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Guided Shinrin-yoku: Rest & Restore in Nature

Join ANFT certified forest therapy guide, Katie Venechuk, to explore the relaxing practice of guided shinrin-yoku and the beauty of Blandford Nature Center.  Our program begins with a brief introduction to the background and research of shinrin-yoku (translated in English as “forest bathing”), how it differs from a hike in the woods, and why it’s internationally recognized as an effective tool for natural stress release. From there, you’ll be guided in a unique shinrin-yoku experience while exploring the beautiful forests and meadows of Blandford; helping you relax, reconnect, and experience your time outdoors in a new way.  Our program ends with a special wild foraged tea ceremony in the forest, offering you new tastes and nourishment from nature, a snack, and time to visit as a community. Originally launched in 2023, we’re excited for the return of this popular monthly program – now expanded with a longer timeframe!  We hope you’ll join us as we slow down, find presence and enjoy the wilderness of BNC through the lens of Shinrin-yoku.

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 for adults ages 18 and older.

Pre-registration is required due to limited capacity. Online registration will remain open until 12pm the day before the event, unless it is sold out. If this program is sold out, please complete online registration to be added to the waitlist. You will not be charged to be added to the waitlist. We will contact you if spots become available.

Member: $20.80
Non-member: $26

Cancellation Policy: Notice must be received at least 7 business days before the scheduled program to receive a 75% refund. Due to processing fees, full refunds are not available. There will be no refunds issued within 7 days of the program, and transferring your registration to a future class within the series, if you did not sign up for all three sessions, may not be available and is not guaranteed. All Community Programs will be held unless there is severe weather, in which case you will receive a full registration refund. Please come prepared for the elements as refunds are not available for weather-related conditions except in the case of severe weather and you have been contacted that the program has been cancelled.

Please Note: This program will take place mainly outdoors. In the event of severe weather, this program will be canceled, and participants will be notified of their refund options and/or a possible makeup date.


Sep 12 2024


6:00 pm - 7:45 pm


Blandford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI
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