Connecting with nature in the winter is refreshing and invigorating. It’s good for the physical body, mental health, and your spirit. The participants start off with stress of travel, some a little concerned about the roads, what happened prior to the event, what is going to happen after the event. We start off with introductions, stretching, setting an intention, and giving gratitude for the forest as we enter. Most love the idea of having an individual experience in a group setting. We start off sauntering and opening our senses to the scents, sights, sounds, tastes we encounter along our journey.
Each participant is given a magnifying glass to check out the mushrooms, tree bark, snow flakes, and more up close and personal. About half way through we stop for a sit spot, participants can connect with a tree or grab a mat to sit on. Sometimes they may prefer to sit on a large stone or fallen tree. In winter we don’t sit as long as we would in warmer weather. After the sit spot, I invite them to join me for a tea ceremony. Generally we enjoy Blackberry Sage which smells amazing.
Adults and children have enjoyed the experience. By the time we are done they are hugging trees, down on the ground looking in the holes in trees and in the ground, checking out mushrooms, ferns and moss with their magnifying glasses, and finding a connections with nature. Adults have as much fun making snow angels as the children. We all have a little childlike spirit within and the walks encourage exploring that side of us.
We check in after the event to see if they realized their intentions. There is a general consensus that a sense of peace and calm has been reached. Sometimes participants stay for quite a while after the walk and share what they discovered in the woods and about themselves. As a guide, being in nature, sharing the experience with others is always uplifting. When everyone leaves I love to return to the woods and give gratitude for the experience.
If you are interested in joining one of my walks or would like to schedule one at a location you are familiar with please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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