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Mindfulness in Nature Full-day Retreat

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 4:00 PM

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 a nutshell, it is the ability to be fully present, noticing what is happening in our internal and external landscapes from moment to moment. In doing this, we can learn to become less reactive and more responsive. This helps us turn off our autopilot and live each moment more fully and with greater awareness. 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 full-day 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 spending time in nature allows you to practice mindfulness with less effort and more variety. This retreat is most appropriate if you: Are new to mindfulness and want to try it out Already have meditation experience, but want to learn about practicing in nature Want to add more variety to your current meditation practice Would like to spend time in a beautiful park with like-hearted, like-minded people Please note this retreat will be more interactive than a silent retreat format. There will opportunities for solitude and silent mindfulness or meditation practice; however, there will also be group discussions and time for visiting with other participants (optional, during lunch and breaks). 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. Registration fee includes the entrance fee. You will not need to pay the entrance fee when you arrive. Scholarships: 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 asked 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. General Scholarhip: A partial scholarship is available to anyone for whom the cost is too steep. You will not be asked to explain your financial situation. To apply for a scholarship: Please email me directly at amysugeno at gmail dot com. You will be asked one question: what do you hope to get out of the retreat? If selected, please be prepared to pay the partial amount within 7 days of acceptance unless you inform me of extenuating circumstances. Retreat is limited to 12 participants.


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