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Happy Guts Workshop

With Kathleen Yow-Wells of Eastside Wellness Center
Saturday, May 28, 9am-3pm
Investment $175
/ Save your spot here
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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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.


Intentions Sound Bath Experience

With Jamie Cabaccang of TECHIES + WELLNESS
Stay-tuned for next program!
Investment: $50 / Save your spot here (all attendees masked, and vaccinated or recently tested)
Once event is full, contact Jamie at to join waitlist.
We welcome 2022 with reflection and gratitude for the past and present, while opening our hearts and minds intentionally and energetically into possibility. Jamie Cabaccang will facilitate your journey through an intention setting process, crystal alchemy singing bowls, Shamanic drum, and harmonium plus vocal tones to become an even more magnetic and energetic match for what your soul is calling and the life you love, desire, and deserve.
All are welcome to experience this immersive experience. Spots are limited and reserving your spot beforehand is required. A yoga mat and blanket are provided, however feel free to bring your own mat, eye mask, pillow, and personal blanket for your comfort. Paper/pen provided or bring a your favorite journal and pen.
Jamie Cabaccang is the 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. /
COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: 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 current state regulations, we will follow guidelines. Techies + Wellness can cancel your ticket with a full refund at any time for COVID related reasons.

Breath Centered Viniyoga

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

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).



Stay-tuned for next gathering date!
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.