Saturday is a day of wellness in Portsmouth

Firefly Wellness Fest returns to Glen Park

Posted 9/13/19

This annual event, celebrating the wellness and yoga community of Newport County, just gets bigger and better every year. Come to Glen Park in Portsmouth on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. …

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Saturday is a day of wellness in Portsmouth

Firefly Wellness Fest returns to Glen Park

Posted

This annual event, celebrating the wellness and yoga community of Newport County, just gets bigger and better every year. Come to Glen Park in Portsmouth on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enjoy a full day of yoga and meditation, live music, vendors, and delicious food.

Yoga classes will start at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon. There will be four rounds of classes with two classes occurring simultaneously during each time slot. Teachers will be incorporating their own style of yoga from chair yoga and a family class to a vinyasa flow and a men’s class.

Sixteen smaller focused workshops will be offered throughout the afternoon, including an Introduction to Cacao with Nola Ganem, an intro to singing bowls by Kimber-Lee Jacobson from Be Light Yoga Studio in Westport, a Chakras clinic with Nicole LeBreaux of Tiverton. In addition, Meagan Harnois of Inspire Fitness in Tiverton will lead a Self Defense Class, Jenette Bessinger of Newport will offer a Clean Eating workshop, Colleen Aull of Aull Pilates in Middletown will offer an intro to Pilates, Laura Barlow of Rhode Island Vegan Awareness (RIVA) will give a talk on Vegan Options 101.

Other workshops include a Breema Yoga introduction, a Zen Tangle bracelet workshop with Susan Bessin, an advice booth with Rebeca Polan of Newport, Essential oils with Dawn Paz of Middletown and Suanne Polverari, owner of Shiva Shakti Yoga Shala in Pawtucket, a mindful outdoor experience with Stephanie Robb, Jackie Henderson of MIST in Middletown will lead a class, Courtney Oman will lead a writing class, and much more.

A full line up of local musicians will play all day, and yard games will be available. Also on offer all day will be tarot card, astrology and rune readings readings by Wolf's Moon Fire, and Katherine Barroa of Providence will be sponsoring the “Healing Grove”, featuring massage services, reflexology, Reiki, cranial and sacral massage all day in the lower tree grove of the park. Local artist Rebecca Macri will be creating a large painted art installation throughout the day.

Sprout and Lentil of Newport will feature an all vegan menu (burgers & crabby patties). Juice’d Cafe of Fall River and New Bedford will provide a menu offering fresh wraps and smoothies all day in the country Kitchen.

Vendors will include wellness, books, clothing, jewelry, art, photography, essential oils, herbal products, henna painting, yoga matts, foam rollers products, and more.

General admission costs $30 and includes parking, admission to all yoga classes, demonstrations and music. A non-yoga ticket and student tickets will be $15, Seniors are $20, First responders are $20 and kids 14 and younger are free. Tickets are available online at https://fireflywellnessfest2019.eventbrite.com and at the gate starting at 10:30 a.m. For more information call 401/474-1064 or email fireflymandalas@gmail.com.

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