Guided Shinrin-yoku: Forest Walk At Twilight
Join us for a special Thursday evening in nature and experience the benefits of Shinrin-yoku, a relaxing Japanese wellness practice also known as “forest bathing.” Led by ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide Katie Venechuk, this experience will start with a brief introduction to the research and science behind shinrin-yoku, how it differs from a hike in the forest, and why it’s internationally recognized as an effective tool for natural stress release. We’ll then transition into a guided shinrin-yoku experience in the autumn forest, where you’ll be offered a series of forest bathing invitations to help you relax, awaken your senses, and notice new details in the transforming world around you. This event is not a hike and the total distance covered will be less than 1-mile. Event includes hot stone hand warmers and ends with wild foraged tea beneath the stars. Come see what nature has to share with you as you slow down, find presence and enjoy the beauty of an autumn sunset at Blandford!
Instructor: Katie Venechuk, founder and program guide at In Your Element Wellness and Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.
This program is intended for ages 18 and up. Pre-register by Wednesday, November 2nd at 12pm. If you are attempting to register between that time and the start of the event, please contact Visitor Services at 616-735-6240 for more information.
Please Note: This program will take place entirely outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be canceled, and participants will be notified of their refund options and/or a possible makeup date.