What you will learn:
This unique conversation will be facilitated in the structure of an Indigenous Talking Circle, guided by Indigenous Wellness expert, Chelsey Luger. Chelsey will engage with Mindfulness expert Curtis Smith and Functional Nutritionist Calista Chammas in an open dialogue about holistic and preventative health from multiple cultural viewpoints. Throughout this session you will be pushed to reflect on your relationship with your body and its health, and consider the impact that your health and wellbeing has on all other aspects of your life.
About the instructor:
Chelsey: Chelsey Luger is a writer and wellness advocate, originally from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She was born and raised in North Dakota, educated on the east coast, and is now based in Arizona, where she lives and works alongside her husband, Thosh Collins. Together they run an Indigenous Wellness media platform called Well For Culture. Their wellness work is rooted in Indigenous knowledge and focuses on reclaiming wellbeing in Native American communities. They seek to change the mainstream narrative on Indigenous health, focusing not on recent health disparities, but rather on the strong tradition of health that their people have carried on for thousands of years. Chelsey and Thosh are writing a book on an Indigenous approach to living a balanced life. “The Seven Circles of Wellness” will be published in 2022 by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins.
Curtis: Curtis Smith is an award-winning and highly-rated former school leader in Brooklyn, New York, a seasoned public speaker, and the creator of Moment of Mindfulness (MOM). MOM is a mindfulness methodology and company committed to empowering communities to activate their best intentions through culturally responsive evidence-based mindfulness tools. With eleven years of service as an educator, in 2013, Curtis co-founded one of the top-rated public middle schools in Brooklyn, New York and designed the mindfulness curriculum that’s infused into the foundation of the school's mission and culture. The success and notable impact of the program contributed to an improved learning community and led to his work with the New York City Department of Education District 19. There he created and facilitated district-wide workshops and training for Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and eventually the First Office of Chancellor in New York City while supporting the over 1.1 million students in New York City. Curtis holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science from Brooklyn College in Education, a School Building and District Leadership Degree from the College of St. Rose in partnership with the Center for Integrated Training and Education, a certification in Mindfulness and Loving-Kindness from The Path in partnership with The Nalanda Institute, and is a RISE for Educators recipient from Kripalu‘s Center for Yoga and Health.
Calista: Calista Chammas is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Blood Chemistry Specialist. In essence, she is a nutritionist who works with people to get to the root cause of their symptoms. Calista is an expert facilitator who teaches corporate classes on all things nutrition and wellness. She believes that every single human needs the knowledge and tools to invest in their health. Her practice is rooted in the belief that we as humans have one life partner; our bodies, and it is our responsibility to nourish and support them. Calista is passionate about helping guide employees to learn how to show up for their bodies and overall health in real, sustainable ways that have lasting effects on how they feel and function each day. Calista lives in San Francisco with her techy husband, newborn son, Cedar, and crazy pup, Maple Pie! She loves to garden (she has a city plot that she tends to weekly), cook, chase any and all sun in foggy SF, and do tummy time with Cedar! She attended Pepperdine University (and took surfing for PE credit) and also graduated from the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA).
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Suggested Length:60 min(Flexible)
# of Employees: Flexible
Format: Live via Zoom
- Keynote Followed by Q&A
- Lecture with Discussion
- Interactive Workshop
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