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

Free Event


If registration is full, please try registering at Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Events: Scroll down to find Nature Walks.

Many traditions use some form of meditation, focus, contemplation, reflection, or breathwork 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. 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!

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.

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

For more information, call 941-861-5000 or email

Instructor: Dr. Katherine Clements, Ecology and Natural Resources Educator, Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension & Sustainability or special guest facilitators.

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