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November 2020:
Men's Health/Family & Gratitude

As we enter into the season of thankfulness and appreciation, gratitude should be at the forefront of our minds, now more than ever. Practicing daily gratitude has been shown to improve self-esteem, psychological and physical health, and enhance empathy. 

November is also when we focus on Men’s Health, with our annual Movember weekend. This November, we are honored to participate in the national movement to improve health and wellness in men, Movember.  Movember is a movement that began back in 2003 with a couple guys growing mustaches for a cause.  17 years and over 5 million Mo Bros and Mo Sisters later, the movement is stronger than ever. 

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.

Karen Garvey, Author & Intuitive
November 6th - 9th
There are a lot of myths about what it means to be Intuitive. The word ‘intuitive’ is frequently used to describe one's ‘gut feelings’ or visceral responses. To me, ‘intuitive’means perceiving information that cannot be explained through earthly means. The receipt of information can come in many forms: clairvisually (seeing), clairvoyantly (a sense of ‘knowing’), clairaudiently (hearing), clairsentiently (feeling). In addition, some psychics can attain otherworldly information through the sense of taste or smell.” Karen L. Garvey offers these words about what she feels it is to be an intuitive, or medium.

After obtaining her MBA, Karen L. Garvey acquired extensive business and writing experience, authoring/co-authoring many articles and books.  After 9/11, her intuition grew rapidly which led to her life-changing book, THE ANSWERS to your questions about life.  Karen regularly communicates with guides, who provide insights into our earthly existence for seminars, media appearances, audio programs, workshops, and books.  She also offers one-on-one sessions in person and by telephone enabling clients to connect with their guides or loved ones who have separated.

Friday, November 6th
Navigating 2020 and Beyond - Your Guides' Guide
We can’t control happenings around us, but we can be equipped to sail through the major shifts.  Let your guides give you the insights and tools to move forward confidently, healthily, and abundantly.  Life is far more than we experience through our physical senses.  

Saturday, November 7th
Universal Truth Questions and Answers
It all becomes clear… AN OPPORTUNITY for audience members to ask personal or global questions for insightful realizations!  Karen opens her conduit to guides and universal truth to provide answers to any question that you may pose.  The insights you gain provide leaps for you in your journey toward understanding life and your purpose.  Obtain understanding, clarity, and insights. Question examples:  How can I achieve abundance?  Why are we here?  How can I connect with my guides?  What happens when we die?  What is my purpose?  What is the meaning behind nightmares?  How can I harmonize my health?

Sunday, November 8th
Exploring Past Lives
Learn more about YOU in this life by visiting YOU in previous lives. Past life information adds intrigue and enlightening details into this lifetime and assists you in discovering more about your soul's intent and your path to happiness.  No meditation necessary.  Karen attunes to your previous travels and assists you in your own discovery.

Private Consultations are available. Please contact the Spa Concierge for more information.

David Bonom and Marge Perry, Chef in Residence Series
November 13th - 15th
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 MyRecipes.com. 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.

Saturday, November 14th
Cooking Demonstration
Crazy-Delicious, Do-Ahead Appetizers - Make your gatherings as easy as they are elegant with these knock-your-socks do-ahead dishes. Cookbook authors Marge Perry and David Bonom will show you how to be a guest at your own gathering with a few sophisticated, show-stopping and stress free appetizers. You’ll learn to make—and get to taste—these dishes you will turn to again and again: Seared Shrimp with Chimichurri, Brie and Apple-Bacon Jam Toasts, and Roast Baby Potatoes and Caesar Dip

Tricks of the Trade—At Home
Learn how to relax and truly enjoy your own gatherings. Husband and wife team (and avid party throwers) Marge Perry and David Bonom will share the techniques chefs and caterers—and they-- use to ensure the food gets to guests tasting its best and looking gorgeous. We’ll discuss presentation tricks, how to master timing in the kitchen, and how to turn potential party disasters (with a few real life examples) into successes. Bring your own entertaining questions or concerns, and we’ll talk!

Allison Gilbert, Author & Speaker

November 20th - 22nd
Allison Gilbert is a returning workshop leader at The Lodge at Woodloch!  An Emmy award-winning journalist and one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on grief and resilience, Gilbert has written numerous books including the groundbreaking, Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive. Her stirring work exposes the secret and essential factor for harnessing loss to drive happiness and rebound from adversity. Passed and Present reveals 85 practical and innovative ways to remember and celebrate the family and friends we never want to forget. The book has been featured in People Magazine and Arianna Huffington and Maria Shriver have tweeted about it. O, the Oprah Magazine named Gilbert a contributor for her inspiring essay, "The Reflection Effect," about the power of nostalgia to improve lives and help individuals and families thrive. 

Gilbert’s other books include, Parentless Parents: How the Loss of Our Mothers and Fathers Impacts the Way We Raise Our Children and Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents. She is also co-editor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, the definitive historical record of how broadcast journalists covered that tragic day. The landmark book was turned into a documentary by the U.S. State Department and distributed to embassies and consulates around the world. Gilbert is the official narrator of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s core historical exhibition audio tour and her voice is introduced by Robert De Niro on the Museum’s “Witnessing History” tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. On Gilbert’s popular grief and resilience blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Jon Stewart, and New York Times bestselling authors Gretchen Rubin and Christina Baker Kline. She is a sought-after expert on grief, loss, and resilience, appearing on TODAY, CNN, and MSNBC. 

Gilbert is a popular workshop leader and keynote speaker, helping individuals transform personal and professional setbacks into opportunity. She has spoken to such diverse groups as Google, Time Warner, National Association for Female Executives, The New York Open Center, and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Gilbert graduated from Georgetown University and lives outside New York City. She and her husband have a son and daughter – a college freshman and an 11th grader. You can learn more about her here: www.allisongilbert.com.

Friday, November 20th
Grief & Anxiety: Best Ways to Survive & Thrive
When we lose someone we love, we’re reminded of how little control we have over our lives. Emotions may run high and often they’re not easy to manage. Join critically-acclaimed author Allison Gilbert for an empowering evening discussion. You will learn one of the most important and essential factors that supports long-term healing, understand opportunities for remembering loved ones right now, no matter the status of Covid 19, and acquire new skills for curbing anxiety and anxious-thinking

Saturday, November 21st
Objects & Heirlooms: Clearing Clutter & Staying Connected
Critically-acclaimed author Allison Gilbert offers concrete and actionable guidance for going through objects and heirlooms: which to keep, which to give away, and which to completely transform and reimagine so they bring you more pleasure. In this evening’s session, you will learn why taking control of clutter is essential for happiness and healing, the best strategies for sorting, donating, and repurposing precious objects and heirlooms, and creative opportunities for upcycling everyday household items, such as clothing, furniture, linens, and more.

Full Beaver Moon

November 30th    
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.

This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation is because the beavers are now actively preparing for winter.

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.

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 Beaver Moon.

Full Moon Create with Inks!: As the frost begins to settle into the season of Thanksgiving, let's celebrate by painting a silhouette of the full moon using alcohol inks, watercolors, and masking fluid.  No experience necessary!  All are welcome. 

November Featured Activities

Grateful Family – Pebble Art: Using river bed pebbles, dried flowers, sticks and other natural items, create an artistic representation of your own family on a canvas. Celebrate your thankfulness while getting in touch with the artist within you.    Cost is $10 per person.

Fall Inspired Barn Wood Sign: Create your own sign on barn wood from a local barn to hang in your home or make for a friend. Class will choose from word templates, “Thankful”, “Gratitude”, “Family” and “Fall” and embellish with floral and graphic elements of your choosing! Cost is $20 per person.