Workshops & Events: Summer 2018


The Well at Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

The Well @ Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market - beginning 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 practitioners, learn about our wellness services, de-stress with amazing bodywork, buy a gift certificate or book an appointment for later in the weekend. Our last day of the season will be June 30, but don't worry - we'll be back in September!


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

Fall Session: TBA

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 Thursday mornings from 9:30am-10:45am. Cost is $125 per family for the series. Register by June 15 and receive a 20% discount! Use promo code SUMMERBABY20 at check out.

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!


Comfort Measures in Labor with DCBirthDoulas

Sundays: 9:00am-12:00pm, August 12 & September 9

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.


Childbirth Classes with DCBirthDoulas

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

Dates: 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.


New Moon Women's Support Circle 

September 9, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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 August 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.

Circle Leader Danielle is a life coach, reiki healer and wild woman who uses her intuition and empathetic nature to connect with those around her. She loves to give individuals support on finding their voice, deepening their connection with their intuition and feeling confident in their own, authentic path. Circles have been a sacred space for her to connect with herself and other women. She desires to hold this sacred
space for others and empower them to go deep. Learn more about her work and upcoming circles on or email her at

Sliding scale $15-$30.

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