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January 2021:
Cleanse

If there has ever been a time to cleanse ourselves of lingering negativity, old habits, or anything weighing us down and holding us back, it is the start of 2021. Turning to a brand new page offers us the opportunity to begin with a clear mindset and a positive outlook to make the most of whatever we may face over the next twelve months. This month we will focus on experts who will help us to cleanse and re-set for a brand new year ahead!

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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Jessica Meyrowitz, Knitter and Designer
January 1st - 3rd
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!!!

Friday, January 1st
Cleanse Your Mind 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. 

Saturday, January 2nd
Cleanse Your Mind 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.


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Erika Jurden, Wine Expert
January 8th - 10th
Erika Jurden is a New Jersey native wielding a passion for the wine industry. Her interest stemmed from her parents love for wine country and storytelling. As the story goes her zest for the wine industry began during childhood, with the bedtime stories her father created based on the book “Mr. Boston’s Guide to Bartending.” Upon graduating from St. Joseph’s University, Erika entered into both restaurant industry and promotional modeling industry. The experience she gained helped her land a job with Capital Wine and Spirits. Looking to further her education, Erika became a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators in 2009. Her love of selling wine, and telling stories, lead her to join the Francis Ford Coppola Winery as a District Manager. When asked what her favorite bottle of wine is, she will tell you it is the one she gets to share!


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Psychic Medium Jo

January 15th - 19th
Josephine resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania and has studied under, and with, the finest mediums, psychics and healers here in the USA - including Lily Dale, New York, a Mecca for Spiritualism, and the largest Center for Science, Philosophy and Religion in the World. Josephine has also traveled to England to study at the Arthur Findlay College. She is a Usui Reiki Master, Clairaudient, Clairvoyant, and Empath. Utilizing all of these abilities,  Josephine now builds on that passion for interaction with people that she found in sales and practices as an Evidential Medium -- she brings in pertinent and identifiable information from spirit and gives it to the sitter in ways that they can understand and acknowledge. In her early thirties, Josephine made the decision to understand what it was she was experiencing and she embarked on a wonderful journey to  embracing her abilities. She learned that the voices she heard at night before falling asleep were spirits speaking to her, attempting to connect with her. She realized that she was unknowingly using these psychic abilities in her sales profession. She was reading people,  feeling what they were feeling. She recognized that her spirit guides would flash pictures in her head, directing her on what questions to ask and how to proceed. It was a long and sometimes lonely journey, always reading and searching. It was through one of those exhaustive searches that Josephine found a group of people that not only understood what was happening to her, but were going through it themselves. This spirit circle changed her life, opening up to so many possibilities. In many ways, she felt this is when the journey truly began, bringing her to where she is now.

Friday, January 15th
What is a Spirit Guide?
8:30pm
In this class, we will delve into the world of spirit guides. Many of us have experienced a spontaneous action that made no sense at the time but turned out to be exactly what was needed at the proper moment. We scratch our heads and think, “what made me do/say that?” This is an example of a spirit guide stepping in to help you in some facet of your life  Guides are always there to help in any situation; implanting a thought to assist in keeping you safe and they can become a constant part of your life if you remember to ask for their help.

Saturday, January 16th
What Exactly are Auras?
8:30pm
Join us as we take a deeper look at auras and their meanings. As human beings, we radiate a very low level of electricity that’s otherwise known as an electromagnetic field. Our aura is “seen” as a luminous body that surrounds our physical one. Each layer — and any problems in them — surround your body in a net of energy. In this class, we’ll discuss the energy fields found surrounding all living things.  

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


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Jennifer Clair, Chef in Residence Series
January 22nd - 24th
Jennifer Clair is a culinary instructor and the founder of Home Cooking New York, a recreational cooking school in New York City, now offering virtual cooking classes to anyone, anywhere. Before launching the school in 2002, she honed her editorial chops as the former Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Recipes Editor at The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook (March 2018), a cookbook based on the best-selling class at the school, and is the host of the cooking podcast, "Kitchen Radio." In addition to teaching, she is a board member of Fareground, a women-run anti-hunger organization, devoted to increasing access to healthy foods to Hudson Valley residents and families. She lives in Beacon, NY with her family.

Friday, January 22nd
Cleansing Your Grocery List: How to Choose the Cleanest Ingredients in the Supermarket  
8:30pm
January is the perfect time to overhaul your grocery list, so you always have access to the best quality of food at home. Sometimes you don't know what questions to ask or what your choices even are, so Jennifer has designed a seminar to give you all the information you need to make the best food choices at the supermarket, so you can fill your kitchen with the cleanest, healthiest  possible foods. 
This is NOT a class about calorie-counting or low-fat foods. A good food education goes well beyond that. Today’s well-informed food shoppers and cooks know that keywords like local, organic, sustainable, grass-fed, humanely-raised, wild, GMO, and extra-virgin all tell a much clearer story about the food we eat than its packaging. Come ask Jennifer all the questions you've ever had about food!

Saturday, January 23rd
Cooking Demonstration
11:00am
Cleanse your dinner repertoire with these brightly-seasoned, plant-based winter soups, all of which rely heavily on herbs, spices, and citrus to heighten their flavor. Featuring Indian-Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Coconut and Spinach, Smoky Black Bean Soup with Poblanos and Sweet Potatoes, and Quick Winter Pickles.


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Christina Giaquinto, Expert Lifestyle Organizer
January 29th - 31st
Expert lifestyle organizer, 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 29th
Declutter and Organize Your Entire Life
8:30pm
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 the your bedroom closet, to your desk, to your career and even date nights! Tonight we will cover it all. 
 
Saturday, January 30th
Beginning a Conversation about the Soul
8:30pm
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!