Reconnecting with the Medicine of Nature
Sunday, March 22nd, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Nature is alive, intelligent and soulful. Time spent in Nature is deeply healing, regenerative and transformative. In this outdoor, experiential class we will explore ways to come into a deeper, more sacred relationship with Nature and participate in her medicine. This class will invite you to slow down and align with the deep, healing rhythms of the natural world. This class will restore and deepen your connection with Nature in a way that will fuel your personal creativity, renew your senses, awaken your imagination, and enhance the medicine of Nature. The activities will include walking and mindful exploration suitable for able-bodied adults.
Cultivating an intimate relationship with the Nature’s medicine has been proven to help people:
• Develop stronger and healthier relationships with body, mind, spirit, soul and community;
• Experience greater personal autonomy and empowerment;
• Gain a deeper understanding of the authentic self and the soul’s purpose;
• Feel more grounded and whole;
• Improve nervous system functioning;
• Calm the mind and think more clearly; and
• Become free of dependence on harmful substances.
What to Expect:
• Learn contemplative wandering practices to connect and commune with Nature;
• Experience guided mindfulness practices to deepen sensory awareness and perception;
• Explore and rediscover your unique relationship with nature through consciousness shifting practices;
• Develop a renewed depth of compassion and acceptance for yourself and others; and
• Become part of a community of supportive and like-minded people coming together to renew and connect with medicine of Nature through poetry, story, and deep imagination. ·
What to Bring:
• Small day pack
• Watch (so you will know when it’s time to return after solo tasks on the land
• Journal and Pen/Pencil
• Water (1 liter is recommended)
• Comfortable hiking clothes/shoes
• A sack lunch
This class will take place in the Prescott National Forest off Granite Basin Road near Granite Mountain. The location is easily accessible with a car. The exact location will be provided to registrants. Please note that parking at the trailhead is $5 per vehicle unless you have a Prescott National Forest Pass.
Instructor: Joseph Paul McCaffrey, LAC, MS, MA
About the Instructor:
Joseph blends ecotherapy, spirituality, mindfulness, yoga meditation, and somatic work to support individuals in the process of healing and deep self-knowing. He provides practical tools so that each person can more fully embody their innate wholeness, vitality, and potential. He has spent over a decade as an educator in alternative education at the primary and college levels guiding his students into deep self-discovery of the inner and outer wilderness. As a licensed counselor, Joseph has worked in the field of clinical mental health and is currently engaged in private practice. Joseph has trained with the Animas Valley Institute and holds a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from Prescott College and a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver.