Mt. Gilead Friends Retreat

3355 N. Mt. Gilead Rd., Bloomington, IN 47408 - (please send email to request phone number)

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Workshop: "Mindfulness in Nature"

The practice of mindfulness can aid us in developing awareness, clarity and compassion, and one of the best teachers of this practice is nature. The richness of the natural world is open to us when we are able to calm the chatter in our minds and the distractions of living in an over-stimulated world.  This workshop will give us an opportunity to practice mindfulness together in the wooded hills of Mt. Gilead Friends Retreat.  We will combine meditative walking and exploring, silent observation, journal writing, and conversation to explore our experiences.


Join us at Mt. Gilead Friends Retreat:

  • To unplug from the busyness of our daily lives
  • To take time to observe the details of nature’s beauty
  • To reconnect with ourselves through intentional awareness 


Leslie Bishop has been studying mindfulness practice through the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh for eight years. Since her retirement from Earlham College as a biology professor, she has committed herself to connecting people to nature through outdoor education and writing. In addition, she has been trained as a group facilitator through the Conscious Feminine Leadership Training through Women Writing for a Change.


Please dress appropriately for the weather; we will be outside rain or shine. Bring a small notebook or journal, and drinking water.

Earlier Event: May 7
Maypole Celebration - CANCELLED
Later Event: June 6
Nature Day Camp