Claire Thompson, author of two books and a ‘Mindfulness in Nature’ coach, spent a week at MoaAlm on a ‘mindfulness, yoga and hiking’ holiday a couple of years ago; she felt that the combination of a
comfortable home-stay amidst a landscape of wild nature in the Hohe Tauern National Park would provide the ideal setting to explore mindfulness.
Following her time at MoaAlm, Claire wrote a wonderful article for us about her experience. Please read on for an excerpt of what Claire wrote; a beautiful account
showing how being here in the mountains of East Tyrol can enhance one's practice of mindfulness.
Since writing the below, Claire returned to MoaAlm to teach a Mindfulness in Nature course here and we are very much looking forward to welcoming her back again in
June 2018 for another week of her insights... come and join us and in the meantime, read on for Claire's
“…Being mindful whilst sitting on my meditation cushion in the yoga studio was pretty challenging, but when our Hiking guides at MoaAlm led us on a hike through the Dofer valley on our second
day, mindfulness was inevitable.
"As we set off along the path through the dramatic canyon, I felt the bracing fresh air on my face. I listened to the crashing river. I looked up at impressive, rugged cliffs both towering above
us and plunging down below us into the valley. On top of them, trees covered in lichens subtly infused the air with the fresh scent of the pines. Small, bright pink flowers and a spongy layer of
moss grew alongside the path. Crystal clear water was continuously trickling out of the cracks of almost every rock-face around us and waterfalls higher up on the mountain side cascaded down
towards us. The clouds were casting ever-changing gigantic shadows across the landscape. “Two Golden Eagles overhead!” exclaimed Barbara. The raptors circled in the distance as the
guardians of the valley. The whole canyon was just exuding life.