Rejuvenate yourself with forest yoga walks by stepping outside and away from electronics to connect with nature, quiet the mind, and reduce stress. Walks will begin with a brief ecological overview of the area, continue with invitations to deepen connection to nature and self, then conclude with a tea ceremony of locally harvested plants. We'll focus on energy exchange with the natural world, discover our place within it, and foster an appreciation for all that nature provides.
During each walk we will pause to tune the body with yoga postures. The walks will be gentle and suitable for all levels. These walks are scheduled to follow the seasonal blooming of native plants.
To fully enjoy your forest yoga walk, please come prepared with:
- Sturdy hiking shoes. The walk will be slow paced, but best to be prepared for various terrain
- Dress appropriately for outdoor conditions such as sun, insects, rain, temperature.
- Yoga Mat - If you don't have one, a beach towel or other full body-length ground cover will be sufficient. A couple of extra mats will be on hand, but not enough for everyone.
- Most locations have bathrooms. Please plan to use the bathroom before the walk begins.
- Think of this as an opportunity to disconnect from the outside world and consider leaving your cell phones at home or in your car. Your guide has a phone for emergencies.
DATES & LOCATIONS
Sundays 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
- June 24 - Belmont Prairie (Downers Grove)- Pale Purple Coneflower
- July 29 - Spears Woods (Palos Hills) Prairie Blazing Star
- August 19 - IL Beach State Park (Zion) Rough Blazing Star
- September 16 - Somme Prairie Grove (Northbrook) Saw Tooth Sunflower
- October 14 - Waterfall Glen (Darien) Autumn leaves
$30 for this walk or $130 for the series of 5 walks
Your Forest Therapy Guide in Training is Marie Zubinski. Her passions are nature and healing. She has been teaching yoga since 2011, is a life-long Naturalist, Native Landscaper, and Certified Permaculturist. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Cranial Sacral Therapist, so her classes are alignment based, with a focus on deep release. Marie is completing her Forest Therapy Guide training and is excited to spend more time in nature where she feels most at home and alive.