Virginia is bringing her experience as a circle facilitator to the EVOLVE community to nourish through connection, invite us into the moment, and welcome everyone to be a part of creating a safe space to be heard and to hear others.
By day, Virginia is an urban high school Agricultural Science teacher at the Stamford Regional Agriscience and Technology Program at Westhill High School in Stamford, CT. In her free time, you can find her doing almost anything outdoors, making music, attending yoga classes at EVOLVE, admiring her dogs, watering her plants or learning something new.
She is deeply is committed to building community through connection, curing plant blindness, and being a life long learner.
Virginia’s passion for strengthening communities began 4 years ago when a colleague introduced her to restorative justice practices in the classroom. Restorative practices are a framework for building community, teaching restorative concepts and skills (rather than punishment-oriented thinking) and for responding to challenging student behavior through authentic dialogue, coming to understanding, and making things right.
She began implementing classroom circles as a way to build rapport with students, and was forever changed by the healing power of cultivating a community where everyone feels like they belong. She learned that circles transform us through listening to others and through sharing our own thoughts and experiences.
Join us on Friday December 16th
Apply for our Scholarship
The Community Outreach Scholarship Program is open to all those with a profound desire to deepen their yoga practice, create a stronger connection to themselves and to our community.
We believe that finances should not stand in the way of those who desire to study the powerful practice of yoga. We exercise this belief by awarding yearly student scholarships based primarily on need.
Our aim at EVOLVE is to provide a safe space for everyone. Typically, open mics are done at bars and clubs – which we recognized isn’t necessarily a safe space for everyone, especially those in recovery. This open mic night is an effort to come together, express, and evolve (without alcohol). Join us at our open mic night the 3rd Friday of each month to express yourself or root on a new friend!
Sign up online to attend the event, but please email us if you plan on performing!
Join Our Community
FREE Community Yoga – this FREE all level yoga class, takes place one Sunday a month 10:30 -11:30am April thru October. Dates will be announced at the beginning of the month or you can check our class schedule.
It’s our way of giving back. We would love the opportunity to introduce you to the world of yoga and our community. These classes take place on the New Milford Town Green, just a few steps away from our beautiful studio on Bank Street.
We will see you again in 2023!
Open to the public and suitable for beginners! Learn how to relax, synchronize breathing and slow fluid movements, and cultivate inner peace. Taught by any one of our talented teachers.
Bring your own mat, water, and any props you may use in your practice.
Help Us Clean Up Western CT
Helping the planet can start right on your street.
Are you looking to volunteer at a local trash cleanup in your town? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Together, as volunteers, we can tackle waste and pollution in our communities and the surrounding area.
Part of EVOLVE’s mission is to create sustainability through education and connection, so that together, we may take action and to our part to leave a healthier planet for the next generation.
By asking your friends and family on social media where our next trash clean up should take place, you’re helping to bring the conversation front and center into the minds of your network, which can help you recruit a few volunteers along the way.
It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.Mahatma Gandh