Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku)
June 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Enjoy a one hour introductory Shinrin-yoku walk guided by a Certified Forest Therapy guide to discover this restorative practice 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 sense of well being
Improved attention and focus
We will travel less than a mile at a slow pace on 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 repellant, hat, walking stick, and portable chair if standing for an hour is difficult. Group size is limited. Register in advance.
*This event is organized by the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County and is included in the Get Outside, Get Healthy passport program.