If the stay-at-home order has significantly upped your reading time, consider joining us for our new virtual book club. We’ll be reading Bill Bryson’s funny and endearing memoir of his thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, “A Walk in the Woods.” Now more than ever, many of us would enjoy cozying up with a familiar good book that makes us laugh!
To participate, simply order a copy of the book online if you don’t already have one and register here on Eventbrite. Registration opens on Tuesday, April 21.
As the date of the online event gets closer, you’ll receive information on how to participate.
This is an informal opportunity to connect with other Arlington, Va., residents who like reading and walking/hiking.
If you’re feeling festive, make yourself a special appetizer and enjoy a favorite drink while we chat!
About This Event
Walking is one of the simplest and most accessible activities we can take part in, yet it can play a transformational role in improving our mental and physical health. Even a short, 10-minute walk each day has been found to reduce stress, anxiety, and fatigue while boosting our mood and sleep quality.
In this online event, A Conversation on Walking Mindfully, you’ll learn why walking is good for your mental health and how you can practice mindful walking to derive mental health benefits. You’ll hear from two mental health and two wellness professionals and have the opportunity to ask questions. After our discussion, we’ll lead you through a virtual, 10-minute mindful walk that we’ll experience together but apart using Zoom. Walk in your living room or in your neighborhood: It’s up to you! We’ll reconvene to wrap up and share how it felt.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS ZOOM EVENT ON EVENTBRITE. YOU WILL BE EMAILED A LINK TO JOIN IN THE REMINDER EMAIL SENT THE DAY BEFORE IT TAKES PLACE.
About Our Speakers
Nicole Armstead-Williams (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a clinical social worker/therapist (MSW, LICSW) who provides individual therapy and therapeutic forest bathing experiences to survivors of trauma/loss/grief, acute and chronic stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. She holds awareness to unique issues of mental health and intersectionality, focusing primarily on racial identity/issues impacting black people, indigenous people, and people of color, women’s issues, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Ms. Armstead-Williams is founder of Prolific Harvest, a mission-driven private practice that honors the power of narrative and nature as growth toward trauma repair. She infuses walk-and-talk therapy with sensorimotor approaches, mindfulness-based stress reduction practices, and creative writing journal prompts to support clients in their healing journey.
Colleen Avis is an Ayurveda and yoga wellness coach who works with clients to find balance in their lives through nourishment, movement, mindfulness, and time in nature. Ms. Avis often meets her clients in nature for meditative walks and yoga. Chopra Center-certified in Ayurveda and meditation, and a Yoga Medicine certificate yoga teacher, Ms. Avis combines these skills to create offerings that meet her client’s unique needs, meeting them where they are.
Gretchen Robbins is a health and wellness coach who offers her clients walking and coaching sessions, culinary coaching, and healthy cooking classes. She has a master’s degree in Health and Wellness Coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Ms. Robbins uses accountability, goal setting, and coaching techniques to help her clients achieve the balance that works best for their unique situations.
Jennifer Udler, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker who leads the team at Positive Strides, a unique psychotherapy practice where therapists walk and talk outdoors to physically and emotionally move a client toward their therapeutic goals. Ms. Udler specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and supportive counseling.