Birding and Nature Meditation at Central Park

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Birding and Nature Meditation at Central Park
with Lin Gordon and Stephen Roylance
Saturday, June 15th, 2019 | 8:15am-10:30am

Bird in the Pepper Tree
Don’t mind my inexplicable delight
in knowing your name,
little Wilson’s Warbler
yellow as a lemon, with a smooth, black cap…
Just do what you do and don’t worry, dipping
branch by branch down to the fountain…
A name is not a leash.
~ Mary Oliver
Do you know there are approximately 230 different species of birds can be found in Central Park? Some are here year round and some stop by during the spring and fall migration season.

Join nature meditation teacher, Lin Gordon, and science teacher, Stephen Roylance, in taking an early morning walk through Central Park, where we will listen to the sounds within and without.

No prior meditation or birding experience needed.

Where: Meet at 72nd St and Central Park West entrance
Public Transportation: 72nd St station, 1, 2, 3, B or C by Subway
Bring: Binocular, Water, Organic bug/tick repellent, Wear, Comfortable clothing, Hat, Sunscreen, Sunglasses

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Lin Wang Gordon

Lin has studied insight meditation under the guidance of Jonathan Foust and Mark Coleman in the past decade. In stillness and silence, she discovers the transformative power of mindfulness practices to help live a life of flow, joy, grace and gratitude.

In the last few years, Lin was particularly moved by the power of nature meditation to connect with a deep sense of well-being, love, wonder, resilience, and interconnection with all beings. Our human-centric worldview dissolves, and we realize we are but a small part of a greater intelligence. Lin was inspired to share nature meditation as a doorway for personal transformation as well as a form of environmental activism.

She graduated from Mark Coleman’s Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Teacher Training in 2017 and has taught at New York Insight Meditation Center and around the country. She is enrolled in the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leaders Program (CDL6).

Stephen Roylance

Stephen Roylance has been birding since he was 10 and has since birded in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Alaska, and Newfoundland. He has witnessed birding migration patterns changing due to global warming. He first confronted the tragic relationship between birds and the destruction of the environment with the extinction of the Dusky Seaside Sparrow in 1987. Since then, he’s seen a decline of too many bird species. His personal experience in seeing this decline has led him to get in touch with the very real grief we all experience when we understand what global warming means for our planet. This grief, he believes, is the touchstone to action, but only if we allow ourselves to access it.

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