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Gratitude Sound Bath Experience
With Jamie Cabaccang of TECHIES + WELLNESS
Sunday, December 5, 3-4:30pm
Investment: $40 / Save-your-spot here (all attendees masked and vaccinated or recently tested)
Practicing gratitude and resilience through mantras and sound frequencies. Gratitude as a discipline is a thankful appreciation that can be tangible or intangible in supporting:
  • Personal development
  • Creating positive experiences
  • Improving health
  • Building strong relationships
  • Healing emotional wounds
  • A method for achieving a life that is aligned with your higher self

It’s a spiritual practice that can help you heal and navigate through life’s most difficult times. Gratitude aligns our perceptions with the nature of reality and its wonder, beauty and infinite gifts.

Join us on a highly vibrational inward journey where you will be guided in connecting with the medicine of gratitude, aligning with your higher self through mantras and sound frequencies. In this session, Jamie will be using her crystal alchemy singing bowls, Shamanic drum, harmonium and vocal tones.

All are welcome! Spots are limited. A yoga mat and blankets are provided. Feel free to bring your own mat, eye mask, pillow and blanket for your comfort.

This immersive experience will be led by Jamie Cabaccang, Founder of Techies + Wellness and Soul Care Practitioner at Pure Reiki Wellness. Techies + Wellness is a bridge between the tech and wellness communities on a mission to empower tech professionals to help you get from a place of stress, anxiety and even illness to that place of peace and power within by bringing holistic wellness hacks and resources, unique event experiences, and transformative retreats.

We follow CDC guidelines and since the space is intimate, we require proof of vaccination or provide a negative test result. We provide hand sanitizer, keep windows open for air circulation plus overhead fan, medical quality air purifier in room, plus motion-sensor soap dispensers and wall-mounted paper towels in restrooms. We kindly require you to wear your mask at all times. If you have any COVID symptoms or have been exposed to COVID in the past 14 days, we ask that you stay at home. Depending on the current state regulations, we will follow guidelines. Techies + Wellness can cancel your ticket with a full refund at any time for COVID related reasons.

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Happy Guts Workshops

With Kathleen Yow-Wells of Eastside Wellness Center
Saturday, November 13, 9am-2:30pm
Investment $175 (all attendees are vaccinated and masked)
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Happy Guts class is based on the practice of Chi Nei Tsang, a form of abdominal massage developed by Taoist monks in ancient China. Modern Chi Nei Tsang is abdominal organ massage meant to aid elimination and detoxification while building gut health and vitality. It also stabilizes emotions through release of tension and trauma.
We live in a fast-paced stressful world. Fast food, prolonged sitting, and forever ‘to do’ lists, undigested emotions, and chemicals play havoc with our nervous and digestive systems. Our gut function directly affects our basic levels of physical health, emotional well-being, and overall vitality. Abdominal self-massage is an excellent tool for improving and maintaining overall gut health and an excellent tool to move stress, tension, and unexpressed emotion through our systems.
During our time together, you will gain a deeper understanding of how the digestive system works, what can go wrong, and how to support your own digestive health and emotional well-being through slow mindful belly massage. You will learn and experience the power of breath, gut awareness, and purposeful abdominal self-touch to reduce tension, pain, discomfort, and improve mental and emotional well-being and balance.
You will learn a ‘your hands on your guts’ self-care routine for daily use. This can be wonderful for all family members, young and elderly alike. Learning resources will be provided. If you want to learn life-long tools to take care of and love your guts and diminish symptoms of digestive 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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UPDATE: Regarding COVID-19 precautions at Cedar Sanctuary, we take prevention measures very seriously, and in addition to mandated or recommended safety measures (capacity/masks/distancing etc.), we’ve implemented additional precautions such as wall-mounted paper towels, motion-sensor soap dispensers, spray sanitizer/disinfectant at entries, and more.


Yoga Therapy for Clarity and Energy

With Sonia Weirich of One To One Yoga
Stay-tuned for next program with Sonia
Investment: $30
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(This program is both indoors/masked and outdoors-distanced/mask optional. Learn how masking actually increases oxygenation to the brain!)

Do you want more energy and clarity? Are you experiencing Brain Fog or Fatigue? This workshop will give you simple yet impactful yoga therapy practices to help build energy reserves and clear your mind, and is designed to be accessible to all regardless of age or ability.

Brain fog and fatigue can come on for a number of reasons, whether it is stress, pain, or illness. What can we do to address these symptoms? It starts with the breath and neuro-physical movements. The breath is what will bring oxygen to the brain and the body so that you can think more clearly and feel more energized. The neuro-physical movements will enliven the brain to facilitate better brain function. Come experience how these simple yet impactful yoga therapy practices can help you.

“I didn’t think there was anything I could do about the brain fog I was experiencing and yet through this simple breathing practice, the fog lifted. The exercises apply not only to personal clarity and focus, but a heightened sense of connection to and awareness of one’s surroundings. Think, getting ‘tuned in!” SC
Props: mask, yoga mat, whatever will make you comfortable lying on the floor (blanket, pillow for head, bolster for under knees, eye pillow, etc…)
Sonia is a Yoga Therapist* C-IAYT and a non-dual renunciate practitioner who offers private yoga therapy sessions for those interested in personalizing and deepening these practices. Those who attended the workshop and want to further explore these practices in a more personalized way will receive 20% off a yoga therapy session. This workshop offers 1.5hrs of CEs.

Sonia Weirich, Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

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Breath Centered Viniyoga

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

Discover The Art of Meditation

3rd-Saturdays (beginning Jan 2020) 9:30-10:30am at Cedar Sanctuary
Sonia Weirich of One to One Yoga
Investment $25 (limited to 12 participants)
Save-your-spot here or email Sonia at

UPDATE: This program has been moved online until further notice. To save-your-spot, email Sonia at or call/text 206-422-1317

Whether you would like to start a meditation practice or would like to deepen a current meditation practice, this monthly class will give you the opportunity to explore meditation in a supportive and nurturing setting. Gentle instruction will be given to guide you into a state of relaxation, cues given to keep you engaged in and deepen the meditation process, and guidance given to maintain your meditative state as you continue on with your day. Meditation cushions and chairs will be provided.

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Move& Groove Community Dances

This program has moved to pop-up dances at Cedar Sanctuary. Stay-tuned here or join mailing list for future dances:
It’s a dance party for every body and you belong. Music is a universal language that creates a direct soul connection, and through the magical combo of music and movement medicine we celebrate community, create a sense of belonging for everyone, and have a great time together.
•  No experience needed – just have fun!
•  Dress to move easily (comfy shoes, socks, or barefoot)
•  Arrive a few minutes early to park and check-in
Dance first, think later. It’s the natural order. -Samuel Beckett
Be yourself; everybody else is already taken. -Oscar Wilde
Restorative Meditation – Yoga Nidra

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.
Reserve your date/spot here or email Sonia at

UPDATE: This program has been moved online until further notice. To save-your-spot, email Sonia at or call/text 206-422-1317

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

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.

What to bring: Please dress comfortably and bring anything that would be helpful while lying in Savasana on a yoga mat (yoga mat provided or bring your own, and you may want a bolster/pillow for knees/head or comfy blanket).



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Potluck (Store-bought is aok!)
Amigas Group on Facebook

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

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.