As we usher in the new season, we're thinking about all of the ways that nature supports our mental well-being. Studies have shown that our moods are deeply affected by the amount of sunlight we receive while playing in the dirt is known to boost our immune system. There's even evidence that spending time in the woods or forest bathing reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. After a truly important season of rest and introspection, and as we near the spring equinox, we begin to feel anxious, and often crave warmth, light, color, and that exciting feeling of renewal.
Though the season of flowers and sunshine still feels so far away, the vernal equinox happens on Monday, March 20, at 5:24 pm, EDT, marking the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. With the return of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 am, we'll be poised to allow ourselves to once again begin to dream about the upcoming seasons of abundance.
So as the winter turns bitter for a short time this weekend and into the next week, visit us at the Learning Center Barn to celebrate the women of the world. We'll have some fun hands-on activities, both inside and out, and a little something to keep your belly warm and your spirits lifted. The light has returned, and we can't wait to get outside with you!