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August 2020:
Power of Plants

It’s a well-known fact that plants, trees, and flowers offer a laundry list of benefits for the human body. For the month of August, we will be focusing on their generous gifts, including essential oils, cold remedies, air purification, and many other uses that can be found in these powerful beings. 

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 Sturgeon Moon

August 3rd
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.

The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month.

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.

Create with Inks!: Design a colorful fish painting that will celebrate the Full Sturgeon Moon!  You will use watercolors and inks to create your masterpiece!   

Full Moon Kayaking: Paddle under the silvery light of the Full Sturgeon 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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Summer Herbal Weekend
August 7th - 9th
As part of Power of Plants month, we are taking this weekend to celebrate the tiny heroes in the plant world – herbs! Herbs have so many different uses, from oils and teas to skincare and health and wellbeing. With the expert help of our resident Herbalist and Farmicist, we’ve cultivated a weekend program that will give you the tools and knowledge you need to make the most of these natural wonders. 

Friday, August 7th
Herbs for Immunity
2:00pm
Bolster your immune system with healthful and medicinal herbs. Immuno-modulating herbs strengthen and support the immune system to prevent illness, whereas immune stimulants and antimicrobial herbs work to fight illness when it has already taken hold. Join our Certified Herbalist, Heather for a slideshow presentation and learn how you may use these herbs to nurture your wellness. 

Seasonal Foraging: Preserving Summer’s Bounty
5:00pm
We have reveled throughout these warmer seasons in all things green and growing from wild edible plants along our favorite trails to our beloved cultivated medicinal and culinary herbs. With the change of seasons again approaching, there is however no reason to say goodbye to the many benefits these green allies provide. Join Heather, Woodloch’s Certified Herbalist, for a slideshow presentation about both the common garden herbs and wild plants that may be preserved for later use in herbal teas and unusual culinary delights!

Saturday, August 8th
Savoring Medicinal Tea
1:00pm
Do you love discovering new teas? Are you curious about the medicinal benefits of herbal teas? Join our Certified Herbalist, Heather for an herbal tea tasting and discussion of this blend’s myriad of healthy attributes. Not only will you leave refreshed and renewed but with the knowledge of how to prepare this same blend at home!

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk
3:00pm
Join Heather, our Certified Herbalist, for a walk along one of Woodloch’s woodland trails to discover the edible and medicinal plants that can be found not only throughout the region but in your very own backyard. Heather will share helpful hints for proper identification, as well as easy and efficient methods for harvesting and preparing these plants at home. Allow Heather to answer any plant questions you may have. There will be many stops along the way to meet the plants, so be sure to bring your camera and a notepad for taking notes.

Do-It-Yourself Herbal Salve ($)
8:00pm
Protect and nourish your skin with your very own hand-crafted herbal salve. Join our Certified Herbalist in preparing a salve perfect for preventing and treating dry and scratchy skin, cracked hands, and promoting the general wellness of your first line of defense against germs and bacteria - your precious skin. Take home your own tin of herbal salve and the knowledge of how to make your own salve for years to come. Cost is $15 per person. 

Sunday, August 9th
Botanical Hike
10:00am
Take a hike with our Certified Herbalist, on a nearby trail to meet the plants up close and personal. Many of these plants are edible and/or medicinal and can be found on your favorite trails, in your backyard, and even along urban sidewalks. While immersed in the beauty of the woods, learn helpful hints for identifying these plants and simple methods for using them yourself. There will be many stops along our path and the hike will be moderate in nature. Be sure to bring your camera and a notepad or smartphone for jotting down notes

Compost Teas and Biodynamics
2:00pm
Join our Farmicist as he describes the many plants that can be utilized in the production of compost tea, a simple and easy to make liquid fertilizer that is as fun to create as it is effective in its use. Also discover an introduction to biodynamic agriculture and the spiritual science of nourishing the soil.


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Maureen Calamia, Feni Shui Expert
August 14th - 16th
Maureen Calamia is a founder of Luminous Spaces Feng Shui School and Re-Nature Consulting as a corporate speaker and retreat leader. An expert in energy, mindfulness, stress management and consciousness, she helps her clients restore greater wellbeing by tapping into the Five Element archetypes. Maureen merges the wisdom of feng shui and earth energy healing with biophilia, our need to be truly connected to the natural world for joy and wellbeing. Author of Creating Luminous Spaces (Conari Press, 2018) she empowers others to discover and nourish their True Nature in their inner and outer spaces. Maureen has written for Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, MindBodyGreen, and OMTimes Magazine. She lives in St. James, NY. Visit Maureen at luminous-spaces.com. 

Friday, August 14th
The Secrets of Nature Design at The Lodge at Woodloch
3:00pm
Tour some of The Lodge at Woodloch’s public spaces and discover how the organic, natural design used throughout facilitates a peaceful, calming presence. Biophilia, our love of life, inspires a modern approach to feng shui. Using natural elements, biophilic design expert, Maureen Calamia, will share the secrets of how to recreate this peace in our own homes.   

The Power of Plants in Indoor Spaces
8:30pm
Why do we feel good around plants? Why is it that treed neighborhoods contribute to higher property values? Biophilia and feng shui expert, Maureen Calamia, shares the secrets of our connection to plants, and how they impact us in body, mind, and spirit. You’ll also learn what plants are best for low maintenance, for low-light areas, plus options you can use when live plants are not possible. 

Saturday, August 15th
Create a Fresh Flower Mandala
1:00pm
What is a mandala and how does it help create calm, focus, and inspiration? The beauty created by these geometric forms are used for many to cultivate a spiritual practice. In this experiential workshop, feng shui expert, Maureen Calamia, will guide participants into a brief meditation and then to create a group flower mandala with intention using candles and flowers from Woodloch’s gardens. If you’d like, bring a personal item (crystal, rock, photograph, etc.) to energize it with this sweet, flower energy to bring back home. 

Discover the Unseen Energy
8:30pm
What is your energy field? And how can you “see” it and learn from it? In this experiential class you will learn how to use some basic steps to measure energy fields and understand how people, spaces, situations, and mostly, our thoughts(!) can impact it, for harm or health. You will construct a simple tool, called dowsing rods, learn how to use it and ways to manage your energy for greater health in body, mind, and spirit. 


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Christine Daigneault, Certified Aromatherapist
August 21st - 23rd
Christina Daigneault is a certified aromatherapist, beauty product formulator, and co-author of PLANT-POWERED BEAUTY, a best-selling book that unlocks how to harness plant-based ingredients for health, wellness, and beauty.  She has been featured in Glamour, Origin, MindBodyGreen, Well+Good, Eco Beauty Editor, Healthline, New York Magazine, and Mantra Yoga + Health. Christina leads natural beauty events nationwide, including her Beauty Bar innovation, and recently toured Whole Foods Markets/Whole Body for Beauty Week.  She is also the founder of Orchard Strategies, a wellness-focused public relations firm, and is an attorney-mediator dedicated to peaceful conflict resolution.

Friday, August 21st
Take an Aromatic Journey with Plant-Based Ingredients

8:30pm 
Join the co-author of Plant-Powered Beauty, Christina Daigneault, to learn how plant-powered ingredients can heal and beautify the body, mind, and spirit. Interact with botanicals and then be transported on an aromatic journey with a line-up of plant-based ingredients.  The first evening will focus on essential oils that are known to help relieve stress and calm the mind, and the second evening will feature essential oils celebrated for their cell-regenerative and skin healing qualities.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of how essential oils are made, their therapeutic qualities, and insight on how to incorporate them into beauty and wellness routines.

Saturday August 22nd
Take an Aromatic Journey with Plant-Based Ingredients
8:30pm 
Join the co-author of Plant-Powered Beauty, Christina Daigneault, to learn how plant-powered ingredients can heal and beautify the body, mind, and spirit. Interact with botanicals and then be transported on an aromatic journey with a line-up of plant-based ingredients.  The first evening will focus on essential oils that are known to help relieve stress and calm the mind, and the second evening will feature essential oils celebrated for their cell-regenerative and skin healing qualities.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of how essential oils are made, their therapeutic qualities, and insight on how to incorporate them into beauty and wellness routines.


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Diane Hoch, Certified Nutritional Health Counselor
August 28th - 30th
Diane Hoch is a Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Natural Foods Chef and Entrepreneur, leading the food evolution of the healthy family - one kitchen at a time. She is the CEO and Founder of The Food Evolution, a nutrition and cooking center designed to teach people how to create delicious and nutritious "whole foods" for themselves and their families. Diane also provides one-on-one nutritional counseling, available via phone, Skype, or in person to offer personal attention and support in your quest for vibrant health.  
 

Month-Long Features: 

Fitness: 
Walking Meditation on the Lotus Labyrinth 
Learn standing postures for grounding and centering, while practicing the art of walking peacefully along the path to mindfulness and relaxation.

Outdoor Experience: 
Wild Creations 
Find your creative side in this nature inspired class! You will use your imagination and art supplies created by Mother Nature to construct a piece of artwork that will be left in our forests, gardens, or meadows for others to enjoy.

Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk
Join Heather, our Certified Herbalist, for a walk along one of Woodloch’s woodland trails to discover the edible and medicinal plants that can be found not only throughout the region but in your very own backyard. Heather will share helpful hints for proper identification, as well as easy and efficient methods for harvesting and preparing these plants at home. Allow Heather to answer any plant questions you may have. There will be many stops along the way to meet the plants, so be sure to bring your camera and a notepad for taking notes.

Spa: 
Pure Zen Body Ritual
The perfect treatment for pure bliss.  This CBD-infused journey begins with a smoothing exfoliation, followed by a deeply hydrating wrap, featuring hemp extract and flower essences to nourish the body and mind.  Access the mind body benefits of CBD alongside an infusion of age-defying paracress plant extract in a truly restorative massage, leaving you in a zen state of relaxation and wellness.   
Body Treatment: $305

Pure Zen Manicure and Pedicure
These nourishing and age-defying services feature a luxurious infusion of CDB, warm organic shea butter, and paracress to restore moisture and ease tension in the hands and feet.  Promote healthy nails and beautiful skin while inviting deep harmony into the body and mind.
Manicure: $75
Pedicure: $95

Creative Discovery: 
Watercolor Flower Study
Take a step into simplicity by painting one petal at a time. Come experience a pure form of watercolor painting, by using beautiful flowers as an inspiration to guide us in painting what we see.