Based on the Japanese concept of shirin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” these short and slow walks are designed to teach participants how best to take advantage of the physical, mental, and emotional benefits that can be derived from spending time surrounded by nature. Humans have an innate need to nurture connections to other living organisms as a matter of evolutionary survival, but also for our own human fulfillment. The Conservancy has recruited a group of volunteers from various disciplines – spiritual, artistic, wellness, ecology – to appeal to the broadest group of park visitors. Some of these volunteers have committed to host mindfulness walks through the fall, with a goal of eventually building out a permanent schedule of facilitated walks.
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. All walks depart from the Old Forest gateway entrance beside Overton Bark/Rainbow Lake Playground.
Sunday, November 13, 8:30 – 9:30AM – Walk with Minnassa Gabon of Minnassa Wellness
Sunday, November 13, 3:00 – 4:00PM – Walk with Bridget Sisney (Your Inner Yogi, Memphis Black Healers Collective)
Friday, November 18, 8:00 – 9:00AM – Walk with Katherine Bush of Calvary Episcopal Church
Sunday, November 20, 3:00 – 4:00PM – Walk with Julie Guardado (Your Inner Yogi, Memphis Black Healers Collective)
Sunday, November 27, 3:00 – 4:00PM – Walk with Caroline & Libby (Your Inner Yogi, Memphis Black Healers Collective)