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JRA Offers Nature RX Tomorrow in James River Park

Andy Thompson

@richmondoutside
December 12, 2017 10:34am

Sure it’ll be cold — the high is 38 degrees — but our friends at the James River Association are offering a very cool event at Great Shiplock Park tomorrow. And like my Swedish friend says: “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” So, throw on a warm coat!

From the JRA Facebook event page:

Tree hugging is not on the agenda but is not discouraged.

The James River Association is prescribing you a dose of nature. Research has shown that time in nature is good for our physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s time to slow down, notice what’s around you, and simply breathe in the fresh air. Participants should expect a brief meditation, mindful walking, creation of their own nature mandala, and sharing this experience with others in the group. It will be chilly, but we’ll have hot tea for participants!

Bring a water bottle, wear comfortable, sturdy shoes, and if desired, a towel or mat to sit on. It’ll be chilly outside so dress warmly and we’ll have hot tea to keep you warm and toasty! We will be walking a short distance along dirt trails on Chapel Island, which is part of the James River Park System. The session lasts from 12-1 pm.

The experience will be led by Amber Ellis, JRA’s Watershed Restoration Manager, who has a certificate in Ecotherapy through the EarthBody Institute.

The Va. Capital Trail cuts through Great Shiplock Park in Richmond.

Parking is available at Great Shiplock Park or on Pear Street. The Virginia Capital Trail also connects to the park so you can walk or ride your bike. We will meet under the large mulberry tree at Great Shiplock Park, just on the other side of the metal footbridge on the left.

Please use this link to register so that we know how many to expect https://form.jotform.com/73095465887978


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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