Community Offerings


Common Ground is more than our downtown studio: we bring the healing arts out into neighborhoods and communities to meet people where they are.

Community offerings are open to the public, with the exception of a few noted otherwise. Services are offered at no cost, thanks to our practitioners who volunteer their time and our donors who underwrite clinic costs. Clients are welcome to give a donation, but it is not required. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Drop-In Wellness Tuesdays w/ The Women’s Initiative & Sentara Starr Hill Health Center

Offering: Rotating Mind Body Offerings
When: Tuesdays, 9 am – noon
Where: Sentara Starr Hill Health Center (Room 255A) / Jefferson School City Center
 Description: Common Ground offers (ear points) acupuncture, chair massage and mindfulness training. Sentara Starr Hill provides blood pressure checks, A1C testing (blood sugar testing, no fasting required), weight checks and wellness/nutrition advice and referrals. The Women’s Initiative offers one on one counseling.


Westhaven Community

Offering: Therapeutic Services (Chair Massage/ Body Work/ Acupuncture)
When: Thursdays, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Nursing Clinic at Westhaven – 308 Hardy Drive / 434-971-1200
Description: Clients enjoy a 15-20-minute session. Benefits include lowered stress and alleviation of chronic pain. This partnership began in early 2012 with a twice-a-month offering. Word spread quickly and Common Ground was soon asked to offer this service weekly.


Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention Facility (Closed to the public)

Offering: Mindful Movement
When: Weekly
Description: Yoga teacher and mindfulness leader, Julia von Briesen leads an 8 week program for residents at the Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention Facility. This class focuses on yoga and other mindfulness tools.


Yoga in the Prison (Closed to the public)

Offering: Yoga
When: Multiple Classes Weekly
Where: Fluvanna Women’s Correctional Facility
Description: Since 2010, hundreds of women have been able to benefit from yoga at the largest women’s prison in Virginia — a maximum-security facility housing 1,200+ inmates.


Big Brothers Big Sisters    (Closed to the public)

Offering: Yoga
When: Sunday (monthly) 2 pm
Where: Common Ground Healing Arts Yoga Studio – 233 4th St. NW/Jefferson School City Center
Description: “Bigs” and “Littles” join together for a monthly yoga session, for fun and health! Suggested donation of $5 per Big/Little match.