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Ecotherapy in the Park: Guided Hike & Meditation with Krista Nelson

Welcome the start of spring with a peaceful hike and meditation!


Saturday, May 13, 2023


11:00am - 1:30pm


Mount Pleasant Mansion
3800 Mt Pleasant Dr
Philadelphia, 19121

Ecotherapist Krista Nelson will lead a guided hike and meditation to help you rekindle your love of nature with the arrival of spring. Find strength and companionship in a community of fellow nature lovers. Krista’s popular program “Nature as Lover” facilitates healing through five natural elements: fire, water, air, earth, and space.

We will hike for about 2.5 miles on the Boxer’s Trail, stopping to listen and closely observe the natural surroundings. Our journey will lead us to Randolph Creek, where we will spread out in seated positions at water’s edge, and collectively meditate accompanied by the reassuring rhythmic sounds of the flowing water. We will join in with the sound of the creek with our own spontaneous humming and whistling and in this way, show our love for the water. Krista calls this practice of listening to water and reciprocating with sound, “Creek Drinking” (not literally of course!).

This event will connect you to nature and develop your meditative practice. It will help you find your breath in tune with the creek’s flow so you can let troublesome thoughts wash away downstream.

Estimated distance: about 2.5 miles
Level: varies (see above)
Terrain: combination of flat open parkland and hilly trails

IMPORTANT: We will leave a few minutes after the scheduled start time (3 pm). Please arrive at the departure location at least 5 minutes early. We cannot guarantee that latecomers can join after the group has departed.

TICKETS: FREE RSVP in celebration of Love Your Park Week! Space is limited though so please only RSVP if you plan to attend. Donations appreciated.


  • Please dress according to weather conditions.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes, comfy clothes and bring water, a snack and, if you would find it helpful, a small meditation cushion (or towel) that you can carry with you during the hike.
  • Appropriate for adults and mature adolescents

There is plenty of free parking in the park. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car! 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS:  By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

  • This event has limited capacity. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
  • If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

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In case of inclement weather, event will be postponed to a later date.