WORKSHOP: Nourishing Through Neuroplasticity


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Lessen Space + Christina Kantzavelos LCSW

Join us at Lessen Space for a grounding and thoughtful morning moment on 5/18 from 10:30am- 11:30am. 

What to Expect: 

This guided workshop will allow space for a limited group of 10 participants to fully experience the benefits of neuroscience. We will begin in the morning with a guided meditation, ceremonial tea (featuring tea from the gorgeous Leaves and Flowers), and some incredible exercises to experience rewiring from neuroplasticity together. Much of this will involve dropping into a state of visualization with Christina as our guide. 

What's Included:

  • Leaves & Flowers loose leaf tea during workshop
  • Seating floor cushions are provided
  • Each participant will receive a Begin Within daily healing journal ($45 Value) -- For those living life with chronic illness, mental illness, or other health-related challenges. This journal allows you to document everything from your vitals to your nutrition, mood, medications, symptoms, challenges, and accomplishments (big and small), with a focus on gratitude. Filled with 90 days of guided prompts.

All tools will be provided for you, just bring yourself :) 

What is Neuroplasticity? 

Neuroplasticity is the brain's ability to change and adapt due to our myriad of experiences in life. It is an umbrella term referring to the brain's ability to change, reorganize, or grow  all kinds of neural networks. This can involve functional changes due to brain damage, structural changes due to learning, trauma, joy and other emotions can also trigger new neural networks to engage. 

What are the gifts of neuroplasticity work?

Allowing your brain to adapt and change helps promote: 

  • The ability to learn new things and to absorb that information with intention. 

  • The ability to enhance existing cognitive capabilities

  • Recovery from strokes and traumatic brain injuries

  • Healing from grief and or traumatic experiences 

  • Strengthening areas where function is lost or has declined

  • Improvements that can all help nourish the brain's ability to be present and strong.

We will be tapping into nourishing empowerment, enticing our senses and allowing ourselves the grace of feeling into a place of connection with our minds. Christina is an incredible facilitator and we truly cannot wait to celebrate this offering with you all. 

This morning gathering is truly for anybody that wants to connect and cultivate nourishment for the mind, body and spirit. 


A little bit about Christina, Begin Within Today -- Licensed Psychotherapist, International Coach, and Writer:

Patricia (Christina) Kantzavelos is a neurodivergent, and first-generation (third culture) Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), life coach, writer, and chronic illness warrior. She received both her BA and MSW from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and her MLIS from San Jose State University (SJSU). 

Her experience includes 14 years of clinical experience in a range of settings, including both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric services, acute inpatient hospital services (telemetry, medical/surgical, labor and delivery, ER, Behavioral Health, and ICU), insurance case management, assertive community treatment (ACT), home health, hospice, applied behavioral analysis (ABA) for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), disaster mental health (humanitarian work), psychedelic-assisted therapy, and private therapy and coaching. She is warm, interactive, and treats everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and likes to meet her clients where they are.

She specializes in treating clients with chronic health conditions (aka spoonies and medical refugees) and trauma (including medical trauma). Chronic medical conditions and rare diseases, including psychophysiological disorders (i.e. diabetes, dysautonomia, EDS, CCI, CSF, Lyme Disease, Bartonella, Lyme Co-infections, PPD, Hashimoto’s, mast cell activation syndrome, vasculitis, back, and neck pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome ME, vertigo, IBS, IBD, sickle cell disease, POTS, Long-Haul Covid, mold illness CIRS, PANDAS, etc.) often come with significant challenges, like fear, anxiety, medical PTSD, and may interfere with relationships and daily function. It is her experience and belief that chronic illnesses are often rooted in trauma(s) that cause a chronic stress/ fight-or-flight response, not allowing the body to prioritize healing. She utilizes various holistic evidence-based treatment modalities and practice-based evidence such as EMDR and Constructed Awareness to get to the root, with an added focus on mindfulness techniques, somatic exercises, neural retraining, and strength-based therapy.  In addition, she provides life coaching, case management, and elder and disability care planning and support. 

She is also a writer, and an award-winning gluten-free and health-conscious travel and lifestyle blogger, @buenqamino. She currently volunteers as a facilitator and sits on the board of San Diego Lyme Alliance (Bay Area Lyme Foundation affiliate).

We look forward to seeing you there -- Reserve your spot here.