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September 22, 9:30-11:30 am

Spaces are filling up for this special event! Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the equinox and calibrate your system for the cooler days and longer nights to come. Turn stuck energy, negative thought patterns and destructive self-talk into rich compost for the garden of the spirit. Nature is a powerful teacher and ally in this process. Learn how to tap into nature, anywhere, any time, to soothe your mind, energize your body and refresh your spirit.

The Kettles Trail, where this event will be held, gets its name from the rare and beautiful kettle bogs and lakes that make up its unique, ancient, glacial topography. This trail was very carefully constructed by hand so that no negative impact would be made on the fragile habitats located here. The Kettles Trail was officially opened to the public just 2 short years ago, on October 20, 2019, and remains a gem, visited by few. 

For everyone's safety, this event is open only to those who are fully vaccinated. Masks are optional.

Sign up early! This special event is limited to just 10 participants. 

Location: The Kettles Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire.

Click here for DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/8s4z9fyL5V2co9ix9

Light rain or shine. In case of a thunder storm, event will be rescheduled or you may receive a full refund.

Minimum age: 14. No dogs. 2 miles total. Trail difficulty: moderate.

ADVANCE SIGN UP IS REQUIRED. Registration closes Sep. 17.

There will be no set fee for this special program. Suggested donation is $65/person.

Click on Donate button below to pay through PayPal or go to Venmo.


water and small backpack (so your hands are free)

bug spray, long pants, a long sleeved shirt and long socks are recommended due to the prevalence of ticks (and mosquitos) throughout Michigan

    (the trail is well worn, and we will stick to it - but better safe than sorry)

closed toe shoes, no flip-flops, the hills here are moderate

optional: binoculars

no cushions or yoga mats; you will not need them - if we sit, it will only be for a few minutes


Kettles is part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. There may be a fine if a valid park entrance pass in not displayed inside the windshield of your vehicle.

Park Entrance Passes start at $25.00.

This pass covers 1 private vehicle and is valid for 7 days from date of purchase.

You can purchase your park pass at any of the following fee collection locations:

  • Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, Empire, MI - Year-round
  • Platte River Picnic Area Fish Cleaning Station - March to November
  • Platte River Campground Office - March to November
  • Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Entrance Station - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Dune Climb Entrance Station - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • D. H. Day Campground Office - May to October
  • Leland Boat Dock - May to September
  • North Bar Lake Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Esch Beach Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Peterson Beach Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • 669 Beach Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • 651 Beach Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
  • Maritime Museum Self-Pay Fee Canister - Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day

Automated Pay Stations are available to purchase Lakeshore Passes after hours in the following places:
Platte River Point - Year-round


Mindfulness In Nature, LLC, (filing number 221408190050) is a unique program based in Michigan that that blends forest bathing, nature interpretation and energy balancing. The cornerstone of the  program is a 1- to 2-hour guided experience carefully designed to lead you into a quantum level deeper understanding and connection with nature and the wondrous being that you are. 

Your journey will begin with the senses, allowing the sights, smells and sounds of the woods to soothe and relax the mind. Whereas the mind takes us into the past or the future, the senses automatically bring us into the present moment. Once present, we may connect with the body and become aware of the places where we carry stress and patterns that no longer serve us. We will explore some of the scientific processes fundamental to all life on Earth (such as photosynthesis, what it means to really breathe, the fabulous Fibonacci sequence of spirals, the wonderous Wood Wide Web of mycelium, ...) and how they can help us access and increase joy, creativity and sense of well-being. We will learn from Nature how to compost old, stuck energy to make way for new life. 

Each guided nature immersion is a special, in-the-moment experience designed especially for the day, the location and you. Each program builds on prior ones to take you  deeper into the mysteries and wonders of the natural world and your own wondrous gifts and life purpose. All information provided is grounded in the science behind the cycles and interconnectedness of all life. Indigenous knowledge is respectfully included to bring wisdom, humility and reverence for the Earth. In contrast to most nature programs that teach about nature, we  will be learning directly from Nature: adaptability, how trees and fungi communicate, reciprocity, interconnectedness, symbiosis, the importance of biodiversity, stewardship and the role of gratitude.

With practice, the simple, yet profound art of Mindfulness In Nature will open your heart to beauty, awe and majesty while helping you become more patient, centered, strong and flexible. To learn more about research on the results of similar programs, see the Research & Inspiration page below.


MIN is offered at several carefully selected sites in northwest Michigan:

Kettles Trail, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire

Click here for directions: 


2998-3252 W Baatz Rd, Empire, MI 49630 

Leo Creek Preserve, Suttons Bay

Click here for directions:


Custom, private programs are held at a privately owned, certified bird habitat with a private beach on Lake Michigan near Leland.


are offered occasionally through the Leelanau Conservancy.

Get the full MIN Calendar! Subscribe at the top of this website for monthly emails with public MIN program dates and locations. Or, to book a custom, private, individual or group program, send an email to 1gloriousjourney@gmail.com or call (760) 519-5025.

The Heart & Mind Behind MIN

Gloria Garrett, PhD

Mindfulness In Nature, LLC Founder & Director

Gloria Garrett, PhD founded the Mindfulness In Nature program in the summer of 2016  in La Jolla, California. She now resides in the Leelanau peninsula in Michigan where she offers private and public MIN sessions and facilitator training. Ms. Garrett's PhD is in Energy Medicine, bringing mind, body and spirit into balance with the support of nature. She also has an MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Garrett is a member of the Leelanau Wellness Collective, a Leelanau Conservancy Docent, a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation, a Certified Naturalist with the University of California, San Diego Natural Reserve System and a former professional nature photographer. 


Gloria offers public and customized private group and 1-on-1 programs for adults and youth. For further information and rates on customized, special events, please email Gloria at 1gloriousjourney@gmail.com or call (760) 519-5025. 

Please note, Ms. Garrett is not a licensed medical professional. Her program is not a substitute for medical treatment.


Mindfulness in Nature, LLC is a program founded and developed by Gloria Garrett. All MIN written materials and images are copyright protected and may not be copied, reproduced or distributed without prior written authorization.


Public Programs 

See details in Calendar & Events.

Private 1-on-1 Programs

$120/hour or

$80/hour for package of 5.

Call 760-519-5025.

Custom Youth Programs

Email 1gloriousjourney@gmail.com for details.

Custom Adult Programs

Email 1gloriousjourney@gmail.com for details.

Facilitator Training

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"Life-altering experience..." 

-Tanya Barstow, 10/05/19

"Gloria is masterful at combining important big picture science concepts with 'forest bathing' type contemplation.... along with helping folks feel that we all are learning from nature (not about it) .....while emphasizing our inter-connectedness with, and importance of all of life on this planet."

-Ann McInnis, 10/05/19

"Gloria is a master facilitator and guide with extensive knowledge of eco systems, a deep and abiding respect for the intelligence of nature, and a highly refined intuitive skill in leading people of all ages into powerful experiences of connection with the world, both within and around them. I learned not only about the plants, animals, and landscape of this unique place, but also how to tune in to the fullness of all that was present. I saw with new eyes and heard with new ears, experiencing wondrous things that I wouldn’t have otherwise noticed or paid attention to.  When it came time leave, I felt alive, refreshed, and more peaceful... (I gained) a new perspective on how to settle easily and more consistently into a grounded, peaceful, highly observant place in my daily life.  Thank you, Gloria, for helping me to see the world and my place in it with new eyes and  a fuller heart!"

-Leslie Cady, 05/06/21

"A bed of pine needles beneath our feet, a bird call on the wind, a smooth rock in the hand ... all take on more meaning and a soothing, revelatory immediacy while on a Mindfulness in Nature walk in the woods. Founder Gloria Garrett masterfully guides us into a world of the complete senses and more: we feel transported to a primal oneness with the very essence of who we are — natural beings who must communicate with, and protect, our earth and all it nourishes, including ... ourselves!" 

-Peter Jensen, St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin, and Del Mar, California, 05/24/21

"This was a truly transformational experience! I learned so much about the trees and the indigenous people. It felt so good to be present to nature. I have been here many times, but never in this way. I know so many groups I want to experience this - college students, parents, teachers, educators...! Thank you for this incredible opportunity!"

-Justine Darling, 09/02/16

"Thank you, Gloria, for the beautiful gift of your mindfulness experience this morning! I come here often to feel the energy, and there are new things that I now will notice and enjoy even more, because of you! I love Black Sage, the Lemonadeberry and the Yerba Santa! Michigan is blessed to be getting you and your gifts with Mindfulness In Nature ��🏼💜..."

-Mikaila Cameron, 12/01/19

Land Acknowledgement

Copied with permission from the Leelanau Conservancy website:

"We acknowledge the waters and lands the Leelanau Conservancy cares for and owns are located on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg—the Three Fires Confederacy of the Ojibwe, Ottawa, and Potawatomi peoples. Since time immemorial, the Anishinaabeg have lived, worked, honored, and respected these lands. We further acknowledge that the land known today as Leelanau County is comprised of lands acquired under the 1836 and 1855 treaties between the United States and the Ottawa and Chippewa Nation of Indians.

Our recognition of the full history of the land we cherish and work to protect is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those on whose ancestral lands we reside. We give thanks to the generous care with which the Anishinaabeg, and those of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, have given and continue to give to this land and our Leelanau community."

Miigwech (Thank you)


Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, by legendary biologist E.O. Wilson


How are you, really? Answering truthfully is good for you.

(From the New York Times, May 17, 2021) photo: selfie, Gloria Garrett THE FRESH START CHALLENGE Credit...Nathalie Lees Today, ask yourself “How are you, really?” Think before you…

Imagery as Mental Training

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/sports/olympics/olympians-use-imagery-as-mental-training.html?smid=url-share The power of using imagery as mental training is so awesome top…

Tectonic Truth

"Watch this billion-year journey of Earth's Tectonic Plates" video from the New York Times.…

Message from the Pink Flame

I stood in awe, staring at the scene unfolding before me. A beautiful golden sunset complete with God-rays was transforming into something even more exquisite. As the Earth…

Black crow flyingToward me                                              So low                   …


Research & Inspiration




National Institutes of Health https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5580555/

Association of Nature & Forest Therapy https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/about/science

Wall Street Journal: Is 2 Hours Outdoors the Next 10,000 Steps? https://www.wsj.com/articles/for-better-health-during-the-pandemic-is-two-hours-outdoors-the-new-10-000-steps-11613304002?mod=e2fb





Suzanne Simard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un2yBgIAxYs















The Honorable Harvest https://bioneers.org/the-honorable-harvest-robin-kimmerer-zstf0619/

Seeing Land As Sacred https://bioneers.org/robin-kimmerer-on-seeing-land-as-sacred-bioneers/

Interviewing The Vegetable Mind https://bioneers.org/natures-intelligence-interviewing-the-vegetable-mind-robin-kimmerer-and-monica-gagliano/



 Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

How To WalkYou Are HerePeace is Every Step & This Moment is Full of Wonders, Thich Nhat Hanh

Last Child in The Woods, Vitamin N, Our Wild Calling & The Nature PrincipalRichard Louv

The Nature Fix, Florence Williams

Mycelium Running, Paul Stamets

The Hidden Forest: The Biography of an Ecosystem, J Luoma

Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday 

Trees, Nancy Hugo

Stirring the Mud, Barbara Hurd

The Forest Unseen, David Haskell