What we're about

Are you interested in holistic healing? Are you looking for support? Do you want to experience deep relaxation? Then, join our group!

Here are some of the things we're passionate about:

-emotional and physical healing,



-qigong and tai chi,



-spiritual growth,

-making art,

-spending time in nature,


-cultivating empowering relationships,

-community building,

-and having fun!

If you share some of these passions or are curious about them, we hope you will join us!

This Meetup publicizes classes, workshops, and support which take place at Toivo, a center for holistic healing and stress management in Hartford.

For a comprehensive listing of our offerings at Toivo, go to


***We have many community members who are not a member of this Meetup. Even though a Meetup may only have one or a few RSVPs, there will be more people who actually attend the Meetup. If you're interested in a Meetup, don't let the small number of RSVPs deter you from going.***

Upcoming events (5+)

Valley Qigong & Tea


Qigong is a 2,000-year-old practice from China which helps your body to heal itself naturally. Qigong can provide relief from anxiety, depression, and chronic fatigue. It can also improve balance and endurance. The practice involves gentle movement, breathing techniques, and focused intention. According to Chinese medicine, tea clears the mind and circulates the energy of the body. Scientists have found that tea strengthens the immune system. Facilitated by various Valley Qigong instructors. Suggested $5 - $15 donation. Parking: Free parking on Franklin Avenue, in front of and in back of the Toivo building, and across from the Toivo building in the parking lot next to Tico's place.

Life Through Colors


Life Through Colors is a workshop designed to integrate art and creative writing. It allows an individual to dig deep within themselves comparing color to different variations of their life. From group excercise to creative writing, we spin off and transfer our stories onto canvas. Participants then have an opportunity to share their art and speak their stories. . . . which can be referred to as “Spoken Art”. Facilitator bio: Lanea Sellem, also known as NeaKnows, is an Author, Poet and Speaker. Born to Hartford CT, she started sharing poetry at local open mics. Coming from live experience, she has facilitated workshops in relations to Recovery, Domestic Violence and Women Trauma. Incorperating art and creative writing has led her to a place of freedom, where she feels most at peace. $5 - $15 suggested donation. Free parking in back and front of the Toivo building, on Franklin Avenue, and in a parking lot across the street from Toivo next to Tico's. Back entrance is wheelchair accessible.

Afrikan Dance with Sistah Anyango


Join us to experience Afrikan dance and dances of the Afrikan diaspora through a gentle flow of mindfulness, music, and movement. Sistah Anyango's classes are incredibly fun opportunities to make new friends! Instructor bio: Sistah Anyangō is the founder and CEO of FLYY Fitness, LLC. . . . Freedom to Love the You in You! She is a Dancer, Fitness Professional, Wholistic Counselor, Freedom Coach, and Workshop Facilitator. As a university visiting lecturer, she developed the “Afrikan Dance & Folklore: An Experience of Movement & Music of the Diaspora” course offering. She is an experienced instructor with 40+ years of experience in various dance mediums. Passion, purpose, prosperity, peace, and soul‐happiness are her guideposts to flying and soaring. $5 - $15 suggested donation. Free parking in front and back of the Toivo building, on Franklin Avenue, and across the street from Toivo in a parking lot next to Tico’s Place.

Let Go of What is Holding You Back: A Tapping Workshop

“In my darkest year, I discovered tapping, and, miraculously, this unorthodox approach to making sense of my life moved me out of the fog and into the sunshine.” – Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels Do you want a change in your life – such as a new job, partner, social circle, or living situation – but there’s something holding you back from moving forward? Do you procrastinate, engage in perfectionism, get indecisive, or sabotage yourself? If so, this workshop is for you. In a safe space, you will have the opportunity to clarify what you want to create in your life. Next, you will be guided to identify the emotions, events, and beliefs that are holding you back. Then, using tapping, also known as Emotional Freedom Technique, we will work together on letting go of the things that are keeping us stuck. Sharing is encouraged but optional. If you are not familiar with Tapping, you are invited to join us for an introduction from 2 pm – 2:30 pm. If you want to skip the introduction, you’re welcome to join us starting at 2:30. To avoid interrupting the workshop, please wait until 2:30 to come in the building. Facilitator Bio: Laura Le is very passionate about sharing tapping with others. She is often blown away by how quickly people find relief from physical and emotional pain. And she loves hearing the powerful realizations that often come to people after the stress is removed. Over five years ago, Laura first discovered tapping and she uses it regularly for her own self-care. She has completed the Levels I and II Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner training. Her workshop facilitation style has been described as “fun, compassionate, engaging, and insightful.” She is Toivo’s Communications Coordinator. “As a practicing psychiatrist with over 25 years of clinical experience, I see EFT as the most promising new treatment I’ve ever encountered.” – Eric Lewskowitz, MD., Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School “I have been Tapping for years and have found it to be a pivotal tool in creating the life of my dreams. This information is essential if you want to live your best life!” ~ Jack Canfield, best-selling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul $5 - $15 suggested donation.

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