Guided Nature Walks are currently not offered for Spring/Summer 2021.
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In the meantime, here are a few tips from Tom to try shinrin yoku on your own without a guide.
photo: Michael Borg
Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum
Tom Bezek, Trained Nature Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy
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.
- 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.
- Learn how you can try Shinrin yoku on your own if you are practicing social distancing.
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.
See more information on other Guided Public Arboretum tours.
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