During this winter season, shed your cabin fever and everyday stresses in a unique way by experiencing nature on a guided Forest Therapy Walk throughout Baltimore Woods! Forest Therapy, also known as “forest bathing,” stems from a Japanese practice known as Shinrin Yoku. Led by June Leo-Randazzo, a Certified ANFT Forest Therapy Guide, this program invites participants to immerse themselves in nature and open their senses to the surroundings of the forest.
Extensive scientific research has found forest therapy walks to have numerous physical health benefits including activation of the ‘rest and restore’ parasympathetic nervous system, decreases to anxiety and depression, improving creativity, and much more. Your stress will peel away as your nervous system relaxes and you simply experience the medicine of the forest.
During this slow, mindful, and quiet walk, June will provide a series of relaxing invitations to engage all your senses, release your mind chatter, and deepen connections to nature, allowing you to connect with yourself and others through nature in new ways. You will have opportunities throughout for both individual reflection and to come together as a group to listen and share what we are noticing. The walk ends with a tea ceremony with wildcrafted tea foraged from the area and snacks as we gather around an outdoor fire where we start and end this 2 hour walk.
This program is designed for ages 14 and up and adults.
More details: Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. You will be notified ahead of the program on where to park and meet on the day of the walk. The walk will take place in rain or snow. In case cancellation is necessary due to dangerous conditions, you will be notified by email the morning of the walk.