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October 2020:
Women's Health

While October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, we thought it beneficial to provide a month of women’s overall health awareness. Classes will include focus on women’s nutrition, cardiovascular exercises specifically targeted to women, as well as presentations and lectures that center around emotional health and well-being. 

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.
Full Harvest Moon
October 1st    
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 Harvest Moon is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. Most years, it comes in September, but it can occur in October. Farmers can harvest late into the night by the light of this early-rising 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.

Full Moon Kayaking: Paddle under the silvery light of the Harvest 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!

Watercolor Painting: Enjoy the foliage and the view from the art studio as you paint what you see!  We will be using watercolors and inks to capture the beauty of the Full Harvest Moon!

Debbie Epstein Henry, Best-Selling Author

October 2nd - 4th
Debbie Epstein Henry is an expert, consultant, best-selling author and public speaker on careers, workplaces, women and law.  For more than 20 years, hundreds of news outlets have featured her work including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and many more.  Debbie runs the DEH Speaker Series, offering programming with thought leaders in NYC and by webcast, drawing more than 1,000 participants per quarter.  She is the author of LAW & REORDER, the #1 best-selling ABA Flagship book for 2011 and the co-author of another ABA best-selling Flagship book in 2015, FINDING BLISS.  Debbie’s international work includes multiple engagements in The Hague as well as in Paris at the French Senate and in London and Vienna and elsewhere abroad.  She built a national network of over 10,000 lawyers and from there, she co-founded Bliss Lawyers, a company that employed high caliber attorneys to work on temporary engagements for in-house and law firm clients.  In 2020, Bliss Lawyers was acquired by Axiom, the global leader in high-caliber, on-demand legal talent, and she now serves as their executive consultant.  Debbie volunteers her time with a number of non-profits including the Forum of Executive Women where she is a Member of the Board and Co-Chair of the annual Leadership Symposium.  She has received numerous awards including being named among the Philadelphia Business Journal‘s "Women of Distinction.”  In 2017, Debbie received the Anne X. Alpern Award.  She received her B.A. from Yale and her J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School.  A native New Yorker, Debbie lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband; they have three sons. 

Friday, October 2nd
Channeling Acceptance & Satisfaction In Lieu of Perfectionism
In an age of 24/7 demands both at home and work, our perfectionist tendencies have become the ultimate enemy.  Rather than clinging to our perfectionist ways, what if we set guilt aside and actually pursued our home and work lives with vigor but also a dose of reality?  During this discussion, we will explore the value of acknowledging the impossibility of responding to every last request and being present in every overextended aspect of our lives.  Instead, we will uncover the concepts of delegating, relinquishing control and acceptance as tools to free you up to prioritize what really matters.  We will wrestle with the tough questions of when adjusting expectations and determining something is “good enough” will actually serve you as well as those around you better in the long run.  You will leave this session inspired with strategies to embrace resilience and perseverance as a means to gain greater satisfaction and an overall more reasonable life.

Saturday, October 3rd
Women & Power:  Getting Ambitious About Ambition
Do you feel ambivalent about acknowledging your ambition or desire to seek power?  Have you, at times, ceded or deflected your ambition?  Did you used to feel ambitious and now feel that drive has dissipated?  Or, is your ambition strong yet the receptivity to any of your expressed desires for power being discouraged, diminished or even received with outright hostility?  At this session, you will be inspired by a candid exploration of how to get ambitious about ambition.  We will address the awkwardness for some women around ambition and the need to overcome such reticence in order to seek and develop power.  We will wrestle with the thorny challenges of overcoming the naysayers and those who may want to thwart our ambitious efforts.  We will confront the fear of exposing our true desires as well as the tension that some feel that our ambitions may conflict with our aspirations, home responsibilities, and social norms.  You will leave this session inspired to further develop and nurture your ambitions as well as cultivate strategies to sustain and achieve them.

Petra Kolber, Inspirational Speaker & Movement Motivator
October 9th - 11th
Petra Kolber is a speaker, author, DJ, podcast host and a wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a crusader for change and a beacon of authentic happiness. In her 25 years in the fitness world she has starred in and choreographed sixty award winning videos and fitness programs, and has spoken live to thousands of motivated followers.  As a national workshop leader and keynote speaker she inspires people around the globe to stand up for their lives and live profoundly from their hearts. She has been a consultant and contributor to many national fitness magazines and has been named Fitness Crusader Of The Year by Health Magazine.  She has been the face and voice of leading food and fitness companies such as Reebok, Spry Living, Yes Fitness Music, and California Walnuts.  

In August 2018, in association with Da Capo Lifelong Books, Petra released her first book, The Perfection Detox: Tame Your Inner Critic, Live Bravely and Unlash Your Joy, which made its debut at no.1 in new releases on Amazon.

As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and fear less, so that they can stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude.

Soul Power Yoga
October 12-14
Leaving corporate America behind, sisters & founders of Soul Power Yoga, Cristal & Pooja carry over 20,000 diverse teaching hours. They bring ingenuity, humor, intensity and enriching knowledge to each practice. Soul Power Yoga practices are a systematic integration of purifying breathing techniques, powerful asana (yoga postures) and healing meditation innovatively sequenced in the moment. No class is ever the same but the sisters’ commitment to their students is constant in each class: Inspiring you to be authentic and embrace your unique gifts.

Monday, October 12th
Spring Cleaning Meditation with Soul Power Yoga
On the 1st day of the Solstice, cleanse your mind, heart & soul.  Guided meditation and breath work to welcome energy of renewal & rebirth. No meditation experience required.

Tuesday, October 13th
Restore & Renew with Soul Power Yoga
Unite your body, mind and spirit's forces of effort and surrender through this deeply healing flow. Relieving tension in your legs, back & shoulders before melting into a healing meditation.  No yoga experience required. 

Power of Breath & Meditation with Soul Power Yoga
Stop to smell the roses this Spring with a deep breath & calm mind. We will begin by discussing the benefits of deep breathing and meditation.  Then let's go through a step by step breakdown of breath work to expand your lung capacity & guided introductory meditation. No experience required.

Wednesday, October 14th
Detox Flow with Soul Power Yoga
A wonderfully vibrant welcome to Spring by detoxing the heaviness and welcoming lightness through this energetic flow.  Awakening each of our body's systems through dynamic movement of balance, strength & flexibility while practicing conscious breath-work throughout.  Melt into a healing meditation to release stress and make space for abundance & prosperity. Beginners welcome, Mixed Level Flow.  

Janis Abrahms Spring, Psychologist & Author

October 16th - 18th
Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP is a nationally acclaimed expert on issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. She is author of three award-winning books (How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To; After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful; and Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent) which have sold more than ½ million copies. In private practice for 41 years, Dr. Spring is a recipient of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology and the Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Award for Distinguished Family Service. Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, she is a former clinical supervisor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University, and a popular media guest on programs such as NPR and Good Morning America. She and her husband live in Westport, CT, and have four sons and seven grandchildren. www.janisaspring.com

Ilana Tolpin Levitt, Mental Health Counselor
Octber 23rd - 25th
Ilana Tolpin Levitt, M.A., M.Ed. is a clinical career counselor with over 25 years  of experience in private practice in New York City and Central New Jersey. She is the 2013  recipient of the Outstanding Career Practitioner Award from the National Career Development  Association. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and with a strong background in  Organizational Psychology and Human Resources, Ilana’s focus with many clients is a deep exploration of the psychological roots that impact career development and workplace  dysfunction. Many of her clients struggle with internal barriers that interfere with their success. For over a decade, Ilana ran mother-¬daughter relationship  workshops with her mother who was a psychoanalyst. Ilana’s book What's Mom Still Got to Do With It?  integrates her extensive knowledge and experience about mother-¬daughter relationships with her expertise in career development.   

Friday, October 23rd
The Warrior Within
Ready to reach the next level of your career? Women in the workplace often feel held back or like an impostor at their job. Many of us have lacked role models growing up, and often don’t currently have a mentor to look to for support. But there is a warrior woman in all of us. We will explore new ways to fully embody our strengths, and find the tools and resources needed to move forward in our careers.

Saturday, October 24th
Mother’s Journey, Daughter’s Destiny
How much of a daughter's life design is imprinted by her mother's own narrative? Education, choice of partners, and opportunities all seem connected to our histories. Learn why the mother-daughter relationship is more powerful and adhesive than any other in the family, and explore the conscious and unconscious connections within our stories. Begin to unpack your mother's story in order to bring clarity to your own.

Stephanie Roman, Body Acceptance Coach
October 30th - November 1st
Stephanie Roman is a Body Acceptance Coach, speaker and workshop facilitator in the NYC metro area. Having struggled for many years with dieting and body shame, it's her mission to support her clients in embracing the bodies they have now, so they can live their fullest lives with courage, confidence and authenticity. She guides her clients in listening to their body's intuition in order to figure out what holistic wellness means for them individually.  Stephanie's clients benefit from reasonable and sustainable wellness recommendations, together with enthusiastic coaching and gentle accountability.  She is grateful to have had many opportunities to speak on Body Acceptance with audiences ranging from fashion week participants to cancer recovery groups.  In her free time Stephanie enjoys being outdoors, frequenting the theater, volunteering, and engaging in lively conversations over chai tea. 

Friday, October 30th
Body Acceptance: The Forgotten Key to Well-being
The word 'acceptance' is not often associated with our bodies - yet body acceptance is key to a healthy relationship with self. We will discuss what Body Acceptance is and isn't, why it's more vital than body love, and what acceptance can do for your overall health and wellbeing. 

Saturday, October 31st
Body Appreciation in Daily Practice 
Our bodies are with us every moment of our lives, how can we show care and appreciation for these magnificent vessels that are too often shamed and taken for granted? This discussion will focus on why body appreciation is essential to your self-care practice and easy steps to integrate appreciation into your daily routine. 

Full Blue Moon
October 31st
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans of North America. Tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Full Moon names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Full Moon names, but generally, the same ones were consistent among regional tribes. European settlers followed the custom and also created some of their own names.

Note that due to the 29-day lunar cycle the exact dates of the full moon move every year. Most seasons have three full moons, but because of the variation some seasons have four full moons. The term "blue moon" was used to identify one of these extra full moons. 

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 Walk: Join our Outdoor Adventure guide on a moonlit tour 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 Blue Moon journey will conclude with a cozy campfire and s’mores.  A perfect ending to a relaxing day! 
Pen and Ink Drawing: Celebrate the Blue Moon by using  blue and silver inks to create your own masterpiece!  This fun and easy class will inspire your hidden artist.