This announcement of the 2015 Slow Travel Fest is so intriguing (and tempting) that I am sharing it in its entirety. The website, alas, is only in Italian. Here it is:
The inspiring new Slow Travel Fest, taking place in and around medieval Monteriggioni, near Siena in Italy from October 9 to 11, is offering walkers of all levels some unique propositions, as well as the chance to explore stunning Tuscan landscapes and the ancient pilgrim route – the Via Francigena.
This sustainable tourism focused festival – Italy’s only festival devoted solely to slow travel – will be welcoming walkers who wish to reconnect with nature, increase their health and fitness, discover incredible new villages, beauty spots and architecture, or simply walk for pleasure.
The Brits really get the benefits and pleasures of walking (“tramping” as they call it in the country), and walking with poles is part of the picture. Here’s what the Staffordshire newsletter writes about its upcoming walking festival. Staffordshire is in the West Midlands, the largest nearby city being Birmingham. The photo below is also from the borough’s newsletter story.
Stafford Borough Walking Festival returns for its sixth year on Saturday, May 2, and runs until Sunday, May 10.
More than 30 activities will be running at locations including the Trentham Estate, Izaak Walton Cottage, Shugborough Hall and Doxey Marshes. There will also be fun family events linked to walks, such as a treasure hunt in Stafford town centre, a fairy hunt in Victoria Park and picnics at the Trentham Monkey Forest.
Anyone interested in taking up a new way of walking is invited to try out Nordic walking, a whole body exercise using specially designed poles. Instructor Gareth Davies will be running taster sessions at Rowley Park each day and borough residents who want to do more Nordic Walking, and normally exercise for less than 150 minutes a week, can sign up to a 10 week course for just £20.
Valentine’s Day walk to raise money for BC food bank.
While others are dipping into the heart-shaped box of chocolates or planning a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner, Carol Benson-Hitch (left), owner of CFS-Carol’s Fitness Solutions, has organized a Valentine’s Day walk in support of the South Delta Food Bank in British Columbia. Benson-Hitch, a certified urban poling rehabilitation and wellness instructor, and personal trainer, shared the idea of offering a walking clinic to benefit the Ladner-based food bank with participants during a session last fall. Initially, she wanted to organize it for the Christmas season but the walkers in her group suggested Valentine’s Day. Benson-Hitch thought it was a great idea.
Cupid’s Walk for Health takes place on Saturday, February 14 at 10 a.m., meeting at Petra’s Arts Kafe on 12th Avenue in Tsawwassen. Walkers are asked to arrive between 9:30 and 9:50 a.m., bringing non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations well ahead of the walk. The hour-long session consists of a warm-up, walking on flat roads, possibly the dike and a low-grade hill and then ending with stretches. “You don’t have to use walking poles but they’re welcome, along with leashed dogs and all two-legged creatures,” says Benson-Hitch.
Participants are encouraged to wear a bit of red to celebrate the day. The walk happens rain or shine and registration is not required. FoMoInfo about Cupid’s Walk for Health, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.facebook.com/carolsfitnesssolutions or call 604-339-5985.
Two days of Nordic Walking and Smovey training and certification in Los Angeles.
The American Nordic Walking Association has scheduled a two-day Nordic Walking event in LA on November 22-23 for all enthusiastic Nordic Walkers and motivated health and wellness professionals too. Two ANWA Master Coaches, Gottfried Kürmer from Vienna, Austria and Bernd Zimmermann from Los Angeles, founder and president of the American Nordic Walking Association, in combination with their local ANWA trainers. The scheduled includes workshops and basic certification seminars for beginners and ANWA certification seminars for Advanced and Professional Nordic Walking Instructors.
The event includes the opportunity for a closer look at such other exercise training options as BungyPump, Trekking, and Wrap’nGo for Weight-Loss.
There are also integrated workshops from the hottest fitness trend from Europe like the Smovey Vibro-Swing System, two rings weighing 500 grams each that are used to combine fitness, health and weight loss. In case you’re wondering as I was, Smovey stands for SWING, MOVE and SMILE. Nordic Walking poles and the Smovey Vibro-Swing System are provided during this workshop and seminar.
Click here for the schedule, not just in Los Angeles but also in Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Jacksonville and elsewhere in the sunbelt in the next few weeks.
Copper Uncorked appeals to wine-lovers, wing-aholics & snowshoeing addicts
Copper Mountain hosts an interesting and casual wine event during Valentines Day Weekend or Presidents Weekend. “Copper Uncorked (and In Love)” is not your average wine festival. It takes place at Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village and features affordable wines from across the globe ripe for tasting throughout the February 14-16 weekend, while chefs from around Copper Mountain compete for best pairing during the Wine-n-Wing Challenge on Saturday, February 15.
Following is an event that appeals to me about as much as a chance to sample those wines, a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour from 5 to 8 p.m. Copper Mountain’s congenial Resort Ambassadors lead the tour, which starts from West Village and traverses frozen creeks and wooded trails, leading to a romantic meadow (actually around Copper Creek Golf Course) lit by the full moon. Finish up the evening with s’mores around the bonfire and a mulled wine on the plaza. Space is limited, please call Guest Services to reserve a spot, call 970-968-2318 ext. 45861.
Strong turn-out where there was snow — except in Colorado
The 19th annual Winter Trails Day on January 11 experienced a strong turnout at recurring locations with good snow, especially in the Midwest with attendance up 20 to 30 percent at some venues, according to administrator Reese Brown, who noted that snowsports newcomers were “very excited” for this year’s event. It’s a free intro, which might enhance the excitement. However, other events were canceled in the Pacific Northwest and California due to low or no snow and driving, then freezing rain in the Mid-Atlantic and New England region.
Colorado’s two big Winter Trails Days that focused on snowshoeing were canceled, but not because of weather. REI’s Denver flagship store, which traditionally provided loaner equipment and personnel for the event at Echo Lake in the foothills west of Denver, has had major changes in personnel and is “not ready” for this year. The Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park event generally held a week later was canceled because the park’s and the town’s were severely strained by wildfire, the federal government shutdown and catastrophic September floods.
First Wednesday in April is the day to walk — or walk more
The American Heart Association promotes the first Wednesday in April as National Walking Day. The goal is to get as many people as possible to commit to walking for at least 30 minutes a day. Many of us already put in more time on foot and with poles, but that that is the minimum that reduces health risks, according to the AHA.
Some communities, senior centers, rec districts and even companies organize National Walking Day activities for Wednesday, April 3 this year. The AHA offers a National Walking Day Toolkit for individuals and organizations. The US Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking solicits comments in the Federal Register on what the Call to Action should be to promote walking for health, wellness and fitness.
“Winter Feels Good” is the snowsports industry’s promotional slogan, and Winter Trails Day 2012 on Saturday, January 7, is designed to provide a no-cost and easy way to sample winter outdoor activities and an opportunity to try equipment on your own or go on a group tour. Problem is that in much of the country’s snowbelt, it doesn’t feel much like winter at all.
Here in Colorado where there is some snow in the high country, the show willl go on. Winter Trails Day activities have ebbed and flowed over the years, with more scheduled some years than others. The big event hosted by REI is snowshoe-only — no cross-country skiing. It takes place at Echo Lake along Colorado Hwy. 103 between Bergen Park and Idaho Springs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features hundreds of demo snowshoes for adults and children, guided hikes, snow activities, outdoor gear displays and free giveaways. For more information, call 303-756-3100.
Malin Svensson, Nordic Walking and fitness expert in Los Angeles is hosting a FREEteleseminar called “8 Simple Steps to Lose Weight, Look Great and Feel Sexy!” on Tuesday, January 10, at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Click here to sign up online (scroll down to the simple registration form).
The teleseminar will not be Nordic Walking-specific, although Svensson has sterling credentials. Originally from Sweden, she came to the United States in 1989 with a Masters Degree in Physical Education. Among her numerous credentials are several in Nordic Walking: First INWA (International Nordic Walking Association) Master Trainer in North America and is one of the four INWA International Coaches in the world. INWA-certified International Nordic Walking Coach. Founder and president of Nordic Body Inc., a California wellness company helping people get fit to stay fit at any age. President of NWNA (Nordic Walking North America), an educational organization for fitness professionals. Founder of Nordic Walking USA, an informational resource on Nordic Walking (and not associated with this Nordic-Walking-USA blog). Author of Nordic Walking instructor manuals and subject of numerous fitness articles.