by Priyanka S

Peter Van Geit needs no introduction. The founder of Chennai Trekking Club (CTC), this Belgian, made ‘Namma’ Chennai his home for almost two decades. Falling in love with this metro as well as the country’s iridescent beauty, he stayed back and encouraged everyone to experience the great outdoors and reconnect with nature.

This Frankly Speakin’ Friday (in the month of July) our guest speaker was this adventurer and a good samaritan, who did a presentation on physical exercise, the great outdoors and volunteering spirit, titled ‘Activate Yourself, Connect with Nature & Serve through Volunteering’.

He began his hour-long lecture with a statement that made all of us take a step back and review our lives - “Modern day society puts us under constant work pressure, unhealthy food habits and inactive stagnant lifestyles that disconnect us from nature! Competitiveness and selfishness are everywhere. It’s high time to activate ourselves, reconnect with nature and engage in some volunteering service.”

And how do we do that?

Thus, interconnecting the body, mind and spirit!

Phase l - Activate Yourself

Geit’s question stumped us - “Why spend hours together in a gym when nature has so much to offer?”

Geit’s mantra: Limits exists only in the mind.

Phase ll - Connect with Nature

Truly believing that ‘life starts at the end of your comfort zone’, Geit encouraged all of us to experience nature and reconnect with what we have lost over time.

Geit’s mantra: If it’s something you love, you’ll make the time for it.

Phase lll - Service through Volunteering

Volunteering is the most rewarding and fulfilling experience of all. Get together with like-minded individuals help your community.

Geit’s mantra: The more you give, the more you get in return.

Selfie time!!

At the end of the session, we were all geared up to get down and dirty with nature and enjoy its inspirational beauty!


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