Slow Down & Enjoy Nature

Photo by Mike Schloer

Meditation in Nature

On Saturday, May 25, MWA was pleased to have joined in the Bear Run Meditation Hike; an outing hosted by the Allegheny Group of the Sierra Club. While there, we were able to share our work with like-minded individuals and take some time to slow down and enjoy the great outdoors. 

The Sierra Club is a large and influential environmental group. They strive to not only protect our air, water, and land, but also share our earth’s beauty by encouraging people to go outside. We have been fortunate enough to work alongside of the good folks of the Sierra Club and are thankful for their contributions to protecting the environment.

MWA was excited to be a part of this outing as it was in our neck of the woods – Bear Run Nature Reserve in Mill Run, PA – and we were being led by a local member and volunteer of MWA (who earned her official Outings Leader Badge at the hike). Bear Run Nature Reserve is over 5,000 acres and Bear Run is a direct tributary to the Youghiogheny River. Along our 5.7 mile hike, MWA staff and board members were able to share about the work that we do. During the lunch break we even discussed the purpose of the abandoned mine drainage treatment systems and explained how those systems functioned. There was also a short meditation break beside a creek to really engage the senses in the world around us.

Overall, it was a beautiful day to enjoy nature and celebrate why we continue to do the work that we do.

Photos by Mike Schloer & Jena Shaffer