Forest Bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which can be loosely translated to “taking in the medicine of the forest” . This practice was established in the 1980's in Japan as a direct response to declining health in the population. The healing energies of the natural world have been known about for centuries. This practice is a simple yet powerful way for us to remember, and to tap into these healing powers that are readily available to all of us. Extensive research shows that Forest Bathing can offer relief from anxiety and depression, a deeper sense of mental relaxation, better sleep and an increased feeling of gratitude and overall sense of well-being. During this Forest Bathing walk we will offer a set of carefully crafted invitations, suggestions to slow down and to experience the more than human world in a variety of possibly new ways and through our senses. We won't be covering much distance ( less than a mile) and we will mostly be in silence. There will be brief periods of sharing and a tea ceremony and snack at the end with time for reflection and discussion. We will be hosting this course twice this season, May 10th and June 21st so pick which one works best for you!