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.

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,, hosted Generation X-tinet. In addition Lang writes a blog for

Friday, January 17th
What Kind of Smart Are You? Learning Your Strengths & Finding Your Passion 
Create balance, relieve anxiety and find happiness by finding your strengths and your true purpose/passion. Learn about the eight different intelligences of the Multiple Intelligence Theory by Howard Gardner. Find out your strengths, skills and how they can work for you. Discover your best style of learning and how to focus on your strengths for creating and enjoying your best life. In this workshop, you will take a personality test and find out your top skills and strengths.

Saturday, January 18th
New Year, New You Workshop
It’s now 2020. Are you set up to move powerfully in your personal and professional goals? Or do you find yourself feeling stuck or drained by everyday life? Lacking the right support and motivation? Wishing on luck and hoping that things can get better in 2020? Feeling like there is better but don’t know how to get there? The New Year brings us the feeling of starting fresh and being motivated to make changes. This program offers practical tips/ tools to thrive through transitions and feelings of stagnation and make those changes. Discover what personality traits cause us to feel stuck and stressed out, what we can do to change and how we can be happy and healthy this year.

Elizabeth Mooney, Creator & Founder of Country Fusion®

January 22nd
Country Fusion® is created and founded by Elizabeth Mooney. Elizabeth has been a dancer since the age of 2 and has taught fitness for 10 years. She has produced and directed her own Off-Broadway show and has owned her own dance studio in NY. She recently moved to NJ where she now resides and has started Country Fusion®. Her certifications include AFAA Personal Trainer, Zumba, Pole Dance, Pound, Zumbatonic, Barre Assets, and training in BOSU, Bootcamp, HIIT, and Cardio Tai Box. Elizabeth is also CPR/AED certified and the founder of Burlesque Booty Camp as well as Country Fusion®.

Wednesday, January 22nd
Country Fusion®
Country Fusion® is a new fitness workout that incorporates country music and dance. 
This workout can burn up to 500 calories in a 50 minute class! Country Fusion® is designed for all levels, ages, and for male and females. The fitness aspect increases your heart rate which then speeds up your metabolism and you burn calories. The dance aspect has you learning dance, flexibility, and correct posture alignment. The dance consists of country, latin, hip hop, jazz, and swing. This is a total body workout that you will be addicted to. Learn how to dance, get an amazing workout, all while having fun!

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!

Friday, January 24th
Declutter and Organize Your Entire Life 
Learn both a practical and spiritual approach to de cluttering your life. Today we will explore everything from the importance of keeping your home de cluttered and organized, to what life clutter says about your happiness. Physical clutter is often a mirror to the emotional clutter in one’s heart, mind and soul. Today we will work through the process to ensure your life is organized, and you are living a happy, meaningful life. Every category in one’s life can be organized - from your bedroom closet, to your desk, to your career and even date nights! Tonight we will cover it all.

Saturday, January 25th
Beginning a Conversation about the Soul 
Spirituality is who we are. When you feel connected to God, the universe, and your soul it changes you. Today we will simply begin a dialogue about what spirituality means to you, and dive deeper into the meaning of “the soul.” We will address such things as making a major life decision, signs from the universe, fear, the ego, inner peace and happiness. This will be a fun conversation about deepening your spirituality in a way that speaks to you and your life!

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

Thursday, January 30th
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Learn about the importance of sleep for your overall health and well-being, including memory, weight control and disease prevention benefits. Find out about common sleep disorders and ways to improve your sleep.  A few simple changes can make all the difference in how well you sleep and refresh at night.

Friday, January 31st
Sleepy, Dopey, and Grumpy: Helping Your Infant, Child, Grandchild, or Adolescent Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep is essential for children of all ages. Whether you have a 6-month-old, a 6-year-old, or a 16-year-old, learn ways to help your child get a good night’s sleep. A few simple strategies can make all the difference.

Saturday, February 1st
Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
Learn about the importance of sleep for your overall health and well-being, including memory, weight control and disease prevention benefits. Find out about common sleep disorders and ways to improve your sleep.  A few simple changes can make all the difference in how well you sleep and refresh at night.

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.