As the lead teacher at Nature Meditations, I am exploring the intersection of art and mindfulness as a way to develop a deep connection and appreciation for the natural world. I have designed and led public programs about ecology, conservation, nature photography, and nature-based mindfulness practices for over 20 years with the National Park Service, California Academy of Sciences, and major meditation centers across the United States. In 2018, I decided to undertake further personal training with the intention of designing new experiences for people to connect deeply with nature through the combination of mindfulness and photography. My underlying mission is to share these wonderful experiences that enhance one’s quality of life while helping people to develop their own understanding and appreciation for this intersection of experiences. Read on to see how I approach each of these components of my programs as well as to read about some of the past projects this set of interests has inspired.
~ Gary Sharlow