Join us at Advocacy and Population Health in Academic Pediatrics Symposium
Jun
7
8:00 am08:00

Join us at Advocacy and Population Health in Academic Pediatrics Symposium

Join colleagues from Children's National Medical Center and the greater DC area to learn about advocacy and population health strategies to improve child health.

Advocacy and population health are common phrases, but what do they really mean? How do health care professionals and trainees advocate for children and families to create systems change and improve child health in our community? How do they incorporate this work into an academic portfolio?

Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advocacy-and-population-health-in-academic-pediatrics-registration-33416044288?aff=REW.

Registration is free but required. CME and CNE credit will be available.

Cooking with Caregivers and Kids
Jul
15
12:30 pm12:30

Cooking with Caregivers and Kids

Join us for a fun and interactive cooking class for caregivers and kids! You'll learn ways to engage your kids in developing healthy meals you'll all enjoy. Please help us create this fundraising event--Let us know what you'd like to learn, which kinds of foods you'd like to use, and what you'd like to take away from the event! You will definitely walk away with a tasty treat you helped to make! The date and time are open to change, and we'll be in touch soon with a location. Please send your ideas to info@elianaslight.org.

Essential Oils 101: How Families Can Use Essential Oils Safely
Sep
18
10:30 am10:30

Essential Oils 101: How Families Can Use Essential Oils Safely

Learn how you can use essential oils safely to reduce your and your child's stress while boosting your bodies' natural ability to heal. A certified aromatherapist will lead this experiential workshop. More details coming soon, including a potential date change to accommodate participants! 

2017 National Kids Yoga Conference
Oct
13
Oct 15

2017 National Kids Yoga Conference

Join us for the 4th National Kids Yoga Conference on the weekend of October 13-15th, in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. This incredible conference is  a unique opportunity for the kids yoga and mindfulness community—educators, mental health professionals, yoga teachers, researchers, therapists, and parents—to come together in a professional forum.

Throughout the weekend we will learn about the research, techniques, and best practices needed to thoughtfully lead the movement to bring yoga and mindfulness to children and youth across the country.  You will leave the conference energized with a clear vision of your next steps to successfully bring yoga and mindfulness to the kids in your community.

Hosted by YoKidthe 4th National Kids Yoga Conference will feature more than 50 presenters from organizations and institutions that have been at the forefront of kids yoga. Eliana's Light will share the positive impact yoga has had on Eliana, and how other children with complex medical conditions can also benefit from yoga practices. Learn about innovative approaches, pioneering research and explore a wealth of new tools to support your vision of this work in your community. 

Energy Healing: Tips for Caregivers
Oct
14
12:30 pm12:30

Energy Healing: Tips for Caregivers

This experiential workshop for caregivers will share basics on a variety of energy healing techniques that can bring stress relief and relaxation while supporting the body's natural ability to heal. Caregivers will learn gentle ways to care for themselves and their children. Children are welcome! More details coming soon on the exact date, time, and location. Please stay tuned!

Race for Every Child
Oct
21
7:00 am07:00

Race for Every Child

  • Freedom Plaza

We are thrilled to participate again this year in the Race for Every Child. Eliana's Light is raising funds through the 2017 Race to support the development of an Integrative Medicine (IM) program at Children's National Medical Center. We are tremendously grateful to the team of doctors, nurses, therapists, Child Life Specialists, social workers, and others who are working collaboratively with us to expand and improve the complementary care services available to patients and their caregivers at the hospital. These types of services meant so much to our daughter, Eliana -- as well as our whole family -- when Eliana was hospitalized for the majority of her 3 1/2 years. Please join us in supporting means that reduce the stress, trauma, fear, pain, anxiety, and depression that many children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers often experience.

To register with our team, "Eliana's Light", please visit: https://childrensnational.donordrive.com/participant/ElianasLight.

Please email info@elianaslight.org to let us know if you can walk/run with us or if you have any questions!


Caring for Mother Caregivers on Mother's Day
May
14
9:00 am09:00

Caring for Mother Caregivers on Mother's Day

In recognition of the tremendous love and support mother caregivers give their children, and the stress that can come from caring for a child with complex medical conditions, Eliana's Light is giving gifts of relaxation to mothers who are in-patient at Children's National Medical Center on Mother's Day. We will bring sachets of organic lavender buds and lavender essential oil to help mothers experience moments of relaxation. Certified aromatherapists and herbalists approved the contents. These are symbolic and also useful gifts to let mothers know we're thinking of them, and wanting to care for them. We're also volunteering as part of the hospital's Mother's Day events.

We're sending huge hugs with love and support to these amazing mothers on Mother's Day.

A Fun-draiser with The Great Zucchini!
May
6
10:30 am10:30

A Fun-draiser with The Great Zucchini!

  • Guy Mason Recreation Center

Join Washington, DC's #1 children's entertainer for a laugh-a-minute fun-draiser for Eliana's Light! The cost is $15 per family. Children with complex medical conditions and their caregivers are our guests. 100% of proceeds will support local families that have children with complex medical conditions with healthy meals, tailored gift bags, and assistance with light housekeeping.

Please purchase tickets in advance on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-magical-show-with-the-great-zucchini-tickets-33480985529. Donations will also be collected at the door. Please arrive by 10:15, as the show will start promptly at 10:30. 

Thank you to the Great Zucchini for supporting Eliana's Light! Visit his website for information on his other upcoming shows: www.thegreatzucchini.com.

And yes, there's no coincidence this is a plug for good nutrition!

Bake Sale with Girl Scout Troop #54
Apr
6
5:00 pm17:00

Bake Sale with Girl Scout Troop #54

Thank you, Girl Scout Troop #54, for organizing a bake sale and Amazon Wish List to support Eliana's Light! 

This amazing group of 10 and 11 year-old leaders decided -- on their own -- to raise money and in-kind donations to help kids who are facing significant medical challenges. They are baking for a bake sale at their elementary school, making art projects that help reduce anxiety in kids (e.g. "calm down jars), and learning about self-healing modalities (e.g. meditation and mindfulness) that can help them in their own lives. They're also learning how to become spokeswomen for self-care--such critical life skills. We are so grateful to collaborate with these inspiring young social entrepreneurs! 

More information coming soon on the Amazon Wish List. We hope you can contribute in the effort to help us bring stress-relieving tools to children and their family members. Thank you!

Take an Essential Oils 101 Class with Beth Lindley!
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

Take an Essential Oils 101 Class with Beth Lindley!

  • National Integrated Health Associates

Join Beth Lindley, certified holistic health coach, certified raw food educator, and essential oils wellness advocate, for a free course on the basics of how to use essential oils in your daily life. The course will take place at the National Integrated Health Associates (5225 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 402, Washington, DC 20015). We look forward to seeing you there!

As space is limited, please RVSP ASAP to: beth@bethlindley.com. Thank you!

What is an essential oil? Please find below an excerpt from Do Terra's website, a reputable brand that offers therapeutic grade essential oils: 

"If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. 

But what exactly is a volatile aromatic compound? In short, these compounds are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile because they change state quickly. When you first open a bottle of essential oil, you instantly notice that the aroma is potent and you can smell it typically even from some distance. The physical and chemical properties of the volatile aromatic compounds that compose essential oils allow them to quickly move through the air and directly interact with the olfactory sensors in the nose. Such unique properties make essential oils ideal for applications inclusion in aromatherapy – using these compounds from plants to help maintain a healthy mind and body – as well as other applications. The type of volatile aromatic compounds present in an essential oil determines both the oil’s aroma and the benefits it offers. 

Over 3,000 varieties of volatile aromatic compounds have been identified to date. The nature of an essential oil varies from plant to plant, within botanical families, and from species to species. The delicate ratio of aromatic constituents found in any given essential oil are what make it unique and give it specific benefits. 

Even with pure essential oils the composition of the oil can vary depending on the time of day, season, geographic location, method and duration of distillation, year grown, and the weather, making every step of the production process a critical determinant of the overall quality of the essential oil product. 

Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used as single essential oils or in complex essential oil blends depending on user experience and desired benefit. "

Yoga Family Fun-draiser
Mar
19
12:30 pm12:30

Yoga Family Fun-draiser

  • Washington Yoga Center

Join us for a special, all-ages family yoga class. We will stretch, breathe, dance, play, and connect with loved ones and new friends; while learning fun and challenging partner and group yoga poses. All proceeds will support Eliana’s Light. 

To register, please visit: http://www.washingtonyogacenter.com/apps/mindbody/enrollments. Register today if you can join us, as space is limited! 

If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please visit our donation page and email any questions you may have to info@elianaslight.org.

Thank you for your support!

Eliana's Light Launches with Cards for Kids and Cookies for Caregivers
Feb
14
8:00 am08:00

Eliana's Light Launches with Cards for Kids and Cookies for Caregivers

  • Children's National Medical Center

Eliana's Light launches on Valentine's Day during Heart Month! We are bringing Valentine's Day cards to kids in the Heart Institute and heart-shaped cookies to their caregivers who are at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC. Eli was with us last year when we brought cookies to the Heart Institute. We will be starting a new tradition this year with children in DC expressing their love and empathy for kids who have to be in the hospital over Valentine's Day by making cards for them. We will also give a sweet boost to their caregivers, letting them know we're thinking of them too. Please email info@elianaslight.org if you would like to join us in this effort, this year or next! Thank you!