Blooming into Mindfulness has taken me in exciting new directions since its publication in January 2016, including book events, photography shows, and mindfulness workshops.
Let me know if you’d like to schedule an appearance for your group or organization! Book clubs, women’s groups, parent groups, gardening groups, cancer survivor groups, mindfulness groups – there’s something for everyone who could use an extra dose of calm in their lives.
Monday, September 18, 6:45 (yes, AM!): 30-Day Mindfulness Meditation Challenge
Back by popular demand! Kick-start your daily meditation practice with live support, encouragement, and accountability. This will be the last time I offer the 30-Day program in 2017. Whether you are new to meditation, need a refresher, haven’t experienced the difference an extended daily practice can make, or are a former participant thirsty to reconnect with our community of morning breathers, we’d love you to join the circle! Click here for further details and to register!
Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m.: Workshop on “Surviving And Thriving In Your Empty Nest: Mindful Tools To Stay Fulfilled, Focused, And Moving Forward”
In this workshop you will receive: mindfulness strategies to help you clarify your passions and purpose; creative ways to make time for fulfilling, soul-feeding activities; practical tools to weave intention into your short- and long-term planning; tips on how to prioritize high value actions that move you toward your goals; empowerment to move your inner dialogue from “Can I…?” to “How can I…?”. Space is limited since I’m holding this workshop in my home. Spaces are filling up quickly! Learn more and register by clicking here.
Friday, August 4: “How to Boost Your Productivity, Creativity, and Inner Calm Through Mindfulness Practice”
Private event for leadership team of Communique USA, Inc., Atlanta, GA.
Tuesday, June 6: “Mind and Body Awareness Techniques to Reduce Stress, Work Better, and Enhance Well-Being”
Private event for Fairfax County Department of Family Services Adult and Aging Division’s “Wellness @ Work” All-Staff event. Joint program with Carolyn Bagdoyan of Heart Tree Yoga.
Monday, May 15, 6:45 (yes, AM!): 30-Day Mindfulness Meditation Challenge
Back by popular demand! Kick-start your daily meditation practice with live support, encouragement, and accountability.
Monday, May 8, 1o:00: Mindfulness Presentation for local chapter of P.E.O International
Saturday, May 6, 10:30: “How to Boost Your Productivity, Creativity, and Profits Through Mindfulness Practice”
Thrilled and honored to be included in the lineup of incredible speakers at the 2017 Modern Femme Movement Convention in Virginia Beach.
Wednesday, February 15-Thursday, March 16: 30-Day Mindfulness Meditation Challenge
More details coming soon, but check out the teaser to my new offering here! So excited for this!
Wednesday, February 8, 8-10 am: Organizational Wellbeing: Why a Balanced Mind, Body, and Soul is Good for Business. Conference Center, 1420 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102
My awesome friends Friderike Butler of Butler Communication, Carolyn Bagdoyan of Heart Tree Yoga, and I will team up to make a business case for mindfulness, body awareness, and conscious action in the workplace. Improved performance, productivity, creativity, and customer service are just some of the outcomes that translate into a better bottom line. Learn more and register via our EventBrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultivating-organizational-well-being-tickets-28511891836
Spaces are filling up so don’t delay!
Thursday, February 2, 7 pm: Women’s Group Discussion with Author of Blooming into Mindfulness, Vienna, VA (private event)
I’m happy to meet in person with YOUR group if you’re local, or Skype with you if you’re not. Just give me shout!
Sunday, November 13, 2-4:30 pm: Managing Holiday Stress Through Mindfulness and Other Self-Care Practices. Lakevale Community Center, 2554 Oak Valley Drive, Vienna, VA 22181
Join mindfulness advocate Martha Brettschneider and Carolyn Bagdoyan of Heart Tree Yoga for an interactive workshop that will help you approach the holidays with presence and a focus on self-care. Hosted by Grass Roots Fitness, this event will help you put on your own oxygen mask first so that you can be your best self for your loved ones this holiday season. Martha and Carolyn will lead the group through a series of mindfulness exercises (including, but not limited to, meditation) as well as mindful movement and stillness techniques for relieving stress and balancing energy. Register via the EventBrite link here.
Saturday, November 12, 6:30-9:30 pm: Salon Arlington, Village Sweet Bakery 5872 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205. I’ll be one of the featured artists at this unique ticketed event. To register contact Mike Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, November 5, 10 – 11:30 am: Merrifield Garden Center Free Seminar Series, Merrifield Community Hall, 8104 Lee Highway, Merrifield, VA (GPS: Falls Church)
If you haven’t had a chance to attend Merrifield Garden Center’s free gardening seminars, now is the time! I’ll be part of the lineup this year with a slide show and discussion of How Digging in the Dirt Brings Focus to Mind, Spirit, and Camera. Copies of Blooming into Mindfulness and my metal floral prints will be on sale after the talk. Merrifield Community Hall is located on the edge of the grounds of Merrifield Garden Center. For questions call 703-560-6222 (it is not required to sign up in advance).
Thursday, October 27, 6-8 pm. Opening reception for Botanologica Presents Whispers from My Garden Photography by Martha Brettschneider. 817 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA
Super excited for my first solo art show, hosted by the unique home and garden design shop Botanologica. My mindfulness-inspired garden photography will be on display for two weeks, but we’ll get things rolling with a classy kick-off. YAY! Wine and appetizers will be provided, so please RSVP through the EventBrite link here.
Tuesday, October 25, 8-8:45 am. Women’s Center Mindful Life Webinar: “Practical Steps to Cultivate Intention and Purpose in Your Life.”
Grab a cup of coffee and join the FREE Mindful Life breakfast webinar series offered by the Leadership Center at The Women’s Center in Vienna, VA. We’ll be discussing practical mindfulness-based techniques to weed out the thoughts that don’t serve us and live a life of intention, purpose, fulfillment, and joy. Sign up for this event on The Women’s Center registration page.
Friday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.: Book Club Discussion with Author of Blooming into Mindfulness, Oakton, VA (private event)
I’m happy to meet in person with YOUR book club or other group if you’re local, or Skype with you if you’re not. Just give me shout!
Saturday, September 17, 10:30 am – noon: Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
Join me at Vienna’s Patrick Henry Library for a slide show and discussion of “The Garden as Mindfulness Mentor: How Digging in the Dirt Brings Focus to Mind, Spirit, and Camera.” I’m excited to combine my photography and book themes in this “illustrated” presentation! Copies of Blooming into Mindfulness will be available for purchase and signing. Address: 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180.
Saturday, June 18, 11 am-4 pm: Eat Local Read Local, Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling, VA 20165
Excited to participate in Loudoun County’s Eat Local Read Local event on Saturday, June 18, at Cascades Library. Authors will be reading and signing books from 11-4 (I’m not sure yet when my slot will be, but will update when that info is available). From the Loudoun County event page: “Kick off the summer with this fun event for the whole family! Meet local authors, explore local food vendors, enjoy crafts and activities, take yoga class, participate in a writing workshop with David Hazard, sign up for summer reading, earn prizes and more! A program for everyone.” FUN!!
Thursday, May 19, 7-8 pm: Caffe Amouri, Vienna, Virginia
Caffe Amouri’s Penny University will host me for a reading and discussion of Blooming into Mindfulness.
Thursday – Saturday, May 12-14: 2016 Modern Femme Movement Conference, Virginia Beach, VA
I’ll have a vendor table with books and photography at the 2016 Modern Femme Movement Conference. Psyched to connect with this amazing group of women (and a few men), whose mission it is to help ambitious women balance their values, family, and self care. I’m deeply honored to have been invited to speak at the 2017 Modern Femme Movement Conference! Blooming into Mindfulness is also on the organization’s “Must Reads for 2016” list!
Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.-noon: 2nd Annual Vienna Garden Faire, Vienna’s Town Green, 144 Maple Ave., Vienna, VA 22180
I had a blast selling my garden photography (metal prints, matted prints, and greeting cards) at Vienna’s inaugural garden faire last year. I’ve been invited back and will add Blooming into Mindfulness to my product line!
Tuesday, May 3: “Mindfulness for Mothers” talk for Vienna Moms, Inc.
Talk conducted in tandem with mindfulness instructor Torie Gorges, for Vienna (private event).
Friday-Saturday, April 29-30: Mindful Life Conference, Washington, DC
No job to do here, other than soak in the wisdom of an amazing array of mindfulness experts.
Wednesday, April 27: Live TV interview with WTVR Channel 6 CBS’s “Virginia This Morning”
Great exposure for Blooming into Mindfulness (but YIKES)!
Sunday, March 30: Slide Show Presentation to the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Azalea Society of America (ASA)
Topic: “The Garden as Mindfulness Mentor: How Digging in the Dirt Brings Focus to Mind, Spirit, and Camera”
I’ll be presenting on behalf of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau.
Tuesday, March 8, 7-8 p.m.: PUBLIC BOOK SIGNING AT ONE MORE PAGE BOOKS, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Ste. 101, Arlington, VA, 22213
If you can’t make the signing at the Caboose, you have another chance just two days later at our groovy independent book store, One More Page Books, in Arlington, VA. This is also International Women’s Day. Come support a sister to celebrate!!
Sunday, March 6, 5-7 p.m.: PUBLIC BOOK SIGNING AT CABOOSE BREWING COMPANY, 520 Mill Street, NE, Vienna, VA 22180
I’m thrilled and honored that the Caboose Brewing Company, Vienna’s new hip hangout, is hosting my first public book signing! Bring your copy of Blooming into Mindfulness for signing, sample the Caboose’s amazing craft beers and foodie fare, and support your newly-minted local author!
I’ll have books for sale at the event as well. If you know you’d like to purchase a copy at the signing, please let me know in advance for planning purposes. Grab a friend or two (or more) and come help me celebrate! Hope to see you there!
Thursday, March 3, 11 a.m. – noon: Radio Interview with AM 1060 WMEL’s “Outside the Box!” with Eden Cook
As Eden described it to me, her program is “for moms, wives and meant to provide quality programming not related to politics that encourages families to get back to the basics. Each week, I discuss topics including educating and inspiring kids, encouraging kindness and mindfulness, strong marriage through life’s strife and living life a little differently-OUT of the BOX.” Sounds fun!
Thursday, February 28, 7-9 p.m.: Private book signing for Grassroots Fitness members
Invitation only (if you are a GRF member and didn’t see the evite, let me know).
Saturday, November 14, 10-4pm: “Whispers From My Garden” photography sale at The Robinson Marketplace, Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax, VA, 22032.
I’ll be selling my garden photography (notecards, matted prints, and my specialty metal prints that are suited to both indoor high humidity areas and outdoor living spaces). The indoor market features more than 80 hand crafters, boutiques, home businesses, and specialty food vendors. A perfect way to jumpstart your holiday shopping!
Sunday, July 12 (time TBD, but sometime in the afternoon): Washington Gardener Magazine‘s Garden Photo Show opening reception, Meadowlark Botanic Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182
The show features the winners of Washington Gardener Magazine‘s 2015 Garden Photography contest. The winning entries are spectacular, and I’m humbled to be included in this group. My “Nandina Jewelry” will be displayed, which took first prize in the contest’s “Small Wonders” category. The show runs through August 31, 2015.
Saturday, June 13, 10-4 pm: Vienna Garden Tour’s Vendor Faire, Town Green, Vienna, VA
If you can’t make it to the Avenue of Art on May 31 (see above), I’ll be back on Vienna’s Town Green next to the Freeman Store just two weeks later selling my garden photography (notecards, matted prints, and vibrant metal prints to enhance your indoor and outdoor living spaces). Pick up some printed plants at my table and some potted plants from other vendors!
Sunday, May 31, 1-5 pm: “Whispers From My Garden” photography show at the Historic Freeman Store, 131 Church Street NE, Vienna, VA 22180.
I’m honored to have been invited to be the Freeman Store’s featured artist for the Town of Vienna’s “Avenue of Art” event, commemorating the town’s 125th anniversary. Sponsored by the Vienna Arts Society, the afternoon will feature artists in action all along Church Street, music, games for the kids, food, and beer and wine tastings. So excited to be part of this awesome community event!