Time: 10:00 AM
Topic: Walking Meditation
Location: Watson-Symington Preserve
Description: Join us in walking meditation at Watson-Symington Preserve led by the Community Mindfulness Project. The stone labyrinth designed by artist Christopher Kaczmarek (installed as part of the 2020 New Canaan Sculpture Trail) will be incorporated into our moving meditation. Discover inner stillness through outer movement in one of New Canaan’s most special natural spaces!
About the Practice: Some of us access inner stillness by sitting still. Some of us access inner stillness through movement. Sometimes it depends on the day. Walking meditation can help us connect with our bodies in the present moment, helping our nervous system breathe a big sigh of relief. By intentionally slowing down a habitual movement we can invoke Beginner’s Mind and a real sense of exploration and discovery. Bringing curiosity to this experience can cause a release of dopamine, which will support our learning, memory, and motivation.
All ages and abilities are welcome. Bring water and wear sunscreen and/or bug spray, if desired.
To register, please click the button, below. Your $5 registration fee will help offset the cost of this event.
The main parking area and access point for the Watson-Symington Preserve is located along Wellesley Drive, just north of Sherwood Lane.
About the Instructor: Lisa Sheehan
Lisa Sheehan holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a registered Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor through UMASS Medical School Center for Mindfulness. She is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (E-RYT, RCYT), passionate about sharing mindfulness with adults and students from preschool to high school in school settings. Lisa has been a facilitator with New Canaan based Community Mindfulness Project (CMP), since 2016.
About the Wellness Series: Residents from all walks of life have relied on the New Canaan Land Trust’s preserves to find peace and solace. As we move into the autumn months and the leaves begin to change color and temperatures cool, the New Canaan Land Trust, , and are partnering to create a series of wellness events inspired by nature and the outdoors. Through walking meditation, shinrin yoku/forest bathing, and mindful eating and other practices, program participants will learn about and have the opportunity to practice a number of different techniques to promote mental health and wellbeing. The goals of each program will be to teach participants a practice, ensure that they have the resources and experience to continue that practice on their own, and introduce them to the Land Trust’s network of open space.
The NC Community Wellness Series is made possible by a generous grant from the Rotary Club of New Canaan.