Monthly Nature Walks
CONNECT WITH NATURE ON A MEDITATIVE HIKE ON JULY 25!
Join the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at the Chapman DeMary Trail on Sunday, July 25 at 1 p.m. for a meditative hike. The guide, Cathy Norman, will help participants connect with nature using all five of their senses and encourage quiet relaxation through deep breathing at different points on the trail. The walk will also include interpretive guidance about flora and fauna. Ms. Norman is a Virginia Master Naturalist, a registered yoga instructor, and has been trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Register online to attend!
Meditative hiking helps relax mind and body as it involves consciously engaging the senses while hiking and stopping to pay attention to things in nature that may often be overlooked. Those who join us on the July 25th walk will learn how to go on a meditative hike on their own to help relieve stress and enjoy nature.
The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville. It runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The area is open to the public for environmental recreation, exploration, and education. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The entrance and parking for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville.