Self-Discovery Comes Naturally at These Culturally Vibrant Spaces in DeMun and Hi-Pointe

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Straddling the St. Louis and Clayton city limits and featuring hundreds of historic buildings, DeMun is a culturally vibrant neighborhood balancing cozy city living—and it’s near a bevy of worthwhile institutions in the Hi-Pointe neighborhood and in Forest Park, including the Hi-Pointe Theatre, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis Zoo and The Muny, but that’s not all the area has to offer.

The Cheshire
An escape in the heart of St. Louis, this Tudor-style hotel is a charming getaway for locals and an elegant home for visitors, offering a little bit of Europe in the park. Guest rooms are named for famous British authors and their works, and suites are decorated to evoke a bygone era. On-site restaurants include the cozy Fox & Hounds pub; Basso for playful Italian; Boundary, with locally grown and raised specialties; and the world’s cutest Starbucks. The Cheshire is within walking distance of Forest Park, or guests can borrow a hotel bike to ride around St. Louis’ big backyard.

Forsyth School
Forsyth School is a leading independent, co-educational elementary school for children age 3 through grade six. Located next door to Washington University and across the street from Forest Park in the Wydown-Forsyth Historic District, Forsyth School offers an unforgettable experience on a one- of-a-kind campus with classrooms in six repurposed historic homes. Forsyth is a place where personal best counts—in the classroom, on the field, on the stage and on the high ropes course in the Adventure Center. The challenging and engaging curriculum fosters independence and prepares students to thrive in secondary school and beyond.

Washington University Summer Writers Institute
Bordering the green expanse of Forest Park, Washington University is a year-round center for learning. From July 12-26, it offers an intensive Summer Writers Institute featuring workshops in genres such as fiction, culture essay writing, microfiction, modern humor, personal narrative, playwriting and poetry. Weekend and evening sessions ensure that busy adult writers can get the most from their interactions with published authors and exceptional teachers. Out-of-town and local writers of all levels are welcome in the supportive, non-competitive environment that allows for personalized attention and constructive feedback.

Yoga in DeMun
Yoga in DeMun invites all levels of practice and encourages each participant to honor their authentic self in developing mental and physical strength. Christy Lin and Patricia Joye combine decades of yoga study, practice and teaching. They emphasize cultivating a deeper sense of well-being (supported by meditation) and a heightened sense of somatic awareness (supported by the wise use of blocks, sandbags and therapy balls). Expect to become more familiar with flexibility, balance and endurance, as well as clarity and greater ease on many levels. Come as you are and grow from within.

Featured image courtesy of Karina Tiller.

This story originally appeared in our recent print edition of Guided: DeMun + Forest Park, available now online or at these locations. Thank you for supporting the companies that keep ALIVE and Guided growing.


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