$70 for a speed-reading class from the Iris Organization (a $199 value)
The Iris Organization’s one-session speed-reading class aims to improve your reading comprehension as well as your reading speed in five hours. The class also teaches you to take better notes and choose the most effective reading method for the medium you’re using (such as a Web site or a technical manual). Classes are held in various downtown DC locations on weekends.
Up to 51 percent off membership packages with Arganica Farm Club
Arganica Farm Club delivers seasonal local produce and agricultural goods (such as dairy products and free-range meat) to your doorstep. A monthlong membership and produce box or dairy package costs $27 with this deal (a $55 value); you can also pay $72 for a three-month membership with two produce boxes and a $25 gift card or $145 for a six-month membership, three produce boxes, and three $25 gift cards (a $290 value).
$30 for a full photo shoot from Glamour Shots (a $100 value)
Glamour Shots (Hanover and Fairfax) is one of the few chain studios that still use a photography lab, and it offers on-site makeup and hair artists, props, and costumes. This deal includes 40 to 50 pictures, full hair and makeup, and digital retouching for any single photo.
$13 for two skating passes and rentals at Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion (a $26 value)
This two-for-one deal lets you and a friend take to the ice at Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion for $13. You can purchase up to five deals, but you have to redeem them before February 25.
$350 for four months of language classes at Jabberu (a $684 value)
Jabberu (classes in Bethesda, Ashburn, and Columbia) offers language classes for kids six months to ten years old. Immerse your child in four months of weekly, activity-based classes in Spanish, French, or Chinese for half off the regular price.
Deals for Deeds
$5 for $10 worth of sweet and savory crepes at Crepeaway
Crepeaway in downtown DC serves sweet and savory crepes such as the Leila, filled with cheese, tomato, and fresh basil. A portion of the proceeds from this deal goes toward sponsoring a third-to-eighth-grade girl participating in the Girls on the Run 5K as part of a character-building program.
Check out Home Run and Wow.com for more offers.
$1,795 for a seven-night Live Well/Be Well Women’s Retreat at Playa Viva in Mexico (a $2,295 value)
The retreat is February 6 through 13 at the private beachfront eco-luxury resort Playa Viva and is ideal for yogis who want to detach and unwind. The deal includes all meals with beverages and snacks, wi-fi, and airport transportation. There’s daily beachfront Ashtanga yoga, individualized metabolism consultation to learn better eating habits, and a personalized menu of Mexican meals according to your consultation. Guests stay in 600-square-foot casitas with a large porch, ocean views, and private bathroom. Pay $1,795 for single occupancy, $2,895 for double, or $3,995 for triple.
$1,225 for a seven-night Sadhana of the Heart: Costa Rica Retreat (a $1,300 value)
This intermediate-to-advanced yoga retreat is February 13 through 20 at Boca Sombrero on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. The deal includes three organic meals each day, two daily Asana yoga sessions, and an hourlong individual healing session with acupuncturist and nutritional counselor James Bae. Pay $1,225 for a single-occupancy bamboo tent—the bug-proof structure is 64 square feet with a raised wood floor, private shower, twin beds, two fans, and a lit porch. A half bathroom is shared among three tents. You can also opt to pay $1,999 for double occupancy (a $2,100 value).
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