Outdoor Education to Support Optimal Well Being
Sociologists, environmentalists, and health professionals have dubbed modern Americans as “the indoor generation” based on studies that revealed how a quarter of all Americans spend all day inside. Those who do venture outside only spend, on average, 7% of their day doing so.
Inspired by the Japanese technique of Shinrin-Yoku, Nature Bathing is about spending time immersed in outdoor landscapes:
These experiences are distinct from our usual ways of being in nature (when we might be distracted, talking to a friend, solving a problem in our heads, walking the dog, or trying to get somewhere/otherwise moving quickly).
Participate in one of our upcoming Nature Immersions to experience specific techniques that help you get the most out of what nature has to offer. These techniques can ease anxiety, insomnia, malaise, adrenal fatigue, high blood pressure, stress, and much more.
Events are Crafted to Support:
Clear Thinking & Feeling
Ability to Rest & Relax
Connection, Peace & Awareness
By Using All Your Senses in Intentional Ways
Up the Richness in Your Life: Luxuriate in an immersive practice. In Nature.
May Nature Immersions
Join us every (or any!) Wednesday morning in May for a Nature Immersion and start your day w a replenished perspective, lower heart rate, more creativity and a statistically significant increase in your happiness. The list of scientifically-verified benefits from this kind of slowed-down, deep dive into natural surroundings is long (and growing). Delve in and understand why even experienced nature-loving locals are saying, “I had no idea this was here” and, “I’ve never seen those before”; noticing, “a whole world in miniature” and discovering wild edibles and traditional medicines.
Wednesday, May 1, 9am: Ponds
New Location! Machimoodus State Park, East Haddam
128 Leesville Rd Moodus, CT 06469: Meet at the parking area to the left.
From the intersection of Routes 82 and 149 in East Haddam, follow Route 149 north 3.8 miles to its intersection with Route 151. Turn left (west) on Route 151 and follow for 1.2 miles to the park entrance on the left.
Wednesday, May 8, 9 am: Waterfall
Devil’s Hopyard, East Haddam: *Upper* Parking Lot
(Take Hopyard Rd to Foxtown Rd)
Wednesday, May 15, 9 am: Lake
Cedar Lake, Chester: Park at boat launch *across* from the swimming area.
Take a right off of Cedar Lake Road onto David Road. Turn right onto Brookside Road and then a left onto Bishop Road. Continue to the parking lot at the end.
Wednesday, May 22, 9 am: River
Haddam Meadows, Haddam: Park at boat launch.
From entrance off of Route 154, stay right and continue to end.
Wednesday, May 29, 9 am: Ocean
Hammonasset, Madison: Meet at Meig’s Point.
Go past the nature center parking lot to the last parking lot (there’s a sign that says “fishermen’s parking & cartop boat launch area”).
Single Class: $30
3-Class Series: $75
5-Class Series: $125