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Your Health Is In Your Hands: The Ancient Healing Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu

with Margit Ahlin

May
1

May 1st, 2024 to May 29th, 2029

$99 More Info

Achieve physical, mental, and spiritual harmony through the application of hands as jumper cables; to gently balance the flow of life energy in the body. This course will teach you the physio-philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu, along with effective self-help techniques that promote optimal health and well-being, facilitating your own profound healing capacity through this ancient healing art.

Margit Ahlin is a certified Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner, having studied with top JSJ instructors throughout the country since 2001. www.jinshinmidcoast.com

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The Female Brain on Stress

with Carole Freeman

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This course is designed to help women understand how stress affects them differently than men. It explains how women’s brains are wired to react to physical danger and life-threatening situations, and how this can impact their perception of reality and stress responses. The course also provides insights into how women can use their unique talents to approach stress in a healthy way.

Carole’s background has been equal portions of respiratory therapy, exercise physiology, and massage therapy. Her career as a respiratory therapist began at Loma Linda University Medical Center where she discovered that most adult patients were in the hospital because of poor lifestyle choices. That inspired her to attend graduate school at LLUMC, majoring in Health Sciences. She now focuses her work in a relatively new field of pulmonary medicine - recognizing and treating breathing disorders. She has personally benefited from improved breathing patterns, “I have found that each day I was mindful of my breathing pattern, I gained more energy, and my breathing became easier. It felt like I was turning the clock back as I continued to gain strength and endurance.”

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High Altitude Vacationing

with Carole Freeman

$47 More Info

Don’t spoil your trip to a higher altitude - condition your body first. People often feel shortness of breath, light headed and fatigued at higher altitudes because their bodies work harder, while taking in less oxygen. Anxiety increases, your enjoyment decreases. You’ll have more energy, feel better and enjoy your trip when you condition your body first to increase oxygenation and endurance. Do the same preparation that elite athletes do with this 4-week, self-paced course at home, even if you live at sea level.

Carole’s background has been equal portions of respiratory therapy, exercise physiology, and massage therapy. Her career as a respiratory therapist began at Loma Linda University Medical Center where she discovered that most adult patients were in the hospital because of poor lifestyle choices. That inspired her to attend graduate school at LLUMC, majoring in Health Sciences. She now focuses her work in a relatively new field of pulmonary medicine - recognizing and treating breathing disorders. She has personally benefited from improved breathing patterns, “I have found that each day I was mindful of my breathing pattern, I gained more energy, and my breathing became easier. It felt like I was turning the clock back as I continued to gain strength and endurance.”

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Hiking Fundamentals: Planning, Safety, and Gear Demystified

with Jenny Cusick

May
20

May 20th, 2024

$29 More Info

This talk is a comprehensive introduction to Hiking Basics but includes tidbits for all levels of hikers. Hike Smart, Hike Safe. Participants will be introduced to essential hiking knowledge and skills required to hike safely. Topics include gear selection: footwear, clothing and equipment; navigation tools; planning for various weather conditions; safety and basic first aid supplies; and what to include in a survival kit. A list of resources will be provided, a collection of hiking books will be available for perusal, and gear will be available for hands-on review. The evening will conclude with a slide show of hiking and backpacking trips. The slides showcase breathtaking images capturing the essence of hiking and backpacking adventures across various U.S. national parks, the beautiful state of Maine and the stunning landscapes of the French Alps. It takes viewers on a visual journey through iconic trails, showcasing diverse terrains, from the Grand Canyon's majestic vistas to the red sandstone of Canyonlands, to Knife Edge and Baxter State Park. The narration highlights key experiences, including search and rescue in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, emphasizing the thrill of exploration, encounters with wildlife, and the visual richness and natural beauty of each location. The information presented and narrative of unforgettable outdoor experiences is intended to inspire you to hike! Compasses and whistles will be available at the class for a fee.

Jenny Cusick is an avid outdoors person. Her passions include running, hiking, backpacking, bicycling touring/bikepacking, and kayaking. Jenny spent ~10 years volunteering with the Pemigewasset Search and Rescue Team in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In 2023 she spent 66 days bikepacking 2700 miles from Banff, Canada to Antelop Wells, New Mexico.

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Female Pain Matters

with Carole Freeman

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A woman’s guide to understanding and managing pain. In this course, you will learn how women experience pain differently from men. You will discover how your hormones, nervous system, breathing patterns, and other factors affect the way a women's body perceives and responds to pain. You will also explore some strategies to cope with pain and improve your well-being. This course is designed to be informative, engaging, and empowering for all women who want to understand their pain better.

Carole’s background has been equal portions of respiratory therapy, exercise physiology, and massage therapy. Her career as a respiratory therapist began at Loma Linda University Medical Center where she discovered that most adult patients were in the hospital because of poor lifestyle choices. That inspired her to attend graduate school at LLUMC, majoring in Health Sciences. She now focuses her work in a relatively new field of pulmonary medicine - recognizing and treating breathing disorders. She has personally benefited from improved breathing patterns, “I have found that each day I was mindful of my breathing pattern, I gained more energy, and my breathing became easier. It felt like I was turning the clock back as I continued to gain strength and endurance.”

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Bikepacking is the fusion of biking and minimalist camping, an adventure-rich experience. This class takes a thorough trip into the essence of bikepacking: Self-sufficiency, exploration, and connecting with nature are part of the transformative experience of traversing the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail and showcasing its challenges and rewards. This “how to” presentation will use Jen’s adventure on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail (Stretching from Canada to Mexico, a 2,700-mile journey through diverse terrains), as the basis for covering the following technical topics: Lightweight and versatile gear: Tents, sleeping bags, stoves, navigation tools, and bike repair kits. Route Planning and Navigation: GDMBT's intricate route - Navigating through varied landscapes, terrains, and altitudes. The significance of thorough route planning, including understanding terrain challenges, water/food availability and wildfire hazards. Physical and Mental Preparation for both endurance and fitness - Preparing the body for long rides and varying terrains. Mental resilience: Coping with isolation, unexpected situations, and the demands of long-distance biking. Leave No Trace Principles & Environmental responsibility: Minimizing impact and preserving the natural beauty of the trail. Proper waste disposal, campsite ethics, and respect for wildlife. Safety Measures: Importance of safety gear: Helmets, first aid kits, and communication devices. Understanding potential hazards: Wildlife encounters, weather changes, and remote locations. Compasses and whistles will be available at the class for a fee.

Jenny Cusick is an avid outdoors person. Her passions include running, hiking, backpacking, bicycling touring/bikepacking, and kayaking. Jenny spent ~10 years volunteering with the Pemigewasset Search and Rescue Team in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In 2023 she spent 66 days bikepacking 2700 miles from Banff, Canada to Antelop Wells, New Mexico.