All Posts Tagged With: "Recreation"

Fun is Found in Restoring the Bay

photos courtesy of: VoiCes
"VoiCeS , which began in 2004, creates a deeper understanding of the Bay and the efforts to restore it. This professionally-taught, two-part program, meets each week (for eight weeks) and includes field trips and participant-led community projects. You’ll learn about the Bay’s biology, the issues we face, and how you and your community can help its restoration."

Connect to the GOforChange CollectiveX calender to search dates and locations.

Stretch Your Body and Your Mind at the Bikram Yoga and Wellness Center

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Founder and Director Sarah Ittmann teaches Bikram yoga . A series of 26 poses derived from Hatha principles, each one is done twice to help the body open up and come into openness and alignment. Bikram Choudhury designed these poses in his native India after a weightlifting accident to restore his health. Performed in a heated room for 90 minutes, anyone at any age can feel the benefits of this healing art. Julie practiced Bikram Yoga for almost 5 years and was an avid devotee of Sarah’s. This studio is HIGHLY recommended — a beautiful space with great facilities. With an 8,000 square foot studio, the wellness spa also offers hot stone massage, acupuncture, and salon services.

Oregon Ridge: Nature Center

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Oregon Ridge Park is host to one of Marylands largest year round recreation and events venue. The Nature Center & Park Council is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the conservation of natural history and enhancing the enjoyment of nature through seasonal programs, topical seminars, weekend workshops for kids and adults, festivals and trail walks. View their Events Calender PDF for recreation and courses from Sept 08 –Jan. 09 that include HAWK MIGRATION ACROSS THE RIDGE, WILDERNESS FIRST AID, MINERS PICNIC,

Heathcote Community

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Heathcote is an intentional community located in Freeland Maryland just 30 mile north of Baltimore City. It sits on 112 acres some of which is in a community land trust the other owned by several community members. All of the houses and communal facilities are renovated farmhouses and old grain mills. Additional houses have been built using straw bale. There are many efforts within the community to use renewable resources and become energy independent. Whether you decide to live at Heathcote or just take part in one of there exciting permaculure classes you can always expect to enjoy and organic/ vegetarian meal(s), some of which is fresh from the garden, music, hiking, lounging in a stream-side hammock or helping out with some of the many natural building projects. Heathcote is a drug-free and smoke-free community and is currently looking for members. To find out more about everyday life at Heathcote one of its members has started a blog called Hippie Chick Diaries . You can also go to their website or take a visit to the farm.

Nia Baltimore

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Nia Baltimore is an expressive, barefooted, dance/fitness practice with a wholesome focus on body, mind and spirit. Nia creates weight loss while providing the proper weight maintenance. This form of dance also improves muscle tone, calms the mind and relieves stress. Created by Carlos Rosas and Debbie Posas in 1983 Nia, is now brought you by Lola Manekin.

Class Schedule:

Thursdays:  1:30 – 2:30pm B-MORE Yoga, Pikesville; $10 drop-in fee

Saturdays: 9:30-10:30am Community Hall at the Ruscombe Mansion; $5 introductory class; $10 drop-in

Sundays: 10:00 – 11:00am B-MORE Yoga, Pikesville; $10 drop-in fee

Potomac Conservancy

photo by: Christina Nguyen

Since 1993, the Potomac Conservancy has worked to protect the health, beauty, and enjoyment of the Potomac River and its tributaries. Its primary focus is the protection of the Potomac’s water quality through land protection and sound land use practices. In addition, they work to preserve and restore the Potomac’s scenic landscapes and enhance river-based recreational activities. The Conservancy works with landowners to provide practical conservation options, with services ranging from hiring a contractor to plant trees to referring interested landowners to federal and state conservation programs. Recent and ongoing projects include forest conservation law revisions, enforcement issues with illegal tree cuttings and conservation area violations, and a C&O Canal setback rule and funding. Visit their website to learn more about the Conservancy’s programs, events, and how you can help.

League of American Bicyclists

photo by: Joe Stewart  (mural by:Tom Miller)

League of American Bicyclists is a non-profit organization working to make this country better for cycling. Their website and events provide a forum for cycling in your area, why people ride, and how to take action on a bike. Some recent work has included a “conserve by bike” amendment to the energy bill and the Bike Commuter Act. Read more about this act.