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Nurturing Our Roots: Nature Therapy and Mindfulness

with Molly Freiberg
Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7pm on Zoom

Do you have an early memory of a nature connection? Some have shared feeling joyous and free. Others say they've experienced curiosity and vitality. Yet most admit losing that connection over the years. In times of high stress, loneliness, despair, and endless screen time, we can connect to the natural world for restoration and wellness.


Studies show that time in nature can reduce anxiety, depression, attentional difficulties, and loneliness. It can improve creativity, memory, and the immune system while restoring an embodied sense of awe. Molly will share about present-centered, nature-based practices and how engaging in them can make positive physiological changes to our brains and benefit our mental and physical health. The talk will also cover Forest Bathing, a Japanese wellness practice that welcomes us to take in the forest atmosphere with all of our senses.

Pre-registration is required. The suggested voluntary donation is $5, though any amount is welcome. To register, just click the link below.

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Molly Freiberg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, the owner of Inhabit & Rise, her private therapy practice in Troy, NY, and RPA’s former Community Engagement Manager. She trained at the Kripalu School of Mindful Outdoor Leadership to become a certified Mindful Outdoor Guide and studied at the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia. Currently she loves offering in-person, virtual, and walk-and-talk therapy out in nature, training therapists and counselors about mindfulness in nature, supervising MSW students at SUNY Albany, and guiding Mindful Nature Walks and events throughout the area.

Earth Day Mindful Walk

In addition to her talk on March 16, Molly will be leading a special Earth Day Mindful Walk at RPA's Valentino Family Community Forest on Saturday, April 22. For details & registration, click here

Questions? Please contact Dan Morse at



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