When living in a busy city like Toronto, it can become quite hard to find ways to tune out the noise and tune into yourself without the help of a modern yoga studio, a spa afternoon or a quiet patio with an almond latte in hand. I’ve tried them all but – the truth is – the noise always lingers.

Growing up in a small town in Eastern Europe, I grew up surrounded by an abundance of forests, rivers and green hills, as far as the eyes can see. And I did end up taking it for granted… I couldn’t wait to roam the concrete jungle(s) of the world and explore infinite opportunities – and for the past 20 years, I’ve made sure to make that happen. From Korea to Africa, then back to Europe and currently Canada, I dove straight into the rhythm of each big city I temporarily adopted as my home. But as I age (I did NOT just say that!), I do long for fresh air, refreshing currents and oxygen-emitting trees away from the “hustle” of the big city. So, I took it upon myself to find ways to “tune in” and listen to my inner self, barefoot in a forest somewhere, at least once a week.

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While Evergreen Brickworks and it’s beautiful trails happen to literally be in my extended “backyard”, there are a few gems located just an hour outside of Toronto that happen to be a touch more rewarding. Like the Dundas Conservation Area and its plethora of chirping waterfalls.

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If you google the Webster Falls close to Hamilton, ON, you’ll be directed to a few driving routes and opportunities to explore the area. There are hiking trails, if you want to get your heart rate going before finding a quite place to sit down, close your eyes and tune into the water crashing onto the rocks beneath the cliffs.

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There is also the option to dip your feet into the water or use a particularly hot day to soak it all up. Regardless of what you choose to do, the goal will always be the same – tune in, listen, rejuvenate.

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“Running water never grows stale,

so you just have to keep on flowing”

— Bruce Lee

Do you have any tips on how relaxing your mind and tuning into your needs after a rushed week? I would LOVE to hear them in the comments below!

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