Mother/Daughter Strong Bonds℠ – A Day of Nature/Yoga and Playfulness

Mother/Daughter Strong Bonds℠ – A Day of Nature/Yoga and Playfulness

This unique FREE program invites mothers and daughters (ages 13 and up) the opportunity to invest in their relationship in a fun, meaningful and exploratory way, both indoors and out. You will quiet the distractions of your busy lives and celebrate your collective feminine spirit. Moms can tune into their teens aspirations, inner most desires and find out what makes their teen come alive. Daughters can take a break from the barrage of social media and practice the power of the present.

You will have the opportunity to spend quality time together while engaging in activities designed for deeper bonding.  Commune with nature and each other to build strong bonds.  As a team, you will explore the boundaries of your yoga mat in a playful manner. We will incorporate elements of nature walking, yoga, communication, creative expression, and playfulness.

Date: Saturday, November 4
Time: 9:00 am – noon
Fee: Free to the community through a Grant
Capacity:  Limited to 30 participants, 15 mother/daughters
VenueLone Tree Hub, 8827 Lone Tree Pkwy, Lone Tree, CO 80124

To register:  Click Here to Register.  Program space is limited to 15 sets.  If you have questions, please call 303.725.1434 or reach us through the contact form.

Bring yoga mat, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, water, and a snack –  All art supplies are provided.

This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and The Lone Tree Hub – a community and enrichment center for all ages, part of South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

To learn more NamasteWorks Outdoors other nature & Mind/Body programs, visit www.namasteworksyoga.com/outdoors. You can also learn more about your two guides, Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley.  To learn more about The Lone Tree Hub click here.

Capture Your Smile – Through the Lens: Seeing Ourselves Through Nature

Capture Your Smile – Through the Lens: Seeing Ourselves Through Nature

One of my favorite scenes in City Slickers, starring Billy Crystal, is when he returns from his yahoo adventure and greets his wife at the airport.  He holds up his index finger to his mouth and says, “Look what I found” as he exuberantly displays a wide smile.  If you saw the movie, you know he had just had a mid-life birthday, felt trapped in his career and seemed unhappy in his life.  He sets out on an adventure in search of a magic elixir to curb his depression and what he finds is a smile.

Your smile radiates whenever you are taking a picture, but is it your real self, your real emotion at the time, or a facade to ensure others or, maybe even yourself, that you are happy. Whether its bodily pain, physical stress or emotional drains, the loss of your smile can have a tremendous impact on your health and joy.

There are easy ways to put a smile back on your face without having to drive cattle through Montana.  We invite you to grab your camera and join us on a day of feeding your soul and reclaiming your smile.  Play and nature are so important to your vibrancy, and this day is all about taking time to pause from your busy life, join other women in nature, and ignite your inner smile. Pictures communicate our emotions and feelings and we will give you the tools to tap into your joyful spirit.

During this four-hour program, you will develop a candid relationship with nature as you explore the beauty of the Highline Canal.  With camera in tow, you will be guided to discover the great outdoors and capture the field of the natural world and how these images relate to your inner world of joy.  This program includes a 3-mile round-trip hike to capture nature’s images, time for self-contemplation, time with community and exploring nature in story and texture.  After this morning experience, you will leave with greater vibrancy and intimacy with nature, self and a beautiful heartfelt smile.

Program:  Through the Lens and into the Date: Thursday, July 20th
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $39 pp
Venue: Fly’n B Park

To learn more about this program or register call 303.725.1434 or click here.

Meet Yoga in the Park Founder & Instructor – Nancy Levenson

Meet Yoga in the Park Founder & Instructor – Nancy Levenson

Nancy is founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC, a premier provider of mind/body wellness services and NamasteWorks Outdoors.  Nancy’s mantra is helping others, especially women, find and reclaim their inner SPARKLE .   She is a certified yoga therapist  (C-IAYT), nature guide and modern day Sherpa.  Her areas of fascination and expertise, blends classical yoga, energy work, and mind/body therapy with nature, art, painting and wild women play,  in guiding clients to discover their own inner light and passion. If she could, she would sprinkle JOY in everyone’s life and remind them of their own true nature as a path to wholeness.

After her own nervous breakdown, she discovered her path to wellness was rooted in yoga, meditation, wilderness and nature work. Today, she calls herself an empath – highly sensitive to the valuable relationship we share with all living things, and the transformative healing qualities nature brings to self.  Nancy started Free Yoga in the Park nine years ago, guides women’s wilderness retreats and camping, hosts women’s programs all in an effort to help minimize stress, anxiety and depression and live to our fullest life.

Join Nancy and all of our amazing instructors this  summer at Free Yoga in the Park, starting Saturday May 27, 2017 from 8:15-9:15 hosted by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness and the Highlands Ranch Metro Districts.  For more details on the remaining schedule and what to bring, visit http://namasteworksyoga.com/events.

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Aug 3-5, 2018 – Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Aug 3-5, 2018 – Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Celebrate the enchantment of nature and the wildness of your magical self as we gather for a primordial camping retreat. You will enter the mystery of nature and self in a playful and exploratory way, as you deepen your understanding of the Divine Feminine. Nature will act as your guide, giving clues to support your wild and magical inner soul. Your human guides, Nancy and Courtney will be there to help you commune with nature and enliven your PranaShakti (life-force) through mind/body practices, daily yoga, dream work, creative expression, hiking, story-telling, divine feminine circles, and ceremonial drumming and dance.

Camping outdoors invites you to step through a portal, and imagine your wild-self emerge as you deepen your ecstasy with nature and self. There will be plenty of time for solo exploration as well as time spent in community. We will witness the sensory magic that occurs when we collectively share in the creation of our breakfasts and dinners. The campgrounds and campfires will serve to support us as we dive fearlessly into our wild and magical selves.

Accept the call of the wild and join us on this secluded camping weekend in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. Only an hour drive from Denver, our private group camping location is the perfect sanctuary to unleash yourself in nature’s beauty while exploring the wildness of your magical self.

Date: August 3-5, 2018
Time: Check in is at 1:00 pm, check out is 11:00 am
Fee: $179.00 + $7 park pass per day, carpooling is suggested
Venue: Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Private Group Campsite

RSVP – reach us via our contact form or call 303.725.1434.

 

Inclusions: Your fee covers the cost of the campsite, breakfast and dinner, the program, your guides and your retreat supplies.

Exclusions: All lunches and snacks will be your responsibility. Transportation is not included and we do encourage that you carpool with other participants. You will need to provide your own wild camping gear. A list of needed camping supplies will be provided when you register. Some camping gear can be rented through outdoor shops like REI. We encourage you to bring drums, your journal, sacred costume, and an outdoor yoga mat.

To learn more NamasteWorks Outdoors other nature & Mind/Body programs, visit www.namasteworksyoga.com/outdoors. You can also learn more about your two guides, Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley. This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC.

NamasteWorks Outdoors Therapy Guides

When you journey with NamasteWorks Outdoors, you will be guided by two companions, teachers and lovers of nature.  Both Nancy and Courtney are modern day pilgrims that have walked the path from profound loss, grief, and depression to reclaim their health and wellness through blending mind/body and nature therapy.  Now, they collaborate to welcome other women to step into the wild, leave the urban chaos behind and hear their own voice through the voice of nature.  They invite you to open a pathway to your own vitality as they guide you to find peace, meaning and solitude in nature, while replenishing your body, mind, and soul.

Nancy Levenson, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Nancy is a certified yoga therapist and founder of NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC.   After her own nervous breakdown, she discovered her path to wellness was rooted in yoga, meditation, wilderness and nature work. She calls herself an empath – highly sensitive to the valuable relationship we share with all living things, and the transformative healing qualities nature brings to self.  She guides others to explore their own true self.  Her tools include everything from nature to the physical body to poetry.

 

Courtney O’Malley, MA, NCC

Courtney is a nationally certified counselor. Following the death of her husband, she sought solace in nature. It was there that she received healing, renewal and ultimately transformation. Now, she seeks to find beauty and freedom in her life, and desires deeply to help women find their own theme words that help them live into their truth. Drawing from her therapy experience, mind/body practices, years in the outdoors, she invites women to discover their true self and connection to nature.

 

 

Explore some of their upcoming programs at NamasteWorks Outdoors.

Moonrise Camping – October 6-7, 2017

Moonrise Camping – October 6-7, 2017

Join us overnight in celebrating the full moon and the feminine as we allow the night sky to speak to the wildness of our soul. The moon and stars will be our light and guide us as we delight in womanhood and nature. We will use a combination of nature walking, creative art, goddess work, reflection and moonlight yoga to bring renewal, peace and transformation. Our program will be infused with storytelling by fire. As women, we will partake in a community dinner prepared by the entire group – you will be advised of what to bring and breakfast will be included by your hosts. No prior camping experience required, you just need the feminine spirit to explore a night out with us.

Date: Friday, October 6 thru Saturday, October 7
Time: 4 pm – 10 am
Fee: $89 pp
Venue: Fly’n B Park, Highlands Ranch, CO

Registration will be opening soon. Program space is limited. If you have questions, please call 303.725.1434 or reach us through the contact form.

Bring: A detailed camping list will be provided upon registration.

To learn more NamasteWorks Outdoors other nature & Mind/Body programs, visit www.namasteworksyoga.com/outdoors. You can also learn more about your two guides, Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley. This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and the Highlands Ranch Metro District.

Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature to Heal

Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature to Heal

August 17, 2017-Refuel and replenish your radiance in this one day program.  As a woman, if you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, or just experiencing a transition and want to increase JOY and wellness, this workshop is for you. You will have the opportunity to release the body’s memories through somatic movement, yoga, nature walking, meditation, journey mapping and more. Nature heals itself in so many fascinating ways, you too can be inspired by nature’s healing properties and re-invigorate your own spark.

We will meet on the lush and colorful grounds of the Highlands Ranch Mansion and after spending our morning infused by nature, we will move indoors to  NamasteWorks Yoga studio for a nutritious lunch and the balance of our day’s uplifting program. Lunch and all materials are included.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, August 17
Time: 9:00-4:30
Fee: $89 pp
Venue: The Grounds of the Highlands Ranch Mansion and NamasteWorks Yoga Studio

To register click here. Once you click register, you will find the program under the quick links section, click on Browse Activities, under All Types click the box and highlight Yoga and then click Search. You will see the program listed on that page. Program space is limited. If you have questions, please call 303.725.1434 or reach us through the contact form.

Bring: water, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, hat and yoga mat

This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and the Highlands Ranch Metro District. To learn more NamasteWorks Outdoors other nature & Mind/Body programs, visit www.namasteworksyoga.com/outdoors. You can also learn more about your two guides, Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley.

Women’s Sensory Experience: Sept. 14, 2017

Women’s Sensory Experience: Sept. 14, 2017

You will invite nature into your day in a playful way, connecting to the morning sun, creating a contemplative space to support sensory awareness as you explore the gardens, meditate, practice yoga, journal and creatively express yourself. In this four hour program, you will discover how to attune to your sensory awareness with the intention of soothing your heart and listening to the flow of life from within.

Our sensory world has shrunk causing us to loose our connection to nature. Dive in fearlessly to nature’s healing balm, receiving all of the colors, sights, sounds, flavors and textures of your day. Anytime they call, the lawn and infinity fountains offer relaxation and restoration to permeate your entire being. Research is proving that just two hours in nature can reduce our stress levels and balance the body and mind, imagine what four hours can do.

Event Details
Date: Thursday, September 14th
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $39 pp
Venue: Civic Green Park, Highlands Ranch, CO

To register click here.  Once you click register, you will find the program under the quick links section, click on Browse Activities, under All Types click the box and highlight Yoga and then click Search. You will see the program listed on that page. Program space is limited. If you have questions, please call 303.725.1434 or reach us through the contact form.

*bring a yoga mat, sunscreen, water, and lunch

To learn more NamasteWorks Outdoors other nature & Mind/Body programs, visit www.namasteworksyoga.com/outdoors.  You can also learn more about your two guides, Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley.  This program is brought to you by NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, LLC and the Highlands Ranch Metro District.

 

 

 

Blending Nature, Art and Yoga Therapy – Imagine That

Blending Nature, Art and Yoga Therapy – Imagine That

Nature, Art, and Yoga Therapy (NAYT) is an integrated wellness strategy designed to relieve the body of physical stress, the mind of negative and fearful thoughts, and strengthen the nervous and immune systems. Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), studies the effects of how the brain, nervous system, and the immune system impact each other.

A dysfunctional immune system is unable to protect the body and PNI studies on split brain research have found functional differences between the right and left sides of the brain.    According to author Barbara Ganim, in her book Art & Healing, split-brain research revealed that we think and process our experiences, feeling, and emotions as images first and words second.  This research validates that the body responds to an image of a thought first, and then associates words to describe the thought.  This leads us to understand that imagery offers a powerful method to releasing stored emotions and feelings of pain.  And, alternatively can be used to keep the body/mind healthy.

Today’s expressive arts of nature, art, yoga and body movement, dance, dreams, guided imagery, music, chanting, and sound, all integrate imagery as a powerful healing tool.

In nature therapy, we first experience the world through our eyes.  Every aspect of nature creates a sensory awareness infusing our nervous system with sight, sound, smell, touch and perhaps, taste.  It’s easy for us to recall a time we might have been walking through a wooded forest.  We can see the path, the trees and the undergrowth all around us.  We can tune into the sounds of wildlife, our breath and the movement of nature.  We breathe in the essence of the pines, the intensity of the air, and nature itself.  We have the ability to touch the earth with each step, feel the texture of the bark or the local foliage.  And, depending on our willingness, we can even delight in nature with our taste buds.

In art therapy, we explore these same senses but, also embrace our own emotions, fears, and desires.  We draw our inner world out through painting, sculpture or other forms of mixed media.  The imagery becomes an expressive tool for us to communicate deep feelings and use our own stories to heal body/mind and spirit.

Yoga therapy focuses on the path of yoga as a healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind.  Much like split-brain research, yoga therapy focuses on the balance of the left and right, the sun and moon, the feminine and masculine (HATHA Yoga) to integrate and support the wellness of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous symptoms and awaken our essential nature. Ultimately, combing nature, art and yoga therapy can lead us on a enchanted journey of body, mind and spirit.

What if you took just one day, to explore nature, art and yoga therapy?  We believe that you will awaken to a mystical experience, touching and celebrating your own divine spirit, strengthening your immune and nervous system and finding yourself stronger and healthier. We invite you to join us this upcoming Saturday, in our Glistening the Soul program – a snowshoeing day retreat for women.

We will blend nature, art and yoga as we begin our day with a welcoming ceremony outdoors. We will guide you on how to connect with the beauty and peace in nature through your five senses and support you as you develop your intention for your time snowshoeing. You will have the opportunity to bond through sharing with your fellow adventurers. We will then move to a time of introspective work. You will practice leaving your world behind and hone your nature skills and receive that which you need from your time outdoors. You will be sending a powerful message to your soul that you are ready to receive whatever wisdom, peace, or nurturing you are seeking. We will then stop for sharing and processing your time outdoors as well as lunch. We will then journey indoors to NamasteWorks Yoga studio to complete our time. You will have the opportunity to creatively express your experience through journaling, art and mind/body practices. Your day guides include Courtney O’Malley and Nancy Levenson.

Our full day program is only $89.  If this sounds like the transformation you seek, call Nancy at NamasteWorks Outdoors to reserve one of the remaining spaces in this program.  303.725.1434.

Glistening The Soul – Day Retreat & Snowshoeing for Women

Glistening The Soul – Day Retreat & Snowshoeing for Women

Event Date:  Saturday, February 25, 7:30 am-7:00 pm

Beautiful snow blankets our landscape in Colorado every winter.  The white covering changes the sights, sounds, and feel of being outdoors.  Step out of your every day and step into this magical scene. Be entranced with the icicle laden trees, or the way the sun reflects off the snow in all its glittering majesty, or the moist smell of pine as the sun warms the trees, listen to wisdom of the ice covered streams.  Pause for a day and experience what nature has to say to you. What wisdom can we gain from that which nature is trying to tell us? Whether you are experiencing a transition in life, need a sense of renewed strength or peace, this day is for you.

We will begin our day at the trail head (location dependent on weather) where we will have our welcoming ceremony. During this time we will guide you on how to connect with the beauty and peace in nature through your five senses. We will support you as you develop your intention for your time snowshoeing. You will have the opportunity to bond through sharing with your fellow adventurers. We will then move to a time of introspective work. You will practice leaving your world behind and hone your listening to nature skills and receive that which you need from your time outdoors. You will be sending a powerful message to your soul and the natural world around you that you are ready to receive whatever wisdom, peace, or nurturing you are seeking. We will then stop for a time for sharing and processing your time outdoors as well as lunch. We will then journey indoors to NamasteWorks Yoga studio to complete our time. You will have the opportunity to creatively express your experience through journaling, art and mind/body practices.

No experience is necessary; however, one should be able to do a moderate amount of hiking with some hill climbing.  Snowshoeing is not difficult, but it does require some ability for cardiovascular exercise.  We will end the day with a closing ceremony and invite you to return to the world refreshed and renewed. Your day guides include Courtney O’Malley and Nancy Levenson.

Cost for this one day program is $89.   Only ten spaces available.  To register simply call 303.725.1434.  We accept Visa/MC or check. 

As women, we often put ourselves last, making sure that everyone around us is taken care of first, our families, our work, and our relationships.  But it leaves us depleted.  What if you took just one day, to refresh?  One day, to put yourself first? One day to say yes to you, and to invest in yourself?  To register, simply send us a message or call 303.725.1434.

NamasteWorks Outdoors makes it simple for you to meet yourself naturally.    Our nature-based programs are designed to help you uncover a deeper unity with self and nature through our full day retreats, camping excursions, and self-discovery multi-day retreats.