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June 2020:
Creative Arts

When was the last time you colored for fun? Or sat down with some beads and string to make a fun piece of jewelry? For many of us, these crafty hobbies stayed behind in our childhood and rarely make an appearance during our busy adult lives. This June, we are celebrating Creative Arts, and all of the benefits that go along with it. It has been proven that even just coloring in a coloring book can ease stress and anxiety, help achieve mindfulness, and improve sleep and focus (plus a myriad of other benefits). Join us as we delve into the joy and nostalgia of creative arts!

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 Strawberry Moon

June 5th
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 relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June, so this Moon was christened for the strawberry! This name was universal to every Algonquin tribe. However, in Europe, they called it the Rose 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 Pen & Ink Drawing: Welcome the Full Strawberry Moon by drawing by the water's edge.  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 Strawberry 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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Nancy Monson, Certified Zentangle Teacher
June 5th - 7th
Certified Zentangle Teacher Nancy Monson is a health coach, artist, and writer, and the author of Craft to Heal: Soothing Your Soul with Sewing, Painting and Other Pastimes, about the therapeutic benefits of pursuing a creative activity, and other books. www.nancymonson.com

Friday, June 5th 
Reducing Stress with the Zentangle® Drawing Method: Black Pen on White Tiles ($)*
8:30pm
The Zentangle Drawing Method is a structured drawing technique that is fun and simple—as well as a great stress reducer. It doesn’t require artistic experience, so it is accessible to all. The technique looks complicated, but once you learn the steps to draw the “tangles” on paper tiles, you can create beautiful drawings. In this introductory class, you will create a drawing with black pen on a white tile. The technique was developed by artists Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, www.zentangle.com. Cost is $10 per person.
 
Saturday, June 6th
Reducing Stress with the Zentangle® Drawing Method: White Pen on Black Tiles ($)*
8:30pm
The Zentangle Drawing Method is a structured drawing technique that is fun and simple—as well as a great stress reducer. It doesn’t require artistic experience, so it is accessible to all. The technique looks complicated, but once you learn the steps to draw the “tangles” on paper tiles, you can create beautiful drawings. In this class, you will create a dramatic drawing using a white pen on a black tile. The technique was developed by artists Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, www.zentangle.com. Cost is $10 per person.

*Please sign-up for these activities with the Spa Concierge.

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Maggie Mistal, Career Consultant
June 12th - 14th
In her successful career consulting practice, Maggie Mistal helps people Soul Search, Research and Job Search into their ideal careers. CNN dubbed her “one of the nation’s best known career coaches.” Maggie’s hosted a career talk show on SIRIUSXM, millions have watched her videos and appearances on YouTube, CNN, Fox Business and The Today Show and others have read her advice in The New York Times, USA Today, & Money magazine to name a few. Maggie also coaches executives on managing their careers for the most success and fulfillment. Her motivational advice to combine passion, talent and mindset with career has transformed the lives of her listeners, viewers and clients. Maggie’s infectious energy and positive attitude are a breath of fresh air for weary workers. With her spare time, Maggie has been known to paint and sing cabaret. Her off-Broadway show is aptly titled “Follow Your Dreams.” To listen to Maggie’s podcast, watch her videos and find out more about her coaching services, visit her website at MaggieMistal.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Jessica Meyrowitz, Knitter and Designer

June 15th-17th
Jessica Meyrowitz was taught to knit by her yoga teacher.  The yoga instructor was giving a 4 week course on the basics of knitting - while emphasizing the meditative qualities and mindfulness that knitting provides.  To say that Jessica loved the class is an understatement.  She enjoyed the process of knitting as well as the products that she was making with her newly acquired knitting skills. One day, during an internet search - looking for knitting ideas - Jessica came across the idea of extreme knitting and she was hooked.  Extreme knitting is knitting that is done with large needles and oversized yarn.  Jessica began creating throws for family and friends - using larger needles and her Yummy custom made, oversized, 100% merino wool yarn.  The response to her blankets was so positive that she decided to turn my passion into a business and started It’s a…Yummy. It's a...Yummy believes beauty is in the details.  The quality of the wool, the size and color of the yarn, and the weave of the knit contribute to the uniqueness of the creations.  Additionally, they hand knit all of their products to ensure each piece is a beautiful and usable work of art.  Their philosophy at It’s a…Yummy is simple: Color + Texture = Yummy!!!

Monday, June 15th
Mindful Knitting Workshop($)*
8:30pm
Jessica Meyrowitz is a knitter, designer and founder of It’s a…Yummy.  Her company creates products using a custom made, oversized, 100% merino wool yarn.  To truly appreciate It’s a…Yummy products - you must experience them in person - the yarn is sooo soft and Yummy! 
Come join her and experience the mindful and meditative benefits of knitting!!  As a class participant you will learn how to knit a scarf using It’s a…Yummy’s yarn and oversized needles.  At the end of the hour - you will have learned a skill and will be leaving with your very own creation - a Yummy Mini Scarf!! This class is appropriate for both the novice and experienced knitters. Be creative, socialize, and leave with a new skill and a scarf!! Cost is $30 per person.

Tuesday, June 16th
Mindful Knitting Workshop($)*
8:30pm
Jessica Meyrowitz is a knitter, designer and founder of It’s a…Yummy.  Her company creates products using a custom made, oversized, 100% merino wool yarn.  To truly appreciate It’s a…Yummy products - you must experience them in person - the yarn is sooo soft and Yummy! 
Come join her and experience the mindful and meditative benefits of knitting!!  As a class participant you will learn how to knit a scarf using It’s a…Yummy’s yarn and oversized needles.  At the end of the hour - you will have learned a skill and will be leaving with your very own creation - a Yummy Mini Scarf!! This class is appropriate for both the novice and experienced knitters. Be creative, socialize, and leave with a new skill and a scarf!! Cost is $30 per person.

*Please sign-up for these activities with our Spa Concierge.

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Jo Coppola, Handwriting Analyst

June 19th - 21st
Handwriting Analysis is a science that links hand to brain, thoughts to emotions, heart to soul. Jo believes in its’ power to uncover the deeper self, to view the expansiveness of a person’s truth, and to heal. Handwriting is not a thing of the past, but a threshold to one’s intimate portrait of self, and a never ending way of communicating and sharing one’s voice regardless who receives the message. Join us for a workshop that will raise awareness of how science combines with art and transforms individual meaning and purpose. Jo Coppola is a Graduate Handwriting Analyst and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has been teaching handwriting analysis workshops over the past 24 years and is working on a book project that will explore why handwriting is still so vital and linked to wellness, more than ever.

Month-Long Features:

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.
 
Sunrise Photo Walk: Explore the outstanding beauty of our grounds at a time often referred to by photographers as the “golden hour.” No sunrise is the same and each one offers its own magical experience. Remember to bring your camera or cellphone!
 
Handmade Papermaking: Explore the world of papermaking with our Nature Guide. You will learn how to pour and press beautiful and unique handmade sheets, using a variety of recycled and natural materials.
 
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.