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Free Friday activities to start Winter Wellness Weekend
Updated on: 01.09.14

Winter Wellness Weekend -- Warm Up From Within will begin with a Free Friday Kickoff Jan. 17.


Free events going on throughout the county include a vegan cooking demonstration and interactive session with Carol Hagans; Tai Chi Easy with Indianapolis instructors Kathy and Jim Johnson; a panel discussion of “Your Body, Your Planet and The Food You Eat” with Keith Johnson, Allison Distler, Hagans, Pierre Couvillion and moderator Bill Daniels; and music by Cari Ray and The Loaners with Chuck Wills. 


Hagans will set up in the lower level of the Brown County Public Library from 2 to 3 p.m. to talk about the ease of preparing plant-based meals and ways of making them fit into your budget. Eating a vegan food plan has helped her maintain an 80-plus-pound weight loss. Along with her doctorate in counseling psychology, Carol has earned the T. Colin Campbell certificate in Plant Based Nutrition offered through eCornell, as well as certification in nutrition education through the Food for Life Program.


Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi teachers Kathy and Jim Johnson, owners of Classical Systems in Indianapolis, will present Qigong and Tai Chi Easy at 5 p.m. in the Allison Peabody Room of the Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park.  This program is accessible to people of all levels of fitness. Participants will perform gentle movements with mental focus on the form and breath. Some of the benefits of practicing Qigong include reduced stress, improved balance, improved heart and immune health, improved mood and increased energy. Qigong and Tai Chi Easy can be performed seated or standing. Wear comfortable clothing and a warm pair of socks or slippers.


At 7 p.m.  a panel of food growers and students of food and nutrition with diverse views will discuss “Your Body, Your Planet and The Food You Eat.” The discussion will consist of brief presentations and lots of time for questions. Panel members are Couvillion, founder of Santosha Yoga School and a specialist in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of bringing balance to the body; Distler, a yoga teacher and somatic counselor practicing in Bloomington; Hagans; and Keith Johnson, who has been teaching permaculture since 1995. While this panel discussion is scheduled to end at 8:15, the room will remain open and discussion can continue as long as audience and panelists like, until 10 p.m.


Cari Ray and the Loaners and Wills need no introduction to Brown County residents. The band will close out the evening with music, dancing and a few good stories in the Allison Room of the Abe Martin Lodge from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. 


Also on Friday, Sweetea's Tea Shop, in Coachlight Square at 225 S. Van Buren St., will offer herbal teas and an informal discussion shortly after 3 p.m. with Trina Bardsley, owner of Niyama Herbal Arts, on the art of relaxing with tea. 


For information about the entire Warm Up From Within event and a link to tickets, see


Participants coming in for the day (as opposed to people staying in the lodge) will have free admission to the park for these events. Guests of the lodge will pay the regular park admission fee.

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Josephine Lee Cueto, 62, Morgantown
  Daughter of Priscilla Burgmeier of Nashville

Mary 'Jane' Kollman, 92, Nashville
  Mother of Janet (Tom) Gaskins of Nashville

Charlotte K. (Adkins) Wilson, 67, Franklin
  Former resident of Brown County

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