Corporate Programs

Vivacious BBI

Developing Balance and Body Intelligence (BBI) for employee health, happiness, and vibrant prosperity.

We live in a hectic, high-tech world. When it comes to diet, nutrition, and stress management we have an overload of ideas and information and no time to sort through it all. This leads to lower rates of perceived work/life balance, lower productivity, and decreased joy. The workshops in our Vibrant BBI offerings turn down the noise and focus on the science, practices, and practical skills your employees need to know about how to balance both body and mind. We give them tools to help them make individualized, practical, and prosperously healthy choices.

Workshops for Women’s Leadership

Wellbeing BBI is important for every employee and most of our corporate offerings are appropriate for all employees. But at Vivacious Life, we recognize that it is vital to support women in their growth as leaders in the workplace. We have created the following wellbeing workshops specifically for women to help them balance the many roles we play between work and home, and the unique pressures that come with being a woman in the workplace. We love to partner with companies that have women’s leadership teams and customize these workshops to meet the needs and interests of the women in their workplace.

Mindfulness Workshop 1: Power Up Your Presence
Presence and mindfulness are effective tools when the world around you feels overwhelming (in both good ways and bad ways!) Learn the tools and techniques for bringing your best self into your life and work each day.

Mindfulness Workshop 2: Taming Your Inner Critic
The pressure women put on themselves for perfection is high, especially in the workplace. But is that internal expectation really serving us? Dive in to a discussion around the mistakes we make when it comes to our inner critic, practice listening more objectively to your inner dialogue, and learn tools and exercises to turn it around.

Nutrition Workshop 1: Redefining What “Works” in Dieting
You hear it all the time when it comes to healthy food choices, “I did it and it worked!” But what do we mean when we say “it worked?” Are we talking about optimal health? Or do we mean weight-loss? Are they even the same thing? Spoiler: they’re not. Yet, this is the cultural norm. We see it in magazines, advertisements, television shows, celebrity interviews, and, most of all, among our social network of friends and family. In this workshop, we break down what exactly we want to make “work” and discuss how this influx of media from public and social spheres influences how we think of our own bodies.

Nutrition Workshop 2: The Secret Language of Cravings
Cravings can often get the better of us and that feels so frustrating when we’re trying to make healthy changes. But what if cravings weren’t the enemy? The key to cravings is understanding them by learning to speak the language of your own body.

Kitchen Workshop 1: Setting Up A Stress-Free Kitchen
Stocking your pantry and essential kitchen supplies. What’s the right knife to use? Do you have the right pans to cook with? Q&A and discussion about what causes stress in the kitchen and how to get it out!

Kitchen Workshop 2: The Skills You Need for Kitchen Confidence
Interactive demo of proper knife techniques. Approaching tricky produce with confidence. Prep skills are what professional chefs depend upon to get their job done quickly and efficiently – also an essential skill for busy people who want to keep their fingers!

6 Week Wellbeing Program

Six one-hour workshops featuring education, skill building, and coach-led discussion. This program covers the basics of stress-management, nutrition, and cooking skills. It gets employees thinking of their health and wellbeing as more than what they eat and how much they exercise and teaches the primary tools needed to build a healthy lifestyle.

Week 1: Mindfulness
Why it works and how to do it. Plus, Intro session with Vivacious Life leaders.

Week 2: Positive Neural Networks
An understanding of the brain/emotion neural connection and tools to build positive rural networks and maintain them.

Week 3: The Sweet Science Behind Sugar Addiction
We all know veggies are good for us, but why? We dig in to further understand the way our body uses vegetables and why they’re so important.

Week 4: The Secret Language of Cravings
Cravings can often get the better of us and that feels so frustrating when we’re trying to make healthy changes. But what if cravings weren’t the enemy? The key is in understanding them.

Week 5: Setting Up A Stress-Free Kitchen
Stocking your pantry and essential kitchen supplies. What’s the right knife to use? Do you have the right pans to cook with? Q&A and discussion about what causes stress in the kitchen and how to get it out!

Week 6: Knives are the Keys to the Kitchen
Interactive demo of proper knife techniques. Approaching tricky produce with confidence. Prep skills are what professional chefs depend upon to get their job done quickly and efficiently – also an essential skill for busy people who want to keep their fingers!

12 Week Wellbeing Program

Twelve one-hour workshops featuring education, skill building, and coach-led discussion. This program provides a deep dive into stress-management, nutrition, and cooking skills. It gets employees thinking of their health and wellbeing as more than what they eat and how much they exercise and teaches the primary tools needed to tap into intuition and build a personalized healthy lifestyle.

Week 1: Mindfulness:
Why it works and how to do it. Plus, Intro session with Vivacious Life leaders.

Week 2: Taming Your Inner Critic:
A deep dive on making mistakes, the role of our inner dialogue, and tools and exercises to turn our inner critic around.

Week 3: The Power of Breath:
Techniques for reducing stress and increasing focus in the moment.

Week 4: Emotional Resilience
The keys and techniques to understand and deepen emotional resilience, a key leadership quality.

Week 5: Positive Neural Networks
An understanding of the brain/emotion neural connection and tools to build positive rural networks and maintain them.

Week 6: Gutsy Greens (and Other Veggies)
We all know veggies are good for us, but why? We dig in to further understand the way our body uses vegetables and why they’re so important.

Week 7: Carbs: Friend or Foe?
Carbs. Are they good for you? Bad for you? Do they make you fat? Should you avoid them? What’s the deal?! It’s time to clear up the confusion.

Week 8: The Secret Language of Cravings
Cravings can often get the better of us and that feels so frustrating when we’re trying to make healthy changes. But what if cravings weren’t the enemy? The key is in understanding them.

Week 9: The “Skinny” On Fats and Cholesterol
It’s time to bust a lot of myths about what causes high cholesterol, what foods are good for improving cholesterol, and what foods increase cholesterol.

Week 10: Setting Up A Stress-Free Kitchen
Stocking your pantry and essential kitchen supplies. What’s the right knife to use? Do you have the right pans to cook with? Q&A and discussion about what causes stress in the kitchen and how to get it out!

Week 11: Knives are the Keys to the Kitchen
Interactive demo of proper knife techniques. Approaching tricky produce with confidence. Prep skills are what professional chefs depend upon to get their job done quickly and efficiently – also an essential skill for busy people who want to keep their fingers!

Week 12: One Grocery Bag
Shop like a pro. Fill one grocery bag with ingredients, and learn how to expertly combine them with kitchen staples to make three complete meals without wasting a thing! Come with your most persistent kitchen questions for the Q&A wrap-up. Program wrap-up.

5 Week Stress Management Program

Stress is an ever-present character in our lives. It is an imperative part of human survival. It can tell us a lot about what is going on in the world around us and how we feel about it. It’s especially helpful if we ever find ourselves in a dangerous situation like, for example, running away from a bear. The problem is,  our body doesn’t know the difference between a project deadline at work and running away from a bear.  This five week program breaks down the science of stress and it’s relationship to our health and wellbeing. It culminates in two, proven practices in managing stress and increasing a sense work/life balance.

Week 1: Stop Running Away from the Bear!
The science behind stress, stress management, and your body.

Week 2: Setting Good Bear Traps
The first, most basic, and most important techniques to manage stress.

Week 3: The Three Bears
The science behind gratitude, why it works, and how to do it. Featuring a gratitude exercise “3 Good Things” from the Mid-Michigan Health System.

Week 4: The Three Bears, Part 2
After a week of gratitude practice, this workshop focuses on group discussion, idea sharing, and reflection based on experiences of the first week of “3 Good Things.”

Week 5: Mindfulness and Meditation Practice with Coach Caitlin
Practical skills and active meditation practice.

Complete List of Workshops

Every company is different and so are the needs and interests of their employees. Our programs are highly customizable and any workshop in our multi-week programs can be swapped out for another in our list of workshops, or bring us in for just one or two classes! We will work with you to create a program that is just right for your workplace

Here is a complete list of our offerings.

Mind/Body Offerings by Caitlin Green

Mindfulness
Why it works and how to do it. Plus, Intro session with Vivacious Life leaders.

Taming Your Inner Critic
We are all our own worst critics. It’s completely normal! Yet, what happens when that inner critic gets in the way of your success? Here we discuss the mistakes we make, our inner dialogue, and practice the tools and exercises to turn it around.

The Power of Breath
Breathing is such a simple, automated part of life. Most of the time, we don’t even think about it, yet bringing attention to breath is a powerful technique for reducing stress and increasing focus in the moment. Let’s practice how to be intentional with breath when we need it most.

Emotional Resilience
You’ve heard about it emotional resilience, but what is it? How do you do it? Learn the keys and techniques to understand and deepen emotional resilience, a key leadership quality.

Positive Neural Networks
Our brains hardwire themselves into pattens. Research shows these patterns, while helpful in most tasks in life, can get in the way when faced with circumstances that don’t match the pattern. The good news is, these patterns can be broken and rewired through an understanding of the brain/emotion neural connection and tools to build positive rural networks and maintain them.

Power Up Your Presence
Presence and mindfulness are effective tools when the world around you feels overwhelming (in both good ways and bad ways!) Learn the tools and techniques for bringing your best self into your life and work each day.

Trigger point release
Self massage techniques to release tension

Additionally, Caitlin offers:

  • Aromatherapy For Increased Energy and Stress Release
  • Simple Office Yoga at Your Desk
  • The Anatomy of Stress and How to Reduce It
  • Self-compassion: The New Self Esteem
  • Goal-Setting for Success & Productivity

Nutrition Offerings by Laura J. Ingalls

Gutsy Greens (and Other Veggies)
We all know veggies are good for us, but why? We dig in to further understand the way our body uses vegetables and why they’re so important.

Carbs: Friend or Foe?
Carbs. Are they good for you? Bad for you? Do they make you fat? Should you avoid them? What’s the deal?! It’s time to clear up the confusion.

Protein for Power
We all need protein, but how much? What kind? When during the day? Let’s break down what we know about protein and make some smart, bio-individual decisions!

The Secret Language of Cravings
Cravings can often get the better of us and that feels so frustrating when we’re trying to make healthy changes. But what if cravings weren’t the enemy? The key is in understanding them.

The “Skinny” On Fats and Cholesterol
It’s time to bust a lot of myths about what causes high cholesterol, what foods are good for improving cholesterol, and what foods increase cholesterol.

The Number One Primary Food: Relationships
You may think your relationships aren’t related to your food, but science tells a different story.

Mission Intuition: Digestion and Slowing Down
Techniques to tap into your intuition when it comes to food, and what you can learn from slowing down and listening to your body.

The Three M’s of Mealtime: Moody, Mindful, Mmmmm
Life is crazy and it’s easy to rush through meals, paying little-to-no mind to how it even tastes, never mind if it was satisfying! Paying attention to your food can tell you so much about whether or not it’s really right for you!

What Your Body Type Says About You
We’re all different and that means we have different talents, different abilities, and different nutritional needs. So let’s talk about it!

Letting Go: Success Techniques
We try so hard to be perfect, do do things well, and to get it right, especially when it comes to our food. But sometimes you just need to let go.

The Sweet Science You Need to Quit Sugar
Getting sugar out of your diet can seem nearly impossible. Don’t try it with will-power alone! Arm yourself with science.

Redefining What “Works”
You hear it all the time when it comes to healthy food choices, “I did it and it worked!” But what do we mean when we say “it worked?” Are we talking about optimal health? Or do we mean weight-loss? Are they even the same thing? Spoiler: they’re not. Yet, this is the cultural norm. We see it in magazines, advertisements, television shows, celebrity interviews, and, most of all, among our social network of friends and family. In this workshop, we break down what exactly we want to make “work” and discuss how this influx of media from public and social spheres influences how we think of our own bodies.

Stop Running Away from the Bear!
The science behind stress, stress management, and your body.

Setting Good Bear Traps
The first, most basic, and most important techniques to manage stress.

The Three Bears
The science behind gratitude, why it works, and how to do it. Featuring a gratitude exercise “3 Good Things” from the Mid-Michigan Health System.

Kitchen Skills Offerings by Danielle DeSiato

Setting Up A Stress-Free Kitchen
Stocking your pantry and essential kitchen supplies. What’s the right knife to use? Do you have the right pans to cook with? Q&A and discussion about what causes stress in the kitchen and how to get it out!

Knives are the Keys to the Kitchen
Interactive demo of proper knife techniques. Approaching tricky produce with confidence. Prep skills are what professional chefs depend upon to get their job done quickly and efficiently – also an essential skill for busy people who want to keep their fingers!

One Grocery Bag
Shop like a pro. Fill one grocery bag with ingredients, and learn how to expertly combine them with kitchen staples to make three complete meals without wasting a thing! Come with your most persistent kitchen questions for the Q&A wrap-up. Program wrap-up.

You Can Take the Heat
Interactive demo of frying and stove techniques. No more burned vegetables, tough steak, or undercooked chicken! Learn to sear, sauté, and poach with ease and confidence.

Better Breakfasts
Breakfasts don’t have to be overwhelming. And they should definitely never be skipped! From overnight oats and easy smoothies that are healthy & delicious for on-the-go, to making the most of leftovers for savory breakfast, you will never have an excuse to miss the most important, most delicious meal of the day again.

Still don’t see what you need? We invite you to let us know! We are happy to develop new topics on mindfulness, nutrition, and cooking/kitchen skills to ensure that your employees are learning exactly the right skills to meet their needs.

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Our Corporate Wellness Program Director

Our corporate wellness department is led by Co-founder and program director, Laura J. Ingalls. Laura is a Certified Worksite Wellness Program Coordinator through the Chapman Institute and brings 10 years of wellness programming experience to the Vivacious Life team. She began her wellness career journey at the Orlando Weight Management and Nutrition Center in Orlando, FL, where she developed and taught classes focusing on behavioral change group coaching and nutrition education for patients. After a move to Massachusetts, she transitioned into worksite wellness. As a Wellness Program Manager and Health Coach for AdvancingWellness, she co-developed and managed the wellness program for Web Industries, a Massachusetts-based manufacturing company of 350 employees in seven locations throughout the US. Under the guidance of Coach Laura and AdvancingWellness, the program at Web put a stop to the rise in insurance expenses for their employees in a record breaking 5 years. She has worked on many client projects over the years, both with AdvancingWellness and as an independent contractor, and is thrilled to now be leading the Vivacious Life Corporate Programs team.

Client testimonials for Laura J. Ingalls

I had the opportunity to work with Laura through my company’s wellness program. She has brought a wealth of knowledge, energy and the right balance of encouragement vs. challenge to the wellness discipline in our organization, including me personally.  That is not an easy task given how entrenched many of us had become in terms of compromised wellness choices and habits.  While her contributions have been very significant in the near term, I am confident that the true measure of her impact will only be fully realized years later through longer, more active and fulfilling lives.

Dennis Lattimer

Executive Vice President, Web Industries

Coach Laura provides tons of information in a comfortable and non-intimidating format with great practical ideas! Her program on sugar addiction drew over 60 attendees during a week when many of our associates were out on vacation. A truly remarkable achievement. She kept the room engaged, entertained, and informed.

Cheri Fraser

Executive Assistant, Loomis Sayles

Coach Laura worked with us through our worksite wellness program. I would recommend her to anyone seeking wellness coaching. I found her to be inspirational and very informative. It was always clear to the CAD Cut team that she had the knowledge and expertise to help us set and meet our health goals.

Ben Winters

General Manager, CAD Cut

Not only is Laura passionate about Wellness but she takes it to a higher level. She remembers personal details that matter and helps you not forget how important the accomplishment of personal goals are to a person’s well being. I believe Laura’s own personal goal of helping people to achieve a healthy self image is a Calling in her life. Anyone that encounters her giftedness will be blessed in many ways.

TR Dreyer

Business Development Manager, Web Industries

I’ve never had so much help with Wellness Coaching as I have gotten from Coach Laura. She is the only person who has ever taken the time to listen to my “story” then craft a solution that didn’t sound like it came from a canned speech.  I particularly remember my question to her about continuing to lose weight after having reached my goal.  Her answer, as close as I can quote it, was, “You’ve reached your goal and your lifestyle has supported maintaining that weight.  There is no reason to try to lose more weight.  Focus on your lifestyle!  If you maintain the healthy lifestyle, your body will tell you if it wants to continue to lose weight.”  I thought that was brilliant.  I’ve shared it with many others.  Wellness is about lifestyle – what a novel concept.  If my lifestyle is unhealthy, my weight won’t matter.  Thank you for giving me that focus.

Phil Johnson

Strategic Account Manager, Web Industries

Client projects for Laura J. Ingalls

Massachusetts based wellness retreats for women. Vivacious Life provides programs and affordable wellness retreats for women that carve out the space to recharge, refocus, and find their confidence. With all of life’s demands, it can be hard for women to take the time to love, nurture, and take care of themselves. We offer a holistic approach in our cooking and nutrition lesson plans that consider the whole person. Come together with other women,  just like you, to focus on self love, healthy food, and the skills to build lifetime wellness. 

Questions? Drop us a note!

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Phone: 617-219-9399

Email: hello@vivaciousliferetreats.com

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