Date(s) - August 28, 2016
8:00 am - 11:00 am
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Lets enjoy a nice leisurely morning walk out to the ANP Sanctuary Trail with plenty of time set aside for quiet contemplation and reflection. Distance is probably about 4 miles round trip all of it completely flat. Since we’ll be going at a pretty leisurely pace with several stops, I plan on taking about 2.5 hours. The Sanctuary Trail is located in an area of Algonkian Regional Park that contains some of the best scenery and habitat you’ll find anywhere in the park. It’s an excellent birding area also so feel free to bring binoculars if you’d like.
Over time, I’d like to develop all of the ANP walks into a Forest Therapy experience. Forest Therapy, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku,” refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. 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. The Japanese words translate into English as “Forest Bathing.”
Afterwards, if anyone that would like to get together for brunch at the Corner Bakery which is located a short distance away let me know. The company would be most appreciated!
Ron Meister 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, Ron runs all of the parks guided kayak tours and also started the Algonkian Nature Preserve(ANP) which is a long term labor of love of his. You can read more about the ANP by going to http://potomactrail.org scrolling down a little ways and clicking on the graphic of a little girl looking through a magnifying glass.