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Eco-Walk: Mindful Movement in the Mangroves

December 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, happening 6 times

A young woman meditating in the middle of a meadow of yellow flowers surrounded by a lush forest. She is sitting cross legged with her arms and hands are relaxed at her sides, and she has a calm expression with her eyes closed.

Join us for a walking and sitting exploration of finding peace within nature and amongst the mangroves at The Bay Park. We will draw upon many traditions and cultures for a non-denominational approach to connecting with ourselves and nature… and get healthier along the way!

Many traditions use some form of meditation, focus, contemplation, reflection, or breath work to quiet the mind and center the body and spirit. Recent scientific research has shown that Shinrin yoku (a form of “forest bathing” practiced in Japan) decreases levels of cortisol- a stress hormone, lowers pulse rate and blood pressure, and decreases sympathetic nerve activity (our fight or flight response). Research also indicates being in nature increases brain alpha waves (relaxed awareness), improves concentration and problem-solving ability, improves self-esteem, and has immune system benefits that may decrease our risk for developing disease.

Meet (and park) at the Blue Pagoda building at The Bay Park.

No prior experience needed. Recommended to wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring water and a portable chair or blanket to sit upon as we will stop to sit along the trail. Appropriate for ages 12-102.

Please register for this event at one of the following dates below:


Instructor: Dr. Katherine Clements, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County ecology and natural resources educator, or Noreen Delaney, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County volunteer

For questions or further information, please call 941-861-5000 or email [email protected]. If you require special accommodations to attend this event, please contact UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County in advance at 941-861-5000 or [email protected].

NOTE: Classes and events may be canceled at any time due to low registration or other circumstances, with full refunds issued for paid events. Similar classes or events often are offered on future dates.


December 7, 2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
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Blue Pagoda
655 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States
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