Free Event: Join us Saturday May 9 at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park for a taste of Shinrin-yoku, a rapidly growing form of wellness, mindfulness, and health care that mobilizes the healing powers
of nature and forests.
Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese term that means "Forest Bathing" or "Taking in the Atmosphere of the Forest."
Researchers have demonstrated many benefits to physical, mental, and emotional well-being when we walk slowly through the forest, using our sense to connect with its healing powers.
"I had permission and time to observe and become part of the place – the sights, smells, sounds, touch and tastes saturated my core. I felt like I was taking in Forest Medicine."
Once a year an international group gathers at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park to be trained as Forest Therapy Guides. As they approach the end of their week-long training we offer a free walk to the public, guided by our trainees.
If you've been curious about shinrin-yoku, this is a great chance to get a taste of what it's all about.
The mission of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs is to integrate nature and forest therapies into health care and wellness programs in the United States and beyond. We train guides to use simple, relaxing techniques that open new ways for you to experience nature and the forest.
"It was not an herb walk and it was not a nature walk! It was not a “power walk” through nature, it was a way to become part of the nature-moment."
Location: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, near Kenwood California When: Saturday May 9, 9:30AM-12:30PM Walking Distance: Less than one mile, easy terrain Bring: Water, clothes appropriate to the weather, sunscreen, friends and family
Ages: Not well-suited for pre-teen children (we are developing programs for them also!). All others are welcome. Meet: at the white barn at the end of Adobe Canyon Road, past the Sugarloaf Park entry kiosk. Please arrive by 9:15 AM Cost: The walk is free. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park charges a per-vehicle day use fee of $8.00. RSVP: Please email email@example.com to let us know you are coming and how many will be in your party.