MEMBERS ONLY SPA WEEKEND 2019

MEMBERS ONLY SPA WEEKEND 2019

Members Only Annual Spa Weekend 2019
Saturday/Sunday, November 9th and 10th

Location: Baden Baden
RSVP/Prepayment in full required no later than October 14th 
Spaces limited to 15 members

Join us for a ladies’ weekend away in beautiful Baden Baden! We will leave Saturday morning via train, have a relaxing day at the baths (or spa – your choice!), and return on Sunday afternoon. Spaces are limited, so reserve your place now!!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our hotel will be the Hotel Quellenhof Sophia  where we have reserved beds for 15 people – 5 double rooms (€49,50+ 3,80 Kurtaxe per person) and 5 singles (€85 +3,80 Kurtaxe per person).

The hotel is located right in the heart of the spa town of Baden-Baden, between the romantic old town and the cozy Baths District, right on the impressive shopping street, Sophienstrasse.

 

SCHEDULE

The agenda for the weekend is as follows:

  • Leaving from the Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof Saturday morning at 9:32
  • Lunch at a restaurant (TBD)
  • In the afternoon we will spend time at one of the nearby baths/spa described below
  • Dinner at a restaurant (TBD)
  • Breakfast together Sunday morning (included in the hotel price)
  • Return to Stuttgart on a Sunday afternoon train

 

SPA/BATHS VISIT

What makes Baden Baden so special are the Roman-Irish baths at the Friedrichsbad (no swimsuits allowed). From their website: “Roman bathing culture displays its full splendor in combination with Irish hot-air baths. This exclusive bathing treat can be experienced and enjoyed by completing a special circuit of 17 different stations. The changing temperatures and the precious thermal water in the various baths have a regenerative effect on body and soul.“

You can also choose a traditional spa with treatments such as the Caracalla Spa (no swimsuits allowed in the sauna area only). Our hotel is within 50 meters of both places, so we won’t have to go far.

 

TRANSPORTATION/RESERVATIONS

Part of the fun is traveling together on a discounted group train ticket, so you do not need to arrange your own transportation. Once everyone has RSVPed and paid, we will vote on whether to return at 14:30 or 15:30 and buy the group ticket.

To start the reservation process, please RSVP in the pending private Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook.

After RSVPing and confirming with Sandra that there is space available, you will be asked to prepay €20 for the train ticket + your hotel room fees. In case of last-minute cancellation, you are welcome to find another member to take your place, or your hotel prepayment can be refunded upon request, minus any hotel cancellation fees.

Each guest will be asked to pay for their own food, drinks and spa treatments at the location. The IWCS will be sponsoring the table water at our evening dinner together and a glass of Sekt for each member at lunch on Saturday.

Looking forward to a wonderful weekend together! Hope to see you there!!

MEMBERS ONLY: CANNING AND FERMENTING WORKSHOP (+1 EVENT)

MEMBERS ONLY: CANNING AND FERMENTING WORKSHOP (+1 EVENT)

Fruit & Vegetable Canning and Fermenting Workshop
For members +1 guest
Sunday, October 13th at 13:00
Location: Meghan’s home in Kornwestheim
Nearest station: Kornwestheim Hbhf
Cost: €20 per person

Please join us for an afternoon preserving fruits and vegetables. In this workshop we will learn three different preserving methods:

  • Hot Water Bath Canning – Spicy California Mix (cauliflower, celery, carrots, bell peppers, garlic and spicy peppers to taste) OR Tomato Salsa (tomatoes, onions, peppers, spices)
  • Ceramic Crock Fermentation – Sauerkraut (cabbage)
  • Ready to eat spread – Pumpkin Butter (fresh pumpkin and spices)

This is a hands-on workshop, where we will go thru the steps and benefits of each method and you will be chopping, stirring, boiling, and brining your hearts out. Meghan will provide the fruit, veggies, additional ingredients and the jars for the Pumpkin Butter and Spicy Califonia Mix or Salsa. The whole process will take about three hours.

Because of the wait time involved in canning and fermentation, there will be a few weeks lapse before some of the items will be ready to take home and eat. However, each participant will leave that day with two small jars of Pumpkin Butter spread. The California Mix or Salsa will be ready approximately two weeks after the workshop and 5-7 weeks later, the sauerkraut will be ready. We will work together to get the finished items to everyone.

We will be doing lots of chopping! Each participant should bring their own cutting board and 1-2 sharp knives for chopping fruit and vegetables. Additionally please bring a reusable container for the sauerkraut to be put into once it is ready (ca. 250-500 grams).

Beverages and light snacks will also be provided. Meghan’s place is a short five-minute walk from the station. Also there is plenty of public parking at the apartment.

This event is a charity fundraiser – your cost is a €20 donation at the door. All money collected will go to our designated charity, Frauen helfen Frauen.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child age 13 + up, or friend
  • You and your guest each pay the cost listed above

Payment is due on the day of the event, however you must confirm your reservation to reserve your spot via the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you aren’t on Facebook. Space is limited to 12 participants, so reserve your spot now!

Photo courtesy of AKuptsova on Pixabay.com

MEMBER + FAMILY EVENT: OPEN AIR MUSEUM WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR

MEMBER + FAMILY EVENT: OPEN AIR MUSEUM WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR

Outing to the Freilichtmuseum in Beuren with English-Language Tour
This event is for members and their families
Sunday, October 20th at 11:00
Location: Freilichtmuseum Beuren, In den Herbstwiesen, 72660 Beuren
Nearest Stop : Molkerei in Beuren (best reached by car)
Cost: €10 per family or €5 for an individual

Join member Katja Zajac for a day in the countryside at the open air museum in Beuren! This recreated historical village tells the story of life in the nearby Swabian Alps with twenty different buildings, including farms, houses, workshops, and a bakery.

Children will love the many animals who live in the village (chicken, rabbits, goats, and sheep) and there is even an old-fashioned corner store with candy and sweets to buy.

We will have a one-hour English-language tour explaining the history of the houses and their inhabitants, life on the Swabian Alb as a farmer, and what a typical childhood was like in the area long ago.

Afterwards we will make a reservation for lunch at the museum restaurant (optional) and then you are free to spend the rest of the day exploring the museum grounds which include a playground and an orchard. The grounds are wheelchair and stroller friendly and open until 18:00. Please let Katja know if you are interested in lunch at the Engelberg restaurant at 12:30!

Audio guides in English are available for the permanent exhibition and wagons are available to borrow (20 euro deposit). We are welcome to bring along our own food and drink, or even a picnic lunch for those not joining us at the restaurant.

All members of your immediate family are invited to come along! The tour guide and museum entrance will be sponsored by the IWCS, but we are requesting pre-paid donations of €10 per family or €5 for an individual to reserve your space (maximum 25 participants total). All donations will be included in our annual donation to the Frauenhaus.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the Facebook event being set up in the members group or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the your family’s donation to the IWCS bank account no later than October 10th. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline (we will be charged by the tour company after that date). Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

Photo courtesy of user RitaE on Pixabay.com

MEMBERS ONLY: GUIDED MEDITATION CLASS

MEMBERS ONLY: GUIDED MEDITATION CLASS

GUIDED MEDITATION CLASS IN ENGLISH
For members only
Thursday, September 19th at 10.30
Location: Yoga und Pilates in der Galerie Stuttgart, Friedenstraße 12, 70190 Stuttgart
Nearest Stop: Neckartor

IWCS member Stephanie Lantin is offering a free introduction to guided meditation class to our members in September, open to all levels of experience. In addition to regularly teaching meditation classes in English and French, she also supports clients as their personal coach when they are going through a transition in their lives.

This event has a maximum of 9 participants and you can RSVP using the pending Facebook event or the form below until the day before.

The cost of this event is a €5 per person donation to the Frauenhaus, to be collected at the door.

Thanks to Stephanie for donating her time to help our 2019 fundraising action!

 

 

Photo courtesy of user realworkhard on pixabay.com

MEMBERS ONLY: WALKING TOUR OF MARBACH (+1 EVENT)

MEMBERS ONLY: WALKING TOUR OF MARBACH (+1 EVENT)

English-Language Walking Tour of Marbach
For members and their +1 guest
Wednesday October 9 from 11:15
Host: Member Alison Tyler

Nearest station: Marbach Bahnhof (S4)
Meeting point: Marbach Bahnhof
Cost: €5 per person, paid in advance no later than September 16th

The gorgeous city of Marbach am Neckar is the birthplace of Friedrich Schiller, Germany’s equivalent of Shakespeare. His first play, Die Räuber (The Robbers), made him an overnight sensation by critiquing social corruptions and affirming revolutionary ideals, making him rather unpopular with Duke Karl Eugen, the ruler of Württemberg at that time.

There is however, more to Marbach than just Schiller. The town on the Neckar river is one of the oldest country towns of Württemberg and is protected in its entirety under Denkmalschutz. Here you can see lovingly restored half-timbered houses, fountains, and remains of the medieval fortifications with the distinctive Obere Torturm or upper gate tower, along with picturesque streets and churches.

Our guide from the Marbach Tourist Office will show us all of this and more in our 90 minute walk. We will start at the train station and end at Jägers Restaurant Schillerhöhe. Interested members are welcome to stay for lunch.

The tour can accommodate up to 30 participants and our route is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

The tour itself will be sponsored in full by the club and we are requesting a €5 per person donation to the Frauenhaus prepaid no later than September 16th in order to hold your spot.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend (18+)
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, older child, or friend.
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed above.

To start the reservation process, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below to contact the activities team if you are not on Facebook.

Please complete your reservation by transferring your prepayment no later than September 16th. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

Photo courtesy of © Roman Eisele / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

MEMBERS ONLY: FREE WALKING TOUR OF LUDWIGSBURG (+1 EVENT)

MEMBERS ONLY: FREE WALKING TOUR OF LUDWIGSBURG (+1 EVENT)

WALKING TOUR OF LUDWIGSBURG
For members and their +1 guests
Wednesday, August 7th at 10:30
Location: Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, Schloßstraße 30, 71634 Ludwigsburg
Nearest Station: Ludwigsburg (S-Bahn)
Meeting point: Inner courtyard of the palace
Cost: FREE

Ludwigsburg is a beautiful and vibrant Baroque city to the north of Stuttgart. Founded in the early 18th century, the city today is a place where history and the present peacefully coexist. An integral part of the city’s unique charm is its outstanding and diverse cultural scene. Home to numerous cultural institutions, Ludwigsburg is widely known as a city of films and festivals.

Join member Alison Tyler in August for a 90 minute free walking tour of Ludwigsburg starting at the famous Schloss (palace) and finishing on the market square. Hear how Ludwigsburg came into existence and experience some of the highlights of its more than 300 years of history including its architecture and famous sons and daughters (poets, inventors and theologians), along with information about the up and coming festivals and popular places to eat and drink.

Maximum 25 guests, wheelchairs and prams are welcome. We will be walking a total of 4-5 kilometers. We will meet in the courtyard of the palace at 10:30, but if anyone would like to meet Alison at the train station, she will be there at 10:00. Please note if the weather is stormy, the tour will not go ahead.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, adult child, or friend.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP  in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you aren’t on Facebook.

MEMBERS ONLY: FINGER FOOD, WINE & FIREWORKS (+1 EVENT)

MEMBERS ONLY: FINGER FOOD, WINE & FIREWORKS (+1 EVENT)

Finger Food, Wine and Fireworks
For members and a +1 guest
Saturday, August 17th from 20:00 – 23:30
Location: Ostfildern
Nearest Stop: Scharnhauser Park (U7, U8, 122)

Join member Anu & her husband Oliver at their home in Ostfildern to watch the annual Flammende Stern display from their balcony. Every year international pyrotechnic teams from around the world take part in a three-day competition and on the 17th we will be watching a team from Singapore.

The fireworks start around 22:15 and last approximately 30 minutes. For more details on the fireworks, check out the Flammende Stern website.

Our hosts will provide vegetarian finger food and drinks (wine & non-alcoholic beverages). Guests are welcome to contribute a bottle of their favorite wine to the festivities.

Maximum 8 guests, adults only please. Anu recommends using public transportation for this event due to the overwhelming number of visitors who attend the show. Her home is only a five minute walk from the stop “Scharnhauser Park.”

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, adult child, or friend.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP  in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you aren’t on Facebook.