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Thanks to the support of Dr. Deborah Norris of The Mindfulness Center and Jessie Taylor, our Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain Program and Support Group will be offered weekly and starts tomorrow – January 12th, 2017 from 12 pm-2pm!

Register to join us!

This weekly movement and mindfulness-based program and support group is the extension of the four classes that we held in November 2016. Additionally, this program and our series of 4 classes in November, will serve as the foundation for our online Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain program — which we will continue to develop while holding our weekly support group. The online Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain program is a collaboration between EDS Wellness, Dr. Clair Francomano and Dr. Deborah Norris of The Mindfulness Center. Once the program has been developed, we will gather the feedback that we’ve received from our weekly program, along with research that’s been conducted, and will begin recording the content for the online program.

The plan is to launch our online program, along with a community support page, sometime in late spring/early summer 2017.  A research publication will follow, summarizing the findings of our research and program.

If you would like to donate to help support this program or help fund research on various integrative strategies, including mind-body therapies for managing chronic pain and other issues associated with hypermobility syndromes, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and its comorbidities, we welcome donations of any amount.

Click here to make a direct donation to EDS Wellness

To register for our Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain Program and Support Group on Thursday’s from 12 pm-2pm at The Mindfulness Center, please go to Register for EDS Wellness’ Mind-Body Class and Support Group

A few other key announcements about our programs – both virtually and in-person: 

  1. Virtual attendance for our Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility and Chronic Pain Class and Support Group is a possibility. We are working on the details and will make an announcement when virtual attendance is possible.
  2. For those who are local and cannot attend our Mind-Body Support Group Program and Class on Thursdays from 12 pm-2 pm, we will be holding weekend workshops at The Mindfulness Center shortly. Our weekend workshops will be offered as time and space allow; however, when we can secure our first date, we make sure to post details. Weekend workshops will vary in topic and focus, but we will try to offer seminars and programs that meet the different needs of the members of our community.
  3. For those who attended our first series of 4 classes and have been waiting patiently for the post-yoga for hypermobility and chronic pain class email with various handouts and resources that we discussed, I will be emailing that out and also be uploading to the website soon. For real. Thank you for being patient.
  4. Our “Just 5 Minutes” classes LIVE on the EDS Wellness Facebook page have been going well! We hold them on Monday’s at 11 am and Wednesday at 2:30 pm. If you would like to join us, go to Registration for 15 min “Just 5 Minutes” class.
  5. We are revamping our “virtual” EDS Ride for a Cause fundraising campaign with Charity Footprints and will be relaunching with a new FitBit campaign! Please keep your eye out for announcements, because this campaign is going to be awesome and exciting!
  6. We’re looking to start a virtual morning support group, based on the book ‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod. My friend and EDS community member, co-authored Brianna Greenspan and the ‘Art of Affirmations: A Coloring Book for Kids and Adults.’ This morning group would be very similar to our weekly support group at The Mindfulness Center, but would be a daily morning study and support group based on following the principles of ‘The Miracle Morning.’ It’s like our own “book club.”

How would a group like this work?

We wouldn’t meet every morning in person, nor would I be skyping or LIVE Facebook broadcasting, but would have “check-ins” and group conversation through a private Facebook group that I would set-up.

Why are do you want to do this type of program, when most of us aren’t morning people?

Getting up in the morning is something that I’ve struggled with my whole life, and this type of group is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m hoping it helps change my patterns, but I need support! That’s where you all come in. If you are interested, please send an email to [email protected].


Wellapalooza 2017 Early Registration ends January 15th, 2017 – It’s going to be an incredible retreat!

Register to join us at Wellapalooza 2017!

Our speakers are amazing, and some are ones that have never spoken an EDS conference before – i.e.,
Allysa Seely, 2016 Paralympic Gold Medalist with EDS, Mary Shomon: Thyroid Patient Advocate, Author, and Healing Histamine by Yasmina Ykelenstam!

Of course, we also have Dr. Clair Francomano, Dr. Pradeep Chopra, Dr. Lawrence Afrin, Dr. Peter Rowe, Dr. Jyothi Rao of Shakthi Health and Wellness Center, Dr. Christine Hale (EDSer and Aerial Silks Performer) and more! Additional speakers and workshops will be announced soon!

A few other key announcements and details:

  1. The final schedule is being worked out, so please keep in mind that not all speakers are listed, nor are all workshops are listed just yet.
  2. We think breaks that include 5-10 minute chair massages, or one-on-one “consults” with various Integrative providers and healers; *may* ease the tension from the stress from having to sit during the presentations where we sit more than move. At least, that’s one of the components of the schedule that we are working on.
  3. We are possibly going to have two “tracks” for people to choose from.
  4. We also have a teen and young adults retreat program sponsored by Chronic Connection!
  5. We are capped at 50 people, and we have several people already registered. Early registration ends on January 15th, 2017!
  6. We welcome vendors/partners and sponsors to help make this event possible and to help us support the wonderful speakers who have an agreed to come. To learn more, go to http://www.wellapalooza.com/wella-partners-vendors-sponsors/
  7. We also welcome volunteers to help us run certain aspects of Wellapalooza 2017. If interested, go to http://www.wellapalooza.com/volunteer/

Accommodation and venue related pieces of information:

  1. You don’t have to stay at The Salamander Resort to attend Wellapalooza 2017.
  2. A list of Alternate Accommodations can be found by going to http://edswellness.wpengine.com/index.php/alternate-accommodation-options-2017-physicians-learning-conference-wellapalooza-2017/.
  3. Each room at the Salamander has a small fridge.
  4. The Salamander Resort is fully handicapped accessible.
  5. Salamander Resort & Spa focuses on serving farm fresh and whole organic foods. They are happy to help accommodate all dietary restrictions.
  6. There are an indoor pool and an outdoor spa pool that is heated year-round and is available for those who use the spa.
  7. There are countless activities to enjoy at the resort and nearby for the whole family. Some may be an additional cost.
  8. To read our 1st newsletter with various event and exciting announcements, go to http://us11.campaign-archive2.com/?u=144b97d584d71cfc7e39f98a4&id=9d890c0eb3

Wellapalooza 2017 Retreat Schedule and Information Page 

Register now for Wellapalooza 2017

Wellapalooza 2017 Integrative Wellness Retreat Registration