August 15th (Thursday) and August 18th (Sunday) – Location – Caperton Swamp – meet in parking lot.
3916 River Rd., 40207
(River Road to I-71 at Indian Hills Trail)
September 15th (Sunday) and September 19th (Thursday) – Location Mt. St Francis
Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality
101 St. Anthony Drive, Mt. St. Francis, IN 47146 (meet in back parking lot)
October 17th (Thursday) and October 20th (Sunday) – Jefferson Memorial Forest – Horine Section. Meet at picnic table by parking lot.
Horine Reservation Trails
12304 Holsclaw Hill Rd.
Shinrin-Yoku means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.
The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. Forest therapy approaches such as Shinrin-yoku have roots in many cultures throughout history. John Muir wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.”
What to expect:
This Guided Forest Therapy experience is for all fitness levels and abilities. We will be walking a short distance, sitting and standing. Accommodations can be made for everyone’s comfort levels. You will experience a structured approach to connecting with the forest using your senses and soaking up the stress reducing and immune boosting benefits of spending time in the woods.
We ask that all electronics be left behind so you can completely unplug and tune into the forest atmosphere. Please make necessary arrangements. Apply all sunscreen and bug spray before you arrive as to not disturb sensitive noses. Lastly, bringing a filled water bottle is recommend. Many people choose to carry a small backpack or hip sack so their hands can be free to explore.
Meet your guide:
Jennifer Owens, LCSW is a therapist, the co-founder and wellness director at Bridge. Jennifer is a certified ecotherapist and lifelong outdoors woman. She has extensive experience in the backcountry leading women’s only backpacking and kayaking groups. Jennifer’s approach to guiding is open, safe, nurturing and exploratory. She hopes that all people can reconnect with the other-than-human world to restore inner and outer balance.
RSVP by emailing Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 694-9488.
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