classes 2010

Celebrate the Winter Solstice in an All-Day Retreat…

MOVEMENT AND STILLNESS: The Invitation of Winter

Sunday, December 19, 2010 . 8:30am-4:00pm . Ashton, Maryland (north Silver Spring)

Seeking replenishment, rest and reflection?  Prepare for winter, recharge yourself for the holidays, in a day-long retreat with me and Brigit Viksnins, bodyworker and biodynamic craniosacral therapist.

Learn about the energetics and the foods of winter…and be deeply nourished and supported by them. Spend the day finding alignment in the spirit of the season…with your body, mind, will and soul through Brigit’s movement meditation The Alignment Sequence, journaling and meditation…Leave feeling centered and grounded, having accessed the power of deep quiet, a well-spring of replenishment and balancing…winter.

For more information about Brigit, her practice and The Alignment Sequence, see MaintainAlignment.com

$150 in advance . $200 at the door.  Seasonal lunch included . REGISTER HERE .

Class size is limited:  register now!

Please bring:  your favorite meditation cushion, a journal and pen, and a water bottle.  Wear loose, comfortable clothing.  Bring warm layers, especially if you would like to walk outside at lunch time… this retreat will take place at a lovely biodynamic/organic blueberry farm.


THAT’S ALL FOLKS, FOR 2010! We hope you choose to finish out this year in powerful, quiet stillness on Sunday, December 19.

If you would like to host a class or series of classes in the new year, contact me asap! simplybeingwell at gmail dot com.

GLUTEN-FREE Holiday Cookie Tin

Saturday, December 11 .  9:30am-12 noon . Great Falls, VA
LOVE cookies? Who doesn’t? Fill your holiday tins this year with yummy, “can’t tell it’s not regular flour”, “better for you anyway” cookies! We’ll make the holiday favorites gluten free with nut flours, brown rice flour, and coconut flour. We will also work with alternative sweeteners. $55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

Healthy Breakfasts II

Tuesday, November 30 . 9:30am-11:30am . Oakton, VA

Enough said.  No, seriously folks. This class will feature nut and coconut flours…learn how to make delicious, nutritious WAFFLES, PANCAKES, and MUFFINS, without “flour”. They are good for every body (unless you have a nut allergy, of course) and are PACKED with PROTEIN!! No carb crashes after these breakfasts! We look forward to cooking and eating with you!! $55 in advance . $65 at the door . REGISTER HERE

Super GLUTEN-FREE Breakfasts!! and it’s not just grains!

Saturday, December 4 .  9:30am-12 noon . VIENNA, VA (note new location)
GLUTEN-FREE? CASEIN-FREE? You or someone you love? Don’t know what to serve for breakfast? This class will teach REAL food options for GF Breakfasts.  Healthy AND delicious!!! Note: we will work with nut flours, coconut flour and eggs in case of allergens. $55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

(Not So) Sweet Treats for the Holidays!

Tuesday, December 7 . 9:30am-11:30am . Oakton, VA

Learn how to make cakes and cookies and treats for the holidays with alternative sweeteners and flours. They won’t even know it’s good for them! 😉   $55 in advance . $65 at the door . REGISTER HERE

Classes in Silver Spring, Maryland

A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving*

*Just a few seats left!

Thursday, November 18 . 7pm-9:30pm . Silver Spring, MD

Longing for a flaky pie crust on that apple or pumpkin pie? How about cranberry orange bread? Stuffing? Gluten-free baking is not just rice flour any more! We will work with our own brown rice  flour based mix, (not at all gritty!) nut flour, and coconut flour just in time for a delicious, homemade, gluten-free Thanksgving! $55 per person in advance . $65 at the door . REGISTER HERE

Super GF Grains: Amaranth, Millet, Quinoa and Buckwheat***This class has been postponed due to host illness** look for a rescheduled date in the new year!

Saturday, November 20.  9:30am-12 noon . Great Falls, VA
GLUTEN-FREE? or simply want more variety in your diet? Learn how to prepare SUPER GRAINS amaranth, millet and quinoa, and buckwheat. All gluten-free, all high in protein, all easy to digest WHEN PREPARED CORRECTLY. They will add whole grain goodness to your diet without the digestive distress of gluten…I recommend them for every family!
$55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door .

NEW CLASS

Healthy Breakfasts I

Tuesday, November 9 . 9:30am-11:30am . Oakton, VA

Learn to prepare oats, grits, pancakes and crepes so they are easily digested, and their nutrient goodness is available to your body. Oatmeal must be SOAKED, and not just in water. Soaking pancake batter prevents a sugar crash. We will work with some alternative flours (buckwheat, oat, spelt) in this class. Learn to serve up old favorites so they are delicious AND nutritious! $55 in advance . $65 at the door . REGISTER HERE

Making Gelatinous Stock:The Secret Ingredient for Gut Health

Saturday, November 6 .  9:30am-12 noon . Great Falls, VA
Stock is one of the original SUPER FOODS. It is nurturing, nourishing, grounding, comforting, and nutrient-dense. All moms and dads,  (and everyone, yes, YOU!) need to know about this wonderful food. It is the foundation of good soup, stew, vegetables, and grains. It helps to heal the gut, is a great “first food” for infants, and is HIGH CALCIUM for growing children, menopausal women, and just about anyone who is alive.Learn how to make stock the way your grandmother (or great-grandmother) did! People who ate soups made with homemade bone broth grew strong, healthy children and stayed well themselves. Nutrient-dense stock is chock full of easily absorbed minerals every body needs, not the least of which is CALCIUM, and helps one to efficiently utilize protein. It has been indicated in helping to heal rheumatoid arthritis, gastritis, colitis, Crohn’s disease, allergies, and other digestive and bone disorders. In this class, learn the bones to use, where to get them, how long to cook them, cover on or off, and THE SECRET OF GELATIN!!!$55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

SERIES (attend one, all, or a few):

REAL FOODS FOR THRIVING CHILDREN

Nourish Their Brain Foods

Tuesday, October 19 . 9:30am-11:30am . Oakton, VA

Did you know that the brain and the gut are intimately connected? How about that the gut is considered the second brain of the body? In this class, we will explore foods that nourish the brain as well as the brain-gut connection. Set your child up for success in body and mind by providing foods that will be easy to digest and deeply nourishing. Learn which foods will give their brain and the rest of their body everything they need to thrive! $55 in advance . $65 at the door . REGISTER HERE

For a Healthy Gut and Strong Immune System: EAT Your Probiotics!

Tuesday, November 2 . 9:30am-11:30am . Oakton, VA

If you want a healthy child, you MUST provide LIVE foods that are chock full of enzymes and what I call the “gut good guys”. Every child needs them, and in this class you will learn how to make foods that you use every day nutritional power houses!It’s EASY. It’s FUN. It’s CHEAP. Why not?!  Ketchup a SUPERFOOD?! I say YES!!! Join us! $55 in advance . $65 at the door . REGISTER HERE

DRINK to a Healthy Gut! Fermented Beverages

Saturday, October 16 .  9:30am-12 noon . Great Falls, VA
Learn how to make some of the original sodas. Lacto-fermented beverages are an easy, inexpensive, delicious way to get more probiotics, vitamins and enzymes into your and your family’s diet. We will make ginger ale and punch… Learn how to make your own, cultured, LIVE beverages. KOMBUCHA anyone??! $55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

EAT Your Probiotics! Cultured Vegetables Kids will LOVE!

Saturday, October 23 .  9:30am-12 noon . Great Falls, VA
One of the biggest challenges we have today is getting enough LIVE ENZYMES and GOOD BACTERIA in our diets. Lacto-fermentation and culturing are age-old, traditional yet timeless ways to incorporate these foods and beverages into your life. Learn how to make your own delicious, full of the “GUT GOOD GUYS” lactobacilli pickles, sauerkraut, salsa, apple butter…and make the KETCHUP! $55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door . REGISTERHERE

NEW! ALL-DAY RETREAT

Movement and Stillness: The Invitation of Autumn

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 .  9am-3pm . SILVER SPRING, MD

Brigit Viksnins
Brigit Viksnins, MAT, NCTMB, BCST®, RHP

Meet Brigit Viksnins*, bodyworker and biodynamic craniosacral therapist.  I am partnering with this dear friend and colleague of mine to offer an all-day retreatwhere you can refresh and renew yourself in the spirit of the season.

Spend a day finding alignment…with your body, mind and spirit through Brigit’s movement meditation The Alignment Sequence. Align, stretch, journal and meditate, in harmony with the season of letting go. A deep in-breath, a deep out-breath. Slooooooow down. Practice mindfulness and mindful eating…what I call the Art of the Healing Cuisine…be deeply nourished and supported by the foods of autumn, prepared by me.

Please bring: yoga mats or meditation cushions, journals and pens, water bottles, and apples, pears or grapes for sharing (organic please). Wear loose, comfortable clothing and shoes.

$150 in advance .  $200 at the door. Seasonal lunch included . REGISTER HERE

Class size is limited, so reserve your space NOW! Join us! Don’t you deserve it?! :))

*Brigit Viksnins MAT, NCTMB, BCST®, RHP  practices Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (craniosacraltherapy.org), Massage Therapy and Reconnective Healing.  She also has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Georgetown University.  Since 1996, Brigit has been specializing in practicing stillness and presence, which can thoroughly relax, heal and decompress the central nervous system.  Along with a variety of other advanced courses, Brigit has studied Massage as a Medical Intervention, and Somatic Experiencing work (traumahealing.com).

Brigit values having found therapies which work with underlying causes of difficulties, as opposed to focusing on symptoms alone.  She enjoys working with a variety of people:  she loves introducing newcomers to bodywork, helping vital people maintain and improve their health with regular sessions, as well as working with practitioners and self-exploration adepts who want to further investigate their inner landscapes.  For more about Brigit’s practice, or her Alignment Sequence, an integrating movement meditation, please see MaintainAlignment.com.

Super Gluten-Free Whole Grains:Amaranth, Buckwheat, Millet, Quinoa

Thursday, October 14 . 7pm-9:30pm . Silver Spring, MD

GLUTEN-FREE? or simply want more variety in your diet? Learn how to prepare SUPER GRAINS amaranth, millet and quinoa, and buckwheat. All gluten-free, all high in protein, all easy to digest WHEN PREPARED CORRECTLY. They will add whole grain goodness to your diet without the digestive distress of gluten…I recommend them for every family!$55 in advance . $65 at the door .  REGISTER HERE

Hearty Autumn Soups!

Thursday, October 21 . 7pm-9:30pm . Silver Spring, MD

The weather is starting to chill, and ’tis the season for hearty Autumn soups! This is a new class, folks! Learn what to do with all that stock you have been making and storing all summer! Busy life? Soup makes dinner a breeze. We’ll do blended, cream, and clear soups…all Autumnal, all delicious! Can you smell it simmering now?!  $55 in advance . $65 at the door .  REGISTER HERE

Eat Beans and Whole Grains? Soak ’em for Ease of Digestion!(and I don’t mean water!!!)
Thursday, October 7 . 7pm-9:30pm . Silver Spring, MD

Beans, legumes, and grains are chock full of vitamins and protein your body needs. Leave those canned beans behind for the nutrition of beans prepared in your own kitchen…and learn how to prepare all those whole grains so that the minerals and enzymes are not lost! Unless you properly prepare beans and grains by soaking, phytic acid will prevent the absorption of important minerals, enzyme inhibitiors will block your enzymes, and large protein and carbohydrate molecules will not be broken down…leading to gastric distress, bloating, and (pardon me), flatulence! (BTW, flatulence is NOT normal. It means your digestive system is having a hard time breaking down your food.) Failing to soak may also lead to bone loss. EEEK! Got osteoporosis? Soak your beans and grains! Got flatulence? Soak your beans and grains! Got IBS or digestive disorders? Soak your beans and grains! $55 in advance . $65 at the door .  REGISTER HERE

Cooking with the Seasons: Autumn

Thursday, September 23 . 7pm-9:30pm . Silver Spring, MD

Mmmm mmm. Now that you have let go and cleared out, come and learn what foods will serve you on every level. Nature offers different foods every season AND the whole person will need different foods to be supported through each season. Learn about which whole foods will support you through the season of Autumn. $55 in advance . $65 at the door .  REGISTER HERE . just a few spaces left!!

just added! 9/22/2010

Fun Fall Ferments!

Thursday, September 30 . 7pm-9:30pm . Silver Spring, MD

Let’s do a lacto-fermentation class that features FERMENTS FOR AUTUMN! Learn the techniques so you can ferment nearly anything…and ferment vegetables and fruits that we haven’t done before…ferments that showcase the Autumn harvest and will support your lungs and large intestine through the Fall. Join us! $55 in advance . $65 at the door .REGISTER HERE!

Autumn Cleanses and DETOX…herbs, oils, foods

Thursday, September 16 . 7pm-9:30pm . Silver Spring, MD

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to do a gentle cleanse or “detox” to ready the body, mind and spirit for Winter. In the Chinese system, it is the time of the Lung and Large Intestine meridians. Come learn about the characteristics of the season, as well as gentle and easy ways to support the lungs and large intestine during this time. This class will cover the energetics of the season, herbal infusions, therapeutic grade essential oils, and foods you can use to cleanse, detoxify, and support the body during the “clearing out” and “letting go” time.  $65 in advance . $75 at the door .CLASS IS SOLD OUT!! :)) catch the Spring DETOX!!

Want to attend both 9/16 Autumn Detox and 9/23 Cooking for Autumn? SAVE! $110 for both. REGISTER for BOTH classes HERE. How about all three classes? Include Autumn Soups HERE for $160.

EAT Your Probiotics: Lacto-fermented Vegetables and Fruits!

Thursday, August 19 . 6pm-8:30pm . Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD (Baltimore County)

Learn how to make pickles, salsa, chutneys…and more…the old-fashioned way! Lacto-fermented foods are the original probiotics. Learn a process that not only preserves foods, but also increases the vital life force in foods, increases Vitamin C, increases enzymes, and adds helpful “gut good guys”, lactobacilli to your food. It’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and it packs a big nutritional wallop! Add to your health when eating these foods you make yourself!! Your taste buds AND your digestive system will thank you for it! $55 in advance . $49 case club members .  REGISTER HERE

***Note new date! Glorious GREENS! Collards! Kale! Beet Greens! More…AND Salad Dressings from Scratch!

Saturday, August 21 . 10am-12:30pm . Oakton, VA

Baffled by collards? Afraid of beet greens? Love greens, but don’t know how to make them? Deep GREEN leafy vegetables are very high in CALCIUM and other minerals. Greens are wonderful for people of all ages, especially women and anyone who drinks coffee. (decaf or not!) And while the salad season is upon us, most bottled salad dressings are not good for you. Find out why, and learn to make your own tasty, healthy salad dressings in a snap! You’ll never eat or serve bottled dressings again $55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door .

EAT Your Probiotics! Fermented PICKLES, APPLE BUTTER, SALSA, KETCHUP! …and KOMBUCHA, too!!!

SUNDAY, July 11 .  9:30am-12 noon . Takoma Park, MD

One of the biggest challenges we have today is getting enough LIVE ENZYMES and GOOD BACTERIA in our diets. Lacto-fermentation and culturing are age-old, traditional yet timeless ways to incorporate these foods and beverages into your life. Learn how to make your own delicious, full of the “GUT GOOD GUYS” lactobacilli pickles, sauerkraut, salsa, apple butter…and make the KETCHUP! By request of the hostess, we will be making KOMBUCHA in this class! Join us!! $55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

Super GLUTEN-FREE/CASEIN-FREE Breakfasts

Saturday, July 10 . 10am-12:30pm . Oakton, VA

GLUTEN-FREE? CASEIN-FREE? You or someone you love? Don’t know what to serve for breakfast? This class will teach REAL food options for GF Breakfasts.  Healthy AND delicious!!! Note: we will work with nut flours, coconut flour and eggs in case of allergens. $55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

Super GLUTEN-FREE/CASEIN-FREE Snacks

Saturday, July 17 . 10am-12:30pm . Oakton, VA

Snack time? When your child asks for a snack, his or her body is asking for NUTRIENTS. GF/CF? Learn some new nutrient-dense, delicious AND nutritious snacks for you and your family. Stop eating and feeding those boxed, dead, processed snacks that leave them hungry and don’t supply the nutrients your children need! Note: we will be working with GF grains, nut and coconut flours, and eggs. An egg substitute list will be given, and some flours can be substituted. Contact me with questions about allergens for the class. $55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

Making Gelatinous Stock:The Secret Ingredient for Gut Health

Saturday, June 12 . 9:30am-12 noon . Oakton, VA

Stock is one of the original SUPER FOODS. It is nurturing, nourishing, grounding, comforting, and nutrient-dense. All moms and dads,  (and everyone, yes, YOU!) need to know about this wonderful food. It is the foundation of good soup, stew, vegetables, and grains. It helps to heal the gut, is a great “first food” for infants, and is HIGH CALCIUM for growing children, menopausal women, and just about anyone who is alive.Learn how to make stock the way your grandmother (or great-grandmother) did! People who ate soups made with homemade bone broth grew strong, healthy children and stayed well themselves. Nutrient-dense stock is chock full of easily absorbed minerals every body needs, not the least of which is CALCIUM, and helps one to efficiently utilize protein. It has been indicated in helping to heal rheumatoid arthritis, gastritis, colitis, Crohn’s disease, allergies, and other digestive and bone disorders. In this class, learn the bones to use, where to get them, how long to cook them, cover on or off, and THE SECRET OF GELATIN…$60 per person in advance . $70 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

Super GF Grains for Super Kids: Amaranth, Millet, Quinoa and Buckwheat

Saturday, June 26 . 9:30am-12 noon . Oakton, VA

GLUTEN-FREE? or simply want more variety in your diet? Learn how to prepare SUPER GRAINS amaranth, millet and quinoa, and buckwheat. All gluten-free, all high in protein, all easy to digest WHEN PREPARED CORRECTLY. They will add whole grain goodness to your diet without the digestive distress of gluten…I recommend them for every family! $55 per person in advance . $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

May 8: Small Changes, BIG Impact: The Brain-Gut Connection and Why GF/CF May Not be Enough…The Foundation Class

Gluten-free? What an ASD or AD/HD child eats can provide the foundation of balance for them…and the BEST DIET may not be what you think! If you or someone in your family is following a gluten-free diet, this talk is for you! Learn about the connection between the gut and the brain and emotional well-being…and why gluten-free/casein-free (GF/CF) diets may not be enough. They bring temporary relief and may lead to other issues. Find out about the components of a GF diet that lead to optimal health! Then learn the cooking techniques so you may incorporate them into your life with confidence! . REGISTER HERE

May 15: Nourish Your Brain Foods! . REGISTER HERE

Saturday, May 15 . 9:30am-12 noon . Oakton, VA
Whether you have a child on the Autistic Spectrum or with AD/HD…or experience brain fog or an inability to concentrate yourself, come find out the foods that nourish your brain. The answers may surprise you!

May 22: DRINK to a Healthy Gut! Fermented Beverages Your Family will LOVE!

Saturday, May 22. 9:30am-12 noon . Oakton, VA
Learn how to make some of the original sodas. Lacto-fermented beverages are an easy, inexpensive, delicious way to get more probiotics, vitamins and enzymes into your and your family’s diet. We will make ginger ale, punch and orangina…drink ALMOND MILK from a box? Learn how to make your own, cultured, LIVE and without all those additives. KOMBUCHA anyone??!

Heal the Gut with Gelatinous Stock: what, why and how

Thursday, April 29 . 7:15pm-9:30pm .  NW DC-16th NW and Silver Spring line
Nutrient-dense stock that gels is a very important part of a diet to heal the digestive tract. Learn why this is, as well as the secrets to making a stock that gels every time!

$55 per person in advance, $65 per person at the door .

Eat BEANS and GRAINS? Learn How to Soak Them for Easy Digestion!

Sunday, May 2 . 9:30am-12 noon . Takoma Park, MD
Beans, legumes, and grains are chock full of vitamins and protein your body needs. Leave those canned beans behind for the nutrition of beans prepared in your own kitchen…and learn how to prepare all those whole grains so that the minerals and enzymes are not lost! Unless you properly prepare beans and grains by soaking, phytic acid will prevent the absorption of important minerals, enzyme inhibitiors will block your enzymes, and large protein and carbohydrate molecules will not be broken down…leading to gastric distress, bloating, and (pardon me), flatulence! (BTW, flatulence is NOT normal. It means your digestive system is having a hard time breaking down your food.) Failing to soak may also lead to bone loss. EEEK! Got osteoporosis? Soak your beans and grains! Got flatulence? Soak your beans and grains! Got IBS or digestive disorders? Soak your beans and grains!
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS OF 4/30/10. If you would like to pre-order a “How to Soak Your Beans and Whole Grains” chart, you may do so HERE.

Classes in Falls Church, VA-location given upon registration

Microwaved frozen dinners got you down? Feeling tired? Digestion sluggish? Want to feel nourished and satisfied after a meal? “Eating Right” may not be what you think…HOW FOOD IS PREPARED really counts. Learn simple, traditional techniques to make the nutrients in your food more available to your body, easy to digest, and deeply nourishing.
We will properly soak grains and beans, make nutritious and delicious stocks, and make sense of fats, cholesterol, proteins and carbohydrates.

Glorious GREENS! Kale, Collards, Chard…And…Nutritious, Delicious Salad Dressings from Scratch

Saturday, April 10 . 9:30am-12 noon .  Falls Church, VA

Baffled by collards? Afraid of beet greens? Love greens, but don’t know how to make them? Deep GREEN leafy vegetables are very high in CALCIUM and other minerals. Greens are wonderful for people of all ages, especially women and anyone who drinks coffee. (decaf or not!) And while the salad season is upon us, most bottled salad dressings are not good for you. Find out why, and learn to make your own tasty, healthy salad dressings in a snap! You’ll never eat or serve bottled dressings again! $55 per person in advance, $65 at the door  REGISTER HERE

Super Tonics, including Kombucha and Beet Kvass…and more!

Saturday, April 17 . 9:30am-12 noon .  Falls Church, VA

Buying kombucha at the store at $3-4 per bottle? This Super Tonic is easy to make in your own kitchen, and cheap to boot! Come to a class where you will learn about the health enhancing properties of different Super Tonics… learn how to make them yourself,  taste ’em, and…maybe win a scoby to take home! (A scoby is a mushroom or starter you need to make kombucha.) Don’t know about beet kvass? Beets are one of the best blood purifiers, and help the King of the Organs, the Liver, do its job. DEEEEEElicious! AND good for you! $55 per person in advance, $65 at the door

Gluten-Free OPTIMALLY: the foundation class…the brain-gut connection

Thursday, March 11 . 7:15pm-9:30pm .  NW DC-16th NW and Silver Spring line

Gluten-free? What an ASD or AD/HD child eats can provide the foundation of balance for them…and the BEST DIET may not be what you think! If you or someone in your family is following a gluten-free diet, this talk is for you! Learn about the connection between the gut and the brain and emotional well-being…and why gluten-free/casein-free (GF/CF) diets may not be enough. They bring temporary relief and may lead to other issues. Find out about the components of a GF diet that lead to optimal health! Then learn the cooking techniques so you may incorporate them into your life with confidence! $55 per person in advance, $65 per person at the door .  REGISTER HERE

Nourish Your Brain Food: Healthy Fats and Supplements

Thursday, March 18 . 7:15pm-9:30pm .  NW DC-16th NW and Silver Spring line

$55 per person in advance, $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

Drink to a Healthy Gut: Cultured Beverages

Thursday, April 8 . 7:15pm-9:30pm .  NW DC-16th NW and Silver Spring line

Drink your probiotics and enzymes! In this class, learn how to make delicious lacto-fermented and cultured beverages that your children will drink to their good health!

$55 per person in advance, $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE-CLASS SOLD OUT! Register for Oakton above

Eat Your Probiotics: Foods for  a Healthy Gut

Thursday, April 15 .  7:15pm-9:30pm .  NW DC-16th NW and Silver Spring line
Learn easy techniques to turn vegetables and fruits into probiotics and enzymes. We will make lacto-fermented pickles, salsas, chutneys and fruit butters that your children will love! Eat your probiotics!

$55 per person in advance, $65 per person at the door . REGISTER HERE

Classes in Alexandria, VA

Eat BEANS and GRAINS? Learn How to Soak Them for Easy Digestion!

THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT! REGISTER FOR FALLS CHURCH CLASS, 3/13 BELOW!

*NEW TECHNIQUES*

Saturday, March 6 . 9:30am-12 noon . Alexandria, VA

Beans, legumes, and grains are chock full of vitamins and protein your body needs. Leave those canned beans behind for the nutrition of beans prepared in your own kitchen…and learn how to prepare all those whole grains you are supposed to be eating so that the minerals and enzymes are not lost! Unless you properly prepare beans and grains by soaking, phytic acid will prevent the absorption of important minerals, enzyme inhibitiors will block your enzymes, and large protein and carbohydrate molecules will not be broken down…leading to gastric distress, bloating, and (pardon me), flatulence! (BTW, flatulence is NOT normal. It means your digestive system is having a hard time breaking down your food.) Failing to soak may also lead to bone loss. EEEK! Got osteoporosis? Soak your beans and grains! Got flatulence? Soak your beans and grains! Got IBS or digestive disorders? Soak your beans and grains!$55 per person in advance, $65 per person at the door

REGISTER HERE–no more seats available

Register HERE if you are a member of the Holistic Moms Network-no more seats available

Eat BEANS and GRAINS? Learn How to Soak Them for Easy Digestion!

*NEW TECHNIQUES*

Saturday, March 13 . 9:30am-12 noon .  Falls Church, VA

See description for March 6, above.

$55 per person in advance, $65 at the door REGISTER HERE

Super Foods for Super Health: Cultured Vegetables and Fruits…Pickles, Salsa, Sauerkraut, Apple Butter…!

Saturday, March 20 . 9:30am-12 noon .  Falls Church, VA

Eat ’em all year round, but especially in winter: probiotics are an important part of keeping your family well. Learn how to make your own delicious, full of the “GUT GOOD GUYS” lacto-bacilli pickles, sauerkraut, salsa, apple butter…and more! $55 per person in advance, $65 at the door     REGISTER HERE

REAL Condiments Plus 2: Ketchup, Mustard,Mayo…and other Cultured Veggies…aka, “If You Love Your Kids, Make the Ketchup…and Pickles and Salsa!”

Saturday, February 27 . 9:30am-12 noon .  Alexandria, VA

This class is part of my continuing revolution to get children off sugar and on digestives. Just check the labels…organic or not,  ketchup is tomatoes with sugar. Organic or not, mustard is mustard seed and vinegar. Every mayonnaise I have seen in the stores…is BAD FAT.  If every mom or dad or grandparent made their children and grandchildren these condiments, we’d be on our way to a health revolution. Join us! And if you can’t join us because of distance or schedule, BUY THE DVD and learn how to make it at home!

This class will also feature how to make fermented PICKLES and SALSA! Delicious, LIVE, and full of probiotics and enzymes! You’ll never buy them in the store again! $55 per person in advance, $65 per person at the door

REGISTER HERE

Register HERE if you are a member of the Holistic Moms Network

Gluten-Free OPTIMALLY: Balancing Kids with AD/HD and ASD through Food!

Intro Workshop

Monday, January 25 . 7-9pm .  Clarksville, MD

Gluten-free? What an ASD or AD/HD child eats can provide the foundation of balance for them…and the BEST DIET may not be what you think! If you or someone in your family is following a gluten-free diet, this talk is for you! Learn about the connection between the gut and the brain and emotional well-being…and why gluten-free/casein-free (GF/CF) diets may not be enough. They bring temporary relief and may lead to other issues. Find out about the components of a GF diet that lead to optimal health!

The Secret to Making Nutrient-Dense Stock

Thursday, January 28 . 7-9:30pm .  Alexandria, VA

Stock is one of the original SUPER FOODS. It is nurturing, nourishing, grounding, comforting, and nutrient-dense. All moms and dads,  (and everyone, yes, YOU!) need to know about this wonderful food. It is the foundation of good soup, stew, vegetables, and grains. It helps to heal the gut, is a great “first food” for infants, and is HIGH CALCIUM for growing children, menopausal women, and just about anyone who is alive.Learn how to make stock the way your grandmother (or great-grandmother) did! People who ate soups made with homemade bone broth grew strong, healthy children and stayed well themselves. We will cover beef and chicken stock in this class.
Nutrient-dense stock is chock full of easily absorbed minerals every body needs, not the least of which is CALCIUM, and helps one to efficiently utilize protein. It has been indicated in helping to heal rheumatoid arthritis, gastritis, colitis, Crohn’s disease, allergies, and other digestive and bone disorders. In this class, learn the bones to use, where to get them, how long to cook them, cover on or off, and THE SECRET OF GELATIN…$60 per person in advance, $70 at the door
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The Secret to Making Nutrient-Dense Stock

Saturday, February 20 . 9:30am-12 noon .  Falls Church, VA

See description for January 28 class above.

$60 per person in advance,  $70 at the door REGISTER HERE

Nourishing, Traditional Food 101…aka, What is REAL Food? Why Does it Matter?

Saturday, February 13 .9:30am-12 noon . Falls Church, VA   CANCELED DUE TO SNOW!!!

CONFUSED BY FOOD? Transfats, low-fat, no-fat, saturated fats. Animal protein, vegetable protein, what kind of protein? How much? Probiotics, pre-biotics. Dairy or no dairy? Microwaves, steaming, raw? OOOOOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYY. No wonder dinner is a stressor. Learn what constitutes REAL food, as well as simple ways you can MAKE THE NUTRIENTS IN YOUR FOOD COUNT. We will start by cooking with healthy fats and digestible dairy…make your own butter! $55 per person in advance, $65 at the door

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