What is Mindfulness Meditation or Walking Meditation?
When you participate in a Walk With Ronna program you are taught tools to help you slow down and become present. Ronna teaches walking meditation based on Mindfulness meditation and iRest Yoga Nidra techniques. You are taught to breath, and pay attention to where you step and your senses all the while walking slowly. People who can’t sit and meditate can find peace with this type of practice. Walking mediation programs are delivered in beautiful natural settings near Banff and Canmore located in the breath taking Rocky Mountains. People who have never meditated before often say they feel very peaceful and calm after trying these gentle practices.
What is Eco Yoga?
Eco Yoga is like an outdoor spa treatment for the Soul. It combines hiking, meditation and yoga in an inspiring Rocky Mountain landscape so you can rediscover your mountain of calm. It’s ideal for yoga practitioners who want to take their practice off the mat and into the mountains.
Why did Ronna start these unique programs?
Because it’s time! People’s lives are going too fast and they have forgotten how to relax and be peaceful, they yearn to slow down and find inner peace.
Within the yoga community, there are many people attending classes who would like to take their yoga off the mat into the outdoors. Many seek to have a deeper, more profound experience in nature but don’t know how; they are afraid of bears, and they don’t know where to go in Banff that is quiet enough so they can go deeper into their contemplative practice.
After years of guiding, practicing yoga, and meditating Ronna has found several practices that cultivate a sense of peace and deep connection to Self and nature. These form the basis of her EcoYoga and Retreats.
People started coming to her asking for nature prescriptions but didn’t want yoga. They were in transition, their lives got away from them and they needed to take the reins back. Through meditative practices, journaling and coaching conversations they were able to feel a deep sense of themselves and knew what they needed to do next.
Knowing how life is so fast paced now Ronna thought there must be more people who could benefit from these types of programs.
Where do you go?
For half day programs we use quiet trails near Banff and Canmore. For full day programs we go to secret locations at Sunshine Meadows and another one in Larch Valley- it is truly amazing up there! We also offer regular guided hikes in Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, and Spray Lake Provincial Park.
What should I wear?
For the half day and full day programs, weather is variable so please come prepared for hiking:
- have a day pack and dress in layers
- wear good hiking shoes
- bring a fleece, rain jacket and pants
- consider bringing a winter hat and gloves (yes even in summer)
- pack a sun hat and sunscreen
- bring snacks, and water
What if it’s cold the day I book?
Out here we say there is no such thing as bad weather…just bad gear! We go rain or shine, accepting what is- is an important part of practicing Mindfulness. Therefore, if it’s cold we still go out, Ronna will put more focus on walking meditation as a doorway into being present. For EcoYoga programs we do fewer yoga poses and they are more meditative but not a whole practice as that would be hard on the body. We find the weather brings a beautiful element but the key is being dressed for it.
Remember it is the Rocky mountains, weather here changes every 5 min so please be willing to go with the flow. Eco Yoga and Mindful Walks are about being present, in any weather.
What if it’s raining or snowing for the program?
See above, dress for the weather. For half day EcoYoga programs we rent a yoga studio for the yoga portion.
Can I bring my yoga mat for eco-yoga programs?
The environment is very fragile in the Rockies so we have chosen specific sites as to not damage vegetation. For the full day and half day programs, we want your feet and hands to touch the earth, to get dusty and to feel what is below. Therefore, don’t bring a mat, the earth will support you. Remember, when practicing yoga outside, it’s not a controlled place so please be open to the wind, and sun as part of your practice…this IS the practice.