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Meditation Walk @ North Carolina Museum of Art's (NCMA) park

After turning into the NCMA entrance, take a right turn to park in the lot just off of Blue Ridge Road. At this right turn, you'll see the trail head right there, and just a bit to the right of it there's a large tree and picnic table near the end of the tall screened fence that also serves as an arbor.

This walk, will be a bit different from other walks because it will "explore the interplay of art and nature." The total distance is about 2 miles; and, we'll be on the paved greenway (at the start and at the end) and in the middle on dirt/graveled pathways that go through a forest and a prairie field. What will be unique about this walk, is that we'll be spending time just "being with" several (10) pieces of art along the path we're taking - trying to "see" each object without judging (i.e., good/bad, like/dislike) - oh, how hard this is! At the end, we'll journal about our external and internal experiences. Plan on about 1-1/2 hours for this stop-and-go walk, plus time before to come together as a group, and time afterwards to journal and talk.

For those of you who have never been on these trails, this is a delightful set of trails that shifts between forest, prairie, and wide open fields.

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  • Gurpreet

    This was THE best location to walk by far! Loved the art along the way, and especially the "cloud chamber" even though it was more like an earth cave. My only suggestion is that the physical difficulty level of each hike be posted prominently with each meetup, so that we don't have members with medical issues who may have difficulty completing the hike, which also distracted the rest of us who were worried about them, like we did on this hike. Hopefully, those members who aren't able to cope with hills/heat, etc. will be considerate enough to not come along.

    July 31, 2012

  • Jennifer

    Good thing you turned around. I hope you feel better soon!

    1 · July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I was a no show today. On my way to the park I felt very sick and had to turn around. I guess it was not meant to be. Next time for sure.

    July 15, 2012

  • Patricia C.

    Thanks, Leslie, for another most beautiful start to our day.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very well organized, extremely cordial leader and friendly meditators made for a very pleasant experience. Thank you.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Cloud Chamber was REALLY cool Leslie! I had such a wonderful morning with all of you. I look forward to more outings with you.

    July 15, 2012

  • Leslie G.

    What a wonderful morning walk - and lots of journaling and talking (not to mention El Anatsui tickets) at the end. For me, I realized that I related the art to previous memories of similar objects. And, my metaphor for the day related to the Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky (where I could have sat in meditation for forever!) - the longer that I sat in the dark, the more light I could see.

    1 · July 15, 2012

  • Jennifer

    It was wonderful to walk in silence and enjoy the natural environment.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have never been to the museum. Thanks :)

    July 14, 2012

  • Patricia C.

    Thanks from me as well,Emily. I enjoy the museum so much and your wonderful offer is such a special treat!

    July 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow- what a wonderful thing gift! Thank you Emily. I love your museum and look forward to seeing the exhibition.

    July 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Emily. How generous and thoughtful.

    July 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you so much!

    July 12, 2012

  • Jennifer

    Thank you Emily, that is very generous!

    July 12, 2012

  • Emily K.

    Hello group! My name is Emily Kotecki. I am a museum educator at the North Carolina Museum of Art. I noticed that you will be at the Museum on Sunday for a wonderful sounding Meditation Walk. I would like to offer free ticket vouchers for each of you to see our special exhibition El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You About Africa. These vouchers can be used at anytime through the duration of the exhibit (which closes July 29!)and can be picked up at the Box Office in the East Building. EK

    1 · July 12, 2012

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