Mindful Walk above the Beautiful Gorge du Loup on Sat September 16th Starting at Courmes at 10h30
Walking mindfully is a wonderful way to refresh or discover a mindfulness practice with the pleasure of a shared experience without the chat ! Sometimes referred to as Forest Bathing, this way of experiencing the outdoors serves to refresh and inspire.
There will be guidance on how to walk mindfully and opportunities to stop and look and “be” along the way.
We will reflect on how the body feels as we walk, we will open to our senses and take the opportunity to connect with the natural environment in a mindful way.
A silent lunchtime picnic awakens the taste buds and a circle for sharing allows us to express something about our walking meditation if we so wish.
This will be a mostly silent hike of about 4 hours including picnic stop.
This circular walk is suitable for anyone used to hiking with a medium level of fitness. Meditators, lapsed meditators and non-meditators are all welcome. We move at a steady rate with more emphasis on presence than pace. The first section is fairly steeply uphill partly through woods ( about 150 vertical meters) and can be hot. Then a more gentle climb, a flat open section on the plateau where we will have lunch and the last hour is through open land and woodland downhill. The terrain is rocky and uneven. There is no drinking water along the route. There are beautiful views.
Mindfulness Teacher since 2009 and Mindfulness Retreat Facilitator.
Forest bathing S.E. England and S. France
‘Forest bathing is all about walking mindfully. I am an enthusiast of the outdoors, aware of the power of nature to balance and inspire. A connection with our feet and our breath brings us into the present moment and from there the forest or fields unfold in ways we have not experienced before’
Alison teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to corporate groups, individuals, young ski racers and students in school and offers individual sessions on line. She has hiked extensively in the Lake District, the Peak District, the Alpes Maritimes, Kashmir, Galapagos, Peru and Ladakh and draws on a deep personal connection with nature in her forest bathing work. Alison brings her experience of mindfulness together with her love of open spaces to help others connect with themselves and thus with the forest, the fields, the hills.
“I am a mindfulness teacher not a walking guide so you are coming at your own risk.” – Alison Prideaux