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Since 1990, we’ve worked to increase appreciation and stewardship of Sonoma Valley’s natural heritage and create measurable benefits in areas of land, water, climate change and biodiversity.
Come see The Great American Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21 between 8 a.m and noon at Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf Ridge State park. The observatory will be using its solar telescope and offering eclipse glasses as 80 percent of the sun becomes obscured (from our latitude).
RFO also notes that people unable to make it up the mountain to Sugarloaf can visit RFO astronomers at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, or watch the eclipse live from Courthouse Square via the RFO Twitter feed, https://twitter.com/RFOastronomy. The event will also be broadcast live on KSRO, 530 AM and 105.3 FM.
Help us keep our trails clear of brush and free of mud and rocks and assiste with construction and maintenance projects such as painting and building repair. Meet at the White Barn at 9:00. Tools provided, no experience needed. And lunch included!
Volunteers like you make the difference at Sugarloaf.
To RSVP and if you have questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on Saturdays for our seasonal Harvest Market! Veggies and fruits come straight from our garden, and we also have amazing eggs, local olive oil, lavender and beautiful bouquets of flowers. Do your shopping and then enjoy a stroll around the Park!
Have you heard about Shinrin Yoku or “Forest bathing”? Here is an opportunity to take a walk, and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress reducing qualities, of this walking practice. Led by certified ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) practitioners.
Shinrin yoku translates as “forest bathing” or Forest Therapy, (an immersion in the beneficial influences of nature), and is a practice that originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States as well as internationally for it’s documented Health benefits. This practice takes “a walk in the woods” to another level. A very centering and calming restorative practice, promoting balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications.
Check the links below for more information about the practice and in specific it’s restorative support for emotional calm, meditation, balance, blood pressure, cardio, cholesterol, sleep/anxiety, and stress reduction.
Come experience what all the interest is about. Sugarloaf State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its Parks RX program. The last Saturday of each month 9:30 to 12:30 May through November.
“I was learning to slow down and use all my senses to take in nature. After the walk, I noticed a feeling of peace and well-being.”
For tickets or more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2914032
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