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July 18, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Movement | Nature | Mindfulness
Vaughan Woods State Park
Meet at the Playground
Stopping and consciously engaging our senses when out hiking not only calms and grounds us—relaxing both mind and body—but it also deepens our connection to the natural world.
Spending time in nature has healing and restorative power. Being outdoors increases well-being, helps alleviate stress and anxiety, promotes creativity, assists with recovery from mental fatigue, helps restore attention, boosts the brain’s ability to think, and engages the senses.
While a regular meditation and yoga practice can a very healing, there are many opportunities to practice mindfulness in other ways. Short, simple mindfulness exercises incorporated into an activity such as hiking are an easy, enjoyable, and surprisingly effective way of being more mindful
As we hike in silence, you will be free to look around and consciously engage your sense of sight, smell, hearing, and touch.
Maybe you’ll choose to explore the sky, the patterns in the clouds, the canopy of trees above, or notice shadows, patterns, colors, and textures on the ground.
Perhaps you’re sense of smell will detect low tide in the Salmon Falls river, the hemlocks, or the oak leaves.
Bird songs, the sound of our feet on the ground, or the squirrel complaining might come into your awareness.
Maybe you will notice the wind, rain, or sun touching your skin.
No registration or fee necessary.
Plan to hike for about one hour. We will hike about a 2.5 mile loop that has options for shorter loops built in.
Meet at the playground at Vaughan Woods State Park.
Hike will begin promptly at 8am. Rain or shine!
Once the hike begins, we will observe silence.
Wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, clothing that protects you from insects and/or bug repellent, a hat if desired, and appropriate clothing for the weather.
Come well hydrated or bring a water bottle.