I took a leap last fall and became a Kripalu Certified Mindful Outdoor Guide.
Who is a Mindful Outdoor Guide? A Mindful Outdoor Guide is someone who guides people into nature to mindfully connect with the landscape and the more than human world to experience the healing powers of nature. Mindful Outdoor Guide’s are ambassadors between people and place.
The beauty of a Mindful Outdoor Experience is that it can happen anywhere. You do not have to travel or go to an exotic location to have a special experience. You can have a mindful experience in your backyard, neighborhood park or on your favorite trail.
The Mindful Outdoor Experience is not about an end destination but simply being out in nature. Out connecting to the land you are on. This experience is about slowing down; tuning into your surroundings. Noticing the weather, rocks, plants, soil, birds and animals that live are all around you. Allowing yourself and all your senses to become a part of your landscape. A simple walk in a familiar place can turn into an epic experience!
As your guide, I create a safe space for you to experience nature. Allowing you to tune out and tune in. Immersing yourself in your surroundings, engaging all five senses and connecting to the land. Being open to all the elements and life forms we share with the land and the unexpected experiences that will show up.
Nature and Mindfulness connect us to ourselves
Human are not separate from the natural world, we are a piece of the puzzle and we depend on nature for our health. All the comforts of modern life have their place but we must be willing to connect with the natural world like our lives depend on it – because they do!
Multiple sources agree that being in nature (even urban nature) lowers stress, improves attention and mood. Being in nature also calms the mind and offers cognitive benefits.
We spend upwards of 9 hours each and every day on a screen of some kind. Find the time to shift your focus outside or your screen and experience the healing power of nature!
Want to learn more?
If you live in the Treasure Valley and are interested in scheduling a Mindful Outdoor Experience for a small group or as part of your retreat email me ThisFantasticLife@gmail.com for more information and to schedule your experience.