“Forest bathing” is the translation of Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese practice of mindfully experiencing nature through the senses. In the early 1980s, the Japanese government sponsored several studies that showed that forest immersion has a wide array of health benefits including lowering the stress hormone cortisol, strengthening the immune system, and improving mood and cognition.

During my weekend program, I will guide you in slowly moving through the wilds, cultivating a sense of presence, and exploring nature’s capacity to ignite new realizations and creativity, inspire wonder, and heal. Participants often share that their stress dissolves, confusion lifts, hearts open, emotions surface, ideas spring — and they take home a renewed sense of connection, meaning, and purpose in their lives.

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