Spirit of Dragonflies, LLC

Kripalu Mindfulness Outdoor Experience Guide & Life Coach – Get Outside. Go Within.


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In Celebration of International Forest Bathing Day – Come Join Us

International Forest Bathing Day – Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 – come join us to celebrate this special day.

If you are interested in learning more about Forest Bathing, Mindfulness Outdoor Experience, benefits of being outside in nature, finding some peace in times of chaos, finding joy and reducing stress come join us next Saturday, Sept 12, 2020.

We will be offering two Mindfulness Outdoor Experiences.

The first will be at Albert Community Family Forest from 10 am – noon:

https://www.rensselaerplateau.org/mindful-walk

Please click the link above for specifics and to register.

Join us for a nice slow, saunter through the woods, becoming aware of nature’s gifts, find a sit spot to relax, observe, and breathe in the fresh air, while opening our senses and finding inner peace.

In the afternoon we will be offering Mindfulness Outdoor Experience at Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

Mindful Nature Walk: Saturday, September 12 2pm – 4pm 
Join Sandy Wilson from Spirit of Dragonflies, LLC to celebrate the wonders of the outdoors! For those of you who have never experienced a Mindful Nature Walk we will be celebrating International Forest Bathing Day with a Mindful walk in nature while experiencing the benefits of “Forest Bathing.” Don’t worry, Forest Bathing requires no shower cap and involves no actual bathing in water. Called Shinrin-Yoku where it originated in Japan, it is the wellness practice of being in the present moment and opening up our senses to fully take in the forest atmosphere. This type of slow walking ‘sauntering’, deep breathing, present-centered awareness, and observation in nature is shown to reduce stress, boost our moods, and strengthen our immune systems. What’s more, these results are shown to last for weeks, or even months, after only one Forest Bathing outing. Our positive natural response to being outdoors shows our undeniable connection–and that’s something to celebrate! One of our past participants said “I walked trails all over the world many times over the years and never took the time to actually ‘experience’ nature while enjoying the trails. There are so many things that I never noticed before. This was just fabulous.” Masks are required when we arrive and when we gather but may be removed while we are walking or sitting during the outing when participants can maintain 6 feet distance from one another. Please bring water, a mat to sit on (there are six available), comfortable clothing, and a snack if you would like. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear shoes for walking in the woods.

Please register with Lisa either by phone or email:

Lisa Hoyt, Center Director:  (518) 658-2055  or dykenpond@gmail.com

We will be mindful of social distancing – maintaining a 6 foot distance and wearing masks when needed.

If you live in the area and would like to join us we would love for you to join us. If not, check to see if there will be events in your area.

Love and Light!


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Revitalized after a walk through the wilderness

If you read my earlier post you know that the morning started a bit down due to the cutting down of the trees near my home. After a nice long walk in nature where I recorded a babbling brook on my iPhone, listened and watched birds at play flying from tree to tree, I began to feel happy again knowing that there is plenty of wildlife and trees quite close by.

When I saw the five trees merged as one I had to stop and take a photo. (see below) While admiring this stand of trees, I noticed there were several groupings of trees quite similar to this one however they were fused together in different areas along their trunks. Feeling grateful to be with these beautiful trees, I had to stop and give them a hug. We can gather so much energy from the trees I can’t figure out why others aren’t doing the same. They are givers of life, shade, protection. Each unique in its own special way. Walking in nature brings peace within that I wish could be shared with everyone.

Five trees becoming one

Five trees becoming one

The fifth tree is peeking through the branches. When I was a child we would visit my brother-in-law’s family camp and I was always impressed by the stand of cedars that had become one very large tree. When I purchased my first home, the first thing my husband and I did was dig up 4 Cedar trees from camp and planted them closely together in a circle in our yard. They grew together like those I remembered in my youth. Trees are something we plant knowing that we may never enjoy their full potential. It may be the next generation reaping the benefits. Many trees do not reach their peak in our own lifetime unless we live a very long life. If you want to enjoy the trees that you are planting, plant them early in your life so you can enjoy them.

Not sure what these are but they were quite beautiful

Not sure what these are but they were quite beautiful

We came across these interesting plants. They were on a vine that had wrapped itself around a bush. When the sun peeked through the tree-line the little puffs resembled ice crystals. They were quite beautiful.

Vine interwoven in a bush

Once again, nature has revitalized me. I am in my happy place, content knowing that nature is only a short walk away. The trees in the adjoining yard have been felled but my landlord has not touched those in this yard. They should be safe for another year. I shall hug them again tomorrow to show my appreciation for the shade, protection from the wind the provide and for their natural beauty. Life is peaceful once again!

Love and Light,
Sandy