer or Michael to discuss how NVC may bring peace to you,  Jenniferc@sustainablereflections.com or Michaelc@sustainablereflections.com

To register and pay securely online, please fill out the form below.

Registration and light breakfast fare are from 8:00am -9:00am
Registration Fee of $75.00 includes all the materials needed for the workshop which you will keep, a light morning breakfast fare, a catered healthy summertime lunch and afternoon refreshments. Please wear whatever you are most comfortable in. Our workshop room is a beautiful sunlit room on the waterfall overlooking a beautiful pond.
The workshop will begin promptly at 9:00am.

Garden of Gethsemane Yoga

This is my favorite time of the Ecumenical year.  I love the real, scared and tender Jesus we see and hear in the garden of Gethsemane.  His questioning of “Why me?” is a familiar one to us as humans.  In this season I am reminded of this very personal question.  Not only am I reminded, but I find the gratitude and the humility in the question “Why me?”  Why did God choose this yoga ministry for me?  This is a ministry of helping people keep the temple of their body strong and sacred, and to keep clear and pure the offerings of love and devotion at the altar of our hearts.

As Jesus takes his human-ness, feajesus-in-gethsemane1r and reluctance to God in the Garden of Gethsemane, so too, will we take our journey into our hearts and onto our mats to discover “Why me?” What is our duty in this life? As a Christian am I keeping up with who God created in me? What is our calling?  We all share in this very human moment that Jesus had in the hours before his ultimate offering of love.

By searching our hearts and bodies through the practice of yoga we find the Lord’s answers coming straight from our hearts. I am so honored to share this with the members of First Church of Christ, Congregational UCC in Middletown, CT.  This is my love offering to the God in you.  Join me in this quiet all levels yoga class to find the edge of God’s purpose for you.

Jesus meditating

I will be offering this class for six weeks on Sunday evenings beginning February 22 at 6:00pm – 7:30.  All levels are welcome and encouraged.  Wear modest, loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and a towel. The class will be 90 minutes of a Classical Hatha Yoga Practice; deep breathing, sun salutations and asana (postures) followed at the end by a deep relaxation practice called Yoga Nidra. Bring a blanket, sweatshirt and warm socks for deep relaxation.

Start hearty green seedlings

Start seedlings for Late Flat Dutch cabbage, Scotch curly and Russian Kale, First growth of lettuces, all peppers, spinach.

Scotch curly kale