Mindful Mondays in the Forest
We are excited to announce that Mindful Mondays classes will continue online due to the pandemic. If you would like to participate please email Heather Sullivan at email@example.com and she will pass along the video conference information.
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 20-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.
Private Groups Sessions. Let your employees or team soak up nature while learning mindfulness techniques to reduce anxiety and stress. Many employers are looking at the importance of work life balance and incorporating wellness into their corporate cultures. Heather Sullivan leads private group sessions for your work team, community group or club hosted at the Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. To schedule a date please email Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 lived in California, Colorado and Oklahoma, but is a native Texan as she grew up in Fort Worth. She has been meditating for over nine 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 teaches mindfulness classes in schools, nature centers, and corporate settings throughout Houston. You can read more about Heather on her blog, mindfulgreen.