Take a Meditation Walk


Daily stressors often engage us in the internal chatter of our thoughts. Being in the moment by connecting fully with the outside world brings you back to the simple joy of being. Walk with sensory awareness, and enter the bliss of living now.

  • Begin with a comfortable stride.
  • Breathe deeply, observing the sensation of your breath flowing through your nostrils.
  • Focus on the soles of your feet meeting the ground, noticing pressure changes as you stride.
  • Observe the air’s texture and temperature against your body, savoring its scents and taste.
  • Hear the surrounding noises, letting sound waves roll up against your ears and detecting sounds of humanity and of nature in general.
  • Discern the chirping of birds, the buzzing of insects, and the rustling of leaves, and soak up the energy of life around you.
  • Allow sights to touch your eyes, absorbing colors, shadows, and variations of light and keeping your gaze soft and gentle.
  • Continue to explore your senses with every step.
  • As you finish, relish your oneness with the pulse of life.

(From The Walking Deck by Shirley Archer)

Active Living Halloween Walk is October 24

Halloween Walk

Take a walk with the Pedestrian committee of the Active Living Board to see Halloween decorations in Decatur neighborhoods.

Walkers will receive free Halloween necklaces and glow wear to “Be Bright and Be Seen.” Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Meet in the parking lot of the First Christian Church and be ready to walk at 7:30 pm. All ages are welcome.

For more information click here.


When: November 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Refuge Coffee (4170 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Clarkston, GA 30021)

From-Clarkston-to-Decatur2x-e1568233427154Walk for a cause! Now in its seventh year, the Global Village Welcome Walk, presented by Ameris Bank, is a chance for community members to walk alongside Global Village Project (GVP) students, parents, staff, and volunteers to support refugee girls’ education. The 4.8 mile walk along the PATH Trail will begin at Refuge Coffee and finish at Global Village Project, a school located in Decatur Presbyterian Church (205 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030). Afterwards, join us for festivities at the Finish Line Celebration, featuring face painting, the Big Burgers and Wings food truck, school tours, a performance by the GVP Chorus, and more!

Welcome Walk Promo PhotoThis year GVP aims is to bring together 300 walk participants for their largest walk yet. Every dollar raised makes it possible for GVP to provide life-changing opportunities to young refugee women who have survived persecution, war, and violence. GVP relies on individual donations so that their students can attend free of charge. Show your support by registering today!

Cost: $25; $15 with student discount. All participants will receive a t-shirt. To register or donate please visit: http://bit.ly/RegistrationWW19

Global Village Project is a nonprofit, accredited special purpose school that prepares refugee girls with interrupted schooling and limited English to excel in high school and fulfill their dreams.


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For More Information Contact:

Erin Alred



TODAY – National Senior Health & Fitness Day. Celebrate with us as we “Live and Thrive with Exercise”!

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Active Adult Newsletter – April 2019. Celebrate Spring with Decatur Active Living.

Active Adult Newsletter April 2019

Join us for National Walking Day on April 3


Move It Monday: Do a Monday Mile

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From our friends at MoveItMonday:

Walk For Heart Health
February is American Heart Month and we’re highlighting some of the positive impacts physical activity can have on your heart. Being more active can offer many benefits to your health. It can help reduce stress, build muscles, and increase your endurance. It can also boost your heart health! Walking is something many of us do every day, several times a day. When it’s done for more than 30 minutes a day, it can be a great exercise for people at almost any level of fitness. It’s the first Monday of American Heart Month, so find some time to walk today!

Walking Can Be a Perfect Low-Impact Activity
Some people are a bit daunted by the idea of exercise or may not feel like they’re in the condition to take on something physically demanding. But walking can be an ideal low-impact activity for people who are just starting a fitness routine, coming back after a medical recovery or even pursuing something more challenging. Thirty minutes of brisk walking every day can add up to the recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity you get every week, even if that 30 minutes is broken up into 10- or 15-minute walks.

According to the American Heart Association, a daily walking routine can benefit your cardiovascular system by reducing your risk for several conditions such as heart disease and stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes (as well as osteoporosis and breast and colon cancer). If the physical rewards weren’t enough, walking also burns calories, keeps your muscles strong, and reduces stress. And all you have to do is walk!

Start Monday and Keep Moving
If you can devote 30 minutes to walking a Monday Mile during your day, that’s great! But there are many ways to incorporate more walking into your daily routine that can be done throughout the day. If you have a dog, take him or her for a walk instead of staying in the backyard. If you drive a car, park farther away from your destination and walk the rest of the way. Taking stairs instead of an elevator is another way to squeeze in a few steps; it also provides an added challenge and changes up your terrain. You can even take a walk around your office and hold “walk-and-talk” meetings.

This Monday, get walking for a healthier heart! Seek ways to keep it up all week, and let each Monday be a reminder to stay on track.

The February Newsletter is here. Don’t miss out on a jam-packed month.

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Global Village Welcome Walk is Saturday, November 3

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Global Village Project (GVP) hosts its sixth annual Welcome Walk on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Previously called the Connecting Communities Walk, this is a 4.8 mile walk along the PATH Trail from Clarkston, where most refugees start their new lives in Georgia, and Decatur, where our school is located.

The walk starts at the Clarkston International Bible Church at 3895 Church Street at 10 a.m. and finishes at Decatur Presbyterian Church, 205 Sycamore Street, Decatur. All community members are invited to walk with GVP’s parents, students, staff, and volunteers to support refugee girls’ education.
The registration fee for students is $15 and $25 for everyone else. All participants will receive a t-shirt. All funds raised will support the Global Village Project. To register to walk or to donate please visit: bit.ly/welcomewalk2018
Every dollar we raise by walking helps provide life-changing educational opportunity to young refugee women at GVP. Our Welcome Walk is growing. Last year, we hosted over 200 participants. This year, with your help, we hope to bring together 300 walk participants and hold our largest event to date!

For More Information Contact:
Erin Alred erinalred@globalvillageproject.org http://www.globalvillageproject.org 404.371.0107

Halloween Walk is Thursday, October 25

Join Decatur Active Living for a Halloween Walk this Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 pm.

Update: Unless it is raining at 7:15 pm, the walk will still happen! Don’t let the threat of a few raindrops scare you off!

The walk will be led by members of the Active Living Pedestrian Committee and visit decorated homes in Decatur neighborhoods. All ages are welcome. Participants will receive glow sticks and necklaces so they can “Be Safe and Be Seen!” Feel free to wear your costume!

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