Workshops & Events

Free Postpartum Preparation Class with Metropolitan Doulas

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 6:30pm-8:00pm

Join postpartum doula Betsy Quilligan to learn more about what you can do while pregnant to prepare for your little one's arrival. Topics include: what you can do now to prepare for your baby's arrival, what to expect during the early days & weeks, creating a postpartum plan, what is postpartum depression & how to prevent it. Session includes a review of resources & connections in the community. 

To learn more, please visit the Metropolitan Doulas website.


Comprehensive Childbirth Class with DCBirthDoulas

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 10:00am-5:00pm

Upcoming sessions: March 23

One-day express birth class! A convenient childbirth class for solo parents-to-be or couples who want to learn about birth & how to make the experience as positive, comfortable & memorable as possible. DCBirthDoulas bring years of experience & knowledge to provide you with up-to-date, evidence-based childbirth education with lots of hands-on learning.

  • The curriculum covers normal physiological birth, common interventions & hospital procedures, comfort measures, labor positions, breathing/relaxation techniques, & pain medication options.
  • The instructors create an interactive learning environment including videos of the stages & phases of labor, time to practice & explore comfort measures, massage & breathing techniques, group work, & games.
  • You will learn to make informed decisions when the time comes by reviewing the benefits, risks, alternatives, & tips for using or avoiding possible interventions.

We encourage you to consider all your options! This workshop is a judgment-free learning environment for all pregnant people, their partners, family members and friends. You will not feel out of place whether you are considering using pain medication or are planning to birth without pain medication.

For more information, visit the dcbirthdoulas website.


Foam Rolling & Stretching for Lower Back Pain with Tamara Breuer 

February 24, 2019 3pm-4:15pm

Have you been experiencing tightness or pain int he lower back area that doesn't go away?
If so, this workshop is for you.

Over the course of the session, we will cover different foam rolling and stretching techniques to release tightness in the lower back. In addition, we will discuss how tightness in key muscles of the hip can often refer pain to the lower back and how to identify when this is the case. 

Cost: $15/person for registered attendees. $20 at the door.

About the Instructor: Tamara is a licensed massage therapist and NASM certified personal trainer. She graduated from the Potomac Massage Training Institute in 2015 and is licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She also holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. Tamara spent six months in Thailand learning Thai massage. Upon completion of her training, Tamara worked in several different massage environments, from gym to spa. In addition to massage therapy, Tamara is an avid athlete and currently practices weightlifting, CrossFit and yoga. 



Learn Infant Massage! A Workshop for Babies & the Adults Who Love Them with Elizabeth Shrader

March 8, 15, 22, 2019


In this 3-part series, parents & caregivers learn infant massage techniques than can help babies with sleep regulation, self-soothing, colic, fussiness, digestion issues, meeting developmental milestones & more!  Infant massage helps parents, too, by learning to read baby's cues, forming closer bonds, & supporting the psychological & emotional transitions associated with early parenthood.  

This series covers basic massage strokes and treatment protocols, infant anatomy & physiology, common pediatric conditions & developmental challenges, & how massage can help. Parents & caregivers learn how positive & therapeutic touch enhances parent skills for babyhood, through toddlerhood, childhood, adolescence & beyond. Ayurvedic massage oil, instructional pamphlet, instructional videoes, & complimentary follow-up sessions included in registration fee. Cost: $125 per couple for the entire three-session series. 

About the instructor: Elizabeth Shrader is a nationally-certified licensed massage therapist & certified infant massage instructor with a Masters in Public Health in maternal child health & development.  She has taught infant massage to hundreds of new parents in her private practice, at The Well, & at the Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington, as well as in Spanish-language venues in Mexico, Central America, & Peru. She draws on a wealth of professional & personal experience, having massaged her now-adult children throughout infancy & her deep knowledge of infant development, parent bonding, & the power of therapeutic touch.

Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of infant massage!


Comfort Measures in Labor with DCBirthDoulas

Sunday, March 10, 2019  9:00am-12:00pm

A 3-hr practical hands-on workshop focusing on positions & techniques to find comfort & help labor progress. Great as a supplementary class to practice labor skills near the end of pregnancy or as a refresher course for repeat parents. The $99 fee includes pregnant person plus a support person. Classes taught by Katie Baxter of DCBirthDoulas.

For more information, visit the dcbirthdoulas website.


New Moon Meditation Circle with Danielle Waldman


New Moon Circles are a time for women to gather, connect, go deep and share. The theme for each circle is related to the new moon cycle. Activities include a meditation, self-reflection time, a theme activity and circle shares. It's a place to support one another and individually choose to go deeper if that is what resonates. The women in the circle will takeaway the chance to connect with other like-minded women as well as self-reflection time which is always a gift. 

The new moon and full moon are a time where we can use the moon’s energy to reflect and go deeper within ourselves. Circles give us the chance to do this while being in community with other women. They are sacred and it is powerful when women gather collectively. It is an intentional time to reflect on what is currently coming up for us.

I welcome any females regardless of age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, marital or family status, or any other dimension of their identity.

Sliding scale $15-$30


The Well at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

The Well @ Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market 


Every Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm (weather permitting)

Make self-care a regular part of your Saturday morning routine. We pitch our Wellness Tent at the north end of the market and offer donation-based chair massage and table massage. Come meet our talented practitioners, learn about our wellness services, de-stress with amazing bodywork, buy a gift certificate or book an appointment for later in the weekend. 

Bringing Baby Home with Kim Hawley of Intuitive Parenting

Sundays: 2:00pm–5:00pm (four-week series)

Upcoming Bringing Baby Home Series in 2019: 

June 2, 9, 23, and 30; October 6, 13, 20, and 27
The transition to parenthood can challenge even the strongest relationships. Suddenly your relationship dynamics have changed, and you must navigate these new demands and roles with little sleep and often not enough support.

The Bringing Baby Home (BBH) workshop is an evidence-based parenting education series that prepares parents for life with baby and helps them be the best parenting team possible. Designed by the relationship and parenting experts at the Gottman Institute and taught by Kim Hawley of Intuitive Parenting, the BBH class series focuses on both strengthening the parents’ relationship and fostering baby’s development.

This interactive series gives you the information and tools to:
  • Understand your baby's development
  • Create co-parenting strategies with your partner
  • Communicate, connect, and compromise with each other

This series is designed for expecting parents, parents with babies at home, and people planning to have children. Babies in arms are welcome to attend. Cost: $395 per couple for the entire four-session series. 

About the Instructor: Kim Hawley, the owner of Intuitive Parenting, provides education and support for expecting and new parents to help them feel empowered and prepared for breastfeeding, sleep, and early parenting. I believe parents feel most empowered when they are given factual information and encouraged to listen to their instincts, allowing them to make the best decision for their family. There is no one right way to birth, feed, or parent your baby.



The Well is an inclusive practice where every body is celebrated and welcomed.