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Stanley Park Quest: An Ecology and Forest Meditation Workshop

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The English Bay Inukshuk

1700 Beach Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6E 1V3

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Explore the Stanley Park rainforest while developing your ecological awareness and learning a meditation practice that you can use to heighten your sensory awareness while walking in nature.

On this 3-hour adventure, you will learn about the fascinating rainforest ecosystem and how to identify important trees, mushrooms and plant species in your local environment. We will also learn about what’s been coined the “Wood Wide Web”, the interconnected mycorrhizal fungi networks that link together the plants and trees in the soil and make the miracle of life on Planet Earth possible.

Fungi in the soil, of which mushrooms are reproductive fruiting bodies, play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological balance by regenerating top soils and supporting organic life. New scientific research is shining a spotlight on just how crucial fungi are to the evolution of life on Planet Earth — without them, there would be no topsoils which means no trees, plants, or human beings.

We will also learn Sensory Immersion Meditation, an open awareness meditation practice where you bring your full attention to your sensory awareness. It is easy to learn and it provides you with an ideal method for quieting the chattering of your mind so you can achieve a deeper state of relaxation and heightened awareness of the sights, smells and sounds around you.

It is a useful meditation practice for anyone who struggles with traditional sitting meditation but wants to experience the enormous benefits of quieting and refreshing your mind through meditation. It is an ideal practice if you spend a lot of time outside because it allows you to be more immersed in a state of mindful awareness while wandering in nature.

What You Will Learn:

This is what is taught on our Stanley Park Quest:

1. Rainforest ecology: Familiarize yourself with the local rainforest ecosystem by learning to identify important plants, trees, and mushrooms while gaining a new appreciation of all that the rain brings in the form of rich biodiversity.

2. Sensory immersion meditation: Learn a practice to immerse yourself in your sensory awareness of touch, smell, sight, and sound. Use the technique taught to quiet your mind and feel a deeper connection to your body and environment while walking in the forest.

3. Animism: Learn about the philosophy of Animism and the perspective of seeing yourself as an integral part of nature. Reconnect to nature by understanding how ecosystems create healthy soils, clean air, and fresh water for us to enjoy.

Our mission is to help people rediscover their place in nature and feel a deeper sense of awe and wonder while exploring in our local rainforests.

This will be our last adventure before we leave for Thailand at the end of the month. We will be doing adventures on the island of Koh Phangan and a nature immersion retreat there in March.

Our next Stanley Park adventures won't be until July so you won't want to miss this one.

You can find out more about our philosophy and adventures on our website: https://www.animist.eco/
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