Stone cairn on the labyrinth at The Lodge at Woodloch

January 2020:
Refresh & Reset

New Year, New You – a common and often repetitive theme that crops up every January 1st, usually focused on achieving one goal or overcoming a single obstacle. This year, why not embrace a mindset of overall wellness, focusing on mind, body, and spirit as a whole? We have assembled an impressive lineup of experts, covering everything from meditation in your daily life, to cutting out clutter (both physically and mentally), among other topics to equip you with the tools to lead a more simplified and balanced life as you begin 2020. 

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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Bernie Kozlowski, Certified Meditation Coach
January 3rd - 5th
Bernadette (Berni) Kozlowski is a certified meditation coach who has worked with over 2000 people, in the US and in Ireland, consulting with schools, businesses, and non-profits, as well as hosting weekend retreats and working with a limited number of private clients. Berni has also provided a women’s leadership retreat for Proctor And Gamble. With a Master’s degree in Biology and 25 years experience as a Biology & Chemistry educator, Berni brings a research based approach and an engaging, interactive teaching style as she trains others how to incorporate easy exercises into daily life in short spurts. Berni’s unique style of teaching meditation appeals to beginners as well as to those looking to refresh their practice. Teaching nationally and based in Asheville, North Carolina, Berni is the Founder of Berni K’s Rest Revolution, a company she started to help others learn to skillfully access deep states of rest through a form of instinctive meditation that is easy, accessible, and doesn’t require sitting cross-legged on cushions. Results oriented, Berni empowers others to tap into their innate ability to drop into deep rest by removing cultural and personal obstacles.

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Laura Ellen White, Certified Daring Way Facilitator
January 7th - 9th
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: www.thedaringworkshop.org.

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Full Wolf Moon
January 10th
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.

Amid the cold, deep snows of midwinter, the howling of wolves could be heard in the cold winter nights outside Native American villages. Thus, the “Full Wolf” 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. 

Full Moon Snowshoe:  Join the Outdoor Adventure team on a moonlit snowshoe through our tranquil wooded 500 acres. Breathe in the crisp evening air and enjoy the natural sounds as we  tune out the chaos of life and tune in to the tranquil symphony of nature. Your Full Wolf Moon journey will conclude with a cozy campfire and s’mores.  A perfect ending to a relaxing day! 
    
Pen and Ink Drawing: Come howl at the Full Wolf Moon by using pen and ink to create a wolf masterpiece.  Using a simple quill and dipping in liquid ink the experience will feel rewarding.  No experience necessary!

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Catherine Russo Epstein, Certified Life Coach
January 10th - 12th
Catherine Epstein, founder of the Living Lotus Group, and Living Lotus Coaching helps her clients to gain Clarity, Courage and Confidence to live a life more fully from their hearts. She is an experienced guide and instructor in meditation and mindfulness practices as well as an author of The Divine Dining Method, Reiki Master of the Traditional USUI Method, Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America (GG), and Certified Transformational Life Coach (CPC).

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Diane Lang, Positive Living Expert
January 17th - 19th
As a Therapist, Educator and Positive Living Expert, Diane has dedicated her career to helping people turn their lives around and is now on a mission to help them develop a sustainable positive attitude that can actually turn one into an optimist, literally. Through her two books, “Creating Balance & Finding Happiness” and “Baby Steps: the Path from Motherhood to Career.”  Diane has been speaking and empowering people nationwide. She is also an Adjunct in Psychology at Montclair State University, where her college work includes mentoring students for personal issue advisement.  As an expert in her fields of therapy, Lang has been featured in the Daily Record, Family Circle, Family Magazine, Working Mother Magazine and Cookie Magazine, seen on NJ 12 TV, Good day CT, Style CT, The Veira Network, CBS TV and “Fox & Friends”.  She has also participated in a reality based Internet show, ourprisoner.com, hosted Generation X-tinet. In addition Lang writes a blog for Pazoo.com.

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Christina Giaquinto, Expert Lifestyle Organizer
January 24th - 26th
Christina Giaquinto believes your best and happiest life can be achieved by getting organized. After realizing her love for color coordinating, creating binders, and de-cluttering was not considered fun by most people; she knew she had a slight (more like massive) obsession with organizing. She believes an organized life is a necessity and not a luxury, and it is her mission to help as many people as possible incorporate this life philosophy. Her greatest joy is seeing the transformation her clients experience! She runs a very successful luxury home organizing business in New Jersey, and privately coaches clients one on one to organize their life. She has been featured in many nationwide publications such as Pop Sugar, Readers Digest, Peoples Style Watch, Realtor and Inspirer. Her philosophy teaches others to de-clutter so one can fill their lives with nothing but beautiful and meaningful things. She loves meeting new people and you can always find her smiling with a cappuccino in hand!

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Dr. Jodi Mindell, Sleep Expert
January 30th - February 2nd
Dr. Jodi Mindell, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Sleep Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she treats children of all ages.  She is also a professor of psychology at Saint Joseph’s University and of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  Dr. Mindell has written extensively on pediatric sleep disorders and presented over 250 papers at national conferences.  She is the author of Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep (HarperCollins) and Sleep Deprived No More: From Pregnancy to Early Motherhood-Helping You and Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, as well as co-author of A Clinical Guide to Pediatric Sleep: Diagnosis and Management of Sleep Problems (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015) and Take Charge of Your Child’s Sleep: The All-in-One Resource for Solving Sleep Problems in Kids and Teens (Marlowe, 2005).  The majority of her research focuses on the assessment and treatment of common sleep problems in children, as well as sleep problems related to pregnancy and parenting.  Given that Dr. Mindell is known in professional circles as having the most successful technique to treat young children with sleep problems, she is frequently quoted in national publications including New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, Parents, Child, Parenting, and Redbook.  She has also made over 150 television and radio appearances, including the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and NBC Nightly News.  Dr. Mindell is on the Board of Advisers of Parents magazine and the Advisory Board of Johnson’s Baby, as well as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for BabyCenter.com.
 

Month-long Features: 
Spa: HydraFacial
Refresh your skincare routine in the new year with HydraFacial!  In addition to your daily ritual, a monthly HydraFacial treatment  can address any skin care concern using patented  technology that deeply exfoliates and delivers antioxidants, peptides, and unique boosters.  Vacuum technology is utilized to pull debris from pores while simultaneously depositing serums to promote skin health. Give yourself a boost and recommit to good skin health!

Outdoor Experiences: Refresh in Nature
A Walk to Refresh: The start of the new year is the best time to reboot your mind and focus on your goals. Take a winter walk with our Naturalist and learn how the power of the forest, combined with fresh air and exercise can stimulate blood flow to the brain to help you re-gain clarity and focus. Receive a special gift at the end of the walk to continue your reboot journey long after you’ve left the woods. 

Twig and Needles: Have you ever wondered how the forest recharges during the winter months? Our Naturalist will take you on a short walk to explore how this occurs. As we soak in the sights and sounds of the winter forest, you may even start to relax too.
 
Winter Sensory Walk: Join our Nature Guide and use all five senses to explore a crisp, clear refreshing morning. Learn techniques for a walking meditation and end with hot tea incorporating wild edible plants.
 
Fitness: Restorative Yoga
Refresh and Renew: Nurture mind and body with this gentle restorative yoga class. All poses are done on the floor with yoga bolsters and other props to relax the body into restful postures.

Candlelight Refresh: Are you frazzled, stressed, depressed, or just plain tired? Restorative Yoga is for you. It’s a form of yoga that helps you learn to calm your nervous system down so that you can fully relax and come into a place of stillness, peace, and rest. Using props for each pose in the light of a myriad of candles, you will melt into a state of tranquility. Restorative Yoga is also the perfect practice of yoga for the active, fit person who needs to reclaim balance in their bodies so that they don’t overly stress their nervous system with higher intensity fitness.

Creative Discovery: Intention Setting
Barn Wood Signs: Create your own sign on barn wood from a local barn to hang in your home or make for a friend.  Choose from a variety of word templates that will allow you to create a visual reminder of the intention you are setting for the new year!  Cost is $20 per person.

Wearable Intentions Bracelet: Create an intention and meaningful vision board of what you are striving to be, then seal it with a My Intent word bracelet. Live it, breathe it, and remind yourself of how precious our choices are. Cost is $20 per person.

Mind/Body: Refresh & Reset
Refreshing Your Spirit: Refreshing Your Spirit is a workshop that provides an arena of reflection for guests to review old beliefs and habits and move toward renewed awareness by providing alternate strategies in managing their stress. 

Sugar Craving Reset: It is a well-documented fact that sugar is a contributing factor to all around poor health, not to mention weight gain. This presentation will discuss the effect sugar has on our body and the problems that may arise from eating too much sugar. Private consultations are also available through the Spa Concierge.

Garden: Lunch with the Farmicist
Join "The Dirt Doctor" in an open-ended discussion on all things surrounding organic agriculture, including the benefits, comparing to conventional agriculture, and how you can easily create or refresh your own garden or landscape.