Through the Lens: Seeing Ourselves Through Nature: 7/20/2017

Through the Lens: Seeing Ourselves Through Nature: 7/20/2017

If you really love photography or even if you are a novice with your camera, need a day to self, time to pause from your busy life, desire a connection with other women,  and long to reclaim your radiance, this is the program for you.

This four-hour morning program invites women to 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 the wild self. Learn how the landscape combined with mind/body therapies can feed your soul. 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 and self.

Date: Thursday, July 20th
Time: 9:30-1:30
Fee: $39 pp
Venue: Fly’n B Park

To register click here. Once you click the register button, 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 camera, sunscreen, hat, walking shoes, water, yoga mat and a 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.

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Aug. 4-6, 2017 – Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Colorado

Awaken Your Wild & Magical Self – A Women’s Camping Retreat – Aug. 4-6, 2017 – 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: Friday, August 4 through Sunday August 6
Time: Check in is at 1:00pm, check out is 11:00 am
Fee: $298.04 + $7 park pass per day, carpooling is suggested
Venue: Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Private Group Campsite

Space is limited, so secure your magical ticket today just click here

After purchasing your ticket, please send us a quick note to (email: info(use at symbol)namasteworksyoga.com) and we will forward your Wild & Magical camping detailed package.

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.

Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature to Heal

Scars on the Land℠ – Using Nature to Heal

August 17, 2017-As a woman, if you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, sorrowful or just experiencing a transition and want to explore a unique and integrative approach to wellness, this workshop is for you. You will have the opportunity to process and release the body’s memories through somatic movement, yoga, art, meditation, nature walking, introspective work, journey mapping and community circles. Exploring the scars that you discover on the land will aid you as you look deeper inside the scars of your inner self. This program aims to replenish and refuel each participants radiance.

We will meet at 9:00 on the grounds of the Highlands Ranch Mansion and after spending our morning in nature, we will move to the NamasteWorks yoga studio for lunch and the balance of our day’s program. Lunch and all art 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.

High Attitude Sickness

High Attitude Sickness

When you discover the effects of High Attitude Sickness, living at 5280 or sea level is nothing short of bliss.  It’s a way of being, a way of living and a way affecting others.  I’ve adopted this term as my personal mantra and daily can feel it reverberate in my body, mind and soul.  High Attitude Sickness is a contagion and can affect anyone, but it starts within.  It’s a way of inhaling the wonderfulness of our life and drinking the elixir that fuels our spirit.  When we bask in this space, we can sense bliss lubricating the nerves of our body and mind.  We invite ourselves to bathe in the parasympathetic nervous system of rest and digest and step away from the chaos and stress that fuels so much of our daily lives.  We can feel the flood of joy running through our veins and cells, pumping our heart full of delight and permeating our entire being with energy.   Basking in High Attitude Sickness, lowers the heart rate, relaxes the blood vessels, feeds our soul and opens us up to the free flow of our feelings.

What if each of us were our own portable sanctuary?  It’s a simple process of feeling your way and following your own inner call to High Attitude Sickness.  Although we may have periods of profound joy, most of those moments are fleeting.  More of us are familiar with tension and stress than with the sensations of lightness, openness and bliss, which we can so easily tap into when we cherish all of our instincts and all of our moments.  Given enough time to adapt, most people can adjust to High Attitude Sickness and you may find that you want to journey even higher and spread that attitude to others.

Our newest programs offered under NamasteWorks Outdoors is a naturally way to develop High Attitude Sickness.  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, you will leave the civilized world behind to engage with nature and the mystery of the inner soul.  We believe that awakening to your sacred self is an affirmation to cultivate harmony in your life.

Each program is custom designed to enable you to meet yourself naturally.  Feel fully free to express yourself in every dimension of your life as you participate with nature walks, mind/body practices, journaling, reflection, mindfulness, creative expression, joyful movement, time in and out of community, and so much more.  Together, we will use nature’s call to enrich our self-awareness and connection. We can’t promise transformation, but sometimes it just magically happens.

Join Nancy Levenson and Courtney O’Malley, your guides,  for our upcoming snowshoe and day retreat – Glistening The Soul –  and venture into a love of High Attitude Sickness.  

Is Nature Right for You?

Sometimes the coping mechanisms for dealing with our lives are right in front of us. This video does an excellent job of making us laugh, and speaking some truth. Is nature part of your prescription for healing and overall wellness?

Courtney O’Malley is a retired nationally certified counselor who draws upon her therapy experience, mind/body practices, group counseling techniques to invite people to discover their true self and connection to nature. She guides nature-based self-discovery programs and retreats in the mountains of Colorado.

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.

An Invitation to Try on Winter

An Invitation to Try on Winter

The colder temperatures in the winter months can be a deterrent for many to get outside. We complain, “it’s too cold, it’s too dark”.  We crave the comfort that inside offers us with cozy blankets, central heating, and comforting foods. Who doesn’t love to snuggle up with a blanket and a good book or a movie?  However, winter provides its own unique gifts.  The trails are not crowded and the sidewalks in our neighborhoods are calling for someone to walk on them. Many of the animals are hibernating, the birds have flown south, the leaves have fallen and in that we have the opportunity to notice the smaller details of nature.  The ice crystallizes on the bare branches and along pools of melted snow.  The few dried leaves that still ordain the trees sing their own unique song for us to hear. The cool of the air may make your nose run yes, but it also awakens our spirit to something greater.

I invite you to try out winter.  Say hello to nature in this magical time. If you need some inspiration try this experience. Make first tracks on a path the next time it snows.  At some point pause and look behind you at your steps.  These steps represent your past however long whether you want to focus on those steps as your past, your entire life, or how you are living in your current life.  How has your past served you?  How has it not served you?  Then stop and acknowledge that you can blaze a trail.  Next, look forward on the untouched landscape ahead of you representing your future.  What do you want that path to look like?  What could that look like if you could have anything you wanted?  Now notice where you are.  This is your present moment where neither your future nor your past can touch you.  In this moment it you just you.  If you are longing to embark on a nourishing adventure outdoors, then we invite you to join us on upcoming Glistening The Soul – Day Retreat & Snowshoeing for Women.

Courtney O’Malley is a retired nationally certified counselor who draws upon her therapy experience, mind/body practices, group counseling techniques to invite people to discover their true self and connection to nature. She guides nature-based self-discovery programs and retreats in the mountains of Colorado.

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.