• P.O. Box 28, Round Hill, VA 20142

Leisurely walk on the ANP Woodlands Trail w/Brunch

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Date(s) - July 9, 2017
8:00 am - 11:00 am

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Lets enjoy a nice leisurely walk on the ANP Woodlands Trail with plenty of time set aside for quiet contemplation and reflection. The Woodlands Trail is located in an area of Algonkian Regional Park that contains some excellent examples old growth trees including a Shumard Oak that is listed in the Virginia Tech big tree database as one of the largest specimens of that particular species in the state of VA. The Woodlands Trail borders both Sugarland Run and the Potomac River providing excellent views of each.


Please be certain you plan on attending before you RSVP. If you RSVP and your plans change… no worries. Just be sure to update your status so someone else on the wait list can jump in if they want. Your cooperation is appreciated.


This particular walk is being developed into a nature renewal experience rooted in the science based practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. Also, while sometimes difficult to articulate, we’ll explore more philosophical questions such as “What is the nature of my relationship to the natural world?” and “Why does a peaceful and serene feeling of being at home sometimes come over me when walking quietly in a forest?” and “Where does that feeling come from?” Participants are invited to experience nature in a way that invites healing interactions. The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. This walk differs from a traditional nature walk in that the former focuses on one’s relationship to nature on a personal and sometimes spiritual level while the later is mostly concerned with intellectual and cognitive content. This view of healing interactions implies some baseline requirements:

• There is a specific intention to connect with nature in a healing way. This requires mindfully moving through the landscape in ways that cultivate presence, opening all the senses, and actively communicating with the land.

• It is not something to rush through. This walk is not undertaken with the primary goal of physical exercise.

• Healing interactions require giving generously of our attention. We encourage mindfulness through an evolving series of suggested invitations. Each invitation is crafted to help participants slow down and open our senses.

• It’s not just about taking walks in the forest. The walks are important, but there are other core routines that we can do that will help in our deepening relationship with nature, particularly the practices of sit spot, place tending, and cross-species communication.


LENGTH: About 2.5 miles


DURATION: Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.


Afterwards, for those that care to, a visit to

The Corner Bakery (Cascades Marketplace, 46290 Cranston St, Sterling) is planned.


Ron has been a lover of nature and an outdoor enthusiast for the last few decades and back in 2009, left an 18 year career in information technology so he could pursue his dreams and passions in nature and the outdoors on a full time basis. Currently, he works as a Sr. Park Ranger for NOVAParks at Algonkian Regional Park. In addition to his day to day duties, he runs all of the parks guided kayak tours and also started the Algonkian Nature Preserve which is a long term labor of love of his. You can read more about the ANP by going to https://liveimagining.org/ and clicking on the “Journey To Soul” link under the Algonkian Nature Preserve section in the right hand column.

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