Exploring Human-Nature: Connecting With Ourselves and the Natural World

October 3, 5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT. Hosted at Pier 64 at Hudson River Park

About this FieldTrip

The Art of Human Being is a workshop series that incorporates meditation, cognitive science, and philosophy to explore the art, science, and practice of living a meaningful life. Our mission is to connect people to themselves, each other, and the natural world through contemplative practice.

In this workshop, as part of what we call our Human-Nature Series, we’ll get in touch with the beauty and mystery of being alive in this world. Joy, wonder, appreciation, and connection are always available to you, and we’ll teach you how to access these experiences through deepening our practice of mindfulness. Being outdoors, we can use nature as inspiration for our senses as we teach a unique style of meditation allowing us to develop greater presence and awareness through our moment-to-moment sensory experience.

We will teach the “what”, “why”, and “how” of mindfulness practice and show you how it can be used to deepen and enrich our experience of being alive in every moment (no previous experience necessary, but practitioners of all levels are welcome). We’ll also explore the science behind the healing effects of nature. Finally, we’ll explore the evidence-based links between awe, interconnectedness, and human flourishing. Throughout the workshop, we’ll draw upon tools from cognitive neuroscience and positive psychology.

Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, or something to sit on as we’ll be in the grass!

About your Hosts
Kayla and Gigi Falk are currently pursuing their masters in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Spirituality and Mind-Body practice. Kayla is a Mindfulness Coach at The LightUp Lab, a yoga teacher and meditation instructor for corps, schools, and private clients across NYC, and she teaches weekly workshops on mindfulness, positive psychology, and spiritual philosophy. Gigi has been practicing mindfulness meditation for 3 years and teaching for almost 2 years. She has undergone intensive meditation training while living at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery and on silent retreats at Insight Meditation Society. Over the years, she has accumulated over 600 hours of formal seated meditation practice and studied with a myriad of teachers, including Ajahn Amaro, Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kristen Neff, Chris Germer, Michele McDonald, and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey. She teaches meditation to groups and individuals, she works for the meditation teacher training company, Unified Mindfulness, and she leads weekly workshops on spirituality and positive psychology.

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