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Mindful Mondays in the Forest

Mindful Mondays

Artwork by Heather Sullivan

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.

 

Heather Sullivan
Heather Sullivan

About Our Instructor

Heather is new to Houston via California. 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 seven 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.  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. 

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