The Trail Dames 2020 Summit!

June 26-28, 2020- Western Carolina University

Name:  Valerie Radu

Trail Name:  Woman Who Walks in Water

Where Do You Live:  Chattanooga, Tenn.

What is the Title of Your Session and What Can We Expect?  
      ROOTS OF RESILIENCE- The session is a nature-based experience is designed specifically for supporting participants in experiencing balance and personal reflection in nature.
      Research has found that mindfulness practices increase connectivity in the brain to reduce reactivity to stressful situations and enhance thoughtful response.  This ecotherapy experience will introduce participants to the practices of centering, tree meditation, sit spot practice and a medicine walk.
     This multi-sensory nature connection experiences includes scientific nature awareness and sensory awareness, to not only revitalize our physical health, but also open our perceptions to the dynamic life force around us, deeply connecting us with trees and the natural world as an ongoing resource of energy and grounding.

What is Your Favorite Thing About Being Outdoors?  Trees!  I LOVE trees for their wisdom, maternal strength and protection.

Do You Have a Favorite Trail or Adventure?  Lookout Mountain --- any trail is beautiful and it's easy to access from downtown.

What is your Never-Leave-Home-Without-It Piece of Gear?  My camera and my portable backpacking chair

What Advice Would You Give to a Woman Who is New to Hiking and Backpacking?   Mother Nature offers us so many gifts -- all we have to do is to be still, notice what's around us, and use all of our senses to become reconnected to ourselves -- from there we can explore further!

Anything Else You Would Like to Add?   As a clinical social worker/ecotherapist I am grateful to have a way to combine my clinical knowledge/expertise with the healing qualities of the natural world -- my own personal journey to here would not have been possible without support from Mother Nature along the way.

Please Share Your Social Media Links So We Can Follow You!! 

 INSTAGRAM:  valerie_radu  


  We are so looking forward to seeing you there!!! 
You can find more information here!!!

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