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Rejuvenate at Rushton: A Wellness Retreat
Join us at the Rushton Conservation Center to slow down and reflect on the season of celebration with a day of fireside yoga, mindfulness, nourishment, and nature. Our friends at Working Wellness, Gaby Evers and Amy Orcutt, have composed a day-long retreat to reduce stress, rejuvenate the mind and body, and connect with nature.
The retreat will begin with an introduction to the Trust’s work and to set our intentions for the day. We will begin with a group yoga flow and guided mindfulness session. We will then explore the healing benefits of aromatherapy with an essential oils workshop, followed by a cooking demonstration featuring a healthy holiday menu for lunch with our friend and chef Donna Laveran of Lazy Susan Kitchen. A quiet, sensory focused walk through Rushton Farm and Rushton Woods Preserve will complete the retreat.
In order to keep our partners, staff, and guests as safe as possible we will be requiring all attendees to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before attending this retreat. We will be sharing an indoor space for the day, so if you are feeling unwell or are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms please stay home and stay safe.
– Location: Rushton Conservation Center, 915 Delchester Road, Newtown Square, PA
– Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm (please arrive by 9:45am to settle in)
– Please Bring: yoga mat, water bottle, comfortable clothes for yoga practice, warm clothing, and boots/sneakers for preserve walk.
– Please direct all retreat questions, including any food allergies, to email@example.com or call Lindsay Martin-Carlson directly 215-520-2977.
ABOUT OUR PARTNERS
Gaby Evers completed her yoga teacher training in 2017 at the YogaLife Institute and immediately began teaching classes. Gaby brings her love of sports and fitness to her classes through static and dynamic poses with a focus on strength, flexibility, mobility, balance and breath. She is especially interested in the mind-body connection and reducing stress and anxiety through yoga. Gaby enjoys teaching yoga to kids, teens, and adults, and believes that yoga is instrumental in leading a healthy, injury-free lifestyle. She is devoted to consistently increasing her knowledge of yoga through practice, study, and additional teacher training, and bringing that knowledge to her practice and her students.
Amy Orcutt loves yoga and loves to share it with her students. She started practicing in 1998, as a compliment to her training as a player on the University of North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse team. The benefits of incorporating yoga into her athletic life as a player at Chapel Hill were immediately apparent and started a lifelong love affair with yoga that she’s carried into every part of her life since. In addition to teaching yoga, Amy is the Head Coach of the nationally ranked Conestoga High School Girls Lacrosse team, and has led them to District, Regional, and State Championships. She was named Coach of the Year in 2016 by Philly Lacrosse, and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at her alma mater, Conestoga High School. Amy channels her love of athletics, energy, and enthusiasm to create challenging yoga sequences that will build strength, flexibility, and confidence in all who take her classes.
Chef Donna Laveran is a cooking instructor, private chef and menu developer based in Haverford, PA. She is the owner of Lazy Susan Kitchen, which provides bespoke cooking services to local clients and emphasises fresh, fashion-forward food. Menus are carefully crafted to include seasonally appropriate, sophisticated options. Vegetable-centric meals are a particular interest, but she is versed in all areas of cooking. She particularly enjoys giving lessons – both private and group – to adults, teens and children and sharing the joys of cooking with them. Classes are offered for beginner to advanced levels and are generally three-four hours. Check out the upcoming schedule of classes, or get in touch to customise one suited to your personal tastes.Donna is a wife and mother who turned a passion for home cooking into a part-time career. She is a graduate of the Leiths School of Food & Wine in London, England.