Classes

The Resiliency Institute offers courses, classes and events that empower people to live, grow, and build resilient lifestyles, landscapes and communities. Take courses like Permaculture Forest Gardener, Bioregional Herbalism, and Edible Wild Plants. Join us for Nature Rx with Shinrin-yoku/Forest Therapy, and Forest Yoga. Women can connect monthly during WILD Woman Project Circles. Find us throughout the Chicagoland area speaking and exhibiting about fruit tree guilds, permaculture, growing food security, renewable energy, and resiliency. Enjoy opportunities to connect at our plant sales, Permablitzs, potlucks, fundraisers and more.

Dec
6
Fri
Shinrin-Yoku Introduction FREE Fridays
Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

shinrin-yoku-forest-bathing-walk-napervilleEnjoy a one hour introductory Shinrin-yoku walk guided by a Certified Forest Therapy guide to discover this restorative practice that emphasizes soaking in the sounds, scents and sights of nature for slowing the body, stilling the mind and opening the heart.

We will walk slowly and enjoy the journey of each step as we engage with nature. Our walk will end with an informal tea ceremony. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking outside as weather permits. 

Science has been able to identify specific physiological benefits that are generated from engaging in Shinrin-yoku. These benefits have been found to endure 7-30 days after a Shinrin-yoku walk!

  • Reduced blood pressure and heart rate
  • Reduced cortisol levels lower stress, risks for heart disease, anxiety, depression, weight problems, and impairment in memory and concentration.
  • Improved immune system, including increased Natural Killer (NK) cells
  • Improved parasympathetic nerve activity leading to better sleep
  • Reduced sympathetic nerve activity
  • Reduced impacts of stressful events
  • Improved sense of well-being
  • Improved engagement and accessibility in physical activity
  • Improved attention and focus
  • Reduced anger and hostility

We will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on a gravel and paved trail. Dress appropriately for the weather.  Cell phones and other electronic devices are requested to be left in your car, or turned to airplane mode. You are welcome to bring whatever will make your experience comfortable – a water bottle, insect repellant, hat, walking stick, and portable chair if standing for an hour is difficult.

LIMITED SPACE – RSVP Registration by 11:00 PM the Thursday before the walk is required.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date – THANK YOU!

Dec
7
Sat
Forest Therapy Wellness Walk – Winter
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Take time to reduce your stress during the busy holiday season, improve your health and experience pleasure while on a guided leisurely walk in nature on the farm. This is time to nurture yourself, to relax, engage your senses, and bathe in the pleasures of your surroundings.  On these wellness walks you will be introduced to fun, deep ways of connecting with nature that can dramatically increase the benefits of being outside.  Attend this series of walks to learn these skills so that you can apply them to your everyday life.

We may warm up by the fire, or end inside for some nature treats!

This will be a slow and quiet walk through the property in grass and garden areas. You will be invited by your guide to engage with the environment and offered opportunities to share what you noticed.  Awakening your senses through nature is a wonderful way to improve your own well-being so that you can be a better, more balanced partner, parent, caregiver, employee or employer. Time spent on yourself is well spent and well deserved!

Please dress comfortably and appropriately for walking, sitting on the ground, and moving through plants. You may bring a blanket/mat/pillow to sit on. Bring water, warm beverage and anything else you need for your comfort like a hat, scarf, snow pants, boots, hand/toe warmers, or walking stick.

Phones and cameras are best left in your car. We want you to let go of responsibilities during your Forest Therapy walk and immerse yourself in the experience without distraction.

Please complete the Forest Therapy Participant Agreement & Release for Brenda when you arrive for the walk.

Forest Therapy trained guides_banner_2015Brenda Spitzer will be your guide.  Brenda completed Forest Therapy Guide Training led by Amos Clifford and Maria Buitenhaus of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy at The Morton Arboretum in 2015 and has guided hundreds of people on forest therapy walks through her work at the Morton Arboretum and volunteer work at other locations.

 

Tuition*:

$25 per individual walk

$80 for the series of four

Registration is necessary by Wednesday prior to each walk.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To host a walk we need a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10.  Walks will run snow or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring appropriate gear.  If terribly inclement weather, we will meet inside and have an alternate nature connection option.  We may also have a fire in the outdoor firepit for warming.

*Your participation makes our “Growing Food Security” programs possible– THANK YOU!

Dec
14
Sat
Forest Therapy Wellness Walk – Winter
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Take time to reduce your stress during the busy holiday season, improve your health and experience pleasure while on a guided leisurely walk in nature on the farm. This is time to nurture yourself, to relax, engage your senses, and bathe in the pleasures of your surroundings.  On these wellness walks you will be introduced to fun, deep ways of connecting with nature that can dramatically increase the benefits of being outside.  Attend this series of walks to learn these skills so that you can apply them to your everyday life.

We may warm up by the fire, or end inside for some nature treats!

This will be a slow and quiet walk through the property in grass and garden areas. You will be invited by your guide to engage with the environment and offered opportunities to share what you noticed.  Awakening your senses through nature is a wonderful way to improve your own well-being so that you can be a better, more balanced partner, parent, caregiver, employee or employer. Time spent on yourself is well spent and well deserved!

Please dress comfortably and appropriately for walking, sitting on the ground, and moving through plants. You may bring a blanket/mat/pillow to sit on. Bring water, warm beverage and anything else you need for your comfort like a hat, scarf, snow pants, boots, hand/toe warmers, or walking stick.

Phones and cameras are best left in your car. We want you to let go of responsibilities during your Forest Therapy walk and immerse yourself in the experience without distraction.

Please complete the Forest Therapy Participant Agreement & Release for Brenda when you arrive for the walk.

Forest Therapy trained guides_banner_2015Brenda Spitzer will be your guide.  Brenda completed Forest Therapy Guide Training led by Amos Clifford and Maria Buitenhaus of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy at The Morton Arboretum in 2015 and has guided hundreds of people on forest therapy walks through her work at the Morton Arboretum and volunteer work at other locations.

 

Tuition*:

$25 per individual walk

$80 for the series of four

Registration is necessary by Wednesday prior to each walk.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To host a walk we need a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10.  Walks will run snow or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring appropriate gear.  If terribly inclement weather, we will meet inside and have an alternate nature connection option.  We may also have a fire in the outdoor firepit for warming.

*Your participation makes our “Growing Food Security” programs possible– THANK YOU!

Dec
15
Sun
WILD Mother*-Daughter Circles
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Cultivate a SHARED experience between mother (female caregiver) and daughter to nurture bonding & connection while deepening your relationship. The WILD Mother*-Daughter circles follow a similar monthly theme as the WILD Woman Project Circles but are shortened and adapted to include our daughters. Plan on experiencing meditation, intention setting, ritual, and ceremony, plus some movement-based mindfulness activities.

Circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) & co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). 

Recommended daughter ages are 8 years old and up. Open to 6 mother/daughter pairs.

Please bring the following items if you have them available:  Journal and writing utensil, yoga mat, a pillow or cushion to sit comfortably on the floor for meditation, and inside shoes or slippers. You may also bring an item for the altar.

Circles will meet in accord with the new moon, as this is traditionally a time for going inward and self-reflection.  Each new moon circle is inspired by a unique theme.

Fee: $30 per mother-daughter pair

Online registration and pre-payment required. No Walk-ins. Registration closes 1 day before the event.

 

Allison Mitch is your WILD Woman Project Circles Facilitator. She is an ecologist, physical therapist and healing arts practitioner (yoga, reiki), part time professor, and mom – an eclectic professional and personal mix that birthed her own WILD woman through the recognition of the connection and depth with all of life. In her circles, she seeks to create a sacred and inviting space for self-reflection, meditation, healing, and reconnection with nature for the return of soulfulness, or “re-wilding”.  Allison is also committed to increasing the connection of her children and her community with nature by offering family nature excursions (Naperville Family Nature Club) in Naperville and the surrounding suburbs. www.wildwomaninthesuburbs.com

 

WILD Woman Project Circles
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Participate in a gathering of women where the focus is on taking time to support yourself and being supported by other women. The WILD Woman Project is a world-wide movement of CIRCLES, spiritual gatherings, during the new moon. Circles are a time for meditation, intention setting, healing, and connection with community. They create a sacred space for participants to access their inner guidance while allowing for deeper connection to other women and nature. Circles also provide a forum for creativity, community, and ritual. These ingredients result in a unique alchemy of moving into a wholeness (WILD-ness) of being.  

The WILD Woman Project circles are not associated with a singular path or religion, but rather, an inclusive coming together with women from all paths. We all come from different spiritual/cultural backgrounds and gather around the ideas of: Sisterhood (having each others backs, empowering one another), a respect for the earth (wildness, turning to nature as a teacher) & co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). 

Please bring the following items if you have them available:  Journal and writing utensil, yoga mat, a pillow or cushion to sit comfortably on the floor for meditation, and inside shoes or slippers. You may also bring an item for the altar.

WILD Woman Project Circles will meet in accord with the new moon, as this is traditionally a time for going inward and self-reflection.  Each new moon circle is inspired by a unique theme.

Fee*: $25
We are offering a sliding scale registration for students, or those experiencing financial hardship – $20
If you are feeling generous and have the income, please consider making a donation (right sidebar) earmarked for supporting WILD Woman.

Online registration and pre-payment required. No Walk-ins. Registration closes 1 day before the event.

Allison Mitch is your WILD Woman Project Circles Facilitator. She is an ecologist, physical therapist and healing arts practitioner (yoga, reiki), part time professor, and mom – an eclectic professional and personal mix that birthed her own WILD woman through the recognition of the connection and depth with all of life. In her circles, she seeks to create a sacred and inviting space for self-reflection, meditation, healing, and reconnection with nature for the return of soulfulness, or “re-wilding”.  Allison is also committed to increasing the connection of her children and her community with nature by offering family nature excursions (Naperville Family Nature Club) in Naperville and the surrounding suburbs. www.wildwomaninthesuburbs.com

*Your participation makes our “Growing Food Security” programs possible– THANK YOU!

Dec
21
Sat
Forest Therapy Wellness Walk – Winter
Dec 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Take time to reduce your stress during the busy holiday season, improve your health and experience pleasure while on a guided leisurely walk in nature on the farm. This is time to nurture yourself, to relax, engage your senses, and bathe in the pleasures of your surroundings.  On these wellness walks you will be introduced to fun, deep ways of connecting with nature that can dramatically increase the benefits of being outside.  Attend this series of walks to learn these skills so that you can apply them to your everyday life.

We may warm up by the fire, or end inside for some nature treats!

This will be a slow and quiet walk through the property in grass and garden areas. You will be invited by your guide to engage with the environment and offered opportunities to share what you noticed.  Awakening your senses through nature is a wonderful way to improve your own well-being so that you can be a better, more balanced partner, parent, caregiver, employee or employer. Time spent on yourself is well spent and well deserved!

Please dress comfortably and appropriately for walking, sitting on the ground, and moving through plants. You may bring a blanket/mat/pillow to sit on. Bring water, warm beverage and anything else you need for your comfort like a hat, scarf, snow pants, boots, hand/toe warmers, or walking stick.

Phones and cameras are best left in your car. We want you to let go of responsibilities during your Forest Therapy walk and immerse yourself in the experience without distraction.

Please complete the Forest Therapy Participant Agreement & Release for Brenda when you arrive for the walk.

Forest Therapy trained guides_banner_2015Brenda Spitzer will be your guide.  Brenda completed Forest Therapy Guide Training led by Amos Clifford and Maria Buitenhaus of the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy at The Morton Arboretum in 2015 and has guided hundreds of people on forest therapy walks through her work at the Morton Arboretum and volunteer work at other locations.

 

Tuition*:

$25 per individual walk

$80 for the series of four

Registration is necessary by Wednesday prior to each walk.  Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. To host a walk we need a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10.  Walks will run snow or shine, so please dress appropriately and bring appropriate gear.  If terribly inclement weather, we will meet inside and have an alternate nature connection option.  We may also have a fire in the outdoor firepit for warming.

*Your participation makes our “Growing Food Security” programs possible– THANK YOU!