Sat, November 17 ~ Finding the Divine in Nature

Many of us enjoy outdoor activities, but how often do we spend time in nature just being present? Cynthia Menard is leading a monthly workshop this fall focused on helping participants find and deepen their spiritual connection with the natural world.

Our group will practice mindfulness during our time in nature, focusing on being fully present and taking in what is happening in the natural world around us through a variety of practices. We’ll spend time doing quiet observation, group explorations, silent hikes, journaling, group and individual meditation, and more. Each excursion will focus on a different theme and will end with an option to gather for lunch nearby.

Pre-registration is encouraged. This program is for ages 16 and up.

Cynthia Menard is the Director of Lifelong Learning for UCMH, an initiated Alexandrian Wiccan, and ordained clergy for the Society of Elder Faiths, a Massachusetts-based Pagan spiritual community. Cynthia has her Master’s degree in Conservation Biology and worked as a naturalist, experiential educator, and camp director for 20 years before coming to UCMH. She lives in Lunenburg with her wonderful husband and two school-aged sons.

Dates: 
Saturdays, September 15, October 13, November 17, December 8
10am-12pm with optional lunch afterward until 1:30pm

Cost:  
$7 per person

Location:
The Saturday, November 17 event takes place at Dexter Drumlin, a graceful, open hilltop meadow offering fine views of historic Lancaster.  Please click here for The Trustees’s link about this site.

PLEASE NOTE: 
Part of our time for November’s event will include quiet sitting. Please dress warmly in layers, and bring something water resistant (and cushioned if you prefer) to sit on. Journals, or other ways of quietly reflecting on your time are welcomed if you wish to bring them. Do know that for some people they can distract from fully being present, just as for others they are an important tool for focusing. Please consider which will help you be most present during quiet sit time.

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