Meet Valerie Dearing one of your Hosts for The Art and Science in Wellness, Feb. 4-11, 2017

valeriedearingnasteMeet Valerie Dearing one of the three wise and wonderful women collaborating with Hopewood Holistic Health in The Art and Science in Wellness  Feb. 4-11, 2017 . This Costa Rican Eco-Wellness Adventure will be hosted at Finca Luna Neuva near Fortuna and Lake Arenal with our last night accommodation at the boutique garden paradise, Hotel Bougainvillea.

Valerie is a seasonal Artist in Residence at The Omega Institute of Holistic Health in Rhinebeck, New York and a long term art, yoga and qi gong instructor in Ohio.  She is currently moving her home and base of practice to Vermont, so watch for up coming classes, retreats and workshop in the great NE, you just might find me there as well.

Valerie will share in the adventure while providing exceptional opportunities for introspection, creative movement and expressive creativity. Valerie brings years of yoga, qi gong and art exploration to this retreat.  Her philosophy in yoga and creative art exploration is to promote the wisdom of living incorporating the traditional ancient poses, breathwork, meditation, and stillness with expressive art outlets to nurture your inner voice and to hone your  outer observations. 

Her studentsrisingandfalling share that they enjoy better sleep, focus, strength, balance, posture, flexibility, and deeper relaxation after classes.  Valerie has also trained in therapeutic Qi Gong and Tai Chi for healing post traumatic stress, cancer, depression, knee and back pain, heart problems, arthritis, and MS. Additional certifications include;  Yin Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kundalini.  Her classes nourish physical, mental, and spiritual wellness using gentle stretches, twists, core strengthening, and balance practices. These simple movements and meditations can help enhance the immune system and restore and renew your energy.  Yes, it’s time to take time and I for one look forward to Val’s classes. 

All yoga and mind-body classes, be they with Val, Lura or myself,  are geared toward  mid level skill and experience but are also perfect for those with advanced  skills, those new to yoga or for those who wish to improve their mind/body health by moving slowly and mindfully, delving into creative art or just taking time to be and be well.  

One of the very special gifts Val will  offer  is her Creative Art Expression workshops. She will guide us in the creathealingheartedion of Healing and Nature based Mandalas as a part of our Chakra exploration and will offer other integrated art sessions in Sumi Ink drawing and Solarized Botanical Plates to help us capture the energy and the moment.   Aspects of these art sessions will be integrated into herb and sacred seed walks, farm tour and plant gatherings for herbal preparations and plant spirit meditation.  This is an exceptional chance to play, create, explore  and find yourself through the world of yoga, art, culture and natural beauty.

On a pchurch1ersonal note, it has been such a joy to get to know Valerie through the years.  She trained in Hudson, Ohio, a charming Northeast Ohio town  that is home to the Old Church on the Green and The Spiritual
Life Center also quality acquaintances and yoga friends.   Valerie completed her E-RYT 200 training there and then took off with her interpretation of art, yoga and mindfulness workshops.  I have been honored to have Valerie attend various Hopewood Seasonal Yoga Workshops and have enjoyed meeting her at Angela Farmer and Victor vanKooton workshops in Yellow Springs Ohio… I was thrilled when Val and a great friend, Lynn decided to join me last winter, while I worked at Cotton Tree Lodge in southern Belize for yoga, adventure, tofu, the Cayes and more.    This is your chance to meet Val and share in a transformational, fun and loving adventure in wellness.   For more information and background on Valerie Dearing go to her websites and  For more information on The Arts and Science in Wellness Eco-Retreat contact Rebecca at  We hope to  have the pleasure of seeing you there.