During our annual Train the Brain campaign, Palm Health Foundation staff came together for the first time in-person since the start of the pandemic for a brain-health-boosting experience at Dovecot Farm in Loxahatchee Groves. The gathering was a safe and socially distanced opportunity for staff to seek mindfulness by connecting with the natural world, together.
Led by Chief Compassion Officer Sarah Palmer, staff participated in Wopida, an ancient practice of giving thanks and connecting with all beings, including the beautiful horses, donkeys and wildlife that inhabit the farm. While participating in a drumming circle, staff observed the horses’ reactions to the music and learned about the silent connections between all living creatures. The experience ended with a relaxing crystal sound bath – each staff member having access to their own, distanced space to lie down and enjoy.
During this pandemic, foundation staff have been unable to connect and hold conversation as we usually do while passing in the hallway at the office or holding in-person meetings. Our morning at Dovecot Farm was a welcome chance to see one another and connect in a mindful, healing and safe way.