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The most amazing part of the Tallapoosa Wellness Collective of Carrollton is the serenity of the space. The many trees on the property not only provide shade on hot Georgia afternoons, but also provide the ability for us to create a hammock garden. While this is a constant work in progress, we hope the hammocks will be going up at the end of May. We invite individuals to enjoy the hammocks and relax under the canopy of the beautiful big old trees. Although you may want to shoot us an email ahead of time to guarantee the hammocks are out-as we often put them inside during weather events-no reservation required, just come on by!
Thanks to the generous donations of hammocks, we have approximately one dozen. Some freestanding and some secluded amongst the trees.
Thank you Jessica Holliday and Jamie Brady for your contribution!
Feeding Families is a backpack program that sends food home for weekend meals to feed a family of four - 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and a snack or pantry staple. Please consider dropping non-perishable food items off at the Tallapoosa Wellness Collective of Carrollton or contribute to the coupon collection. We are grateful to be part of this amazing community initiative!
Looking Back to See Our Future
The first thing visitors to the Tallapoosa Wellness Collective of Carrollton comment on is the serenity. The large studio with beautiful light streaming through its many windows; the shine off of the amazingly refinished floors; the peaceful quiet of the space; the solitude of the setting. All combine to enhance the welcome and sense of community that is part of us. We will be looking back into our history, specifically the history of this property, to find out more about what makes this place so special. We began our research in January of 2019 at the University of West Georgia archives to find out more about the past 139 years of our existence as a school, as a community center, and as a center for wellness.
Thanks to Michael Camp and the staff the at the University of West Georgia special collections, we have learned so many new and exciting things about our history in the Tallapoosa Community and our links to the University itself. We have finished with just one box of over 35 boxes of information, and to continue, we have purchased a scanner and laptop so that we can bring what we have found to you in our newsletter. We have also been fortunate to speak with a person who attended West Georgia College (now UWG) and had a chance to observe students at the Tallapoosa School. And we met Judy Rowell who attended the Tallapoosa Community School and who's mother taught there! We are looking forward to learning more about our building and our community! In an article written by Karen Sifton, we hear the story of how the school building became a studio and wellness center.
It was late winter of 2001 when Roger and I saw a “For Sale” sign on the Tyus Road property that we passed almost every day on our way to Carrollton from our home on Blackjack Mountain. The old structure on the property was well off the road and everything so grown up that we scarcely noticed it. Since we had a dream of opening a yoga and Tai Chi studio and had been looking for months for the right place, we checked it out. In spite of the poor shape it was in, we knew right off that it was “the one”.
We learned that the building had been the old Tallapoosa School, so named for the tiny community there in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s (not to be confused with the current town of Tallapoosa). The school closed in the 50’s and was used as a community center for many years after that, but its state of disrepair made it clear that we were rescuing it in the nick of time. And rescue it we did!
It took months of seriously hard work to bring it around. Although we contracted out a couple of jobs, we did most of the work ourselves, Roger being an accomplished carpenter/builder and I an able helper (who also did the wiring!). And in spite of the hard work, it was an incredibly exciting time; the dream was unfolding!
On September 17th, just six days after the horrors of 9/11 and six months after acquiring the property, we taught our first yoga class in what we had named the Tallapoosa Center for Inner Arts. For the next seventeen years it was home to weekly Yoga, Qigong, Meditation, and Tai Chi classes; massage services; energy medicine services; workshops; Earth Day gatherings; spiritual retreats; and even a few weddings! The beauty of the space and the property was enhanced and blessed by the energy we offered, and all of us who practiced there were similarly enhanced by the quiet energy and beauty that was offered back to us.
Stay tuned for more information as we dig through the archives at West Georgia University and talk to the community about their memories of the building and the grounds. We also welcome any information that any of you might have about the history of this building and encourage you to contact us.
The Friends of the Whitesburg Public Library will present the play, "The Belle of Amherst," by William Luce at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, at the Tallapoosa Wellness Collective Carrollton. No tickets or reservations are required, and donations will be appreciated. All proceeds will benefit the library. The play about Emily Dickinson will be performed by Sybil Rosen, a lifetime member of the Friends of the Whitesburg Public Library and an award-winning playwright, novelist and actress.
The “Belle of Amherst” is an intimate glimpse into the life of our most loved – and least known – American poet, Emily Dickinson. By turns, funny, poignant, lyrical, and wise, the one-woman play investigates the poet’s unusual life – her self-imposed seclusion, the close circle of family, her writing life, and the men who loved her. I’ve loved Emily Dickinson’s poetry for a long time. And when I discovered "The Belle of Amherst," I fell in love with her. The beauty of performing the play is that, for about an hour, I get to be a genius.
“The Whitesburg Public Library is so fortunate to have Sybil Rosen here in our community. She is a talented and professional actress and author,” said Jackie Pate, president of the Friends of the Whitesburg Public Library. Sybil has been nominated for Chicago's Jefferson Award for Best Actress. Her novel for young adults, "Speed of Light," won the Sydney Taylor Award for Older Readers. As a writer, her film narration was nominated for an Academy Award, and she won an Emmy for Best Writing on the Daytime Serial "Guiding Light." Recently she co-wrote the screenplay with Ethan Hawke for the movie BLAZE, which Hawke directed, and which is based on her "Living in the Woods in a Tree," a memoir about life in a Carroll County tree house with Texas music legend Blaze Foley.
For more information about the play, contact the Whitesburg Public Library at 770-834-0713 or the Tallapoosa Wellness Collective at 678-390-4601.
The Tallapoosa Wellness Collective of Carrollton is excited to announce a unique opportunity to host "Graced!" in Carrollton! Graced! features the performance of kirtans by Rick Franz and Lindsey Deperi. The kirtan experience celebrates call and response group singing, mostly in Sanskrit, some in Gurmukhi, in a slightly less traditional, very dynamic, fun manner featuring Rick's original jazz-flavored music. Everyone is encouraged to sing loudly, and dance with abandon!
The event is donation only, with a recommended donation of $15
We look forward to seeing you all there! For more information about Franz and Deperi, or the practice of kirtan, visit: https://spark.adobe.com/page/L0b2MPXcjdLc0/
Thank you to Susan Miller McGowan for coordinating this exciting night of sharing and celebration.
We're all a part of this cosmic dance. Join us in cultivating a sacred healing space with the power of yoga and dance. No routine. No rules. No judgments. This experience allows us to move freely and feel into our full being. As we move, energy shifts and we open to more Love. Yoga flow led by Serena that will transition into a dance party.
Oct. 28, 4 - 7 pm. Donations are welcome.
At the Tallapoosa Wellness Collective, we have a lot of ideas and not enough time to get them all done. We hope the Collective will be a place for community gathering and respite. Volunteers can help us accomplish this by not just helping to complete some of our goals, but also being part of what makes the TWC amazing - the people. Consider coming out on Saturday, Sept. 8th any time between 10 am and 4 pm and help create the Garden for All Ages and Abilities, freshen up the paint in the studio, help with craft projects, and be a part of the growing collective. For more information email Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org