Workshops & Events: Spring 2018


The Well at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

The Well @ Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market - 2018 season starts April 14!

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 practitioners, learn about our wellness services, de-stress with amazing bodywork, buy a gift certificate or book an appointment for later in the weekend.


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

Spring Session: Tuesdays 12:30pm-1:45pm   April 24, May 1, May 8 (3 weekly sessions)

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. This three-part series meets Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Cost is $125/family ($150 for twin families) for the series. 

The Well is ADA-certified and entirely baby friendly, including easy stroller access, changing table in private all-gender restroom, and full support for lactating and bottle-feeding parents.

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

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Spring/Summer Dates: April 28, May 19, June 23, July 21, August 25, September 22

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.


Men's Yoga & Meditation

Every Monday and Thursday, 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Men's Yoga Community (MYC) offers weekly men’s yoga and meditation at The Well. Instructor Brad Lyon and guest teachers lead an all-levels class, appropriate for both novices and experienced practitioners. Yoga mats and blocks are available at the studio. RSVP required as class is limited to 6 people.

Cost: Suggested donation $15 (at the door, or Venmo)

Scholarships are available so everyone can attend. Please email inquiries to:


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