Fall Nature Therapy 2024

AGES | 18 and up
TIME | 6-week series | Tuesdays: September 3 - October 8 | 5:30 – 7:00 PM 
FEE | Members $150 | Non-members $200

REGISTRATION Advance registration and payment are required. All sales are final.


6-week series
September 3 – October 8
5:30 – 7:00 PM


Nature Informed Mental Health and Wellbeing - Beneficial for all adults, this 6-week program integrates nature’s connection with mindfulness and other resiliency practices to assist people in regulating stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. Participants will learn techniques such as guided relaxation, breathing exercises, and forest bathing that can become lifelong practices for wellness. Held in our gardens, this class combines therapeutic group conversations with time for personal reflections. We will explore nature’s role in stress reduction, a healthy lifestyle, and greater resiliency through intentional connection and relationship with the natural world.


Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D., LCPC Gina Strauss,

Instructors: Heidi Schreiber-Pan, Ph.D., LCPC clinical Director for Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative and the Center for Nature Informed Therapy. Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan | CMHC (cmhcweb.com) 
And Gina Strauss, MA, LCPC , Therapist at Chesapeake Mental Health Collaborative and Program Coordinator, Senior Faculty Member for the Center for Nature Informed Therapy.  https://www.cmhcweb.com/teams/gina-strauss





Tai Chi Mondays 2024

DATES | EVERY MONDAY - May 13 until August 26 (excluding May 27 - Memorial Day)
TIME | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
FEE | FREE for Members | Included with general admission for non-members
*Guest passes are allowed for this program* 

We are excited to continue our partnership with Carol Suzdak to offer Tai Chi Mondays. Carol has been a Tai Chi practitioner for more than a dozen years. She practices the Yang Style short form of Tai Chi Chuan, the Tree of Life Tai Chi protocol, Ichuan standing meditation, the Tai Chi sword, fan, and stick forms, as well as various Qigong forms including the Five Animal Frolics and the Soaring Crane set.

Ladew’s mission is to provide a mental and physical health benefit for our community as well as an extra perk for our members. Classes run approximately 45 minutes.  

CHECK-IN | Check-in at the Admissions Gatehouse. Liability waivers must be signed upon arrival. Classes will be held in the Iris Garden. If there is a change in location, you will be notified at check-in. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Classes begin promptly at 9:30 am. Please arrive early for check-in.

Inclement weather policy: Classes will still be held in light rain. In the event of severe weather classes will be cancelled.

Qigong Workshops with Carol Suzdak 2024

DATES | Spring Workshop – April 25 | Fall Workshop – October 31 
TIME | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
FEE | $10 Members | $25 Non-members (Price includes admission to Gardens)
 Advance registration and payment are required. Fee includes admission to the Gardens for the day. All sales are final.


Spring Workshop
April 25
        Fall Workshop 
October 31
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Back by popular demand! Join Carol Suzdak as she guides you through this mind-body exercise. Qigong uses meditation, breathing, and movement to increase energy and enable the body to heal itself. This practice was developed in ancient China and Tibet and has countless health-related benefits.



FEE | $10 Members | $25 Non-members | Member child FREE | $5 Non-member child
Advance registration and payment are required. Fee includes admission to the Gardens for the day. All sales are final.

Meet Marcy Kelly, a retired pharmacist turned yogi, and founder of Seasoned Life Yoga LLC. Marcy is dedicated to inspiring a positive mind-body connection through Meditation, Restorative, Gentle and Chair Yoga, and guiding Yoga Nidra. Her mantra is "Aging gracefully, one breath at a time". With her years of experience and her passion for yoga, Marcy brings a unique perspective to her teaching. She believes that yoga can help people of all ages and abilities to find peace and relaxation, and to live a healthy, joyful life.

Marcy loves practicing yoga outdoors in nature, where she can connect with the earth and experience the peace that comes with meditative yoga practices. She also leads yoga hikes, book discussions, and enjoys writing, sipping tea, and laughing with family and friends.

Chair Yoga for the "Seasoned Gardener" (Indoor Class)

Designed for “seasoned gardeners” and those aging gracefully. This class is perfect for those who may have difficulty getting up and down from the floor or who simply prefer a more accessible approach to yoga. This class is designed to improve functional movement and flexibility while also promoting a positive mind-body connection through meditative yoga. It will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Chairs & props will be provided.


Monday, April 29
9:30 am -10:30 am 


Gentle Meditative Yoga in the Gardens

We invite you to join us in the Iris Garden, surrounded by the beauty of nature, to experience a delightful outdoor meditative yoga practice that will inspire a positive mind-body connection. This mat-based class is suitable for all skill levels and is a great way to connect with nature while improving your physical and mental well-being. Please bring a yoga mat, beach towel and water.



Monday, April 29
11:00 am – 12:00 pm 


Saturday, May 18
9:30 am – 10:30 am 


Thursday, June 13
9:30 am – 10:30 am 


Saturday, July 20
9:30 am – 10:30 am 


Thursday, August 15
9:30 am – 10:30 am





Family Yoga

This class is perfect for adults and their special little nature lovers. In this class, together you will move, breathe, and enjoy the beauty of nature in the Iris Garden. With joyful movement, this practice is designed to inspire a positive mind-body connection, and ripple peace into your family’s life. Please bring a yoga mat for each participant.

Saturday, May 18
11:00 am – 12:00 pm