Along with sharing reflections, this blog also serves the purpose of providing a platform to describe what we are offering to the community. Thus, we announce our
Monthly Outdoor Reflection Series
In this series, we will offer supportive facilitation to assist with grounding and centering in several beautiful natural settings. This will involve periods of movement (walking and/or gentle grounding exercises), periods of quiet reflection and/or exploration, and periods of optional sharing and reflecting with one another.
You are welcome to come to all 4 meetings in the series or just 1; we encourage you to do what feels right and manageable to you.
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” -John Muir
Monthly Reflection Meetings for 2017:
Monday, September 18, 2017, 6 – 8pm: Beginning the week with intention
Description: We will meet at the beautiful 120-acre Scioto Audubon Metro Park and together slowly unwind from the day through grounding and centering exercises, reconnect with our natural landscape surrounding and within us, and notice what natural intentions emerge.
Sunday, October 22, 2017, 3 – 5pm: Autumn Reflection
Description: Amid colorful fall foliage, shale bluff, ravines, and tributary streams of Highbanks Metro Park, we will invite you to explore and ground in your own internal autumn – noticing and embodying our own processes of releasing and letting go.
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3 – 5pm: Gratitude & Renewal
Description: This will be a time in which we will welcome the creation of a restorative space together at Batelle Darby Creek Metro Park, facilitating an opportunity to more deeply connect with that which we carry within our bodies and spirits that resource us with vitality, strength, and peace.
Thursday, December 21, 2017, 6 – 8pm: Winter Solstice candlelight celebration
Description: This celebration of light and darkness, both within and surrounding us, will take place in the outdoor courtyard at 1550 Old Henderson Road, followed by shared reflection, nourishment, and tea in the warmth of the indoors.
If you register for one meeting at a time, the cost is $50 each.
If you register for two meetings at a time, the cost is a total of $80.
If you register for all four meetings at a time, the cost is a total of $150.
To reserve your space or if you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Olate at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-390-6482. All of our activities will happen rain, shine, or snow. We will notify you if we cancel for potentially dangerous conditions such as torrential downpours, lightning or snowstorms. Please dress in ways that feel comfortable and warm/dry for you.
Elizabeth Olate, MA, MSW, LISW-S, is a nature-lover, mother, and psychotherapist. In her private practice, she specializes primarily in working with adults and adolescents on issues related to trauma, anxiety, and depression. Elizabeth has taught classes at The Ohio State University at the undergraduate and graduate levels, she has led clinical training workshops as well as intensive therapeutic retreats, facilitated therapeutic groups (in indoor and outdoor settings), and she has engaged in clinical work with individuals and families since 2004.
In addition to her therapeutic work, Elizabeth has always been an explorer and lover of the wild outdoors. She is certified in Wilderness First Aid and engages in backpacking, hiking, and camping outings locally and throughout the United States. In addition, she completed a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course in wilderness expedition leadership and guidance. Elizabeth combines her knowledge of gestalt and somatic therapeutic practices with her reverence for and connection with the natural world, drawing on nature as a resource for enhancing self-awareness, connection, and awakening.
When Elizabeth is not at work in her private practice or out in the wild, she enjoys the presence of her family and friends, and trying out culinary “experiments”.
Russell Gantzer, BA, has a degree in painting and drawing and has been trained as a musician, carpenter, baker, landscape and floral designer, and in plant identification and taxonomy. He has also practiced therapeutic work while teaching at a behavioral school and summer program camp in Cleveland focusing on regulating emotions, conflict resolution, and social justice as well as transitioning the students into vocational opportunities.
Russell is an avid hiker who enjoys long distance hikes as well as exploratory nature hikes allowing him to experience the macro and micro of natural environments. Born and raised in the foothills of West Virginia, the outdoors has always played an important part in his life. Russell’s relationship with the natural world has instilled in him a passion for land and water conservation, provided a source of personal and artistic inspiration, and has served as an aid in fostering a greater appreciation and connection with himself and others.
Russell spends his time exploring the many State Nature Preserves in Ohio. He has also ventured through much of the coastal Redwood forests of California, the rocky terrains of Utah, and the swamplands of Florida. He is the process of planning many trips throughout other areas of the U.S and abroad.