CONNECT MINDFULLY WITH NATURE WORKSHOPS
When: Sunday 23 August 10am – 12:15pm
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE: The walks are now limited to maximum 3 people to adhere to social distancing
Where: Angophora Reserve, Avalon. We will meet at the entrance on Palmgrove road
(see map and testimonials at bottom for more details).
Nature is in constant flow in the present moment. Light filters through the trees and glimmers on the moving leaves. Bird sounds arise in the distance and gently fall away. Water peacefully flows over rocks.
It has been proved that there are numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits from being in nature. It calms your nervous system, reduces stress and boosts your immune system.
We will immerse ourselves in nature where you will be invited through gentle guidance to open up to the beauty of the present moment.
We will explore the following:
- How to use your senses of sight, smell, touch and hearing to become even more present in nature.
- Using mindfulness to recognise when you are labelling objects as opposed to simply noticing what arises in the moment.
- Letting go into the present moment to explore your spacious connection with nature and heightened senses that may arise.
- Guided open awareness mindfulness meditation.
In the walk we will mindfully practice ‘being’ instead of ‘doing’. Therefore the walk will be more like a slow wander as opposed to a strenuous bushwalk. The walking track will at times be uneven so suitable walking shoes are recommended.
Cost: $30 per person which is payable before the walk into my bank account. Please contact me for the details.
Note the walk will be limited to 3 people- place reserved on payment.
Testimonials from past participants:
“I very much enjoyed the Mindfully with Nature walk with Gavin, the pace, the tranquillity and the meditation were just beautiful. It opened my senses to another dimension of nature and awareness. Thanks for the wonderful experience, highly recommended.” Klaus Sandles, Avalon
“Gavin sensitively and calmly guided us to slow down and awaken our senses to the experience in nature in a way I seldom stop to notice in my everyday life. In the tranquility of the forest I was overwhelmed with the awareness of my sensations …the breeze gently caressing my arms, the symphony of the birdsong, the aliveness and energy of the trees, my quietening mind and my calm slow breathing. As we slowly walked through the forest time stood still.
I have now attended 2 mindfulness walks with Gavin which I highly recommend to those seeking a unique experience and some respite from the busy mind and busyness of life. The greatest gift I received is I can now reflect on that experience and re-enter those sensations and my whole nervous system and mind slow down.I came away feeling immense gratitude for the experience and for the beauty of nature and the blessings in my life ( an I even came away liking and appreciating myself more). Thank you Gavin.” Dinah Hornung, Sydney
“I took part in the ‘Connect Mindfully with Nature’ walk with Gavin and really enjoyed the experience. We walked in a nature reserve I know, yet through Gavin’s sensitive and calm guidance, I got to know this place on a very different level. Time was suspended and all the senses opened up to be part of the beautiful nature. It was a palpable sense of stillness that was part of everything. Thank you so much Gavin,I even took some of this experience into my other walks, a real gift. I highly recommend the experience to everyone, who seeks stillness, peace and wants to slow down.” Martina Sandles, Avalon