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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: Saturday, Sept. 21; Sunday on Dec. 15; Monday on Nov. 25.  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. I look forward to seeing you on the trail.