Five Stars. The Restorative Winter Retreat far exceeded my expectations. Foxhaven is truly a special place and the perfect setting for a day of relaxation. I left feeling completely restored and rejuvenated. I learned so much and felt a real connection with both the staff and the other guests. I will definitely be attending again in the future!
The Washington Regional Food Funders (WRFF) formed in 2011 to build/remove barriers to a more equitable food system in our region. That means increasing opportunities for small and medium-sized farmers within the communities of the broader Chesapeake Foodshed, and supplying that locally grown healthy food to the people living within it.
The Greater Washington area is the definition used by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). [One MWCOG report found that] products grown in Greater Washington comprised little of the total food sold here.
To address that, the WRFF has the following goals:
Goal 1: Elevate policy solutions and opportunities for action and aligned investment in the supply side of our region’s food system – from production to aggregation and distribution – to advance equitable workforce solutions and sustainable practices.
Goal 2: Identify opportunities for action and investment to support increased demand for good food among regional consumers, particularly for those who do not currently have access to good food.
Goal 3: Maintain and expand a strong community of diverse funders with interdisciplinary interests to broaden the coalition committed to regional action to eliminate barriers to good food.
Every Tuesdays for 6 weeks – from 6 pm to 7:15 pm in the Dairy Parlor at Fox Haven! There’s still room for a few more.
Our first class started with six children (tonight we have eight); for some this was their first time on a yoga mat. A lot of excitement! The class started with a body scan a “tense and let go” activity to warm up our bodies and become aware and grounded. The children were taught breathing techniques useful for any situation when they need to calm themselves down or just take a moment.
The children engaged in belly breathing and ocean breath, which was the first part of going into our mindful movement practice. The most alivening part of the class was seeing the kids connect with each other during their first engagement with the mindfulness activities.
We ended our class with loving kindness meditation and the children added some parts to this, I am excited to see where this will lead over the next seven weeks. I felt the anxiety in the children when they first entered the parlor not knowing what this class was about and this dissipated during the hour. This was evident when they were engaging in the oil pastels activity at the end, making spirals to hang in their rooms to remind them of their practice. There was a lot of beauty and love in their drawings. We look forward to see what paintings they make next week.
– Jan Hummer, Open Minds Inc
Fox Haven staff will come to your classroom
to start teaching environmental literacy and what we are doing.
When you come visit us at Fox Haven, we provide you the on site tools to help you teach youth and young adults about natural systems, their importance to human kind and – ironically how our heavy footprint impacts the living system on which we depend. We want to engage young minds in learning how to reverse destructive trends and solve environmental problems. Visit our educators page!
Pledge to Fledge: Introduce Someone New to Birding
This year the GBBC is joining with the worldwide “Pledge to Fledge” program, inviting all participants to consider introducing someone new to birding when you take part in the count this year. It could be a friend, family member, a co-worker…take your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day!
More than 14,000 GBBC participants responded to a survey following the 2014 count. When we asked if they had taught someone else how to go birding, only 20% said yes. So, let’s make this the year we make an extra effort to involve others in watching and appreciating birds. Find out more about Pledge to Fledge and get some tips on how to introduce someone new to this wonderful pastime.
Download the Audubon Bird Watching Resource Guide (PDF) before you head out.
Fox Haven will be doing a bird count on Sunday, February 15th at 4pm. Please join us!
The Open Minds, Inc. Mindfulness Restorative Workshop on Saturday January 31st at Fox Haven was a success we had seven people from Washington and Frederick County Maryland. The workshop kicked off with a restorative yoga session taught by Judy Jenner from Harmony Healing Arts (Shepherdstown, WV). All participants were blissed out after the hour and half session and were gently lead into a contemplative art activity called “First thought, best thought.” The intention of all the artists engaged them in their creative process with contemplative awareness. All displayed personally meaningful images through this mediation.
The second half of the day continued with Amanda Adkins the co/founder and herbalist of Open Minds. This portion of the workshop focused on mindful eating, facts about how certain herbs and foods affect our different systems in our body, and skin care. Amanda gave an extensive talk about the effects certain herbs and recipes can restore the body during winter months.
The participants learned how to make bone broth, pine and nettle tea, smoothies, skin care, and were given a blessing to say while making and enjoying these remedies. Participants asked lots of questions during this session and a lively discussion about wellness happened, all of us learned from each other.
The workshop ended with loving kindness meditation and all expressed they will be practicing this in their daily lives.
Open Minds will be doing workshops in March, April, May, and June so please look out for future dates. We will be exploring mindfulness meditation, yoga, stress reduction methods, art, journaling, and mindful eating and preparation.
Also look for a Mindful Parenting sessions coming soon presented by Open Minds at Fox Haven and in Washington County, MD.
Children and Nature Network (started by Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods”) is hosting their annual event! Learn more.
At the recent Future Harvest – Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Dr Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D. gave a presentation “Food as Medicine…in the REal World” – a holistic presentation on good and not so good eating habits and practices.
Dr. Adamo is Assistant Professor in University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Director of Research Center for Integrative Medicine.