• AnJenette Afridi. MA


Join AnJenette and Adi at your Private or Group WalkShop. Contact AJ today for current availability and logistics. Experience the roar of synergy with Nature, Movement, and Reflective Discourse.

NIH research shows that nature walks improve mental health. These findings reinforce the benefits of moderate-intensity physical activity on mental health and suggest green spaces boost positive psychological responses. Nature reduces inflammation and prevents many diseases by boosting immunity. The benefits of walking in nature can be felt for up to 7 hours afterwards!

Key Points by American Psychological Association 2020

  1. Spending time in nature is linked to both cognitive benefits and improvements in mood, mental health and emotional well-being.

  2. Feeling connected to nature can produce similar benefits to well-being, regardless of how much time one spends outdoors.

  3. Both green spaces and blue spaces (aquatic environments) produce well-being benefits. More remote and biodiverse spaces may be particularly helpful, though even urban parks and trees can lead to positive outcomes.

What the heck is a WalkShop?

In its simplest terms, a WalkShop can be thought of as a workshop conducted through walking in an organic and dynamic manner. Growing evidence indicates that prolonged sedentary behavior increases the risk of several chronic health conditions and all-cause mortality. Physical movement should be incentivized in any possible shape or form because it is an essential source of personal wellbeing.

The value of both using the outdoors and walking as a way to stimulate reflective thinking have been appreciated and documented in various fields for some time. There has, for example, been a long association between the practices of walking and philosophy, first recorded in writing as early as Aristotle’s (384–322 BC) Peripatetic School and the walking scholars.

The term "Peripatetic" means "of walking" or "given to walking about”. Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who became one of the most influential of all modern thinkers walked daily in the forest. Charles Darwin took daily contemplative walks in the woods to think and observe nature.

"A walk in nature walks the soul back home." | Mary Davis

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