Wellapalooza 2017

April 28th – 30th, 2017

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The coolest integrative health and wellness conferences (& retreats!) ever!

Join us for this educational, life-changing and restorative Integrative Health and Wellness Retreat at an amazing location!

Dates: April 28th – 30th, 2017

Venue: The Salamander Resort in Middleburg, VA

Wellapalooza is a retreat, a wellness weekend, a short wellness and education-focused getaway at a place that you would be interested in going to no matter who’s speaking or the severity of your illness.

Wellapalooza believes in integrative healthcare, utilizing the benefits of Western medicine, with the natural approaches to Eastern medicine and other alternative therapies in managing chronic conditions.

We are MORE than a typical health conference.

What is Wellapalooza?

Wellapalooza integrative health & wellness conferences (& retreats!) believe in bringing education, “how to” help and fun to the people who need it the most.

We provide you with informative, reputable and updated information on how to manage chronic conditions from community thought leaders, as well as instruction on how to approach various alternative therapies while focusing on what we can do versus what we can’t

We bring physicians, therapists, healers, body workers, nutritionist, wellness practitioners and exercise moderators together for YOU all in one place.

Wellapalooza offers workshops, active seminars (you will not just sit there), interesting presentations and various additional activities to enjoy on your own while attending a conference.

Wellapalooza is the ticket to laying a firm foundation for your body’s journey to greater overall health and wellness.

THIS is how Wellapalooza is different – Integrative. Mind/Body focused. Fun.

Our integrative wellness retreats are purposely smaller than traditional conferences to allow a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere. We also like to spend time with our friends and enjoy the retreat with you.

Speakers’ presentations, conference workshops, and content is based on the most updated research and treatment guidelines surrounding the chronic conditions, so many of us have. Content involves up-to-date diagnostic criteria and evidence-based integrative strategies, ensuring the highest possible standard of care for patients with chronic pain and multisystemic chronic illnesses. And we build in down time and structure the retreat schedule to include optional mind-body classes, time to enjoy amenities, and ability to have smaller group discussions with our speakers.

Conditions of focus? ALL! Your body isn’t segregated by each chronic illness you have, so why would we be any different?

Instead, we focus on underlying links and similarities, while appreciating how each and every one of us presents differently. We learn the how’s concerning overlapping symptoms and the why’s various chronic conditions are comorbid to each other.

And …we focus on moving more, and moving better, even if it’s #Just5Minutes a day.

Wellapalooza 2017 Retreat Schedule:

(Final retreat schedule is nearly complete! We are currently working to update the event page and schedule to reflect updates as we confirm them. The teens/young adult retreat program will be added soon, as will all group activities, workshops, and vendor/sponsor information.)

Day One

Friday, April 28th, 2017 – The Salamander Resort (optional 3rd day)

“Hit the Trails” Nature Hike – Optional Group Movement Activity through the Salamander Resort. If interested, please email Kendra@wellapalooza.com or Kendra@edswellness.org. Requires registration.

Group meets at Fitness Center. More details will be provided.

Conference Business Center & Waterford Room – All guests must check-in first at the conference business center to pick-up your badge and other conference materials.

Waterford Room – Brianna Greenspan will be kicking of Wellapalooza 2017 with a mindful coloring, vision board & writing workshop for 2nd Ehlers-Danlos syndromes anthology – ‘Invisible Strength – Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes.’ Brianna Greenspan is the Co-Author of  The Miracle Morning Art of Affirmations: A Positive Coloring Book for Adults and Kids with Hal Elrod of The Miracle Morning.

Brianna (AKA “Rocketship”) has been a constant source of unwavering friendship and encouragement over the last few years, and an integral team member in building the solid foundation that EDS Wellness sits on today. Additionally, Brianna and Gene by Gene helped fund the 18 research articles for the 2017 Ehlers-Danlos syndromes diagnostic criteria published by the Ehlers-Danlos Society and Ehlers-Danlos UK.

To read more, go to Brianna Greenspan. (Link coming soon!)

Waterford Room – Presentation and discussion on the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy in Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and other chronic medical conditions with Eloise Stager. Eloise will also discuss her research article on the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy and EDS and will be available on Friday for 10-minute sessions with wellness providers.

To read Eloise’s full bio, please go here.

Waterford Room – Please bring your lunch to the Waterford room if interested in participating in the Q&A with Mary Shomon.

Bluemont 1 – Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain (including a 30 min Yoga Nidra Meditation Practice) is a program developed by Kendra Neilsen  Myles in collaboration with Dr. Clair Francomano and Dr. Deborah Norris of The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, Md. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness-based stress reduction program served as the basis for this program. The focus of this workshop is on mindfulness strategies for chronic pain and complex chronic illness, specifically Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and related conditions. Please sign-up for this class/workshop at the Wellapaooza 2017 check-in desk. 

To learn more about this program, please visit ‘Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain – a movement and mindfulness-based program and support group.

To learn about Yoga Nidra, go to https://yogainternational.com/article/view/5-benefits-of-yoga-nidra.

Waterford Room  – Presentation and discussion on Endometriosis and Chronic Pelvic Pain with Pamela Stratton, M.D. FACOG.

About Dr. Stratton:

“For the last 20 years, Dr. Stratton’s research has focused on improving the understanding and treatments for chronic pelvic pain associated with endometriosis. When she began, clinical studies of the effectiveness of treating endometriosis-related pain focused on the effects of medical (hormonal) and surgical treatment of endometriosis lesions, despite the fact that how the lesions cause pain had not been determined. As she gathered additional information and developed insight into the complex nature of endometriosis-associated pain, Dr. Stratton began to question the traditional focus on hormonal and surgical treatments. With a physiatrist, Dr. Jay Shah, Dr. Stratton has shown that women with pain associated with endometriosis have central sensitization and myofascial dysfunction, findings similar to those described by others in animal models. Sensitization means changes in the central nervous system and suggests why both hormonal manipulation and surgical removal of lesions (the current strategies for treating pain associated with endometriosis) are ineffective. Dr. Stratton’s team also noted that women with chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis had an extremely high rate of migraine headache, another regional pain syndrome, suggesting that these pain syndromes may share a common pathophysiology. Dr. Stratton and Dr. Barbara Karp are currently studying whether the use of botulinum toxin is an effective treatment of myofascial pain and sensitization in women with a history of endometriosis.”

Read Dr. Stratton’s full bio here.

Waterford Break Room & Bluemont 1 – Break/Visit with Retreat Vendors/10 min time slots with wellness therapists. Additional details on vendors and 10-20 minute one-on-one sessions with wellness providers will be emailed to all attendees prior to the retreat. If interested in making spa appointments, it’s recommended that you call ahead and schedule appointments in advance. Spa appointments and resort activities that are not associated with Wellpalooza 2017 may require an additional fee and are the responsibility of each attendee.

Please note – It is each attendee’s responsibility to ensure that the retreat organizers, venue, vendors, and wellness therapist are aware of personal allergies or sensitivities – airborne or applied.

Bluemont 1 – Please sign-up at the Wellapalooza 2017 check-in desk. Our class is TBD; however, our options are a group walk around the property or a group class such as Barre –possibly with Allysa Seely (TBD)

Bluemont 1 – Please sign-up at the Wellapalooza 2017 check-in desk. Our class is TBD; however, our options are a group walk around the property or a group class such as Barre –possibly with Allysa Seely (TBD)

 Waterford – Alternate workshop to Yasmina’s workshop. Management of Chronic Pain with Physical Therapy and Biomechanics & Balanced Posture Workshop with Dr. Anastasiia Rukavyshnykova, DPT.

Workshop details: 

You will learn about multi-factorial nature of chronic pain, how physical therapy can be used to help with understanding your body and becoming more independent and active. The discussion will include topics on therapeutic exercise, manual therapy including dry needling, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The session will include an interactive workshop that will allow for a more personal understanding of the role of biomechanics; you will learn tips on finding a more balanced posture and comfortable positions throughout the day when standing and sitting.

To read more about Anastasiia, go here.

Bluemont 1 – Please sign-up at the Wellapalooza 2017 check-in desk. Our class is TBD; however, our options are a group walk around the property or a group class such as Barre –possibly with Allysa Seely (TBD)

Conference Business Center – Wellapalooza 2017 Check-in and Registration Desk open for 2-day registrants and to help answer questions. Name badges are required to attend the Welcome Reception. Guests of registered attendees can purchase tickets for the Welcome Reception via the Wellapalooza 2017 registration link for $25 each. Or, you can email kendra@edswellness.org.

Bluemont 1 – Please sign-up at the Wellapalooza 2017 check-in desk. Our class is TBD; however, our options are a group walk around the property or a group class such as Barre –possibly with Allysa Seely (TBD)

Bluemont 1 – Please sign-up at the Wellapalooza 2017 check-in desk. Our class is TBD; however, our options are a group walk around the property or a group class such as Barre –possibly with Allysa Seely (TBD)

Day Two

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 – The Salamander Resort

Bluemont 1 – Please sign-up at the Wellapalooza 2017 Registration and check-in desk. “The Miracle Morning” group movement & meditation class will focus on the S.A.V.E.R.S principles as outlined in  ‘The Miracle Morning‘ book by Hal Elrod and EDS Wellness’ “Just 5 Minutes” initiative. Brianna Greenspan will lead the Introduction to ‘The Miracle Morning’ portion of our class.

***This class will focus on introducing the principles of ‘The Miracle Morning’ and then on gentle light stretching yoga practice with Kendra Neilsen Myles, C.H.E.S., RYT 200.  All levels welcome.***

What is S.A.V.E.R.S.?

  • Silence
  • Affirmations
  • Visualization
  • Exercise – even for “Just 5 Minutes”
  • Reading
  • Scribing

What is “Just 5 Minutes?” 

“Motivation for life, and mission to heal, restore and empower the human spirit – one yoga mat at a time. #Just5Minutes at a time.”

The “Just 5 Minutes” initiative is about creating a movement. It’s about spreading awareness through a shared message. It’s about working together to help build momentum and the motivation to do something for 5 minutes each day — because something is better than nothing.

The “Just 5 Minutes” mission is a program developed to help provide yoga mats and other necessary PT and home exercise equipment for those living with EDS and other hypermobility syndromes.

The “Just 5 Minutes” group movement class portion of our Miracle Morning will focus on gentle yoga, restorative/corrective exercise, and natural movement principals.

For those who participated in the group movement class at 6:00am.

Conference Business Center & Waterford Room – Check-in & Registration with Coffee & Healthy Start Breakfast (snacks and drinks provided). Eleni of Shakthi Health and Wellness will be available for to answer questions during check-in and registration. Eleni is also volunteering her time on Saturday for personalized 1nutrition consultations sessions for those who are interested. Additional details on vendors and one-on-one sessions with wellness providers will be emailed to all attendees prior to the retreat. Sign-ups for wellness providers are required. Please sign-up at the Wellapalooza 2017 Registration and Check-in de

If interested in making spa appointments, it’s recommended that you call ahead and schedule appointments in advance. Spa appointments and resort activities that are not associated with Wellpalooza 2017 may require an additional fee and are the responsibility of each attendee.

Please note – It is each attendee’s responsibility to ensure that the retreat organizers, venue, vendors, and wellness therapist are aware of personal allergies or sensitivities – airborne or applied.

Waterford Room for Q&A with Dr. Afrin. Can bring lunch and eat in the room.

Fitness Studio – please register through the fitness center if you would like to take this class. Registration is required. 

Cooking Studio – Please sign-up at the Wellapalooza 2017 check-in desk for Yasmina’s workshop. Yasmina’s workshop is being held on both Friday and Saturday. The cooking studio fits 20+/- people. If you sign-up for Yasmina’s workshop on Friday instead of Saturday, there is an alternate workshop with Anastasiia that is being held in conjunction with Yasmina’s workshop.

Workshops description:

It’s time to move beyond the histamine elimination diet…

Are allergy-like symptoms preventing you from living the life you’ve always dreamed of?

Is your “safe” list down to single digits?

Are doctors telling you it’s all in your head?

In this workshop, we’re going to cover information that helps you figure out a plan of attack, ways to create your own food plan and discuss the role of meditation, yoga, and movement in healing. You’ll also receive documents that will serve as your nutrition “workbook” to help you gain a deeper insight into your health and formulate a coherent and tangible plan of action.

The science 

  • Histamine intolerance or mast cell disorder – which is it?
  • Diagnosis – nailing it down
  • Medical treatments
  • Scientifically proven supplements

Foods heal

  • How diet helps healing
  • The 4-week elimination diet (the right way)
  • Un-confusing histamine lists
  • The Anti-Diet vs the traditional low histamine diet
  • Why the histamine bucket theory is out of date
  • What my diet looks like (feeling like a champion)

Lifestyle

  • Pantry reboot: restocking for health
  • Kitchen hacking: less cooking more living
  • Don’t go for broke: spending your histamine allowance on a budget

Re-wiring the brain

  • Understanding how trauma can cause immune dysfunction
  • The role of the amygdala in food reactions
  • Brain reprogramming techniques

Beauty and body

  • The wrong exercise triggers histamine: here’s the workaround
  • Beauty products that help lower histamine and inflammation

What this is not

Yasmina is neither a doctor nor nutritionist. Please understand that she will not dispense medical advice nor tell you what to eat. Any information given in this workshop must be shared with your medical professional.

To read more about this workshop, please visit https://shop.healinghistamine.com/products/1-hour-webinar-getting-started

Waterford – Management of Chronic Pain with Physical Therapy and Biomechanics & Balanced Posture Workshop with Dr. Anastasiia Rukavyshnykova, DPT.

Workshop details: 

You will learn about multi-factorial nature of chronic pain, how physical therapy can be used to help with understanding your body and becoming more independent and active. The discussion will include topics on therapeutic exercise, manual therapy including dry needling, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). The session will include an interactive workshop that will allow for a more personal understanding of the role of biomechanics; you will learn tips on finding a more balanced posture and comfortable positions throughout the day when standing and sitting.

To read more about Anastasiia, go here.

Bluemont 1 – Group Movement Activity – Intro to Yoga for Hypermobility, including a short chair yoga demo (optional).

Break/Rest/Self-directed activities/Get ready for dinner/dance and silent auction

Bluemont Ballroom – Wella Dinner, Dance Party and Silent Auction — featuring Special Guest Speaker – Allysa Seely, 2016 Paralympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Triathlon. Dinner, dancing, photo booth and karaoke will all be provided! Dress code is “resort chick,” meaning nothing too fancy, but you are welcome to dress up a bit if you would like. 

To read about Allysa’s amazing career, please go to Allysa Seely.

Day Three

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 – The Salamander Resort

Bluemont 1 – Please sign-up at the Wellapalooza 2017 Registration and check-in desk. “The Miracle Morning” group movement & meditation class will focus on the S.A.V.E.R.S principles as outlined in  ‘The Miracle Morning‘ book by Hal Elrod and EDS Wellness’ “Just 5 Minutes” initiative.

Brianna Greenspan will lead the ‘The Miracle Morning‘ portion of our class/morning meditation, and Sandra Pernie, RYT 200 will lead the Gentle Hatha Flow Yoga practice portion of our class.

What is S.A.V.E.R.S.?

  • Silence
  • Affirmations
  • Visualization
  • Exercise – even for “Just 5 Minutes”
  • Reading
  • Scribing

What is “Just 5 Minutes?” 

“Motivation for life, and mission to heal, restore and empower the human spirit – one yoga mat at a time. #Just5Minutes at a time.”

The “Just 5 Minutes” initiative is about creating a movement. It’s about spreading awareness through a shared message. It’s about working together to help build momentum and the motivation to do something for 5 minutes each day — because something is better than nothing.

The “Just 5 Minutes” mission is a program developed to help provide yoga mats and other necessary PT and home exercise equipment for those living with EDS and other hypermobility syndromes.

The “Just 5 Minutes” group movement class portion of our Miracle Morning will focus on gentle yoga, restorative/corrective exercise, and natural movement principals.

For those who participated in morning group movement class

Waterford – Brianna Greenspan will be holding her 2nd workshop for those who were not able to attend on Friday’s workshop. Those who did attend her first workshop are encouraged to attend again and this time for self-directed mindfulness activities, such writing your story for 2nd Ehlers-Danlos syndromes anthology – ‘Invisible Strength – Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndromes,’ coloring, or working on a your vision board.

Alternate optionsPlains Suite (AKA – “The Wella Lounge”) will also be open, as will the Wella Movement Studio in Bluemont 1. Visiting the “Life Hacks” table next to the Wellapalooza 2017 Registration and Check-in desk is also a great idea.

About Brianna:

Brianna Greenspan is the Co-Author of ‘The Miracle Morning Art of Affirmations: A Positive Coloring Book for Adults and Kids‘ with Hal Elrod of The Miracle Morning. Brianna (AKA “Rocketship”) has been a constant source of unwavering friendship and encouragement over the last few years, and an integral team member in building the solid foundation that EDS Wellness sits on today. Brianna and Gene by Gene also helped fund the 18 research articles for the 2017 Ehlers-Danlos syndromes diagnostic criteria published by the Ehlers-Danlos Society and Ehlers-Danlos UK.

To read Brianna’s full bio, go here. (link coming soon!)

Bluemont 1 – Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain (including a 30 min Yoga Nidra Meditation Practice) is a program developed by Kendra Neilsen  Myles in collaboration with Dr. Clair Francomano and Dr. Deborah Norris of The Mindfulness Center in Bethesda, Md. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s mindfulness-based stress reduction program served as the basis for this program. The focus of this workshop is on mindfulness strategies for chronic pain and complex chronic illness, specifically Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and related conditions. Please sign-up for this class/workshop at the Wellapalooza 2017 check-in desk. 

To learn more about this program, please visit ‘Mind-Body Strategies for Hypermobility with Chronic Pain – a movement and mindfulness-based program and support group.

To learn about Yoga Nidra, go to https://yogainternational.com/article/view/5-benefits-of-yoga-nidra.

Waterford – Open Discussion about Chronic Pelvic Pain Conditions associated with hypermobility syndromes, such as EDS, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Dysautonomia/POTS — including Practical Physical Therapy/Restorative Exercise Workshop focusing on ways we can help manage chronic pelvic pain

Waterford – Wrap-up and final speaker panel Q&A. Will focus on questions such as “When is too much medicalization too much?, dealing with drug sensitivities and minimizing reactions to help stay positive and focus on living well. 

Retreat Speakers and Workshop Leaders: 

Dr. Clair Francomano
Dr. Clair FrancomanoDirector of The Ehlers-Danlos Society Center for Clinical Care and Research at the Harvey Institute of Human Genetics, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Dr. Larry Afrin
Dr. Larry AfrinAssociate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, University of Minnesota & Author of Never Bet Against Occam: Mast Cell Activation Disease and the Modern Epidemics of Chronic Illness & Medical Complexity
Dr. Pradeep Chopra
Dr. Pradeep ChopraPain Medicine Assistant Professor (Clinical), Brown Medical School
Dr. Peter Rowe
Dr. Peter RoweDirector, Children's Center Chronic Fatigue Clinic & Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Pamela Stratton
Dr. Pamela StrattonFACOG, Professor, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, Outstanding Service Medal Award by United States Public Health Service (USPHS) for research in endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain, Endometriosis Association Clinical Research Fellow at NIH
Dr. Christine Mohrhaus Hale
Dr. Christine Mohrhaus HaleNational Director Clinical Performance Excellence at Tenet Healthcare & Aerial Silks Performer and Studio Owner
Dr. Jyothi Rao
Dr. Jyothi RaoDirector, Shakthi Wellness Center in Mount Airy, MD & Co-Author, Finding Balance
Yasmina Ykelenstam
Yasmina Ykelenstam Author & Writer for Healing Histamine.com
Mary Shomon
Mary ShomonThyroid Patient Advocate, Author
Allysa Seely
Allysa SeelyProfessional triathlete and speaker. 2016 Paralympic gold medalist, 2x World Champion, and 15x World Cup medalist.
Dr. Sophia Maines
Dr. Sophia MainesPT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Bethesda Physiocare
Dr. Anastasiia Rukavyshnykova
Dr. Anastasiia RukavyshnykovaPT, DPT Physical therapist at Advanced Neuromuscular Physiotherapy, LLC
Jennifer Ortiz
Jennifer OrtizPT, MPT, WSC Women's Health Physical Therapist at Her Health Physical Therapy
Eloise Stager, BA, LMT, CST
Eloise Stager, BA, LMT, CST
Dr. Tom Van Ornum
Dr. Tom Van OrnumDPT, Resurgent Performance Physical Therapy

& More!

Details will be announced soon, and a final list of speakers and workshops will be provided sometime this month. Please note – Retreat schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice. 

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About The Salamander Resort:

“Set on 340 acres nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia’s famed horse and lush wine country…

Resort Founder and CEO, Sheila C. Johnson, has created this opulent and homelike destination. Designed to respect the architectural traditions of Virginia’s countryside, Salamander Resort & Spa features luxurious guestrooms and spacious suites, a luxury spa, full-service equestrian center, Virginia Piedmont-inspired dining, a multi-experience cooking studio, well-appointed wine bar, jovial billiards room, sophisticated library, exhilarating zip lining course, abundant amount of outdoor activities, and a unique array of conference and banquet facilities.

Location
• Historic town of Middleburg
• Less than one hour from Washington, D.C.
• 30 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport

Rooms & Suites
• 168 guestrooms
• 17 suites; Owner’s Suite offers 1,680-square-feet of living space
• All suites and select guestrooms feature fireplaces
• Private balcony for each room
• Pet-friendly

Dining
• Farm-to-table Virginia Piedmont cuisine at Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill
• Sophisticated lounge with extensive wine list & cocktails at Gold Cup Wine Bar
• Multi-experience Cooking Studio
• 24-hour in-room dining available

Spa
• 14 treatment rooms including once couple’s suite and a rasul
• Full-service salon
• Fitness Center with indoor pool
• Private outdoor heated pool with sauna and cabanas

Equestrian
• World-class 14,000-square-foot stable featuring 22 stalls
• Nine beautiful paddocks
• 25 on-site acres dedicated to equestrian experiences
• Gentle ponies for beginners and children rides and lessons

Leisure
• Outdoor resort pool with loungers and café
• Five different zip lines and two suspension sky bridges
• Nature-based activities including hiking and biking trails
• Golf privileges at Creighton Farms, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course

Meetings & Events
• Luxurious 4,500-square-foot-divisible Middleburg Ballroom
• Over 6,800-square-feet of indoor meeting and event space
• Unique outdoor function spaces including the Grand Lawn, Culinary Garden and a restored 100-year-old Stallion Barn”

“Just got back from my trip east, and wanted to thank you for putting on a wonderful conference. I think that your work is invaluable, and I am grateful I was able to participate.

I was thrilled to hear Dr. Afrin speak, and to participate in the two Q & A sessions. What an astounding opportunity. Each of the speakers provided excellent information and useful strategies, and I learned a great deal from each of them. I learned a great deal from the other participants as well. I appreciated the time we had to talk in very relaxed environments.

I also liked that we were encouraged to move, within our limits, and to have fun! One of my favourite parts was listening to Dr. Norris – and joining in the restorative yoga. She is a great instructor! Were it not for my being a bit extra tired from the journey, I absolutely would have tried more of the sessions offered each day. Next time 🙂 [I have already looked into a restorative yoga class not far from my home.]

I hope you have had a chance to recover! It was an incredible undertaking. Thank you again for taking it on.”

Judy A.

Why should you come?

  • Wellapalooza is structured as a not-so-fast-paced, or slammed with presentations all day long, as many other conferences.
  • You will not “just sit there” in a conference room all day.
  • Wellapalooza is meant to not only provide updated information on various conditions that are comorbid to each other but also provide information on integrative therapies and the environment to safely and comfortably try them.
  • Wellapalooza is about a cultivating a positive, healthy vibe – the #WellaVibe
  • Wellapalooza provides a comfortable space to be vulnerable and open-minded.
  • EDS Wellness’ education and integrative wellness-focused workshops and retreats, provide a bridge between patients and healthcare providers.
  • Wellapalooza retreats open up dialogue to help find paths for understanding and empower each attendee to find strength and belief in their ability to embrace wellness.
  • Wellapalooza facilitates an environment of learning, growing and soul healing.
  • You can come alone, enjoy a weekend with your friends or bring your family.

Examples of conditions that will be discussed (List is not complete and is subject to change, but we prefer to not focus on labels.):

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Mast Cell Disease
  • Dysautonomia/POTS
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Multisystemic Disease
  • Hypermobility Syndromes
  • Hypothyroidism and other Endocrine Disorders

Our 2017 Integrative Wellness Retreat is capped at 50 people.

Please make sure to register early to ensure your spot!

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Teens and Young Adults Program:

When a child (or even an adult) is diagnosed with a chronic medical condition, learning to live with and manage life after diagnosis often becomes a family affair. And it has to be. Research has proven that families who support a loved one by approaching the life-altering aspects of learning to manage life with a chronic medical condition as a unit, versus solely the responsibility of the family member diagnosed, have the most success in managing his/her condition long-term.

Team EDS Wellness feels strongly that learning to live well and thrive with a chronic illness(es) should include all members of the family, which is why we wanted to ensure that we offered an option for the younger members of our community to join our incredibly informative, fun and healing retreat!

We are still working out the retreat schedule; however, we wanted to post registration and information about the teens and young adults program retreat program ASAP — especially before the early registration deadline!

Teens and young adult retreat program: 

– Registration includes 2-day or 3-day conference attendance, conference materials, entrance to the welcome reception, entrance to the Wella Dance Party and Dinner on Saturday night, access to all presentations and workshops that are a part of Wellapalooza 2017, private workshops or activities specific to the teens and young adult retreat program, and ability to use resort amenities (i.e., fitness center, pool, etc.).

– The program is best for ages 13yo – young adult, but we understand that some of our pre-teen kids could benefit from our Wellapalooza 2017 retreat, and would enjoy it too! We trust your judgment as parents in deciding if the teens and young adult program is appropriate for your pre-teen.

Workshop Leaders: 

Brianna Greenspan
Brianna GreenspanEDS Wellness Marketing/PR Coordinator and Patient Advisory Board Leader & Volunteer, EDS Patient Advocate, Co-Author of 'The Miracle Morning Art of Affirmations: A Positive Coloring Book for Adults and Kids '
Brianna has been the “Rocketship” behind EDS Wellness. She also serves as EDS Wellness’ Marketing/PR Coordinator and Patient Advisory Board Leader. She is also one of EDS Wellness’ integral volunteers. Her unwavering support, compassion, and dedication to helping patients live well with EDS have helped build the solid foundation that EDS Wellness stands on today.
Rachel Carey-McElwaney
Rachel Carey-McElwaney President and Founder of Emerging Lotus Coaching
Rachel Carey-McElwaney is the President and Founder of Emerging Lotus Coaching- where she is a motivational speaker, life coach, and career strategist – specializing in helping teens and young adults learn their true unlimited self. Rachel uses her background and training in Life and Career Coaching, Human Resources, and Mindfulness to help her clients eliminate the stress from confusion and gain clarity and confidence.

Additional Teens/Young Adults Program Details: 

– Childcare for younger children is not provided, but The Salamander Resort has daily activities for the whole family (additional fees may apply). Camp Salamander, childcare, or other babysitting services are available for additional fees. Resort sponsored extracurricular activities, and spa appointments are additional and are the responsibility of each attendee. Please contact The Salamander Resort directly to make an appointment, or to inquire about childcare or babysitting options and resort activities.

– Program will focus on many of the same topics and workshops as the adult program; however, we will offer additional workshops, activities or presentations that cater to the needs of the younger members of our community. Final details will be added to the Wellapalooza 2017 retreat schedule soon!

– Program will provide the opportunity for a more intimate support-group setting that fosters a comfortable, non-judgemental and healing environment – one that opens the doors for learning, proactive discussions on ways to live well while living with a chronic condition(s), and personal growth.

– There’s no “just sitting there” – Wellapalooza provides a safe environment to discuss and even try various integrative strategies to help improve strength, endurance, and chronic pain.

– Previous attendees have stated that Wellapalooza served as the starting point for building a solid foundation for to learn their “best recipe” for living well and thriving, despite living with a chronic medical condition(s).

– Most importantly, Wellapalooza provides a change of pace, a different type of medical conference, and is an incredibly healing getaway – even if you do nothing else but come to relax and enjoy a beautiful five-star resort. There isn’t one person in our community who couldn’t benefit from a slower-paced, uplifting and rejuvenating getaway in a beautiful setting. That’s what we call the #WellaVibe.

Accommodations: The Salamander Resort

EDS Wellness has reserved a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate of $465 per night + tax and fees. Nightly accommodations are additional to the cost of conference registration. Rooms will fit 1-4 people. If you would like to reserve a room under the conference room block, please call The Salamander Resort directly at 1-844-303-2723.

Splitting the costs of a room helps decrease room costs per night and it’s a great way to spend time with friends and family. We are also happy to help match people who are willing to share rooms. The Salamander Resort is perfect for a family, a nice weekend away with your partner, yourself, or with friends.

There’s plenty to do and a fantastic spa! 

If we need additional rooms, the Salamander Resort & Spa said that they will help us add additional rooms to our room block.

Staying at The Salamander is not required to attend Wellapalooza 2017. We kept conference registration separate from room costs to allow as much flexibility and options for attendees possible.

To learn more about The Salamander Resort, or to read about its activities, please visit http://www.salamanderresort.com/overview/fact-sheet

You can also click on the links below:

Example of Group Recreation Activities
Additional Information on Group Activities
Example Salamander Resort Activity Guide

Or, visit www.salamanderresort.com

Retreat Pricing and Registration Deadlines:

– Early Registration $485 for 2-Day Registration ($565 for 3-Day Registration) – Must register by January 15th, 2017

– Regular Registration $585 for 2-Day Registration ($665 for 3-Day Registration) – Must register by February 15th, 2017

– Late Registration $685 for 2-Day Registration ($765 for 3-Day Registration) – Must register by March 28, 2017

–  Teens and Young Adults Retreat Registration is below

The cost of registration includes two-day conference attendance (three-day attendance is also an option), conference materials, a welcome reception, Wella Dance Party and Dinner on Saturday night, access to all presentations and private activities, and ability to use resort amenities (i.e., fitness center, pool, etc.). Resort sponsored extracurricular activities, and spa appointments are additional and are the responsibility of each attendee. Please contact The Salamander Resort directly to make an appointment, or to inquire about resort activities.

***All meals are not included, other than dinner at our dance party Saturday night, food served at our welcome reception, and light snacks, and drinks, or food that is part of a seminar, a presentation, or a book signing event. The reason is that it helps keep costs down. It’s also nearly impossible to provide food that is safe and acceptable to everyone in our very sensitive community.***

Teens and Young Adults Program: 

***Registration fee with paying adult is $200 of the cost of adult registration; however, fees do go up as the event gets closer! Registration costs are stated below. Please pay attention to registration deadlines.  If interested in a 3-day retreat registration for a teenager or young adult, please email info@wellapalooza.com. Our Teen and Young Adult Program is for children from 13 years old to young adults 21 years old.***

– Early Registration $285 for 2-Day Registration ($200 off with paying adult) – Must register by January 15th, 2017

– Regular Registration $485 for 2-Day Registration ($100 off with paying adult) – Must register by February 15th, 2017

– Late Registration $685 for 2-Day Registration ($0 off with paying adult) – Must register by March 28, 2017

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Additional 2017 Retreat Details:

Travel Information:

Alternate Accomodations – Staying at The Salamander Resort is not required to attend Wellapalooza 2017. A full list of additional bed & breakfasts in the surrounding or nearby area can be found here.

For other accommodation-related questions, please email info@edswellness.org.

Airports – The closest airport is Dulles International Airport (IAD). Ronald Reagan International Airport (DCA) is the next closest airport.

Virtual Attendance and Conference Recordings:

Virtual Attendance is not offered at this time; however, we are looking into possible options. Details and information will be shared once available.

Video recording and post-production provided by Lucky Dog Films.

 Vendor Tables:

We have room for 6 vendors/sponsors/Wella partners. Wellapalooza 2017 will be an incredible opportunity to network and discuss collaborative projects. However, because we have limited availability to host vendors/sponsors/partners, we will have specific donation options for those who would like to participate.

To learn more, please www.wellapalooza.com/wella-partners/. Or, please visit can also visit http://edswellness.org/index.php/sponsors-vendors-partners/

Questions? Please email info@wellapalooza.com

Refunds:

Refunds will be provided if cancellations are received by March 17th, or 6 weeks prior to the date of the conference. Retreat registration fees are non-refundable if cancellations are received within the 6 weeks prior to the conference. No exceptions. We recommend purchasing trip insurance, if necessary.

If you have questions or need more information, please use the contact form below!

Interested in becoming a part of Team Wella or Volunteering?

Please go to the Team Wella or Volunteer and fill out the application form at the bottom of the page.

You can also send an email to info@wellapalooza.com

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About EDS Wellness:

EDS Wellness, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting health education, integrative healthcare, and wellness strategies for living well hypermobility syndromes, such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), other connective tissue diseases, and related comorbidities, through print and digital media resources and materials, seminars, webinars, conferences, health coaching, and patient advocacy.

EDS Wellness provides education on various movement, nutrition, and mind-body therapies by collaborating with healthcare practitioners and like-minded organizations, to improve the quality of life and overall well-being of individuals living with chronic, complex, and multisystemic illnesses.

EDS Wellness collaborates with other organizations and healthcare practitioners on various projects associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and its related conditions, to provide information and resources for those living with EDS and the medical professionals who care for them. EDS Wellness focuses on helping patients live well while living with EDS and its comorbid health conditions.

www.edswellness.org

Donations:

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