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Time in nature is sacred and essential to our wellbeing. When we immerse ourselves in the forest, we
create space to settle, breathe and simply be. Here we can receive the restorative power of nature.
As we slow down and experience the more-than-human world with all our senses, we may notice
incredible things that have eluded us over the years. As we step out of the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may discover the unrivaled beauty of a moment and in doing so, relax into all that surrounds us. Unlike other outdoor activities, which are often done with a destination or goal in mind, Forest Bathing places no value on getting somewhere or accomplishing something. It’s not a hike, strenuous activity or a naturalist walk. It is simply an invitation to cultivate deep relationships between humans, the natural world and themselves.
Forest Bathing is a gentle 2-hour walk in which the guide offers a sequence of activities or invitations to
help participants slow down, release stressful mind chatter, be more present and deepen their connections to the natural world. Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, improve cognitive functioning, increase creativity, and offer an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world.
As the walk begins, you will be guided on a tranquil stroll through the forest at a slow pace. You will be
invited to participate in gentle activities designed to engage your senses as you tune into the sounds,
smells, sights and textures of nature around you. There will be times when we gather together to share
what we are noticing and stand witness to others. The walk will conclude with a tea ceremony and light
snack before returning to your day.
Date: Saturday, Sept 24 (Rain Date: Sunday, Sept 25)
Location: Harms Woods – Glenview Woods Entrance (off Harms Rd just north of Old Orchard Rd.) Meet
in the parking area.
Please dress comfortably.
Long pants are recommended.
Wear shoes for walking on uneven terrain.
Dress for the weather.
Bring water for hydration.
There is a Port-O-John on site.
We’ll meet in the Glenview Woods entrance parking lot at 9:45 am.
The walk is from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Your Instructor: Alyse Rynor is a holistic psychotherapist, health coach and certified nature & forest therapy guide. She is passionate about supporting those on a personal and spiritual growth journey who seek authentic self-connection and a greater sense of wholeness
through talk therapy, nutrition & lifestyle changes and deepening one’s relationship with nature. Alyse lives and works in Evanston, Illinois. https://alyserynor.com