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Trails and Vistas Art In Nature Hikes, 2017

Published by Christina on August 21, 2017, in General, Recent Projects, Uncategorized

Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10 at Galena Creek Park

Check “out” of technology and “in” to nature this Sept. 9th and 10th for Trails and Vistas. If you haven’t already, click the link below and reserve your hike time for this unique and unforgettable experience. Taking place in Reno’s backyard, Galena will provide a beautiful backdrop for the 2017 event.

Hiking with children? Sign-up for a playful family hike. Interested in quiet mindfulness? Book a meditative hike. Looking to explore at a slower speed? The leisure hike offers a generous pace for those that like to take it easy.

Trails and Vistas 2017 is featuring music, dance, poetry and ephemeral sculptures at 10 art-in-nature sites along a beautiful creek trail, near Mount Rosewilderness only 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe/Incline Village. http://www.trailsandvistas.org.

What is your Heart Stone?

Published by Christina on September 17, 2013, in Career Advice, Case Studies, Recent Projects

What is your heart stone?

For the past seven years I have had the absolute pleasure of attending a very special event, Trails & Vistas. As an experienced marketer, I still have difficulty explaining the event. Those of you that have attended Trails & Vistas often say the same when you leave the trail, all you know is that you are encouraged to “let go” of daily life and “check-in” to nature.

This year’s journey included a special devotion to heart stones. Every attendee was invited to open a vessel, look at the heart shaped stone inside that’s settled in the sand. Then everyone looked even further as each heart had a very small colored stone inside. We were asked to remember the color of this tiny stone, close our eyes and hold the heart stone close to our own heart.

We all received different colors and for different reasons, none of which I can explain. As we closed our eyes and held our individual stone to our heart, the definition of the color of the stone was read aloud – the silence was deafening.

Purple means protection and purification, blue means mood uplifting, orange means courage and vitality, yellow means optimism, green means prosperity, pink means love and gentleness. As the colors continued to be read, I was surrounded by tears, smiles and a whirlwind of emotion. When my color was read aloud, I immediately knew it WAS the right stone for me and I’m confident I wasn’t alone.

As we proceeded, I was excited and exhilarated and I couldn’t wait to share the color of my stone to my husband. When we shared our different colors and their individual meaning, they each made perfect sense in our life as it is today.

I wouldn’t say it changed me or even made me a different person, quite honestly, it was the contrary. The experience reminded me of exactly who I am, and I intend to stay like this.

Please remember, all well-intended efforts start from the heart… so why not allow them to end with your heart as well?

edited by: Maura Connor