Date: 8/19/2016, 9:00 am—3:00 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
This course explores developing nature awareness in an urban context as a resource for healing. The training will offer information, hands-on experience, strategies and skills for those who are interested in cultivating connection with nature for themselves and with others. Participants will experience how being outdoors and bringing the outdoors inside can increase regulation and promote positive attachment. Participants will explore how bringing mindful awareness to the natural world dramatically changes our experience of and relationship with nature. The training will incorporate mindfulness practices, creative arts activities, neurobiology, and interactive discussion to support self-care and ability to mentor others, particularly urban youth. It has been demonstrated that role models who influence others to respect and care are identified as a primary factor in reducing barriers to caring and action.