Mindful Hike

July 23rd

Date details +
    Room: Off site

    Organizers: Amy Preece ([email protected]; 859-629-5377), Dan Stone (859-559-2460) ([email protected]), Marthanne Manion ([email protected])

    Mindful hiking opens the senses to the full experience of the beauty of the outdoors. This trip promises a walk in the woods, and, help in developing longer-term skills for managing stress, anxiety, and worry. We will mostly walk in silence, tuned to the sights, sounds, and smells of the park.

    Please bring water. 

    If you can attend, please email or text the organizers (contact information above) so that we have a head count for this hike.

    What is mindful hiking?

    Mindfulness is the cultivation of curious, nonjudgmental, present attention. Mindful hiking is the practice of cultivating mindfulness while hiking or walking outdoors.

    Who should come?

    Anyone who can walk for 2 hours, is interested in cultivating mindful attention outdoors, and wants quiet company to share in their walk. A WFR (Wilderness First Responder) is a co-facilitator of this trip. 

    What should I bring?

    Water, a hat, and warm clothes. 

    Are bathrooms available?

    Not usually – please plan accordingly. 

    What should I wear?

    Shoes or boots that will likely get dirty. We will walk in grass and weeds at times. Warm clothes. 

    Are children welcome?

    We walk mostly in silence. Children are welcome if they participate as mindful hikers. Not all children (or honestly some adults) can walk in silence. Hence, parents and children may choose to attend a portion of the hike.

    What if the weather is bad?

    We will hike if it is safe to do so meaning that we hike in wet and hot weather but not thunderstorms or extreme cold (e.g., below 10 degrees). The trip facilitator will contact participants by 8:30 am on the day of the trip if conditions are unsafe for hiking.

    Can I bring my pet?

    Sorry, no.