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December 2021:
Connection

With 2021 winding down, it is a perfect time to reflect and assess all that we have learned, how we’ve grown, and those who helped us along the way. Whether it be with family members, friends, colleagues, or even ourselves, December is the perfect time to honor the connection with everyone who has been an integral part of your world. 

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.

Alfred Atanda
Alfred Atanda Jr., MD, Motivational Speaker
December 2nd - 4th
Alfred Atanda Jr., MD is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon in Wilmington, DE. In addition to his clinical practice, he serves as the Chief of Clinician Experience and is in charge of maintaining a culture that promotes well-being and prioritizes professional/personal growth and development for all of the physicians. He is also an author, podcaster, and motivational speaker for other professionals outside of his hospital organization. Topics of interest include: finding one's purpose/calling, time management, effective communication, daring leadership, continuous improvement, lean thinking, identifying alternative revenue streams, and design thinking. He leverages various digital, social, and multimedia platforms to connect with professionals in a vulnerable way to motivate and inspire them to attain their fullest personal and professional potential.

Thursday, December 2nd
Motivation vs Inspiration  
8:30pm
For many of us, professional growth and development may lead to job satisfaction, happiness, and feeling fulfilled. Unfortunately, many of us chose our professions without really knowing what truly motivates and inspires us. Moreover, many of us fixate on aspects of our professions (i.e. salary, work environment, job security, promotion opportunities) that don't necessarily correlate with job satisfaction. In this class, the participants will learn a simple exercise where each participant will be able to sketch out and organize the different aspects of who they are in efforts to find their purpose or "calling" in their professional/personal lives and really get to the core of their true motivation.

Friday, December 3rd
Organizing and Prioritizing Tasks
8:30pm
No matter the profession, many of us frequently encounter problems, people, and tasks that create barriers to achieving professional well-being. Often times, we can easily become overwhelmed and paralyzed by the stress it requires to identify and manage these issues. In this class, we use proven continuous improvement and lean thinking principles to practice ways to organize, prioritize, and strategically dismantle our barriers to well-being into very manageable pieces. Each participant will learn to identify ways to prioritize tasks/people that are highly energizing and positively engaging while delegating and removing tasks/people that deplete energy and provide minimal engagement.

Alaine Portner
Alaine Portner, Author, Yogi, and Medium
December 3rd - 5th
Author, Gifted yogi, spiritual teacher and inspiring Medium, Alaine Portner has been making a difference in the lives of thousands across the United States for the past 30 years. As the founder of Yoga Center of Medford, NJ, Alaine has finely tuned her ability as a Medium and fused it with her passion for meditation to offer a unique and transformative experience. After completing 4,000 readings in four years, she shared the transformative experiences in her book, Medium Memoirs, Messages of Love, Hope and Reunion. A remarkably sensitive Medium, Alaine specializes in receiving messages from loved ones or guided spirits and then delivers life-affirming insight and direction. Those who have encountered her style, typically feel a sense of euphoria, connection and supportive change in their perception on their personal or professional journey. Alaine’s engaging manner, humor and straight-to-the-heart insight has provided her with a loyal following. Her vision is to educate people in discovering their own physical and spiritual growth through meditation, mediumship and yoga. . She is a master teacher serving others through her work at the Yoga Center of Medford, as well as regional and international corporate events and retreats.

Friday, December 3rd
Introduction to Mediumship and Meditation 
8:30pm
Discover the art and reasons for seeking & hearing spiritual guidance in your life! A remarkably sensitive Medium, Alaine specializes in receiving messages from loved ones or guided spirits and then delivers life-affirming insight and direction. She offers the spiritual experience of Meditation and Mediumship.  This heavenly connection adds purpose to your life, reduces your fears and adds greater enthusiasm for living life more fully.  Clients who experience Alaine's Mediumship style typically describe it as feeling a sense of euphoria. Readings can provide connective and supportive change in your perception while assisting your personal journey. Alaine's engaging manner, full of humor and straight to the heart truths, has provided her a loyal, global following. 

Saturday, December 4th
Semi-Private Reading
11:00am
Clients who experience Alaine's Mediumship style typically describe it as feeling a sense of euphoria. Readings can provide connective and supportive change in perception, assisting your personal or professional journey. Alaine's engaging manner, full of humor and straight to the heart truths, has provided her a loyal global following.  *Cost is $95 per person, limited to 8 guests. Please sign-up with the Spa Concierge.

Introduction to Mediumship and Meditation
8:30pm
Discover the art and reasons for seeking & hearing spiritual guidance in your life! A remarkably sensitive Medium, Alaine specializes in receiving messages from loved ones or guided spirits and then delivers life-affirming insight and direction. She offers the spiritual experience of Meditation and Mediumship.  This heavenly connection adds purpose to your life, reduces your fears and adds greater enthusiasm for living life more fully.  Clients who experience Alaine's Mediumship style typically describe it as feeling a sense of euphoria. Readings can provide connective and supportive change in your perception while assisting your personal journey. Alaine's engaging manner, full of humor and straight to the heart truths, has provided her a loyal, global following. 

Sunday, December 5th
Semi-Private Reading
10:00am
Clients who experience Alaine's Mediumship style typically describe it as feeling a sense of euphoria. Readings can provide connective and supportive change in perception, assisting your personal or professional journey. Alaine's engaging manner, full of humor and straight to the heart truths, has provided her a loyal global following.  *Cost is $95 per person, limited to 8 guests. Please sign-up with the Spa Concierge.

Laura Ellen White, Certified Daring Way Facilitator
Laura Ellen White, Certified Daring Way Facilitator

December 27th - 29th
Laura Ellen White is Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and holds a Master of Social Service (MSS) from Bryn Mawr College. She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF™) trained to teach the work of Dr. Brené Brown, author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, & Daring Leadership. Through talks, workshops, and retreats, Laura’s organization, The Daring Workshop, focuses on life’s most vital skills, such as how to: live your values, set boundaries, navigate transitions, make meaningful change, reach goals, practice forgiveness, apologize with heart, be present, foster connection, and practice gratitude. Laura is a Stage 4 colon cancer survivor who embraces the principles and processes she teaches in her everyday life. 

Stage5Life is an initiative of The Daring Workshop to support the emotional journey that accompanies cancer. Stage5Life promotes meaningful connections and honest conversations for healing, and works to alleviate the grief, suffering, and emotional pain of cancer. Stage5Life supports people who have, or had cancer and their friends, family, and allies.

She lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania with her husband Ashton, their children, Colette and Margot, and their pug Tucker. To learn more visit: www.thedaringworkshop.org

Monday, December 27th
Belonging through BRAVING
8:30pm
Belonging is the sense of connection you feel with your family, friends, and colleagues when you show your imperfect, authentic self. Join Laura Ellen White, LSW & Certified Daring Way Facilitator, to explore belonging through Dr. Brené Brown’s concept of BRAVING.  You’ll learn the seven core competencies of BRAVING, (Boundaries, Reliability, Accountability, Vault, Integrity, Nonjudgement, and Generosity) and explore practical ways to cultivate belonging in all areas of your life. Braving allows you to let go of the exhausting task of “fitting in” and let your authentic self shine bright.

Tuesday, December 28th
Compassion and Connection
8:30pm
Self-compassion is the practice of being kind and understanding to yourself in the face of frustration, loss, limitations, and mistakes. Join Laura Ellen White, LSW & Certified Daring Way Facilitator, as we explore self-compassion through the work of Dr. Brené Brown and Dr. Kristen Neff. In this workshop, we’ll test your level of self-compassion and explore the 3 elements of self-compassion. You’ll learn how to unhook from need to constantly assess, be better, go faster, do more and give yourself the same caring support you give to others. You’ll leave with tools, practices, and exercises to increase your capacity for self-compassion.

Positive Living Expert Diane Lang
Diane Lang, Positive Living Expert

December 29th - 31st
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 three books, “Creating Balance & Finding Happiness”, “Baby Steps: the Path from Motherhood to Career” and “Mindfully Happy- waking up to life.”  Diane has been speaking and empowering people nationwide. She is also Adjunct Faculty in Psychology at Montclair State University and Rutgers 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. 

Wednesday, December 29th
Positive Psychology - Finding your Happiness
8:30pm
Learn new ways of thinking and behaving that will make your life happier, like expressing gratitude, setting life goals, random acts of kindness, etc. Make small changes now that will help you to live a more positive and resilient lifestyle. Learn the steps that you can take that will make a HUGE difference in your life!

Thursday, December 30th
New Year, New You Workshop
8:30pm
It’s almost 2022. 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 2022? 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.

Two champagne flutes with festive lights in the background
New Year's Eve Celebration

December 31st
Let The Lodge at Woodloch help you usher in the New Year! Celebrate and reflect on the past year while preparing for a fresh start on January 1st. With a stimulating mix of fitness classes, MindBody offerings, outdoor adventures, and creative art classes, there is something for everyone. We are also proud to share these special offerings on New Year’s Eve.

Friday, December 31st
Flavors of Fizz
5:00pm
Drop by and indulge in an informal tasting of bubbly from around the world, including Prosecco, German Sekt, and Sparkling Greek Rose.

Dinner at TREE Restaurant
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Featuring a special New Year’s Eve Menu, experience an artfully crafted spa dinner surrounded by relaxing live music during the dinner hours. 

Dancing in the New Year
9:00pm
Enjoy dancing in the New Year with live music in the Fireside Room.

Midnight Champagne Toast
12:00am

 

Month-Long Features

Compassion Meditation
Join a guided meditation informed by the ancient and contemporary Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and kind attention. Discover a simple and powerful way to connect to your moment to moment experience, to embrace self and others with non judgmental awareness, to cultivate compassion and gratitude for the beautiful gifts already present in our lives.

Explore Holiday Stamps and Printmaking ($)
Come make your own stamps and prints using a traditional linocut printmaking technique. Holiday and Winter themed elements will be provided to create your own one-of-a-kind stamp. Then, use your stamp to create a set of four greeting cards. Your beautiful stamp is yours to take home and can be used for future projects such as making your own gift wrap or gift tags! Cost is $15 per person.

Journaling Outside of the Box
We will bring our journals to the forests and meadows surrounding us and discover a deep connection to ourselves and to the natural world as we meditate on birdsong and the breath of wind in the treetops. Instruction in the basics of journaling is provided; your journal is yours to keep and cherish.

Perfectly Paired
Relax and reconnect during this indulgent couple’s spa experience.  Nourish the body and soul with side-by-side Swedish massages in our couple’s suite, using aromatherapy oils of citrus and cinnamon to inspire enthusiasm and enhance any occasion.  Continue the connection as you enjoy a beverage and treat together in our lounge following your massage.  
75 minutes // $505 
Add a Body Polish, 25 minutes // $160
Add a Bath, 25 minutes // $160