As we gather for healing experiences, please review the following guidelines and information.

Crossings is making thoughtful changes that prioritize the comfort and well-being of teachers, students, and staff. Our goal is to create a safe environment where people can confidently return to in- person learning.   We continue to monitor recommendations from health officials and adapt our protocols as needed. Read current protocols below. We appreciate your patience. *Please note these guidelines are subject to change.

Vaccination Required – All students participating in class must be vaccinated. If there is a student not vaccinated, they can reach out to the teacher to see if there is a hybrid option.

Mask Up – Masks must be worn at all times to enter the suite and while students are in the suite.

Air Quality – Hepa filters in the space will be kept on at all times. These high-efficiency air filters remove pollen, allergens, and airborne germs.

Sanitation – Hand sanitizer and sanitizing spray will be provided for anyone who chooses to disinfect doorknobs/light switches before or after their class.

Social Distance – While you’re in our space, please be mindful of others and keep a safe distance away from each other. Our space can safely accommodate 13 students at 6ft apart and 26 students at 3ft apart.

Sacred Circle Dance

Let’s dance in person again! Here we are after being separated for many, many (many) months. Our theme for Fall/Winter 2021 will be celebrating our resiliency and cherishing our joy.  By dancing together, we heal ourselves and create community.

Sacred circle dances are moving meditations that embody and integrate mind, body, and spirit. These simple, gentle dances have special qualities and ancient roots in music and dance from around the world.  All dances are simple and each will be taught every time.  Our philosophy of dance is, “There are no mistakes, only variations.”  All are welcome!

Crossings Healing and Wellness
8720 Georgia Ave., Ste., 300, Silver Spring, MD

$50 for the Fall/Winter series or $20 drop-in
Fridays:  7:30 – 9:00 pm
September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17

Judith Walton, Ph.D. has been teaching sacred circle dance for more than 30 years and believes that the power of dance is a pathway to achieving wholeness, harmony, and balance.  She learned many of these dances at Findhorn, a spiritual and ecological community in Scotland.

For more information, contact Judith (

The Tao of Trauma: Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Healing

This class meets 5 times over the course of a year and starts September 24, 2021 at Crossings.

Acupuncturists, Somatic Psychotherapists, Medical Providers, and Bodyworkers will learn interaction, observation and touch skills to help restore regulation and balance in tissues and functions that may remain disturbed by historic, known and unknown, traumatic experiences.

Rooted in an East-meets-West foundation, it follows the 5 steps of the Self-Protective Response and their mirror in the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine — and uses polyvagal theory to refine the clinical interventions that emerge.

Here’s some comments from current participants:

  • It’s hard to express how incredibly valuable I find this course because it is so rich on so many levels.
  • Thank you for making this an experience that was so full of opportunities to learn, share ideas, and immediately practice with classmates.
  • Many of the approaches that I’ve studied for years coherently came together.
  • There is a real synthesis going on within me, and a familiarity with what weare learning on both a spiritual and visceral level.

Alaine’s book, The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment will be our text. It is available in print, audio and electronically wherever you buy books online.

In the spirit of cultural transformation through healing, if you are BIPOC, LGBTQ or a first-generation immigrant, you are invited to take 25% off course fees.

Approved by the NCCAOM and the California Acupuncture Board for 14 units per class; 70 total. CEU’s for other providers are pending.

Registration options include Live Classes at Crossings and at the Sane Living Center in Ojai, CA – and an On-Line option for those unable to travel, or vaccinate.

Here’s more on dates, fees and registration:

Class size limited, catch the early bird by September 10, 2021!

Nature as Medicine presents

Clinical Application of Five Element Acupuncture In-person Patient Consultations

Anchor your clinical work in Five Element Theory and the Laws of Nature

  • Improve your sensory skills…CSOE and Pulses.
  • Diagnose Causative Factor and Official in distress.
  • Develop the Art of Treatment Planning to support your patient thru time.

Two upcoming Sunday dates: 10/17/21 and 1/30/22, 9:00am – 5:30pm/7.5 CEU’s

TO REGISTER for either date: email; $195 for Practitioner Observers; Patient Consultation fee $150 (4 Patient consultations/day). Practitioners may also bring a patient for a consult without attending the day.

Jane and Linda bring 60 years of experience in teaching and practicing acupuncture. Both teach in the Master of Acupuncture program at Maryland University of Integrative Health. They continue to anchor their private practice and teaching of acupuncture in the context and spirit of the Five Element Tradition. They bring wisdom and heart to their work.

A Moment’s Peace: Weekly Meditation Retreat

Step away from the world and feed your spirit for this weekly 90 minute retreat. Learn and practice meditations from ancient spiritual traditions to calm your busy mind. Be inspired by readings, stories and teachings. Go back out into the world a little calmer, a little more centered and with tools you can use daily to access your quiet spirit.


Marie Connor, M.Ac.,L.Ac. Is an acupuncture practitioner at Crossings. She has studied world spiritual traditions for 4 decades and has practiced many forms of spiritual connection since childhood.

Location: Crossings
Date & Time: Tuesday Evenings. 7:15 – 9 pm September 28 – November 16 (8 Weeks)
Fee: $20 per class or prepay for all $150 ($10 discount)

Register: Email Subject Line: MEDITATION CLASS. Send a PHOTO of your Covid Vaccination card along with your name and cell phone number. Let Marie know if you wish to prepay or pay as you go.

Important information:

  • There will be HEPA filters running at all times in the space
  • This class is limited to 13 participants
  • Crossings will disinfect the room before and after the class with CDC-approved disinfectant
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