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SOLD OUT | Guided Shinrin-yoku: Winter After Dark 3-Part Series (Session 3)

Join ANFT certified forest therapy guide, Katie Venechuk, for the return of this special winter wellness series – now expanded with a longer timeframe!  Deeply focused on natural relaxation and nature connection, this program is a wonderful way to embrace the beauty of the season while enjoying a little fresh air and community connection.  Our series will begin with a brief introduction to the background and research of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing), how it differs from a hike in the forest, and how it can help enhance our well-being in the darkest months of winter.  From there, you’ll be guided in three separate shinrin-yoku experiences over the months of January, February, and March to help you relax, tend to your relationship with winter, and explore the cold weather world in new ways.  Program elements include a short walk into the forest, a luminary lit guided breathing practice, guided shinrin-yoku, and hot stone hand warmers for your comfort.  At the close of the program, we’ll head indoors for time to warm up with a hot wild foraged tea and a snack.  We suggest attending the full series if you can – or join us for a taste of the experience at a single session.  Come see what nature has to share with you as you slow down, find presence and enjoy winter after dark at BNC!

This event is not a hike and the total distance covered will be less than 1-mile.  Be sure to dress warm!

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.

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

This program is intended for ages 18 and up.

If you register for all 3 sessions of this series (Jan 11, Feb 8, March 14) at once, use code FOREST24 for a $10 discount, making the full 3-part series $52.40 for members and $68 for non-members.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation and refunds for any of the three sessions will result in forfeiture of this discount. No registration transfers will be allowed after the discount is applied. 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.


Mar 14 2024


6:00 pm - 7:45 pm


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