Regular Classes Archive

Nature Walks

Practitioners Heather Hill and Therese Daniels offer nature walks in the wooded trails behind the Resiliency Center.

HeatherHill-thumbWeekly Nature Walks with Heather Hill

Start your week off by beginning a nature practice and observe the benefits to your mood and wellbeing. We will explore the Green Ribbon Trail behind the Resiliency Center.

Contact: Heather Hill at 215-485-7205 to find out more and register.

» Check the Calendar for times and dates.

Therese Daniels, MA, LPC

Nature Walk and Talk Programs with Therese Daniels

Take a breath of fresh air and step into the woods. Nature invites us to disconnect from technology, slow down, and notice ourselves and the world around us. Therese Daniels offers Walk and Talk programs to guide participants in developing greater mindfulness, connecting with nature, and practicing new coping skills. The talks will vary from very casual to more in-depth topics and extended retreats. Engage in conversations and activities based on the natural world around you and connect with a deeper part of yourself.

» Contact Therese at or 410-919-9673 for the schedule.

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Rest, Restore, and Move

Join Brittiney George for a class that fuses movement and postures that help to encourage and restore balance, length, strength, and flexibility in the body with a rest element that invites awareness of how to use breath and imagery to help reduce tension.

When: bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 12-1pm

Cost: $10 per class

Contact: Brittiney George

Contact at or at 610-389-7866

RSVP: RSVP required online at

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Rumi & Hafiz Poetry Reading and Discussion

Do you love the poetry of Sufi Poets and Philosophers Rumi and Hafiz? Are you looking for inspiration? Seeking wisdom? Curious about our interconnection and about connection with Spirit?

Join Elizabeth Venart for discussions on Rumi and Hafiz. She will share a few of her favorite pieces and invite you to lend your inspirations and insights. Please also feel free to bring your own favorite poems by Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, Kahlil Gibran, or other inspired writers (with copies to share). Space is limited.

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Creative Writing with the Philadelphia Writers Workshop

Dates and Times:  Meetings on Tuesdays from 7-10 pm
Sessions of various lengths begin throughout the year.

Facilitator: Rachel,

The workshop leader, Rachel Kobin, uses the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method to create a supportive, collaborative setting for writers of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Writers interested in poetry, screenwriting, play writing, non-fiction, memoir, and fiction are all encouraged to join. Writing is done during workshop time, and manuscripts polished outside of workshop are reviewed and discussed by the group.

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Connection, Expression, & Movement Workshops (CEM)

When: 4th Wednesday of the Month

Cost: $20 per person, per month. If you sign up and pay for 3 classes in advance, pay only $55 for three classes.

Facilitator: Brittiney George610-389-7866,

Connection, Expression and Movement (CEM) is a monthly workshop series for women focusing on bodymind integration. Each month the discussion and activities center on a specific theme such as stress management, emotions, and finding balance in your life. No experience or previous training is required.

Class size is limited; Registration required. For more information, contact Brittiney George at 610-389-7866 or

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Professional Networking Breakfasts

When: Monthly; Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

Facilitator: Elizabeth Venart at (215) 233-2002 or

Networking breakfasts provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the practitioners of The Resiliency Center and the services offered and also to exchange business cards with other helping professionals. All those who attend are invited to share information about their specific specialties, the kinds of client referrals they are seeking to attract, and the aspects of the work they find most energizing and rewarding.

To facilitate meaningful dialogue among participants and the ability to connect with each person in attendance, registration is limited to 10 people, so sign up early.

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Laughter Yoga

When: Various times throughout the year

Cost: Varies

Laughter Leader: Elizabeth Venart,  (215) 233-2002 or

Laughter Yoga is an exercise and wellness routine that combines fun laughter activities with deep yoga breathing. It was developed by Dr. Madan Kataria in India in 1995 and has now expanded to over 6000 laughter clubs worldwide.

Anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on humor, jokes or comedy.

In laughter yoga, we stimulate laughter is simulated as a body exercise in a group. Using eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The concept of Laughter Yoga is based on a scientific fact that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter. One gets the same physiological and psychological benefits.

These benefits include:

  • improved mood,
  • strengthened immune system functioning,
  • decreased stress,
  • lowered blood pressure, and
  • experiences of pain relief.

To top it off, laughing is FUN! Laughing in community? Even better! More information on laughter yoga can be found at

To learn more about bringing Laughter Yoga to your organization, community event, family reunion and more, contact Elizabeth Venart at or 215-233-2002.

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When: Thursdays at 2 pm and 6:20 pm

Cost: $10 per person or pre-pay 10 sessions for $80 per person

Teacher: Karen or 215-836-7184.

Qigong literally means “energy work” and has been continuously practiced in China for thousands of years to achieve vibrant health and a calm mind.

In the introductory Qigong classes offered through The Resiliency Center, you will learn basic, yet powerful Qigong exercises based on the movement of animals and birds (such as the crane, eagle, dragon, and swan), as well as movements to strengthen the bones and the immune system and to increase range of motion with the hips, shoulders, and the neck.

Take time now to slow down, get in touch with your body, and become whole.

About Qigong

Qigong  [pronounced chee-gung] classes are offered weekly at The Resiliency Center.

“Chi”[or Qi] means energy or breath. It is the source of life. Gong means moving the energy. Qigong literally means “energy work” and has been continuously practiced in China for thousands of years to achieve vibrant health and a calm mind. Qigong is similar to Tai Chi in that it incorporates slow, meditative movements with deep abdominal breathing.

Qigong consists of ‘separate’ standing exercises used for overall wellbeing, harmony, and improved health. Practitioners choose exercises that generally increase overall range of motion, improve flexibility, and create better balance. They can be done in any order for any length of time. Conversely, Tai Chi consists of standing Qigong moves linked together in a non-changing “choreography” that has gone unaltered for centuries.


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Group Meditation

When: Sunday Mornings and other times as scheduled

Instructors: Dean Solon and Andrea McGady

Meditation can be described as “an abiding in one’s natural state, without mental complications.”

During these group meditations, we will be cultivating and sharing clarity and compassion—an unfolding awareness and mindfulness—which may be summed up with this simple expression:  a knowing of things as they are.

Group meditation may be led by different instructors. Sometimes, the meditation leader will open by sharing a reflection or meditation exercise and then inviting participants to join in silent meditation. Other times, the meditation leader may lead a guided meditation with or without music during the duration of the meditation. In both cases, the meditation will be followed by time for reflection by all members of the group. Sharing is completely voluntary.

Morning meditations are a gentle way to get centered and welcome the morning—and promotes resiliency throughout the day ahead. Evening meditations are a relaxed and supportive way to wind down at the end of the day and come together in community.

For more information, join our Meetup group, call The Resiliency Center at (215) 233-2002, or email instructor Andrea McGady at

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