Goat yoga, wolf dogs, candle making and more: September is looking good at the Long Beach Island Arts and Sciences Foundation in Loveladies. Register online soon at lbifoundation.orgto reserve a place on an exciting upcoming program, or come and attend one of the twice-weekly ceramic classes.
Students of all levels are invited to play with clay at the Foundation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays in September. “Join us in a relaxed, creative environment for drop-in classes,” featuring hand-building or wheel-throwing techniques, notes LBIF. “Those interested in ceramics can drop by to learn the basics or build on previous experience.
“Not interested in learning about clay? Try our ‘Fire Me Up’ program instead. Choose from a selection of pre-made ceramic pieces, including mugs, bowls, plates and more. Select your glaze colors and get creative.
Children 6 and older are welcome in both programs, but a parent or guardian is required for children under 8.
On Friday, September 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Foundation will hold its annual Honey Harvest event. Resident beekeeper Jeff Ruemeli and Conserve Wildlife Foundation habitat program manager Ben Wurst will explain the benefits of planting native pollinators and beekeeping, as well as the health benefits of local honey.
“Ruemeli will harvest the LBIF honey from the hives located on our nature trail,” explains the LBIF. “Come watch the extraction process and listen to experts discuss the environmental importance of bees while munching on LBIF Honey-inspired treats by Agnello’s Market and sipping LBIF Honey-inspired cocktails by Drifting Buoy.
“And don’t forget to take home your own pollinator plant and a pot of LBIF honey.”
Entrance to the honey harvest is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
From 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, Mike Hodanish and his pack of wolfdogs from Howling Woods Farm will visit the Foundation for a family gathering. Howling Woods, a nonprofit rescue in Jackson, NJ, gives presentations to detail the organization’s education and rescue mission.
This event is free for Foundation members or $10 for non-members.
LBIF is teaming up with Namaaaste Goat Yoga at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 for a “not typical, but still relaxing, beginner-level form of yoga involving smiles, giggles, giggles, and of course, goats”. . A triple threat to de-stress, Namaaaste Goat Yoga is a great way to break away from your normal mindset and reap the benefits of animal therapy/laughter and yoga. Open to yogis of all levels.
Namaaaste’s miniature goat breeds – the size of a beagle or smaller – “hop on their backs, snuggle on your lap, or nap on your mat as you move through the guidance of our certified instructor “, explains LBIF. “Watch your cares melt away with every goat touch and kiss. Beyond fashion, goat yoga is here to stay as many find unexpected joy in being in the moment and in the presence of goats.
The class fee is $40.
Witchn Wicks will return to the Foundation in September after a sold-out class in July. On Monday, September 19, from 4-6 p.m., learn how to make a clay bowl candle, with options perfect for the fall season. “This course will definitely get you in the party mood after you select the energy you want to infuse into these blends with crystals and herbs of your choice,” the Foundation states.
Class fee is $50, with materials fee of $10.
And on Saturday, September 24 from 1 to 3 p.m., Rich Collins, a certified guide for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, returns to LBIF to lead a nature walk. As the Foundation notes, “Nature and Forest Therapy takes a holistic view of the physiological, mental, emotional and psycho-spiritual benefits that can come from an embodied contact with nature, and aims to engage humans through their senses, not their intellect.
“This practice can be considered an effective strategy to maintain and enhance the immune strength of human beings. The walk takes about 2.5 hours and does not require any skill or exceptional physical effort. The fee is $25.
To register for one of the Foundation’s programs, visit lbifoundation.org or call 609-494-1241. Members receive 10% off all courses. For more information about the program, email Jenna Connelly at [email protected] —JK-H.