Heather's Bio

Heather Wetzel, MEd, RH has been serving the Charlottesville community as a certified clinical herbalist since 2008. Herbal education is a passionate strength and she teaches classes at a variety of regional venues including The Elderberry Community Herbs, The University of Virginia, and The Gaia Women’s Gathering. Currently she serves as the apothecary manager at The Elderberry where she also hand crafts artisan herbal products and consults with individual clients. She is also on the faculty of Sacred Plant Traditions School of Herbal Studies, a three-year clinical herbal training program.  Heather practices Western energetic herbalism and specializes in creating wellness plans that support women’s and children’s health. More information about her services can be found at HeathersHerbals.com, ElderberryHerbals.com and Sacredplanttraditions.com

This event is for those who aspire to enjoy the fun and vibe of Kirtan and for those who wish to enhance their Yoga practice with chanting and music! Kirtan helps to open the voice and teaches us to love the sound that comes from our bodies.

This is a FREE event!

*What is kirtan?

Originating with the medieval devotional practice known as Bhakti yoga, kirtan is in Indian tradition of call-and-response vocal music, often accompanied by a variety of instruments. Traditional accompaniments include the harmonium and tabla drums. Today, kirtan is still usually sung in Sanskrit.
What are kirtan songs like?

Kirtan songs are simple, repetitive chants. Some can last as long as half as hour. The artist leading the kirtan (the name also refers to the live music event) starts out. Then, the listeners "respond" to his or her "call." Songs often get louder and faster as the chant goes on. Most are based around mantras (sounds, words or phrases believed to have spiritual meaning).

What is the environment at a kirtan concert?

Some Western students might be surprised when they attend a kirtan event. Since each audience member participates in the chanting, distinction between performers and audience is minimal. You sit on the floor (on in a chair if you prefer). Many kirtan-goers contend that the experience of being at an event is like meditation, in that it is intensely peaceful and relaxing.

Going to a kirtan event is a great way to explore meditation from a different perspective. If you are social, love music, or both, this can be a good introduction to it.

*Definition from Answers.com

Register here for this FREE and FUN Workshop!

Walking the Seasons:

A Year of Herbal Living for Optimal Wellness 
Join Heather Wetzel, RH, MEd For a unique exploration of the five elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with Western herbalism. The energy of the five elements is a very ancient, holistic, and potent framework from which to nourish our health. Common seasonal imbalances and appropriate herbal remedies for each will be covered. Plus, supportive diet and lifestyle strategies for each season will be integrated. Engage your senses as you taste a variety of herbs and herbal preparations and learn how a little awareness and forethought can bump our wellbeing to the next level as we harmonize with the season! Participants will receive a review of basic herbal medicine making and get to take home an herbal goodie.

When: Saturday, November 11 Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm (please bring a bag lunch) Lemon water and herbal tea will be provided.

Hosted by: Garden of Zen Yoga Studio, 5736 George Washington Memorial Hwy,

Yorktown, VA. 23692
You can pay and sign-up in advance at the link below

or you can sign-up and pay cash or check at the studio. 
Cost: $100 or
($110 PayPal:
The workshop is limited to 20 participants, so please make your reservation early.

(Since we are hosting this event there is no option to sign-up through our Mindbody website)

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