Nature invites us to step out of autopilot. We come alive through the activation of the senses and remember we are intimately connected with the world. The beauty of the land invites presence helping us shift away from challenging mental habits. Nature meditation invites stillness and slowness as we merge with natural rhythms, instead of forging ahead at an unsustainable, accelerated pace. Nature invites balance and equilibrium through witnessing the stillness of a tree. Nature practice is a way of accessing love, joy and child-like curiosity. The land reminds us spaciousness is available. When we pay attention and bring contemplative awareness to our time outside, we can return to the modern world more relaxed, present and loving.
The Journey Back Home
I forgot my true nature for a period of time as a young adult. Capitalism, consumerism and marketing happily helped carry me in a different direction away from the mystery of the woods. I became caught up with checking off the “expected” boxes of being a modern woman, and as I became distant from the outdoor world, I felt increasingly dissatisfied. Yet all along the land waited for me. The Earth patiently allowed me the time to prioritize coming back home, returning to what feels real and nourishing. When I moved to California, I could no longer ignore the call to be outside and redesigned my life. After spending magical time immersed in the raw beauty of Iceland in 2019, I knew with certainty guiding others to connect to the planet was a part of my path.
When I feel the primal pull to be outdoors, I reconnect to the Earth not as the woman called Melanie, but as the Earth itself. Through my senses, I remember I am earth, air, fire and water. Nature practice invites me to slow down and match the natural rhythms of the world. The land provides permission to just be without expectations, to be grounded at home on the Earth. – Melanie
Nature mentoring focuses on helping people reconnect with themselves and the land in their life. Each personalized nature session includes a private guided meditation, time for questions and development of a weekly home program. Your sessions will be customized to fit your learning style, ability and lifestyle.
Some session topics include, but are not limited to the following:
- Attuning to sensory experience
- Allowing the beauty of nature to remind us of the beauty within
- Accessing stillness through time with trees and rocks
- Finding steady ground and support through awareness of rocks and soil
- Opening to spaciousness by connecting to sky
- Remembering playfulness through experience with the elements
- Cultivating joy through experience with animals and plants
- Witnessing natural laws through awareness of cycles, seasons and death
- Engaging in deep listening
- Stepping away from ego-based roles of spectator and dominator
“The land knows you even when you are lost.” – Robin Wall Kimmerer