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FREE GENTLE YOGA CLASSES!

with Kim Calhoun, Registered Yoga Teacher
Wednesday, April 16th, 6:30-7:45pm
AND
Thursday, April 17thth, 11am-12:15pm
Joy of Movement Studio in Chatham Mills, Pittsboro

Bring a friend for these free all levels classes! No need to register but do come a few minutes early to find a space and get settled. Donations gratefully accepted (no pressure!) to help cover renting the space. Props are provided.  9-week morning and evening series begin the next week (see event details below).

EXPLORING TREE FOOD & MEDICINE FIELD STUDY @ CCCC

with Kim Calhoun
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30pm, June 5th-June 26th 
Through CCCC, meets all over Chatham County

Deepen your awareness and connection with our largest plant friends: the trees!  In this field study we'll visit various local environments to explore the edible and medicinal properties of trees, such as elder, mulberry, sourwood, and pine.  Identification, ethical gathering, preparation, and usage will be covered while enjoying many hands-on activities.

Class facilitated by community herbalist and wild edibles educator "Planty" Kim Calhoun who grew up learning about trees on walks with her grandparents in the woods of Chatham County.  Class size is limited and will fill up!  Registration begins April 1st in person or by phone at CCCC in Pittsboro: (919) 545-8044. Cost is $71.25.

WIND DOWN IN THE EVENING YOGA

with Kim Calhoun, Registered Yoga Teacher
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45pm
Joy of Movement, Chatham Mills, Pittsboro

Current session: February 5-April 2
FREE class! April 16
Next session: April 23-June 25 (skipping April 30)

These gentle and nourishing classes support our transition into a peaceful evening. Together we'll stretch, balance, build strength, and relax in a beautiful natural setting. Kim facilitates a playful and mindful exploration of movement and breath, sharing stress-relieving tools that can be integrated into everyday life. All levels of experience are welcome.

Register for the entire series for $12/class or drop in for $14.  Payment plans available for students in financial need. Props provided.  (919) 636-2545, or kimcalhoun@gmail.com with questions. See my cancelation policy for session signups.

 9-week session beginning April 23: $108

GENTLE & REFRESHING MIDDAY YOGA CLASS

with Kim Calhoun, Registered Yoga Teacher
Thursdays, 11am-12:15pm

Joy of Movement Studio in Chatham Mills, Pittsboro
 
Current session until April 3rd 
FREE class: April 17!
Next session: April 24-June 26  (skipping May 1)

Would a weekly gentle yoga practice nourish your mind, body, and spirit?  
Bring a friend and come join us for this relaxing and refreshing practice! All levels of experience are welcome. Kim facilitates a playful and mindful exploration of movement and breath, sharing stress-relieving tools that can be integrated into everyday life. 

Save money and commit to your well being by signing up for the entire session for $12/class.  Drop ins: First time for $10, afterwards $14. Payment plans available for students in financial need. Props provided.  (919) 636-2545, or kimcalhoun@gmail.com with questions. Stay afterward for a nourishing lunch at Chatham Marketplace or Oakleaf restaurant! Please see my cancellation policy for my session signups.

 9-week session for $108

WILD SPRING WALKABOUT @ SHAKORI HILLS

with Kim Calhoun & Leif Diamant
Friday, April 18th, noon-2pm
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
Chatham County 

Spring is spectacular, abundant, amazingly beautiful …and happening Now! 
"Planty" Kim Calhoun and Shakori neighbor Leif Diamant (psychotherapist, lifetime naturalist, and ordained interspiritual minister ) lead this popular walk from festival grounds through forest and field. 

We’ll experience the nurturing and healing force of Spring as we identify, discuss, and sample edible and medicinal wild plants, meet some wild animals and some asses, tour Leif’s homestead and sample the organic garden.  Free w/ entry to Festival. Meet at the bridge by the rock garden. Festival details: www.shakorihills.org. Leif's website: http://www.wildearthconsulting.com/.

GET A MASSAGE WITHOUT MISSING LUNCH SPECIAL

Fridays in March! 11, 12:15, & 1pm 

Slow down, relax, and refresh with a 30-minute Barefoot Body Massage during your lunch break for $35. With my feet I can easily share as much pressure as you wish, while you rest fully clothed on a cushioned mat. No need for oil or disrobing.

Compression and rocking can be delivered with broad or focused pressure depending on which part of my foot I am using and where it is meeting your body. Yummy yoga-like stretches are woven in when appropriate and support you in letting go of tension.  Longer sessions available at different times.  Located in my new beautiful and convenient treatment space at the Historic Nooe House, Downtown Pittsboro, 224 East Street, Suite G.

Sometimes I feel like a balloon at the end of Kim’s hands and feet, being prodded, twisted, stretched, cradled and finally gently released, more pliable, slower, aware.”

SPRING LOCAL EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS FIELD STUDY

Through CCCC, meets all over Chatham County

Daytime option: Tuesdays 1-4pm, March 4-April 22, 2014
Evening option: Thursdays 5-8pm, March 6-April 24, 2014

Spring classes are FULL! Hope to see you for the Summer, Fall, or Winter classes!

Meet, eat, and drink some of the abundant edible and medicinal plants growing wild in the NC Piedmont. In this hands-on field study, we'll cover identification, ethical gathering, preparation, and usage of foraged food and plant medicine. We'll celebrate the arrival of spring as we explore a variety of local environments.

Cost for the 8-week/24 hour course is $71.25. REGISTRATION BEGINS DECEMBER 4th. THIS CLASS WILL FILL UP so register early in person or by phone at CCCC in Pittsboro: (919) 545-8044.  Enjoy inspiring pictures from past sessions of this field study.

PERSONALIZED PLANT EXPLORATIONS

In your backyard, woods, neighborhood, schoolyard...

Meet (and eat and drink) some of the abundant medicinal and edible plant friends growing all around you. Inspiring personalized plant explorations with "Planty" Kim are available for individuals and small groups of all ages. Great for home school groups, families, garden clubs, college classes, and more! Creating yummy herbal tea, snacks, and other hands-on activities are optional. Contact Kim for rates and scheduling: 919.636.2545 or kimcalhoun@gmail.com.

Also available as unique gift certificates for holidays, Mother & Father's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, or other celebrations!

PEACEFUL OVERNIGHT RETREATS

AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary
by appointment through Airbnb

For your friends visiting from out of town or for local folks looking for a restorative personal retreat, The Sanctuary is now welcoming overnight guests. Your room comes with a private bathroom and access to the ample living room for yoga or reading, light-filled kitchen, screened in porch, outdoor hammocks, and beautiful grounds.  For an additional fee you can enjoy personalized plant walks, one on one yoga guidance and other empowering wellness activities. Sometimes the entire cottage is available.  More information and reservations available through Airbnb

PAST EVENTS:

Here's a sampling of past events from AbunDance Healing Arts to give you a sense of what is possible for future explorations in healing, learning, and celebrating life.  Also enjoy perusing the event descriptions listed below, many of which will be offered again in the future.  Thanks!

HEALING ARTS OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, March 25th,  5-7:30pm
Nooe House, 224 East Street, Downtown Pittsboro 

Cultivate WELLNESS this Spring!
Come meet the healing arts practitioners at the lovely Nooe House, connect, and ask questions. Enjoy healthy delicious homemade snacks and beverages while relaxing to the sounds of live flute music. 
Bring a friend and enter the drawing for discounted healing arts sessions! 

Practitioners include:
Leah Burke Krist, Massage 
Kim Calhoun, Massage & Polarity Therapy
Nancy Harman, Homebirth Midwife
John Seno, Acupuncture
Rebecca Foster, Shiatsu, Polarity & Herbalism
Edwin Nothnagel, Craniosacral & Massage
Michelle Rider, Acupuncture & Massage

BACK TO OUR ROOT'S WOMEN'S HERBAL IMMERSION

One Saturday afternoon per month
1-5 pm, AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary

Please inquire about Spring 2015 dates.

With reverence and playfulness we will connect with our local herbal allies within a supportive circle of wonderful women.  Each month we will focus on a different medicinal plant that is growing in the peaceful AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary "yarden".  

Classes will be hands-on and mostly outdoors. We will explore various activities to deepen our knowledge and relationship with the chosen plant of the month, including: harvesting and making medicine (and food if applicable), plant meditation, drawing, song, and sharing stories.  Participants leave with a homemade herbal remedy each month to add to their growing home apothecary, plus a handout with extensive notes, recipes, and resources. 

Some potential herbs we will focus on include: spicebush, pine, echinacea, elderberry, marshmallow, boneset, motherwort, mullein, nettles, self heal, violet, rosemary, catnip, coltsfoot, honeysuckle, anise hyssop, skullcap, goldenrod, meadowsweet, mountain mint, wild yam, yellowroot, chickweed, holy basil, and other plants suggested by participants.

Space is limited to a small group...early registration is recommended as all the previous sessions have filled up. Cost of five month immersion (20 hours) covers all supplies for herbal preparations, including those to take home (tinctures, oils, vinegars, salves, glycerites, etc.).  Discount of $235 if paid by July 1st; $275 after. Payment plans are possible and one partial work trade is available. Please contact me now to reserve your space (or make a donation to the scholarship fund!): (919) 636 2545, kimcalhoun@gmail.com.  Enjoy pictures of past sessions.  

VALENTINE'S PARTNER MASSAGE PLAYSHOP

with Kim Calhoun, Licensed Massage Therapist
Saturday, February 15th, 3-5:30pm 
Joy of Movement, Pittsboro

Playshop now FULL!  Please get on the list for the next one in November!

A fun, restorative, affordable massage that keeps on giving.
A great Valentine's celebration for you and someone you love!

Licensed Massage Therapist Kim Calhoun will guide partners through giving and receiving an easy and therapeutic massage. Receivers will be fully clothed, lying comfortably on blankets on the floor. Participants will go home with tools to share the healing art of massage with other friends & family (including handout with sequence). Must sign up with a friend (best buddy, family member, or significan other). $25 per person until January 19th; $30 each after. Space is limited. (919) 636-2545 or kimcalhoun@gmail.com.

"The workshop was great! Thank you, Kim. I had a chance to read the massage flowsheet this morning and I am very happy because now I know I can remember how to do this wonderful massage for all of my friends and family. It was time extremely well spent, and so relaxing!" ~Linda

WINTER TREE EXPLORATION

Tuesdays, October 22-December 3, 1-4pm
Through CCCC, meets all over Chatham County

Deepen your awareness and connection with our largest plant friends: the trees!  In this field study we'll visit various local environments to explore ways to identify trees in the wintertime.  We'll also cover the edible and medicinal properties of trees, ethical gathering, and preparation, while enjoying many hands-on activities.

Class facilitated by community herbalist and wild foods enthusiast "Planty" Kim Calhoun who grew up learning about trees on walks with her grandparents in the woods of Chatham County.  For ages 14 and older.  Class size is limited. Register in person or by phone at CCCC in Pittsboro: (919) 545-8044.  7-week class (21 hours) costs $71.25.

13th PITTSBORO COMMUNITY DANCE JAM!

Saturday, October 5th,  7-10pm
Pittsboro Community House, 65 Thompson Street
 
CREATE & CELEBRATE CommUNITY through DANCE!
ROCK THE VOTEr registration table! 

Bring your family and friends and get your groove on as DJ K Luv plays hot jams from around the globe, including soul, Latin, R&B, reggae, pop, African, and hip hop. These multi-generational multi-cultural gatherings are offered in a welcoming, smoke and alcohol free space at the Pittsboro Community House. $5 Suggested Donation - Under 12 & over 60 Free. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Folks will have the opportunity to register to vote!  Free pizza from Bella Donna Restaurant (while supplies last).  Bring your own water bottle. Dress to celebrate life!  Questions? www.abundancehealingarts.com, (919) 636-2545, or kimcalhoun@gmail.com. Past pictures at the PBO Community Dance Jam! Facebook Group.

10th ANNUAL HOLIDAY MASSAGE GIFT SPECIAL

November 22-December 22

This winter holiday season, give the gift of therapeutic touch and relaxation to people you care for and love, including yourself!  

Enjoy a $10 savings on my gift certificates for one month only:
My 75-minute sessions for $75;  90-minute sessions for $90

Beginning November 22nd, purchase securely online and receive an email with a hand lettered gift certificate to print, or contact me to arrange convenient pick up or having one snail mailed to you: 919. 636. 2545 or kimcalhoun@gmail.com. Once purchased, gift certificates can be redeemed at any time (no expiration). Please take a moment to share the good news with any of your friends and family who would appreciate knowing about this gift of wellness. I give thanks for you and all your support!


WILD AUTUMN WALKABOUT

with Kim Calhoun & Leif Diamant
Friday, October 11th, noon-2pm
Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
Chatham County

Fall is dynamic, spectacular, and abundant!
Enjoy the beauty and wildness of Nature with Kim Calhoun (community herbalist and healing arts practitioner) and Shakori neighbor Leif Diamant (licensed psychotherapist, ordained interspiritual minister, and lifetime naturalist) as we explore the flowers, roots, fruits, and nuts of autumn for food and medicine.

During this popular walk, we’ll wander from Shakori to Leif’s homestead, meet some asses and other farm and wild animals, sample wild plants and the organic garden, and experience greater knowledge and deeper intimacy of wild nature. Free w/ entry to Festival. Meet at the bridge by the rock garden. Festival details: www.shakorihillsgrassroots.org. Leif's website: www.wildearthconsulting.com.

NATIVE EDIBLE & MEDICINAL TREES OF THE NC PIEDMONT

Tuesdays, 1-4pm; September 17, 24, October 1, 8
North Carolina Botanical Garden, Coker Arboretum, Mason Farm

Learn some of the traditional medicinal uses and food gifts of our native trees and how to bring them into your everyday life. In this field study, suitable for all levels, we’ll explore the garden, woodland trails, Coker Arboretum, and Mason Farm. Tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, preparation, and uses will be covered in a fun, reverent, and accessible way. A native of North Carolina who grew up walking the woods of Chatham County with her grandparents, Kim Calhoun facilitates this empowering hands-on exploration. No prerequisites. Part of the Native Plants Studies Program; open to the general public. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members).  Register with NCBG

LOCAL EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS FALL FIELD STUDY

Offered through CCCC
Meets all over Chatham County

Daytime option : Wednesdays, 1-4 pm, August 28-October 16 
Evening option : Thursdays, 5-8 pm, August 29-October 17

Both sessions are full. Please join us for this class in Spring & Fall 2014!

Meet, eat, and drink some of the abundant edible and medicinal plants growing wild in the NC Piedmont. In this hands-on field study, we'll cover identification, ethical gathering, preparation, and usage of foraged food and plant medicine. We'll celebrate the arrival of fall as we explore a variety of local environments, including a visit to AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary.

Cost for the 8-week/24 hour course is $71.25. THESE CLASSES WILL FILL UP so sign up early in person or by phone at CCCC in Pittsboro: (919) 545-8044.  Registration begins August 7th--save the date. Enjoy picturesfrom past season's classes.

FALL EQUINOX FORAGE & WILD FEAST

Saturday, September 21tst, 4:30-8pm
The Plant, 220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro

Reconnect with wild food as medicine for your body & spirit while celebrating the Fall Equinox!
This is an empowering and delicious two part workshop: first we forage, then we eat! Going green and local takes on a whole new meaning when you eat from the wild. Learn how to safely identify, sustainably harvest, and easily prepare abundant wild plants to create a mega-nutritious and yummy dinner. We will enjoy our feast as the balance of day and night signals our shift into Fall!
 
Cost of workshop includes divine dinner (menu coming soon) and handout with recipes. Space is limited: pre-registration and payment of $45 necessary to hold your place.  One partial work trade is available.  Pay now with secure Google Wallet below, or contact Kim to arrange payment with check or cash: 919-636-2545, kimcalhoun@gmail.com.

WILD EDIBLE WONDERS FALL PESTO WALK

with Kim Calhoun
co-sponsored by the Abundance Foundation

Tuesday, September 10 6pm-8pm
At The Plant, 200 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro.  

Learn how to make friends and food with the weeds in your home “yarden” as we meet and eat some of the abundant wild edibles of the NC Piedmont. In this enchanting and empowering evening plant walk, we’ll celebrate the harvest time of fall as we wander the fields and woods edge around the Abundance Foundation in search of common weeds to create delicious wild greens pesto together.

In the process we’ll cover identification, safe and ethical gathering, preparation, nutrition, and the joy of foraged food.  Go home with the wisdom and inspiration to supplement your family’s meals with free, nutritious, tasty, and healing wild plants! Handout with recipes included.  Class size limited to 20 people age 14 and older. Pre-registration and payment required. $25 per person.  Register with the Abundance Foundation.

REFRESHING HERBAL HEALING SOAK

AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary
By appointment in July & August

For centuries, sacred herbal waters have been a part of healing rituals across many cultures for emotional, spiritual, and physical cleansing. Our skin, the largest organ of our body, is a potent way to soak in the benefits of various medicinal and spirit-lifting plants.  Let me prepare you an outdoor bathtub of botanical bliss from fresh herbs and flowers growing in my yarden and glorious well water. 

When you arrive, I can introduce you to the plants that created your bath then leave you to luxuriate with a cup of tea surrounded by the beauty and peace of The Sanctuary.  Cost for an hour soak is $50 and must be planned at least a day in advance to give the giant sun tea a chance to steep.  This offer is limited to the summer months of July & August.  Please contact Kim to schedule your visit or ask questions: kimcalhoun@gmail.com. 

$15 MASSAGES w/ KIM @ RAINBOW TREE SLIDING SCALE CLINIC

Tuesday, 5-8pm, April 16
Pittsboro Center for Natural Medicine
175 East Salisbury Street

I am excited to offer 15-20 minute massages by sliding scale donation ($15-$30) once every two months at the Rainbow Tree Clinic.  On April 16th I will be offering Thai-inspired barefoot massage, with clients fully clothed, lying comfortably on blankets on the floor, while I use my feet and hands to compress, rock, and stretch your body. 

Drop-in for a relaxing massage from me, or sample an affordable treatment from one of the other wonderful healing arts practitioners, including accupuncture, chiropractic, and cranial sacral. Enjoy more information on the Rainbow Tree Clinic which takes place weekly. If you are unable to attend the clinic on Tuesdays, you may call or email me to schedule a full-length restorative massage and polarity therapy session: 919.636.2545 or kimcalhoun@gmail.com. 

EXPLORING TREE FOOD & MEDICINE; MAKING TREE TEAS @ NCBG

with Kim Calhoun
NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill 

Sunday, April 28, 1:30-4:30 pm

Learn some of the traditional medicinal uses and food gifts of our common trees and how to bring them into your daily life through delightful teas. In this field study, suitable for all levels, we’ll explore the woodland trails and garden, covering tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, preparation, and uses. Includes handout with recipes (and inspiration for peaceful tree tea parties). Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members) Space limited.  Contact the NC Botanical Garden to register.

FREE KNOW YOUR LOCAL EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS WALK

with Kim Calhoun
Sunday, March 10th, 2-2:30pm

Wild Food + Herb Market, Carrboro Commons

Come meet some of the local edible and medicinal plant friends growing all around us on a free 30-minute walkabout with community herbalist and wild food enthusiast Kim Calhoun.  We'll set out from the inaugural Wild Food & Herb Market at the Carrboro Commons at 2 pm and ramble nearby in search of the most common abundant "weeds" and native plants that can nourish us.  Identification, safe and sustainable harvesting guidelines, and preparation will be covered in a fun and reverent way.  Go home with a new appreciation for the local "salad bar" and herbal apothecary growing wild in your neighborhood. For more info: www.facebook.com/WildFoodAndHerb

EAT WILD SPRING: EDIBLE GREENS

with Kim Calhoun
NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill 

Sunday, March 24th, 1:30-4:30 pm

Learn how to make friends and food with the weeds in your home "yarden" as we meet and eat some of the abundant wild edibles of the NC Piedmont. In this hands-on field study for folks of all experience levels, we’ll celebrate the arrival of spring as we wander the Garden in search of common weeds that create delicious wild greens pesto. In the process we’ll cover identification, safe and ethical gathering, preparation, nutrition, and the joy of foraged food. Handout with recipes included. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members) Space limited.  Contact the NC Botanical Garden to register.

EXPLORING TREE FOOD & MEDICINE FIELD STUDY @ CCCC

with Kim Calhoun
Tuedays, 1-4pm, May 21st - July 2nd 
Through CCCC, meets all over Chatham County

Deepen your awareness and connection with our largest plant friends: the trees!  In this field study we'll visit various local environments to explore the edible and medicinal properties of trees, such as elder, mulberry, sourwood, and pine.  Identification, ethical gathering, preparation, and usage will be covered while enjoying many hands-on activities.

Class facilitated by community herbalist and wild foods enthusiast "Planty" Kim Calhoun who grew up learning about trees on walks with her grandparents in the woods of Chatham County.  Class size is limited and will fill up!  Register in person or by phone at CCCC in Pittsboro: (919) 545-8044. Cost is $66.

CREATING HERBAL HOLIDAY DELIGHTS

Saturday, December 1st, 2-4:30pm 
AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary

Learn how to make delicious herbal holiday gifts that feed the spirit and boost the immune system!
Join Community Herbalist, Kim Calhoun, for this fun, empowering, hands-on playtime with the plants at the beautiful AbunDance Healing Arts Sanctuary.

We’ll create (and consume) two different yummy herbal preparations from local plants, sure to please taste buds of all ages: glorious garlic elixir and divine elderberry syrup!  Participants will go home with their own herbal goodies, detailed recipes for healthy holiday gift preparations, and information on how to grow these medicinal plants.

$35. Cost includes a 4 oz jar of garlic elixir, a 1 ounce jar of elderberry syrup, and hand-outs. Size of group limited...register now to save your space.  For more information, contact Kim at 919. 636. 2545 or  kimcalhoun@gmail.com.

FALL FAMILY PLANT WALK @ Clapping Hands Farm

Sunday, October 14th, 1-3 pm 
Chatham County

Join "Planty" Kim as we meet the edible and medicinal plant friends growing wild in the fields, woods, and garden at Clapping Hands Farm. In this family friendly walkabout, we'll sing, smell, taste and touch the arrival of fall!

"Planty" Kim brings a deep knowledge of local plants, and a wonderful combination of fun and reverence to these plant rambles. There will be plenty of hands-on plant-centered activities for young and old to enjoy together. Once you've made acquaintance of these "plant friends" you'll be amazed to find them in your own back yard and everywhere you go!

This program is for parents and children to enjoy together (recommended for children ages 7 and up--call with questions). Unaccompanied adults also encouraged to join our intergenerational exploration.  Cost is sliding scale $5-$15 per person (please contact Louise if you find this fee an obstacle to joining us).

Size of group limited so register now. Call Clapping Hands Farm at 919-542-5599 or email louiseok@mindspring.com with questions or to register.  Torrential raindate to be determined if necessary.