Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us.
On our walk, a certified guide will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land. There’s no right or wrong way to do it; just come and be yourself. It’s all welcome in the forest.
The walk will still be on if it’s raining, unless it is a genuine storm or very windy. If it is raining it’s important to be properly prepared, so please dress appropriately. Rain often enhances sensory experience and makes for some of our most memorable walks.
Please note that space in this program is limited to ten adults, and pre-registration is required. We will be observing all social distancing regulations and managing group size for the safety of all our guests attending this program.
Our Guide, Nadine Mazzola, is an award-winning author and Certified Forest Therapy Guide. Nadine’s training includes special knowledge in guiding people of all ages in Shinrin-Yoku, “Forest Bathing”, walks and the demonstrating the benefits of spending time in the nature as a wellness practice and an effective way to manage stress.
Partial funding for this program was provided courtesy of the Marion Cultural Council.