ELKTON — Now that the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays has ended, it is the perfect time to relax and unwind at Cecil College’s Mind, Body & Spirit Festival on Jan. 18 and 19, said Tammy Rapposelli, lifelong learning program and event coordinator at the college.
“You just got through the holidays when everything’s ‘Rush rush rush. Hurry up. Get everything done.’ Come to this event and enjoy some ‘me’ time,” Rapposelli said.
The festival, which is in its ninth year, will be hosted at the college’s Elkton Station location from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. It will feature vendors and workshops spanning a range of mental, physical and spiritual health-related topics.
Attendees can purchase a full weekend package for $25, including the Friday night vendor opening and all-day Saturday events, workshops, lunch and a tote. Lunch will be catered by Caffé Gelato, an Italian-American restaurant in Newark, Del.
They can also pay for one of the days: $5 for the Friday vendor opening, or $10 for Saturday afternoon activities from 1 to 6 p.m. The Saturday afternoon option includes vendors, workshops and a tote bag, but does not include lunch.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 410-287-1078, going to Eventbrite, or paying with cash at the door. The college has an ATM machine if needed.
Some breakout sessions will be free, while others may require attendees to pay vendors directly.
Rapposelli said folks can expect things like candles, soaps, lotions, essential oils, beauty products, tarot card and Oracle card readings, music meditation, reflexology, hypnosis, an amethyst crystal bed and more.
She added that more than 70 vendors are coming from far and wide, including people from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC., New York, New Jersey and Ohio.
Shawn Markey, director of lifelong learning, said this year’s festival will have a good mix of fresh faces and old friends.
“A lot of them are returning, but bringing in new vendors gives it a different dynamic and different feel every year. Each year is different, really. It’s exciting,” Markey said.
One vendor who has been showing at the festival every year since the beginning is Ingrid Jolly, who will be demonstrating aura photography, Rapposelli said.
“You get your picture taken and then you’ll come back a little later when it’s developed and you see the different colors that are around you. And then she reads your aura based on the colors that show,” she said.
Richard Haubert, Cecil College public relations coordinator, said he enjoys seeing the area shine and shimmer with the lights streaming through many of the vendors’ crystal displays.
“It was neat last year. It was sunny in the afternoon and all those crystals were lit up on all the tables because it’s so lit in that lobby,” Haubert said.
Several vendors also make and bring their own essential oils, and Rapposelli said the aromas to waft throughout the festival space.
“It smells so good and it lingers through the week after they’re gone. It’s so sad when it leaves … because it smells wonderful,” she said.
Rapposelli said more people are gravitating to alternative medicine and more holistic approaches to healing, a trend which she attributed to people’s desire for more natural methods of improving and maintaining their and their family’s health and wellness.
“I think people want to get away from running to a doctor and always necessarily popping a pill. They want to take things that are more holistic and natural and try to help your body in a different kind of medicinal way,” she said.
Markey encouraged folks to come out, experience the festival, have fun and maybe even learn something along the way.
“Just come out for a day of relaxation and just enjoy. Do some self-care, indulge, shop, spend some time with people that are like-minded,” he said.
Rapposelli said the festival brings a positive atmosphere where old friends can rekindle friendships, and new friends can meet.
“It’s very uplifting and positive,” she said. “The vendors are fantastic, very friendly, informative people. Everybody that comes to it, a lot of them come and they see people that they met last year. It’s kind of become a family reunion.”