Connecting with Nature: Valentine's Hike + Meditation

By Fairmount Park Conservancy (other events)

Sunday, February 11 2024 10:00 AM 12:30 PM EST

Rekindle your love of nature in the heart of winter. Join Fairmount Park Conservancy and ecotherapist/Lenape language keeper Krista Nelson on a two-mile guided Valentine's hike and meditation on Sunday, February 11 from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM.

Better than a box of chocolates, we'll make sure Mother Nature is seen and heard. Witnessing the sights and sounds of nature, especially in winter, demonstrates our highest level of appreciation. "Witnessing is the first step in nurturing a relationship. And a deeper relationship with nature is good medicine for everyone," Krista teaches in her Nature As Lover program.

We will hike on the historic Trolley Trail, stopping to listen and closely observe the natural surroundings. Our journey will lead us along the Chamounix Creek, where we will spread out in seated positions at the water’s edge and collectively meditate, accompanied by the reassuring rhythmic sounds of the flowing water. Then, we will accompany the sound of the creek with our own spontaneous music. Krista calls this practice of listening to water and reciprocating with sound, “Creek Drinking.” She says, "When we take sips of the creek with our ears and respond with music, we can process feelings of isolation." This is next-level reciprocity!

Finally, we’ll gather at a historic picnic pavilion for a fireside celebration. The light and warmth of the fire will remind us that longer days are returning and spring is on the way. Hot chocolate, s’mores, and other snacks will be available.

Estimated distance: about two miles
Level: moderate
Terrain: mainly hilly trails

-The hike is roughly two miles over mainly hilly trails.
-Appropriate for adults and mature adolescents.
-Please dress according to weather conditions and wear good hiking shoes (boots/sneakers).
-Bring water (drinking water is not available in the park) and a snack.
-Unfortunately, there are no bathrooms along the hike route so please plan accordingly. We will leave a few minutes after the scheduled start time. Please arrive at the departure location at least five minutes early. We cannot guarantee that latecomers can join after the group has departed.

PARKING/GETTING THERE: We'll meet at the parking lot across from the Friends of Chamounix tennis courts. There is plenty of free parking available in the lot. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car! If traveling by public transit, the nearest stop is at Belmont Ave and Belmont Mansion/Fairmount Park Drive – a half-mile walk from the start. The closest Indego bike station is at Parkside and Belmont Ave – also a half-mile walk from the start.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: The hike will take place in light rain. In case of severe storms or other inclement weather, the event will be canceled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.
QUESTIONS? Please reach out to [email protected]

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