Walking in the Book of Nature (Sat)
"All creation is the most beautiful book or Bible…" according to Martin Luther. We often equate wilderness with times of testing and struggle. Yet wilderness times can also be rich with revelation, healing, and connection. And we don’t have to go far (a city park, a garden, or other nearby nature spot) to step away from the stress of everyday life; to arrive in a place of contemplation and step into the Mystery with our senses fully alive.
Through mindful walking, we experience the gifts of Creation in a personal, felt sense, and nurture our relationship with the rest of Creation. In a culture increasingly disconnected from nature, finding ways to re-weave that connection is vital for our mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing—and for the well-being of Creation.
Come on a gentle walk and experience the practice of forest therapy, inspired by the Japanese movement of Shinrin-Yoku, or “forest bathing.” You will be able to apply this approach back home, to reduce stress, quiet your mind, find inspiration, and deepen your connection with God's Creation. A hand-out will be provided, with further resources and suggestions for deepening this practice on your own and with others.
Location: Outside (visit the Festival Welcome Desk 15 minutes in advance to get information on where to go)
Presenters: Andrea Prazmowski
Max Number of participants: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 18-20 people. Arrive early to ensure you have a spot! The walk will proceed rain or shine. It will be a slow, gentle walk covering a very short distance and can accommodate people of most fitness levels.