Celebrate the seasonal wonders of Spears Woods and devote time for your wellbeing during Tuesday morning Shinrin-yoku walks.
Develop a connection with Spear Woods, a unique Midwest treasure with a diverse habitat that has been very well restored and is ecologically rich. The highlight of this woods is a native prairie meadow full of flowers. By visiting one location weekly, you’ll have the opportunity to notice the changes taking place in the landscape and with all of the insects and wildlife.
Shinrin-yoku is a practice of spending time in nature and forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. There is a specific intention to connect with nature for healing by mindfully moving through the landscape in ways that cultivate presence, open all the senses, and create opportunities for nature communication.
Science has been able to identify specific physiological benefits that are generated from engaging in Shinrin-yoku. These benefits have been found to endure 7-30 days after a Shinrin-yoku walk!
- Reduced blood pressure and heart rate
- Reduced cortisol levels lower stress, risks for heart disease, anxiety, depression, weight problems, and impairment in memory and concentration.
- Improved immune system, including increased Natural Killer (NK) cells
- Improved parasympathetic nerve activity leading to better sleep
- Reduced sympathetic nerve activity
- Reduced impacts of stressful events
- Improved sense of wellbeing
- Improved engagement and accessibility in physical activity
- Improved attention and focus
- Reduced anger and hostility
Walks will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on nature trails. Participants should be comfortable walking on uneven terrain and potentially getting wet or muddy. Dress appropriately for the weather. Restrooms are available at the beginning and end of the walk. Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be left in your car.
You are welcome to bring a water bottle, insect repellant, hat, walking stick, portable chair, and anything else you may need to make your experience comfortable.
The entrance is from the East side of LaGrange Rd. to the south of 87th St. and north of 91st St.
Meet Marie at the picnic benches next to the parking lot under the oak trees.
Walks will take place very Tuesday 4/17/18 - 12/3/18
9:30 a.m -12:00 p.m.
Register for each walk you plan on attending.
An email will be sent out Monday evening in the event the walk is cancelled due to weather, illness, or other unforeseen event. Money will be refunded for any walk we cancel or the money can be applied to another walk.
Marie will be your Forest Therapy Guide. She has an enduring appreciation for nature as an artistic canvas of seasonal beauty. She wants to celebrate and share this wonder with others through Shinrin-yoku to cultivate fascination, gratitude, and respect within the heart. In this wonderful experience of connecting through the senses, the cycles of life, inside and outside, are revealed and our place within them is discovered. Marie will guide you to find peace within the natural rhythms of the planet and universe.