I offer classes for clients as well as professionals. The classes I offer for clients and others interested in their health expand on the knowledge that can only be presented in modified form during sessions. I attempt to convey what a true work of art we are and how our body participates in our health. The more we can understand and relate to our bodies, the more whole we can become.




Held on the Fourth Friday from September - May*

Begining on September 28th, 2013

there are two offerings of this class: 10-12 AM and 7-9 PM.

This class began as a way to expand on the information that I offer to clients during sessions, exploring the many ways to address the tensions in our lives. Classes over the past year have focused on different body parts, exploring them with an intimate and awe-inspiring awareness.  After spending the first hour on the anatomy and physiology, using tactile 3-D models (not at all like you got in school!) to increase our relationship to and awareness of the intelligence of your bodies, the second hour is dedicated to experiencing and grounding this intelligence with an insightful meditation that gave practical connection to help and understand our own personal healing process.

These body parts classes are designed to teach you about your body so you can appreciate its physiology and become better able to connect with and to understand any issues you may personally be having.

This years Monthly Body Parts classes will focus on body systems such as the cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, endocrine, muscular, reproductive, urinary, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems. The first class focused on rhythms of the body, and laid a foundation to study how our bodies are tuned into nature's rhythms and how they support and drive our various systems. We will study the systems as they develop embyrologically, so first on the list is the CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM, which will include blood, blood vessels (arteries, capillaries, veins) and the heart.

Limited to 9 persons per class.  $15  Wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket to lie on the floor, pillow or bolster for under the knees if you have lower back issues. Call or email to reserve your space.



This 1 day workshop is designed to give you foundational knowledge about how your body works and teaches you how to facilitate this by learning an abdominal self care technique that gives your body the power to do what it knows how best to do: be healthy and whole. each you how to do your own abdominal self care. Classes are scheduled throughout the year and if you are interested, please call or email to give me your name so I can form a new class when there is enough interest.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to take more responsibility for their health, and especially for my clients to enrich their personal experience of individual sessions. Read below comments:

"I think it was very beneficial because the information gave me enough background to understand the benefits of Arvigo massage. This gives me additional motivation to perform the massage regularly.

Discussion with other class members provided useful information, and the energy of the group provided an uplift.

I think the knowledge gave me more precise information on how to do the self-massage correctly, plus motivation to do it regularly.

I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to better understand the functioning of internal organs, and how massage can benefit this functioning. The traditional focus of massage is on muscle pain, such as back pain, knee pain, etc. In Tai Chi, they discuss the area called the "Don Tien" as the locus of energy flow in the body. I think Arvigo massage can help open the flow of Chi in the body, and go beyond the Western focus on providing relaxation and relieving pain." R.N., New Orleans, LA January, 2011

ARVIGO TECHNIQUES of Maya Abdominal Massage Therapy

This 2 1/2 day SELF CARE CLASS is more extensive in scope. It is open to people of all walks of life, and also offers CEU's to massage therapists, midwives, and acupuncturists. It is also the prerequisite to taking more intensive classes from the Arvigo Institute. The next class in Abita Springs is tentatively scheduled for February 21-23, 2014. Read the comments from the most recent class:

Wow, blown away at the power of the belly and the importance of paying attention to it. I love the roots of this work and want to continue on as soon as I can."

"It was mostly new information with infinite connections to health."

"The self-care seems to be life changing."

"Informative. Needed. Fun."

WOMAN: Her Cycle and Connection to

Gaia: Looking at the Visibles and the


In modern times, a woman menstruates an average of 37 years: that's about 480 cycles, or 2,500 days!And their partners, co-workers, neighbors and children experience it right along with them. It is SOMETHING WE ALLSHARE, yet don't our detriment. Why do we leave unexplored this powerful rhythm within? A serious boater or beach comber would not think of being in or near the water without a knowledge of the tides.

This class is dedicated to connecting to the rhythms of this very important life event. All women are welcomed, including those who no longer bleed due to surgical reasons or menopause.This class is designed to look at this amazing bodily process in a new light, so that we can understand, connect, and empower ourselves and future generations.This class was inspired by the HBO show "Girls" to not let another generation of females go out in the world without exploring this very sacred aspect of our lives.

As always, lots of props and visuals for more complete understanding and ending with a meditation for integration. Information gleaned from this encounter will be used to create a workshop for mothers and daughters to grow and nourishwomenof the future. Time: 1 - 5 PM; cost $50.00

Please call or email to express your interest and a date can be established.




Learn the female body parts and understand the rhythm of the menstrual cycle and what it teaches us so that we, as women, can better understand ourselves and our world. This class is designed for mothers and their daughters, ages 10-18, in an attempt to not let another generation of daughters go out in the world uninformed about the wonders and power of her menstrual flow, and all that she can learn from it. Time: 1-5 PM, cost $30 each.


Forest Bathing is a short, leisurely visit to a forest to experience natural aromatherapy.This forest bathing trip will allow you to connect with yourself and nature through breath.The inhalation of volatile substances emitted from trees contain essential elements that enhance our sense of well being, and are antimicrobial as well.Scientists have found that walking in forests increases the level of serum adiponectin, a hormone that affects the heart and metabolism, and reduces anxiety, depression, anger, fatigue and emotional confusion! I will be your guide on this walk, beginning with a short introduction and connection to the breath, and continue with an exploration of the poetry and healing property of trees. 1 1/2 hours; scheduled throughout the year, at Northlake Nature Center. Next one scheduled March 8, 2014.



For Body workers, Ceu's available for massage therapists

Instructor: Donna Caire, LMT #3773, LPO# 0164

Embracing our Body Intelligences

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2 day class, 10 AM - 5 PM  Offers 12 CEU’s

MAX. 8, MIN. 6 Cost $300

Did you know that we can call on more than one intelligence to heal? These Body Parts: Visceral Anatomy classes are designed to explore these intelligences and address specific massage techniques for the organs associated with each intelligence.. They will be taught in a series, but can be taken out of sequence. Each class will focus on two organs, paired by meridians.

LUNGS/LARGE INTESTINE Metal, Emotional Intelligence

STOMACH/SPLEEN-PANCREAS Earth, Practical/Stability Intelligence

GALLBLADDER/LIVER Wood Thinking/Logical Intelligence

BLADDER/KIDNEY Water Genetic Intelligence


HEART/SMALL INTESTINE Fire Spiritual/Joy Intelligence

The first class was held in October, 2011,and focused on our Emotional Intelligence: the lungs and large intestine and laid the groundwork for the emotional impact on working on the belly.

The second in the series was held in April, 2012, and focused on our EARTH Intelligence that enables us to be present in the moment and gives us the feeling of safety and comfort: Stomach, Spleen/Pancreas and the 5 sphincters of the digestive tract.

The third class emcompassed our WOOD intelligence, the intelligence we are all very familiar with: thinking. The organs included are the liver and gallbladder, with specific techniques for releasing tensions that might be held there so they can do the important work that our bodies require!

These classes are designed to give enough information to be able to transfer what is seen in anatomy books to what is actually being felt on a client's abdomen, as well as learn techniques to apply to the organs for tensional release.




Sunday, November 24, 2013 Welcome to the Tribe: A Mother/Daughter Workshop

Friday, November 22, 2013 Body Parts: The Circulatory System: It's Parts and It's Rhythms

Friday, November 8, 2013 Hands on Health the Maya Way

Friday, November 8, 2013: Gardening The Gut with visiting teacher Lindsay Wilson

Friday, September 27, 2013 Body Parts: Chronobiology and the Rhytms of our Body

Saturday, September 8, 2013 Woman: Her Cycle and Connection to Gaia: Looking at the Visibles and the Invisibles.

Friday, May 24, 2013 Cells, Individuation, Epigenetics

Friday, April 23, 2013 Endocrine System

April 19, 20, 21, 2013Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal TherapyTM Self-Care Workshop, Abita Springs, LA

Friday, March 22, 2013     Liver, Gallbladder

Friday, February 22, 2013      Bladder

January 26, 2013 Packable Healthy Lunches and Stocking the Kitchen, led by Jackie Cosper, LMT and Daphne Olivier, Dietitian, from Lafayette, LA . How to make family-friendly packable lunches and the essentials on stocking your nourishing kitchen.  

Included, a free showing of Nourishing Our Children (food concepts apply to adults as well)

Nest Photo

Friday, January 25, 2013    Our Inheritance, Our Kidneys, Our Bones

Friday, December 28, 2012, Body Parts: Digesting Emotions as well as Food (Stomach/Pancreas/Spleen)

Friday, November 30, 2012, Body Parts: Balance and Digestion: The sphincters

Friday, October 26, 2012, Body Parts: Body Organ Positions, Body Organ Significance


 SATURDAY, September 29, 2012 10AM - 5PM Hands on Health The Maya Way SELF CARE surrounded by Meaning and Experience

Friday, September 28, 2012 Body Parts: Body and Breath, Internal flows and Intelligences

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, April 21 and 22, 2012 10-5 PM Body Parts: Visceral Anatomy (Liver/Gallbladder) $300 and 12 CEUS for massage therapists

FRIDAY, September 23, 2011 7:00 - 9:00 PM Back to the Breath $5.00

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY , October 21 and 22, 2011 10AM - 6 PM Body Parts: Visceral Anatomy (Lung/Large Intestine) $300 and 12 CEUS for massage therapists

FRIDAY, September 30th, 3-7PM, SATURDAY and SUNDAY, October 1 and 2, 10 AM - 6 PM Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy Self Care In-depth Immersion and Experience with strong backbone of anatomy and physiology connected to the spiritual and emotional aspects

SATURDAY, September 24, 2011 10AM - 5PM Hands on Health The Maya Way Learn SELF CARE surrounded by Meaning and Experience,


Friday, June 11, 2011 Body Parts V: Small intestines and the Heart

Friday, May 13 : Diet: Receiving nourishment from our outer world and connecting to our inner world

Friday, April 8 Earth Trust!: Our Pelvic Floor:

Friday, March 11, Earth Connections: Stomach, Spleen/Pancreas

February 25-27: Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy Self Care: Flora Roja Community Acupuncture Center, 119 Wall Street, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Friday, February 11, Evening of Breath II Connecting our breath to the intelligence of our emotions, breathing exercise and meditation

January. 2011: Evening of Breath: The power of breath, its role in our health, bone breathing meditation

         Nourishing diets: Nourishing Foods Powerpoint presentation developed by a non-profit campaign of the Weston A. Price foundation that is bound to open discussion about the foods we eat.  Very informative with research illustrating how foods widely assumed to be nutritional (including those labeled organic, natural and fortified) are in fact heavily processed and stripped of nutritional value and why traditional foods now considered unhealthy are vital to our growth and intellectual development.            

          Hands on Health the Maya Way Learn what an amazing piece of work you are and how your organs facilitate your body’s innate ability to achieve optimal health by helping your body self-regulate, self-repair and self-heal.  Based on century old practices and current knowledge, this workshop is devoted to deepen your connection to your body’s natural instinct to heal through self-care, and enhance your spiritual and emotional health.  Learn to perform the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal MassageTM on yourself and why it works like it does! An overview of other healing modalities such as diet, lifestyle and herbs will also be discussed.