Workshops to Reconnect with yourself to restore balance, calm and well-being.

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Homecoming: A Journey Through Embodiment 

4-Week Immersion with Jess Purtell and Aurora Hutchinson
Sundays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27, 1:00-4:00pm
Sun & Moon Yoga Studio, Fairfax, VA

It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. ~ Diane Ackerman

In a world of constant distractions, it can be hard to feel centered, to remember what matters, to listen to your heart’s desire, to navigate life with grace.  The New Year is a perfect time to renew your commitment to wellness and to come home to yourself.  Join Aurora Hutchinson and Jess Purtell for a multilayered exploration of Self. Through mindful movement and meditation, we’ll explore the intersection of mind and body, spirituality and science, knowledge and intuition, to understand and connect with ourselves at a deeper level.

This four-week exploration will include:

  • Understanding the anatomical, physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying a sustainable yoga (asana) and meditation practice that supports wholeness.

  • Opening through the senses to cultivate presence and appreciation.

  • Using the sutras as a modern framework and vehicle to connect with self and others.

  • Practices that access the neurological mechanisms underlying the social engagement system to promote safety and deeper connection.

  • The active ingredients of meditation to find a practice that works best for you.

  • Ways to create a nourishing, meaningful personal practice.


Movement, meditation, rituals, ceremony, journaling - All Levels


  1. Sacred Vessel: Connecting with the Body – January 6, 2019

    Bridging ancient practices and science, we will explore external and internal body awakening, opening deep relaxation, well-being and full-body presence. Learn self-regulation through movement and mindfulness practices of attention and intention. Awareness of bodily states cultivates empathy and resilience.     

  2.  Creating Reality: Working with Thoughts – January 13, 2019

    Thoughts and beliefs shape our reality. Explore the process of shifting and reframing perspectives by alternating from thinking to sensing and feeling. Yogic practices and mindfulness allow an opening to the wisdom and intelligence of the body so that we can honor our intuition and live and speak our truth.

  3.  Shifting Emotions: Heart-Centered Living – January 20, 2019

    Explore the intimate connection between physiology and emotions to understand how physiological states underlie emotional states and affect well-being. We’ll explore movement and mindfulness practices, utilizing interoceptive awareness to identify obstacles and open areas of creative opportunity, and greater social connection.

  4. Integration: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts – January 27, 2019

    Explorations and experiences from the previous weeks culminate in a richer, multidimensional perspective of self. Our journey through the physical and energy bodies illuminates a deeper, more nuanced connection with ourselves. We’ll review the entire arc of this four-week experience to solidify this new understanding and explore pathways to further embody ways of being.

Cost:  $240 (for 4-week series) or $75 for individual workshop

Reiki I Certification Training

January 25-26, 2019 - Full (check back for additional training dates)

Weekend Meditation Retreats

Friday-Saturday, February 1-2, 2019
Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, 2019
The Mindfulness Center, Bethesda, MD

Join us for the Weekend Retreat and reconnect with yourself to restore balance, calm and well-being. Experiential in nature, you will explore and cultivate deeply restorative states that are profoundly healing to both mind and body. In the gentle container of community, your practice can deepen and unfold with richer connection. Come join us for a rejuvenating transformational journey! Prerequisites: Minimum one year of meditation experience in addition to an established personal practice.

You will be able to:

  • Take your mindfulness practice to the next level.

  • Explore the transcendent nature of meditation by immersing yourself in the field of awareness.

  • Experience the healing power of community through group meditation.

  • Retreat to meditate right here in Washington, without the cost of travel and lodging.


Cost: $149 (Friday & Saturday)

  • $60 (Friday only: 6:30-9:30pm)

  • $100 (Saturday only: 12:00-5:00pm)

Yoga Nidra Workshop

Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:00-9:00pm
The Mindfulness Center, Bethesda, MD

Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation and deep relaxation that helps the practitioner to relieve stress, resolve inner conflict and release pain, restoring an underlying peace of mind. It is described as the state of union of individual consciousness with supreme consciousness.

Regular Yoga Nidra practice is proven to:

  • Boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and prevent premature aging.

  • Eliminate stress-related disorders and self-destructive habits.

  • Release mood-elevating brain chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin.

  • Act as a natural tranquilizer to relieve stress, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, and depression without the negative side effects of medication.

This workshop will begin with a 45 minute interactive lecture and Q&A period, allowing participants to explore the concepts, benefits and philosophy of this ancient practice. Discussion will be followed by a brief break and a 1 hour practice.

What to bring to class:

Dress comfortably and refrain from eating a large meal 1 hour prior to the program. Please bring any props or pillows to maximize your comfort. Leave your cellular phones and worries outside the studio!

Cost: $40