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Deep Nature Explorers


Nature Walks and Other Special Events

We each experience Nature in our own ways. While we easily know where our physical bodies are when in nature, what happens to our minds and spirits? How are our senses aroused? Do you think our interactions with nature have an impact on our day-to-day living and how we relate to ourselves, with others, and with the planet?

First Sundays Nature Walks

The intention of Deep Nature Explorers is to encourage people to delve into these questions using presencing and deep observation methods while interacting with nature. On guided three-to-six mile walks through beautiful settings in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you will be given cues to help you deepen your experience while walking. In addition, there will be a 30-minute immersion stop somewhere intriguing, where you are welcome to sit with your journals, explore with your cameras, or otherwise enjoy in your own way. On some events, we may be listening to live music being performed outdoors.

These walks will usually be on the first Sundays of each month. The location change each time so we can experience a variety of habitats, but will be within a 30-60 minute drive of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although the walks are free, they are limited to 10 participants. Advance registration is required (see form below).

Upcoming scheduled events:

A Day of Haiku on Pilot Mountain
Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina

Sunday, April 2, 1:00pm

We'll hike from the base of the mountain to the top where we'll rest to enjoy some views and practice writing haiku. After writing (sharing optional), we'll head back down the mountain. Total mileage is approximately 7 miles. Mileage could be shortened to 5 miles depending on who registers. Haiku is a fun form of writing poetry about nature. No experience is necessary. We'll just have fun with it! Although instruction will be offered, you would be pleasantly surprised how easy it can be once you are immersed in nature and among kind-hearted nature-walking companions.

Group size is limited to 12 and advance registration is required (see form below)

About Haiku


Merlefest Gathering
Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC

Saturday, April 29, 3:00pm

Merlefest is an outdoor multi-day music festival, showcasing the music of the mountains since 1988. If you're planning on attending Merlefest and would like to sit, dance and walk with other Deep Nature Explorers on Saturday, April 29, complete the registration form below. A confirmation will be sent to you with details on what to bring and where to meet.

Merlefest Saturday Lineup and Ticket Information


Deep Nature Explorers Registration Form

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