Want to learn mindfulness skills and other information for self-improvement? This group will combine physical activity, mindfulness practices, group activities and setting SMART goals.
Within Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) (https://contextualscience.org/act#) there are six key elements helping to build 'psychological flexibility.' Of them, 'Committed Action' can sometimes be the most difficult. I believe the skill of conscious and deliberate behavior is difficult because we are so often divorced from our bodies. We treat them as carriers for our thinking selves rather than an integral part of how we shape our world and make the decisions we do within it.
Each week there will be a planned hike, mindfulness exercise, ACT activity to do and/or a general fitness challenge. Every event will be posted though not all will require physical presence together. Instead we'll be doing conversations here and on the Facebook group
While most of the principles and practices will come from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this is not therapy. We're about community and growing in greater awareness of our humanity.
All topics of discussion are appreciated, when done respectfully and appreciating constructive feedback. We really do run the gamut of topics in our group! If there is one you'd especially like covered, please private message me and I will let you know when the topic is scheduled.
Dogs are welcome on hikes, but please check ahead to make sure they are allowed on the trails (I'll try to pick ones that allow) and please comment that you're bringing one so others are aware. Also be trail conscious and pick up after them.
Some hiking locations may require a Discover Pass or NW Forest Pass. I will try to note when these may be needed. You don't need one and can pay at the location, but I highly recommend as such funds help support our forests.