Forest Bathing at Fernwood Botanical Gardens
During our afternoon we will enjoy gentle movement and guidance for your slow, sensory, mindful walk where we will “bathe” in the forest’s smells, sounds, colors, textures, and tastes.
After some brief instruction in Mindfulness and the benefits of Nature therapy, you can begin your walk and take time to pause in a Sit Spot.
We will rejoin the group to share our experience and then close in Circle with a guided meditation.
Appropriate for all-ages; can be customized for children or adults separately.
See here for an introduction to the origins of the shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) practice in Japan.
Classes are subject to cancellation based on weather and number of sign ups. Deirdre will email all registered participants in the regretful event we need to cancel.
Sunday, October 8th and November 19th, 2-4pm
Fernwood Botanical Garden 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, MI 49120
Mindfulness in Nature Summer Camp
Deirdre designed and directed this camp at Fernwood during the Summers of 2018-2021. Today she supports camp programming through offering “mindfulness in nature” workshops and courses.
Programs draw from yoga, mindfulness meditation and the creative process, inviting children to restore themselves in Nature.
Deirdre invites participants of all ages to:
- immerse themselves in ecological learning (reading the forest and weather patterns or studying bird alarms and animal tracks),
- build focused attention skills (journaling from our sit spots, creating nature mandalas) and
- have the chance to practice mindfulness and soothe anxious or overstimulated nervous systems with friends (story-yoga, breath-work, constructive rest) in a beautiful natural retreat setting.
We invite you to play and restore in Nature with us!
Mindfulness in Nature Journals for Kids
Gifted with program registration.
Also available for purchase for $12.99 plus $2 for shipping.
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Thanks to Mark Magliola (on flute) and Beth Bradfish (sound artist) for this track (playing on this page).