Classes

May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Shinrin-yoku "Tune Your Senses" Series - Spring @ Greene Valley Forest Preserve | Naperville | Illinois | United States
5:30 pm
Fill your Nature Rx by participating in a series of four Shinrin-yoku walks that explore the connection between senses and nature. 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 ... Read more...
May 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku @ Spears Woods | Willow Springs | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
  FREE for a Limited Time 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 ... Read more...
May 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Shinrin-yoku "Tune Your Senses" Series - Spring @ Greene Valley Forest Preserve | Naperville | Illinois | United States
5:30 pm
Fill your Nature Rx by participating in a series of four Shinrin-yoku walks that explore the connection between senses and nature. 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 ... Read more...
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays @ Herrick Lake Forest Preserve
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays @ Herrick Lake Forest Preserve | Wheaton | Illinois | United States
7:00 pm
The Resiliency Institute is hosting free introductory Shinrin-yoku walks led by Certified Forest Therapy guides beginning April 6th. Free one hour walks will be offered on the first Friday of each month. 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 ... Read more...
Jun 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku @ Spears Woods | Willow Springs | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
  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 ... Read more...
Jun 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Shinrin-yoku "Tune Your Senses" Series - Spring @ Greene Valley Forest Preserve | Naperville | Illinois | United States
5:30 pm
Fill your Nature Rx by participating in a series of four Shinrin-yoku walks that explore the connection between senses and nature. 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 ... Read more...
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku @ Spears Woods | Willow Springs | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
  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 ... Read more...
Jun 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2018 @ The Resiliency Institute | Naperville | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
Class is fully registered Taking a walk in the woods, or even around your neighborhood, takes on a whole new meaning when your intention is to forage. There is a transformation in how you look at the environment when the landscape is no longer just window dressing, but a source of nourishment. Now the tree ... Read more...
Jun 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku @ Spears Woods | Willow Springs | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
  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 ... Read more...
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am
Bioregional Herbalism Course Series 2018 @ The Resiliency Institute | Naperville | Illinois | United States
9:00 am
The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course Series meets 9:00 am -4:00 pm one Saturday a month March – November 2018. Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations ... Read more...
Forest Yoga Walks @ Belmont Prairie
Jun 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Forest Yoga Walks @ Belmont Prairie | Downers Grove | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
  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 ... Read more...
Jun 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku @ Spears Woods | Willow Springs | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
  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 ... Read more...
Jul 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku @ Spears Woods | Willow Springs | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
  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 ... Read more...
Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays @ Sindt Woods | Naperville | Illinois | United States
5:30 pm
The Resiliency Institute is hosting free introductory Shinrin-yoku walks led by Certified Forest Therapy guides beginning April 6th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Naperville Riverwalk. Free one hour walks will be offered on the first Friday of each month. Shinrin-yoku is a practice of spending time in nature and forested areas for the ... Read more...
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Shinrin-yoku "Tune Your Senses" Series - Summer @ Greene Valley Forest Preserve | Naperville | Illinois | United States
6:00 pm
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 ... Read more...
Jul 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku @ Spears Woods | Willow Springs | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
  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 ... Read more...
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am
Bioregional Herbalism Course Series 2018 @ The Resiliency Institute | Naperville | Illinois | United States
9:00 am
The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course Series meets 9:00 am -4:00 pm one Saturday a month March – November 2018. Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations ... Read more...
WILD Woman Project Circles @ The Resiliency Institute
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WILD Woman Project Circles @ The Resiliency Institute | Naperville | Illinois | United States
2:00 pm
The WILD Woman Project is a world-wide movement of CIRCLES, spiritual gatherings, during the new moon. Circles are a time for meditation, intention setting, healing, and connection with community. They create a sacred space for participants to access their inner guidance while allowing for deeper connection to other women and nature. Circles also provide a forum for creativity, community, ... Read more...
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Shinrin-yoku "Tune Your Senses" Series - Summer @ Greene Valley Forest Preserve | Naperville | Illinois | United States
6:00 pm
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 ... Read more...
Jul 17 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku @ Spears Woods | Willow Springs | Illinois | United States
9:30 am
  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 ... Read more...

Refund/Cancellation Policy:  A full refund is offered for any class that we cancel.  A full refund for 2-3 hour classes will be offered if you notify us within 48 hours prior to the class start time.  A full refund for all day or weekend courses will be offered when you notify us at least 1 week prior.  The refund policy for year long courses is stated in each course description.

Please email us at contact@theresiliencyinstitute.net to let us know you need to cancel.  If you have registered for the class, do not show up, and do not communicate your absence prior to the class, then you will be charged the class fee.  We respect our instructors time and knowledge and hope you do too by registering, paying, and attending.

May
23
Wed
Shinrin-yoku “Tune Your Senses” Series – Spring
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Shinrin-yoku nature connect therapy

Fill your Nature Rx by participating in a series of four Shinrin-yoku walks that explore the connection between senses and nature. 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.  Being in nature invites us to use our eyes in the way they were designed. 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 to 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.

DATES
SPRING SESSION: Wednesdays, May 16, 23, 30, June 6
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.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

 

Read more about Shinrin-yoku and its benefits.

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.

May
29
Tue
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku
May 29 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

FREE for a Limited Time

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

DETAILS
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.

DATES
Walks will take place very Tuesday  4/17/18  - 12/3/18
9:30 a.m -12:00 p.m.

FEE
FREE for a limited time
Register for each walk you plan on attending.

CANCELLATIONS
An email will be sent out Monday evening in the event the walk is cancelled due to weather, illness, or other unforeseen event.

GUIDE
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.

May
30
Wed
Shinrin-yoku “Tune Your Senses” Series – Spring
May 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Shinrin-yoku nature connect therapy

Fill your Nature Rx by participating in a series of four Shinrin-yoku walks that explore the connection between senses and nature. 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.  Being in nature invites us to use our eyes in the way they were designed. 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 to 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.

DATES
SPRING SESSION: Wednesdays, May 16, 23, 30, June 6
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.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

 

Read more about Shinrin-yoku and its benefits.

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.

Jun
1
Fri
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Shinrin-yoku nature therapy

The Resiliency Institute is hosting free introductory Shinrin-yoku walks led by Certified Forest Therapy guides beginning April 6th. Free one hour walks will be offered on the first Friday of each month.

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. 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 an hour is difficult.

Limited to 10 Participants

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

Jun
5
Tue
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku
Jun 5 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

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

DETAILS
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.

DATES
Walks will take place very Tuesday  4/17/18  - 12/3/18
9:30 a.m -12:00 p.m.

FEE
$22 per walk or $100 for 5 walks
Register for each walk you plan on attending.

CANCELLATIONS
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.

INSTRUCTOR
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.

Jun
6
Wed
Shinrin-yoku “Tune Your Senses” Series – Spring
Jun 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Shinrin-yoku nature connect therapy

Fill your Nature Rx by participating in a series of four Shinrin-yoku walks that explore the connection between senses and nature. 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.  Being in nature invites us to use our eyes in the way they were designed. 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 to 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.

DATES
SPRING SESSION: Wednesdays, May 16, 23, 30, June 6
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.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

 

Read more about Shinrin-yoku and its benefits.

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.

Jun
12
Tue
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku
Jun 12 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

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

DETAILS
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.

DATES
Walks will take place very Tuesday  4/17/18  - 12/3/18
9:30 a.m -12:00 p.m.

FEE
$22 per walk or $100 for 5 walks
Register for each walk you plan on attending.

CANCELLATIONS
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.

INSTRUCTOR
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.

Jun
16
Sat
Edible Wild Plants Certificate Course 2018
Jun 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Class is fully registered

Taking a walk in the woods, or even around your neighborhood, takes on a whole new meaning when your intention is to forage. There is a transformation in how you look at the environment when the landscape is no longer just window dressing, but a source of nourishment. Now the tree that you have passed by hundreds of times with barely a glance becomes meaningful – you notice it and eagerly await its fruit.

Knowing what plants to look for when, finding them around you, then knowing what to harvest, how to process and prepare it, takes some practice, but Pat Armstrong will teach you all of this in our Edible Wild Plants Certificate course. Over the course of 10 months you’ll learn 200 edible wild plants that grow in our bioregion through classroom and home study, plant walks, and by eating and preparing recipes with them every class! Students will receive an Edible Wild Plants Recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared by the instructor and students throughout the course and a printed certificate recognizing their accomplishment.

Red CurrantsThere are so many reasons to learn how to identify edible wild plants:

  • Interest in foraging
  • Connecting with nature
  • Expanding your knowledge of edible plants for landscaping, permaculture, or ecological restoration
  • Wilderness survival
  • Herbalism
  • Learning plant identification
  • Leading plant walks

“I had some previous foraging experience prior to signing up for the wild edibles certificate program and was amazed to learn the wide variety of plants and trees we can use for food. Pat Armstrong is a gifted teacher and is passionate about wild foods and enjoying nature’s abundance. We learned the edible parts of each plant, when to harvest and how to best prepare them. Pat would often include interesting ethnobotanical information on the uses of plants as food and medicine throughout history.”        ~ Lisa Stuart, EWP Certificate 2015

 

Edible Wild Plants Pat SpringDevote the time to learn edible wild plants from an instructor who has been eating this way her whole life. Patricia Armstrong, has a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in Ecology (Biology-Botany). She taught a multitude of nature classes at the Morton Arboretum for 16 years, plus Botany, Ecology, and Geology at the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Michigan State University’s Juneau Icefield Research Program in Alaska.

Pat’s knowledge and understanding of all things wild and free comes from a life-long personal and intimate relationship with nature that is passionate as well as scientific. She lives in a home she and her husband designed and built to fit into the natural ecosystems of northern Illinois. It is active and passive solar, energy-efficient, and landscaped with over 300 species of native trees, shrubs, prairie grasses and wildflowers, approximately 40% of which are edible. Pat is actively involved in living joyfully with nature. She operates a consulting firm to educate and assist others in appreciating and using native plants and wild edible plants in home landscaping.

This is a college type course where students are expected to study and practice plant id between classes, take monthly plant id exams, and prepare edible wild plant food at home to bring to class.

COURSE  REQUIREMENTS:

  • attendance at all classes (1 class may be missed, but the exam must be made up)
  • pass nine monthly exams (using your notes and books) to demonstrate that you can identify edible (and poisonous) wild plants successfully
  • prepare four edible wild plant recipes (one each season) to share with the class
  • present four oral reports and hand in four written reports on the edible wild plants used in your recipes
  • Optional: Complete a plant id catalog containing botanical name, common name, family name, habitat, food part, time to harvest, notable characteristics for each edible wild plant. This catalog can be used for all of your exams.


During the final class, an edible wild plant potluck celebration will be hosted at lunchtime. Each student will receive an Edible Wild Plants recipe book containing all of the recipes prepared during the certification course, and students who successfully completed all of the certificate requirements will receive a printed certificate.

 

Required Material:
At least one book to identify wild plants, but you will likely need a few since not one book will contain all flowers, shrubs & trees. We suggest going to your library first to experience the books and see which ones you like.

 Included with registration:

 

2018 CLASS DATES:

February 24      March 17        April 21      May 19      June 16     July 21  

August 18         September 15     October 20      November 17

Plan to attend all classes. Only 1 class may be missed and the test must be made up in order to receive a certificate. No make up classes will be offered.

COURSE FEE includes all supplies and materials

Pay early to save! Each month the course fee increases.

Register in September      $725 check payment / $740 Paypal

Register in October          $750 check payment / $765 Paypal

Register in November     $775 check payment/ $790 Paypal

Register in December     $800 check payment/ $815 Paypal

Register in January        $825 check payment/ $840 Paypal

Checks are to be mailed to The Resiliency Institute, P.O. Box 5721, Naperville, IL 60567

 

WORK STUDY

This year we are offering a work study opportunity to one qualified candidate. In exchange for 25-30 hours of work, the work study candidate will receive a tuition discount. Work will include assisting the instructor with class preparation, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, making copies, and assisting with the recipe book.  The candidate will be required to meet the instructor at 8:30 am each class meeting date as well as other dates to forage for plant specimens. Ideally the candidate lives in or very near Naperville.

By January 7th, email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net with a paragraph response describing your financial need and your intention for taking this course. We will accept a maximum of 5 requests before selecting the recipient.

 

Jun
19
Tue
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku
Jun 19 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

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

DETAILS
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.

DATES
Walks will take place very Tuesday  4/17/18  - 12/3/18
9:30 a.m -12:00 p.m.

FEE
$22 per walk or $100 for 5 walks
Register for each walk you plan on attending.

CANCELLATIONS
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.

INSTRUCTOR
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.

Jun
23
Sat
Bioregional Herbalism Course Series 2018
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am

The Resiliency Institute Bioregional Herbalism Course Series meets
9:00 am -4:00 pm one Saturday a month March - November 2018.

Bioregional Herbalism is a pathway to natural wellness. Discover how to engage with bioregional plants as allies and develop personal intuition and connection. Learn the basics of body systems, herbal terminology, and common herbal preparations with a focus on nourishment, wellness, prevention and support.

During each Saturday class, discover 3-4 plants in depth, learn introductory health care topics and body systems, and prepare 2 different plant remedies. The day is divided among lecture and discussion, hands-on practice with harvesting and making remedies, walks to meet plants in their homes, and time to cultivate and reconnect with nature’s wisdom.

This course will empower you with nourishing herbal knowledge, the skills to experience the world in a new way, and the beginning of a personal herbal apothecary!

Receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the series. Only 1 class may be missed to receive a certificate.

 

ellyn-schmitz

Instructor: Ellyn Schmitz has studied extensively for over 20 years with Tom Brown Jr., a world-renowned tracker and wilderness survival expert, who was taught the ancient arts of living close to the earth by a Lipan Apache medicine man. She continuously studies with numerous edible and medicinal plant experts including, Karen Sherwood, Kathleen Wildwood, Richo Cech, Paul Bergner, Matthew Wood, Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, and others.

She is a member of the Keepers of the Plant Wisdom Medicine Society, has served on the board of directors for Medicine Waters Conservancy since 2001, and actively participates in United Plant Savers herbal conferences. Ellyn holds certificates from the Resiliency Institute in Edible Wild Plants and Bioregional Herbalism.

 

Class size is limited to 15 students

DATES & TIMES:

New in 2018 - 1 additional hour each class PLUS 3 extra classes!
Classes meet   9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 9 months on the following Saturdays:

March 3    April 14     May 5     June 23    July 14     Aug 25     Sep 22     Oct  6    Nov 3

Plan to attend all classes. No make-up classes will be offered. Only 1 class can be missed in order to attend Advanced Bioregional Herbalism.


FEE
includes all materials and supplies

September   $900 Check / $930 Paypal
October        $925 Check / $955 Paypal
November    $950 Check / $980 Paypal
December     $975 Check / $1000 Paypal
January         $1000 Check / $1025 Paypal
February       $1025 Check / $1050 Paypal

Payment plans available upon request. Please email Michelle@theresiliencyinstitute.net

Work study option:  Thank you to applicants. A student has been selected.

A work study opportunity is available to one qualified candidate who will receive a tuition discount for the series. The work study student will assist the instructor with class preparations, classroom set-up and clean-up, loading and unloading class supplies, and printing class handouts.

Please email Michelle 1-2 paragraphs with information about yourself, your interest in herbalism, your financial need, and your interest in a work study experience by January 10th.

Jun
24
Sun
Forest Yoga Walks
Jun 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

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.  We will practice rain or shine.
  • 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.
  • Water
  • Most locations have bathrooms. Please plan to use the bathroom before the walk begins.
  • Leave cell phones at home or in your car. The instructor has a phone for emergencies. This is a time to disconnect. If you need the security, then you'll be asked to turn it off during the walk.

DATES & LOCATIONS 
Sundays 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

 

 

 

$30 for this walk or $130 for the series of 5 walks

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

 

Forest-Yoga-Marie-Zubinski

 

Marie Zubinski’s 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. She is also training to be a Forest Therapy Guide. Nature is where she feels home and alive.

 

Jun
26
Tue
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku
Jun 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

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

DETAILS
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.

DATES
Walks will take place very Tuesday  4/17/18  - 12/3/18
9:30 a.m -12:00 p.m.

FEE
$22 per walk or $100 for 5 walks
Register for each walk you plan on attending.

CANCELLATIONS
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.

INSTRUCTOR
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.

Jul
3
Tue
Celebrate the Seasons with Shinrin-yoku
Jul 3 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

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

DETAILS
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.

DATES
Walks will take place very Tuesday  4/17/18  - 12/3/18
9:30 a.m -12:00 p.m.

FEE
$22 per walk or $100 for 5 walks
Register for each walk you plan on attending.

CANCELLATIONS
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.

INSTRUCTOR
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.

Jul
6
Fri
Shinrin-Yoku FREE Fridays
Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Shinrin-yoku nature therapy

The Resiliency Institute is hosting free introductory Shinrin-yoku walks led by Certified Forest Therapy guides beginning April 6th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Naperville Riverwalk. Free one hour walks will be offered on the first Friday of each month.

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. 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 an hour is difficult.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

Jul
9
Mon
Shinrin-yoku “Tune Your Senses” Series – Summer
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Shinrin-yoku nature connect therapyShinrin-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.

DATES
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.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date.

 Parking - Main parking lot at 83rd & Greene Road. Meet at the info sign. Google Map

Read more about Shinrin-yoku and its benefits.

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.