Why a walking tour in nature?
John Muir, the naturalist, spent his entire life focused on his environment it seems. But his writings reveal something else.
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” When I go out for a walk, whether it is a with a small group tour, or on my own, I have this experience of merging into the greater whole, all the activities around me, birds singing, the light falling on a flower, the wind touching the sleeve of my jacket, my feet on the earth. At the same time, there is something deeply calming to be moving though the space, the experience constantly changing, invigorating and lively. It is a particular bonus on a walk tour to be accompanied by the beauty of Nature. This adds a layer to the moment of joy. To directly experience the place both outwardly and inwardly brings us into the present. What inspiration,how rejuvenating and refreshing.A guided meditation in nature. When you have settle into this experience on the walking tour, to gaze, or to create, a kind of intimate conversation starts. A painting maestro of mine in Mexico, once told me that when you do a painting of something, it is like writing a love letter to whatever you paint, touching deep within. This is an area of vast beauty. The climate here is mild, the vegetation is vast and varied. What a perfect environment to create small group tours, it is an opportunity to gift experience to yourself or for another by coming on this walking tour. It does not matter if you have painted before, each time you approach the paper, the watercolors become a new thing. The colors reflect your surroundings or perhaps be emotive. No matter, this is a safe zone to explore and discover. This is a thing to do in Santa Monica, lets pause for a moment and smell the roses together.