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The Outdoors, Easter, and Mindful Growing

Happy Easter and Passover! Andrea Smith hosts a special spring show that focuses on the outdoors and gardening. She reads Cynthia Brian’s Easter Parade article ( that provides information on how to keep wildlife out of your garden. She then interviews Joann Calabrese with her book,

Growing Mindful, a handbook on garden and green world mindfulness practices. It contains an abundance of activities rooted in sensing the wonder and magic of nature. Growing Mindful will help you deepen your spirituality and nurture a unique practice. ( ) Andrea winds up the hour providing the health benefits of spending time in the natural world. Spending time walking among or simply looking at trees lowers blood pressure and reduces the stress-related hormones cortisol and adrenaline. She shares her own meditative experiences as a surfer, swimmer, ocean lover, and forest bather. Be mindful, Get into Garden, Happy Easter and enjoy the outdoors!

Bio Joann Calabrese

Joann Calabrese is the author of Growing Mindful – Explorations in the Garden to Deepen Your Awareness. She is a lifelong organic gardener and herbalist, as well as a skilled wellness, mindfulness, and recovery educator. Her experience includes meditation, ritual, work, qigong, and tai chi. Her passion is sharing how these intersecting practices can lead to more connectedness and healing the world through workshops and coaching. She co-creates an urban backyard sanctuary in Denver, Colorado where she lives with her dogs Luna and Millie.


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