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Take a Mindful Garden Walk at Washington Oaks State Park

On Saturday, March 9, 2014, Park Services Specialist Joe Woodbury will lead quiet walks through the gardens at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park to help participants discover ways to live in the present moment. In the hustle, bustle of everyday life it's often difficult to simply slow down, take in the moment and let all else take a backseat for a while.

Mindful Garden Walks begin with a short Japanese style tea ceremony where participants will settle their minds and calm their bodies. After the tea ceremony, Woodbury will lead guests along the botanical garden paths on a relaxing, interpretive tour. Participants will be guided in discovering how refreshing, healing and wondrous it is to fully experience the present moment.

There is no better place to let go of the cares of everyday life than within the surroundings of Washington Oaks Botanical gardens where surrounded by beautiful colors. Winter is the season when roses, camellias and azaleas come into bloom. Reflecting ponds along the footpaths add to the serenity within the garden. The song of the Yellow-rumped Warbler or call of the Grey Catbird, winter visitors to the area, may be heard.

Two walks are scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at 10:00 a.m. to noon and again at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free, however normal entrance fees to the park apply. To participate in a Mindful Garden Walk call 386-446-6783. Visit the Washington Oaks Gardens State Park website for more information.

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