Lewis County wellness professionals to host adult summer camp retreat


BRANTINGHAM — Lewis County wellness professionals have partnered to offer a one-day mind, body and soul Adult Summer Camp Retreat at Camp Aldersgate on Sunday, Aug. 29.

Adults, 18 years or older, interested in practicing in mindfulness, meditation, yoga, nutritional instruction, aromatherapy with essential oils and additional holistic self-care practices are encouraged to attend to rest, restore and rediscover. The retreat program will include the instruction and practice of ancient mindful applications integrated with scientifically-based methods of healing, no experience is needed to attend.

In April 2021, Lewis County Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce hosted the “Breaking Barriers & Building Connections” event at Tug Hill Vineyards where attendees were asked to use expertise and knowledge within their small groups to collaborate for a successful summer. After the networking event, a team of organizers including Nichole Workman, Lee Vance, Heidi VanZandt, and

Jackie Mahoney made additional connections with other wellness professionals and solidified the event details to finalize plans for the Adult Summer Camp Retreat.

“We have a growing number of wellness professionals in our community with knowledge and passion to share,” said Jenna Kraeger, economic development specialist with Lewis Count Economic Development. “This event is a great example of how networking and collaboration can break down barriers to provide new experiences for the community.”

The retreat will offer an opportunity for participants to discover and deepen concentration, wisdom and compassion, program organizers say, adding that instruction will be based primarily on the education and wisdom of the instructors and rooted in mindfulness and science. The retreat will involve meditation instruction, movement instruction, as well as nutritional and holistic workshops. You do not need to have any experience or knowledge of these practices in order to participate.

Instructors include:

Nichole Workman is a certified yoga instructor, a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner, and nurse. She is the owner of Mindful Motivation in Lowville. Yoga, meditation, and mindfulness are gifts that she believes need to be shared with our community. She is honored to share these practices.

Dr. Lee Vance is a psychologist, wellness coach, communications consultant, and meditation teacher. He is the owner of Lee Michael Wellness Coaching and Consulting, LLC in Lowville. He has loved practicing and sharing mindfulness meditation and stress reduction techniques with the community.

Heidi VanZandt is a natural wellness consultant. Her areas of expertise include plant-based eating, essential oils, a toxin-free lifestyle, and mindset practices. She is the owner of Health and Vitality Zone in Lowville. After a battle with breast cancer, Heidi learned that many cancers are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors and has since immersed herself in natural health education and practices.

Megan Dolhof is a certified nutrition specialist with a master’s degree in applied clinical nutrition. She is the owner of Open Sky Wellness in Lowville. Megan uses a comprehensive nutritional approach to re-balance and restore the body; incorporating nutrients from whole foods, quality supplements and mindful eating strategies.

Camp Aldersgate leaders, Pam Harris and Garrie Stevens, are looking forward to welcoming the community to enjoy the retreat at their beautiful venue on Brantingham Lake in the Adirondacks. Aldersgate is a camp and retreat center owned and operated by The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church. For more information or to register for the Adult Summer Camp Retreat visit: www.aldersgateny.org/retreats/mind_body_soul or call 315-348-8833.


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