shinrin-yoku: the medicine of being in the forest
Well, if we needed anyone to tell us, the World Health Organization has named Stress as the health epidemic of the 21st century.
Fortunately the antidote is right outside our doors. It's as old as time. Melded into our DNA as humans evolved in the forests. Science is affirming what many already sense; we need direct nature connection not only in order to survive as a species but to thrive as individuals now.
JOIN US for a totally unique immersion in our local forests based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku aka Forest Bathing.
“This was a new way to experience the forest that is healing and life changing. You will never walk in the woods the same way again!" -Bani Aello, participant
Upcoming In-Person Forest Immersions
Waterfall Forest Immersion
Sunday, June 27th, 10am - 3pm
Shimmering Light Farm, Naples
Beat the heat and sink into the cool, refreshing, clarifying energy of a gentle gully walk to our favorite waterfall!
Let your mind unwind as you are guided in invitations to tune into your senses and listen to the messages of the water and all the other-than-human beings who inhabit this sacred glen.
Included is a delectable, plant-based box lunch by Molly Kommer of Bowl of Naked Lettuce Catering.
Molly specializes in meeting any food restrictions you may have.
We are offering this immersion in partnership with Shimmering Light Farm & Renewal Center in Naples. We will meet there and depart together for the waterfall.
Space is limited! Pre-registration is required.
REGISTER via Shimmering Light Farm HERE
We desire to make deep nature connection more accessible and inclusive of those who are experiencing financial hardship or
those who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx or have been otherwise racialized. If this applies to you, please decide what you can afford to pay and input your own payment amount on the registration form.
Savor the sights, sounds, scents, tastes, touch and wisdom of nature for peace of mind, physical vitality, resilience and reciprocity. We will offer a series of guided invitations for noticing our place in the world and the other beings around us. When we share together what we are noticing, we expand our awareness of how powerful and generous and wise and supportive our sweet Earth really is. We fall deeper in love and, friends, who doesn't need a little more love in their life right about now?!
The Earth is truly the consummate inspiration, healer, muse and more. As Guides, we are skilled in opening the door and co-creating a supportive, receptive, sensory experience with you.
This form of nature connection has been shown to help:
- Reduce stress
- Boost mood
- Stimulate the immune system
- Improve sleep
- Increase the ability to focus, even in people with ADHD
- Accelerate recovery from surgery or illness
- Increase energy levels
- Inspire more innovative thoughts and superior decision making
- Engender a sense of belonging and purpose
- Inspire reciprocity in caring for the Earth as the Earth cares for us.
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May the Forest Be With You Soon!
“This was a new way to experience the forest that is healing and life changing. You will never walk in the woods the same way again! You can be healed by the forest. The connection and the peace were beyond words. The world would be a much more peaceful place if the whole world were taught how to do this.” - Forest Bathing participant, Bani Aello