If you don't see a Shinrin-yoku event that fits your schedule, contact me! We can discuss how to create a special event / walk for a group of friends, family, coworkers, etc. Email me at [email protected]
  2. Ongoing
    WINTER SHINRIN-YOKU - Experience the Magic!
    As winter is quickly approaching, I do not have any scheduled walks at the moment. However, winter is an amazing time for Shinrin-yoku - no bugs! It is magical! Please watch the site, make suggestions, or arrange your own walk!
NOTE:  Events in Glendalough are not funded by the State Parks unless otherwise noted. Must also purchase vehicle park pass separately.

Most Forest Bathing walks are scheduled for no less than 90 minutes, with full walks lasting 2.5 to 3 hours.  A professionally guided Shinrin-yoku experience can be a one-time event, but hopefully you’ll want to return for new and different experiences, just as you might attend a yoga or meditation class on multiple occasions.  In fact, some of the healing and wellness benefits can be likened to those experienced with yoga, mediation, or massage; only in the case of Shinrin-yoku, you’re making a connection with your body and spirit, and the healing wisdom of the natural world.  I partake in the above practices as well, and know of their holistic benefits, but Shinrin-yoku is truly a unique practice!  While I thought I was in tune with the natural world, this has really amplified my connection with nature and with myself (which are, of course, connected!)

The cost of a guided Forest Bathing walk will vary depending upon the venue, the length, sponsorship, and whether it’s a group or solo event.  Each specific event’s registration information will list the costs associated with it (unless it’s sponsored by an organization or other entity that is covering the costs).  I did a quick search of some of the above-mentioned events and practices in this part of the state, just for a point of comparison:

Yoga-related 2 hour workshop:  $35 -$45+
Massage:  45 minutes - $60-$75; 60 minutes - $90-$100
Individual healing / coaching:  $100+

Group walk rates will be slightly less than workshop rates listed to the left; individually-guided walks will be closer to those of a healing / coaching session.  

(And gratitude for those who have been involved!)

IMAGES ABOVE represent some of the events and activities that have happened so far.  I typically don't have my camera out, but here are a few visuals!

Thoughtful participants in a "forest tea" ceremony, arranged pieces of nature as gifts to the gathering.

People connect with nature in different ways, not only with the trees, but also the prairies and waters of this beautiful place!

Children's activities have allowed us to be more playfrul, partner with others, and create beautiful nature art!
I am truly grateful for the variety of events I've been a part of so far, to the people who participate and bring so much to the walks, and to those who make things happen!  

Many thanks to all who have taken an interest and offered support for the following:

  • Winter Forest Bathing in Itasca State Park with regional naturalists. Thank you, naturalists, for your enthusiasm and openness!
  • Forest Bathing walks at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, MN, sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Thank you, Jake and ASLA!
  • Featured presentation: "Getting Back to the Garden"  I was honored to give at the Unitarian Church of Underwood Minnesota on Earth Day.  Thank you, UU speaker committee!
  • "Honoring Mothers" and nurturing women on a gorgeous Mothers Day walk.  Thank you, beautiful women!
  • "Seeds for the Future" in Roosevelt Park, Fergus Falls, MN, as part of "Year of Play."  Thanks to Artist/partner Dwight Mickelson, The Department of Public Perks, Springboard for the Arts, PartnerSHIP4Health, and the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Glendalough State Park's "Wild Wednesdays" Forest Bathing for children, their adults, and other "kids at heart"!  Thank you Glendalough, Ben and Kathy!
  • Buffalo River State Park's featured wellness programs.  Thanks to Paula and Kathy, and Buffalo River Park!
  • Wellness Wednesday Walks at Glendalough State Park have been wonderful and unique, and an honor to be a part of!  
  • "Green Friday" walk (as a counter to Black Friday) brought those who chose to Opt Outdoors on a gorgeous day!