We are excited to be teaching for the first time in the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park area. This small botanical garden is a hidden gem at the northend of Lake Washington. The founders are the authors of Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest, a classic gardening guide,
Mindfulness in the Garden
Wednesday Sept 11th 9-11 am
While we slowly stroll through the garden, we will engage with our senses to open and deepen our connection to the wonder and healing power of nature. This class will utilize elements of mindfulness meditation and shinrin-yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing) to help ground and calm mind, body and spirit.
To register, go to the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden website registration page
Class taught by Jessica H
Members $25 | Non-members $35.
Deborah was invited to be a guest speaker at the regular Mindfulness Group at the Issaquah Senior Center. Drop ins are welcome and the classes are free! (You will need to register at the front desk on your first visit) For more info go to the Issaquah Senior Center website
Mindful in the Wild: Introduction to Shinrin-Yoku
Wed Sept 18th 11-noon
There are many ways to expand your Mindfulness practice, including heading outside! Deborah Wilk, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and co-founder of MIndful in the Wild, will introduce participants to Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing) and then lead us outside. Learn to open your awareness by tuning into your senses, and breathing in the healing power of Nature as we make the transition to Autumn.
Mindfulness in the Wetlands
Saturday Sept 21st 10:30 - noon
We will be back at the north end of Lake Washington as part of Seattle Parks and Rec Lifelong Recreation Program (50+) on the Autumnal Equinox.
Integrating elements of Mindfulness Meditation and Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), you will learn to calm your mind and open your senses to the wonders of Autumn while experiencing the wetlands in a whole new way. We will meet at the Promontory Point Environmental Learning Center (see map) accessed from the boat ramp parking area E1, and then stroll slowly and mindfully through the wonderful wetlands.
Taught be Deborah and Jessica H
To register, go HERE (you will need to create an account to register online) or contact Robin at 206-386-9106. This is class 22770
We are teaching once every season at the Bellevue Botanical Garden this year! Every class is different, feel free to experience them all!
Mindfulness in the Garden - Awakening to Autumn
Friday Oct 18 th 10:30-noon
While we stroll slowly through the autumn garden, we will focus on awakening all of our senses and deepening our connection to nature, allowing ourselves to experience the combined healing power of nature and present awareness. Utilizing elements of Mindfulness meditation and Shinrin-yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), we will focus on practices which create a sense of inner calm, spaciousness, and stillness.
Taught by Deborah and Jessica Hancock
$25 BBGS members/$35 non-members
To register, go the the Bellevue Botanical Garden website
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Deborah and Jessica V both live out in the Snoqualmie Valley, which is filled with so much beauty and wonder, we want to lead some restorative, rejuvenating walks for women this summer. Stay tuned for more info on dates and locations coming soon!
For those looking for a longer, more immersive experience, this may be for you! A Shinrin-yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing) walk typically requires at least 3 hours, preferably in a quiet, wild natural setting away from urban distractions. More info soon!
If you have any ideas or suggestions of where we could teach a future class or if you have a favorite wandering spot you'd like to share, please let us know.
We'd also love to tell you more about individual Mindful in the Wild sessions.