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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.

May
3
Sun
Farm Yoga – Spring (5/3)
May 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Yoga, tea, and nature connection for regeneration and resilience – a perfect way to start your day!

Because of the complementary self-care benefits of yoga to permaculture and resilience, we are offering  yoga located on The Conservation Foundation’s historic McDonald Farm.  When the weather allows, we will experience yoga outside, surrounded by forest gardens and nature. We will move through vinyasa, pranayama, meditation, and craft an herbal tea with plants from the garden and farm.

 


Class is family-friendly. Beginners are welcome.

Bring a yoga mat if you have one, and beach towel or cushion.

Class will be held outdoors weather permitting, or indoors in the case of inclement weather.

 

Tuition*:

May 3:     $15     (Registration deadline Friday, May 1)

June 21:  $15    (Registration deadline Friday, June 19)

SPRING SESSION (Both classes):  $25

Pre-registration is required.

Please make us aware of any physical limitations so that class can be welcoming for all; however, if limitations are significant, please consider private yoga sessions with Allison as an alternative.

Class is taught by Dr. Allison Mitch, a physical therapist and healing arts practitioner (yoga, reiki), ecologist, 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 re-connection with nature for the return of soulfulness, or “re-wilding.”


*Your participation makes our Growing Food Security outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!

 

 

 

WILD Woman Project Circles – Spring (5/3)
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us to discover your inner WILDness, or wholeness of being, through 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 gatherings during the new moon. Each uniquely themed Circle is a time for meditation, intention setting, healing, creativity and connection with community.  

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 and healer) & co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). 

You can’t pour from an empty kettle — join us to rejuvenate!


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.

 


Sundays 2:00-4:30 pm

 

Tuition*:

May 3 $30

June 21 $30

FULL SPRING SESSION: $55

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 outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!

May
16
Sat
Forest Yoga Nature Rx – Spring (5/16)
May 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

 

Rejuvenate yourself with forest yoga walks by stepping outside and away from electronics to connect with nature, quiet the mind, and reduce stress. Walks will begin with a brief ecological overview of the area, continue with invitations to deepen connection to nature and self, then conclude with a tea ceremony of locally harvested plants. We’ll focus on energy exchange with the natural world, discover our place within it, and foster an appreciation for all that nature provides.

During each walk we will pause to tune the body with yoga postures. The walks will be gentle and suitable for all levels. These walks are scheduled to follow the seasonal blooming of native plants.


To fully enjoy your forest yoga walk, please come prepared with:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes. The walk will be slow paced, but best to be prepared for various terrain
  • Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions such as sun, insects, rain, temperature.  We will practice rain or shine.
  • Yoga Mat – If you don’t have one, a beach towel or other full body-length ground cover will be sufficient. A couple of extra mats will be on hand, but not enough for everyone.
  • Water
  • Most locations have bathrooms. Please plan to use the bathroom before the walk begins.
  • Leave cell phones at home or in your car. The instructor has a phone for emergencies. This is a time to disconnect. If you need the security, then you’ll be asked to turn it off during the walk.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

Tuition*

May 16 (Black Partridge Woods – Lemont):  Single – $30; Bring a friend for $20

June 27 ( Belmont Prairie – Downers Grove): Single – $30; Bring a friend for $20

July 25 (Spears Woods – Willow Springs):  Single – $30; Bring a friend for $20

SPRING/SUMMER SEASON, Season -All walks: Single – $80; Bring a friend for $60


Forest-Yoga-Marie-Zubinski

Marie Zubinski’s passions are nature and healing.  She has been teaching yoga since 2011, is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Native Landscaper and Certified Permaculturist.  Supporting her yoga instruction she is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Cranial Sacral Therapist, so her classes are alignment based, with a focus on deep release.  Marie has found, and believes that Earth is the best healer and everyone deserves to spend more time outdoors!  Her classes mix body awareness/exploration with finding medicine through being in reciprocal relationship with natural systems.  She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Ecological Psychology and ECO ART Therapy.  She invites you to join her in nature, where she feels home and alive!


*Your participation makes our Growing Food Security outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!

Jun
21
Sun
Farm Yoga – Spring (6/21)
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Yoga, tea, and nature connection for regeneration and resilience – a perfect way to start your day!

Because of the complementary self-care benefits of yoga to permaculture and resilience, we are offering  yoga located on The Conservation Foundation’s historic McDonald Farm.  When the weather allows, we will experience yoga outside, surrounded by forest gardens and nature. We will move through vinyasa, pranayama, meditation, and craft an herbal tea with plants from the garden and farm.

 


Class is family-friendly. Beginners are welcome.

Bring a yoga mat if you have one, and beach towel or cushion.

Class will be held outdoors weather permitting, or indoors in the case of inclement weather.

 

Tuition*:

June 21:  $15    (Registration deadline Friday, June 19)

 

Pre-registration is required.

Please make us aware of any physical limitations so that class can be welcoming for all; however, if limitations are significant, please consider private yoga sessions with Allison as an alternative.

Class is taught by Dr. Allison Mitch, a physical therapist and healing arts practitioner (yoga, reiki), ecologist, 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 re-connection with nature for the return of soulfulness, or “re-wilding.”


*Your participation makes our Growing Food Security outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!

 

 

 

WILD Woman Project Circles – Spring (6/21)
Jun 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us to discover your inner WILDness, or wholeness of being, through 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 gatherings during the new moon. Each uniquely themed Circle is a time for meditation, intention setting, healing, creativity and connection with community.  

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 and healer) & co-creation (the understanding that just as we co-create our experience in circle, so do we co-create life on earth). 

You can’t pour from an empty kettle — join us to rejuvenate!


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.

 


Sundays 2:00-4:30 pm

 

Tuition*:

May 3 $30

June 21 $30

FULL SPRING SESSION: $55

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 outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!

Jun
27
Sat
Forest Yoga Nature Rx – Summer (6/27)
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

 

Rejuvenate yourself with forest yoga walks by stepping outside and away from electronics to connect with nature, quiet the mind, and reduce stress. Walks will begin with a brief ecological overview of the area, continue with invitations to deepen connection to nature and self, then conclude with a tea ceremony of locally harvested plants. We’ll focus on energy exchange with the natural world, discover our place within it, and foster an appreciation for all that nature provides.

During each walk we will pause to tune the body with yoga postures. The walks will be gentle and suitable for all levels. These walks are scheduled to follow the seasonal blooming of native plants.


To fully enjoy your forest yoga walk, please come prepared with:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes. The walk will be slow paced, but best to be prepared for various terrain
  • Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions such as sun, insects, rain, temperature.  We will practice rain or shine.
  • Yoga Mat – If you don’t have one, a beach towel or other full body-length ground cover will be sufficient. A couple of extra mats will be on hand, but not enough for everyone.
  • Water
  • Most locations have bathrooms. Please plan to use the bathroom before the walk begins.
  • Leave cell phones at home or in your car. The instructor has a phone for emergencies. This is a time to disconnect. If you need the security, then you’ll be asked to turn it off during the walk.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

SATURDAYS 9:00 – 11:30 AM

Tuition*

June 27 (Belmont Prairie, Downers Grove): Single – $30; Bring a friend for $20

July 25 (Spears Woods, Willow Springs):  Single – $30; Bring a friend for $20

 


Forest-Yoga-Marie-Zubinski

Marie Zubinski’s passions are nature and healing.  She has been teaching yoga since 2011, is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Native Landscaper and Certified Permaculturist.  Supporting her yoga instruction she is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Cranial Sacral Therapist, so her classes are alignment based, with a focus on deep release.  Marie has found, and believes that Earth is the best healer and everyone deserves to spend more time outdoors!  Her classes mix body awareness/exploration with finding medicine through being in reciprocal relationship with natural systems.  She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Ecological Psychology and ECO ART Therapy.  She invites you to join her in nature, where she feels home and alive!


**Your participation makes our Growing Food Security outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!

Jul
25
Sat
Forest Yoga Nature Rx – Summer (7/25)
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

 

Rejuvenate yourself with forest yoga walks by stepping outside and away from electronics to connect with nature, quiet the mind, and reduce stress. Walks will begin with a brief ecological overview of the area, continue with invitations to deepen connection to nature and self, then conclude with a tea ceremony of locally harvested plants. We’ll focus on energy exchange with the natural world, discover our place within it, and foster an appreciation for all that nature provides.

During each walk we will pause to tune the body with yoga postures. The walks will be gentle and suitable for all levels. These walks are scheduled to follow the seasonal blooming of native plants.


To fully enjoy your forest yoga walk, please come prepared with:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes. The walk will be slow paced, but best to be prepared for various terrain
  • Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions such as sun, insects, rain, temperature.  We will practice rain or shine.
  • Yoga Mat – If you don’t have one, a beach towel or other full body-length ground cover will be sufficient. A couple of extra mats will be on hand, but not enough for everyone.
  • Water
  • Most locations have bathrooms. Please plan to use the bathroom before the walk begins.
  • Leave cell phones at home or in your car. The instructor has a phone for emergencies. This is a time to disconnect. If you need the security, then you’ll be asked to turn it off during the walk.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

SATURDAY 9:00 – 11:30 AM

Tuition*

July 25 (Spears Woods, Willow Springs):  Single – $30; Bring a friend for $20

 


Forest-Yoga-Marie-Zubinski

Marie Zubinski’s passions are nature and healing.  She has been teaching yoga since 2011, is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Native Landscaper and Certified Permaculturist.  Supporting her yoga instruction she is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Cranial Sacral Therapist, so her classes are alignment based, with a focus on deep release.  Marie has found, and believes that Earth is the best healer and everyone deserves to spend more time outdoors!  Her classes mix body awareness/exploration with finding medicine through being in reciprocal relationship with natural systems.  She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Ecological Psychology and ECO ART Therapy.  She invites you to join her in nature, where she feels home and alive!


**Your participation makes our Growing Food Security outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!