Stone cairn on the labyrinth at The Lodge at Woodloch

April 2020:

After a seemingly long and cold winter, the re-birth of plant life and wildlife is a welcome sight as we happily hurry into the arms of Spring. During the month of April, we will focus on ways to reawaken and rejuvenate the spirit inside of us, whether it be re-discovering a forgotten hobby, learning a new skill that ignites a passion, or even just finding some quiet time to reflect inwardly and refuel your soul.

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.

Marge Perry and David Bonom, Chef in Residence Series
April 3rd - 5th
David Bonom and Marge Perry share a passion for creating great food—for magazines, cookbooks, websites, corporations and their family and friends. Together, they have developed thousands of recipes, traveled the world exploring new cuisines and techniques, contributed to nearly 50 cookbooks—and thrown a lot of parties. Marge is an award winning food writer, chef-instructor at the prestigious Institute for Culinary Education, and columnist/contributor for Rachael Ray Every Day, AllRecipes, Newsday and Her writing, recipes and/or photography can be found on the FoodNetwork, TheKitchn, the New York Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Cooking Light, Eating Well, Prevention and many other publications and food sites. David has worked in some of the most prestigious New York restaurants, catered for a Who’s Who list of clients, and currently develops recipes for a wide range of publications (such as Rachael Ray Every Day, Better Homes & Gardens, Fine Cooking, Cooking Light, and many others), commodity boards, restaurants and corporations. His grilling expertise and recipes are put to good use in the Weber cookbooks— and when cooking on any one of his eight grills and smokers. Read more about their adventures together in the kitchen, on the road and around the table at Marge’s blog, A Sweet and Savory Life.

Full Pink Moon

April 7th
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.

One of the names for April’s full Moon came from the herb moss pink ground phlox, which is one of the earliest flowers of the spring. Among coastal tribes it was known as the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

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.

Silk Scarf Class Painting: Come celebrate the Full Pink Moon with a silk scarf class.  You will create a beautiful silk scarf using pink tones to celebrate health and love!

Full Moon Forest Bathing: Join The Lodge at Woodloch’s Certified Forest Bathing experts for a slow and contemplative moonlit walk that will focus on keeping the body and mind in the present while teaching  techniques for deep breathing, mind-body awareness as well as taking note of the little miracles of the forest at night. Shinrin-Yoku, otherwise known as Forest Bathing was coined in Japan and growing research shows that there is a marked decrease in stress-related hormones, a decrease in heart rates and lower blood pressure among other monumental wellness benefits. Come and enjoy the healing powers of the nature that surrounds us while appreciating the Full Pink Moon.

Laura Ellen White, Certified Daring Way Facilitator
April 10th - 12th
Laura Ellen White is a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Daring Way Facilitator and Stage IV Colon cancer survivor. She holds a Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College and has worked in direct service and research for over twenty years. She founded The Daring Workshop to bring meaningful, research-based content to groups and social service organizations. Laura lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania with her husband Ashton, their children, Colette and Margot, and their pug Tucker. Further information is available at:

Jill Gropper, Meditation Teacher & Spiritual Mentor

April 17th - 19th
Jill Gropper is a certified Life Style Coach, Meditation Teacher and Wellness Advocate. Owner of Mind Body Balance LLC, with 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry! Jill completed renowned #1 best selling author Gabrielle Bernstein's Spirit Junkie Masterclass Level 1 & 2, plus a regular attendee at numerous  workshops/retreats throughout the year. She teaches people how to live their most authentic lives from the inside out, incorporating a complete Mind and Body approach to living a healthy lifestyle, integrating mindfulness and simple daily forms of meditation to increase energy and vitality! Exercise, movement and nutrition play a huge role in living a balanced life and Jill will share her secret  recipes to accomplish your own personal health goals.

Janis Abraham Spring, Psychologist & Author

April 24th - 26th
Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP, is a nationally acclaimed expert on issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. She is author of three award-winning books (How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To; After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful; and Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent) which have sold more than ½ million copies.  In private practice for 41 years, Dr. Spring is a recipient of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology and the Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Award for Distinguished Family Service. Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, she is a former clinical supervisor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, and a popular media guest on programs such as NPR and Good Morning America. She and her husband live in Westport, CT, and have four sons and seven grandchildren.