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Nature as Teacher

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture and Nature Sacred invite you to join us for our Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park-inspired Nature as Teacher program.

Nature as Teacher is a mindfulness program that aims to deepen one’s well-being and connection to the beauty and wisdom the natural world. Focusing on the three principles of mindfulness— awareness, non-judgment, and peacefulness— these meditations intend to help you ground yourself with gratitude and set practical goals in order to calm any worries that may arise in uncertain times.   

An image of trees with green leaves. Text overlaid on the image reads, "Nature as Teacher: Inner awareness , nonjudgment, peace
An image of trees with green leaves. Text overlaid on the image reads, “Nature as Teacher: Inner awareness , nonjudgment, peace

Presented as both an audio and video series, each meditation is kindly narrated by UMBC’s Director of Workplace Learning, OD, and Wellness and Founder & CEO of Wardell Development Group LLC., Jill Wardell, and supported by the Joseph Beuys Tree Partnership with a generous gift from Nature Sacred. Our video meditation series— released throughout summer 2021 as “Curated Picks” in Nature Sacred’s newsletter— features Research Associate Professor, Director of UMBC’s Imaging Research Center (@ircumbc) and award-winning filmmaker Lee Boot’s captivating nature footage.

To listen to the audio meditation series, click here.

To watch the video meditation series and learn more about Lee Boot, click here.

30 Nature-Based Practices for Deepening Well-Being

An image of the cover of Jill Wardell's Nature as Teacher guide to "30 Nature-Based Practices for Deepening Well-Being"
An image of the cover of Jill Wardell’s Nature as Teacher guide to “30 Nature-Based Practices for Deepening Well-Being”

For more Nature as Teacher practices, read “Nature as Teacher: Cultivating Mindfulness in the Natural World, 30 Nature-Based Practices for Deepening Well-Being” at the link below or feel free to download the PDF file to your device or for print:

Nature as Teacher guide to 30 Nature-Based Practices for Deepening Well-Being

About the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture produces diverse programming for the Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park. Programs offered in the park include an ongoing series of workshops for metro area K-12 students, UMBC student activities and classes, UMBC Wellness initiatives, community restorative yoga, site-specific visual art installations, and live music and dance performances. Through the generous support of Nature Sacred, the initial funder of the park, and UMBC, CADVC presents these programs free and open to the public.

Joseph Beuys Sculpture Park is on the south side of the UMBC campus between the RAC and Hilltop Circle. To learn more about the park, visit cadvc.umbc.edu/joseph-beuys-sculpture-park.