The Mindfulness Bay Walk has been developed in Corio as part of a broader project called 'Knowing your Place 3214 Active Transport Project'.
The walk has been developed in partnership with VCAL students from Nelson Bay College Geelong and the City of Greater Geelong. The walk is designed to not only take in the beautiful bay environment but to bring you into the moment by practicing Mindfulness techniques along the way.
The walk begins at the Corio Bay Sailing Club Limeburners Bay and is a 3 km loop towards Viva Energy and back. Limeburners Bay is a special spot that lies between Hovells Creek and Corio Bay. It is home to many native plants and animals. It is a favoured feeding, roosting and resting habitat for a wide range of water and wading birds.
Along the track, six pause spots are marked and they take walkers through a mindfulness technique.
Mindfulness is about being in the moment. The techniques help you let go of your stresses, worries and problems and just let you be.
We also respect the traditional owners of the land the Wadawurrung clan with these words
'We must always remember that this land is, was and will always be the Wadawurrung Peoples traditional land.
There are now five Knowing Your Place 3214 Neighbourhood Walks that connect to the Karndoor-kapa (Wadawurrung, meaning follow the Norlane Corio Track) cycle track that surrounds the two suburbs of 3214 - Norlane and Corio.
Take 5 deep breaths. What can you See Hear Smell Touch Taste Deep belly breathing and focus on your five senses. This is a popular way to relax and bring you into the moment
Looking for Colours. This can be helpful when your mind is going in circles. Can you find something that is: Green Blue Red White Yellow What other colours can you see.
Listening for Sounds To fully in the moment we need to stop and absorb what is around us. Listen for these sounds: Birds Water People Traffic
Take a moment to be grateful and reflect on your strength. Say to yourself, I am strong like this tree because ............ Take a moment to be grateful and say to yourself, I am grateful for ......
Count your steps to the next pause spot. Shift your weight from one foot to the other and walk with awareness one step at a time and count your steps until you reach your next spot.
Congratulate yourself you have reached half way. You achieve so many things over your lifetime. Take time to acknowledge them. Now turn and walk slowly, mindfully and enjoy the walk back.