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Mindful Hiking and Forest Bathing at Iroquois Park 

 

Losing touch with joy and wonder? Feeling stressed, anxious or down? Or simply seeking to "unplug" and connect with others? Even two hours of being mindful in nature can lower stress levels, improve concentration, memory and mood, and boost immune function.  

 

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” John Muir

 

Mindful Hiking combines two practices: Mindfulness and Forest Bathing. Mindfulness brings awareness to one’s self and direct experience. Forest Bathing translates from the Japanese Shinrin-Yoku as bathing in the forest atmosphere: soaking in the warm breeze, the sound of bird song and rustling leaves, the scent of cedar and humus . . . . These practices bring a sense of comfort and ease. Please join me and others as we remember our intimate, intuitive connection with this healing and vibrant Earth.

 

We’ll meet in Iroquois Park, the “Yellowstone” of Louisville’s Olmsted parks. In cooler months we’ll pause for Forest Bathing practices and gentle Qi Gong. In the summer months, we'll hike a couple of miles while still integrating mindfulness practices. Hikes will usually combine the paved pedestrian road and a gentle trails beneath a canopy of trees.


Curent Offering: Mindful hikes are offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays, Aug.17, Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7. Sunday hikes, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Aug. 25, and Dec. 15. Monday hikes, 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 and Nov. 25. Feel free to choose one or more hikes. Private mindful hikes at Iroquois Park and other locations may be arranged for groups of three or more by dropping me a note.

 

Register for hikes by emailing me at JordanDyeMSW@gmail.com. (I'll respond with an email with directions and details.) Hikes are offered freely with appreciation for donations ($10, $15 or $20 suggested, though not required.)

Joran in the Woods

 

Meet your guide: 

Jordan Dye, MSW, is a certified social worker and meditation instructor who co-leads mindfulness and healthy relationship programs. Her 20-year meditation practice parallels her exploration of nature, which began in the US and extends to Peru, Ecuador, and Southern Africa, where she served in U.S. Peace Corps. She enjoys sharing mindfulness practices and the outdoors with others who seek a stronger connection with themselves and nature. Questions? Drop Jordan a note.