June 12, 2022
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. During a Forest Bathing walk we will have the opportunity to slow down and carefully observe our senses. We may begin to notice incredible things about ourselves and the more-than-human world around us. In escaping the rapid pace of our everyday routines we may find unparalleled wonder in the moment and relax into the beauty all around us.
By the end of class, you will go home with a sense of calm, and an inspiration for spending more time out in nature.
You should bring…
A water bottle, clothes you are comfortable with getting dirty as we often sit on the ground. Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, apply sunscreen ahead of time), tick protection (long pants to tuck into socks) and sturdy shoes for walking on uneven surfaces. Dress for the weather, if it is raining, we will still go unless there is lightning or the guide deems the conditions unsafe. Dress in layers to keep yourself comfortable during the experience.
This class is open for any skill level
Best for Ages…
13 and older
Class will meet at the Bagley Nature Area, on the UMD Campus. You can click on the map image to open directions in Google Maps:
On weekends, parking at UMD is free in White lots, Maroon lots, and at parking meters. Do not park in Gold lots or Green lots without the appropriate permit.