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Mindfulness Walks

Mindfulness walks are based on the Japanese concept of shirin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” These short and slow walks are to help participants take advantage of the physical, mental, and emotional benefits from spending time in by nature. The Conservancy has recruited a group of volunteers from various disciplines – spiritual, artistic, wellness, ecology – to appeal to the broadest group of park visitors.

While visitors may choose to bring a mindfulness approach to any of their visits to Overton Park at any time, these facilitated Mindfulness Walks will be limited to approximately ten people each.

Current offerings beginning in April:

  • Monthly Friday mornings Mindfulness Walk led by Katherine Bush (Calvary Episcopal Church)
  • Tuning into Nature – an afternoon walk with the Conservancy’s Communications Director and Photographer Melissa McMasters (cameras encouraged, not required)
  • Earth Day Mindfulness Walk through the Old Growth trails led by Caroline Schratz Lovett (Integrative Wellness)
  • Monthly Sunday afternoons “Walk Like a Fox” – Walk for Families with Amy Balentine (Memphis Center for Mindful Living)
  • Mother’s Day Mindfulness Walk and Art Activity with Caroline Schratz Lovett (Integrative Wellness)

Register for a Walk
Participants may view the Mindfulness Walk Calendar and sign up using this link (

By signing up, participants are agreeing to our Waiver and Release of Liability

Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the Mindfulness Walks.