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2019 Workshops

Holistic Management Herd Hike

Ben Coleman

Ben will lead his annual herd hike where we will walk through the farm to the cows while he edifies us in the subtle art of managing animals holistically to heal the land, water cycle, and farm ecosystems—how a well managed herd can be a force of immense good.

After 10 years of detrimental farming practices and by financial force, a radical move toward biological, Holistic management has resurrected the ranch, bringing new health to man, land and animals, plus space for the next generation. The exciting part is, the cure is FREE! The cure is Nature! Our ultra-low input mentality had us sell all forage equipment, boycott the salesman, park the tractors, and DRIVE the animals. After 25 years of bold, experimental changes, Mountain Run Farm now serves the local community by hosting on-farm meat and produce sales and events ranging from Makers Markets and music festivals to guided bird walks and school tours. The ever-increasing diversity of plants and wildlife brings FREE opportunity to future generations to carve out a living on the land. We eat pretty well, too!

From Working for the Man to Working with the Land

Matt & Rachel Palma

Today, 6 years after starting their farming adventure, Matt and Rachel Palma raise 2,700 broilers, 700 layers, 100 turkeys, and 75 hogs annually (and a small but growing herd of sheep). They have leased land on 4 different properties and have moved their entire operation 3 times!

They look forward to sharing a little bit about their journey from working dead-end jobs to following their dreams, including how they got started (highlighting inexpensive yet practical mobile equipment and infrastructure), how they gained access to land, and how together they’ve pushed through seemingly impossible trials to make it all happen

Their hope is to leave you feeling empowered and able to step out and accomplish your own dreams!

Matt and Rachel Palma started farming in 2013. Raised in the suburbs, with no background in farming on either side, they started farming from the ground and have worked their way up with everything—knowledge, experience, equipment, infrastructure—and absolutely no land to farm on. They own and operate Restoration Acres Farm in Sedalia, VA where they raise pastured poultry for eggs and meat, forest fed pork, and grass-only lamb.

Photo: Maria Nash

An Introduction to Sourdough Baking

Michael Grantz

For thousands of years, humans have used sourdough cultures to transform raw grain into nourishing loaves, flatbreads, and even pizza! Together, we will explore the basics of maintaining a sourdough starter, principles of oven management for the electric range or wood-fired oven, using local flours, and a simple yet versatile dough recipe using only flour, water, salt and sourdough.

Michael Grantz came to sourdough baking out of a passion for whole, nourishing food. He is a self-taught baker and enjoys making other fermented foods such as cheese and vegetable ferments. He and his wife Arden Jones live in Forest, VA where they manage Great Day Gardens, a market garden and bakery that serves the Lynchburg area. Michael is also a founding member of the Common Grain Alliance, a non-profit organization seeking to grow the regional grain economy in the mid-Atlantic region.

Birding the Restored Landscape

Bob Epperson

Bob will provide an introduction to birding, and lead an informative bird walk on the property. Over 100 bird species have been observed at Mountain Run Farm during the past few years. The restored landscape attracts higher numbers and more species of birds compared with the typical mechanized farm with its manicured fields and denuded fence rows. At Mountain Run Farm, the lush fields of native grasses and wildflowers support Eastern Meadowlarks, Grasshopper Sparrows, Indigo Buntings . . . and what other bird life? Join the walk to find out, and to observe the relationships between birds and their habitats. The fall migration will be in full swing, and will provide an opportunity to see birds that may visit the farm as a refueling stopover during their southbound journey.
The workshop will begin with a brief overview of birding basics, including equipment and use, resources, and identification skills. We will then bird the property with an emphasis on finding a variety of birds while observing bird behavior and habitat use in particular. Plan to meet at 8:00 a.m. at Camp Sedalia to begin our birding tour of the farm. Binoculars are highly recommended. Also, bring water and wear sturdy shoes for walking about one mile of mowed paths and field roads, portions of which may be wet depending on rainfall.

Bob Epperson is a long time birder, an avian field ecologist, and the Field Trip Leader for the Lynchburg Bird Club. Bob received his first lesson in birding at the early age of eight when his parents handed over the binoculars, and asked him to identify the birds at the backyard feeders. His interest in birding continued with formal education, including a degree in forestry and wildlife ecology from Virginia Tech followed by graduate studies on the Ruffed Grouse at the University of Tennessee. He has worked with many avian species over the years, including Bald Eagles, Whooping Cranes, Andean Condors, and Seaside Sparrows while employed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As a private ecological consultant, Bob worked extensively with the Florida Scrub-Jay (see photo), and developed a land management plan for this species for the Lyonia Preserve in Florida, which grew from a single Scrub-Jay to the fourth largest population
in the State. He is currently conducting bird surveys for the second Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas (VABBA2), which is a five-year survey of all bird species that breed within the state borders. Bob has confirmed 95 bird species as breeding in Bedford County, including 26 species found nesting at Mountain Run Farm. Among them is a rare grassland bird, the Little Meadowlark, which was confirmed breeding on the property in 2018 and again in 2019. The confirmation was the first documentation of successful breeding of this rare species in Bedford County in 38 years, and a testament to the natural land management practices of Mountain Run Farm.

Introduction to Basic Seed Saving

Edmund Frost

How is growing crops for seed different from growing them for food? What are good ways to do both in your garden or on your farm? How do you keep things from crossing? What are some basic techniques of wet and dry seed processing? This workshop is an introduction to basic seed saving, and will give participants the tools they need to get started! We’ll also talk about the benefits of saving seed, from increasing resiliency to saving money to improving the adaptation of varieties for your particular conditions.

Edmund Frost managed the seed growing business at Twin Oaks Community (Louisa, VA) from 2008-2015. After a year of farming west of the Blue Ridge at Sycamore Farm (2016), Edmund is back in Louisa. He is part of a new intentional community project called Mimosa Community, and is again growing seeds in collaboration with Twin Oaks.Edmund does breeding and variety trial research work with a variety of vegetable crops, especially focused on cucurbits. He has worked as an anti-GMO activist and is committed to building functional alternatives to corporate control of our food, farms and seeds.

Fascinating Fungus: An Intro to The Unseen World of Mycology

Adam Fisher

Immerse yourself in the miracles of mushrooms. Adam will share the ecology, functions, benefits, and uses of mushrooms—from how critical they are in ecological health to the unfolding depth of importance to human health. Learn rudimentary identification characteristics of wild mushrooms and uncover the many ways that mushrooms can be cultivated at home using easy, low-tech methods to transform woody organic matter into high value food and medicine. Weather-depending, there may be a mushroom walk with many specimen to observe. 

Adam is one of three VDACS approved wild mushroom harvesters and has been cultivating and foraging mushrooms for over 10 years. Join him to learn about proper mushroom I.D. and the many culinary and medicinal virtues of mushrooms. Weather dependent, hopefully there will be plenty of mushrooms to see.

Wild Harvested Freeform Basket Weaving

Laney Sullivan (of Lobo Marino)

During this workshop we will harvest invasive vines and learn how to mold them into a free form baskets using basic beginner basket weaving techniques.  Open to all ages and skill levels.

The Magical Use of Herbs

Holly Morrison

Plants have been used by our ancestors since the dawn of time to help cure a cough, soothe an aching tummy, increase fertility in man and beast, ease childbirth  and sweetly scent the dead. This workshop will look at the rarely talked about uses of magical herbs to increase luck, to open the road to success, to hotfoot  enemies, shut up a gossip or scold, to increase chances during card games and especially for protection of the house and farmyard, not to mention match making and fertility. We will discuss herbs easily found in the kitchen and yard that are useful in the magical realm as well as some simple spells to ensure success. There will be time for questions at the end and a few books that might be of interest will also be available to purchase. It is not necessary to believe in magic to attend this workshop and children are always welcome.

Holly Morrison is a registered nurse, herbalist and druid. She was trained by Kat Maier at Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, graduating from the Clinical Herbalist training in 2011. She found her interest turning to magical herbalism when she began to look closely at her ancestors and imagine their lives in prehistoric Britain. Her mother was the wise woman of her suburban neighborhood and brought Holly and her 9 siblings up to believe in reincarnation, channeling from “beyond” and communicating with nature spirits, devas, tapping into earth energies and ley lines. Holly resisted most of her mom’s teachings as long as she could but eventually succumbed to the allure of the Otherworld! Her mother passed on a lot of information to Holly before she transitioned in June and since then she can’t get enough of that “old time religion”,  pre- Christianity. She has been a member of OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids) since May 2018 and is also involved in local Pagan groups who practice earth-centered religions.

Vegetable Fermentation

Emilie Tweardy

Join Emilie Tweardy for a hands-on demo and explanation of practical vegetable fermentation for every kitchen.  Learn how to make reliable fermented krauts and pickles using a few simple guidelines. Empower yourself to feel confident and competent with this simple, old world skill.  Bring a jar or two and take home the fruits of our labor.

Emilie Tweardy is a permaculture enthusiast, first generation farmer, mother to 1 little hobbit, and a creative dabbler. After spending most of her twenties travelling and guiding whitewater rafting trips in central Colorado, she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University. After school she spent a few years interning, volunteering and working on farms from New York to Costa Rica learning about Permaculture, fermentation, animal husbandry and sustainable living. After a 5 month Permaculture internship in 2013, she went on to earn her PDC online under Geoff Lawton.  She then earned a 2nd PDC and completed a Teaching Apprenticeship with the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute.  After the apprenticeship, she was surprised and delighted to find that she felt strongly called to continue teaching with SPI.  Discussions were held, arrangements were made, and she has now been a full partner since 2016. She and her husband Logan own and operate ShireFolk Farm in Fluvanna County, VA where they are creating a merry and biodiverse farmstead.  They focus on producing GMO-free pastured meats and eggs, as well as naturally grown produce, fruit and flowers.

Food Forest Skills - Building Your Living Capital On The Cheap.

Ryan Blosser

Join Ryan Blosser and the SPI team in a fast-paced how-to exploration of building nursery stock for your food forest.  This presentation builds on the “Food Forest Demystified” session and focuses on propagation, division, and grafting as ways to build your forest garden without spending thousands of dollars on plant stock.  Ryan provides accessible, easy to understand techniques for this practice as well as species suggestions and planting stock to take home from the workshop.

Ryan is a writer, Farmer, and former child and family therapist living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  While in his 20’s, searching for something more authentic, he dropped out of the life of a Division I basketball player and along with his partner, Joy, moved to Hawaii where he encountered the natural world through surfing.  This new sense of rhythm and the good fortune to stumble across the writings of Bill Mollison and Dave Holmgren while studying creative writing and cultural studies at the University of Hawaii drew him to farming as a profession.  In 2004 Ryan and Joy moved back to the valley to start a family and homestead. The homestead dream grew into a farm and in 2010 Ryan and Joy named their farm Dancing Star Farm. Ryan is certified in Permaculture Design and is a permaculture educator.  In addition, he holds an MA, and Ed.S. in clinical mental health counseling from James Madison University. He joined the Project GROWS team in 2012 where he served as Executive Director until 2016. In 2016 Ryan transitioned to operating Dancing Star Farm full time.  Never one to stop moving, Ryan is also co-founder of Soul Valley Cider Co.- a hard cider beverage company currently in the start-up phase. In addition Ryan continues working with the community in various professional roles in the mental health field. His training and experience in the human sector provides a great deal of inspiration and influence in how he approaches both instruction and curriculum planning at Shenandoah Permaculture. 

Food Forest Demystified

Shenandoah Permaculture Institute

Join Emilie Tweardy and Ryan Blosser in a journey through the theory and practice of Forest Gardening. Emilie and Ryan distill the volumes of opinions on the concept of Food Forest into an accessible and repeatable approach to any orchard at any scale.  From planting patterns down to species selection, folks will leave this presentation with inspiration and the confidence to go home and start planting.

Primitive Skills: Shelter

Bill Howard

Shelter is the first in the Sacred Order for survival.

Our go to shelter is the debris hut. It only takes a few hours to build and can keep you warm and dry even in the snow/rain.

However, if you are looking at being in the woods for longer than a few weeks, you may want a little elbow room. That’s where the wigwam is a great choice. It can be made with sticks, strings and debris. It offers a place for storage. You can even put in a fire ring.

If your interested, spend an hour with us while we put up an 8-pole wigwam structure. See just how strong and versatile one of these shelters can be.

Propagate Power!: Restoring Relationships for Plants and People

Cornelius Frantz and Jonathan McRay

Join on us on a walk to the Pawpaw Patch! We’ll harvest the custardy fruit to process pulp for eating and seeds for planting. While we walk, harvest, and eat, we’ll talk about the history and cultivation of Pawpaw and imagine their presence in riparian orchards and forest gardens, as well as other abundant gifts that woods and water have to offer. Propagating Pawpaw is pretty easy, so we’ll share ways to grow your own small-scale nursery of food and medicine for land and culture. If there’s time, we might plant some Willow stakes and look around a nearby backyard nursery to learn how they can support livelihood, subsistence, and sharing with others. Plant propagation is a vital practice of food sovereignty and ecological restoration! We’ll connect plant propagation with growing movements that resist violence and waste and emphasize ecological restoration as part of reparations and restorative justice. Come with your stories, knowledge, and questions while we harvest and plant riparian buffers!

Blacks Run Forest Farm is a riparian nursery and folk school rooted in love and living soil in Harrisonburg, Virginia. These roots grow out as agroforestry, watershed health, and restorative justice. They tend the silver waters of Blacks Run and the Shenandoah by farming in the image of the forest and remediating the toxins that pollute our souls, society, and soil, from chemical leaching to white supremacy. In fact, they see all this as an expression of restorative justice, a way of transforming harm and injustice by respecting needs, holding ourselves accountable for healing, and making our relationships and conditions as right as possible so all creatures can be fully themselves!

Cornelius Frantz brings diverse experience to his passion for forest farm ecology. His areas of expertise include tree care and cropping, plant propagation, soil microbiome husbandry, animal integration and husbandry, fertility cycling and the wisdoms of biomimicry. His passions for gastronomic adventure nourishes his excitement for preserving and sharing the fruiting arboreal gifts and traditions. Cornelius is an advocate of returning fire to the forest and prairie lifecycles and is a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager in Virginia. Cornelius’ emergence from a dutch settlement in the US informs his appreciation for the way that we are cultured by our context, and the need to bring intention to these habits to nurture what is good and repattern what is destructive.

Jonathan McRay grew up in a small mountain town in East Tennessee. He has deep affection for Central Appalachia, its dark-green hills and forests, and its hillbillies. He played in the woods a lot, stirred by stories of Ents. Jonathan worked in Israel/Palestine (in journalism, nonviolent direct action in villages protecting ancestral orchards, and with a restorative center for folks with developmental disabilities) and Mozambique (on an indigenous-led farm and resource center), where he fully realized that he needed to farm. These places also led him to return home and take responsibility for his life and history. He’s worked on diversified farms, wrote an introduction to watershed restoration for an action research initiative in a rural farming community, and was a founding member of a sustainable living center for education and supportive housing. Along with farming, he teaches classes on cultural ecology and conflict transformation and facilitates processes for restorative justice, understanding power and resisting oppression, group decision-making, empathy and emotional health, organizing and strategic planning, and ceremony. Jonathan has an MA in Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice and is a member of the Speakers Collective of Soul Fire Farm, where he’s co-facilitated Uprooting Racism in the Food System trainings. He likes writing, reading out loud, drinking Hickory milk, and well-placed puns and humanure jokes. He’s also learning to give up erosive perfectionism in favor of joyful growth.

Harvesting Rain Water - A Workshop with Rain Barrels!

Nancy Lilly, Stormwater Outreach Coordinator, City of Lynchburg Water Resources

1.5 hour class with pre-registration highly encouraged (via e-mail – nancy.lilly@lynchburgva.gov

Cost: $50/rain barrel (all parts of barrel included, house connections are not)

Learn how to build a rain barrel to collect water for your garden, house plants, and more!  Registered participants will go over how to build a rain barrel and discuss other stormwater management practices that you can add to your farm/homestead/yarden.  Attendance of the conversation and workshop is free, but if you plan on taking a rain barrel home with you, please e-mail Nancy before September 25th: nancy.lilly@lynchburgva.gov and bring $50 to cover the cost of the rain barrel.

Rain barrel details: The rain barrels that will be provided are recycled pickle barrels. Participants may purchase as many as they want as long as they let me know ahead of time. We will talk about proper installation as well as how to attach more than one if need be.  

Nancy Lilly is an environmental educator with a watery edge.  She currently works for Lynchburg Water Resources sharing knowledge and fun with everyone from homeowners to students.  Her special passion is watershed education and conservation work. This class with Nancy promises to be engaging and hands-on.  She considers rain barrels the “gateway drug” to stormwater management.

Belly Dance for Beginners

Kimberly Williams

Belly dance has its roots in cultures from the Middle East and North Africa. This beautiful style of dance is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure, with many movements emanating from the hips and the torso. It is often performed barefoot to emphasize the intimate connection between the dancer and the earth.

In this workshop you will learn correct dance posture, basic movements, isolations, and styling of tribal belly dance. You will practice muscle control and fluidity while toning the core, encouraging good posture, and gaining body confidence. Have fun and discover muscles you never knew you had!

This workshop is for adults and kids ages 10 and up. All kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult during the workshop. This adult does not have to participate in the workshop but must be present throughout.

Kimberly Williams is a dynamic multi-instrumentalist, dancer, teacher, and creator from Central Virginia. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she is constantly learning, creating in a variety of mediums, and adding new artistic facets to her life. She has a dance background in a number of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, swing, and salsa. When she discovered tribal bellydance, she knew she had found her favorite! Kimberly plays a variety of instruments including the saxophone, penny whistle, flute, Celtic harp, ukulele, marimba, hand drums, and other percussion instruments. She is an experienced drum circle facilitator, music arranger, ensemble director, choreographer, and costumer. Kimberly thrives on immersing herself in the creative process and drawing the creativity out of her students.

Drum Circle

Kimberly WIlliams

Since the dawn of human culture, drums have been used as a tool for expression, communication, and celebration. A drum circle is a safe, non-competitive space to explore and connect with rhythm and sound. Drumming together in a group is a powerful example of cooperation and synergy. Research has shown that drumming reduces stress and generates feelings of relaxation and focus. Simple rhythms and repetition help develop a sense of timing and awaken creativity. Drumming is also a lighthearted and fun activity!

In this workshop participants will learn a variety of rhythms and explore the techniques and polyrhythmic interplay of a drum circle. Come experience the joy and power of community music-making! Please bring your own drum or borrow one from a friend (an African djembe is suggested). There may be a few extra drums provided for workshop use.

This workshop is for adults and kids ages 10 and up. All kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult during the workshop. This adult does not have to participate in the workshop but must be present throughout.

Kimberly Williams is a dynamic multi-instrumentalist, dancer, teacher, and creator from Central Virginia. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she is constantly learning, creating in a variety of mediums, and adding new artistic facets to her life. She has a dance background in a number of styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, swing, and salsa. When she discovered tribal bellydance, she knew she had found her favorite! Kimberly plays a variety of instruments including the saxophone, penny whistle, flute, Celtic harp, ukulele, marimba, hand drums, and other percussion instruments. She is an experienced drum circle facilitator, music arranger, ensemble director, choreographer, and costumer. Kimberly thrives on immersing herself in the creative process and drawing the creativity out of her students.

Learn to Scythe

Mark Angelini

Scythes are ancient, powerful, and simple tools, used the world over for mowing hayfields, meadows, yards, and more. There’s an ever-growing resurgence of using scythes in the modern world as a way to reduce fossil fuel reliance, indulge in simple pleasures, and as a very practical and efficient tool for managing all kinds of vegetation to simply mow, make hay, create mulch, and manage weeds. Mark will teach a small group the art of mowing with a scythe. This will be a hands-on class covering the basics of owning and using a scythe, instruction in appropriate form and technique, with plenty of time to get lost in the joy of mowing with this simple tool. Learn to enjoy mowing as a meditative exercise!

Mark is an orchardist, homesteader, and craftsman. He and his wife Allison occupy the Northwest corner of Mountain Run Farm where they run Mountain Run Permaculture—at once a farm within the farm, producing cider apples and medicinal herbs, a homestead of gardens and food forests, hedges, and more, and a base from which they run a consulting and design business helping others practice land regeneration. His passion is working with his hands, the land, and the craft that brings it all into harmony.

An Incredible Journey

Anna Wiles

Take an incredible journey through the water cycle as a water drop as you visit streams, rivers, lakes, clouds, plants and animals. Will you be rained from a cloud into the ocean or taken up by a plant and then eaten by an animal? Or both?  Each child’s journey will be unique and we’ll make a wooden beaded necklace to follow our movement through the water cycle.

Foraging is Fun: Plant walk for children ages 4-12

Rebekah Hoskins

Food doesn’t just grow in gardens. Medicine doesn’t always come from the doctor and the colors we use to dye our clothes and furniture aren’t just found in bottles at the store!

Adventure with us as we use our imaginations, and go on a nature walk to forage for some wild and amazing plants. We will broaden our thinking and learn a whole new way to view these beauties that some people mislabel as weeds!

Some of the things we may have the opportunity to learn about on our walk are:

  • Black walnuts
  • Pokeberries
  • Goldenrod
  • Rabbit tobacco
  • Ironweed
  • Chicory
  • Plantain
  • Yarrow
  • Jewelweed
  • Paw paws
  • Beefsteak plant
Rebekah Hoskins lives in Coleman Falls, Va. She provides a farming lifestyle for her three children and husband and has been known to request the help of her husband for the heavy lifting and the tractor and trailer driving! They have all the “classic” farm animals, chickens, pigs, goats and cows on their 36 acre homestead. Since they like to raise their animals as grass fed, their no spray fields and woods are filled with an abundance of wild, edible and medicinal plant life. For her, foraging has evolved over the years from simply learning about the plants, to sustainably picking them and then using the plants to their fullest potential. She enjoys cooking wild edibles and making salves and tinctures out of the medicinal plants she has been able to wildcraft off their property. One of her passions has now become sharing what little she knows and seeing the excitement and love for plant life grow in others too. She believes foraging promotes self sufficiency, a broader more complete understanding of plant life and a strong connection with the earth and all of creation!

Wild Foods: Fall Foods Fallen and Found

Mark Angelini

Somewhat of an annual Mountain Run Jam tradition, we’ll explore the vast bounty of wild foods and medicinal herbs—nuts, berries, roots, leaves, teas, and more. Learn how to tune-in and identify useful plants and how to harvest, process, and enjoy them.

Mark is an orchardist, homesteader, and craftsman. He and his wife Allison occupy the Northwest corner of Mountain Run Farm where they run Mountain Run Permaculture—at once a farm within the farm, producing cider apples and medicinal herbs, a homestead of gardens and food forests, hedges, and more, and a base from which they run a consulting and design business helping others practice land regeneration. His passion is working with his hands, the land, and the craft that brings it all into harmony.

Demonstrations

Sloyd! Spoon Carving & Spring Pole Lathe

Mark Angelini & Mike Hanna

Observe traditional tools and skills at work transforming green wood into spoons, bowls, plates and other useful utensils and tools. 

Apple Pressing

John Hoskins

​Fresh Cider made on a restored 1869 Buckeye Cider Press. The apples in the cider are from a local orchard, and is made from multiple heirloom varieties.

​John Hoskins has been growing apple trees since 1996. He did his first graft at a Tree Stewards workshop taught by Tom Burford in 2005; he has been maintaining a nursery every year since. His apple tree nursery contains about 350 trees that are between one and two years old. He has an orchard with over 150 producing apple trees representing about 30 different varieties.

John does about five apple cider pressing demonstrations each year with his restored 1869 Buckeye cider press.

He lives on Coffee Road in Forest with his wife Kathy and two sons…..Hundley and James (both of which are excellent pruners).

Healing Arts

Tai Chi

Jesse Teasley

Come and join Master Teasley’s open Tai Chi class for beginners and advanced at 9 am on Saturday!

Massage Therapy for Everyone

Erica Saunders

Erica’s passion for wellness began at a very young age – often she would set up her own “spa” at home for her family. In early 2017, the bigger picture became visible. Erica completed her Degree for Massage Therapy at Miller-Motte Technical College in Lynchburg, VA and received her state licensure in January, 2018. Being in our community now for over ten years, she understands the profound need for balance on many levels.

My greatest goal as a healer is to move towards balance in every aspect of life – while using my gifts to help others in their health journey. I strongly believe in the power of balance, as it brings growth, joy, and vitality to our lives.”

Erica is excited to be offering Intuitive Bodywork Sessions at this year’s Mountain Run Jam!

You can also receive sessions with Erica at her new location: Grounded Earth in Lynchburg!

Gua Sha for Everyday Health

Amy Hanna Hsu

Gua Sha is a remarkable healing modality that has been used for thousands of years as a folk remedy in East Asian medicine to keep families healthy. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn and practice a simple press-stroking technique to the neck and upper back that can be remarkably effective when done at the first signs of a cold to help activate your body’s innate healing and help you recover more quickly. This technique can also be quite therapeutic for chronic neck or shoulder tension, allergies, and other symptoms. Gua Sha is a great tool to have in the medicine bag and is easy to learn how to do. Because we will be pairing up to practice on each other, this workshop is best suited for adults and kids ages 14 and up.

Amy Hanna Hsu studies acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She believes that our individual health is intimately connected to the well-being of our families, our community, our society, and our planet. When she graduates later this year she looks forward to setting up her practice in the Lynchburg area, sharing the wisdom of East Asian medicine in a way that is meaningful and applicable to our lives today.

When not in school, Amy lives with her husband Michael on a small homestead in Amherst County, VA where they tend their garden and honey bees, and do their best to live in harmony with their surroundings.

All Levels Flow Yoga

Jessica Camilli

This is a well rounded practice, balancing strength building, flexibility, breath and meditation. The focus of this practice will be moving in unison with the breath and connecting to the freedom of the present moment. Suitable for all experience levels.

Jessica Camilli is an artist from Washington DC who has been teaching yoga for seven years in studios, gyms, parks and at festivals. Her goal as an instructor is to make every practice medicinal and personal to whoever is in the room. She believes yoga can be molded and morphed to fit any individual’s needs. “I like for every one of my classes to be fluid. From the beginning meditation to the sealing namaste we follow each inhale and exhale, transitioning with intention and savoring each posture.”

Outdoor Yoga Flow and Meditation

Erich Sneller

Come join in the scenic Mountain Run Farm for a wonderful outdoor yoga class.  In this workshop, we will explore strong, healthy movements for any age and body.  Coupled with an accessible mediation practice, this workshop will leave you limber and lively for the rest of the weekend.

From an early age, Erich’s mother guided him to explore. Later in life, upon beginning college in Iowa and being encouraged by his brother, Erich began practicing yoga. Since then, Erich’s practice has evolved and weaved into his whole life.  Through studying in and completing the 200-hour training at The Center School of Yoga in Harrisonburg, his teaching has taken on new explorations and deeper meaning.  When not teaching at The Center, Erich educates students in Chemistry and Earth Science at Harrisonburg High School. He enjoys reading, running, farming, and hanging out with his two cats, Michi and Penny.