Get Into Nature
Rock The Ridge is a 50-mile endurance challenge and environmental fundraiser set in the natural beauty of Mohonk Preserve, a vast, nonprofit nature preserve situated in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State. The goal is to traverse a 50-mile course within 24 hours by walking, hiking, or running. The course winds along carriage roads and paths through the forests and over the ridgelines of the Preserve, lands which The Nature Conservancy has described as “one of Earth's last great places.”
Wednesdays, May 4th-June 29th. 6:00pm-7:00pm. Calm your mind, enliven your spirit and enhance your vitality through a practice of gentle but powerful movements. Exercises for opening your heart, strengthening your body and cultivating your life force. Experience the healing power of these ancient Chinese exercises connected to the natural elements, guided by Bobbi Esmark. Ages 15 and up are welcome. Space is limited; registration is required. The cost per person: $12/class or $85 for the series (9 classes). Cost for full series of both Tai Chi and Qigong: $120. REGISTER HERE.
Wednesdays, May 4th - June 29th. 7:00pm-8:00pm. Tai Chi Chuan is a lifelong learning process which can improve health, strengthen the body, increase stamina, generate energy and clear and calm the mind. New students will learn a slow sequence of circular, balanced movements. Learn these elegant movements that are the foundation of the entire system and embody all of the physical and philosophical principles of Tai Chi Chuan, guided by Bobbi Esmark. Ages 15 and up are welcome. Participants can sign up for one or both disciplines. The cost per person: $85 for the series (9 classes), no single class registration. Space is limited; registration is required. Cost for full series of both Tai Chi and Qigong: $120. REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, May 21st, 10am-1pm. As the earth begins to warm, the forest reawakens with beauty. Join Michael Rider, Preserve volunteer, for a walk in the woods and search for late spring wildflowers like the beautiful lady slipper. Ages 15 and up are welcome. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes an easy, 3-mile hike. Dogs must always be kept on a leash. Space is limited; Registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
Sunday, May 22, 9am-3:30pm. Join Martha Cheo for a partial or full day of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Begin at 9am with a 1 hour introduction to the slow and graceful movements of Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chuan. These traditional Chinese healing and martial arts promote health and restore harmony of mind, body, and spirit. People of all ages and abilities can practice Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Their many benefits include: reduced back & arthritic pain, better focus, balance and heart functioning, reduced stress, a stronger immune system, and flexibility, strength, and coordination. Martha has been practicing qi gong and tai chi for 28 years.
*Additional sessions for students with more experience:
10:00-11:30am Push Hands & Applications (for those who know most of the tai chi slow set)
11:30am – 1:00pm Light lunch break (BYO potluck picnic)
1:00-2:00pm Dui Lien (for those already learning this form)
2:00-2:30pm Fast Set (for those already learning this form)
2:30-3:30 1st Knife and Tai Chi Sword (for those already learning these forms)
The cost per person: 9:00-10:00am :$12; 9:00-11:30am: $20; 9:00am-2:30pm:$35; Entire day: $40
Space is limited, registration is required. REGISTER HERE.
Friday, May 27th, 10am-12pm. Explore the forest searching for wildflowers and critters. Bring water and snacks. Please leave your pets at home. Jogging strollers are not appropriate; for children ages 2-6. Little ones in carriers are always welcomed. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. This program includes a 1.5-mile hike, and moves at a toddler’s pace. Participants should meet at the Mohonk Preserve West Trapps Trailhead. It is advised to come early to secure a parking spot. The fee per person: free for Mohonk Preserve members, non-members pay the $12 hiking day use fee on day of program. Children 12 and under are free. REGISTER HERE.
Saturday, June 11, 2016, 5:00PM. Eat! Drink! Bid! And help the Preserve fulfill its mission of environmental protection, nature education, scientific research, and recreational enjoyment of the land. Join us for an evening of fun, food, and fabulous NEW things to bid on at the Preserve’s Slingerland Pavilion at Spring Farm in High Falls.The silent auction begins at 5:00 p.m. with drinks and hors d'oeuvres followed the live auction and dinner.