Workshops & Events: Fall 2018

The Well at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

The Well @ Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market - back on September 15!

Every Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (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 acupuncture, 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. See you at the market!


Learn Infant Massage! A Workshop for Babies and the Adults Who Love Them

Fall Session: Fridays, 5:00pm-6:15pm Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5

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

This series covers basic massage strokes and treatment protocols, infant anatomy and physiology, common pediatric conditions and developmental challenges, and how massage can help. Parents and caregivers learn how positive and therapeutic touch enhances parent skills for babyhood, through toddlerhood, childhood, adolescence and beyond. Ayurvedic massage oil, instructional pamphlet, instructional videos and complimentary follow-up sessions included in registration fee.

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


Childbirth Classes with DCBirthDoulas

Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

One-day express birth class! A convenient childbirth class for solo parents-to-be or couples who want to learn about birth and how to make the experience as positive, comfortable and memorable as possible. DCBirthDoulas bring years of experience and 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 and hospital procedures, comfort measures, labor positions, breathing/relaxation techniques, and pain medication options.
  • The instructors create an interactive learning environment including videos of the stages and phases of labor, time to practice and explore comfort measures, massage and breathing techniques, group work, and games.
  • You will learn to make informed decisions when the time comes by reviewing the benefits, risks, alternatives and 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.


Perinatal Mental Health for Birthworkers with Betsy Quilligan, PCD(DONA)

Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.

Join postpartum doula Betsy Quilligan PCD(DONA) to learn more about how to support new parents.  This is a 90-minute class for birthworkers about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). We will cover an overview of PMADs, risk factors, how to screen clients, how to talk to parents about PMADs, paths to wellness, and resources and referral options for the Washington DC metro area.  Please bring personal experiences - yours orclient stories - as you feel comfortable.



Sisterhood Socials: Yoga Wine Down with denise t. williams, akoma wellness

Sunday, September 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Each month akoma wellness hosts a social event for women who have been looking for spaces to connect with like-minded women and enjoy a night out. This month, we will practice the art of yoga as an act of self-care and means to increase self-awareness. We will discuss the yamas and niyamas (practicing yoga off the mat) and do a gentle yoga flow, followed by wine and fellowship.

New to yoga? No worries. Dress comfortably and bring an open heart. Yoga mats will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Until whole. be love. be free. 

Learn more about akomawellness at For more information, contact

Cost: $33 per person


New Moon Women's Support Circle with Danielle Waldman

October Date: TBD

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. Circles are sacred and it is powerful when women gather collectively. It is meant to be an intentional time to reflect on what is coming up for us during this current moon cycle. During moon circles, we will discuss our theme, meditate so that we can keep our heart and mind in attunement, discuss practices that align with the theme and set intentions for this moon cycle. Join us for this October New Moon Circle as we give ourselves the space to dream and plant intentions that we desire to manifest, all while tapping into the energy of this moon.

These circles are open to all who identify as women. Sliding scale $15-$30.

For more information contact

Comfort Measures in Labor with DCBirthDoulas

Sunday, Oct. 14, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

A 3-hr practical hands-on workshop focusing on positions and techniques to find comfort and 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 Christina Tindale and Katie Baxter of DCBirthDoulas.

For more information, visit the dcbirthdoulas website.


Bringing Baby Home, with Kim Hawley, Intuitive Parenting

Sundays: 2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.,  (four-week series)
October 21, October 28, November 4 and November 11

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. 


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