Forest Bathing Offerings in Four Community Parks
“We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”
– Andy Goldsworthy, British environmental artist and photographer
As guides, we’re discovering an array of short experiential practices, what we call “invitations,” that are leading to our exploring and connecting with nature in richer ways. Bringing invitations from what we’ve received on workshops, retreats and through books like Morning Altars (Day Schildkret) and Earthwalks (James Endredy), we’re offering new practices in community with others. Along these lines, we’ve expanded Forest Bathing sessions on Sundays to three hours for themed practices.
Previous experience in nature is not required, only an open-hearted curiosity. Forest Bathing offerings are for all fitness levels and abilities. We will generally be walking short distances, though accommodations will gladly be made. Please join us. Jordan and Jennifer
Upon registration, further details and meeting locations will be sent to you. Registration is required; please see bottom of page for links to registering.
Community-Based Guided Shinrin-Yoku Outings
General Forest Bathing: By tuning into scent, sight, sound, touch, taste, we slow down and begin to connect with the forest by way of guided exercises or what we call “invitations.” During Forest Bathing we’ll explore nature, and our connection to animals, plants, soil . . . . Drawing from an array of Forest Bathing practices, we’ll listen to what’s emerging to guide us.
Thursday, Feb. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. General Forest Bathing. (Please see description under “Community-Based Shinrin-Yoku Outings.”)
Sunday, Feb 23. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Becoming Animal.” Invitations invite imaging and feeling into kindred inhabitants through the senses. During solo time, we might feel guided to move on trails like a fox or deer. Or we might sway in the breeze as a branch or hum as an insect. How do these beings experience the land and us? Such explorations can be a doorway into a deeper felt connection with nature, imagination and creativity.
Location, Caperton Swamp is at 3916 River Rd., 40207. Take River Road to I-71 at Indian Hills Trail.
Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. General Forest Bathing. (Please see description under “Community-Based Shinrin-Yoku Outings.”)
Sunday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Spring Unfurling.”After winter slumber and restoration, spring welcomes fresh eyes and fresh experiences. We’ll witness the budding landscape and welcome our own inner movement toward growth. We will also get to know some spring plants!
Location, Loop Island Wetlands is at 2200 East Main Street, New Albany, Indiana 47150.
Thursday., April 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. General Forest Bathing. (Please see description under “Community-Based Shinrin-Yoku Outings.”)
Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Earth as Support.” Experience practices like guided gentle movement and mindful walking to experience grounding in our larger connection with the Earth and the support she offers. If it feels right, the wandering might be barefoot. Shinrin Yoku research reports a variety of health benefits when we pause and connect with the Earth.
Location, Iroquois Park is at 2120 Rundill Road, Louisville 40214.
Thursday, May 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. General Forest Bathing. By tuning into scent, sight, sound, touch, taste, we slow down and begin to connect with the forest by way of guided exercises or what we call “invitations.” During Forest Bathing we’ll explore nature, and our connection to animals, plants, soil . . . . Drawing from an array of Forest Bathing practices, we’ll listen to what’s emerging to guide us.
Sign up for one or more sessions. Registration is required. Forest Bathing is offered on a donations basis; suggested donation is $30 (Pay what you can.) Donations go to support area parks.
Visit the Bridge Counseling and Wellness website for up-to-date information on integrative mental health and nature based therapy workshops, retreats and groups.
Visit JordanDye.com for mindfulness and nature connection offerings for individuals and groups.
Jennifer Owens, LCSW and Jordan Dye, MSW are guides for these community Forest Bathing walks and explorations. We look forward to sharing time with you in the natural world.