Tag: Nature Walk

Lightforce Sanctuary to Begin Offering Mindful Outdoor Experiences at ZFarm, May 23

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Lightforce Sanctuary is a new venture launching this week at the beautiful, biodynamically managed ZFarm in Ghent, NY.

Lightforce Sanctuary will offer a range of Mindful Outdoor Experiences (MOE), which are a way to connect with the natural world through experiences that quiet the mind, relax the body, and expand sensory awareness. Time to disconnect from the connected technology world, leaving behind to-do lists, your work demands, etc., and come outside and enter the space of the natural world.

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MOEs begin with a gentle warm-up with breathing and centering practices,  followed by a guided walk in the woods. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Cathy Zises, Founder of Lightforce Sanctuary, to find out more about these walks in the woods. We walked the route, which is about a quarter of a mile, along a marked path through the woods that surround the farm’s fields. Along the path, visitors will periodically stop to enjoy the surrounding nature, and take part in nature meditation.

Spending time in nature can be a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern living. In recent years a growing body of evidence has proven what many naturalists, outdoor enthusiasts, poets, and indigenous cultures have long known: the great outdoors is profoundly good for us on all levels—mental, physical, spiritual.

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As a Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide, Cathy Zises and her colleagues welcome the opportunity to share practices to help you connect with nature and the living earth. Tune into your more intuitive self while learning to read subtle signals from the natural world.

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The trail eventually brings you to a giant hemlock tree, where guests will take part in the tea ceremony using herbs, flowers, or leaves foraged from the walk. To start the tea, the guide will birth a fire using the ancient technique of flint and steel. The Mindful Outdoor Experience ends with a Council Circle where you can share your experience with others (or remain silent), and transition slowly back to the everyday world.

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The MOE will last about 90 minutes, and participants are welcome to linger a bit afterwards. Wear comfortable clothing for movement and sturdy shoes for a nature walk. Having your own water bottle is highly recommended to keep hydrated during the experience. MOEs are for ages 16 and over. You might want to bring a small journal or drawing pad to use during the seated meditation. Cushions/campstools are available.

Mindful Outdoor Experiences will take place on Thursday mornings for local community members, and Saturdays will be open to all. There will be two MOE sessions on Saturdays; One in the morning, and then a Late Afternoon MOE, which will include a sunset gathering with local wine or kombucha, cheeses and breads at the Yurt on Zfarm.

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all photos by Seth Davis

DATES/TIMES (May 2019):
Thursday, May 23, 2019 /  9:30am

Saturday, May 25, 2019 /  9am – Morning.
5pm – Late Afternoon MOE
(Raindate: Sunday, May 26 @ 9:30am)

Thursday, May 30, 2019 / 9:30am

LOCATION:
ZFarm
225 Carpenter Road
Ghent, NY 12075

Drive down the farm’s driveway. Stay to the right and park by the Yurt.

ADMISSION:
Thursday Morning Community MOE – $10, open to members of the local community.
Saturday Morning MOE – $35
Saturday Late Afternoon MOE w/ Sunset gathering – $50.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register, visit eventbrite.com

MORE:
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facebook.com/lightforcesanctuary
instagram.com/lightforce_sanctuary

 

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Owls of Columbia County w/ Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center at Claverack Library, Mar 27

On March 27th Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District (www.ccswcd.org)  invites you to the Claverack Library for an Owl Experience. Learn about all the unique features that make owls, OWLS – their habitats, behavior, and much more. Find out what actions we can take to help protect owl species and their habitats to create a brighter future for our Columbia County owls. There will also be some owl pellets for 4th to 7th grade students to dissect. By looking at the contents of the owl pellet you can learn what the owl ate! All are welcome to enjoy this fun event!

Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District provides educational programs and services to help residents and communities manage and protect the natural resources of Columbia County.

DATE/TIME:
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / 6:30pm

LOCATION:
Claverack Free Library
629 State Route 23B
Claverack, NY 12513

 

ADMISSION:
This event is free, however, registration is requested. To register, call Pamela Price at 518-267-3313.

MORE:
www.ccswcd.org/
facebook.com/MudCreekELC

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Winter Wildlife Animal Tracking Hike at Mud Creek, Mar 2

Join the Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District (www.ccswcd.org) for an animal tracking hike on Saturday (March 2, 2019). Hikers will look for signs of wildlife and learn about the natural history of local animals. The program will start at Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center where Pamela Price, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Education Program Coordinator will give a brief talk about identifying animal tracks. Afterward, head out to the trail to enjoy the brisk winter air and use your new knowledge to spot tracks and traces left by rabbits, foxes, deer, and perhaps even a bobcat. The hike is a snow or no snow event!

Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District provides educational programs and services to help residents and communities manage and protect the natural resources of Columbia County.

DATE/TIME:
Saturday, March 2, 2019: 12pm – 1:30pm

LOCATION:
Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center
1024 RT-66
Ghent, NY 12075

ADMISSION:
REGISTRATION  – This event is free, however, registration is requested….please call Pamela Price at 518-267-3313.

MORE:
www.ccswcd.org/
facebook.com/MudCreekELC

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Groundhog Day Program & Trail Walk at Mud Creek, Feb 2

downloadOn February 2, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania, in front of thousands of faithful followers from all over the world, to predict the weather for the rest of the winter. At Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center where Pamela Price, Certified Wildlife Biologist and Education Program Coordinator will give a brief talk about Phil and facts about the groundhog. We will also take a short walk on the trail to enjoy the brisk winter air and get a little exercise.

Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District (www.ccswcd.org) provides educational programs and services to help residents and communities manage and protect the natural resources of Columbia County.

DATE/TIME:
Saturday, February 2, 2019: 12pm – 1pm

LOCATION:
Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center
1024 RT-66
Ghent, NY 12075

ADMISSION:
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – Please contact Pamela Price at Columbia County Soil & Water Conservation by Thursday, January 31 at 3pm. 518-267-3313

MORE:
www.ccswcd.org/
facebook.com/MudCreekELC

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First Day Hike at Copake Iron Works Historic Site

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The Friends of Taconic State Park are hosting their first  for annual New Year’s Day Hike to the Bash Bish Falls. The group will meet at Taconic State Park headquarters, and head off to the Falls via the Iron Works Heritage trail.

This is a family friendly hike of about 3 miles. On the return, there will be a warm campfire, hot cocoa and snacks.
DATE/TIME:
Tuesday, January 1, 2019: 1pm
LOCATION:
Full walk (3 miles) meets at Taconic State Park headquarters
253 State Route 344
Copake Falls, NY
Shorter options: Meet at the Copake Iron Works, 35 Valley View Road in Copake Falls, around 1:15 or at the Bash Bish Falls lower parking lot around 1:30 -further east on Route 344.

 

 

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