Mindful Mondays in the Forest
9:30 - 10:30 AM for adults only. Cost: $10 per session/$80 for 10-week series
You can register for individual sessions or the entire series.
Fall Season: Mondays, September 24 - December 10: 10 week series. (No class on Oct. 8 and Nov. 19)
Spring Season: Mondays, February 25 - May 6: 10 week series (No class on March 11).
Join us for weekly mindfulness classes here at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary! We’ll begin each class in the cabin with a guided 15-minute lesson. Then we’ll each go to a quiet spot in the forest to practice simply being mindful not mind-full. We’ll meet back at the cabin with wild-collected tea and sharing. Participants are welcome to extend their mindful time in the forest as well.
Inspired by the “Forest Bathing” movements in South Korea and Japan, more and more nature centers like ours are offering programs that provide restorative time in nature, helping us to reground and find respite from our modern, hectic lives.
Mindfulness is a powerful but simple tool - focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This powerful therapeutic technique is even more powerful when practiced in nature, lowering blood pressure, stress hormone levels and heart rate. “Nature is always here and now. Your breath, your senses, anything around you. When you are being aware of the life within you and around you, you are being mindful of this present moment, and it will always calm you down. You cannot do nature, you can just be there. Being is calming.” - Dr. Bjarte Stubhaug is a Norwegian psychiatrist and mindfulness-expert.
About Our Instructor
Heather is somewhat new to Houston moving from California in 2017. She has also lived in Colorado and Oklahoma, but is a native Texan as she grew up in Fort Worth. She has been meditating for over eight years. In 2016 she took the Mindfulness Fundamentals course, and the Mindful Educator Essentials course through www.mindfulschools.org. She is trained in the Mindful Schools curriculum. She has also furthered her coursework with the Mindful Communications class through Mindful Schools, and the MAPs or Mindful Awareness Practice Class through the UCLA marc program. She is constantly looking to continue her education in mindfulness and is currently enrolled in a two year certification for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices with Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach affiliated with Sounds True Meditation, Greater Good Science Center, & Awareness Training Institute.
Heather is passionate about teaching kids and adults the tools to cope with stress and develop a more mindful approach to life in order to nurture a positive state of mind. She currently also teaches a mindfulness class at Memorial Middle School where her boys attend. You can read more about Heather on her blog, Be. Here. Now.