Hear and you will forget, see and you will remember, do and you will understand.
   ~ Chinese proverb.

Learn to build a dry stone wall event at Sweet Life Farm
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019
Location: 52 Pitt's Lane Madoc, Ontario
Status: Now Booking

We are excited to announce a unique hands-on walling workshop to be held at a beautiful farm retreat not far from Madoc Ontario. The July 13-14 workshop will be a continuing event offered each year to reestablish a network of historic walls on the estate, reconstructed to their former glory.

This is a two day event and will have several aspects and activities related to the craft of walling including an informative talk on the history and the unique geological features of the area by the author and journalist Gordon Pitt's whose ancestors settled the farm in 1867.

Dr. Judy Adler will guide participants in postural and stretching techniques to avoid strain and injury. At the end of the day participants can enjoy a relaxation class with hot Acuballs and partner stretching, in the studio. There will be scrumptious lunches, an evening musical gathering, swimming in the aqua blue pond and an opportunity for meditation anywhere on this lovely getaway in the rolling hills of Centre Hastings.

Cost for this two day seminar/ experience is only 250 dollars and includes full hands on instruction by certified professional waller John Shaw-Rimmington, printed walling material, lunches, refreshments, taxes and evening activities.
Please register here for John Shaw-Rimmington's Dry Stone Wall Event. Limited spaces are available.

Camping is available on site, or if you prefer something less rugged, guests wishing to stay at the farmhouse a $100 accommodation fee, which includes a comfortable bed for 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, refreshments and taxes.

Our gardens are lush and 100% organic and our food is delicious and healthy. Space is limited. To register please contact Judy Adler.

Sweet Life Farm is run by Judy Adler, a Chiropractor, and Richard Eaton, a Forester. The farm is located in Centre Hastings, a once geologically active part of Ontario. There are several small veins of Talc running through the property produced by the intrusion of magma into sedimentary rock about 1 billion years ago. You can look out from the house across to the steep escarpment on the southerly edge of Lake Moira. This escarpment marks the edge of limestone to the south and the southern edge of the Canadian Shield to the north. The rocks around the property display the rich geological activity of the region.The sand and rocks by the ponds as well as the rocks and boulders in the many dry stone walls were brought here by the meltwater action when the last glacier receded.

Circular Stone Building

Stone Dam

Stone Hedge

Stone Bridge

Stone Window

Stone Wall - The Finished Structure

Pond activities

Completed: Stone Wall

Placing the Stones for the Stone Wall

Stone Wall in Progress

Stone Wall Frame Structure

Building the Framing Structure for the Stone Wall

Posture Rehabilitation Workshop with Dr. Judy Adler
This workshop taught by Dr. Judy Adler, focuses on functional postural rehabilitation, i.e. how you move as you function in your daily life. You will become aware of your habitual postures and how they contribute to your pain.

The workshop covers how to stand, sit, and walk in ways that reduce the strain on your body. By realigning your posture through self correction, you take away the stressors that perpetuate pain on a daily basis. Taking the load off allows your body to heal itself, as it does so well given the chance.

Classes are experiential and consist of postural corrections from how you load the dishwasher to how you sit with your laptop. Stretches, physio ball and a NIA movement component are also incorporated into the weekend.

The posture work that Judy does is a unique and personal synthesis of: clinical knowledge of anatomy combined with exposure to dance, a love for Feldenkrais therapy and philosophy, and years of working through her own physical injuries (2 broken ankles, back pain, rotator cuff tendinitis, forearm repetitive strain).

Judy has also had some exposure to dance through the years. Starting with folk dancing as a teenager, she later performed with the Flaming Dono an African drum and dance ensemble. For the last 7 year Judy has been practicing NIA dance and became certified as a NIA instructor in October 2009.

The Posture Rehabilitation Workshop integrates free time to roam whether by foot or snowshoe, and workshop time. It is helpful to bring a friend or partner so that you can reinforce each other after the weekend is over.