Happy Holidays, everyone.

You all. We made it to the end of the year! No matter what, we’re so grateful to still be connecting and nourishing community with you.

The way our team and community have shown up for one another this year has made us so proud. I couldn’t think of another group of people so willing to share and support in times of need. It’s safe to say a few of us have hit crisis mode more than once in the past twelve months. I couldn’t begin to describe what a difference it’s made having a little loving work family like the Centered team.

Thank you for being our friends <3

To all who come to our space for the many reasons one may, thank you! You show us all the ways one can grow, nourish, create, expand, be held, be kind… it is a joy to spend time with each of you and to have a reason to share space with such good folks. Your support means everything to us. One of the ways y’all have shown your support this year was our Holiday Arts Bazaar featuring local craftspeople and artists from our Centered team. New faces and old, it was great to see you all!

Below are some shots of our team members, vending artisans, and holiday shoppers. Keep reading to learn about our virtual silent auction benefitting the Nest.

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The Auction

We’re extending the silent auction virtually through Wednesday, December 22 for anyone interested in local gifts and personalized wellness services!  

Profits are being shared equally between the artists, ourselves, and the Nest. The Nest is…

“a lifeline for all individuals and families in crisis, facing adversity, or who have unexpected needs. Our holistic approach incorporates four FREE programs: early childhood education and care, family assistance for basic human needs, counseling and advocacy for survivors of intimate partner violence, and education and support for parents.”

from thenestlexington.org

Not only are we thrilled to support local artists, but doubly so that they’re joining us in support of this important non-profit work. 

How To Bid

If you see something you love, shoot us a message with your bid, name, and primary method of contact via email at info@centeredlex.com with the auction item name in the subject line or send us a direct message via our Instagram or Facebook. Please submit new bids at an increase of $5 or more from the previously posted bid. We will post new highest bids at 11am, 2pm, and 6pm daily on our Instagram and Facebook stories and update this article daily at 2pm. 

We’ll announce winners Wednesday, December 22 at 11am on our Instagram stories and contact winners directly. Good luck!

The Goods

Winners may pick up their items in store or have them mailed; shipping and handling fees will be applied.

Vintage Luxe Up | Eye Pillow | $148 Value | $75 Current Bid

A good night’s sleep is vital for your heart, your mood, memory, focus, overall health and well-being.  This exclusive Eye Pillow from Vintage Luxe Up is upcycled from vintage Hermès silks and hand-filled with sustainably grown Maine lavender. The aromatherapy benefits of lavender promote deep sleep, relaxation and provide a natural remedy for stress.  

This gently scented weighted pillow is ideal for resting on your eyes during meditation or yoga. It brings an elegance and peace to your sleep, or acts as a natural moth & insect repellant in a drawer, closet, or luggage.

Vintage Luxe Up sources and alters all materials for their products from independently authenticated secondary market sources, preserving their beauty while reducing waste and ecological impact.

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Whitney Collins | Books & Prints | $62 Value | $50 Current Bid

Whitney Collins is the artist of these watercolors prints and author of BIG BAD. This short story collection was published by Sarabande Books and won the 2019 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.

Part domestic horror, part flyover gothic, Big Bad serves up real-world predicaments in unremarkable places (motels, dormitories, tiki bars), all with Collins’s heart-wrenching flavor of magical realism.

from her listing at sarahbandebooks.org

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Maja Willow Linden | “Resilience” | $150 Value | $100 Current Bid

Maja Willow Linden is an artist specializing in nature and creative portrait photography who has surrendered her life and artistic pursuits to exploring and illuminating the illusive truths behind such questions as: What is divine in the feminine? What is Her source? How can She be unleashed?

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Arthouse Candles | Limited Winter Series | $48 Value | $45 Current Bid

Arthouse Candles offers locally handmade non-toxic candles. Made of pure coconut and soy, this wax has no additives. The candles are phthalates, lead, and zinc free. The creators at Arthouse pour each candle into a beautiful and reusable vessel. Custom scents featured in this collection include “Evergreen”, “Festive”, and “Hearth”.

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The Services

All services will take place at Centered unless otherwise specified. Winners will schedule services with therapists and practitioners following the announcement next Wednesday.

Lauren Higdon | Intimacy & Relationship Coaching Session | $150 Value | $100 Current Bid

Somatic (body-based) coaching differs from other therapies in that it highlights your connection to your body. It also emphasizes the importance of direct experiences (as opposed to thoughts) as the central vehicle towards deeper freedom.  

While the focus of your work in this 75-minute session will be the improvement of your intimate and relational lives, there may be other areas of your life (i.e. work, school, family history, etc.), which inform your overall well-being. You may discuss these and other realms with Lauren in order to help you move through relationship and intimacy blocks. Click through this link to learn more about the somatic method in her Intimacy & Relationship coaching sessions.

This session may take place in person at Centered or virtually via Zoom, depending on the winner’s preference.

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Dindy Yokel | Private Group Yoga & Meditation | $325 Value | $200 Current Bid

A yoga practitioner for more than 20 years, Dindy Yokel studied at the Azul Yoga Institute of Boca Raton, a 200-hour RYT training. She also completed 500 hours at Yoga Journey in September 2019.  Dindy specializes in Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Gentle and Restorative styles. She incorporates mindful meditation, Reiki, chakra balancing and yoga philosophy into her dynamic and personable teaching style.  Ms. Yokel has received trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness certification from Connected Warriors, Connection Coalition and David Treleaven.  She continues to hone her craft, increasing her knowledge, teaching skills, and business of yoga expertise through a commitment to life-long education and certification.

Dindy welcomes four students to experience 75 minutes of personalized yoga and meditation.

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Joshua Saxton | Nature Bath Meditation | $110 Value | $50 Current Bid

Joshua Saxton has facilitated a variety of self awareness and body mind integration exercises including; 10 years as group leader with Meditation for Stress Management for the Fayette County Drug Court Program; 8 years as instructor in Anatomy, Kinesiology, structural tissue integrative techniques, and range of motion bodywork with local massage therapy schools; 22 years sharing a variety of yoga classes as well as a variety of wellness workshops.

This nature bath meditation offering lasts 1 hour and will take place at Ashland Park in Lexington, KY.

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Touch Therapy with Jessica | Massage Therapy | $85 Value | $70 Current Bid

Jessica has been passionate about learning alternative healing and anatomy since childhood. She has traveled the globe to study different modalities and further her understanding of navigating life in a physical body. Beginning her education path with a fine arts degree in graphic design from Eastern Kentucky University, she’s a licensed massage therapist, 500-hour certified yoga teacher, and spiritual, health & wellness “support human” with additional training in Upledger Craniosacral. Jessica also practices Reiki, Clarity Breathwork, channeling, trauma-informed care, and shamanic channeling. This touch therapy session will last sixty minutes.

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Lexington Salt Cave | Private Group Halotherapy | $200 Value | $160 Current Bid

This offering from the Lexington Salt Cave features one salt therapy session for yourself and up to nine guests. Sessions in the Salt Cave help you relax and rejuvenate as well as support your lung, sinus, and skin health! Halotherapy is great for easing symptoms of many respiratory and dermatological conditions as well as improving sleep and lessening anxiety. This private group session will last 60 minutes.

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Unicorn & Lotus, Ltd. | Tarot, Crystal, & Sound Healing | $85 Value | $70 Current Bid

Taelar from Unicorn & Lotus will be offering an integrative tarot reading with crystal and sound healing lasting 60 minutes to help identify the needs of your shadow world and assist the process of healing and nourishing these spaces. Taelar and the winner will determine the location of the reading following the announcement next Wednesday.

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If you want to give the gift of support to our local craft market, our team, and the Nest, email or direct message us today. If you or someone you know want to be featured in future Arts Bazaars and Silent Auctions, we’d love to hear from you too!