Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Spreading Wellness: How do you lose yourself?

Sunny with a cool, crisp breeze off of the Big Lake. Dressed in a scarf and winter hat, and carrying a bag, my awesome little girl and I frolicked and raced along the sandy shores of Lake Superior. This was the second piece in our Holiday craft making endeavor. The first was deciding what to make. :) Yes, it was a craft making endeavor that would take us the entire day. We decided upon driftwood trees, and anything else our imagination could think of. After finding a 'pumpkin,' an 'L,' and a small square block we turned around. When we got home, she asked me if I saw what she had drawn in the sand...and I hadn't...apparently, I lost myself while looking through piles of driftwood for unique pieces, and she lost herself when she found a 'pen' and was drawing in the sand. Neither one of us thought to share what we most enjoyed, until we got home and were looking through our treasures.
Photo by: Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Collecting driftwood is a wonderful way to immerse in nature,
slowing down, and observing the amazing pieces of natural art.
Simple. Fun. That is what I'm about teaching our little one. Valuing nature. Losing ourselves in the simple joys in life. Finding more value in the simple homemade gifts, than in the ones that you buy at a store. Creating with love. This energy brought us much more than either of us had initially imagined. After her Daddy finished with work, he joined in the fun, and taught her the basics of wood carving. She carved a little heart in the block of wood that she had played with all day. A happy sigh. Heart Smiling. It was a great day!

Nature walks, walks along the beach, meditating, and imaginative play all have fantastic health benefits for children and adults. There is much research in this area, and I have plans to create a study using wilderness immersion with a variety of unique groups, of all ages. As I immerse in my daily cycle of nature, reading research, & deepening connections with organizations, my brain spins with ideas. Bridging the Adventure Gap has been on my mind a lot...the idea that Duluthians have for giving everyone an opportunity to partake in outdoor recreation activities. Positive thoughts for this initiative and being able to program for these sort of initiatives and organizations...and perhaps conduct some organic research while doing it. The scientist in me, still dreams of ways to gather more data to support the impacts of movement in nature...and I know that E3 will succeed with this vision eventually. If you are reading this, and are connected with a university that would help conduct and publish research in this area, please email me. I'd like to get together to make it happen. (info@e3twinports.com)
Photo by: Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Driftwood projects for the holidays. A fun multi-step process.
Where can you look for great scientific information on the health benefits of nature?
Western Australia has a great article listing the benefits of outdoor play for children, and although the list of benefits is extensive, I think there are even more benefits. NC State University also put out a nice list of "why outdoor play for children." And, adults? How does nature help us? This list could be extravagant, and I found a fantastically scientific list on a website that I'd never think to look for health advice for children and adults...check out this list from the American Society of Landscape Architects. :)

So why should I geek out about research surrounding the benefits of outdoor play and movement? That is the basis of E3 (Energy and Empowerment through Exercise - and education, outdoors). All of our programs are based on scientific research, from the way that programming is set up, to the educational information that is presented on each outing.

Would you like to experience nature's health benefits, empower yourself to push your boundaries all while learning about women's health, or the mind-body-spirit connection? Join one of our programs. The next programs begin in January! Yes, just in time to help you be successful with your New Year's Resolutions. Register by emailing info@e3twinports.com. Follow us on Facebook for daily updates and inspirations. And, be sure to take advantage of our Black Friday sale! :) YES, Gift Certificates ARE available, in case you want to give your friend or loved one the gift of health this year.

After a weekend of fun in the sun, the clouds became thick, and the rain came...and she continued to play with her sticks, while playing school with invisible students...totally lost in her own world, content and happy. The ultimate heart smile happened when the little one asked at the end of the day, "Don't I have a good imagination?!" :) "Yes," I said. "You sure do, and I love it!"

So now I ask you, How do you lose yourself? Do you lose yourself in nature or crafting? Hobbies are a great way to stay in tune with your emotional wellness. Immersing yourself in nature can have health benefits across the entire wellness field.

Maybe you need a little boost to get out in nature this winter. That is what the E3 programs are for! :) Make sure to take advantage of the Black Friday Sales!

What programs are coming in January? When is the sale? (Read on, and send all questions to info@e3twinports.com)

Monday evenings, Jan. 4 through Feb. 22nd, 4-5:15 p.m. 8 Weeks of Enlightened Yoga - Using Essential Oils and focusing on one Chakra a week, Jodi will teach Yoga and Meditation and Shannon Flaherty will be teaching about oils and chakras. This Black Friday sale is already on, and goes through 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 27th, 2015. For more information, watch our Video Promo Here. This course is open to all genders.

Tuesday evenings, Jan. 12 through Feb. 16th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 6 Weeks of Beginner/Novice Fitness Level Snowshoeing and Women's Health Education. Stay Tuned for more information. This Black Friday sale will start Tuesday, November 24th and run through 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 27th, 2015. (Women only)

Wednesday evenings, Jan. 13 through Feb. 17th, 5:30-7:30 6 Weeks Intermediate Fitness Level, Multi-Winter Sport and Women's Health Education. Stay Tuned for more information. This Black Friday sale will start Tuesday, November 24th and run through 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 27th, 2015. (Women only)

Thursday evenings, Yoga at the Fairlawn Mansion. Stay tuned for more information. This Black Friday sale will start Tuesday, November 24th and run through 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 27th, 2015. This class is open to all genders.

February 24 through 26, 2016. Winter Women's Wellness Retreat - Dust off your downhill skis, cross-country skis, and your snowshoes, and experience the magic of winter at the Lodge at Giants Ridge! Registration will open Friday, November 20th. A Black Friday sale will run through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 27th, 2015. There will be yoga, fitness dance, skiing, food & women's health presentations. The Lodge has a variety of sized condominiums, that fit anywhere from 2-12 people, so gather your friends, and watch for more information, being sure to take advantage of the Early Bird, Black Friday special! This is sure to be a great girlfriends getaway! :)

Now there are no excuses to stay inside this winter, curled up on the couch. Oh yes, you can do that when you return from a wonderful winter outing or yoga class. :) I look forward to meeting you.

If you have stumbled upon this blog, and would like to be added to our list, simply email info@e3twinports.com, with "Blog Sign-up" in the subject line. I'll happily add to to our growing list of over 145 people.

E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

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