Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your New Year

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

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1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

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Need a boost to your New Year? Ready to make 2018 your best year ever? Join us Sat., Jan. 6 from 11am-4pm in the Readings Gallery at Village Books for our annual “Resolutions,” a day devoted to starting the year right. From 11am-4pm, on the hour, we’ll feature local experts presenting mini-workshops on topics ranging from clearing our clutter to Advance Care Planning, to freeing our minds from suffering, and finally to approaching 2018 healthfully and mindfully. Come to one workshop or several, and bring your questions, ideas, and a snack too. No tickets or registration needed. Participants will receive 10% off recommended Resolutions-related books, that day only. 




11:00am Carolyn Koehnline 
A Gentle Approach to Clearing Your Clutter for 2018

Clearing your clutter is a great way to get a fresh start for the new year. Approaching it too harshly can often backfire.  Learn strategies to weave self-compassion and kindness into your process to increase your effectiveness and sustain your momentum.

Carolyn Koehnline is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been in private practice at the F Street Natural Health Clinic in Bellingham for over 20 years. She is also a clutter-clearing instructor and coach and a certified journal therapist.


12:00pm Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement
Welcome to Advance Care Planning for 2018

Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love. Join Jennifer Foster, a certified Advance Care Planning facilitator, for this dynamic presentation on Advance Care Planning. Participants will learn:

·         Why Advance Care Planning is important for all adults and commonly used terminology 

·         How to choose someone to be your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (your Health Care Agent)

·         How to talk to loved ones and doctors about preferences for end-of-life care

·         How to consider what questions they have about their choices

Jennifer Foster is a semi-retired academic librarian and recent transplant to Bellingham. She believes death is a natural part of life, and that planning for it helps mitigate difficult decisions that may arise in the event we are unable to speak for themselves. She became a certified Advance Care Planning facilitator with the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Advancement End of Life Choices program to help others consider what is most important to them.


1:00pm Darryl Diptee
Free Your Mind: Proven Steps That Can Liberate You From Suffering So You Can Live the Life You Deserve
                                                                                                                                                       When you were a kid you had so many dreams and aspirations, what happened to those dreams? In a word? Life. Like many others before you, chances are you traded those wonderful dreams for a sense of practicality and social acceptance. Unfortunately, there was a much deeper consequence you didn’t realize when you made that decision. Not only did you give up your dreams, but on a subconscious level you also gave up your freedom to live the life you want to live. You mentally entered a cage, locked it shut, shackled yourself, and sat there feeling safe because the bars of the cage would protect you from the pain of failure. Escaping the cage begins with the realization that even if you’re very wealthy and having fun in the cage, you’re still not free if fear remains your master while you are the slave.

Free Your Mind will give you powerful strategies that will help you:
– Eliminate feelings of loneliness and sadness
– Discover a source of happiness that never goes away
– Open your heart to being loved
– Mold a life of meaning and purpose
– Harness personal energy to achieve your goals
– Convert your past pain into fuel for success
– Create a reality that is rigged in your favor
– Build empowering beliefs that help you take action

If you are ready to awaken and liberate yourself from a life of unhappiness, let Darryl Diptee illuminate your path to freedom as you learn how to control your mind, how to be free of pain, the truth about who you really are, and more.

Darryl Diptee is an active duty US naval officer who was inspired by war to begin the journey to find inner peace. He has spent over 20 years collecting wisdom from various parts of the globe and attributes much of his transformation to the valuable experiences gained while supporting those in need such as helping Tibetan refugees integrate into society in India and teaching Iraqi children valuable life skills in Baghdad, Iraq. Darryl's purpose in life is to enjoy every moment of the human experience while inspiring others to do the same.


2:00pm Dr. Richard Tran
Key Strategies to Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

Are you having troubles sticking to your New Year's resolutions?  Do you need holistic practices to help you get and stay healthy?  If the answer is yes, this workshop is for you. Dr. Richard Tran is part of Color Chiropractic.  His clinic is based in Fairhaven and incorporates a holistic approach.  He will be covering vital information from personal growth and wellness experts to help you discover possibilities to creating habits and resolutions that last. Demonstrations will be provided and discussion is encouraged.

You may know Dr. Richard Tran from his local community involvement at the Bellingham Co-Op, Toastmasters International or through his you-tube channel at Color Chiropractic.  Dr. Tran received his Doctorate of Chiropractic in California from the Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2003.  He has dedicated his life to a  Pro-Active approach to health and inspires people to incorporate complementary health practices (Chiropractic, nutrition, stress reduction) to make healthy living a lifelong habit.


3:00pm Joe Arellano
Meeting the New Year with Mindfulness

Join local mindfulness practitioner Joe Arellano for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

Mindfulness Northwest certified teacher Joe Arellano has devoted his 30 plus year career to the realm of Complementary Alternative Medicine. A graduate of ground-breaking programs through UCLA, the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, and Mindfulness Northwest. He is a Licensed and Board Certified Massage and Bodywork therapist and Certified Mindfulness teacher. Joe has a private practice in Anacortes, and lives on Fidalgo Island with his wife Billie. 

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