A Spring Awakening: Connect with Emerging Nature of Spring
Time & Location
About the Event
About the Workshop: We will gather inside to meet and introduce the program. We will then continue outside where we will perform some gentle stretches and centering exercises to open our awareness to the natural world. We will honor the history of the land we will be spending our time on before moving into a walking meditation of the grounds. After walking meditation, the invitation will be for each individual to have a sit spot practice in a location that calls to them. (A sit spot is simply a favorite place in nature that you visit to cultivate awareness as you expand your senses and study patterns of local plants, birds, trees, animals, etc.) The sound of chimes will queue the end of individual meditation and bring us back together as a group for tea and council practice under the trees. (Council Practice is when we come back together as a group and gather in a circle. Each person is then given the opportunity to share his/her experience of nature meditation, which allows each member to benefit from the wisdom contained in the whole.) We’ll gently close and enter back into our daily life with a clear mind and connected heart.
Activities: Gentle standing yoga stretches, centering breath exercises, walking outdoor meditation, seated outdoor meditation, journaling, optional tea ceremony.
About the Instructor: Cindy Olsen is a certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide and Environmental Educator in Westchester County, NY. She has been an Environmental Educator with Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont,NY since 2012. In this role, she works with private and public schools, as well as families, to deliver nature education and connect youth and families with the outdoors. Cindy is also a certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide. She is passionate about sharing the powerful physical and mental benefits of nature and mindfulness with others. She founded Cindy By Nature, LLC. in order to expand the reach of her commitment to sharing nature connection with the region. Her training combines nature education, primitive skills, mediation, Ayurveda and yoga. She leads educational and healing programs for local schools, nature and mindful organizations. Her outdoor program won the “Best of Westchester Award” for Best Outdoor Hike in 2019.
Do events take place in inclement weather?
We believe that being connected with the elements is a powerful tool. Our events will take place in rain and snow. If we find that conditions are dangerous (e.g., high winds, lightning), we will have the event the following day on April 11th.
How arduous is the walk?
The walk is a short distance and we walk slowly and carefully.
What should I bring?
Wear weather-appropriate clothing and hiking shoes or footwear for uneven trail terrain. Be sure to wear long pants to protect your legs. We will provide you with string backpacks that include a foam seat cushion and blanket for your comfort during the personal sit and group tea ceremony. You may use these backpacks to store your personal belongings.
Are sneakers okay?
Yes. Be aware that we could encounter mud, puddles, ice and rocky terrain. Footwear appropriate for the current weather conditions should be worn.
Should I bring bug spray, sunscreen, a bottle of water?
Cindy provides bug spray options at the trailhead during the warmer seasons. There is not an extended period of sun exposure since we will be in the trees for most of the event. However, if you have a practice of wearing sunscreen when outdoors, you can bring or apply beforehand. It is not necessary to bring water unless it brings you comfort to have with you. The tea ceremony includes a small seasonal beverage.
Wainwright House Cancellation Policy:
- No refunds will be offered if you do not show up, are late, or leave early from a program.
- If you need to cancel, fees can be transferred to another event.
- Member Price$35$350$0
- Non-Member Price$40$400$0