Check out the September Programs at the LBI Foundation

BUZZ BY: Join resident beekeeper Jeff Ruemeli and Conserve Wildlife’s Ben Wurst for a celebration of honey harvesting, with delicious treats, cocktails and a look at the honey extraction process. (Featured Photo)

Goat yoga, wolf dogs, candle making and more: September is shaping up beautifully at the Long Beach Island Arts and Sciences Foundation at Loveladies. Register online soon at lbifoundation.org, reserve a spot in an exciting upcoming program, or attend one of our two-week ceramics classes.

During September, students of all levels are invited to play with clay at the Foundation on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. LBIF notes “Join us in a relaxed, creative environment for drop-in classes” featuring hand-building or wheel-throwing techniques. “Those interested in ceramics can apply to learn the basics or build on previous experience.

“Not interested in working with clay? Try our Turn Me On app instead. Mugs, bowls, plates, etc. Choose from pre-made ceramic pieces including Choose your lion colors and get creative.”

Both of these programs welcome ages 6 and up, but a parent or guardian is required for children under 8.

On Friday, September 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Foundation will host 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 native honey.

“Ruemeli will collect LBIF’s honey from beehives located on our nature trail,” explains LBIF. “Come watch the extraction process and listen to experts discuss the ecological importance of bees while eating LBIF-honey-inspired sweets by Agnello’s Market and sipping LBIF-honey-inspired cocktails by Drifting Buoy.

“And don’t forget to leave with your own pollinator plant and a jar of LBIF honey.”

Admission to honey collection is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

On Saturday, September 17th from 7-9pm, Mike Hodanish and his wolf dogs from Howling Woods Farm will visit the Foundation for a family-friendly meet and greet. Howling Woods, a nonprofit rescue organization in Jackson, NJ, gives presentations detailing the organization’s educational mission and rescue efforts.

This event is free for Foundation members or $10 for non-members.

LBIF is partnering with Namaaaste Goat Yoga on Sunday September 18th at 11am and 12:30pm for “your atypical, yet still relaxing, entry-level form of yoga that involves smiles, laughter, laughter and, of course, goats . . A triple threat stress reliever, Namaaaste Goat Yoga is a great way to get out of your normal mindset and reap the benefits of animal/laughter therapy and yoga. Open to yogis of all skill levels.”

Namaaaste’s miniature goat breeds — beagle-sized or smaller — “jump on your back, sit on your lap, or take a nap on your mat as you move around with the guidance of our certified instructor,” LBIF explains. “Watch your cares melt away with every goat touch and kiss. Beyond the fad, goat yoga is here to stay, finding unexpected joy for many, and in the presence of goats.”

The lesson fee is $40.

Witchn Wicks will return to the Fund in September after a sold out class in July. On Monday, September 19, from 4 to 6 p.m., learn how to make a cookie jar candle with options perfect for the fall season. “This class will get you into the holiday spirit after you hand-pick the energy you want to incorporate into these blends with your crystals and herbs of your choice,” says the foundation.

Class fee is $50, material fee is $10.

And on Saturday, September 24 from 1 to 3 p.m., Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs certified guide Rich Collins 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 of embodied contact with nature and aims to engage people with their senses rather than their intellect.

“This experiment can be considered as an effective strategy to maintain and increase the immune power in humans. The trip takes about 2.5 hours and does not require any special skills or physical strength. The fee is $25.

To register for any of the foundation’s programs, visit lbifoundation.org or call 609-494-1241. Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. For more program information, email Jenna Connelly at jconnelly@lbifoundation.org. —JK-H.

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