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Nature-Based Therapeutics
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It's nature's way of healing. Nature Based Therapeutics are professionally facilitated interactions with plants, animals and natural landscapes to bring about measurable outcomes in human health and well-being. It is nature's way of healing all people in physical, social, emotional and cognitive ways.


Woman practicing mindfulness in nature

Mindfulness in Nature Walk

Thursday, October 8
9 a.m.-11 a.m.

Anna Peterson, PhD, Ecologist and Mindfulness Practitioner

Ages 16 and older

Spending intentional time in nature has been shown to decrease stress, increase creativity, and improve overall health and wellbeing! Join Anna to learn how to combine nature observation with mindfulness (being fully present and aware of our minds, bodies, and surroundings) to get the most out of your time outside. On this walk:
  • Gain a greater appreciation for our local flora and fauna as Anna points out spring activity along the way
  • Discover how you can observe spring wildflowers, birds, and other aspects of nature in new ways
  • Learn simple mindfulness techniques for quieting the mind and practice them along the way
  • Cultivate a sense of awareness that can be applied to daily life
Bring from home (suggested)
Binoculars, practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and clothing for the possibility of walking and standing still comfortably in whatever weather we are presented with.
Note
This Walk may be paired with the Mindfulness in Nature Journaling Workshop on October 17; the content will be similar but each program provides different ways to experience and practice mindfulness.

Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall


$19 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Person journaling peacefully  in nature, photo OnchiraWongsiri/Shutterstock

Mindfulness in Nature: Journaling Workshop

Saturday, October 17
9 a.m.-noon

Anna Peterson, PhD, Ecologist and Mindfulness Practitioner

Ages 16 and older

Do you feel the need for more peace and wellbeing in your life? Spending intentional time in nature has been shown to decrease stress, increase creativity, and improve overall health and wellbeing! Dig deeper into mindfulness (being fully present and aware of our minds, bodies and surroundings) through nature journaling with Anna:

  • Start in the classroom as you learn more about what mindfulness is and its benefits when used in everyday life
  • Learn simple mindfulness techniques for quieting the mind
  • Discover how journaling about and in nature can be used as a mindfulness technique
  • Go out on a leisurely walk through nearby areas of the Arboretum as Anna shares how you can observe spring wildflowers, birds, and other aspects of nature in new ways
  • Practice journaling in nature using your newly learned mindfulness techniques
  • Leave feeling more at peace, and excited to implement your newly found knowledge!

Bring from home (suggested)
Small journal, binoculars (optional), practical shoes for walking over uneven paths, and clothing for the possibility of walking and standing still comfortably in whatever weather we are presented with.
Note
This Workshop may be paired with the Mindfulness in Nature Walk on October 8; the content will be similar but each program provides different ways to experience and practice mindfulness.

Limit 20, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom


$29 member/$45 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum 
Various Dates

Age 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-Yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-Yoku (or 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. 
Limit 12 people per session

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