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WELL 07 — Nature-Based Mindfulness: Developing Your Own Practice

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Saturdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jul 10—Aug 21
Time: 9:00—11:00 am (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 12
Unit: 1
Tuition: $380
Instructor(s): Natasha Deganello Giraudie
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Live Online(About Formats)
9:00—11:00 am (PT)
Jul 10—Aug 21
7 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 12
1 Unit
Natasha Deganello Giraudie
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Current research has revealed the many mental, emotional, and physical health benefits we can gain from spending time in nature. Many of us find that we are able to access a calm presence and a vibrant outlook while hiking or gardening, but this can also quickly evaporate when we return to our regular routines and find ourselves once again feeling over-scheduled, stressed, or anxious.

Drawing on insights from Buddhism, traditional ecological knowledge practiced by indigenous peoples, and other sources, this course will help students learn how to interact more intentionally with nature and use the calm, clarity, and freedom gained there to improve their well-being. Each week, we will explore a different theme designed to deepen your personal nature-centered practice, such as remembering and honoring the unique roots of our love for nature, and working with nature to help calm down the turbulence in our mind, for greater visibility and perspective. Students will be encouraged to listen to short daily audio recordings outdoors, which include teachings, meditation, storytelling, poetry, and journaling prompts, and we will also hold weekly mentoring and discussion sessions. By the end of the course, students will come away having cultivated more intentional intimacy with nature, which will support their ability to be in a good relationship with themselves, their communities, and the earth.

Nature Practice Teacher; Co-Director, One Word Sawalmem

Natasha Deganello Giraudie has taught nature-centered well-being programs for groups at the UN, Oneworld Ayurveda, Airbnb, and Google. Her work combines influences from twenty years of studying with the Dalai Lama and nature retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh; learning from naturalists Robin Wall Kimmerer, Jane Goodall, and Sylvia Earle; and spending time with indigenous people from Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Nepal, and the United States.