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Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on November 29th, 2017

I’ve been fortunate enough to assist my dear friend, Heather Goulette of Monarch Massage and Wellness, with two different Mindful Nature Walk and Mandala-Making workshops at the Cathance River Education Alliance in Topsham. The first workshop was for kids, the second one was for adults, and both were enriching and rewarding for all who participated. The woods are filled with natural art supplies, and you don’t have to be Andy Goldsworthy to create a temporary piece that you can feel good about! Mandala making is a great way to experience meditation in motion, and incorporating common, natural elements such as sticks, acorns, rocks, leaves, and pine cones allows us to appreciate the beauty that often gets overlooked. Take a peek at some of the photos from these events…and keep in mind that most of the participants had never made a mandala before!

 

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The average person doesn’t spend enough time in nature these days, and it is so important for our well-being to take time for quiet contemplation in the woods. We’re fortunate to live in a beautiful area with plenty of great hiking trails just waiting to be explored…why not take advantage of it? If you need some additional inspiration, Curtis Memorial Library can help! Here are some items that will surely encourage you to get outside and go within:

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams

Mandala: Luminous Symbols For Healing by Judith Cornell

Rivers And Tides: Andy Goldsworthy

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