Join Sue Woodward, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, for a 2 hour long walk based on the Japanese technique of Shinrin-yoku, often translated as “forest bathing,” developed in the 1980’s in response to a health crisis. As we consider the impacts of the pandemic on our lives, this walk invites participants to receive the healing benefits of a walk in the trails of the forest through a guided process of Pleasures of Presence, What’s In Motion, Partnership Invitations and a Tea Ceremony. Throughout this process, participants will be invited to share what they are noticing.
The purpose of forest therapy is to calm over-stimulation and stress from today’s man-made world. When we are surrounded by nature, a feeling of comfort can come over us and our bodies can become relaxed. Forest bathing can have a preventive medical effect that makes falling ill less likely because lower stress levels improve quality of life.