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Breath Centered Viniyoga: Weekly Class

9:30-10:45am, Thursdays weekly at Cedar Sanctuary

Yoga Nidra, a Guided Meditation

Last Fridays Monthly, 6:30pm-8:00pm at Cedar Sanctuary
Sonia Weirich of One To One Yoga
Investment $25. Space is limited and reservations required.
Email Sonia to reserve your spot:
What to bring: Please dress comfortably and bring a pillow for your head while lying in Savasana.

Constant mind chatter keeping you awake is no match for the healing experience of Yoga Nidra. An ancient practice, Yoga Nidra, is a guided meditative inquiry into the states of being, and what is beyond these states.

In an hour and a half group session, nothing is expected of you, no need to be a meditator, bendy, or even fit. You’ll be guided into a resting position while suggestions and prompts guide your mind into relaxation.

Meditation Series

4 Saturdays, Sept 7-28, 11am-12:30pm at Cedar Sanctuary
Sonia Weirich of One to One Yoga
Investment $100 for Series (limited to 12 participants)
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Whether you are looking to find more peace in your life or are ready to transcend the self altogether, this series will introduce you to the art of meditation as well as practices that will meet your intention. Over the course of four weeks, various types of meditation will be explored as will the stages of meditation. Physical movement, mindfulness and breath awareness, will be explored as preparation for meditation.

Each week you will go home with a practice to engage, and in the end you will have the tools to establish your own meditation practice. Meditation cushions and chairs will be provided.

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High Frequency Meditation and Healing Sound Bath

With Dawn Little Torres of Dakini Healing
Sunday, September 22 at 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Investment: $40 in-advance / $45 day-of (limited spaces and must pre-register).
THIS PROGRAM IS FULL! Add your name to waitlist via email to Susan at and subscribe for future program updates here.

Everything is Energy in motion…even those things that appear to be still. There is a vibration that permeates all things in nature, including the thoughts, feelings and emotions that course through us. When these streams of energy flowing through us are in harmony with nature, it is energy flowing at a high and beautiful frequency. But when those thoughts and emotions are not in sync with nature’s balanced rhythms, we find ourselves Feeling out of sync. The stresses and fast pace of life can create anxiousness, fear, depression, fatigue and even physical illness, these are feelings NOT in harmony with nature and the body suffers when exposed to them long term.  

The healing benefits of sound are numerous and affect all levels of our being, body, mind and spirit. The high vibrations of the crystal and Tibetan singing bowls raise the vibrations of all the cells and tissues in the body, releasing stress, tension, discomfort and energy blockages that can cause us to feel anxious, heavy, sluggish, sad, worried, hopeless or depressed. Sound Healing is a wonderful, gentle, feel good way to come into balance and feel completely blissed and blessed.

You are invited to gather in circle and ceremony. As summer draws near to a close and the equinox is near, we use the energy in nature around us to harvest the dreams we have seeded and fertilized. We begin with a meditation in the magic of the forest at Cedar Sanctuary and then gather inside of beautiful Cedar Sanctuary for a healing and nurturing sound bath. Dawn will first guide you through some gentle movement to allow the body to release some of the stress and tension of the day. We will then come into a comfortable Savasana position to receive the healing vibrations and sounds of the Tibetan Singing Bowls, Crystal Bowls, Giant Gong and various healing sound Tools.

About Dawn: As a yoga and meditation teacher, energy and sound healer, Dawn blends her love of teaching yoga with many years of studying alternative healing modalities. She guides clients and students to wake up their deeply rooted inner guidance system through Yoga, Reiki and Sound Healing. She has come to know that the body’s natural inclination is towards wellness, it is her passion to assist others in becoming aware of and removing the obstacles in the way of that movement.


Saturday, September 28, 6-9pm at Cedar Sanctuary
Potluck (Store-bought aok!)

Amigas is a multicultural community of women who know that there is more that connects us than divides us. We connect to grow meaningful and enriching relationships, create a sense of belonging for everyone, and have fun together.

As we remember our strengths and reconnect with our vibrant selves and each other, we benefit both as individuals and the evolution of our planet as a whole. To quote female role model Mamma Gena, “The joy of life is not simply in serving oneself. The true joy of life is in being able to be a part of a larger community of service, taking one another higher.”

Amigas meets regularly at Cedar Sanctuary to surround each other with the support of sisterhood, community, connection, and inspiration. For more information contact Susan Creighton: / 425.298.6428

Happy Guts Workshop

Back by popular request! With Kathleen Yow-Wells of Eastside Wellness Center
Saturday, Oct 5, 9am-1:30pm at Cedar Sanctuary (Sammamish, WA)
Investment $148 (limited to 12 participants and pre-registraiton required).

The Happy Guts class is based on the practice of Chi Nei Tsang developed by Taoist monks in ancient China. Modern Chi Nei Tsang is abdominal organ massage meant to aid elimination & detoxification while building gut health and vitality, stabilize our emotions, and has a grounding effect on our well-being.

We live in a fast-paced stressful world. Fast food, prolonged sitting, and forever ‘to do’ lists, undigested ‘emotions’, and chemicals everywhere play havoc with our nervous and digestive systems. Overtime, our overall gut functioning, health and vitality are greatly affected. Gut function directly affects our basic levels of health, and we must become aware of ways we can maintain it ourselves.

During our time together, you will learn a deeper understanding of how the digestive system works, what can go wrong, and how to support your own digestive health through manual self-care techniques of belly work. We will learn and experience the power of breath, gut awareness, and purposeful abdominal self-touch to reduce tension, pain, and discomfort. You will learn a ‘your hands on your gut’ self-care routine for daily use. This can be wonderful for family members, young and elderly alike. Learning resources will be provided.

This self-care class by a licensed massage therapist is not meant as medical advice or as a substitute for medical care. please consult your health provider for advice on specific conditions. if you want to learn life-long tools to take care of and love your guts and diminish symptoms such as bloating or belly discomfort this class is for you.

Kathleen Yow-Wells, LMT has been practicing therapeutic bodywork since 1982. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, passion, and humor to her teachings. Kathleen loves to teach self-care techniques to help people build their own little black bags of healing techniques. /

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Aging Brilliantly with MELT!

With Susan Creighton of Subundance Wellness at Bellevue Family Y
Sunday. October 6 at 11:30am-1pm
Investment $30 Y members/$45 non-members. Reserve your spot online here or contact the Y at 425.746.9900 

Move and feel better. If you have just a few minutes a day to help yourself look good and feel fantastic, this simple self-treatment is for you. Using small MELT balls for hands and feet and a specialized soft foam roller for the body, you will learn easy techniques that you can do at home to improve joint mobility, posture, balance, and stability, while releasing neck, shoulder and back tension. Sound awesome? You bet!

Whether you’re an athlete or someone looking to move with greater ease, MELT is a proactive self-care approach to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. We will review an upper body release sequence, including neck, shoulder, arm, and upper back areas. Aaaah…

Bonus: Includes a MELT Facial to stimulate cells that produce collagen in your skin and restore natural hydration from the inside out! 
Equipment: Provided for class use, and available for optional purchase by cash or check.
Wear: Comfy exercise wear such as layered tops, yoga pants or sweats, wearing socks or barefoot.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Retreat (3 days)

Friday, October 11: 7-9pm
Saturday, October 12: 8:45am-5pm
Sunday, October 13: 9am-3:30pm
Location: Cedar Sanctuary
Tammy Steele of Fully Present Living
Investment: Special early bird pricing before Sept 10th is $345, and $395 afterwards
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Based on the bestselling book “Perfect Health,” by Dr. Deepak Chopra, this retreat is led by Chopra Center Certified Instructor Tammy Steele who studied Ayurvedic practices at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Tammy is also Reiki Master and a professional certified holistic work/life flow Coach.


  • Got stress?
  • Are you experiencing sleepless nights?
  • Do you have digestion or weight problems?
  • Are you experiencing emotional turbulence?
  • Do you have physical aches & pains?

These are all imbalances and stressors in life. You may be inundated with 100’s of quick fix solutions and are probably overwhelmed with it all! You know if you don’t figure it out, you may end up with a serious health problem, but how can you figure out what will work for you? This 5-lesson course: The Chopra Center’s Perfect Health Program is a path to finding the answers.

You’ll learn how to reduce or eliminate the effects of stress, understand what foods help your body and which ones don’t, and feel more emotionally and physically alive than you’ve felt in years! In addition to the great tools, techniques and knowledge that you’ll be gaining, you’ll also benefit from:


  • Course workbook and handouts
  • Sun Salutation Yoga training
  • Meditation and breathing instruction 
  • Chopra Center gift
  • Private Webpage for course handouts and materials
  • Plus more – see course schedule info for details 

(We hosted this  program at Cedar Sanctuary in March 2019, and it was a fabulous and enriching experience! Inquire at about cost for optional pampering stations before/after event, including Infrared Sauna, Biomat, Essential Oil Foot Baths, Massage Chair, Private Bodywork Session, Private Yoga Healing Session, or Private MELT Method Session.)

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Move Your Body. Dance Your Dance.
3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8pm at
Cedar Sanctuary
(Program on-hold for summer and will resume 10/17.)
Investment: $20 (limited to 10 participants and pre-registration required)
Contact Brenda Loukes to save-your-spot: or 425.435.9498

We were born to move, and SoulDance is a safe and creative space to dance your dance ‘like nobody’s watching”. Dancing with no judgment of ‘right’ ways to move, this is a place for you to be you. To dance your soul with a freestyle movement experience that will light up your body, your smile, and your life. Come as you are.

“In a society that worships love, freedom, and beauty, dance is sacred. It is a prayer for the future, a remembrance of the past and a joyful exclamation of thanks for the present.”
-Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

(Co-ed. No fitness or dance experience is necessary. Dance barefoot or wearing socks.)

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Brenda Loukes-Johnson creates a juicy free-flowing journey for each SoulDance session using voice and soul-stirring music, while drawing on her experiences as a dance instructor, Kahuna transformational bodyworker, and holding space for creative Soulpainting programs.

Seed of Potential Talisman Workshop

Saturday, October 19, 10am-4pm at Cedar Sanctuary
Titina van Hoorn of Soul Piece Jewelry
Investment: $225 (includes silver precious metal clay, chain and findings, plus craft supplies for the creative exploration process)
No previous jewelry making experience necessary!
Save-your-spot now (Titina will be traveling from Idaho for this program, which we expect to fill quickly!)
The Seed of Potential workshop is a journey of personal and group exploration, a guided creative process, culminating in the creation of a jewelry piece in fine silver.
If you are experiencing life-changing events, or wanting to embark upon a New Vision for your life, the use of a talisman  can be a very powerful way to anchor your transformational journey, and be reminded of those qualities you need to nurture in your “hero’s journey”. In many traditions, a talisman was worn for this purpose. I invite you to create your own Seed of Potential talisman.
In this workshop you:
* will be guided to do some PLAYFUL exploration that will include journaling, movement and a fun creative process to inspire you to design your unique piece
*will explore and be supported in identifying the “dragons” that stand in your way of becoming your magical self and how to use tools to face them on your path.
* will be taught a simple jewelry technique to create your own piece in FINE SILVER with a choice of additional materials
* complete your own, UNIQUE piece to wear and TAKE HOME that may serve as an inspiration for your daily life.
Titina van Hoorn is an artist, jeweler, life coach, energy healing practitioner, lover of words, dancer, mother and soul-seeker, who feels passionate about exploring the journey of the soul with all of its twists, turns and mysteries and supporting others who have chosen this rich path. More information at or visit the Soul Piece Jewelry page on Facebook.

Movement Medicine with MELT

With Susan Creighton of Subundance Wellness at Cedar Sanctuary
Saturday, October 26 at 9:30-11am
Investment $30. Reserve your spot online here or contact Susan to pay by check/cash at class:

If you have just a few minutes a day to help yourself move and feel better, check out MELT. Using small MELT balls for hands and feet and a specialized soft foam roller for the body, you’ll learn easy techniques that you can do at home to improve joint mobility, posture, balance, and stability, while releasing neck, shoulder and back tension. 

Whether you’re an athlete or someone simply looking to move with greater ease, MELT is a proactive self-care approach to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. We’ll review an upper body release sequence, including neck, shoulder, arm, and upper back areas. Aaaah…

Wear: Comfy exercise wear such as layered tops, yoga pants or sweats, wearing socks or barefoot.
Equipment: Provided for class use, and available for optional purchase by cash or check.

Sage Woman Retreat

Empowering the Peri Menopause and Menopausal Years
2 Days: Saturday & Sunday, November 2-3, 9am-5pm at Cedar Sanctuary
With Suzanne Silvermoon & Asmita Runge of Om & Ojas
Om & Ojas
Investment: $309 for early registration by 10/12 using code “Sage.” ($362 after 10/12)
Save-your-spot here

As women prepare to navigate their 40’s, 50’s and beyond, they begin to recognize a time of huge transitions. Changes present themselves physically, emotionally and/or spiritually.  Shifting hormones create physical changes, while shifting roles (empty nest, care of elderly parents) create mental, emotional and spiritual changes. For many, we experience a time of re-evaluation of life’s priorities such as jobs, relationships, living with purpose, being more creative or becoming more spiritual. While it is a challenging transitional time, when embraced, can become a very liberating and empowering stage of life: A time of awakening to our sacred authentic self.  

We at Om & Ojas have created Sage Woman, a wellness program for women in their peri-menopausal and menopausal years. The teachings are rooted in ancient healing practices of Yoga and Ayurveda and supported by modern scientific research.  The communities of women brought together through our program cultivate a life path of health, happiness and wholeness.

During our weekend immersion, we share:

  • Practical and creative ways to create balance in women’s personal and professional lives

  • Modern medical information about hormonal changes and effects of stress

  • Ancient Ayurvedic perspectives on the menopausal transition in life

  • Sage Woman Power Tools whereby they can then take an active role in their health and wellbeing

  • Yoga asana and pranayama practices for meeting the challenges of menopausal symptoms

  • Meditation practices for envisioning self as a Sage Woman.

  • Practices to navigate the rite of passage from the Motherhood to the Master (Sage Woman) stage of life

  • A deep sense of mutual connection and support to foster a sense of sacred sangha that the cohort of women in the program can draw from

  • Ayurvedic inspired lunch each day

Register here for this fabulous deep inhale Sage Woman Retreat.

REMEMBERING ME: An Introduction to Expressing Life’s Magic Through Story

Stay0tuned for a repeat of this fabulous program!
Barbara Krauss of The Centre for Organic Yesipes

Everyone has a story… what is yours?

• When was the last time you stopped to take stock of your awesomeness? To pause and celebrate yourself and your journey?
• How often do you acknowledge yourself and the gifts that you have shared with others in the milestones of your life: the highs, the lows, and all points in between?

Imagine what it would feel like to grant yourself permission to rest, reflect and express yourself creatively. REMEMBERING ME is a three-hour experiential workshop when you get to dedicate an afternoon to remembering how remarkable you really are.

During our time together, you’ll have an opportunity to:

• Connect with a community of like-minded women, listening and deeply sharing from the heart.
• Experience meaningful insight through guided meditation, journaling, and potent conversations.
• Easily create a piece of art to express your story – no previous art experience needed.
• Express yourself in writing with effortlessness, ease, and joy…whether you’re a seasoned writer, or this is your first time writing a story about your life.

Create this time for yourself. Give yourself the gift of exploring the stories of your life and connecting the dots in your experiences and gifts!

Barbara Krauss is a STORYOGRAPHER. Her work is an organic blend of creating and writing stories, gathering stories of others, and giving them a voice. Combining her expertise in coaching/mentoring, inspirational teaching, motivational speaking and facilitating workshops, she powerfully holds space where creative engagement thrives. She is most alive when enraptured by the organic flow and freedom of immersion in creative expression, and invites others to join her in this realm.
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Relax & Renew Mini-Retreat

A mixed-modalities afternoon of necessary indulgences and modalities. Our most recent program included Aromatherapy, MELT Method, Gyrotonic, and a Gong Sound Bath. Heavenly! Schedule your own Relax & Renew Mini-Retreat.

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February 2018: Do you believe that kindness rocks? This Community Matters program was a crafternoon of community connecting through art.

Kindness Rocks is a fun project that’s spreading all over the country. Here’s the idea: you paint rocks with positive and encouraging images or messages; then inspire others by dropping the rocks in random places for them to find them and play it forward.

We connected as a group, included a meditation to inspire creativity and inspiration, created uplifting treasures to share in our neighborhoods, and had a great time together!

This program was sponsored by Wellness Connects Providers Susie Hindle Kher, Susan Creighton, and the Redmond Library to support community connections, wellness, and a sense of belonging for everyone.

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What We Have In Common: 3 Faith Traditions

November 2017: This Community Matters panel discussion was sponsored by Wellness Connects Providers Debbie Lacy and Susan Creighton, Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition, and the Redmond Library to support community wellness by building connections and bridges, and creating a sense of belonging for everyone.

At a time of growing divisiveness and misinformation in our country, this program was an opportunity to learn more about the commonalities of three Abrahamic faith traditions, and how these faith leaders are driven by their faith toward good works, unity, and justice for all. Panelists Aneelah Afzali (MAPS), Pastor Ellie VerGowe, and Rabbi Ruth Zlotnick shared thoughtful, brilliant, and funny responses to questions about their roles as women in faith leadership, feminism, cultural oppression of women, the percentage of women/men in attendance, God’s love for non-believers, the concept of an angry and wrathful God, common incorrect assumptions about their faith, welcoming all in a non-binary world, science vs. religion, mystery of the divine, responsibility toward those who are vulnerable or suffering, and controversies about Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holiday greetings and Starbucks holiday cup designs. This video is an of excerpt on the topic of masculine associations with God.

Interfaith Leaders:
Aneelah Afzali, Interfaith Leader, Director at Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS)
Rev. Ellie VerGowe, Pastor at First Covenant Church
Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick, Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Am

A supportive community is vital to a healthy society. Community Matters gatherings are opportunities for people of all cultures, races, faiths, and gender identities to connect and converse about wellness and everything that entails; personal wellness, family wellness, and wellness in the world.

The Redmond Library hosted this free program in Sept, 2017.

You belong. Whether you’ve lived somewhere your whole life or just recently arrived in your new home, a sense of belonging can be hard to come by. This sense of belonging isn’t just good for personal health and happiness; it’s critical for community health as well. How can we create a stronger sense of belonging for ourselves and others?

During this evening of conversation we explored how to overcome challenges that can keep us isolated and even divided from one another, and:
· Brought people together who may not normally get a chance to know each other
· Engaged in meaningful conversation that honors our diverse perspectives

· Inspired small, but powerful actions that strengthen our sense of belonging and the health of our community

Event sponsored by the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition (ERIC), Wellness Connects providers Debbie Lacy and Susan Creighton, and the Redmond Library as part of Welcoming Week, a national celebration that brings together U.S. born residents, established immigrants, and newcomers to increase awareness and to build stronger unity across differences.

SoulCollage for Community Wellness

SoulCollage is an opportunity to foster community wellness with a creative, fun and meaningful art activity. Meet new people and learn an art form you’ll be able to easily do on your own whenever you feel the urge to create.

We’ll gather together to identify internal resources to build the kind of community we want to live in. You’ll then leave with a visual representation and reminder of your gifts – gifts you can consciously draw upon to strengthen community and your connections with others.

Making SoulCollage® cards is a creative and intuitive practice. Using found images from magazines and an easy cut and paste process, you’ll create a unique collage card that supports your goals and desires. No prior experience necessary. (Note: We won’t be teaching the pure SoulCollage method originally created by Seena B. Frost, but we’ll use SoulCollage techniques.To learn more about Seena’s method and to view a sampling of SoulCollage images, visit


Debbie Lacy is a certified life coach, community facilitator, and Director of the Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition. Debbie learned about SoulCollage from Noelle Remington, a certified SoulCollage facilitator, and has been incorporating SoulCollage techniques in her workshops for 15 years.

Susan Creighton is the Chief Inspiration Officer for our event sponsor, Wellness Connects. WC practitioners provides a network of support services from a wide range of wellness modalities. Members focus on creating, restoring and maintaining wellness through professional service and tools, cross-referrals to complementary practitioners, and public programs for education, outreach, and community connection.