Programs Coming In Fall 2020…
Yoga for Resilience

Future classes will be scheduled. Please email info@spiritwoods.org to join this class.

Challenges in our lives often require physical and emotional stamina that drain our ability to cope. Yet, physical and emotional stamina are the natural elements of resilience needed to manage setbacks, as well as to live life fully.

The seven classes of Yoga for Resilience will take you on a journey through the seven chakras. You will learn how to open, energize, and balance these major energy centers in your body. Through the practice of specific yoga poses with corresponding breath techniques, you will more readily address daily stressors, restore resilience, and create a more harmonious state between your mind, body, and spirit. Each session will close with a brief grounding meditation to carry with you throughout the week.

All levels of fitness and experience are welcome. Please wear comfortable clothing.


Meditation in Movement

Future classes will be scheduled. Please email info@spiritwoods.org to join this class.


 

Enneagram Event
Exploring Ourselves and Our Relationship Through the Enneagram

Future classes will be scheduled. Please email info@spiritwoods.org to join this class.


Advanced Mindfulness for Couples Class – Level II

Future classes will be scheduled. Please email info@spiritwoods.org to join this class.

Mary Freitag

Prerequisite: Mindfulness for Couples Level I

As you gain greater unity and understanding in your relationship through engaging in Wise Mind practices you learned in Level I, you can move toward establishing a deeper connection with one another in Level II.

Advance your skills to allow you to manage distress in a healthy way, maintain your connection with one another while asking for what you need. Build self-respect while giving to your partner what he or she needs, and manage your feelings to cope with situations through acceptance strategies of things you cannot change.

We’ll use education, role play and class discussion to:

  • Revisit skills to manage feelings and to better cope with situational stress;
  • Learn how to manage distress in a healthy way when you are not able to control a situation; and
  • Implement three interpersonal skills to help you be more effective in how you respond and more aware of how your behavior affects others so that positive change can happen.

We keep the groups small – a maximum of four couples per class – so that there is plenty of time and space for all to engage in the process. We currently have room for 2 more couples. Sign up now to ensure your place in the class. We look forward to working with you in creating the closeness and connection you desire and deserve!


Finding Life Balance With Mindfulness and T’ai Chi

Future classes will be scheduled. Please email info@spiritwoods.org to join this class.

Tai ChiThis course uniquely combines specific Mindfulness practices with traditional T’ai Chi movements. Using a gentle Sun-style form that is safe, easy to learn, and suitable for most every fitness level, Finding Life Balance With Mindfulness and T’ai Chi highlights the mind-body connection.

Integrating therapeutic mindfulness practices with physical movement has been shown to reduce stress, the pain associated with many chronic illnesses, and protect against cognitive decline and even dementia.

Mindfulness As you learn and incorporate the practices of mindfulness, you can experience the benefits of staying mindfully in the moment while engaging your “Wise Mind” that still, small voice within or gut feeling. As a result, you may increase your ability to:

  • participate fully in what is going on around you;
  • avoid being hijacked by thoughts or emotions that block your happiness;
  • maintain connection with your body to help identify your true feelings;
  • maintain healthy relationships; and
  • accept the things that are simply yours to let go of.

T’ai Chi Mindfulness will be integrated with t’ai chi movements – a mind/body/spirit exercise that has been described as “meditation in motion”. T’ai chi consists of a series of whole-body movements performed in a slow, focused manner accompanied by deep breathing. When performed regularly, t’ai chi allows us to cultivate the qi or life energy within us to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. The resulting benefits of ta’i chi include:

  • increased energy and stamina;
  • improved flexibility, balance, strength and agility;
  • enhanced sleep quality;
  • strengthened immune system and lower blood pressure;
  • decreased stress, anxiety and depression; and
  • reduced risk of falls in older adults.

To participate fully one must be able to stand and walk without assistance. The physical exertion level is similar to walking.


Just Between You and Me: Mindfulness for Couples – Level I

Future classes will be scheduled. Please email info@spiritwoods.org to join this class.

Just Between You and Me will offer specific mindfulness practices in the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of ourselves and in a relationship with our partner. Through movement, education, class discussion and the sharing of what you are experiencing, you will learn the benefits of staying mindfullly in the moment and engaging your Wise Mind.


Healing Through Contemplative Consciousness:
A Sharing Of The Heart

Future classes will be scheduled. Please email info@spiritwoods.org to join this class.


Winter Solstice 2020: We Are Both Darkness and Light

Join us at SpiritWoods for a celebration of transitioning from the darkest of days to a Light of rebirth.


A Winter Evening at SpiritWoods Labyrinth – by Evan Frost, Photojournalist

As we reach the apex of the year’s longest night, we have a profound opportunity to prepare ourselves for the light that is coming.

Set your intentions for new realms of thinking and being. Join us this solstice for letting go of that which no longer serves you to move toward Essence – your highest Self.


A completed Program from January 2020…
The Minnesota Labyrinth Network

Labyrinth enthusiasts and professionals gathered at SpiritWoods to share ideas and exchange best practices on how to enrich the labyrinth experience for others.