Join Ecotherapist Amy Sugeno and Austin Wellness Collaborative for a Mindfulness Hike on Cinco de Mayo!
Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park @ 4 PM
This will be a Members Only event.
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Practicing mindfulness in nature blends two wonderful and well-researched areas: mindfulness and nature connection. Both have many overlapping physical and mental health benefits, such as stress reduction, nervous system regulation, better ability to handle difficulties, and an increase in feelings of well-being. Combining these two areas allows for greater richness and depth of practice: learning to be mindful helps you deepen your enjoyment and connection with nature, and being in nature helps support your mindfulness practice by offering practices which are effortless and varied. This experience will be a great opportunity to practice slowing down, opening up to the life that is all around you, and savoring all of the wonderful gifts of late spring.
In this group, you will have the opportunity to:
• Learn about how to practice mindfulness in nature
• Experience a sensory awareness hike
• Enjoy a short solo time for quiet contemplation in nature
• Practice deepening your awareness of the natural world around you
• Savor restorative and nourishing self-care time in nature
We will be walking about 1 mile over moderately hilly, rocky terrain with mixed shady and sunny areas. Most of our time will be spent in a forested area near a clear, spring-fed creek. Things to bring: backpack, water, hat, sunscreen, hiking boots or shoes (tennis shoes are fine; boots might be more comfortable), hiking stick, and insect repellent.
We will meet at the large barn and house that is at the big bend in the park road. To find the barn, drive down the main park road, past the small historic cabin, until you see the big barn. There is parking along the road in this area. There is a port-a-potty at the barn, but please note there is no potable water available in the park; please plan to bring plenty of water with you.
RSVPs are appreciated so we can have an idea of how many people are coming.
**Details subject to change.**