Forest Bathing at Fernwood Botanical Gardens

Autumn/Winter Dates

November 19th, 2-4pm and December 17, 2-4pm; $25/person

Want to enjoy a private seasonal yoga class beforehand for your group? 

Add $15/person for mindful movement from 12:30-1:45pm before your soak up the trees! 

$25/person for Forest Bath or $40/person for Forest Bath + yoga


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. 


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.


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).