First Friday Forest Bathing Introduction

March 6, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sindt Woods
912 Honorary Sindt Memorial Ct
Naperville, IL 60540
Jodi Trendler

shinrin-yoku-forest-bathing-walk-napervilleEnjoy a one hour introductory forest bathing walk guided by a Certified Forest Therapy guide to discover this restorative practice of shinrin-yoku that emphasizes soaking in the sounds, scents and sights of nature for slowing the body, stilling the mind and opening the heart.

We will walk slowly and enjoy the journey of each step as we engage with nature. Our walk will end with an informal tea ceremony. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking outside as weather permits. 

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 well-being
  • Improved engagement and accessibility in physical activity
  • Improved attention and focus
  • Reduced anger and hostility

We will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on a gravel and paved trail. Dress appropriately for the weather.  Cell phones and other electronic devices are requested to be left in your car, or turned to airplane mode. You are welcome to bring whatever will make your experience comfortable – a water bottle, insect repellent, hat, walking stick, and portable chair if standing for an hour is difficult.

Tuition*:  $10 March 6

LIMITED SPACE – RSVP Registration by 11:00 PM the Thursday before the walk is required.

Please complete our participant release form and email or bring with you on the event date – THANK YOU!

*Your participation makes our “Growing Food Security” outreach programming possible – THANK YOU!