Yoga + Garden at Rancho Mark West - April 23rd
$10-$25 suggested donation per class
RSVP encouraged. Scroll down to register.
There will be additional, similar outings held on the 4th Sundays
of the month through April: February 26, March 26, April 23
(Please register for each date separately.)
What to do if it's raining? This outing will be held rain or shine. In the case of rain, we'll do yoga in the historic barn onsite.
"It takes a keen awareness to notice the subtle signs of growth (or lack of growth) in plants. Noticing when a plant is too dry or not getting the right amount of sunlight is a challenge I’m still honing. Not to mention the feeling of being in the present moment when you notice the sun on your skin and the earth under your knees. It’s not unlike the awareness you build as you notice subtleties in [yoga] poses and in your body’s response to them." (from an article in Yoga Journal)
Ever been curious about yoga?
Looking to bring your existing practice outdoors?
LandPaths warmly invites you to take part in our newest series - Yoga + Garden at Rancho Mark West. Yoga allows the practitioner to reeducate their self with mindful action during daily doings. We compliment this yoga session with the mindful doing of the garden, and walking the land - feeling our rich connection to the earth and nature in a tangible way.
This outing is open to everyone regardless of your level of experience. Youth accompanying their parents/guardians are more than welcome to participate - if a 45 minute - one hour yoga class is up their alley! (7ish years and up) This series is not specifically geared towards youth.
We'll begin each outing with a 45 minute - one hour group yoga class at different outdoor locations on the property. In the case of rain, we'll do yoga in the historic red barn onsite. We'll then spend 45 minutes - one hour of time in the garden with a "garden expert" who can offer informal tips on seasonal gardening techniques, seed saving, rare and medicinal plant species, etc. Medicinal teas or other snacks may be concocted using produce from the garden. The garden onsite is an integral educational component of our youth programs. Time spent tending this garden directly helps hundreds of kids each year to connect more closely with the land and where their food comes from.
The outing will be led by experienced professionals donating their time and craft to LandPaths and helping to foster a culture for the land and community.
Lesli Lee Hartsough, a certified Viniyoga Therapist, Wellness Guide and Physical Therapist, holds a keen interest in integrating Yoga in outdoor settings as a way to help folks connect with themselves and the land around them.
Dolores Barrett is a talented gardener who has been gardening in Sonoma County for decades. Dolores is a certified nutritional consultant, and a gardener extraordinaire who has built the RMW garden from the ground up. Sarah Miller, avid forager, crafter and Rancho Mark West steward will also assist.
And finally, for those who are interested, folks are welcome to stay on afterwards to hike the land on your own, or as a group.
Participants are welcome to leave as your schedule demands, but arriving on time is essential.
We ask for a suggested donation of $10-$25 per person per day Children under 12 are free. All proceeds will support Rancho Mark West site stewardship and programs such as Owl Camp. We welcome you to pay upon registration or choose the option to pay when you arrive. LandPaths is not able to offer refunds for suggested donations made upon registration.
1st class Sunday, February 26th
4th Sunday of each month through April
Rancho Mark West - 7125 St. Helena Road, northeast of Santa Rosa. From Santa Rosa: take Highway 12 towards Sonoma and go left at Calistoga Road. Take Calistoga Road 3.3 miles up and over a short grade (approx. 5 minutes from intersection with Highway 12). Turn right at St. Helena Road. 7125 St. Helena Road is approximately 2.6 miles from the intersection with Calistoga Road. You will know you are almost there when you emerge into a clearing of Christmas Trees on the right. From Sonoma take a right on Calistoga Road and follow the above instructions. Turn into the driveway and look for LandPaths staff to direct you to parking. Allow 25 minutes from downtown Santa Rosa.
WHAT TO BRING:
Your own yoga mat - one that you are ok laying on the ground (A towel or blanket or sheet will suffice)
Water and snacks - lunch if you wish
Layers of clothes for cool and warm weather
$10-$25 suggested donation if you do not pay upon registration. Cash and checks (made out to LandPaths) will be accepted onsite.