UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. MULTIPLE WEDNESDAYS - EVENING
    Evening Wednesday Wellness Walks, Glendalough State Park
    Join me in Glendalough State Park for Wednesday evening Forest Bathing walks. These relaxing walks will begin 2 hours before sunset at the Molly Stark Picnic Area. Click the "LEAF" to connect to Eventbrite for available dates.
  2. YOUR EVENT DATE HERE
    SCHEDULE YOUR OWN FOREST BATHING EVENT!
    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]
  3. MULTIPLE WEDNESDAYS - DAYTIME
    Daytime Wednesday Wellness Walks, Glendalough State Park
    Join me in Glendalough State Park's Molly Stark picnic area. These relaxing daytime walks vary in starting times and length. Click the "LEAF" to connect to Eventbrite for available dates and times. Register for multiple dates for new experiences each time!
  4. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
    SPIRIT OF PLACE Shinrin-yoku Walk
    Join me on All-Hallow's Eve, or in the Gaelic term, "Samhain" (Sow-een), an hour before sunset for a Shinrin-yoku walk that honors the "in-betweenness" of seasons, place, and spirit. (This is not a children's Halloween event)
NOTE:  Events in Glendalough are not funded by the State Parks unless otherwise noted. Must also purchase vehicle park pass separately.
WHAT DOES A GUIDED SHINRIN-YOKU WALK COST?

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.  

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO...  
(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 continue to be wonderful and unique, and an honor to be a part of!  I love you, Glendalough!