Nature and Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday September 11, 2021


9:30am - 12:00pm

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Nature and Forest Therapy, also known as "Forest Bathing" or "Shinrin-Yoku" refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness and happiness.  This practice helps us reconnect to our place among all things.  In a time when our lives are overwhelming and over stimulating this subtle practice grounds us and brings to a place of balance and connection. 

There is a long tradition of this in cultures around the world. The Nature and Forest Therapy Guide facilitates a connection to the forest through a series of invitations that bring about a sense of calmness and well-being.  We will cultivate the practice of stillness as we focus our attention within ourselves and the natural environment around us.  While immersed in nature we slow down, tune into our senses and allow for deep connection, introspection, reflection and sharing. Guides open the doorways for participants to experience the therapeutic power of the forest. People have a wide range of experiences, some say are significant, even profound. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences.

Location

North end of Oakville, Ontario - Exact trail head location will be provided by email upon registration.

Depending on weather and trail conditions we use various trails in Oakville, Ontario.  Once registered, participants will receive an email advising of trail location and parking information.


What's Included

Activity fee includes guide, stools and little mats to sit upon.


What You Need To Bring

• Face mask - we will wear face masks when in circle and invite each participant to do the same
• Water bottle - we recommend non-glass
• Wear comfortable, weather appropriate footwear and clothing as we are outside for the entire walk - check weather forecast so you are prepared
• We recommend closed shoes and socks and tuck socks into long pants 
• Dressing in layers is always the best when outdoors
• Hat and sunglasses as desired
• Insect repellent and sunscreen, if you wish depending on season - there are ticks everywhere in Southern Ontario so a spray for repelling ticks is recommended
• Journal and Pen in case you wish to write anything down at the end of the walk (we don't normally journal during the walk)
• Bring an open mind as this is not a hike in the woods, nor an interpretive nature walk - this is a chance to slow down and explore your inner nature in nature that surrounds you 
• We provide stools and small sit upon mats but you are welcome to bring your own little mat if you have something you prefer

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