Hi, my name is Letitia and I have just started this Mindfulness Meditation course from my home on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Although I have been on an intentional spiritual path for many years, the idea of teaching meditation is a new one for me, and I am using this course partly to create a more committed meditation practice for myself before embarking on teaching others. During the COVID-19 times of restricted movement, I have spent a LOT of time walking, hiking, exploring the forests and beaches here on Vashon - sometimes on my own, but also very frequently with one of my "pod" friends. Building on a deep love of nature, this time in the outdoors has helped me see/experience nature's healing power and so I'm hoping to combine studies in nature therapy with walking meditation. This is quite different from my professional life which is currently on hold after a COVID layoff. Hopefully I'll soon be back doing public and global health evaluations. I'm happy to have chosen to embark on this course and see it as a perfect next step in my own development.