Forest Therapy Walk at The Well Spirituality Center
Come, join us and experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. This fall, one three-hour guided excursion is being offered in La Grange Park in the forest areas behind The Well Spirituality Center at 1515 West Ogden Avenue. The walk will visit different locations in the woods and will include a variety of awareness-raising exercises.
Our guide, Kim Ruffin, is an educator, birder, and all-around nature lover. She recently completed Morton Arboretum’s Forest Therapy Guide training program and is working on a practicum that will lead to formal certification. Kim took the staff of The Well on a walk this summer and simulated the experience for us. The walk included times to wander and explore with the different senses – smelling the wind, listening to our surroundings, looking at the universe of activity happening around our feet – time to sit and journal, and time to share our noticings. We also enjoyed a ceremonial tea together at the close of the walk.
“Forest Bathing” is experiencing a wave of popularity as more people are turning to nature to help de-stress and simplify modern life. The Washington Post, NPR, Huffington Post and Traveler magazine have all published recent articles about this century old practice. Many of the articles cite research studies showing evidence that physical health can be improved by unplugging technology and immersing one’s self in the natural world.
Before you book a trip to some exotic location to experience forest bathing we invite you to try it right here at home! Thursday, October 12, 9-Noon. The cost is $20. Sign up online at https://csjthewell.org or by calling The Well office at 708-482-5048.
Here’s a flyer to download and share with friends about the walk: