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Online FOrest Bathing Walk
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May 28, 2020 @ 1:00 am – 2:30 am
Forest bathing is a trend that started in Japan and is now popular here. It’s said to be very relaxing — personally I haven’t experienced it and wonder — hiking and just walking in the forest is relaxing in itself.
I’m even more curious as to what it would be like to try to do an online forest bathing session — either in my backyard which is not wooded or on the local trail while trying to socially distance.
Here’s what the organizers have to say:
Join UW Botanic Gardens and Cascadia Forest Therapy for a unique virtual forest bathing opportunity. Forest bathing (or shinrin-yoku) has been popular in Japan for decades and is gaining momentum in the US. The practice encourages you to walk in the forest (or the space available to you) at a slower pace and take in the atmosphere around you. Multiple scientific studies have shown that it lowers stress and blood pressure levels, while increasing immune system functioning, making you more resilient to diseases and illness.
These walks are slow-paced and can take place in any space. All participants will be joining the call from their individual space (whether in nature or home) where they can practice safe social distancing. If going outdoors, we encourage you to stay close to home and follow social distancing guidelines. During the walk the guide, in partnership with the forest, will offer an evolving series of invitations crafted to help participants slow down and open their senses. The opening of one’s senses encourages mindfulness, which readies the heart and mind to be fully present in the natural world. Come discover the medicine of being in the forest.
At the end of the session we will conduct a tea ceremony. Since we cannot share tea in person, you are encouraged to bring your own tea or beverage of choice to sip during the ceremony.