10/20 Forest Bathing:
Connecting with the Forest Atmosphere

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October 2018

Member: $28 ; Nonmember: $35

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Slow Down. Awaken your senses. Bear witness to yourself and all beings.

Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us.

On your walk, a certified guide will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land at Fruitlands. The end of each walk features a tea ceremony where you will enjoy tea made from plants foraged on site and some healthy snacks! There’s no right or wrong way to do it; just come and be yourself. It’s all welcome in the forest.

The walk will still be on if it''s raining, unless it is a really big downpour or violent storm. If it is raining it''s important to have a waterproof shell including pants, and many people bring umbrellas also.  Rain often enhances sensory experience and makes for some of our most memorable walks.

Please note that space in this program is limited and pre-registration is required.


About Our Guide: Nadine Mazzola

Nadine is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Mentor through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and founder & Director of New England Nature & Forest Therapy Consulting. Her training includes special knowledge in guiding people of all ages in Shinrin Yoku, "Forest Bathing," walks and the body of scientific knowledge demonstrating the benefits of spending time in nature as a wellness practice and an effective way to manage and reduce stress. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine''s most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. A Massachusetts native who loves spending time wandering and exploring in nature, she is joyous to be sharing Forest Bathing with the community and creating environments for Forest Therapy. Her website is www.nenft.com.

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