Wellness Services and Workshops

Be Well Studios is a community of instructors, practitioners and students in the active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward healthy, fulfilling lives. We practice and study together for the purpose of self-awareness, well-being, and spiritual awakening. 

Whimsically Tarot

Tuesday, November 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

A Tarot Readers study group led by Brittany Jones.

Energy Basics for Caregivers

Saturday, November 16, 9 am to 4 pm

Energy work can help your clients relax.  It can reduce stress, balance the body, or alleviate pain.  This one-day introduction to sensing and using energy will provide a basic overview of theories of energy healing and the human energy system.  You will learn and practice simple techniques which you can use in regular contacts with your clients, or in any formal or informal caregiving setting, as well as for your own self-care.  Participants remain fully clothed and your hands are the only essential equipment.  Basic energy techniques can be used by parents and other family caregivers, massage therapists, health care providers, and chaplains and pastors.  

Saturday, November 23 at 1 p.m.

A monthly gathering of Tarot Enthusiasts. Learn new spreads; try individual, partner and group readings; enjoy tea. All levels welcome. Bring a deck and a journal (and maybe some slippers!) $5 donation.

Introduction to Crystals

Sunday, December 8, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Have you heard the recent buzz about crystals and wondered what they are, what they do or how to use them? This class will go over all this and more. Instructor: Jackie Drake, Reiki Master-Teacher; RYT200.

Saturday Afternoon Mystics and Healers Gathering

Saturday, December 14, 1 to 3 p.m.

Our little version of a "spirit fair." Stop by and have a chair massage, learn more about Reiki, have a Tarot reading, and visit with local vendors. 


Sunday, December 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

During this workshop we will go over the seven (7) main chakras. What they are and how they affect your body, mind and spirit. We will also discover which crystals are associated with each chakra. Instructor: Jackie Drake, Reiki Master-Teacher, RYT200.

Tarot Basics: An Intro to Tarot

Saturday, January 25 at 10:30 am

Curious about exploring Tarot but not sure where to begin? Join us for this light-hearted introduction of how to use Tarot cards for introspection and deeper self-awareness. Discussion will include an overview of the deck, basic spreads, and how to use the cards to connect with your inner guides. We will also provide a list of resources and opportunities to further your study after class. $10 prepay ( $15 drop-in)

Yoga Basics: An Introductory Workshop

Saturday, January 4, 10:30 am

Our Yoga Basics workshop is our way of welcoming brand-new yogis into the practice and into the Be Well Studios community. Together we will break down fundamental yoga postures and basic flow, terminology, and general class structure.  Students who have never practiced yoga before, or who consider themselves beginners, will find this 60-minute workshop supportive in transitioning to other classes. This workshop is free, however, donations will be accepted in support of The Kalamazoo Humane Society Food Bank.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle with Shreejan Sita

April, 2020

Ayurveda is the Indian Health Science, and it means 'The Science of Life'. The majority of Indians use this natural wellness science to maintain a long and healthy life, in tune with nature. In this 5-class series, you will come to understand the difference between holistic healthcare and modern (western) medicine. You will also be introduced to:

  • The basic principles of Ayurveda and its significance as a universal science of lifestyle, transformation, healing and well being.

  • The cosmology of Ayurveda-basic principles of 3 types of energies that harness the power of the cosmos within our daily lives.

  • Your unique body/mind type (dosha) and how your relationships can be understood and enhanced through combinations.

  • Basic steps of self care and healing as they are related to our age, environment, and seasons.

  • Basic nutrition guidelines for 3 different body types.

  • Basic lifestyle guidelines to prevent the onset of imbalance in the body.

In this workshop we will discuss: Ayurveda and how you can use it to stay balanced. You'll discover your dosha and how it combines with your significant others. You'll learn three energies at play in your evolution and how you can best manage them. You'll also discover the foods that work best with your body and mind.

This series is facilitated by Shreejan Sita, MSc in the Science of Creativity and Change from State University of New York, certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a professional member of National Ayurvedic Medical Association. She is the founder of Shridevi Wellness Center on the campus of Shri Jasnath Asan, the north India ashram where she lived, learned, and worked for 6 years. She has brought her knowledge home from a 32-year career as a healer to Kalamazoo in her newest endeavor - Sita Wellness LLC.

Reiki Level 1

Sunday, January 19, 9 am to 2 pm

Obtain your Reiki Certification at Be Well Studios with Reiki Master Teacher Jackie Drake. To be certified as a Reiki Master, participants must complete three levels (or degrees) of certification.  In our traditional Usui First Degree Reiki (Level 1) class, participants will learn about Reiki, Reiki history and how Reiki works. We will also explore treatment techniques for self and others, receive Level 1 Attunement, and participate in a group Reiki practice session. $125. To Register via PayPal. 

Ashley Candelaria, LMT

Ashley has been a licensed massage therapist since 2017, and a Reiki practitioner since 2015. She received her training at the Institute for Massage Education. She considers herself a perpetual student of the healing arts and loves to discover and explore new ways to work with the body's innate healing abilities. She enjoys blending sound therapy, aromatherapy, and trigger point therapy into her sessions. Ashly wants to help others find their own unique path to healing and wellness. Schedule an appointment with Ashley today.

Jackie Drake, Reiki Master Teacher

Jackie was inspired to learn how energy can help healing and in 2016 began studying Reiki. She received her Reiki Level I certificate and soon after went on to complete Reiki Level II. It became evident to Jackie that Reiki Healing was her calling in life, and she dedicated her efforts to honing her skill and sharing benefits with others. In early 2019 she completed the Reiki Master Teacher training and received her Reiki Master certificate. Working as a Reiki Practitioner, she is able to help her clients relieve stress, find relaxation and determine if they have chakras which are out of balance. By setting up a plan designed for each individual need, Jackie will help you to achieve the balance and peace you have been seeking. As a Reiki Master, Jackie is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of healing energy with others who are ready to start their journey. Schedule an appointment with Jackie today. 

Brittany Jones, Empathic Medium

Brittany is a kind soul and gifted empathic medium whose readings are insightful and genuine, providing clarity and peace of mind. She has had the extraordinary ability to communicate with loved ones who've passed on since she was four years old. Brittany has studied Tarot and Oracle cards for all of her adult life and uses her keen insight to provide guidance for your future and help align your energy. Brittany has a penchant for the whimsical as well as a sharp sense of humor. She shares messages with genuine honesty and love.  Schedule an appointment with Brittany today.

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