Family & Youth ProgrAMS

REGISTRATION

Education and event registrations are requested within

48 hours of the event.

 

Registrations can be fulfilled on this website,

by email at info@shimmeringlight.info

or by phone, 585-394-7610.

 

 

 

 

 

Instructors

All programs are led by professional educators with passion for people and our planet! They will inform and inspire you to deepen your relationship with the natural world and with one another.

 

Location

All programs take place at Shimmering Light

Renewal Center

6143 Hicks Road

Naples, NY 14512

 

FEBRUARY, 2016 EVENTS
 

View this SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE - Udates coming soon

 

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Nature Walk: Interpreting Nature's Messages

TO BE RESCHEDULED due to frigid temps on Saturday, February 13, 2016

1:00-4:00PM      

 

This outdoor experience will focus on the messages and messengers all around us every day. Have you ever seen a hawk or rabbit and felt some inexplicable connection to its appearance in your day? Is Spirit guiding you, gently, but you do not always get the messages? By exploring the formation of trees and limbs through the ancient art of reading Runes, to Native American animal medicine and more, we will practice deciphering what the grand Mystery is trying to speak through a symbolic language that is present, accessible and deeply personal. A natural tea and snack will be served.

 

Workshop facilitator, Angela Cannon is a professional environmental educator, writer and daily walker with the Mystery of the Natural World.

 

Ages: families, adults and children with adults.

Suggested Tuition Donation: $10 per person. $30 per family. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

 

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From the Heart: Self-Love. Love-Share

Sunday, February 14, 2016

2:00-4:00PM

 

Come with your family and friends to craft a felted rose petal valentine heart. Enjoy yummy treats of wild crafted wild rose honey and tea. Learn about herbs that serve the heart. Reflect on the qualities you appreciate about yourself and your loved ones. Take away lessons on loving those who surround us at home, work and at school, and loving those who are hard to love.

 

Workshop facilitator, Deborah Denome, has been reveling in her relationship with vibrant plant allies for over 25 years.  Her elders/teachers include the plants themselves, as well as Andrea & Matthias Reisen, Rosemary Gladstar, Susun Weed and Rocio Alarcon. Deborah is also a Horticultural Therapist and Director of Seeking Common Ground and Herb Haven, non-profit educational organizations dedicated to exploring and inspiring more conscious and restorative ways of life.  Joining us will be guest presenter, Kay Megorden-Staten and Herb Haven Mavens.

 

Ages: families, adults and children with adults.

Suggested Tuition Donation: $10 per person. $30 per family. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

 

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Friends and Family Yoga

Monday, February 15, 2016

11:00-11:45AM

 

Bring the whole family for this fun, relaxing introduction to yoga!  No prior experience needed.

 

Yoga instructor, Jodi Simons Caruso is the founder and teacher at Open Arms Yoga.

A fun, compassionate and understanding teacher, Jodi has been teaching yoga to people

of all ages since 1999. By incorporating her yoga training, life experience, and passion

for healing, Jodi provides a unique and diverse class experience. She trained under

Francois Raoult of Open Sky Yoga in Rochester, apprenticed with Audrey Harpe of

Yoga Bhoga in Hemlock, is a Certified Restorative Yoga teacher under Judith Hanson

Lasater, and is a certified and registered Yoga teacher. Jodi is also a certified Inner Light

Healer and offers private Inner Light Healing sessions and Assisted Yoga Therapy sessions.

 

Ages: families, adults and children with adults.

Suggested Tuition Donation: $7 per person. $15 per family. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

                                                                                                           

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For the Love of Fire

TO BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO WINTER STORM Tuesday, February 16

12:30-3:00 PM  (ages 9 &  up)

 

If you had just one match could you start a fire?  What if you didn't have a match? In this workshop we will explore some of the most fundamental ways of making and sustaining fire.  You can expect to leave this workshop with a deeper connection to fire, and a strong trust in yourself to both make and care take it.  

 

Workshop Facilitator:  Zach Sarkis.  Born and raised in the Finger Lakes,  Zach's passion and connection to the natural world has only grown with the dive into the realm of primitive skills and naturalist studies.  

 

Ages:  9 & Up

Suggested Tuition Donation:  $10 per person, $30 per family.  No one turned away for lack of ability to pay. 

 

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Winter Animal Tracking  

Wednesday, February 17

2:30-4:30PM

 

Course Description: Have you ever wondered what animals do in the winter?

Follow footprints in the snow and learn how to identify the creatures that wander

the winter woods and fields around us. We will be outside for a majority of the

program, so please dress appropriately.

 

Workshop Facilitator: Deborah Clark hails as a local mama trying to change the

world a little at a time. She has her A.S. Natural Resources Conservation from

FLCC and she has training in early childhood education, development and care.

She has previously led nature programs at Stoney Brook State Park and this past

season was honored to work alongside Farm-her, Tanya at Shimmering Light Farm.

Currently studying for wildlife rehabilitation license, enjoying time with her kids

and critters, and planning next year’s garden.

 

Ages: families, adults and children with adults.

Suggested Tuition Donation: $10 per person. $30 per family. No one turned away

for lack of ability to pay.

 

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Interactive Discussion: “How Many Planet Earths Would We Need

if Everyone Ate Like Americans?” followed by a Plant-based Dinner

Thursday, February 18, 2016

4:00-6:30PM

 

As an introduction to dinner, join us for this interactive, eye-opening discussion. As global population continues to grow, so does our pressure on the world's natural resources. The need for cheap food has industrialized our agricultural system, thus completely changing our relationship with food and the resources necessary to produce such food. Through an interactive discussion and mathematical calculations, we will take a closer look at how our diet influences the demands on arable land and water. Following the discussion, enjoy a plant-based dinner and learn how to make simple changes in food choices that will help promote a healthier lifestyle for everyone and the planet.

 

Tanya Rogers is our Farm-Her and program director for Shimmering Light Farm. She originally received an A.S. in Environmental Science from Finger Lakes Community College. Tanya then moved on to pursue a B.S. in Wildlife Science and a M.S. in Conservation Biology, both from SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Her original dreams were to focus on tiger conservation, although through her experience living amongst subsistence farmers in India, Tanya decided to take a more direct approach to conservation, through active sustainable agriculture. Land-use practices worldwide and our daily lifestyle choices severely impact the ecological integrity of our planet. It is through food, that Tanya hopes to raise awareness of our connections with the environment, the ecological impacts of our actions and encourage a more restorative way of life, one which promotes the conservation of all species, including our own!

 

Ages: families, adults and children (ages 8 & up).

Suggested Tuition Donation: $20-$25 per person, includes dinner. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

 

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Shimmering Light Drum Circle

Thursday, February 18, 2016

6:30-7:30PM

 

Join us as we launch our community drum circle, a gathering of all types of people who come together to share in making music and a place where each person is an equal part of the unified experience. This can also be a relaxing and healing way to engage and connect with others. No musical training is needed as the experience is structured for success at any level. Bring your own drum, if you have one. A limited amount of small drums will also be available for use.

 

Liz Hedger is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Reiki Master. She enjoys connecting with people through the universal language of music and using a variety of modalities for health and healing.

 

Tuition: Donation Only. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

Ages: families, adults and children with adults.

 

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Birds in Winter

Friday, February 19, 2016

1:00-3:00 PM

 

Join Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) Conservation Technician Sasha Mackenzie for a program on the amazing adaptations birds utilize to survive the winter months.  Enjoy a leisure walk to learn more about the winged creatures that live right in your backyard!  Make a pinecone bird feeder to see what birds you can attract to your very own kitchen window.  Please dress for the weather!

 

Sasha (Ewing) Mackenzie has been working as a technician in the Environmental Conservation and Horticulture Department at FLCC for the past eight years.  Sasha assists with a variety of classes at FLCC, but a few of her favorites are:  Wildlife Field Techniques, Black Bear Management, Winter Ecology, and Field Study of Birds.

                                                                                                

 

Ages: families, adults and children with adults

Suggested Tuition Donation: $10 per person. $30 per family. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

 

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Full Moon Snowshoe, Hot Chocolate, Bonfire & Fireside Stories

Saturday, February 20, 2016

7:00-9:30PM

 

Come snowshoe under the Full Snow Moon and learn about the night life on the farm.  Then cozy up around a fire with hot chocolate and winter nature stories.  Snowshoes included.  Advance registration requested by February 17th.

 

Our guide, D.J. Kitzel, is a long-time environmental educator.  D.J.’s love for the outdoors started as a boy in the woods and on the waters of his native Irondequoit. Since then his outdoor experiences have led him to a season in Yellowstone Park, a dude ranch in Wyoming, trail work for the Appalachian Mountain Club, a thru-hike of the A.T., backpacking trips in Ireland, and a homestead outside Naples, N.Y. D.J. holds a Masters Degree with a focus on adolescent development and teaches at The Canandaigua Academic and Career Center, which is a Canandaigua City Schools program that provides an alternative educational setting for students in grades 7-12. 

 

Ages: families, adults and children with adults

Suggested Tuition Donation: $15 per person. $40 per family. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

 

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Tea Tradition & Tasting – a Happy Earth Tea Experience

Sunday, February 21, 2016

2:00-3:30PM

 

Learn about the tea plant Camellia Sinensis and how high quality green tea, black tea, oolong and matcha are made. Enjoy tea prepared in traditional Chinese gong-fu style and learn how to whisk a great bowl of matcha. Experience the benefits that tea brings to the body, mind, heart and soul. Included in the tastings will be four premium organic teas from Darjeeling (India), Nepal, Taiwan and Japan, selected directly from the tea growers (and are the same luxury teas used by the Queen of England and sold at Harrods London).

Niraj Lama is a tea expert from Darjeeling, India who moved to the US in 2010. He founded a tea company, Happy Earth Tea in 2011 in Rochester, NY where he currently lives with his wife and two children. Happy Earth Tea specializes in organic teas sourced directly from tea farms of India, Nepal and Taiwan. Lama believes in the profound simplicity of tea and its wholesome effect on body and mind.

 

Ages: Adults and youth, ages 10 and up.

Suggested Tuition Donation: $25-45 per person. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

 

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Vision Board for the New Year

No Longer on Feb. 16. RESCHEDULED FOR Tuesday, February 23rd, DUE TO WINTER STORM

6:30-8:30PM 

 

A vision board is a collection of pictures, images and affirmations of your goals and dreams.  Combined with intent, it is a powerful visualization tool for manifesting what you want to attract into your life.  Come create your own vision board to discern, energize and accelerate your goals and dreams for the year!

 

Facilitator, Sue Browne, is a healing arts practitioner, consultant and wellness educator. An herbalist & licensedmassage therapist, she specializes in herbal therapies, therapeutic bodywork and energy healing. Sue holds a B.S. in Integrative Health from the State University of New York & teaches community classes in natural health. She has worked in clinical medical settings and luxury resort spas throughout the US and Caribbean, and is an educator in Ayurveda. Sue is also a breast cancer survivor & successfully used herbs and natural therapies instead of chemo or radiation for her healing and recovery.

 

Ages: Ages 9 & Up

Suggested Tuition Donation: $15-$30. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

 

 

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Herbal Footbaths: Nourish your Nervous System

Thursday, February 25, 2016

6:30-8:30PM

 

Herbal footbaths are a powerful way to release stress and tension and nourish your nervous system.  All of the nerve endings and blood supply in the body travel through the feet (and hands) so as we soothe the feet, our whole body receives the benefit.  Footbaths also encourage good circulation, dilating the blood vessels of the feet and drawing blood downward from your head, often alleviating stress headaches.  We will learn about and utilize nerve nourishing herbs such as oats, lemon balm, scullcap, lavender, chamomile, hops and more.  Come savor a deeply relaxing guided visualization while we gather around the fireplace, our feet soaking in warm healing baths of herbs.  Herbal tea and treat included. 

 

Workshop facilitator, Deborah Denome, has been reveling in her relationship with vibrant plant allies for over 25 years.  Her elders/teachers include the plants themselves, as well as Andrea & Matthias Reisen, Rosemary Gladstar, Angela Tiberio, Susun Weed and Rocio Alarcon. Deborah is also a Horticultural Therapist and Director of Seeking Common Ground and Herb Haven, non-profit educational organizations dedicated to exploring and inspiring more conscious and restorative ways of life.  

 

Ages: Adults and Teens

Suggested Tuition Donation: $20-35 per person. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay.

 

 

 

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Education and event registrations are requested within 48 hours of the event.

Registrations can be fulfilled on this website, by email at info@shimmeringlight.info or by phone, 585-394-7610.

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