Forest Bathing at Fernwood Botanical Gardens


During our afternoon we will enjoy gentle movement and guidance for your slow, sensory mindful walk (*forest bath), After some brief instruction in Mindfulness and the benefits of Nature therapy, you can take time to pause in a Sit Spot and then rejoin the group to create a Nature Mandala in silence or have a seasonal guided meditation. We will close in Circle with open reflection.  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. 

Spring/Summer Dates

Sunday, May 22, 1-4pm  (This Day only includes a Women’s Circle 1-2pm)

Saturday, June 11, 2-4pm

Saturday, July 9, 2-4pm

Sunday, August 14, 2-4pm 


Fernwood Botanical Garden 13988 Range Line Road, Niles, MI 49120

The Compassionate Wisdom workbook and two weeks of the inner development “Compassionate Wisdom” course are available as “add-ons” for $25. Scroll through Companion Workbook here.

may forest bath plus Women’s Circle

Women’s Circle 1-2pm

Those of you who have not attended past Women’s Circles are more than happy to join us for the first hour (1-2pm). We will be visioning through “Mind Mapping” – see relevant workbook pages here. Or you may buy a workbook for $25. You can read about our Circles here.

Forest Bath 2-4pm

Those of you who care to join us for the Forest Bath only please meet us outside the Sims Education Center at 2pm. We will do some gentle movement, then take our mindful walk down to the river Teacher platform. There we will close with a Guided Meditation.


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.

Scroll through pages here. 

Also available for purchase for $12.99 plus $2 for shipping. 

Parent Resources 

Thanks to Mark Magliola (on flute) and Beth Bradfish (sound artist) for this track (playing on this page).