What we're about

This is a group for everybody who is interested in making 'mindful' walks together in the beautiful nature in the South of the Netherlands and part of Belgium and Germany and occasionally in different areas.

The goal is to organize weekly walks in which respect for each other and nature are central elements during the walks. Being deliberately aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, in order to create a feeling of calm during the walks. Being mindful about yourself and the surroundings. The walking speed depends on the group but enjoying the surroundings is more important than the walking speed.

On some of the walks we'll find a nice spot in nature to have a break with a short meditation session. I'll, as much as possible, state such an intention to meditate during the walk up front. Although it can happen spontaneously as well.

The meditations will be guided or unguided dependening on the moment and will usually be lead by Chris Schiffer. More information about Chris can be found on: http://christianschiffer.com/

If you're intrested in weekly meditation in Maastricht have a look @ https://www.meetup.com/nl-NL/meetup-group-iQRRnkjQ/ (Open Meditation Circle Maastricht)

Note about participant limit:

A big component of the strength to walk together is the group and it's dynamics. I do strongly feel that having walks with more than 16/20 people does impact the group in such a way that it becomes more an "individual walking within a big group" experience. It also defeats the purpose of being mindful for the other walkers (in a specific area) and nature when walking with 20+ people. Please repect the waiting list if you're on it.

If you feel like you want to guide a certain walk that is full please let me know. Maybe we can split a big group in two having 2 different starting times or one group walking clockwise and the other walking counter clockwise (and meet & greet in the middle or at start and end).

Also, please be invited to submit and organize your own walks. Send me a personal message with the walk which you want to organize it and I'll add it to the calender and make you the organizer.

Upcoming events (2)

Walk +- 15KM “Another World” Petergensfeld (Hohes Venn)

This is a walk called "Pleasure Walk Another World", "Genusstour Eine andere Welt" in German and "Plezierwandeling een andere wereld" in Dutch. The English description is somewhat shorter than the copied and pasted German and dutch text. Highlights of below message >> Around 15 KM << >> Area: Hohes venn / Hoge venen << >> Text in 3 languages << >> link to the Hike https://www.ostbelgien.eu/nl/fiche/hiking/plezierwandeling-21-petergesfeld << >> Take your lunch with you << >> Please contact me if you want to share a ride << >> Don't hesitate to contact me for carpooling possibilities << "Pleasure Walk Another World" A hike, as if through another world - on this 215-kilometer circular tour you dive into a heathland reminiscent of tundra areas in northern countries. You will be accompanied on your way through the wild nature of the Eschbach. The hike starts at the car park Petergensfeld near Roetgen.On the first section of the route you will accompany the Weser, from where the Eschbach branches off. High ferns and grasses give you a first taste of the heathland that thrives in the east of the High Fens. This part of the cross-border plateau between Germany and Belgium is less well-known, but more original and rougher. After a good eight kilometers, you can take a break at the Reinartzhof, the highest point of your tour, and enjoy your provisions.You hike gently through the forest downhill, until you are back on the river and follow the idyllic path along the water. Accompanied by the splashing of the Eschbach, you hike back to your starting point on a beautiful route. There you can reward yourself with coffee and cake at Café Wanderbar. Plezierwandeling een andere wereld *Een inspirerende wandeling: welkom in de wilde natuur* We lijken in een andere wereld terecht te komen, het grote noorden, de toendra en de heide. We stijgen. De Eschbach is na de droogte van augustus een beek vol stenen geworden. De route volgt stijgend zijn weg en komt in wildere contreien. We laveren tussen varens en hoge grassen, die de heide van de Hoge Venen aankondigen, de oostkant ervan, die minder gekend is en misschien nog ruwer is. De mensen hebben er ogenschijnlijk niet voor gekozen om er te wonen. En nochtans, wat verder na een bocht, de ruïnes van het gehucht Reinartzhof, op enkele lengtes van de Venen. Het werk op de velden bepaalde het leven van de inwoners die in 1953 een afschuwelijke winter doormaakten. De sneeuw isoleerde het gehucht volledig zodat er zelfs een helikopter nodig was voor de noodzakelijke bevoorrading. Maar Reinartzhof was veroordeeld: vijf jaar later werden de boerderijen onteigend om de puurheid van de barrage van de Vesder te kunnen bewaren. Sindsdien heerst er absolute stilte: de natuur heeft haar rechten opgeëist. *Genusstour 21 - Petergensfeld - 15,4 km* Rau und unberührt fordert diese Landschaft Körper und Geist heraus. Diese Wanderung führt tief in den Wald hinein und an den Rand des Kutenhart-Venns. Irgendwie erinnert sie an Heidelandschaften oder an Tundragebiete in nördlicheren Ländern. In diesem heißen Augustmonat ist der Eschbach versiegt. Wir folgen dem ausgetrockneten Flussbett in Richtung der Quelle und stoßen in eine stets wildere Natur vor. Die hohen Farne und Gräser sind bereits Vorboten der Heidelandschaft, die im Osten des Hohen Venns gedeiht. Eine besonders karge Gegend, die die Menschen zu meiden scheinen. Hinter einer Biegung tauchen die Überreste des Reinartzhofs auf, dessen Ländereien am Rande des Venns lagen. 1953 schnitt ein besonders heftiger Schneesturm die Gehöfte von der Außenwelt ab und die Bewohner mussten mit einem Hubschrauber versorgt werden. Von diesem Schlag sollte sich der Landwirtschaftsbetrieb nie mehr ganz erholen. 5 Jahre später werden die Bauernhöfe, die im Einzugsbereich der Wesertalsperre angesiedelt sind, zum Schutz der Wasserqualität enteignet. Seitdem ist die Natur über dem ehemaligen Weiler wieder Meister geworden und ist mit ihr die absolute Stille eingezogen.

Let's jump in Ice Ice Baby ;-) 0 KM

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And Now for Something Completely Different..... Without putting forward any health claims the placeholder for this event is about meeting up and have a swim/immersion in some cold water outside. The location and exact date is to be decided. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DISCLAIMER: “Mindful Nature Walks” group and its event/assistant organizers (the "Organizers") are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By signing up for these events, you agree to release “Mindful Nature Walks” group of Meetup.com and its Organizers from ANY responsibility, liability or claim in law or in equity. If you DON'T agree to these terms, DO NOT JOIN THIS MEETUP EVENT. “Mindful Nature Walks” group of Meetup.com doesn't certify the expertise of the Organizers. The Organizers in this Meetup.com group are volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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