One of eight annual contemplative programs that reflect the theme of “Reclaiming Our Nature,” and use the seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – to celebrate and mark transition periods in our lives – this series of meditative rituals draws on the beautiful natural surroundings of the gardens and our own human nature to practice being present through awakening our senses. Explore your own inner landscapes of wellbeing as we engage with sacred symbols of art, nature and our own deeply interwoven selves.  

Saturdays | 1 – 4pm at Fernwood Botanical Gardens
Fall dates: 10/19 and 11/16, Winter Dates: 1/25 (Lunar New Year) and 2/22.                                                      
$42 ($34 members)
*Register the Wednesday prior to each retreat.

Children’s Kindness Retreats

Fall dates: October 26th and November 23rd.                        

Winter Dates: January 5 and February 8th.

Register the Wednesday prior to each retreat. 

Location: Fernwood Botanical Gardens.

Cost. $42 ($34 members) plus $5 for materials 
*Open to ages 7-10, Classes limited to 15 participants. 

Drawing from social emotional learning and mindfulness meditation practices, games, eating and creative movement, these offerings allows kids to unplug from technology and refresh themselves from a busy school year. Each day, we’ll share nature-based projects; build attentional skills; and have the chance to practice mindfulness with friends and community in a retreat setting. Experiences include: breathwork, making mood jars, body-emotion maps, gratitude trees, nature mandalas, exploring micro-worlds, trust walks, story-yoga and constructive rest.

Private venue locations: Art and Education Center, Three Oaks, Mi. or Fernwood Botanical Gardens. Contact Deirdre to discuss School field trip or private workshops by reservation.  

Thanks to Mark Magliola (on flute) and Beth Bradfish (sound artist) for this track (playing on this page).