Big Summer News!

Hello Everyone.  Usually summer is quiet around here, but we have had some exciting things happen in the last month.

The Open Studio recently acquired the property directly south of The Real Juice Bar. Here are some pictures of the fence coming down between the two properties. With another 1/2 acre and two more buildings we will be able to expand parking and develop more programming. We are currently looking at proposals for new programs and possibly some shuffling of current offerings to better spaces. We will pass along more details as we have them...and please, if you have an idea of something you'd like to do or see happen at TOS.....let us know.

Also, if you drive east on Dearborn Street, please look up as you pass Zeke's Restaurant. We have a beautiful new billboard letting everyone know what we do at The Open Studio. The dramatic background is a section of one of Rita Schwab's abstract paintings. It's especially captivating at night when it's lit up.  

We're also pleased to introduce two new volunteers who have filled a couple of critical holes in our programming.  First, especially dear to my heart, is our new administrative director. She is adept at all the things at which I am skills, schedules, policy, organization.  All much needed as we continue to grow. We are all pleased to welcome Judi Jenkins to TOS . Judi's partner, Bill Lundgren, who along with being the designer of our above mentioned billboard, will now be our Backyard Events coordinator.  In addition to more house concerts, Bill has some other wacky and fun ideas for events this season.  With the grounds looking so fabulous these days (thanks to Sam, Greg and Todd), we are delighted to be planning more activities in that nurturing environment.   

Thank you all who helped on fence removal day. We look forward to TOS continuing to develop into a community resource with something for everyone.  

Lemon Bay Yoga Studio

We are open all summer with a full class schedule! 

Visit to see our full list of summer classes and workshops.

With summer in full swing the long, sunny days may have you feeling restored and nourished, or maybe irritable and tired.  The summer heat calls for a more relaxing and introspective yoga practice to pacify the external heat and busy days.  

Restorative Yoga is the perfect antidote to the hot Florida sun and our busy, long days.  It offers a time to cool your body, relax your mind and restore your energy. Join us every  Tuesday at  9:30 for this nourishing and cooling practice in our air conditioned studio.  

Yogic tips for staying cool this summer: 
Drink peppermint or rose petal tea.
Enjoy Minted Watermelon Salad by combining 4 cups chopped watermelon, the juice of half a lime, a handful of fresh mint leave and a dash of salt and pepper.  Mix and served chilled. 

Please be sure to check our  website  or  Facebook  for the most updated class and workshop information. 

Open Studio Pottery Classes

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer. Things have slowed down a little in the Pottery Studio, but we still have a lot going on. 

Mary Weber has two Coastal Colander Bowl classes that have just been scheduled for the upcoming months. This will be the 23rd & 24th Coastal Colander bowl classes that we have provided. It is very popular and usually fills up quickly. The classes are Tuesday August 16th & Tuesday October 18th. Both class start times are 10am and the cost is $45 per class. 

We also are planning a jewelry making class and a Christmas ornament class. For more info, email

Thank you for your interest in The Open Studio Pottery. 
The Spa and Real Juice Bar

Swing in to summer at the Spa and Real Juice Bar!  The pace in Englewood has slowed, but the juice bar is still working hard for you! Have a look in this video!

Garden Help Needed

With the addition of this new 1/2 acre, Sam needs HELP.   It is desolate over there, but fortunately he has a nursery full of fruit trees and edible plants that can transform the space into the lush gardens it has the potential to be.  He is on site every  Monday  if you want to work with him or call him,  941-840-2022 , to work out a time or tasks that fit with your schedule.  Any time you can give will be greatly appreciated. 

Meet Elizabeth Holland

Elizabeth Holland's experience in mind-body fitness began in 1986 as a young dancer, utilizing Pilates and Yoga technique as a means of conditioning and injury prevention. She continued her education and experiences with Pilates throughout her professional dancing and teaching career to eventually become certified by the PhysicalMind Institute in 2001. Elizabeth sought  GYROTONIC®  methodology as therapy following hip and shoulder injuries and was so impressed with the  healing qualities and relief from pain that she went on to become certified in the method in 2002. She has since become a  GYROTONIC®  Master Trainer, a GYROKINESIS® Master Trainer, an Archway and Ladder Master Trainer, and a  GYROTONIC®  Level 2 Pretrainer. 

Elizabeth recently began teaching GYROKINESIS® classes at Lemon Bay Yoga on-site on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:45 am, and will be bringing the  GYROTONIC®  equipment work to the Open Studio soon! 

You can contact Elizabeth directly at 941-879-8657 or Have a look at Elizabeth's website here, and her Facebook page here, then have look at this awesome video!

GYROKINESIS® on the beach with Elizabeth Holland
GYROKINESIS® on the beach with Elizabeth Holland

Rita Schwab

Rita Schwab will be back in the fall with creative and fun art classes. More information coming soon!


Mondays 9:30-10:45 ~ Start Date: August 1st
Discover a dynamic style of yoga that links breathing to poses in a continuous flow. Experience the excitement of new and challenging poses and sequences. 

Beginners Yoga 4 Week Workshop
Tuesdays 11-12:15 ~ Start Date: August 2nd
This workshop will help you discover how to adapt the practice of yoga for your body. Suitable for all types of bodies and ages.

NEW   Coastal Colander Pottery Class
These classes are very popular and usually fills up quickly. The classes are Tuesday August 16th & Tuesday October 18th. Both class start times are 10 am and the cost is $45 per class.  For more info, email .

To see our calendar of events, click here

Yoga Classes from Lemon Bay Yoga Studio  - with Nadine in the Healing Arts Center -  click here  to see the class schedule

GYROKINESIS® movement is a method that gently works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original, and unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics, and dance. Classes can be adapted to fit anyone's ability. In the Healing Arts Center.

The Activators are a whole body exercise & energy class for your body, mind and spirit. The one-hour practice is suitable for anyone regardless of their fitness level. The Activators will tone your body, strengthen your central nervous system, dissipate stress stored in your body, focus your mind, and tap unused energy reserves. These outcomes are the key to using your mind (thoughts) and heart (feelings) to create clear mental pictures of your desires to direct your subconscious mind into action. In the Healing Arts Center.



380 Old Englewood Road
Englewood, FL 34223

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380 Old Englewood Road, Englewood, Florida 34223

The Open Studio is a volunteer supported not for profit 501(c)3 organization. It's mission is to encourage healthy living and creativity and includes a food and gardening program, a juice bar, pottery, visual art classes, massage, yoga, tai chi, fiber arts, and much more.