View the September programs at LBI Foundation

BUZZ BY: Join beekeeper Jeff Ruemeli and Conserve Wildlife’s Ben Wurst for a celebration of the honey harvest with treats, cocktails and an inside look at the honey extraction process. (included photo)

Goat yoga, wolfhounds, candle making, and more: September is starting to take shape at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies. Register soon online, at lbifoundation.org, to reserve a spot for an exciting upcoming program, or drop by for one of the fortnightly ceramics classes.

Students of all levels are invited to play with clay at the Foundation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays in September. “Join in a relaxed, creative environment for walk-in classes,” using hand-building or wheel-throwing techniques, notes LBIF. “Those interested in ceramics can come along to learn the basics or build on previous experiences.

“Not interested in getting started with clay? Try our ‘Fire Me Up’ program instead. Choose from a selection of ready-made ceramic pieces, including mugs, bowls, plates and more. Select your glaze colors and be creative.”

Children 6 years and older are welcome in both programs, but a parent or guardian is required for children under 8 years old.

On Friday 9 September from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Foundation will host its annual Honey Harvest event. Resident beekeeper Jeff Ruemeli and Ben Wurst, manager of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s habitat program, will explain the benefits of planting native pollinators and beekeeping, as well as the health benefits of local honey.

“Ruemeli is going to harvest the honey from LBIF in the beehives on our nature trail,” explains LBIF. “Come watch the extraction process and listen to experts discuss the environmental importance of bees as you nibble on LBIF honey-inspired treats from Agnello’s Market and sip LBIF honey-inspired cocktails from Drifting Buoy.

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

Admission to the Honey Harvest is free. There will be food and drinks for sale.

From 7-9pm on Saturday, September 17, Mike Hodanish and his wolfhound pack 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 mission in education and rescue.

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

LBIF has teamed up with Namaaaste Goat Yoga at 11am and 12:30pm on Sunday, September 18 for “not-your-typical, but still relaxing, beginner-level yoga with smiles, laughs, giggles and of course goats. A triple threat to de-stress, Namaaaste Goat Yoga is a great way to break from your normal mindset and reap the benefits of animal/laughter therapy and yoga, open to yogis of all levels.”

Namaaaste’s miniature goat breeds — the size of a beagle or smaller — “jump onto your back, snuggle on your lap, or take a nap on your mat as you move through our certified instructors,” explains LBIF. Watch your worries melt away with every touch and kiss of a goat. In addition to being trendy, goat yoga is here to stay as many find unexpected joy in the moment and presence of goats.

The tuition is $40.

Witchn Wicks will be back at the Foundation in September after a sold-out class in July. On Monday, September 19 from 4-6pm, learn how to make a dough bowl candle, with options perfect for the fall season. “This class is sure to get you in the party mood after you hand-pick the energy you want infused into these blends with crystals and herbs of your choice,” says the Foundation.

Tuition is $50, with a $10 materials fee.

And on Saturday, September 24 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Rich Collins, a certified guide for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, 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 that come from an embodied contact with nature, and aims to engage people through their senses, not their intellect. .

“This practice can be seen as an effective strategy to maintain and boost people’s immunity. The walk lasts approximately 2.5 hours and does not require any exceptional skill or physical effort.” 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 additional program information, email Jenna Connelly at jconnelly@lbifoundation.org. —JK-H.

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