Loring Therapy LLC
Low Cost Counseling for Individuals,
Couples and Group Therapy
2240 Middlebelt Rd., Garden City, MI -
Workshop Descriptions & Leader Bios
(Detailed Itinerary Below)
*times and events subject to change
Choose from any of the workshops or take time for yourself.
Come and go as you please. Do it for You.
Charity Loring, LMSW's Workshops
Charity Loring, LMSW is a licensed Mental Health Therapist and has been providing therapy serves to the metro Detroit area for over 7 years. Charity is also the founder of Do it for You Therapeutic Retreats.
Bonfire Building & bonding
Learn how to build a bonfire and engage in bonding activities to get to know your fellow retreat participants.
Learning to receive
We as Women tend to be raised to give and give... This can be a beautiful and generous quality to have, but sometimes it leads to burn out.
In this workshop, you will learn the self-less ways to receive and replenish ourselves.
Building healthy Relationships
Building healthy relationships with yourself, friends, family and partners is one of the most important things we can do in our lives. Learn many interactive techniques to help you improve and create relationships in your life.
Emotional intelligence - using emotions as problem solvers
Our EQ (Emotional Intelligence), is just as important as our IQ. Learning to manage and problem solve with our own thoughts and emotions can be far more empowering than letting them take over our lives. Learn interactive therapeutic techniques on how to improve your EQ.
This non-religious, scientifically based Meditation allows us to manage our stresses on our central nervous system, brain, body, thoughts and emotions. You don’t have to “clear your mind” to meditate, just learn how to work with the natural processes of your brain.
Belly Dance & Hula Hooping
Learn to enjoy your body! You do not need any experience with dance or the other topics. Charity’s beginner mini movement workshops are all about expression, not perfection. Have fun, laugh and feel like a kid again!
Sandy Smith-Anderson's workshops
Zumba is a Latin based dance fitness class. It uses a variety of international music and rhythms.
You do not need to know how to dance. Sandy makes the routines easy to follow with the perfect
combination of fun and fitness. It’s exercise in disguise. So come and take a trip around the
world with Sandy! Laugh, smile and burn calories!
Rachel Kain's Workshops
Yoga For Every Body
A gentle, flowing class in which we learn to unite breath and movement. Learn to connect body and mind in this calming practice aimed at improving mindfulness and flexibility.
Surrender to stillness in this unique practice focused on the breath and long holding of gentle postures. Nourish body, mind, and spirit and discover that there is power in being still.
Lara Pomnitz's Workshop
Lara is the Assistant Director to the Do it for You Weekend Retreat and a Workshop Leader
Art Therapy Workshop: "Thoughtful Painting"
Additional Cost: $10 to cover cost of paint and canvas, which you will be able to keep or give away as a gift
Description: Join us for a lesson in creative stress release. During this workshop you will learn the basic fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), while crafting a beautiful and unique meditative piece of art.
All skill levels are welcome to attend and no painting skills are necessary! All that is needed, is a desire to create while learning about the body and mind connection.
During this workshop you will create a meditative painting, intended to capture your positive thoughts, energy and emotion. The painting you create can then be used for meditation centering/re-centering.
This workshop is designed to explore our thoughts and their influences over our emotions and behaviors. You will learn how to identify and categorize different negative styles of thinking and how to challenge your negative thoughts and cognitive distortions to promote a healthier and balanced mind, body and soul.
What’s included in this workshop:
Each person will be supplied with an 11 x 14 canvas, paint, paint brush, easel, apron, paper plate, plastic cup and napkins.
What to wear: Anything you don’t mind getting paint on… we will get messy!
Wendy Pellerito's Workshops
night hike - Bullfrog serenade
Take a short hike with Wendy in the dark, down to the pond to listen to the bullfrogs. Their very loud low-pitched two-part bellow is impressive as they establish their territories and attract their mates. Wendy promises that you will not be disappointed with nature's after dark concert. Please bring either a headlamp or flashlight and a sense of adventure.
Nature Lover’s Hike - a Healthy Addiction
The benefits of spending time in nature are tremendous. It’s Wendy’s addiction and she would love to share her love for nature with you. You will look for wildflowers, wildlife and wild edibles. We will also take some time to listen to our surroundings with a brief time of meditation. Optional: Bring your camera or phone and Wendy will share a few photography tips on capturing beautiful moments in nature. Optional: Bring your camera or phone and Wendy will share a few photography tips on capturing beautiful moments in nature.
Hiking or tennis shoes or boots, hat, sunglasses, camera and be prepared for inclement weather.
Heather Glidden's Workshops
Play time for grown ups!
When was the last time you allowed yourself to play? Between busy schedules, stress, and responsibilities, we often don't let ourselves play as grown-ups, but play allows us to learn better, relax, connect with other people and ourselves, and just plain be silly and have fun. Are you ready to reconnect to your silly side? Join us for guided movement games and exploration. We'll practice having fun together in a supportive environment. Laughter guaranteed!
Morning Gyrokinesis - Offer your body the gift of deep caring and gratitude with this gentle "wake-up" class. We'll begin with a series of self-massage and progress to flowing sequences of movement coordinated with breath to leave you feeling calm, grounded, and fully present in your body. http://heatherglidden.com/
Heather Glidden is continually amazed by the transformative power of movement. This potential for transformation has been the driving force behind her work since she began teaching in 2004. She believes that true health is multi-dimensional, and she works with her students to discover how their movement training can best serve their overall wellness. Heather's sessions use the Gyrotonic methodology as their framework but may also incorporate elements of massage, dance, Pilates, or life coaching as needed.
- Itinerary -
Feel free to participate as much or as little as you like. Do it for You.
- Friday -
6:30 pm - Check in
7:00 pm - Group Welcome & Orientation: Bonfire Building, Bonding, Learning to receive - with fireside hotdogs (veg & reg), s'mores at the campfire, Coffee & Tea.
9:00 pm Workshop:
Night time Bullfrog Serenade Hike - Led by Wendy Pellerito
10:30 pm Workshop:
Evening Meditation - Led by Charity Loring, LMSW
Spend 1/2 hour of guided meditation for your relaxation needs.
- Saturday -
7:00 am- Saturday Pass Check in begins, goes throughout day. Ask for Lara Pomnitz.
7:00 am Workshop- Yoga For Every Body - Led by Rachel Kain
8:00 am - Breakfast & Group Connection
9:30 am Workshop- Strengthening Relationships with Yourself & Others (fun group activity included.)- Charity Loring, LMSW
11:00 am Workshop- Zumba - Sandy Smith-Anderson
12 Noon - Lunch
1:30 - Workshops (Choose from any of the workshops or take time for yourself. Come and go as you please.)
1. Art Therapy Workshop: "Thoughtful Painting” - Led by Lara Pomnitz
2. Nature Lover’s Hike - a Healthy Addiction - Led by Wendy Pellerito
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Break
Rest, Relax or do other optional activities such as Arts & Crafts, hiking, random shenanigans, visiting the Animal Nature Preserve on the grounds etc.
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 pm - 10 pm - Saturday Girls Night! Belly Dancing, Hula Hooping, Play time for Grown Ups, Creative Movement, Arts & Crafts & Bonfire! Led by Heather Glidden & Charity Loring
It’s a girls night with a variety of activities! Charity will lead a Hula Hooping warm up tutorial & Belly Dancing to kick off the evening. Heather Glidden will then lead us in Play time for Grown ups and Creative Movement. When was the last time you allowed yourself to play? Between busy schedules, stress, and responsibilities, we often don't let ourselves play as grown-ups, but play allows us to learn better, relax, connect with other people and ourselves, and just plain be silly and have fun. Are you ready to reconnect to your silly side? Join us for guided movement games and exploration. We'll practice having fun together in a supportive environment.
Laughter guaranteed! If dancing and play isn’t your thing, we will also have the Chill Room open for chatting & arts & crafts, or you can build a bonfire and connect with others.
10 pm Workshop - Lakeside Candle-lit Meditation. Led by Charity Loring, LMSW
- Sunday -
7:00 am Workshops - (Choose from any of the workshops or take time for yourself. Come and go as you please.)
Gentle Gyrokenesis - Led by Heather Glidden
Gyrokinesis classes gently work your entire body with flowing, sequences of movement, performed seated and standing. This method invites you to feel at home in your body, discover your own inner grace, and restore vitality to any sticky or creaky areas of your body.
8:00 am - Breakfast
9 am Workshop - Pens & Postures- Led by Rachel Kain
This practice combines Yoga, meditation & free-writing in a unique exploration of intention and mindfulness. Discover the richness of the relationship between your mind & body.
10:15 am Workshop - Emotional Intelligence, Using Emotions as Problem Solvers - Led by Charity Loring, LMSW
12 noon - Lunch, Group Talk, Bonding Game and Farewells
2 pm - Check out- Everyone needs to have their belongings out of the lodge by 2:00 pm, to accommodate cleaning crew.