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September Healing Day (Campus-Wide Open House)

September 9, 2023 @ 11:00 am 4:00 pm EDT

People’s Health Sanctuary is excited to host our third and final Healing Day of the season as part of the Sanctuary’s Campus Wide Open House. Healing Day is a way to connect with community members, healers, providers and anyone invested in building a robust network for communal health across the Capital District.  As in July and August, we will be offering services from holistic healers, resource sharing by healthcare providers and service groups, children’s activities, and free food.

We strive to “re-member” what community health can look like, so we welcome community members, and we will be offering healing work on donation basis including body work, yoga, and energy work. In addition there will be community resource & healthcare information, movement activities, food, and child and family-friendly activities!



11:30- Opening circle

12p- Yoga with Desirea (in PHS space)/ 3p-yoga

1p- Breathe Deep workshop with Ophra (in PHS space)

1-2p Root3d Family activity (outside)

2:30p- Community Dance Work Out with Hana (outside)

2-3p- Elderberry Syrup/ Herbal remedies with Tara (PHS kitchen)

2:30p- NATURE Lab open house (kiosks)

3p- Yoga with Desirea (in PHS space)

In addition, we will be announcing the following during the day:

  • Medicinal Plant Drawings with Margaretha Haughwout
  • Wellness Chats with JBA Concierge Medicine 
  • Garden tour/meditation with Sienna

Throughout the day, come sign up with our healers, offering services on a donation basis:

  • Massage with Sara Swan
  • One-on-One Listening sessions with Hana van der KolkIn these 20 minute sessions, individuals will be invited to receive attention and to rest, breath, and share. If you like, bring a few objects from home to be incorporated into your session. (12-2p only)

In addition, healers will be offering these group activities: 

  • Community dance workout for every body with Hana van der Kolk– One part accessible workout, one part dance party, and one part community ritual, this 45-minute class offers every body a supportive and playful container for moving, strengthening, sweating, feeling, and connecting with self, others, and the world. It is a practice I have been shaping for almost fifteen years and have led in universities, community centers, public parks, and private homes all over the world.
  • Breathe Deep workshop with Ophra Wolf– In this introductory workshop, you’ll learn techniques and acquire simple tools to transform tension, pressure and anxiety in your body into a sense of support, ease and spaciousness – simply by experiencing your breath more fully.
  • Yoga with Desirea
  • Intentional Space holding for families with Root3d– Helping families transition back to school, also holding space for sound meditation.
  • Elderberry Syrup Herbal remedy making with Tara Quackenbush of The Botanical Classroom
  • Medical Plant Sketching and Sensing with artist and herbalist Margaretha Haughwout: Ongoing collaborative drawing of neighborhood medicinal plants, along with helping to find intersections between immune system health and neighborhood strength/defense. With participants’ consent, the creative results of this workshop will be repurposed and made a part of the permanent, living DE-FENCE installation.
  • Herbal Medicine Garden tour/meditation with Sienna

 We will be hosting tabling with community partners: 

  • Blood Pressure checks with Chasing Health: Founded by Dr Omorogbe, Chasing Health Inc. teaches underserved communities of color about high blood pressure by providing free blood pressure screenings, health education, and coaching at barber shops, beauty salons, non-profit organizations, churches, and schools locally and abroad.
  • SNUG/Trinity Alliance: A play on the word gun, it is now an acronym that stands for Should Never Use Guns.  Each of us brings their own special something or quality you could say.  Together we work to reduce gun violence by mediating conflicts. With those that are at the highest risk of shooting someone and being. And unfortunately, we have lost some along the way. But this in-turn only makes us stronger.
  • CEK RN: When you need someone to accompany you to your medical appointments or help you understand your treatment, turn to CEK RN Consulting, Inc. in Albany, New York.  Our team is guided by Coretta E. Killikelly, our founder. She is a doctoral prepared nurse and she has a Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in Adult Health Education, and with more than 19 years of experience in the areas of Geriatric, Ambulatory care, Management, Case Management, and Health Education.
  • Wellness Chats with JBA Concierge Medicine: JBA’s mission to provide personalized concierge healthcare services, solutions, and education via extensive experience, relationship building, and trust is one that brings us all one step closer toward realizing the benefits of health, nutrition, and wellness. 
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension with Felisha Chandler: The mission of Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Rensselaer County  is to put experience and research knowledge to work through educational partnerships that improve residents’ lives and communities.
  • Project SafePoint: Narcan kits being offered for the community
  • Equality for Troy: Combating systemic injustices and racial inequity in The City of Troy, NY and Rensselaer County
  • Colorectal screening kits donated by Soul Fire in the City

If you can, please come early to help set up or stay late to help us take down tents and clean up!  

We will be hosting community needs surveys throughout the day and we hope to use these Healing Days as a way to connect with the ever growing network of healers, providers, and community members.  We aim to “re-member” an ideal of communal health to aid us in the times to come.  We look forward to “walking while questioning” with you all. 

3319 6th Ave
Troy, NY 12180 United States
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