What we're about

This group is for people who love to hike, walk and connect to the beauty of nature while experiencing lessons found only in the great out of doors.

We are about building intentional community with others who enjoy the relaxation and evidenced based benefits that relaxing in nature brings http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/call-to-wild-text (http://www.meetup.com/Lets-take-a-hike-from-suburbia/manage/settings/basic/)

We will offer a variety of levels of hikes in the NOVA region, Shenandoah National Park and on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

We will offer host a series of hikes with a focus on the therapeutic benefits of "forest soaking" https://gallery.mailchimp.com/2a42883105ac554285a9bfa47/files/10_Invitations_Download.pdf (http://www.meetup.com/Lets-take-a-hike-from-suburbia/) and sometimes include hiking, yoga and meditation in special day retreats at Blueridge Summit Retreats near Bluemont.

Hikers will discover how hiking with others in nature can enhance health and help reduce stress in mind, body and soul in ways that will prepare them to live everyday life in more wholehearted way.

Upcoming events (5)

Mindfulness Group Silent Meditation and Discussion 6 PM

ZOOM LINK:
An RSVP of YES will allow the Zoom link to appear on the Meetup.

LIABILITY RELEASE:
By RSVP’ing to attend this event, you agree to release Imagine Well Being from any liability. Please review the Liability Release Agreement below.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Cultivating a regular meditation practice is the best, most direct way
to reap the benefits of mindfulness in every-day life: more
compassion, more connection, more joy. Together, we will sit in silent meditation for approximately 20-25 minutes, followed by an opportunity to share how the practice is unfolding in our lives. Our intention is to inspire one another toward regular meditation practice, while sharing the direct, rich experience of sitting in communal silence.

Ours is a warm and welcoming community for first-time and seasoned meditators alike. Please join us.

YOUR GUIDE:
Anne Papa Curtis has been practicing meditation since 2015, when a
series of life transitions inspired her to explore mindful spirituality. She has attended several residential silent meditation retreats and aspires toward daily practice.

LIABILITY RELEASE:
With my RSVP, I hereby stipulate that I am physically sound to participate in this event.

I understand and agree that all classes, gatherings and workshops are undertaken at my sole risk and that Imagine Well Being guides and instructors shall not be liable for injuries or damages to my person or property arising out of or connected to any of these activities.

I authorize Imagine Well Being guides and instructors to call 911 in the event that I appear to require emergency medical care, and I assume responsibility for all associated costs.

I have carefully read this agreement and understand its contents. I agree that it is a complete release of liability for any injuries or damage that I may sustain due to Imagine classes, gatherings, and workshops.

Serenity Hatha Yoga for Stress Reduction - Tues 3/9, 7-8 pm

ZOOM LINK:
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LIABILITY RELEASE:
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EVENT DESCRIPTION:
It is a joy to offer this class to share the benefits of practicing mindful Hatha Yoga in a shared community of warmth and welcome.

Whether you are a first timer or experienced practitioner I trust you will find benefit from the mindful focus on body and breath proven to impact the autonomic nervous system. We will be cultivating self-compassion, non-striving and awareness by exploring our limits without pushing through discomfort in any way.

During our hour together you will experience breathing practices, gentle yoga postures and deep relaxation we call Yoga Nidra. We will have a meditative image from nature remembering our body is a part of nature as we move through the practice.

PREPARATION:
Eating an hour before yoga will make the practice more comfortable.

WHAT TO BRING:
• Yoga mat
• Small blanket or large towel
• Yoga blocks and a pillow are optional

YOUR GUIDE:
Cathy is a RYT (200) in the Integral Hatha Yoga tradition and integrates mindfulness into the practice of yoga with a seasonal nature focus. She teaches meditation in nature, mindful meditation in the tradition of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and is a Virginia Master Naturalist.

LIABILITY RELEASE:
With my RSVP, I hereby stipulate that I am physically sound to participate in this event.

I understand and agree that all classes, gatherings and workshops are undertaken at my sole risk and that Imagine Well Being guides and instructors shall not be liable for injuries or damages to my person or property arising out of or connected to any of these activities.

I authorize Imagine Well Being guides and instructors to call 911 in the event that I appear to require emergency medical care, and I assume responsibility for all associated costs.

I have carefully read this agreement and understand its contents. I agree that it is a complete release of liability for any injuries or damage that I may sustain due to Imagine classes, gatherings, and workshops.

Gentle Hatha Yoga - Wednesday, 3/10, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Online event

ZOOM LINK:
An RSVP of YES will allow the Zoom link to appear on the Meetup.

LIABILITY RELEASE:
By RSVP’ing to attend this event, you agree to release Imagine Well Being from any liability. Please review the Liability Release Agreement below.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Let’s connect with one another by coming to our yoga mats to cultivate full-body relaxation, balance, and perfect health. We will make a full circuit of the body's range of motion with standing and seated postures, twists, and hip openers. We will practice breathing techniques and close with deep relaxation - Yoga Nidra (Shavasana), a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping.

WHAT TO BRING:
• Yoga mat

YOUR GUIDE:
June is a RYT 200 and has special training in Chair and Lymphatic Yoga. She is passionate about the healing and restorative power of yoga in her own life and loves introducing these practices to people of all ages and abilities.

LIABILITY RELEASE:
With my RSVP, I hereby stipulate that I am physically sound to participate in this event.

I understand and agree that all classes, gatherings and workshops are undertaken at my sole risk and that Imagine Well Being guides and instructors shall not be liable for injuries or damages to my person or property arising out of or connected to any of these activities.

I authorize Imagine Well Being guides and instructors to call 911 in the event that I appear to require emergency medical care, and I assume responsibility for all associated costs.

I have carefully read this agreement and understand its contents. I agree that it is a complete release of liability for any injuries or damage that I may sustain due to Imagine classes, gatherings, and workshops.

Lunchtime Thursday Meditation with U Mass Medical Center - Free 12:10-12:50 pm

WHEN YOU RSVP HERE, THE UMASS MEDICAL REGISTRATION LINK WILL BECOME VISIBLE UNDER THE WORDS "ONLINE EVENT." AFTER YOU REGISTER, YOU WILL RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK FOR THE MEDITATION MEETING VIA EMAIL FROM UMASS. THIS LINK WILL BE SENT TO YOU ONE TIME - PLEASE SAVE IT TO USE EVERY WEEK.

The Imagine Well Being community has a wonderful opportunity to share in the UMass Medical Zoom Center for Mindfulness (CFM) Meditation every Thursday afternoon from 12:10 pm until 12:50 pm.

The negative effects of chronic stress and their impact on the quality of our lives is well documented. Unchecked, our physical responses to stress can lead to poor health, and yet can often go unnoticed until symptoms or situations bring them to the forefront.

What if there were a scientifically researched way to change our relationship to stress using mind and body awareness, to participate in our own self-care, and to contribute wholeheartedly to our own growth and development as human beings?

The story of the Center for Mindfulness (CFM) begins in the 1970’s at UMass Medical Center, where Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, began the original Stress Reduction clinic that soon developed into Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and the Center made its home at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since that time, more than 25,000 people have completed this groundbreaking 8-Week program with CFM and have worked with their own internal resources and abilities to respond more effectively to stress, pain, and illness.

Acquiring and building on mindful awareness during the weekly sessions and with home practice, participants utilize mindfulness meditation, simple and gentle body movement, and group discussion of experience to begin to integrate this awareness into the challenges and adventures of everyday life.

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Mindful Happy Hour Meditation

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