INDIAN RIVER COUNTY - The Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach has several September events scheduled that are designed for healing, relaxing, and renewal.
First up is Full Moon Forest Therapy on Mon., Sept. 20, 8-10 p.m. This moonlight walk costs $20, or $18 for ELC members.
This slow-paced, easy walk will help you unwind and tap into all of your senses for a truly immersive nature experience. The ELC promises the opportunity to “unplug, discover the beauty that surrounds you, and reconnect to the natural flow of life.”
According to the ELC, “Forest therapy refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness, stemming from the idea that it is beneficial to spend time in the atmosphere of the forest.”
The ELC’s Association of Nature and Forest Therapy-certified guide will demonstrate how to listen to and work in partnership with the forest, in a way that is crafted to help participants slow down and open senses.
For more information or to register, visit www.discoverelc.org/post/full-moon-forest-therapy-for-the-treasure-coast-1.
Next up is the Artist Series Open House on Wed., Sept. 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A $5 donation is requested. Also on Sept. 22 is the Discovery Station Immersive Flooring Renovation Unveiling. Meet the artist and her team from Unicorn Epoxy who transformed the ELC space into something truly unique.
The open house and outdoor cocktail reception will celebrate ELC’s September and October resident artists Iris Peters, Alma Arizpe, Maureen Fitzpatrick, and Ron Anderson.
Enjoy two galleries featuring nature art, along with live music from Michael O'Brien. The displayed art aligns with the ELC mission to educate, inspire and empower people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.
The ELC welcomes inquiries from Indian River County artists who would like their work featured on the ELC campus. All creative mediums are welcome, as are both temporary and permanent displays. If interested, send an email to art@DiscoverELC.org. For more information about the artists series, visit www.discoverelc.org/artist-series.
On Sat., Sept. 25, from 1-2:30 p.m., the ELC presents Be Restored: The Difference between Achieving and Actualizing in Nature. This free workshop will help you move from an achievement-based agenda to “an actualizing presence that establishes a healing and transformative relationship with the natural world that you can access anytime, anywhere.”
According to the ELC, there is a certain way of being in nature that unlocks both its secrets and your own mysteries. The Be Restored workshop will help you learn the exact steps to making a real connection with the vitality of the natural world. Participants will learn the benefits of cultivating a deep, abiding nature connection, with a simple practice you can use to access those benefits anytime.
For more information about the Be Restored workshop, visit www.discoverelc.org/post/wellness-in-the-wild-at-the-elc.
The final event for September is a Walking Meditation on Sun., Sept. 26, from 11 a.m.-noon. On the fourth Sunday of every month, ELC instructor Elise guides participants through a relaxing meditation practice in the butterfly garden.
According to the ELC, “Walking meditation is a 'meditation in motion,' great for beginners. It's a practice that is all about being aware of our bodies as we move and being present. If our daily lives are about 'going to' or 'coming from' a walking meditation is simply about being here, happy to be alive. We'll attune to nature through our five senses in the embrace of the Butterfly Garden.”
Pre-registration for the walking meditation is required by Sept. 25. For more information or to register, visit www.discoverelc.org/post/butterfly-garden-walking-meditation-vero-beach-fl.
The Environmental Learning Center is located at 255 Live Oak Dr., Vero Beach, on the western base of the Wabasso Bridge on the 510 Causeway. For more information, call (772) 589-5050, email info@discoverELC.org, or visit www.discoverelc.org/calendar.