It is the end of the school year, which means parties, graduations, planning vacations and camps and STRESS. Alison Burmeister of Balanced Beauty and Kathy Katims of Saved by a Story, are offering a me–treat, as a way to destress, to connect and to create on Sunday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Me-treats are a great way to bond while nurturing your mind, body, soul, and friendships,” Burmeister said. “Everybody can relax, re-energize, leave refreshed and feeling great.”
The workshop is limited to 10 women and will be held in Temescal Gateway Park (at Temescal Canyon Road and Sunset Boulevard). The day starts with yoga and relaxation/breathwork, followed by lunch, and then Saved by a Story prompt-writing workshop with Katims.
Burmeister has taught yoga and chair yoga at the Palisades-Malibu YMCA, at the Woman’s Club and at the American Legion. During Covid, you could find her classes on Zoom. Now in addition to watching her on YouTube, you can book her for private classes.
“My ultimate goal is to help as many people as I can feel and look great inside and out,” she said. “Also, to find balance and beauty in their lives, homes and workplace.”
Kathy Katims loves bringing people together to share stories. The idea started at her daughter’s school, where she asked parents to write personal essays for the school’s newsletter.
She said “People wrote about real things, hilarious things, moving things, surprising things. People wrote about fertility issues, weathering Father’s Day without a father, losing a husband, an annual food fight, opening a school, falling in love with a same sex partner, a first kiss, writing their first love song. This landscape of unfamiliar parents suddenly felt familiar and welcoming. Strangers became friends, and friends learned new dimensions of each other.”
In a workshop Katims tells people the main guideline is to start and keep going. “If you are stuck, write ‘I’m stuck,’ ‘I’m stuck.’”
She tells people that often, you find what you want to write about, just by the act of writing. “I don’t give advice or critiques and I ask that no one does. What we give each other is active listening, without judgment and with an open heart. We keep what we share between group members.”