This project will create an outdoor mindfulness “course” consisting of a meditation labyrinth and Zen style sand/rock garden that will serve as a backdrop for an educational and experiential mindfulness field trip for children, teens and adults.
“The labyrinth is a right brain activity that allows participants to activate their creativity, intuition, and imagination. The labyrinth can help encourage participants to experience a contemplative or meditative state in which they are able to “let go” while encouraging personal and spiritual growth. Research conducted at the Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Medical Institute by Dr. Herbert Benson found that the labyrinth was highly effective for reducing anxiety by eliciting a “relaxation response.” Long-term health effects of the labyrinth include lowering blood pressure and breathing rates, reducing incidents of chronic pain, and insomnia, as well as many other health benefits. Regular use of the labyrinth also showed an increase in participants feeling a sense of control and efficacy over their own lives.” – 2017 TRO Conference “Meditation Labyrinth Experience presented by Julie Casaert & Elisa Harsanyi garden.
Provide an on-going resource for experiential mindfulness education geared for the unique needs of children to learn through movement, physicality, and play. It is our intention for the Labyrinth to be a choice destination for school field trips.
Provide an opportunity for ongoing mindfulness “Walking Meditation” volunteer-led classes to be offered to the public by cultivating a space for physical movement, self-awareness, and mindfulness within our coastal community.
Long Term Goal: Development of a repeatable “course” that can be leveraged by local schools and organizations focused on children’s education and development, a guided instruction that integrates the labyrinth and garden.