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Wellness in the Woods: Mindful Walk
Wednesday December 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Get Outside. Go Within. A Mindful Nature Connection Experience. Led by Nan Quinlan in partnership with Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Stewardship Council.
This nature-based experience provides walks in the forest where participants use the practice of mindfulness, meditation, and practical outdoor skills to deepen their connection with the land and the more-than-human world. The walks are not geared toward nature identification but rather nature immersion and connection. Participants use their senses to observe and notice their surroundings and spend time being present with those sights and sounds. Participants report that they feel less stressed, more aware, and happier at the end of the walk and see the benefit of getting outside in nature.
Sadly, many people have a somewhat detached appreciation of nature, that nature is something “over there.” With 80% of people in North America living in urban areas and Americans spending 11 hours a day on a screen and 90% of their lives indoor their senses can become dulled, they often have attention difficulties, and can suffer from physical and emotional illnesses. Research has shown that time outdoors can reduce stress, settle the mind, and contribute to increased physical and psychological health.
The walks are not physically challenging, and the pace is slow with stops along the way to participate in brief exercises to deepen the nature connection. Comfortable clothing and shoes as well as water, sunscreen and insect spray are recommended. Required – participants need to bring a low folding type stool that is easy to carry or a cushion, beach towel or small blanket that can be folded to sit on the ground for a personal meditation and group circle.
Nan Quinlan is a Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide. Nan attended the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership. The school calls on the power of mindfulness to inspire individuals and human societies into greater partnership with the living Earth, so future generations can thrive.
To sign up for this event please email: [email protected] with the following information:
- Email subject: Mindful Walk
- Include: All attendee’s names
This event is FREE for members, and $10 per person for non-members.
**Please note: Spots are limited. If you sign up and can no longer participate please let us know so that we can open this experience to others on our waitlist.
To learn more about the Wood-Pawcatuck Wild and Scenic Stewardship Council click here!