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Family Forest Therapy Walk
November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$5 – $30
Come join us for a nature immersion experience for the whole family where everyday stresses are released. You can experience fun ways to be with nature with your children in this spring season on a guided Forest Therapy/Shinrin Yoku Walk led by June Leo-Randazzo, a Certified ANFT Forest Therapy Guide.
Forest Therapy is a chance to be with nature, perhaps in a different way then you are used to. Extensive scientific research has found Forest Therapy Walks to have numerous physical health benefits including activation of the ‘rest and restore’ parasympathetic nervous system, decreases to anxiety and depression, lowering blood pressure, improving creativity and focus, and much more. The guide will offer you and your children invitations to help you to be more aware of your senses to slow down and connect with the wonders of nature. There is no right or wrong way to participate in the invitations through this playful and interactive experience.
As you enjoy time with your family and others in the forest, you will have a chance to share with others what you are noticing in any way you would like to (words, movement, gestures and even silence). During our times of sharing, we will all practice listening with our full attention to whomever is sharing (no worries if young children need to move around, as all are welcome).
The walk ends with a tea ceremony with wildcrafted tea foraged from the area, snacks and hot cocoa for the children. We have a fireplace available if needed where we may start and end this walk. The rest of the walk we will wander away into the surrounding forest area. If it is very cold, we can return to the fire for our sharing times. You are also free to return if you need to warm up. If you are an adult accompanying a child on a Forest Therapy Walk, you are encouraged to allow yourself to also take part in the program, find your inner child, and trust that everyone will receive what they need in the experience.
This walk is for ages 5 and up. Space is limited. Online pre-registration is required. All children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. You will be sent information the night prior to the walk on where to park and meet on the day of the walk. The walk will take place in rain or snow. In case cancellation is necessary due to dangerous conditions, you will be notified morning of the walk.