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.
During this series of four Shinrin-yoku walks we will explore all of our senses as we connect with nature, slow down, and tune in. Your senses connect you to the world around you, yet we are starving them when we enclose ourselves in buildings and focus so much of our time on screens. Our sense of sight is over used and underdeveloped, lacking far away and peripheral exercise. Being in nature invites us to use our eyes in the way they were designed.
The same goes for our sense of hearing. When your in nature there is a depth and variety of sound that invites you to hear distance and pleasure. There is no volume control, only tuning in and focusing. Join these walks and awaken all of your senses!
These walks will be guided by Jodi Trendler who is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, and the co-founder of The Resiliency Institute.
SPRING SESSION: Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30
SUMMER SESSION: Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
FALL SESSION: Thursdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27
Open to 10 participants. Please register and pay online or via a mailed check. Pre-payment only.
Parking - Main parking lot at 83rd & Greene Road. Meet at the info sign. Google Map
Walks will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on nature trails. Participants should be comfortable walking on uneven terrain. 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, and portable chair if standing for two hours is difficult.