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Release and Renew: a Mini Wellness Retreat

April 13, 2024 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

a close up shot of wildflowers with small, white buds illuminated by an incoming sunset behind them.

Join us for a transformative journey amidst the crisp fragrances of spring as we emerge from winter’s sleep. How can you find ways to refresh your mind, revive your energy, and rekindle your soul?

Connect with your breath, find your balance, and embrace the energy of the season as yoga instructor, Christina Fittipoldi leads you through mindful movement during our gentle yoga practice. If weather permits we will enjoy our yoga practice outside on the patio! No yoga experience is necessary.

We will take a short walk on the property to enjoy the bountifulness of Hildacy’s preserve and appreciate nature’s abundance.

Release stress and tension as certified vibrational sound therapist, Mindie Hung, leads you through a guided meditation and sound bath to clear your mind, declutter your thoughts, and create space for inner peace.

Let the season of growth and renewal be the catalyst for positive change in your life.

About the instructors: 

Christina Fittipoldi: Completed a 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training in May 2015 and began teaching a wide variety of asana movement at multiple studios. Eager to dive deeper, she completed the 300-hour teacher training at Main Line Yoga Shala in December 2019 entitled “Agni Moksha.” She enjoys guiding students mindfully through safe and responsible movement using body and breath awareness, allowing students to journey within.

Mindie Hung: In 2017 she became a certified vibrational sound therapy licensed practitioner with the Vibrational Sound Association (VSA). Mindie has taken certificate courses in Yoga Nidra with Swami Jnaneshvara, Restorative Yoga with Cyndi Lee, Trauma Informed Care, Mindfulness Meditation, Level 1 Pranic Healing, and Level 1 Reiki trained. Her passion is to assist those looking for inner peace in their mind and body.

Where

Hildacy Preserve
1031 Palmers Mill Road
Media , PA 19063
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When

April 13, 2024
10:00am - 1:00pm

The former farm fields at Hildacy have been converted to meadows dominated by native grasses such as big and little bluestem, Indian-grass, and switchgrass. Native grass meadows provide valuable habitat for many bird species that are in decline across their ranges. Eastern Bluebirds, American Kestrels, Indigo Buntings, and Red-shouldered Hawks have all nested at Hildacy in recent years.

Crum Creek, a tributary to the Delaware River, meanders through the preserve. The creek is the leading drinking water source for Delaware County residents and was designated a “Special Protection Stream” by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. With help from volunteers and Pennsylvania’s TreeVitalize program, we have planted hundreds of trees along the edge of Crum Creek to improve water quality. Trees and other plants in this area filter the nutrients and sediments transported by surface and groundwater flowing into the creek. Native trees also provide shade and food that benefit fish and other aquatic species.

In 2001, we completed a renovation to our headquarters, including a large addition to the original farmhouse. Throughout the design and construction process, we were careful to minimize environmental impacts. A geothermal system takes advantage of the earth’s constant temperature to heat and cool the building, while the extensive use of glass and exterior shades allow us to reduce heating costs in the winter and lighting costs year-round.

  • Bring a yoga mat, light snack, water bottle, and a towel or blanket.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and consider layers since the weather can vary.
  • The trails are considered moderate in grade, and some parts are rocky; please wear appropriate shoes.
  • Cell phones are permitted, however be sure to silence your device once the program begins.
  • Please leave your four-legged friends at home.

Help us all stay safe:

  • If you are sick or not feeling well, please stay home.
  • Masking is optional. Participants may choose to mask at any time.

Natural Lands is able to host more than 100 events a year thanks to the financial support of our members. If you aren’t yet part of our community of members, join us!

Registration

Registration required to reserve your spot. Please complete and submit the secure, on-line registration form below, or contact Martha. 

Not already a member, or you need to renew? Purchase membership AND event tickets below!  

  • $90 new member ticket includes event ticket and one year of Natural Lands membership. As a thanks for your member support, members are able to purchase 2 additional tickets at member price. 

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  • We offer discounted tickets for registrants who are ACCESS Cardholders for $2 per person (limited to 4 tickets). 

Cancellation:
Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather or low registration. In that case, we will make every effort to update our website and contact registrants. Note that we cannot offer refunds of paid registrations or ticket purchases, but rest assured that your donation will help us in our work to save open space, care for nature, and connect people to the outdoors.

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Participant Waiver:
By registering for this event, I, as the participant, and/or parent or legal guardian of a minor participant, do hereby understand and acknowledge that by participating, in this, or any, Natural Lands’ event or activity, I am agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless Natural Lands, their respective administrators, directors, agents, officers, members, volunteers, employees, other participants, any sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises on which the Activity takes place, (each considered one of the “RELEASEES” herein).

I further acknowledge, agree, and represent that I understand the nature of the Program and related Activities and my and/or the Minor’s experience and capabilities, and believe that I and/or the minor are qualified, in good health, and in proper physical condition to participate in such activity. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions of participation.

I fully understand that: (a) the Program and related Activities involve risks and dangers of damage to personal property and serious bodily injury, including permanent disability, paralysis, and death (“risks”); (b) these Risks and dangers may be caused by my and/or the Minor’s own actions or inactions, the actions or inactions of others participating in the Activity, the condition in which the Activity takes place, or the negligence of the “releasees” as aforementioned; (c) there may be other risks and social and economic losses either not known to me or not readily foreseeable at this time; and I fully accept and assume all such risks and all responsibility for losses, costs, and damages I and/or the minor incur as a result of my participation or that of the Minor in the Activity.

I hereby release, discharge, and covenant not to sue Natural Lands or any of their “releasees” from all liability, claims, demands, losses, injuries, damage to property, or other damages on my and/or the minor’s account caused or alleged to be caused in whole or in part by the negligence of the “releasees” or otherwise, including negligent rescue operations; and I further agree that if, despite this release and waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity agreement I, the Minor, or anyone on the Minor’s behalf makes a claim against any of the Releasees, I will indemnify, save, and hold harmless each of the releasees from any litigation expenses, attorney fees, loss, liability, damage, or cost which any may incur as the result of such claim.

I have read this Agreement, fully understand its terms, understand that I have given up substantial rights by registering for this event, and have done so freely and without any inducement or assurance of any nature and intend it to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law and agree that if any portion of this agreement is held to be invalid, the balance, notwithstanding, shall continue in full force and effect.

Find Yourself Outside

Are you up to the challenge? Explore all 20 of our featured preserves and Stoneleigh: a natural garden, and collect all the code words to receive a Natural Lands “Find Yourself Outside” t-shirt.

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Music. Without Walls.

Rock, roots, and rhythm. No matter what the style, music is better with nature as the backdrop.

So get your groove on this year with Natural Lands at these amazing events!

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Pints on the Preserve

East Branch Brewing Company will be pouring suds on select Saturdays, beginning at 2:00pm. Enjoy refreshments with a take-your-breath-away view.

 

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