a Nature Connection walk we acknowledge nature as a partner, rather than
as a setting for an activity. When you open yourself to a relationship with
nature, it will work with you in a positive way.
We keep our focus on embodiment and sensory experience; away from the mind
and over-thinking. We minimize the effort to achieve anything.
Walks last between two and four hours. This allows enough time for your mind
and body to slow down and become relaxed.
We don’t go very far, often only a half mile or less. It’s about
being here, not getting there. The primary goal is not to get a workout.
It’s more like playtime with a meditative feeling. We pause regularly
for moments of stillness, then proceed again slowly.
While you can connect in any natural environment, our walks generally take
place in a wooded environment with streams and meadows or in a coastal area
with minimal intrusion from human-made sounds such as traffic or construction.
The trails are accessible and easy to walk on to allow the focus to be on
being present to Nature.
We go unplugged, without technological barriers between our senses and nature.
We walk without expectation.
We are focusing on experiencing only what nature offers in this moment. Getting
caught up in ideas like “mindfulness” or “walking
meditation” can trick you us into making efforts to experience something
other than what nature offers.
For this reason, experiences
of others or outcomes are not included in this section as these can trick
you into trying to have those same experiences.
We aim to let each walk be its own experience; also avoiding trying to recreate
our own prior positive experiences. Some details of the type of structures
included in a walk are detailed here.
In group walks there is a chance to share in the group at the end of the session.
During individual walks the sharing is somewhat more organic and happens at
various stages along the walk. It is very effective to receive life coaching
/ deep listening / counselling whilst feeling present, safe, open and supported
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