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CANCELLED Forest Bathing – In-person exploration
Saunders Woods Preserve |
October 25, 2020 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Due to weather, this event has been cancelled.
Nature can be a powerful antidote to the stress, grief, and other strong emotions that can result from this period of rapid and radical change in our world.
Forest Therapy is a healing practice that weaves together the Japanese art of shinrin yoku, or “forest bathing,” and elements of Jungian psychology to help individuals slow down and cultivate a deeper sense of connection, both with nature and themselves.
Join Jess Gregan, a certified Forest Therapy practitioner and owner of Wild Philadelphia, for a guided walk through the preserve. Participants can explore how mindful time with nature can increase a sense of calm, resilience, clarity, and connection to our true selves.
The walk will blend time for solitude in nature with conversational sharing. We’ll maintain social distance and wear masks while we are sharing. Participants will be invited to share in any way that feels right to them; silence is also a welcome form of sharing. The walk will vary between wandering, sitting, and standing, and will cover no more than one mile. We’ll conclude the walk with a tea ceremony.
Unlike hiking, Forest Therapy is not a practice of exertion but of slowing down and reconnecting. It is an intentionally structured, accessible experience that takes us out of our thinking brains and into our senses in the present moment.
The roots of Forest Therapy as practiced by Wild Philadelphia begin with the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, or “forest bathing.” This standard preventative health practice in Japan refers to “bathing” in the beneficial chemicals emitted by trees, which research has shown to provide a myriad of health and wellness benefits. Jess Gregan received her training through the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy, which weaves together forest bathing and elements of Jungian psychology, deep ecology, and conservation ethics to create a unique practice that can help shift the way humanity perceives its place in the natural world.
We will cover less than a mile and the walk will not include strenuous activity, though we will cover some uphill terrain. Participants will be standing and sitting for periods up to 20 minutes. You’ll receive an email prior to the event detailing where to arrive/park, what you should bring, and anything else you need to know. The event will take place with light rain or shine, but will be canceled in the event of severe inclement weather. This event is recommended for adults ages 16+.
- Each walk will be limited to six participants at this time.
- Participants should bring their own cup or mug for tea at the end of the walk.
- Participants will be required to bring facial coverings, which should be worn in the times that we are gathered as a group.
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