Have a Healthy, Happy May with These Local Wellness Events

Paddle down the Willamette River, learn wilderness survival skills, and take on a "mindful triathlon" complete with yoga and meditation.

By Tuck Woodstock April 27, 2016

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Learn essential wilderness skills in Champoeg State Park this May. 

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Run Mama Run
This Mother’s Day, join Family Forward Action in the eighth annual Run Mama Run 5k, 10k, and free quarter-mile kids’ run in Mount Tabor Park. In addition to the run, children can enjoy plenty of hands-on fun, from crafts and flower planting to fire truck activities and family yoga. (Read our full article here.)
Where: Mt Tabor Park, SE Salmon Way
When: Sunday, May 8, 8:30 a.m.
How Much: $49. Register here

Play Nice With Your Digestive System
Functional Nutrition expert Krista Barlow is planning to "drop some serious gastrointestinal knowledge" at this installment of Cyril's How To Series. Whether you battle GI issues or are curious about the recent upswing in food intolerances, this digestion lesson will surely change how you look at eating.
Where: Cyril's at Clay Pigeon Winery, 815 SE Oak
When: Thursday, May 12, 6:30–8 p.m.
How Much: $15. Register here.

Mindful Triathlon
Make history as part of the world’s first “mindful triathlon,” which consists of a 5k run/walk, 90-minute yoga class, and guided meditation. Additional activities at this Wanderlust event include acroyoga, slacklining, hooping, and live musical performances.
Where: Laurelhurst Park, 3756 SE Oak
When: Sunday, May 15, 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
How Much: $44 for the triathalon and $20 for a picnic lunch. Register here.

Healthy Female Cycles
Billions of people with uteruses around the world face menstrual issues such as cramps, heavy bleeding, irregularity, and PMS. This free class explores alternative solutions to menstrual cycle symptoms, with an emphasis on Chinese medicine.
Where: New Seasons Market Woodstock, 4500 SE Woodstock
When: Wednesday, May 18, 7–8:30 p.m.
How Much: Free! Register here

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Beeswax Beauty and Wellness
Learn to craft herbal salves, lip balms, and lotion bars at this Bee Thinking workshop. This class will also cover the basics of beeswax production and information on ingredients used in natural beauty products. Expect to take home several creations!
Where: Bee Thinking, 1551 SE Poplar
When: Wednesday, May 18, 6–8 p.m.
How Much: $35 including materials. Register here.

Free Kayak Demo Day
Paddle down the Willamette on a stand-up paddleboard, canoe, or kayak at the sixth annual Summer Splash Demo Day. This free public event features fun clinics, on-water demos, and instruction and wisdom from certified professionals eager to help you find your perfect seafaring vessel.
Where: Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Parks Way
When: Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
How Much: Free! More info here.

Essential Wilderness Skills
As you head into the great outdoors this summer, make sure you know how to stay safe! Students will learn how to tie knots, set up shelter, build a fire, purify water, select clothing and equipment, and much more.
Where: Champoeg State Park, St. Paul, OR
When: Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
How Much: $70. Register here.

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