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The Insight Shop

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114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
703-638-0004 www.insightshopva.com

November 2018

FREE: National Novel Writing Month “Write-Ins!”

Wednesday, November 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 12:00pm

One event on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:00am

One event on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 8:00am

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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We're excited to be an official NaNoWriMo "Write-In" site for 2018!    The Insight Shop is an educational nonprofit organization housed in a converted ranch house in downtown Vienna.  Home to a wide array of classes and workshops that foster the expressive arts, mindfulness and personal exploration, our vibrant community of writers is looking forward to sharing our space with fellow intrepid NaNo writers! So grab your laptop, power cord, notebooks, favorite coffee mug, and best ideas, and bring them…

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Refuge Recovery from Addiction (FREE)

Thursday, November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Refuge Recovery is a Buddhist-inspired path to freedom from addiction. This is an approach to recovery that understands: “All individuals have the power and potential to free themselves from the suffering that is caused by addiction.” We feel confident in the power to relieve suffering of all kinds, including the suffering of addiction. This is a process that cultivates a path of awakening, the path of recovering from the addictions and delusions that have created so much suffering in our…

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Intuitive Painting (Four-Week Series)

Friday, November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, December 7, 2018

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$149

Intuitive painting is a form of mindfulness practice that encourages you to step beyond the world of words and intellect into the deep wisdom of your heart. Rather than being an “art class” focused on technique and product, this is an experience of welcoming anything that shows up. In this way, Intuitive Painting is an art-making class that invites you to be alive in your senses and aware of the amazing stream of emotions and thoughts that flow through you…

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(FREE) Salon: The Heart of Compassion

Friday, November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Free 5 spots left

“Because I am compassionate, I can be brave.” Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Join us for an evening of laughter, poetry, good food, and great company as we explore the fearless heart of compassion.  Laura Banks will guide the conversation and looks forward to hearing your own favorite stories, poems, songs – whatever! - of compassion and courage. She is inspired by and seeks to strengthen her own and others' capacity to thrive and find meaning throughout life, especially through…

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Insight Meditation Drop-In Group (Sunday Mornings)

Sunday, November 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Sunday, repeating indefinitely

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Please join us on Sunday mornings at our drop-in meditation group in Vienna.  Our intention is to provide a relaxed place for you to come learn or practice Vipassana meditation with a group of like-minded individuals.  Class will typically consist of appx. 30 minutes of guided sitting meditation, followed by a dharma talk, and Q&A.  Chairs are provided; feel free to bring your own cushion. There is no need to Rsvp; just come as you are able! Beginners and advanced…

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“Death Tour” Series (What’s a Green Burial?)

Sunday, November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 3:00pm

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$20 – $60

Thankfully, the cultural taboos around talking about death and other end-of-life topics seems to be shifting. More Americans are openly discussing the medical, spiritual and financial aspects of death, as evidenced by several New York Times bestsellers on the topic, and the fact that or Death Cafe series always "sells out." It's out of this rising tide of curiosity that The Insight Shop is happy to bring you the Death Tour! We're assembling a variety of experts in various fields…

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Vienna Community Sing! (FREE)

Sunday, November 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 3:00pm

One event on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3:00pm

One event on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:00pm

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Free

In Zimbabwe it is said "If you can walk you can dance, and if you can talk you can sing."   A "community sing" is about ordinary people joining their friends and neighbors in a public place to sing, just for the fun of it. At each meeting, participants learn song parts by listening and singing back, not by reading music. By the end, there's often a beautiful three part harmony that emerges. This gathering is a multi-generational, bring-the-family* kind…

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December 2018

Teen Retreat: Less Stress, More Happy

Saturday, December 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$59

We get it – being a kid today is different in so many ways from previous generations. So much so, that when teen says “You just don’t understand!” it’s really possible that they’re right. But while things like technology and the ways we communicate  have changed, the most fundamental elements of happiness have stayed the same. What if true happiness in life had little to do with GPA, popularity, and proficiency at sports and music, and a LOT to do with…

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(FREE) Death Cafe

Sunday, December 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Free Sold out

With a thriving presence in Europe, The Death Café movement is spreading through the US. What is this, you ask? It’s pretty simple…  At a Death Café, people of all stripes gather to drink coffee and tea, eat snacks and cake, and share thoughts and feelings about death. There is no set agenda, and the discussion might range from the philosophical (death rituals around the world, what happens after we die?) to the practical (end-of-life care, funeral preferences, etc.) and…

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Mastering the Art of Difficult Conversations

Saturday, December 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$39

*** This workshop is rescheduled from its original Oct. 20 date.  *** The tools and techniques you learn in this workshop may not solve any of those problems – but they will very likely make them better! We'll explore six components of difficult conversations, and you'll have the opportunity to apply helpful tools to your own personal case study and practice the hardest parts with a partner during this workshop.

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Spotlight on You! Half-Day Storytelling Workshop

Sunday, December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$85

Spotlight on You! is your opportunity to take that great, true story you have, and turn it into something captivating – whether it’s for an audience of one, or one-thousand.  In this half-day workshop, you’ll hone some of the skills unique to live storytelling: the structure and arc of an oral story, building strong characters, and how to win the audience over. For storytellers of all levels. Just come with an idea for a story and you’ll leave with a…

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December “Quilt-In” with Lesly-Claire (Two Days)

Friday, December 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:00am

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$110

Spend two consecutive days sewing, with expert help. Join like minded quilters. Make new friends. See your quilt progress toward completion. This is an opportunity to spend quality time sewing on your quilt projects already in process, or begin something new. Also a chance to get those last-minute holiday projects complete! Sewing machine optional. Table space provided. Limited to 8 students. Bring a bag lunch or visit one of the great restaurants with in walking distance.

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“Dream Building” with Vision Boards

Sunday, December 30 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$97

What do Thomas Edison, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Gates have in common? They all held a vision, a dream, that they had something important to bring to the world.  They didn’t have anything special or advantageous that you don’t have.  What they did have, in addition to the dream, is the will to keep taking steps toward it. What’s your dream? Whether you have an idea for your dream or you don’t have a clue – this class could just…

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January 2019

(FREE) Death Cafe

Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Free 10 spots left

With a thriving presence in Europe, The Death Café movement is spreading through the US. What is this, you ask? It’s pretty simple…  At a Death Café, people of all stripes gather to drink coffee and tea, eat snacks and cake, and share thoughts and feelings about death. There is no set agenda, and the discussion might range from the philosophical (death rituals around the world, what happens after we die?) to the practical (end-of-life care, funeral preferences, etc.) and…

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Mindfulness for Middle Schoolers (6-Week Series)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$169 – $189

Kids have an enormous amount of pressure and competing demands on their time, which can leave them feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. This 6-week series helps middle schoolers develop life skills to reduce stress, manage emotions and increase focus and attention, so they can thrive and have a better sense of overall well-being. Each session includes discussion, activities, and opportunities to practice mindfulness skills in a small-group setting. “Research has proven that mindfulness training integrates the brain and strengthens the…

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Mindfulness for 4th & 5th Graders (6-Week Class)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:30pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$159 – $179

We know that our kids are facing challenges we never encountered as youth:  social media, excessive screen time and a dependence on devices to name just a few. Mindfulness - bringing curious attention to what's happening right in front of us - is a life skill that can be practiced and honed, and that studies show leads to a more balanced and healthy life. And the earlier in life these practices are introduced, the better! The specific exercises taught in…

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Memoir: The Art of Writing Your Story

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$149

Write what should not be forgotten.  ~ Isabel Allende Studies show that recording our true life stories brings a greater sense of meaning to our lives, can improve memory and foster a deep satisfaction for a life well-lived. This 6-week writing class brings people together to capture their stories, either for their own use, or to be shared with family members and loved ones. In a relaxed and comfortable setting, you'll discover the power of the written word to make…

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Mindfulness for 6th Graders (Six-Week Series)

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$169 – $189

As students enter higher grades, academic and social pressures increase dramatically.  In this 6-week course, students are invited to explore mindfulness and build their own life skills “tool kits” that can help them thrive and navigate life’s challenges most effectively.  Classes are set in a warm and supportive environment, and each includes: Introduction of new topics and skills Time to practice the new skills and discuss or reflect on their experiences Engaging activities, including mindful movement Mindfulness challenges to try…

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From Struggle to Strength: Rewriting Your Story

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$179 – $197

Have you struggled through and endured a life-changing experience? Your story is your strength! In this writing class, you will learn how to hone your "narrative identity" - a science backed way to process and interpret your challenging experiences to create positive shifts in well-being. You’ll learn how reframing this story can transform your perspective to one of empowerment and growth. Each week you will get lessons, tools and resources. This class is for women only. By the end of the five…

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Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) 8-Week Class

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$375 – $395

Compassion Cultivation Training© (CCT) is an eight-week program designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The CCT protocol was developed at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. Compassion Compassion is a process that unfolds in response to suffering. It begins with the…

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Intuitive Painting (Four Week Series)

Friday, January 25, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, February 15, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$135 – $150

Intuitive painting is a form of mindfulness practice that encourages you to step beyond the world of words and intellect into the deep wisdom of your heart. Rather than being an “art class” focused on technique and product, this is an experience of welcoming anything that shows up. In this way, Intuitive Painting is an art-making class that invites you to be alive in your senses and aware of the amazing stream of emotions and thoughts that flow through you…

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Movie Night: A Will for the Woods

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Free

What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. The spirited Clark and his partner Jane, boldly facing his mortality, embrace the planning of a spiritually meaningful funeral and join with a compassionate local cemetarian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut. With poignancy and…

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Girls’ Voices Writing Class (4th-6th Graders)

Sunday, January 27, 2019 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:45pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, March 17, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$169

We believe it's so important for girls to have a safe space to work on expressing themselves verbally and in writing that we created a writing class just for them. We use a combination of mindfulness and creative writing to find our unique writing voices. Participants are free to write whatever they want--stories, poems, journal entries, and so forth—but are always given prompts to help them find something to write about if they need inspiration. We will write in class…

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Writing as Craft (7th-9th Grade Girls)

Sunday, January 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Sunday, repeating until Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$199

For girls in 7th-9th grades            Discount of 10% when you bring a friend! (inquire!) For the budding young writer who wants to hone her craft...  Writing as Craft is an 8-week class that features longer free-writing time, specific discussions each week about different aspects of the writing process, and longer time working in small groups. Writers who create and share work electronically are more than welcome. Goals for Writing as Craft include: To gain knowledge…

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February 2019

(FREE) Death Cafe

Sunday, February 17, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Free 15 spots left

With a thriving presence in Europe, The Death Café movement is spreading through the US. What is this, you ask? It’s pretty simple…  At a Death Café, people of all stripes gather to drink coffee and tea, eat snacks and cake, and share thoughts and feelings about death. There is no set agenda, and the discussion might range from the philosophical (death rituals around the world, what happens after we die?) to the practical (end-of-life care, funeral preferences, etc.) and…

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Intuitive Painting (Four Week Class)

Friday, February 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, March 15, 2019

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$135 – $150

Intuitive painting is a form of mindfulness practice that encourages you to step beyond the world of words and intellect into the deep wisdom of your heart. Rather than being an “art class” focused on technique and product, this is an experience of welcoming anything that shows up. In this way, Intuitive Painting is an art-making class that invites you to be alive in your senses and aware of the amazing stream of emotions and thoughts that flow through you…

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March 2019

(FREE) Death Cafe

Sunday, March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Free 15 spots left

With a thriving presence in Europe, The Death Café movement is spreading through the US. What is this, you ask? It’s pretty simple…  At a Death Café, people of all stripes gather to drink coffee and tea, eat snacks and cake, and share thoughts and feelings about death. There is no set agenda, and the discussion might range from the philosophical (death rituals around the world, what happens after we die?) to the practical (end-of-life care, funeral preferences, etc.) and…

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Journaling 101: Methods & Myths (Take one or both!)

Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 1:00pm

The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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$79 – $149

Almost 40 years of research has established journaling as a powerhouse for self-awareness and transformation, but it matters greatly how you do it.  Join Deborah Ross, Certified Journal Therapist and co-author of "Your Brain on Ink," to learn new techniques and bust some myths about the process (including how often and for how long you need to write to benefit).   There are dozens of proven techniques, and we'll cover 5-6 in each session.  And perhaps most importantly for your…

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April 2019

(FREE) Death Cafe

Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Insight Shop, 114 COURTHOUSE RD SW.
VIENNA,VA22180United States
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Free 15 spots left

With a thriving presence in Europe, The Death Café movement is spreading through the US. What is this, you ask? It’s pretty simple…  At a Death Café, people of all stripes gather to drink coffee and tea, eat snacks and cake, and share thoughts and feelings about death. There is no set agenda, and the discussion might range from the philosophical (death rituals around the world, what happens after we die?) to the practical (end-of-life care, funeral preferences, etc.) and…

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