Time: Sun, Sep 24, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Hidden Valley Nature Center
This walk has been cancelled; look for another series next spring!
“You’ve heard of Forest Bathing, right? Well I hadn’t heard of it either, but when I read a description I had an ‘aha’ moment. I said to myself, ‘That’s it, that’s what I have been doing all these years’.”
-Susan Bickford, Nature and Forest Therapy Guide (in practicum)
What is Forest Therapy?
Forest Therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. In Japan it is called “shinrin yoku,” which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition.
In general terms it is described as a practice of making contact with nature and “taking in the atmosphere” of the forest. We’ll meet, and I’ll guide you through several invitations to awaken our senses and slow down, slower than you are used to going. We’ll notice what is in motion along the trail, we may sit with a certain tree for a bit. We will share our observations in council. We won’t walk very far, maybe a mile in the 2 hours that we are out. Forest Bathing is a gentle restorative and meditative way of being in nature.
If you still have questions, check out the national association’s website for a more detailed description and studies on the health benefits.