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Retreat to Wellness Weekend
at Gateway Lodge, March 14–16th, 2014
It’s time to escape those winter blues and retreat to Gateway Lodge in Cook Forest. Join us for a weekend of creative workshops, energizing mornings, great food, wine, and soothing spa services from THE WOODS SPA.

Your Wellness Weekend Package Includes
Two nights in a Luxury Suite
Friday Night Wine Reception
Breakfast both days, and Lunch & Dinner on Saturday
Two Morning Exercise Sessions
Two Wellness Workshops
2o-min. Mini-Massage

$299 per person
2-person occupancy required for Suites
Registration Packet with the weekend’s details, menu and agenda sent to you upon reservation.
Reservations: 814 744 8017




A Walk to the Forest Cathedral
Dale Luthringer & Ed Frank | Saturday & Sunday, 8:30-10am   
Please meet at the Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom for an interpretive hike into the finest stand of old growth White Pine in the entire Northeastern U.S. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to observe the Longfellow Pine, tallest known tree north of the Great Smoky Mountains! Learn how to identify old growth forest characteristics, and observe different types of environmental disturbance that are an integral part of old growth forest ecosystems. Moderate hiking conditions.

Dale LuthringerAbout the Presenters

Dale has been the environmental education specialist at Cook Forest State Park since 1996, conducting various types of interpretive & educational programming to over 23,000 people per year. He’s documented over 2300 acres of various types of old growth forest within Cook Forest, one of the premiere old growth forests in the Eastern U.S.
Ed is on the Board of Directors of the Native Tree Society, a non-profit scientific organization with members worldwide that is dedicated to documenting important trees and forests, and conducting various types of scientific research.  He is a geologist and an avid photographer.

Morning Yoga
Melora McNutt & Alberto Toro | Saturday & Sunday, 8:30-9:30am
Quiet your mind, calm your body and invite harmony, balance and wellbeing into your life through the practice of yoga. We will lead you through gentle yoga poses that stretch and strengthen you. You will experience a return of energy to your body and focus to your mind, leaving you refreshed and ready for the rest of your day!

Melora McNuttAbout the Presenters
Melora is a certified yoga teacher, teaching for over ten years in the Brookville area.  She has more than 200 hours of teaching certification through The Mt. Nittanny Institute of Natural Health, in State College, PA and currently facilitates yoga classes at the Namaste Center at Lollipop Farm.
Alberto, owner of Sun’s Up Paddleboards, teaches yoga on and off the board in Cook Forest. Originally from Puerto Rico, Alberto’s calming demeanor and years of experience will help you find your inner calm. He has been noted to have his yogis roar like a lion from time to time.




Quiet Creek Herbal Teas
The Orners, Quiet Creek Herb Farm | 4-5pm

Come warm your spirit and discover how to blend teas (infusions) for many uses. You will learn about the culinary and therapeutic uses of herbal teas and how to brew the perfect cup.

The OrnersAbout the Presenters
Since 1996 Claire, Rusty, Walker and Ashton Orner have been stewards of the non-profit educational facility, Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living, a 30-acre organic farm located in Brookville, Pennsylvania.
Quiet Creek raises vegetables, fruits, herbs, edible and cut flowers. Much of the produce is used to make organic (non-certified) products such as herbal teas, soaps, dried produce, and vinegars.

Forging a Better Life
Doug Firestone, Firestone Forge | 4-5pm

My story of thyroid disease and a change of career. Do what you love and the money will follow; it’s quality of life that matters. Community and the Localvore. The New Social Movement: Farmers Markets and Downtowns. A story of releasing my creativity, embracing my artistic side and finding a happier, healthier and more fulfilled version of me.

Doug FirestoneAbout the Presenter
Doug and his family moved to Potter County more than a decade ago from Liverpool, in Perry County, where Doug’s interest in early American settlement and cultures was born.  After years of working part time on his blacksmithing and gun building craft, his family relocated to Potter County and opened Firestone Forge. Blacksmithing and gun building are now Doug’s full time occupation.  Doug also devotes time to his community.  He was a past board member of the Northern Tier Cultural Alliance and is current Board President of the Potter County Visitors Association. Doug’s business is part of the Rt. 6 Artisan Trail and the PA Wilds Artisan Trail. Doug enjoys creating historically correct eighteenth century cooking tools and utensils, house hardware, and tools used in primitive settlements.

Storytelling & Wellness

Stas Ziolkowski, National Storytelling Network | 5:30-7pm
Why Stories? Let’s explore stories for everyone! Can stories make your day better?  Healing, Teaching, Learning, Enjoying! Where are the best stories told?  Class participation is voluntary of course. 
Fortunately / Unfortunately, Stories from parts, The Rabbi and the Blacksmith, and a few stories to share!

StasAbout the Presenter  
In 2011, Stas’ was recognized by the National Storytelling Network for outstanding dedication to storytelling and was selected as an ORACLE Award recipient for service and leadership. Stas’ has extensive experience in storytelling and theater. He is a member of the National Storytelling Network. While living in Arkansas Stas’ produced and directed the Fairfield Bay Story Fest, the only storytelling festival in the state. Since moving to the Pittsburgh area in 2012, Stas’ has become a member of the committee that produces the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival.

Creative Painting

Margaret Brostrom | 5:30-7pm
For beginners, dabblers or seasoned pros, come join a fun-filled painting workshop where the journey of using paint will be the focus. We will explore the paint medium with traditional tools such as brushes and non-traditional tools like sponges or sticks. Designed to help even the most reluctant artist experiment with paint, and with hope continue this exploration long after the workshop has ended.

Margaret BrostromAbout the Presenter  
Originally from San Francisco, Margaret is an award-winning artist and member of the Oil City Art Alliance. Her paintings are vibrant and thought provoking with subjects including fellow artists, pets, florals, and abstract imagery.






Presented by Chef John Georgvich


8pm Friday Night Wine Reception

Selected House Wines and Light Hors d’oeuvres


7-9am Plated Breakfast
Pineapple Kale Smoothie or Assorted Juices, Coffee & Herbal Teas
Kale Onion & Mushroom Quiche sided with Multigrain Bread, Smoked Bacon
12-2pm Plated Lunch
Freshly Squeezed Lemonade, Coffee & Herbal Teas
Superfoods Salad with Baby Spinach, Broccoli Sprouts, Fresh Berries, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Avocado, Carrots, and Acai Dressing with Salmon
Multigrain Rolls

7:30pm Dinner in Dining Room
Greens Salad with Lemon Sour Cream Dressing
Lemon Roasted Herb Stuffed Half Chicken with Sage Roasted Butternut Squash & Basmati Rice
Pear Sorbet for Dessert
Assorted Beverages and Dinner Bread included


7-9am Plated Breakfast
Banana Yogurt Smoothie or Assorted Juices, Coffee & Herbal Teas
Buckwheat Pancakes with Blueberries and Maple Syrup with Leek Sausage