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"ADIRONDACK RIVERWALKING: AN UNEXPECTED ADVENTURE IN FINDING YOURSELF" Ann Reilly, TheHigh Peaks Resort Compass Blog "Helene knows just when to interject and guide you through the mindfulness experience so that you can get the most from it without taking you out of it. Bob knows exactly how to enrich the experience with fascinating information about our natural world or pointing out easily overlooked areas filled with profound meaning. There are areas where the ankle deep water rushes with surprising force or areas where the slow moving waist deep current can nearly pick you up. Haven't we all experienced being picked up and moved by life when we were least expecting it?" Read Anne's blog
"NOT JUST A WALK IN THE PARK" Carrie Gentile, Saranaclake.com Blog "In full disclosure, I cannot meditate and I struggle being mindful. I’ve tried videos and read books on the subject. But my brain is trained to constantly shift from one task to the next, while mulling about how I could have better handled a work situation, or think about what I want for dinner, and that I ate too much for lunch. Should I up the amount I am placing in my retirement account? It’s exhausting. However, this forest bathing experience worked. I was admittedly skeptical it would, since I am already an avid nature lover and hiker. What else could I glean from the woods? But after two and a half hours, I left the trail feeling calm and centered, a novel and welcomed state of mind." Read Carrie's blog
"ON THE SCENE: TIME FOR A LITTLE FOREST BATHING" Naj Wikoff, Lake Placid News "Have you heard of forest bathing? It's the literal translation of a program developed in Japan for experiencing nature as a means of de-stressing one's life. Have your ever watched a breeze slowly work its way through a tree and then hop to another and then another and hear the different sounds that the leaves of a birch, beech or maple tree make? Or have you tasted the air and discovered the differences in flavors near a bog from that of a balsam wood? We experi- enced that and more, leaving us relaxed and desiring more." Read Naj's article
BEING THERE: FOREST BATHING AND RIVERWALKING" Lorraine Duval, Adirondack Almanac "I sat on the bank with the water lapping against my legs and watched the ripples as they flowed and merged into the main current. After about ten minutes, my mind stilled. My connection to the water became more sensory than when I first entered the river. I could feel the swishing water hugging my calves through the waders. The temperature of the water seemed warmer when I dipped my hand into the swirling pool next to where I sat. " Read Lorraine's article
"A HIGH PEAKS THERAPY FOR THE SOUL AND SENSES" Ann Reilly, TheHigh Peaks Resort Compass Blog "As we walked, taking note of everything that was moving or listening to the babbling Barnum Brook Symphony and quietly, mindfully, experiencing aspects of the forest I can't remember ever noticing before it occurred to me; in this fast paced world where we are in a state of constant stimulation, we shield ourselves from the barrage by shutting down the very senses that make life worth living. Morning forest bathing at the VIC allowed me to open up my senses to the natural world more deftly than I have otherwise; in a sense, the disconnection from stimulation and focused mindfulness gave my senses themselves a spa treatment. Even my sense of taste was renewed; the freshness of the air, the taste of forest tea - foraged and brewed by Helene that morning - all seemed heightened and better prepared for the rest of the day." Read Anne's blog