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Daylong Mindful Hike in Nature by Kelly Werner, Ph.D.

Description: A mindful hike is regular hike, yet you repeatedly attune to nature in an embodied sensory way. Continually immersing yourself in the elements while your heart is pumping and your skin is soaking up the sun. Sensing your interconnectedness with plants, water, and the earth while exploring the trails and views. This widens one's abiliy to be resourced and nourished by nature.

Who should take this workshop? Anyone (15 yrs and up) interested in being more present for their lives, sensing their interconnection with nature, cultivating mental clarity, and accessing a space of stillness and inner ease. Beginners to advanced mindfulness practitioners and hikers are welcome.

What will the workshop cover? This workshop provides a practical instruction in present-moment focus and attention training, using nature as the anchor for awareness. It will also include some information about the neuroscience behind mindfulness and it’s positive effects on emotion regulation and well being, so that participants can both learn about and directly experience these benefits. Instruction will be given for a variety of mindfulness practice throughout the day including: focused attention, sensory awareness, a reset pause, open awareness, embodiment and interconnection with nature. There will be plenty of time to ask questions about your own practice and experiences.

Flow of the Day: We'll hike on and off for 7 miles at a moderate grade. Guidance through the different meditation practices will happen every 30 minutes or so throughout the 4 hour hike. We'll practice while sitting, during more strenous walking, and during slow meandering walking. We'll reconviene as a group periodically for discussion of the previous practice segment. Most of the practice parts and hiking will be in silence, with some time alloted for social connecting and discussion. Temperatures often vacilate from hot to cold. This hike can be modified for your group.

Where: Tennessee Valley & Marin Headlands, CA

When: April 15, 2017 (9 AM to 1:00 PM)

Cost: $75

Registration: email


"To bring your attention to a stone, a tree or an animal does not mean to think about it, but simply to perceive it, to hold it in your awareness. You can sense how still it is, and in doing so the same stillness arises within you. You sense how deeply it rests in Being. Completely at one with what it is and where it is. In realizing this, you too come to a place of deep rest within yourself."

– Eckhart Tolle