Meditate, paddle at Sycamore Landing

Meditate, paddle at Sycamore Landing

In addition to the pollinator garden at Sycamore Landing, 100 New River Road in Lincoln, the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone have been working to create a peaceful, tranquil place for people to visit, thanks in part to grant funding from the Rhode Island Foundation.

John Marsland, president of the BRWC/FOB, told The Breeze that in April volunteers created a meditation area along one of the walking trails, as part of the grant project; it features 11 seats made from fallen trees, arranged in a circle for people to sit and enjoy the quiet.

“No one knows about this place, even in Manville,” he said.

In another effort to relieve stress and anxiety, the group is hosting multiple “Connecting With Canoes” events, the first held this Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m. As part of the event, people will travel the border of Cumberland and Lincoln for 1.5 miles to a takeout on the Cumberland side of the Blackstone River above the Albion dam. Catch a glimpse of bald eagles, blue heron, and other birds and water fowl.

At the takeout, Marsland said, paddlers will hike a short distance “to one of the most beautiful overlooks on the Blackstone River” before paddling upstream back to Sycamore Landing. The trip should last approximately 2 hours. Canoe, life jackets, paddles and instruction will be provided, and water shoes and hats are recommended. Experience is not necessary.

Other dates include Saturday, July 17, at 10 a.m.; Saturday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10 a.m. The cost is $30 per person. Rain dates will be Sundays at the same time.

Space is limited, so register by calling Bob Charpentier at 401-688-4416 or John Marsland at 401-644-3215.