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.

Transforming the Experience-Based Brain® (TEB)

A Somatic Model for Working with Development Trauma

TEB presents a multilevel model for healing developmental trauma in adults and children — synthesizing Transforming Presence or Transforming Touch, regulation, primitive reflex integration, attachment styles, the bio-physiology of trauma, and the trauma narrative.

Hybrid Training Modules are taught online through pre-recorded lectures and demos to review.  We then bring this knowledge to our three days of Skill Building Experience.  During the three days, we are on the ground, face to face, we repeat the demos and work in triads to learn how to implement the work into our healing practices.

You will learn to:

  • Use the Polyvagal theory to work with the bio-physiology of trauma
  • Acquire Transforming Presence’s Seven Point Protocol to your client’s autonomic nervous system
  • Promote integration of incomplete primitive reflexes
  • Integrate the 4 basic characteristics of attachment into your treatment plan
  • Help clients transform their trauma narrative and change their trauma story.

Crossings is pleased to host Transforming the Experience Based Brain at our location in Silver Spring, MD

Register through  Austin Attachment and Training Center
or email

Module 1 – July 21-24, 2022
Module 2 – December 8-11, 2022
Module 3 – March 16-19, 2023

Sunday Night Yin Yoga- Virtual

Join Carla for a relaxing and slow-paced class to reduce stress and calm the body, mind, and spirit. Each class will focus on breathwork and holding gentle floor poses for 2-5 minutes. Grab any blankets, pillows, and anything else you need to feel comfortable.

Starting on 03/13/22 (no class 03/27/22) – Sundays 7-8pm, $18 a class

Virtual  – Zoom link will be provided after registration confirmation

Private Yoga Session- In-person

Work with Carla to create a practice that fits your individual needs. Each 60 minute session will incorporate poses and adjustments that are tailored for you specifically. Private sessions provide the benefits of working one-on-one with Carla in a safe and welcoming environment.

*Masks must be worn at all times and proof of vaccination must be provided before class in order to attend. HEPA filters will be running at all times in the space. Crossings will disinfect the room before and after the class with CDC-approved disinfectant

If you would like to register for class or have any questions, email or

“I became a yoga teacher after suffering a vitreous hemorrhage and found yoga to be a healing outlet for me. I am certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga and have been teaching since 2016. I love to work with beginners, anyone with injuries, and/or anyone going through tough life events.” -Carla

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 series or $20 drop-in
Fridays:  7:30 – 9:00 pm

February 11, March 4, April 8, May 13, June 10

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 (

Tai Chi with Michael Ward

Beginning Monday January 24

    • Beginner Part 1 (Postures 1-12), 7:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Corrections (All 37 Postures) 8:00 – 9:00 pm

Mondays, 10 sessions

January-April 2022

No Classes:  February 21 and March 28

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!

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  (Ongoing)
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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