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Meditation and Mindfullness Hike
April 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Saturday, April 29
Mindful Outdoor Walk at AOA’s Bison Hollow Preserve
Join us for a Mindful Outdoor Walk – a guided “saunter” into a natural setting to share mindfulness practices that break down the barriers that separate us from the rest of nature.
In addition to mindful walking, we will do ‘centering’ and breath work, learn to ‘forest bathe’ and enjoy open meditation in a ‘sit spot’. Benefits of this experience include enhanced stress management through connection with nature, re-awakened senses to the world around us, a break from technology-centered lifestyles, and increased sense of our place in the world.
NOTE: A Mindful Outdoor Walk is not a continuous hike, trying to get to somewhere specific. Nor is it a strenuous hike for exercise. We walk a bit, we stop, we walk more, we stop, we sit down for a time (on the ground, a rock, a fallen log). The guide gives invitations for the participants to consider, which bring them into deeper presence with the natural surroundings. We do not try to identify species or name things – it is not a naturalist lead educational walk. We do steep ourselves in the beauty and appreciate the species surrounding us. We also walk without technology or taking pictures – we leave cell phones and cameras at home or in the car. This is a chance to have a full tech break.
Elements of a mindful outdoor experience include:
- Forest bathing – taking in, with all of our senses, the forest atmosphere
- Biophilia – remembering to focus on life and lifelike processes
- Species re-connection – breaking through isolation from the natural world
- Refuge – finding peace and refuge in the natural world
Michelle Greenfield will serve as our event leader. Michelle has a Mindful Outdoor Guide certification and has taught Yoga for 14 years. She has completed The Power of Awareness meditation training and is currently enrolled in Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher training.
Bison Hollow Preserve is part of AOA’s Hocking Hills Conservation Initiative that has conserved 93 properties and 5,500 in the Hocking Hills. Bison Hollow showcases typical Hocking Hills landscapes including high rock walls that delineate the main gorge, Blackhand sandstone outcrops and features, and numerous wonderful waterfalls. The property includes mature to older growth forests with large hemlock groves.
This and other AOA events are free and open to the public.
Event Registration Required: We are limiting the number of participants to help assure an enjoyable experience for all. If you would like to attend this event please register on Google Forms through the following link.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m.
What to Wear: This activity will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes. The path through the gorge requires walking alongside and crossing the South Branch of the East Fork of Queer Creek. Water levels in the creek vary widely depending on recent rainfall but can usually be navigated with high-top (at least 6 to 8-inches) hiking shoes or boots. Please wear appropriate footwear and/or be prepared to get wet feet.
What to Bring: A small mat or blanket to sit on. Lunch, snacks and/or drinks of your choice. Insect repellant of choice is recommended during tick season. Appropriate footwear and outerwear is essential, and will depend on the weather the day of the event; so plan accordingly!
Location: We will be using the north, non-public entrance to the Preserve that crosses private property. This entry is located at the southern end of Amerine Road just south of Ash Cave, at the gate to a private home site – see Google Map link below. Drive to the end of the road where AOA staff and volunteers will direct parking alongside the roadway. Do not block the roadway. The street address for the parking area is 26168 Amerine Rd, South Bloomingville, OH 43152.
Google Map Link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/26168+Amerine+Rd,+South+Bloomingville,+OHemail@example.com,-82.5510539,172m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8847c06fdf0acc47:0x234725505baed41!8m2!3d39.3839598!4d-82.5509611