Mindful Living: Foundations in Mindfulness
to Nov 6

Mindful Living: Foundations in Mindfulness

Every day, we can choose to grow, and to focus on the practices and attitudes that enable us to cultivate and sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Mindfulness is the capacity to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. It is also a set of techniques and methods for systematically developing this awareness. The practice of mindful awareness has a variety of well-documented benefits, including a reduction in harmful stress, an increase in emotion regulation, and an improvement in sustained attention, focus and cognitive functioning.

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Autumn Refocusing- A Holistic Cleanse and Reset
to Nov 30

Autumn Refocusing- A Holistic Cleanse and Reset

Autumn Refocusing is your opportunity to give yourself the gift of nourishing attention to assure a healthier winter. By taking time now in Autumn to reestablish inner balance, reconnect to what is most important, and strengthen your inner resources, your health and vitality through the winter and holiday months will be affirmed.

Using integrative health coaching strategies, in a comfortable small group home setting, we will provide you a festive, enriched experience to manifest a detailed personalized wellness plan to uplevel your self care routines.

Autumn Refocusing Details-
We will meet two times, once in the beginning of October and then again in November.

At our first gathering we will set up up for success by providing time to mindfully recenter, reflect, and affirm what is needed at this time in your life; we will provide you with a detailed holistic plan for a three, seven or twenty one day autumn cleanse; we will share a savory vegetarian, gluten and dairy free meal emphasizing organic, locally grown, seasonal food; 

At our second meeting we will celebrate our successes and fortify our movement forward sustaining a healthier day to day living; In between these two gatherings, we will each do our cleanses with additional inspirational videos and group support via a closed Facebook page; In addition, each participant will be provided an hour therapeutic massage at East and West of the River scheduled at a date of their choice between the first and second gathering. 

Dates: October 7, 2017, November 4, 2017 11:00am- 2:00pm; plus an hour massage schedule at a date of your choice betweeen October and November dates.

Location: The Forest House 147 Windy Hill Road, Hampton, CT

Cost: $190, includes two meals, therapeutic massage, and detailed resources for cleanse

Cleanse details: 
Outlined program for your choice of a 3 day, 7 day and 21 day cleanse

Recipes provided emphasize the use of organic and seasonally produced, specially designed and vetted with the use Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine resources to give you an experience of what eating high-energy, nutrient-dense, minimally processed food feels like. Special attention has been made to simplify preparation and incorporate doing this cleanse while working.

Cleanse recipes are designed with the intention of removing inflammatory foods such as sugar, gluten, dairy and focusing on wholesome, healthy foods such as leafy greens, healthy fats, autumn specific foods, spices, teas, herbs, and good-quality proteins were chosen as a sure way to get your body in detox mode without feeling deprived. Ayurvedic and Paleo principles are integrated into this cleanse. Vegetarian options also included.

Other program details- At the heart of this workshop our intention is to take you through a guided experience that will help you identify what you need and what may be holding you back from feeling your absolute best. Through interactive group explorations, individual contemplative activities, meditative movement, mindfulness practices, culinary meals, vetted self care resources we believe you will feel uplifted, inspired and connected to a new way of living by the end of this workshop.

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Winter Solstice Peace Fire
5:00 PM17:00

Winter Solstice Peace Fire

The Forest House will be hosting a Fire Circle in celebration of Winter Solstice. Formal Fire Blessing at 6:00, prayers for global peace, and other guided fire offerings will be provided

Feel free to drop in. Bring an easy savory or sweet food for a potluck table if you like. This is a simple, unadorned gathering to unite friends and family in honor of the longest night, shortest day of the year.

Dress warmly, wear sturdy shoes, the fires are in the woodlands. Bring a flashlight, a poem and anything else your heart desires to offer this Fire Circle

Let us know you are coming so we can prepare appropriately.

This event is aligned with PEACE FIRES- A Global Movement uniting people for world peace and healing. For more information here is a link-Peace Fires



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Manifest Your Dreams-  A Winter Retreat & Vision Board Workshop
9:00 AM09:00

Manifest Your Dreams- A Winter Retreat & Vision Board Workshop


Our daily lives are often busy and rushed, with little chance to catch our breath. This retreat and vision board workshop provides an opportunity to align with the slower rhythm of winter, to dream and renew body, mind, spirit.

Most of us have fleeting ideas of what we want to be, do or have in our lives. But they remain just that: fleeting. After all, who has the time to intentionally get clear about what we want to create?

Using mindfulness stress reduction techniques and restorative yoga poses participants will be enriched by present moment awareness and guided to reconnect with what matters most to them. From this place of compassionate inner listening the day will culminate with each participant creating a 2019 vision board to harness and affirm their intentions. 

Everyone from Katy Perry to Ellen Degeneres to Oprah Winfrey swears that they intentionally created outcomes by using a simple tool: VISION BOARDS.  A Vision Board is a way to harness your heart and soul's deepest desires to allow the magic of manifestation to unfold in your life!

As someone who has made my own Vision Boards, I've learned it's more than just slapping a picture onto a poster board. It's about getting clear on your authentic life, letting go of what's in the way -- and then clearly connecting with your dreams while designing a visionary map that inspires you, and ultimately calls you to action.  

MANIFEST YOUR DREAMS Vision Board Workshop will give you the space you need to intentionally define your dreams and create a Vision Board that will joyfully attract your ideal outcomes to you! 

Here is what you will get-

  • Clarity on what you really want (No more settling or falling into a trance of forgetting)

  • Space and time to map out your ideal outcomes in each area of your life

  • Connection with like-minded peers

  • A method to clear out the natural 'clutter' that arises (Time to let go!)

  • All the tools and time to create your own powerful Vision Board (You don't have to bring a thing. I've got all the materials you need right in the room!)

  • Your very own Vision Board to take home and attract your ideal outcomes in the months ahead

  • A full day of breathing room and dream-time (The very thing you keep telling yourself you need but rarely give yourself!)

Cost: $65


Robin Thompson, RN, Integrative Health Coach and Mindfulness Teacher Sara Gustavasen, Wellness Educator and Yoga Teacher

Note: Because of the powerful work in our day together, there are only 12 spaces available. They will fill up fast-so please act quickly. Doubts, excuses, and wavering are just our minds chattering and distracting you from creating a vibrant life lived to its fullest.

Contact me today to enroll.

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Spring Renewal: Blossom with Vibrant Health
to Apr 20

Spring Renewal: Blossom with Vibrant Health

  • East and West of the River Wellness (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


The wisdom traditions understand the value of human beings living in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment. Spring is a best time for a cleanse. We want to melt the freeze of winter by dissolving the stagnation that sets in during the winter months. It is a time when the snows are melting and the rivers are swelling. In our own bodies there is a similar process naturally occurring. During spring we can align with this energy to nourish and open channels to flow vibrantly to enjoy our own blossoming and blooming.

East and West of the River Wellness has put together a powerful self-healing spring program to help you melt the stagnation of winter and celebrate the renewal of life that is naturally occurring within and around you.

Spring Renewal is your opportunity to align with the energy of spring to attend and befriend patterns of living to ultimately create (and enhance) a lifestyle that will help you flourish by nourishing your core needs. 

There are four elements to this program: 

1) A small group will get together on March 9 to set you up for success by offering the following:

  • We’ll provide resources for a gentle cleanse, explore foods and recipes specifically aligned with spring to help warm your body’s core by nourishing 'agni' your inner fire

  • We’ll teach a variety of self-care and positive behavior change strategies

  • We’ll utilize the power of community to increase motivation and accountability to shift unwanted patterns of eating and living

  • We’ll nourish you with two wholesome meals on both days we get together to offer you an opportunity for fellowship and experience nourishing savory foods

2) Boost your cleanse by enhancing circulation in your body by scheduling a massage at The FOREST HOUSE during the month of March or April

3) Weekly resources and suggested activities will be posted on private Facebook page to enhance your learning, deepen your inner explorations and refine your 2019 intentions

4) We’ll meet again on April 6 to celebrate your success, and affirm your movement forward that is aligned with what matters most to you

Spring Renewal Fees

Spring Renewal fees are on a sliding scale basis. This allows individuals to pay according to individual means. There are four rates- Sustainable, Mid, Base, and Scholarship.  

Base: $110*  Mid: $150*  Sustainable: $190*

Two wholesome nutritious meals, and a massage are included in the above price

Payment at the Base rate covers just over 50% of what is needed. To balance our budget and to wisely steward our resources we rely on your honesty and generosity. The Sustaining rate represents what is needed to create a sustainable livelihood. If you can afford this level, you assist our efforts to offer lower sliding-scale rates and ongoing financial subsidies.       

*Payment plans available


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