BAYarts' Storytellers series features serendipity talk
Serendipity is when things happen by chance in a way that is especially good for you. Lizbeth Wolfe (owner of Metta Flows Yoga & Art Studio) will be giving a free talk at BAYarts on Earth Day about this life-affirming concept and how it extends to all of our lives.
Wolfe has provided creativity, community and yoga in hospitals, schools, museums and more. "Art and yoga can meet each of us where we are on our journey. It can teach us patience, passion, compassion and resiliency. By being present with ourselves we can be present for each other, and create a more loving world."
Wolfe's first glimpse into yoga’s powerful transformative gifts was through a dance teacher as a teen healing from trauma. The joyful integration of consciousness through breath, movement, mindfulness, sound and stillness resonated with her, and sparked her lifelong journey of practice and study. She’s been blessed by the guidance of many wonderful teachers, and the inspiration of her students and teaching community. All of this education has helped make Wolfe a bountiful fount of knowledge.
Her teaching practice is rooted in Classical Hatha Yoga to which she brings the influence of traditions that include Amrit, Anusara, Astanga, Iyengar, Kripalu, Kundalini and Kriya styles of practice. Her special focus has been on yoga therapy, prenatal yoga and trauma-sensitive yoga. She is certified in aquatic yoga, yoga for arthritis and laughter yoga. She is a registered Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, and traditional Thai yoga massage practitioner.
Wolfe is part of the teaching team at the Cleveland Clinic’s Institute for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine. She is a provider for Westlake Community Services Center, a teacher/trainer for Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga and TRY4Life Yoga School. For over 10 years she served as an affiliate at River’s Edge Conference and Retreat Center, and Heartlight Yoga Center For Living Well. She’s taught in the cancer support wellness program for Moll Cancer Center, Yoga for Healing and PTSD, WIREnet Teen Summer empowerment camp, Rosie’s Girls teen empowerment program through Hard-Hatted Women, in corporate environments, and sees clients in private practice.
BAYarts' marketing manager and head of the new Storytellers series, Jessica Stockdale, says that she liked Wolfe as soon as she met her. "She came into the gallery, we started talking, and I loved her positive energy. Hearing that she actually teaches meditation and yoga in other art galleries, I saw how there was a good connection here for someone who was in touch with exactly the type of topic I was hoping we'd be hearing about from our Storytellers."
The theme for the talk manifested organically. "The concept of serendipity is one that we too often overlook, but when it happens in the natural world it can be easier to recognize ... with things like rainbows, or a butterfly landing on the hand," Stockdale said. "Finding signs in nature is a powerful idea, which is why talking about serendipity on Earth Day is a perfect match."
After enjoying this free tea and talk on Saturday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m., Earth Day at BAYarts will then include free kids crafts and nature-based shop vendors with special wares on hand.