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 be aware we will be practicing social distancing so come prepared with:
- FACE MASK
- 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.
- 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.
SATURDAY 9:00 – 11:30 AM
August 22 (Wolf Road Prairie, Westchester): Single Session – $30; Bring a friend for $20 more
Wolf Road Prairie contains several native communities, including mesic prairie, mesic savanna and wetland and is home to more than 360 native plant species. The numbers of resident and migratory birds, amphibians, insects, butterflies and mammals are too numerous to count. Combined, the ecosystem features of the site create a one-of-a-kind natural area unlike any other in the world. The prairie remnant at Wolf Road Prairie is considered the largest and best quality black soil or mesic prairie east of the Mississippi River. The prairie is considered globally imperiled and the black soil savanna is considered globally critically imperiled according to the Chicago Wilderness Biodiversity Recovery Plan. The wetland on site is considered of high aquatic quality.
September 26 (Waterfall Glen, Darien): Single Session – $30; Bring a friend for $20 more
October 17 (Sagawau Canyon, Lemont): Single Session – $30; Bring a friend for $20 more
Fall Series of All 3 Sessions: $85, Bring a friend for only $55 more
Marie Zubinski’s passions are nature and healing. She has been teaching yoga since 2011, is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Native Landscaper and Certified Permaculturist. Supporting her yoga instruction, she is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Cranial Sacral Therapist, so her classes are alignment based, with a focus on deep release. Marie believes that Earth is the best healer and everyone deserves to spend more time outdoors! Her classes mix body awareness/exploration with finding medicine through being in reciprocal relationship with natural systems. She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Ecological Psychology and ECO ART Therapy. She invites you to join her in nature, where she feels at home and alive!
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