Forest Bathing is a gentle, mindful, walk in nature. The practice of Forest Bathing (also called Forest or Nature Therapy) is based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, an intentional practice of mindful nature immersion developed to treat stress-related illnesses.
Forest bathing is different from a hike or an interpretative nature walk. Forest bathing walks often span less than ½ mile. The focus is on the sensory and relational experience, rather than on intellectual learning about nature or getting a workout.
Objectives of class and their ties to the Purposes of the Church
The focus of forest therapy is on slowing down, intentionally reconnecting with our senses, and remembering that we are in relationship with our bodies, each other, the forest, and the other beings in the more than human world. This ties to the purposes of the church to seek God within, among, and beyond ourselves.
Johanna Schussler, Certified Forest Therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT)
Saturday May 22, 8:30 – 11 am: Lake Hiawatha Park
Saturday, June 12, 8:30 – 11 am: Mississippi Gorge Regional Park (E 36th St & W River Parkway, Mpls)
Saturday, July 17, 8:30 – 11am: Silverwood Park, St. Anthony
Saturday, August 7, 8:30 – 11 am: Location TBD