Mindful Hiking at Iroquois Park
Would you like to feel more relaxed and in touch without taking a vacation or missing work? Are you curious to try mindfulness practices in nature?
This mindful hiking experience can help you recharge and recenter. Research shows that even two hours in nature can decrease stress and blood pressure levels while increasing feelings of calm.
We’ll meet in Iroquois Park, the “Yellowstone” of Louisville’s Olmsted parks. During this two-hour hike, we’ll pause for Forest Bathing practices and gentle Qi Gong. In this guided hike we'll draw upon mindfulness meditation practices to deepen our connection with nature. If the gound is wet, we’ll hike on the paved pedestrian road under a canopy of trees.
Curent Offering: 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 (the April session is full); and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, May 18 and June 22 and Wednesday, April 10. For parents and teenagers seeking mindful connection with nature we've added a hike for you from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. Choose one or more dates. Registration is required by emailing Jordan at JordanDyeMSW@gmail.com. (I’ll respond with an email with directions and details.) Limited to 8 adults. These hikes are offered on a donation basis ($10, $15 or $20 suggested, though not required).
Forest Bathing - Shinrin-yoku
Forest Bathing is a Japanese practice that awakens the senses to reconnect with the natural world and ourselves within it. The idea is simple: when a person visits a natural area and walks or sits with presence, there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits. Forest bathing has roots in Japan where "Shinrin-yoku" has been practiced for generations.
Practices include tuning into the senses, tuning into the body through the gentle movement practice of Qi Gong, and interaction with nature through art and journaling. Through these practices and others, Forest Bathing awakens us to the calm and alert essence within.
Forest bathing is appropriate for all fitness levels and we welcome all participants regardless of outside experience. We can make accommodations when needed.
What to expect: During this forest bathing immersion, you will be guided on a leisurely walk on gentle paths under the forest canopy with guided activities to help you open your senses, hone your intuition and experience nature as you never have before. We draw upon mindfulness meditation practices and techniques of deep nature connection.
Meet your guide:
Jordan Dye, MSW, is a certified social worker and yoga instructor who co-leads mindfulness and healthy relationship programs. Her 20-year meditation practice parallels her exploration of nature, which began in the US and extends to Peru, Ecuador, and Southern Africa, where she served in U.S. Peace Corps. She enjoys sharing mindfulness practices and the outdoors with others who seek a stronger connection with themselves and nature. Questions? Drop Jordan a note.