December, 2021 Harmony Way Newsletter

Harmony Way

December, 2021 Newsletter

By: Michelle Caron, Owner of Harmony Way in

Wilbraham, Massachusetts, USA

Welcome to the December, 2021 Harmony Way Newsletter!


We are coming to the end of another year. (When and how did this happen?!) Thank you for being YOU! This is a wonderful time to let go of what no longer serves your highest and best good. It is also a fabulous time to be kind to and patient with yourself, especially during the long, cold winter as you wait for the return of the light. You can warm your heart by doing more of whatever it is that you truly love in life.

You are so very worth it!


Wishing you a terrific end of 2021 and a bright, healthy and happy beginning to 2022!


Please scroll down for upcoming free events, along with this month's workouts, recipes, evidence-based health articles and hopefully a little inspiration for self-care.

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*UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS AT HARMONY WAY*

You can also check out the CALENDAR page on this website for upcoming events/classes/workshops.


💃 ONGOING WEEKLY FITNESS CLASSES ON ZOOM 🧘‍♀️

Pre-Registration Necessary

You'll also need the Zoom Cloud Meetings app to participate with video.

It's free and simple to install/use.





Upcoming FREE Virtual Event

(Register With Michelle at Harmony Way)


With virtual classes and events, you can learn with me from anywhere in the world!



Saturday, January 22, 2022:

Harmony Way Virtual (Drug-Free) Core Shamanic Gathering

1:00-3:00 PM EST

(Free Event on Zoom, Advance Registration Necessary)


Do you crave heart-centered connection with others in a safe, peace-filled environment? Are you an introvert who is shy, but who also loves to have deep conversations? Have you participated in other shamanic events or trainings at Harmony Way or elsewhere? Are you curious about core shamanic healing or what it involves? If so, this is the event for you!

Even if you have no previous experience in shamanic work, you are welcome here.


There will be a talking/sharing circle filled with compassion and love, followed by a shamanic journey. (For those who do not know how to journey, this time can alternately be used for other types of meditation or prayer, so no worries!) This is a 100% experiential group event, NOT an educational class.

If you are interested, please contact us with a note including your first name, last name and email address to be added to the list. Space is limited.






Virtual Home & Family Herbal Training Program

(Only for those currently enrolled as students)


More information about this program is here:

Home & Family Herbal Program


Current program's classes began (virtually) in March, 2021 and will continue through December, 2021.



If you are interested in this program, enrollment for the 2022 class will open in the beginning of March of 2022. Thank you!




Core Shamanic Healing & Counseling Classes, Years 1, 2, & 3:

(Only for those currently enrolled as students)


More information about this training program (and its need-based, BIPOC/AAPI scholarship) is here:

Core Shamanism Program

Classes for all years of training began in September

(virtually).


The deadline has passed for entrance into the 2021-2022 year one training program. Applications for next year's class are now being accepted and will be due by July 1st, 2022.

Thank you.


Current Students: Please see the initial email you received and monthly reminder emails with all meetings times/dates/policies/links. Looking forward to seeing you at our next class meeting!

Current students will continue to receive emailed updates about meetings and how classes will work each month.



Wishing you a healthy, happy month and a wonder-filled 2022!

This Month's Exercise Demos:


Winter Wonderland Workout - 11 Minute Low Impact Cardio Workout at Home

(From: Lucy Wyndham-Read)



20 Minute Total Body Pilates Workout For December

(From: Moving Mango)

What better way to stay warm during winter than by moving our bodies and getting or staying in shape? Even though winter is traditionally a time of rest, some regular movement can improve mood, concentration/memory, overall health, immunity and fitness and can keep us warmer as a bonus. Whatever you choose to do for movement this month, I hope it is something that you enjoy!

Always check in with your medical health provider for advice before starting a new workout program, being mindful of any existing conditions or injuries that you have, bringing these up with a medical professional prior to trying any workout.




This Month's Wellness Articles:


The wonders of winter workouts

(From: Harvard Medical School)



Seasonal Affective Disorder -- What is seasonal affective disorder?

(From: National Institute of Mental Health)


Here are two evidence-based research articles about topics that are popular at this time of year. Winter workouts (and even simply getting outside into the natural light/environment in winter) can be so healthy for our bodies, minds/emotions and spirits! Seasonal affective disorder is also something that many people find to be challenging at this time of year, especially here in New England, where it is cold and quite dark for most of the winter season. We are mammals; so slowing things down and resting more is not a bad thing. However, we should make an effort to keep moving, even during the colder months, and to do the things that we enjoy regularly to keep our moods as balanced as possible. Wishing you a fabulously healthy New Year!


This Month's Yummy Recipe Links:

Chocolate Mint Brownies

(From: Emilie Eats)

Gluten-Free, Vegan

The Best Vegan Meatloaf

(From: Nora Cooks)

Vegan, Gluten-Free Option, Nut-Free


Here are two fun and delicious recipes to try this month. Both are heartier fare, but slightly healthier versions of classics. Both also work as options for holiday gatherings. Do you love chocolate and mint together? Do you enjoy meatloaf, but not so much the saturated fats and cholesterol typically found in traditional versions of this dish? Well, the above recipes might be right up your alley in that case. I have personally never met a brownie that I didn't like. :) I also prefer plant-based meatloaf, not just for health or ethical reasons...but also because vegan meatloaf is genuinely scrumptious and chock-full of protein. It's also super simple to cook and is so filling. If you give either of these recipes a try this month...or even if you don't, happy cooking and eating!