Fun fitness and amazing team building with astonishing views
Michelle Courtney Berry, your fun wilderness guide, experienced retreat and excursion leader, is a lifelong hiker and outdoor/nature lover, whose parents moved her from her native Manhattan to the Catskills when she was a child. She grew up taking her beagle Buttons for long walks, swimming a nearly three-mile lake, snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice skating, backpacking, hiking, camping, fishing, downhill skiing, x-country skiing, summer fishing, breaking trails, pitching camps, gardening, bicycling, dirt biking (at age 10, to her father’s delight and her mother’s chagrin), and playing soccer.
Michelle feels that “nature returns us to our more natural, organic selves, where we connect with our ancient DNA, where we remove the daily hubbub and noise, and replace it with forest bathing, walking meditation, and a gentler contact with nature, and a deeper change for us to connect our mind, body, and spiritual selves to something bigger than ourselves.” Michelle leads and helps teams create YEAR-ROUND opportunities to reconnect with nature and others, in both regional and exotic locations and destinations.
According to Team Building expert and outdoor lover Mark O’Dell, “The importance of nature – disconnecting to reconnect – when it comes to team building is huge. “Nature opens everyone up, puts the group on an equal playing field.”
Walking for Health
Michelle Courtney Berry, a wellness speaker, trainer, coach, avid hiker and mindful meditation teacher, has been an outdoor lover and since she was a child who moved from Manhattan and grew up in the Catskills. Michelle leads and consults on how to incorporate regular walking into your fitness programs. Michelle stands ready to help individuals, groups, teams, and organizations learn how to inculcate regular walking into their Health and Wellness Programs. According to the Mayo Clinic something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.
For example, regular brisk walking can help you:
Maintain a healthy weight
Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
Strengthen your bones and muscles
Improve your mood
Improve your balance and coordination
The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.
Advanced Hiking, Endurance Biking, Camping
For many years, Michelle has led regular hikes throughout Central NY, the Southern Tier, and the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Using Meetup as a tool for her fitness excursions, nearly 500 members of her Health and Wellness Club, “Enough Already, Get Moving, Start Losing!” enjoy the benefits of camaraderie, being in nature and fresh air, as well as the ability to challenge themselves physically and mentally on a wide variety of progressively challenging trails and courses. we get a workout at the same time being in nature for fresh air, facing challenges physically and mentally and appreciating the beauty of outdoor life! Hiking, for many, is a form of meditation in which we let our brains take a break from worry, excuses, and lists, and we “lose” these distractions in exchange for gaining a deeper relationship with our spiritual mind as it connects to our beautiful bodies of all sizes.
Michelle also offers a range of biking experiences on flat or elevated surfaces. Many cyclists at all levels have joined in excursions that range from simple flat biking along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail or more challenging day-long excursions that include biking at your own pace (10-12 miles), completing a 4-6 mile hike, then biking back again (10-12 miles, but mostly, Thank Goodness, downhill on the return).
Other fun trips have included day hiking trips and sometimes overnight camping trips to the famous Shawangunk Mountains in the Hudson Valley, to Letchworth State Park known as the Grand Canyon of the East, and to the glorious Adirondack Park System.