Upcoming Classes, Series and Workshops
Earth Day Volunteer Trash Pick Up
Join us in doing our part to help clean up Mother Earth on her special day!
Did you know that volunteering and spending time outside have been proven to increase feelings of contentment and self-esteem, improve moods and grow a greater sense of connection which combats loneliness and depression. Join us to help make a difference for our planet, community and our personal wellbeing. This is a volunteer event open to the public.
When: April 22nd (earth day) 6:00pm-7:30
Where: Big Rock Parking Lot – Cherokee Park – 2199 Park Boundary Rd. 40205
All supplies will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing for hiking. You are welcome to bring a friend or family member. Registration is required. Please sign up to volunteer below.
Meditation Rx – Series with Amanda O’Bryan, PhD
Second Tuesday of every month (7-9pm) – Bridge Building B location
Meditation Prescriptions were designed to help folks apply the principles of mindfulness and compassion to the unique problems we all face. Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly which practices will help the most for a specific issue, and the amount of information can be overwhelming. Amanda has created a package of four practices and meditations that will target each issue directly. Also included in the workshop will be journaling prompts and a discussion of self-care practices, again specifically chosen for the issue we are working with. Each participant will receive a digital download with audio recordings of the meditations, and a pdf guide.
$45 per class which includes a digital download with audio recordings and a pdf guide
10% discount if you sign up for 6 classes
Dr. Amanda O’Bryan is a meditation teacher who enjoys the challenge of combining science and spirituality to create a new method of teaching, and a perspective that is both modern and meaningful. Before becoming a full-time meditation teacher, Amanda worked as a Psychology professor. She earned her PhD in Experimental psychology in 2012, and brings that knowledge of human behavior and the brain to her teachings.Amanda strives to create a compassionate and non-judgmental learning atmosphere. She understands that life bombards us with stress and chaos, and gives her students powerful tools to accept and transform these obstacles. https://www.amandaobryanwellness.com
Please register by clicking the button below.
- Thursday Feb 14th 10-12pm (show some nature love on Valentines Day!),
- Sunday March 10th 10-12pm
- Thursday March 14th, 10-12pm.
Meet in the parking lot of the Horine Section of Jefferson Memorial Forest
Shinrin-Yoku means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.
The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. Forest therapy approaches such as Shinrin-yoku have roots in many cultures throughout history. John Muir wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.”
What to expect:
This Guided Forest Bathing experience is for all fitness levels and abilities. We will be walking a short distance, sitting and standing. Accommodations can be made for everyone’s comfort levels. You will experience a structured approach to connecting with the forest using your senses and soaking up the stress reducing and immune boosting benefits of spending time in the woods.
We ask that all electronics be left behind so you can completely unplug and tune into the forest atmosphere. Please make necessary arrangements. Apply all sunscreen and bug spray before you arrive as to not disturb sensitive noses. Lastly, bringing a filled water bottle is recommend. Many people choose to carry a small backpack or hip sack so their hands can be free to explore.
Meet your guide:
Jennifer Owens, LCSW is a therapist and wellness director at Bridge. Jennifer is a trained ecotherapist and lifelong outdoors woman. She has extensive experience in the backcountry leading women’s only backpacking and kayaking groups. Jennifer’s approach to guiding is open, safe, nurturing and exploratory. She hopes that all people can reconnect with the other than human world to restore inner and outer balance.
RSVP by emailing Jennifer at email@example.com or by calling 694-9488. You can also register by clicking below.