Summer Presence

Ask the Experts by Jennifer Raybaud

Q: I love summer but feel I’m too distracted to make the most of it. Are there things I can do to enjoy the upcoming season even more?”

A: Yes! There are many wonderful things you can do to slow down and take advantage of the season fast approaching. One way is through learning more about how things like mindfulness – intentionally practicing how to better “zone in” at a time when so many of us are “zoned out” – can make even the most seemingly mundane things or experiences this season, come to life. In fact, I’m thrilled to share some great opportunities, right down the road.

The Serendipitous Soul, in partnership with Detroit Abloom, and generously funded by the Healthier Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods Coalition are delighted to bring you a summer FILLED with ways to connect with nature to nurture your mind. From June – September (the third Monday of each month from 7-8:15 PM) we’ll be offering FREE community workshops in the newly erected pavilion amidst the serenity of one of “Detroit Abloom’s” flower gardens located in the Jefferson/Chalmers area.

Topics Include-

  • June – Mindfulness 101 – Engaging Life More Fully
  • July – Summer Savor – Being Present to Enjoy Nature’s Present
  • August – Seeking the Stillness – Beginning Meditation
  • September – Letting Go – Using Nature As Our Life Guide

We are THRILLED to bring our businesses to the community in a meaningful way this summer, hopefully enhancing yours through our “Flower Power” – Harnessing Nature to Nurture the Mind series. All are welcome! For more information or to RSVP for the month(s) you wish to attend, simply use the e-mail address provided below.

Jennifer Raybaud owns “The Serendipitous Soul” where at her studio in St. Clair Shores or throughout Metro Detroit she shares “life skill classes and workshops” designed to help people live more contented and joyful lives. Raybaud can be reached at through her website or via her business page on Facebook. She is a member of The Family Center’s Association of Professionals

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