Upcoming Arboretum Classes & Programs Cancelled Until Further Notice

Effective March 13, 6 p.m., until further notice, all Arboretum grounds, buildings, and on-site programs and events are cancelled. Online learning modules will proceed as scheduled.

Registered class participants
All registered participants for on-site educational programs are being contacted by email (the contact information associated with the order), and offered the following options for their fee:

  • Receive a credit of your registration fee towards future Arboretum Classes. Credit must be spent by June 30, 2020 and applied to any Class or Educational Program through March 1, 2021. Your credit may only be applied to a class of equal or greater value. Customer is responsible for any additional charges exceeding the value of the credit.
  • Donate your registration fee to the Arboretum. Thank you for considering this option, we rely on donations to fund our gardens and educational programs.
  • Refund your registration fee.

Questions?
Contact us by email at ArbEdu@umn.edu or phone at 612-301-1210 and leave a message. We will reply as soon as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Changes to your registrations cannot be done online.

Updates & Information: Arboretum Educational Programming
Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates on classes cancellations and communications.

Thank you
Thank you for your support and patience. We encourage everyone to stay healthy, get outside into nature, and to visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum once we reopen.

Shinrin-Yoku
Experiences


Shinrin-yoku, Forest Bathing, photo by Michael Borg
photo: Michael Borg

SHINRIN-YOKU RESOURCES

ACADEMIC COURSES
University of MN course CSPH 5642 Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics

ARTICLES/RESEARCH
Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor's Orders

The Human Relation With
Nature and Technological Nature

Natural environments and mental health

This Is Your Brain on Nature - National Geographic - read the article

The Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' is scientificially proven to be good for you

Forest Bathing Studies: Why You Need To Start Today!

VIDEOS
Introduction to Shinrin Yoku

Introduction to Forest Therapy and Shinrin Yoku

What is Forest Therapy?

This Is Your Brain on Nature - National Geographic - watch the video

Real Fountain Of Youth | Forest Bathing Learn about "killer cells"

Crazy Circle Illusion a video about perception

Earth Compared To The Rest Of The Universe a video that will blow your mind about our insignificance

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum

Select a session
Saturday Morning, May 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday Afternoon, May 16, 3-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday Full Moon, June 2, 7-9:30 p.m.
Saturday Morning, June 6, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday Morning, July 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday Afternoon, July 18, 5:30-8 p.m.
Saturday Morning, August 1, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday Full Moon, August 2, 7-9:30 p.m.
Saturday Morning, September 5, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday Afternoon, September 19, 3-5:30 p.m.
Saturday Morning, October 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday Afternoon, October 18, 3-5:30 p.m.

Guides
Morning Sessions
Tom Bezek, Trained Nature Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy
Afternoon & Full Moon Sessions
Leigha Horton, Certified Guide + Practicum Mentor, Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs

 Ages 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-yoku (translation: 'Forest Bathing'), a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer:

  • Learn through guided awareness exercises
  • Discover how the process can awaken your senses and calm your mind
  • Leave feeling refreshed and encouraged to try shinrin yoku again!
  • Select "Full Moon' sessions allow you to enjoy the cool beauty of a moonlit evening in the  Arboretum while practicing Shinrin-yoku. "Full Moon" sessions take place after most of the public has left the Arboretum grounds, when you are likely to find more solitude.

Please watch this 2-minute video prior to registering in order to gain a better understanding of what to expect from a session of shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum.

HELPFUL TIPS

  • Sessions of Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum will not necessarily take place in a forest--this meditative practice can take place anywhere in nature.
  • Arboretum location will be chosen at instructor's discretion The Arboretum is a public place; solitude from other visitors is not expected nor guaranteed.
  • Shinrin-yoku walks celebrate all aspects of nature and will run rain or shine unless the conditions are deemed too dangerous by the Arboretum.
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Be prepared for possible sun burn, insect bites, or allergy conditions. Where appropriate please bring necessary repellents, protection, and medications.

PLEASE NOTE
Shinrin-yoku does not serve as a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Sessions of Shinrin-yoku at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum do not engage in the practice of medicine, nor enter into a health-care practitioner/patient relationship. Please discuss your personal health with a qualified health practitioner.

Limit 12, Ordway Picnic Shelter

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Saturday Morning, May 2, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday Afternoon, May 16, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Tuesday Full Moon, June 2, 7 p.m..-9:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday Morning, June 6, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday Morning, July 11, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday Afternoon, July 18, 5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday Morning, August 1, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Sunday Full Moon, August 2, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday Morning,September 5, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday Afternoon, September 19, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday Morning, October 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

register

Sunday Afternoon, October 18, 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m
$19 member/$34 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission


 

 

 

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Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

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The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button and complete the form, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.


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