Amid concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19, all public programs, events, and trainings in state parks and forests are canceled through April 30. Except for the parks and forests that have been announced as closed, state park and forest facilities remain open.
Forest Therapy is a healing practice that weaves together the Japanese art of shinrin yoku, or “forest bathing,” and elements of Jungian psychology, to help individuals slow down and cultivate a deeper sense of connection both with nature, and with themselves.
Join Wild Philadelphia, a Certified Forest Therapy provider, for a guided walk experience where participants will deepen their personal connections to the natural world, and explore how mindful time with nature can increase our sense of calm, resilience, clarity and connection to our true selves.
Your guide will take you through a series of “invitations” or prompts to help you connect with your senses and the land. The walk will blend time for solitude in nature with some light sharing. Participants will be invited to share in any way that feels right to them – silence is also a welcome form of sharing! The walk will vary between wandering, sitting, and standing, and will cover no more than 1 mile. We’ll conclude the walk with a tea ceremony and snacks.
Nature and Forest Therapy is a powerful antidote to the stresses of an industrialized, rapidly urbanizing society, where busyness is often used as a measure of worth. You’re invited to join us, and see how this simple practice can help us heal our imbalanced relationships with time, with each other, and with ourselves.
This Forest Therapy program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and hosted in conjunction with Alder Health and Wild Philadelphia.
Registration is required. Please visit alderhealth.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-bathing-at-big-boyd-tree-preserve-tickets-99091131241 by April 13, 2020 to reserve your spot!
Saturday, April 18 at 11:00am to 2:00pm
Boyd Big Tree Preserve Conservation Area
1447-1489 Pennsylvania 443, Harrisburg, PA 17112, USA