Come enjoy this wonderful opportunity to learn, explore, and nourish yourself in nature
What is mindfulness?
Nowadays, the word “mindfulness” seems to be everywhere. But what exactly is it? In general, it is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing and not being overly reactive or overwhelmed by our thoughts and feelings, our problems and concerns, or by what is going on around us. Holocaust survivor, psychotherapist, and author Victor Frankl says:
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
Why nature and mindfulness?
This retreat blends two wonderful and well-studied areas: mindfulness and nature connection. Both have many overlapping physical and mental health benefits, such as stress reduction, nervous system regulation, better ability to handle difficulties, and an increase in feelings of well-being. Combining these two areas allows for greater richness and depth of practice: learning to be mindful helps you deepen your enjoyment and connection with nature, and being in nature helps mindfulness become more effortless, and so helps support your mindfulness practice.
At this full-day retreat, you can expect to:
Learn a variety of different mindfulness practices in nature, including mindful movements and qi gong
Learn about some of the science behind mindfulness and nature connection
Discuss how to create and nurture your mindfulness and nature connection practices
Enjoy spending time with a community of like-hearted, like-minded people
Enjoy a full day of restorative and relaxing time in nature
A note about the cost:
All proceeds from this retreat help support my free Mindfulness in Nature meetup group. Everyone is welcome to join this group, and it will always be available as a free resource in the Austin community to learn about mindfulness and nature connection.
Creativity in Nature Scholarship: A partial scholarship is available to artists of all disciplines, including writers, photographers, and musicians who wish to explore how mindfulness and mindful awareness might support their creative process. Non-professionals, emerging creatives, and professionals are all welcome to apply. You will be expected to share your insights after the retreat, which can be done through a simple email, old-school letter, or through a creative work, such as a poem, song, photograph, sketch, or essay.
|Ticket Information ||Ticket Price |
| Early Bird thru 3/7 || USD 80|
| Regular Fee thru 4/3 || USD 95|
| Scholarship - prior approval required || USD 40|