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UF/IFAS Extension: EcoWalk - Meditation in the Parks at Red Bug Slough

Free Event

Join us for an exploration of finding peace within nature.

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!

Register early through to reserve your spot and receive notice of any changes.

Eventbrite registration link:

If registration is full via, please try registering at the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources events page at Scroll down to find "Nature Walks."

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.

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. Be aware that there is limited parking at this location.

Instructor: Dr. Katherine Clements, UF/IFAS Extension Sarasotra County ecology and natural resources educator, or guest facilitator(s)

For questions or further information, please call 941-861-5000 or email

If you require special accommodations to attend one of our events, please contact us in advance at 941-861-5000 or

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.

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