Mindful Mondays in the Forest
Mindful Mondays resume in September 2021. Details about the fall season will be available in August.
Join us for weekly mindfulness classes! Mindful Mondays at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary are coming back in 2021! We've made some changes this year to keep our participants safe from COVID-19. The event will be held entirely outdoors, with an option to sign up for the 8-week series as an online Zoom participant. Participants will be required to wear masks when interacting with each other and our wonderful instructor Heather Sullivan.
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 has trained with Mindful Schools, the UCLA marc Program, and is a certified mindfulness instructor by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach through the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley. She is also a member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. You can follow her on Instagram @mindfulgreenhouston or Facebook @mindfulgreen.