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CELEBRATE SOLSTICE: Sunrise Hike & Yoga on the Plateau

Join us on the stunning vista of the Belmont Plateau for a special solstice themed guided hike & yoga class that integrates sun salutations and other poses to welcome the longest day of the summer.  

Date

Tuesday, June 21, 2022


Time

3:00am - 4:30am


Location

Belmont Plateau
West Fairmount Park, Army Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19131


Join us on the stunning vista of the Belmont Plateau for a special solstice themed guided hike & yoga class that integrates sun salutations and other poses to welcome the longest day of the summer.  

Meet at the Belmont Plateau and from there we’ll head into the woods for a short peaceful  hike in a portion of the Trolley Trail. We’ll stop at several points to meditate under the guidance of Cole Hooley, an experienced mindfulness instructor. Cole will help hone our ears  to nature’s sounds and connect our hearts to earth’s healing energy.    

Next we’ll find a comfortable spot in the shade of an old shaggy bark hickory tree for an hour of yoga practice with an emphasis on sun salutations and other poses to honor the Solstice. 

The summer solstice on June 21st signifies the longest, lightest day of the year and the start of our favorite season in Fairmount Park…. SUMMER! Dating all the way back to ancient times, the solstice marks the mystical, spiritually-heightened day when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. Celebrated by many cultures and religions at festivals and ceremonies around the world, it honors a deep sense of devotion to nature, Mother Earth, and the energizing power of the sun. Yogis celebrate the empowering effects of this supercharged day and so can YOU!   


TICKET PRICES:  Pay what you can – $15, $20, or $25

[ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info. ] 

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more!


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

  • The 1/2 mile hike is on varied terrain, so please wear trail friendly footwear.  
  • The yoga class takes place outdoors on flat grass
  • This special class is 90 mins, which includes a 30 minute hike and 60 minute yoga practice (you’re welcome to come for only one portion)
  • Bring your own yoga mat
  • Dress for weather conditions 
  • Bring water and a snack
  • Bring bug spray and sunscreen 
  • There are nearby porta-potties 
  • Appropriate for adults & mature adolescents (minors must be ticketed and accompanied by a guardian)


PARKING:
there is plenty of free parking in the park. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car! 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:  By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

  • This event has limited capacity. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
  • Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event.
  • Please bring a mask. We encourage you to wear it if you’re in proximity to others.
  • If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Over the last decade as a Yoga Reiki & Mindfulness Instructor in NYC & Philadelphia, Cole Hooley has worked with her clients to co-create a deeper connection to their bodies, nature, and the environment to encourage holistic well-being on an individual, communal level. Through her offerings, she aims to create a more natural and common-sense approach to promoting mental, emotional, and physical health by integrating nature, holistic practices, and research-based strategies. Her sessions have been called “an hour of unconditional love.” She is currently an M.S.Ed Candidate in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Pennsylvania, where she serves as a Liaison for the Project for Mental Health and Optimal Development. Cole is an E-RYT 500, RPYT 85, and Continued Education Provider through the Yoga Alliance. She is also a Reiki Master, the founder of Glowing Heart Center, a Wellness Collective. She has been featured in Huffington Post and YogaCityNYC.


This event will take place in light rain or shine. In the event of light rain, the location will move to the nearby Belmont Grove Picnic Area. In the event of heavy rain or other severe conditions, the event will be canceled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.