BOONTON — The Boonton Holmes Public Library has partnered with the Boonton Elks Lodge #1405 to celebrate springtime with a “Restore & Reset Wellness Weekend.” From Friday, April 9, through Sunday, April 11, the multi-even program features three full days of workshops focusing on mind, body, and soul rejuvenation. A wide variety of activities will be offered, including yoga, meditation, life-balance coaching, art therapy, and more — all led by expert instructors in their field. As a special treat, award-winning musician, Rae DiLeo, will give a live performance at an informal “Happy Hour” with refreshments on Friday evening, April 9.
The wellness weekend is the brainchild of meditation and yoga practitioner, Alexandra Juryte of Breathe to Heal Meditation. “Alex’s instructor credentials, plus her experience as an event organizer, makes her a natural to lead this ambitious effort for the library,” says Lotte Newlin, Library Director. “Her Zen-inspired vision for a weekend devoted to healing and self-care persuaded us to try something a bit out of our usual comfort zone.” Alex will lead daily meditation sessions Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The library’s own team member and 500T yoga instructor, Laura Kraus, co-leads the weekend and will teach her popular lessons in gentle yoga all three days.
The Wellness Weekend is drawing upon a wealth of Boonton and out-of-town practitioners in order to round out the mind-body-soul theme. Local strongman and personal trainer, Eric Moss, kicks off the events by coaching a workshop on life balance and strength. Susannah Pitman of Balance Acupuncture Center is set to lead a session on self-administered acupressure, and art therapist, Kim Traina-Nolan, will guide a program envisioning hope after the pandemic experience. “In times like these, art unites us and helps us towards a more hopeful state of mind,” says Ms. Traina-Nolan. Other activities include tai chi for beginners, traditional South Indian Rangoli designs, and Tibetan Singing Bowl meditation.
The entire weekend will be held at the Boonton Elks Lodge, which the Elks have graciously lent their lodge for the weekend. “This is such a great way to meet new people and help the community, and what better way than partnering with other local organizations” comments Lodge member, Todd Christensen. The size of the lodge will allow for observing proper social distancing and all other CDC and state COVID restrictions and precautions.
Registration is open and can be completed online via the library’s website by clicking here or in person at the library.
A modest fee of $20.00 covers sanitation and four events across the three-day weekend. Information and details may also be found on the library’s website.