Day Program: Mindful Birding Workshop
February 24, 2024
Mindful Birding Experience – When Nature Greets the Soul
Discover the art of Ornitherapy – a mindful birding practice – in this workshop. With guided instruction, you will learn how to engage your senses and tune into the birds around you through simple mindfulness exercises. Ornitherapy Explorations, which accompany the gentle guided walk, will help you enhance your identification skills and deepen your experience with birds, amplifying the benefits they provide to your overall wellness. To make the most of your experience, consider adding an Ornitherapy Journal.
During the program, you will combine bird watching with meditative practice. Your guide will start with a discussion about the Drala Mountain Center land, ecology, and how birds interact with each other, followed by a mindful bird-watching activity designed for beginner birders. You will learn essential bird identification tips and techniques, including how to use binoculars, guides, and apps. The experience will conclude with a discussion about birds’ lives and habitats, followed by an exercise of self-reflection. Binoculars will be provided to participants.
Approximately 2.5 hours in duration.
Participants will meet at the Guest Services Cabin. After entering the main gate, just past the stop sign across from the main parking area, you’ll see the Guest Services Cabin on the right. Please park in the main lot (to your left, across from Guest Services) and walk to Guest Services.
Extend Your Experience:
Consider joining us for a healthy lunch (by donation) or stay overnight to enjoy the sacred land of DMC for a bit longer!
“Seeing Through Native Eyes: Understanding the Language of Nature” by Jon Young, John Gallagher and Walker Korby
Barbara has over thirty years of experience teaching outdoor education. As a professor of Ornithology in the Natural Resources Department at Front Range Community College and a graduate of the Kamana Wilderness Awareness Native Ways of Knowing Program, Barb has intertwined her natural science background with native philosophy.