Mindfulness in the Maine Woods
A Saunter to Tobey Falls
Tuesday August 8
Rain Date, Wednesday Aug 9th
9:00am – 12:30pm
Moderate hiking trail.
Join Wendy Weiger for a slow-paced walk to Tobey Falls. We will walk mindfully, watching, listening, and savoring the woods and waters around us. We’ll take time to talk about birds, trees, flowers, ferns, and whatever else catches our fancy. Along the way, we’ll pause for brief meditations Wendy calls “mindful minutes” – a practice that enriches our sensory experience of our natural surroundings. You are welcome to bring a journal, sketchbook or camera to use during a longer mediative break, or you may use the time for device free contemplation. We will conclude with a leisurely lunch break.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Our total distance will be under 2 miles, with some uneven terrain along the way, including rocky areas potential slippery spots.
What to bring: Sturdy shoes or boots, a hat, a rain jacket, water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen. Trekking poles, bug repellant, binoculars, camera, journal or sketchbook are optional but may make the hike more enjoyable. You are welcome to bring your bathing suit if you’d like to stay later to swim below the falls.
Time and place: We will meet at the Monson Arts office at 9:00 AM. We’ll car pool from there to the trailhead. The day will conclude around 12:30 with a car pool back.
Bio: Wendy Weiger is a former medical researcher who, eighteen years ago, left the halls of academe for the wilds of northern Maine. Since then, she has qualified as a Registered Maine Guide and has become deeply involved in environmental advocacy to protect her chosen home. She is the author of Living Every Season: A Mindful Year in the Maine Woods, and is currently seeking a publisher for her next book, Heaven Beneath Our Feet. Her writing shows the importance of rekindling our intimacy with nature, both for our own health and for the health of the Earth. Through her nonprofit, Achor Earth Ways, she offers programs that guide people into deeper, more joyful connection with the natural world.