2019 SECOND ANNUAL PROGRAMMING
Program: Wellness Guidebook (Filming)
Venue: Ready Set Grow
Date: September 8th, 2019
Description: This program was an opportunity to start the ‘Wellness Guidebook’. We were intentional with who we partnered with and invited for this initial recording session. Whitney Handrich one of the founders of Humans of Color Alliance Movement helped organize contributors for the ‘Wellness Guidebook’ and secure our location.
Filming for the ‘Wellness Guidebook’ marked the beginning of our week. We set a window of time for wellness practitioners to drop in and provide their expertise on different subject matter. Having so many wonderful people together an impromptu discussion broke out that we recorded. The results of both the interviews and discussion will be posted soon and we look forward to adding many more contributions in the future.
Whitney Handrich (Yoga Instructor & Thai Bodyworker)
Madeline Harmon (Contemplative Somatics)
Bonnie Bright (Doula & Herbalist)
Kevin Zelaya (Chiropractor)
Rose Léon (Photography)
Program: Work, Wellness, & Women’s Health
Venue: Vida Coworking
Date: September 10th, 2019
Description: When and how do women make time to care for their well-being? Women are at the heart of their families, in the center of their business and building their own seat at the table. At Work, Wellness and Women's Health we will explore and redefine what it really means to achieve personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work and home life.
We curated an event that honored the many intersections of womanhood through a keynote and panel discussion on occupational health and wellness. Rose Haven Women's Day Shelter was our non-profit for this event! We are our sister's keeper, so $5 from each ticket sale went to support Rose Haven and the 3,000+ women they serve.
Paloma Medina (Founder of 11:11 Supply) Keynote Presentation: “Redefining Self-Care for Your Brain”
Luz Reyna (Executive Director at East County Rising)
Nichole Watson (Developer of Racial Equity & Community Partnerships at Portland Association of Teachers)
Akasha Lawrence Spence (Founder + Principal Designer at Fifth Element)
Sada Naegelin (Co-founder at De las Mias)
Jenelle Woodlief (Empowerment Facilitator)
Program: Portland Graffiti Tour
Date: September 11th, 2019
Description: Environmental Wellness is related to the surroundings you occupy. Your environment, both your social and natural surroundings, can greatly impact how you feel. In cities the urban landscape is typically dictated by a small portion of our community. We wanted to explore our relationship as individuals to the city we live in. This program started with a question, ‘Is the ability to adapt the environment around us a basic human need?’
This year we took a look at Portland graffiti. Graffiti has shown up in every city across time. There are real consequences yet community members still take the risk. We teamed up with Phillip Haleen (Founder of For the Love) and created a tour route of prominent locations in town. During the tour Phillip provided unique insight behind different pieces, styles, crews, and organizations. It was recorded in 360º and we will be publishing this route soon.
The International School 025 SW (Sherman St, Portland, OR 97201)
Portland Underground Recording Studios (2718 SW Kelly Ave, Portland, OR 97201)
Railcar Offices across from OMSI (2100 SE Water Ave Unit 1, Portland, OR 97214)
Taylor Electric (322 SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97214)
Sunshine Dairy (801 NE 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97232)
(More to be Announced)
Program: Nutrition & Financial Planning
Venue: Rivermark Credit Union
Date: September 12th, 2019
Description: Every year educators are asked to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. We aim to give back to Portland educators by providing household budgeting principals and nutrition information on how to make the dollar stretch while still eating healthy and delicious food. We teamed up with experts from Rivermark Credit Union, the Fit Foods, and Portland Public Schools Nutrition Services to create an interactive and insightful program around Nutrition & Financial Planning.
The program started with a guess the portion game. The audience took a look at a variety of items we normally buy and guessed the calories and price. It was followed by a financial planning segment that included everything from spreadsheets and smart goals to different free resources available right at your fingertips. It closed out with a deep look into nutrition. It started with a look at MyPlate and mindful eating. We will be compiling and releasing this presentation as a webinar soon.
Hayley Andrews, Rivermark Community Credit Union
Grace Clark, Nutrition Program Manager at Portland Public Schools Nutrition Services
Jaime Ruisi, Nutritionist at The Fit Foods
Program: Social Changemakers Roundtable
Date: September 13th, 2019
Description: This Roundtable was initiated so we can gather the perspectives from Social Changemakers who have influence over the systems we live in, those who would like to see policies change, individuals who have to navigate within them, and individuals who work with our most vulnerable and or have been directly impacted by policies.
Rose City Wellness Week has a public health filter, we believe that positive health & wellness related change on an individual level can be accomplished through systematic change. By connecting Social Changemakers we can provide insights that are unique and innovative. Using Portland as a backdrop we hope to inspire other cities to create similar small but powerful group discussions that can be made public on a regular basis.
David Bangsberg (Dean of The School of Public Health OHSU/PSU)
Luz Reyna (Executive Director of East County Rising)
Michelle Marx (Pedestrian Coordinator for Portland Bureau of Transportation)
Grace Clark-Hibbs (Program Manager for Portland Public Schools Nutrition Services)
Paige Moreland (Owner/Operator of Louiza)
Noah Shultz (Youth Advocate & Public Speaker)
Laura Alexander (Social Worker CSWA, MPH - Nonprofit Multnomah County
Program: Intimate Concert + Artist Q&A
Venue: Marmoset HQ
Date: September 13th, 2019
Description: The evening started with an opportunity for guests to mingle and connect. It was followed by two amazing performances by local artists Veana Baby and Kingsley. It perfectly set the mood for an impactful Artist Q&A that provided an opportunity to learn more about each artists individual endeavors and passions.
The curated discussion around the intersection of Art and Emotional Wellness was moderated by Cristina Oliva Patrick. She did a fantastic job of gathering artists that use different mediums. Beyond using art to express themselves the selected artists also use them gather and form community. It concluded with an open Q&A with the audience.
Kingsely (Indie Pop Artist)
Veana Baby (Vocalist)
Cristina Oliva Patrick (Musicians of Portland)
Derrick Taruc (A Beat Happening)
Sarah Sharp (POP Media Group, LLC)
Christian Burke (Celebarte Podcast)
Monteserrat Andreys (Healthcare for Artists)
Program: Groove Theory Dance Class
Venue: Rose City Studio
Date: September 14th, 2019
Brittani’s Groove Theory dance class took participants through a series of movement that evolved in an accumulation format. The class included some traditional dance structure as well as social-emotional learning components as we relate the movement we embody in class to how we feel in the spaces we occupy in our everyday lives. We also observed and developed an awareness of how we occupy the space, what we do in it, and how we interact with those in that space.
The class included a discussion for the group to process what occurred, from when they first entered the class, how they felt during the class, and where they were at the end. As the theme of the week is health and wellness, it was important that the class honored ourselves and check in to what we need to get through any scenario we find ourselves.
Program: Groove Theory Dance Class
Venue: Rose City Studio
Date: September 14th, 2019
‘Rose City Revival’ is our Social Wellness program. I closes out the week as our final program. Last year we ended things with a church takeover. We covered rooms used by a nonprofit for housing homeless veterans with art, vendors, food, and had a hip-hop concert in the sanctuary. This year we have slightly different things to offer but the intention remained the same. Provide one last opportunity for those involved in the week to connect and get to know each other.
We had a fermentation setup where you could learn how to pickle your own vegetables with our friends from Oasis of Change. An Elixir Bar where you could mix your own drink using herbs and supplements sponsored by Lumi Wellness Shop. To cap things off we had a gift basket provided by Rivermark CU for an impromptu raffle!
2019 (Second Annual Year) Partners & Supporters
September 8th, 2019 will kick off a week-long series of wellness focused experiences. Each one with the aim of expanding the conversation around Wellness. Below are a few of our confirmed partners for this year. We are adding to this list as we finalize what to present for each partner. Please continue to check-in!
We have several amazing organizations joining the week in the form of Open Houses! Most of our core programming are small private events aimed more towards the creation of educational assets we can share throughout the year. Having Open Houses like these add a great opportunity to get first hand experience with wellness focused organizations!
PORTLAND PSYCHIC SCHOOL
Join us on Monday, September 9th for a special Open House in collaboration with Rose City Wellness Week
At our Open House Event we’ll feature energy healings and sample readings from students and staff, as well as information and fun and new ways to experience what we do at Portland Psychic School.
To attend, simply sign up by clicking here and using the discount code “ROSECITY” and you’ll receive complimentary admission.
The first Monday of every month we host an open house where new and interested students can come in, meet our teachers and other students, receive energy healings from our healing students and faculty, and other surprises. Each month will include different samples of things happening at the school.
It's a great way to see the school, interact with people and see if you're interested in studying meditation, healing, or clairvoyance at PPS or OPS. The cost is $10, and it begins promptly at 6pm and goes until about 7-7:30pm.
The Open House is overseen by Emily Robinson, who teaches our Energy Healing Training. Contact her via email with questions.
OASIS OF CHANGE
DATE: September 11th
LOCATION: 2037 N. Williams Ave. Portland, OR 97227
Oasis of Change is an urban retreat, wellness center and organic farm that serves families and individuals in the community by offering a new way to have fun that puts you and your family’s health first. The first of it's kind, Oasis of Change is a center that celebrates life and integrates all aspects of health. The retreat center serves as community space, event space and medical practice. Services such as wellness stays, events, workshops, classes, and camps are open to the public and members. Programs are designed for all ages on topics that include yoga, fitness, art, nutrition, food preservation, cooking, tutoring, parenting and so much more! We offer daily farm-to-table lunches and dinners that are affordable to all and work with all dietary restrictions and allergies.
ROSE CITY QIGONG
DATE: September 14th
Qigong (chee gong) is an ancient Chinese self-empowering healing practice that serves as preventive medicine. Using gentle mind focus and relaxed breathing, we move physically through slow, gentle forms as a moving meditation. In this way, we build energy rather than expend energy. We learn to discover and release unconscious tension, which allows for relaxation and healing in the body.
Qigong is particularly beneficial for those suffering from any condition, along with those who are unable to participate in other forms of more strenuous physical exercise. In this introductory class, we will start with some gentle warming up of the body and then move into several moving forms, in addition to a Qigong Stance of Power. We become more grounded, balanced and more aware of how we expend our energy.
There is no financial barrier for partners to participate this year. If you are interested in supporting the week financially we try to match sponsors with individual programs that make sense. We are interested in connecting with you under a shared vision and aspire to provide meaningful programming for all! We have already finalized all of our Program Partners. However, if you are interested in hosting an open-house during the week please take a look at our Affiliate Partners submission form!
Wellness Story Submission
We would love to share stories. In particular ones about your relationship with wellness. Please visit our STORIES page to submit your story.
There are a variety of ways to partner. That can be taking the lead with producing and planning or as a venue to curate the right environment. Please click the link below to find our more.
We welcome everyone to join us in our mission. If you are interested in hosting a program or open-house in affiliation with the week please click the link below to find out more.
Just like any program it cannot run without a lot of love and support. There are a variety of ways to get involved from programs to promotion. Please click the link below to find out more.
2019 IS FINISHED STRONG! 2020 HERE WE COME!
ABOUT THE WEEK
Rose City Wellness Week is a platform that exists to expand the Portland community’s concept of wellness through meaningful social events that impact and amplify the work being done by Changemakers.
What is a Changemaker?
A Changemaker is a person, organization or business that prioritizes making a positive impact in the community and the world through action, strategic partnership and/or financial investment.
Our vision is a city that defines itself by the well-being of its community members. Measured by the eight dimensions of wellness.
Physical - Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
Environmental - Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
Occupational - Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
Financial - Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
Intellectual - Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
Social - Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
Spiritual - Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life
Emotional - Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
Rose City Wellness Week aims to:
Engage the general public through meaningful social events.
Educate them on how to support nonprofits that serve our community through building relationships.
Empower our most vulnerable community members by improving systems they live in, the Portland community.
Portland's nickname (Rose City) was inspired by a small gesture of generosity. A man allowing neighbors to freely clip roses from his front yard, and by doing so, changed the landscape of this city forever. Native or transplant we are all connected by the city we live in. We want to encourage individuals to take small steps to be kinder, not only to each other but especially to themselves.
If you are interested in getting involved with Rose City Wellness Week please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to know the Co-founders (Nicole Early & Tom Sollitt), their inspiration for the week, and approach for Rose City Wellness Week captured in podcast form with “Real Talk With Gio”!
2018 OUR INAUGURAL YEAR
ROSE CITY WELLNESS WEEK INAUGURAL YEAR SEPT 17-23, 2018
The first Rose City Wellness Week has come to an end.
We are looking forward to an even bigger and better 2019!
2018 PROGRAMS (Inaugural Year)
September 17th, 2018 kicked of a week-long series of experiences activated and led by Masters in Health & Wellness. These programs focused on six dimensions of holistic wellness (Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Social, Spiritual, and Environmental). Throughout the week there were opportunities to engage and learn how movement, art, social interactions, music, education, and food play into our overall well-being.
Note: The Brian Grant Foundation was our charity partner for 2018 www.briangrant.org.
Title: Booty Luv® Tuesday Turn Up | Who: Heather Craig
Title: Public Health Panel Discussion | Who: Katrina Kahl & Yuliya Dennis
Title: Kid’s Art Class & Macrame Class | Who: Elizabeth Higgins & Dawn Tappen
Title: Primalistic Kettlebell Flow | Who: Kate Long & Rose Hawk
Title: Thought Thursday | Who: Marvin Raines (the Brand PDX)
Title: Wim Hof Method Workshop | Who: Brad & Maylene Buckendorf
Title: Sketch the Stretch | Who: Day Bibb
Title: Rose City Revival Who: Chris Aiosa & Phil Haleen & Flynn McEchron