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September 2020:
Yoga & Balance

With both National Yoga Month and the Autumn Equinox falling in September, this month naturally lends itself to a focus on balance. The Autumn Equinox is one of only two days a year when day and night are equal in length, when the Sun’s yearly cycle is perfectly balanced between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Whether balancing on a mat or in a kayak, this month we celebrate finding that perfect center.

Explore our full schedule of exciting and educational events at The Lodge at Woodloch, featuring inspirational and motivational guest speakers, available to elevate your consciousness and personal awareness.
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Full Corn Moon

September 2nd    
Because we take our cues from nature, we have developed a Full Moon Series for 2020. Each month, we will pay homage to the beauty & wonderment that each unique full moon brings.

Attributed to Native Americans, this full Moon marked when corn was supposed to be harvested. Most often, the September full Moon is actually the Harvest Moon,
but when the autumnal equinox falls late, September’s Moon is the Full Corn Moon. 

Full Moon Yoga: This yoga practice will calm the mind and draw your awareness inward. Moon Salutations are useful when energy is high and a tranquil, quiet presence is required. All Levels Welcome.

Outdoor Watercolor Painting: Enjoy an evening painting outside while the Full Corn Moon sheds its light.  You will create your landscape using compact watercolor sets.  This class is weather permitting and will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather. 

Full Moon Kayaking: Paddle under the silvery light of the Full Corn Moon.  Discover Little Lake Teedyuskung while listening to the paddles gently glide through the water and looking to the sky. This kayak expedition is a true celestial experience!


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Laura Ellen White, Certified Daring Way Facilitator

September 4th - 6th
Laura Ellen White is Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and holds a Master of Social Service (MSS) from Bryn Mawr College. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF™) trained to teach the work of Dr. Brené Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, & Daring Leadership. Through talks, workshops, and retreats, Laura’s organization, The Daring Workshop, focuses on life’s most vital skills, such as how to: live your values, set boundaries, navigate transitions, make meaningful change, reach goals, practice forgiveness, apologize with heart, be present, foster connection, and practice gratitude. Laura is a Stage 4 colon cancer survivor who embraces the principles and processes she teaches in her everyday life. She lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania with her husband Ashton, their children, Colette and Margot, and their pug Tucker. To learn more visit: www.thedaringworkshop.org

Friday, September 4th
Finding Meaning in Chaos - The Transition Process
8:30pm
How do you regain your footing after a sudden change? Transition is the emotional process that accompanies change. Learn the three stages of transition and how to engage this individual and conscious process to minimize distress and disruption. Harness new possibilities on a path to creativity, innovation and growth.  

Saturday September, 5th
Momentum for New Beginnings - Starting from a Standstill
8:30pm
How do you regain your footing after a sudden change? Transition is the emotional process that accompanies change. Learn the three stages of transition and how to engage this individual and conscious process to minimize distress and disruption. Harness new possibilities on a path to creativity, innovation and growth.  


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Alaine Portner, Yogi, Medium, and Author
September 11th - 13th
Author, Gifted yogi, spiritual teacher and inspiring Medium, Alaine Portner has been making a difference in the lives of thousands across the United States for the past 30 years. As the founder of Yoga Center of Medford, NJ, Alaine has finely tuned her ability as a Medium and fused it with her passion for meditation to offer a unique and transformative experience. After completing 4,000 readings in four years, she shared the transformative experiences in her book, Medium Memoirs, Messages of Love, Hope and Reunion. A remarkably sensitive Medium, Alaine specializes in receiving messages from loved ones or guided spirits and then delivers life-affirming insight and direction. Those who have encountered her style, typically feel a sense of euphoria, connection and supportive change in their perception on their personal or professional journey. Alaine’s engaging manner, humor and straight-to-the-heart insight has provided her with a loyal following. Her vision is to educate people in discovering their own physical and spiritual growth through meditation, mediumship and yoga. . She is a master teacher serving others through her work at the Yoga Center of Medford, as well as regional and international corporate events and retreats.

Friday, September 11th
Introduction to Mediumship and Meditation
8:30pm
Discover the art and reasons for seeking & hearing spiritual guidance in your life! A remarkably sensitive Medium, Alaine specializes in receiving messages from loved ones or guided spirits and then delivers life-affirming insight and direction. She offers the spiritual experience of Meditation and Mediumship.  This heavenly connection adds purpose to your life, reduces your fears and adds greater enthusiasm for living life more fully.  Clients who experience Alaine's Mediumship style typically describe it as feeling a sense of euphoria. Readings can provide connective and supportive change in your perception while assisting your personal journey. Alaine's engaging manner, full of humor and straight to the heart truths, has provided her a loyal, global following. 

Saturday, September 12th
Semi-Private Reading 
11:00am
Clients who experience Alaine's Mediumship style typically describe it as feeling a sense of euphoria. Readings can provide connective and supportive change in perception, assisting your personal or professional journey. Alaine's engaging manner, full of humor and straight to the heart truths, has provided her a loyal global following.  *Cost is $80 per person, limited to 10 guests. Please sign-up with the Spa Concierge.

Introduction to Mediumship and Meditation
8:30pm
Discover the art and reasons for seeking & hearing spiritual guidance in your life! A remarkably sensitive Medium, Alaine specializes in receiving messages from loved ones or guided spirits and then delivers life-affirming insight and direction. She offers the spiritual experience of Meditation and Mediumship.  This heavenly connection adds purpose to your life, reduces your fears and adds greater enthusiasm for living life more fully.  Clients who experience Alaine's Mediumship style typically describe it as feeling a sense of euphoria. Readings can provide connective and supportive change in your perception while assisting your personal journey. Alaine's engaging manner, full of humor and straight to the heart truths, has provided her a loyal, global following. 

Sunday, September 13th
Semi-Private Reading
10:00am
Clients who experience Alaine's Mediumship style typically describe it as feeling a sense of euphoria. Readings can provide connective and supportive change in perception, assisting your personal or professional journey. Alaine's engaging manner, full of humor and straight to the heart truths, has provided her a loyal global following.  *Cost is $80 per person, limited to 10 guests. Please sign-up with the Spa Concierge.

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Bee Week
September 17th - 20th
Here at The Lodge at Woodloch, we take great pride in our honeybees and their hives. Aside from making nutritious, delicious honey, the honeybee is also a dynamo in the garden, visiting flowers at a dizzying pace all growing season long, helping gardeners’ and farmers’ plants with pollination. Being anchored to the ground via their root systems, plants require the service of pollination in order to reproduce.  This service is provided predominantly by bees who knowingly or not, preserve the ecological balance and biodiversity in nature.  Bees presence and health are also “litmus tests” for environmental stability, letting Earth’s stewards know when that ecological balance is present or in need of attention. 

Also, crafted specially for this week, enjoy a Bee’s Knees cocktail, made with Catskill Provisions Gin, lemon juice, elderflower cordial, and local honey. Proceeds from every Bee’s Knees cocktail served during the week will go to protecting and improving the health of pollinators through education. 

Join us as we celebrate this tiny but mighty creature with the sweet class selections below!

Thursday, September 17th
Garden Dinner ($)
6:15pm
Kick off our celebrated garden dinner with a visit to our beehives! You’ll see them in action and learn a few fun facts about their habits and routines. Following that, enjoy a 4-course Garden Dinner with wine pairing, featuring Claire Marin, Founder and CEO of Catskill Provisions.

Friday, September 18th  
Healthy Desserts Made Easy
3:00pm
In this class we will show you how to satisfy your sweet tooth by making easy and delicious desserts using only healthy, natural ingredients, including hyper-local honey from our Blackmore Farm!

Bees and Bourbon Cocktail Creations
8:30pm
Bourbon is, depending on who you ask, revered, reviled, or simply misunderstood. Join us for a tasting of assorted bourbons, and then create your own carefully crafted cocktail using fresh and organic ingredients, including freshly harvested honey from our own beehives. The possibilities are endless! Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate. Cost is $20 per person.

Saturday, September 19th
Honey Bee Talk
2:00pm
Spend some time with our resident beekeeper, in discussion of the life cycle of the honeybee and their environmental importance.  Various hive components and tools will be on display, and plenty of information given to be able to start your very own apiary! 

Not Birds and the Bees, Flowers and the Bees!
8:30pm
Learn more about the relationship between the two; the science, the adaptations for success, and best gardening practices for healthy bee populations.

Sunday, September 20th
A Taste of Kombucha
5:00pm
Jun Tea (green Kombucha), is sparkling probiotic drink with live cultures and beneficial acids. This fermented tonic is made of green tea and raw honey. Just like kombucha, Jun helps create balance in the digestive system and can alleviate digestive problems and discomfort. Jun can also boost the immune system, and help increase energy.


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Lorraine Radice, Ph.D., Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certified Practitioner
September 25th - 28th
Lorraine Radice, Ph.D., is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner.  She utilizes the Myers-Briggs personality type preferences in her approaches to leadership and teaching.  She is currently a curriculum director in a school district on Long Island after being a Literacy educator for 10 years.  Dr. Radice is also an associate assistant professor at Hofstra University in the Literacy Studies program.  Dr. Radice has presented her work in the area of literacy at several national and local conferences.  She is a contributing author to the research volume Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Intersecting New Needs and New Approaches.  As a lifelong Woodloch guest, she is thrilled to bring her passion of personality awareness to The Lodge and to contribute to the wellness of others.  

Friday, September 25th
Self-Discovery Through Myers-Briggs Personality Types
8:30pm
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality assessment in the world.  In this interactive workshop, participants will learn a brief history about how and why the MBTI was developed.  Participants will also learn about the individual components of each personality type and how the four components of each type work collectively to act as preference indicators for individuals.  Through hands-on activities and active conversation, participants will learn about themselves and reflect on how to attend to their personality preferences on a journey of self-discovery, wellness, and personal growth.  

Saturday, September 26th
Navigate Relationships Through Understanding Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type 
8:30pm
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality assessment in the world.  In this interactive workshop, participants will review the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types with a focus on the meaning of the combination of components within each type.  Discussions will include how to use knowledge of personal personality preferences when navigating relationships.  These considerations can support a personal journey of self-discovery, wellness, and personal growth. 

Sunday, September 27th
Be Productive At Work Through Understanding Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type
8:30pm
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is the most widely used personality assessment in the world.  In this interactive workshop, participants will review the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types relative to how the each personality component can impact production at work, on projects, and when working through tasks.  Discussions will include how to use knowledge of personal personality preferences when attending to individual and collaborative projects.  These reflections can impact how individuals approach tasks and planning for independent work and team projects.

Month-Long Features: 

Fitness: 
Hatha: The Yoga of Harmony and Balance
The path of yoga is a movement toward equanimity, a holistic state of balance between body and mind, thinking and feeling. Using the traditional tools of asana (postures) and breath, we find harmony in right/left brain function, strength and flexibility, release of stress, and deep relaxation.

Outdoor Experience:
Equinox Walk - Finding Balance in Nature
Pay homage to the Autumn Equinox with a nature walk, led by our Naturalist. With Fall on the horizon, we will soak in the beautiful balance of nature, found everywhere from the crunchy leaves starting to fall to the quiet bird song echoing through expansive forest. This walk will conclude with a take-home token that will remind you how important it is to stay in balance each and every day!

Nature Journaling
Spend the next 90 minutes with nature, drawing, writing, thinking... We will take a short walk to the forests and meadows surrounding the lodge. Then we will sit with our journals and enjoy this time outside. Your journals will be yours to keep to continue further nature exploration on your own.

Basics of Mountain Biking
Embark on a forest adventure! This trail ride, exploring our winding woodland trails and old logger paths, offers a moderate challenge. Mileage varies depending on trails used and desire of the group, but generally averages 3 miles.

Spa:
Chakra Balancing Massage
This unique experience blends reiki, Swedish massage techniques, and aromatherapy to restore your body while balancing your energy. Massage with infused oils designed for each chakra addresses muscular tension and imbalance while gentle energy techniques promote deep relaxation. The ultimate healing journey for body, mind, and spirit.
75 minutes // $215