Basking in the Beauty: Finding Healing through Nature
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Immerse yourself in “forest bathing”- a Japanese practice called Shinrin Yoku, for managing stress and connecting to nature. For more than 30 years, the forest agency of Japan has encouraged Japanese citizens to spend quiet time in the forest, taking in the sights, sounds, smells and tactile sensations of nature. Health studies have demonstrated measurable improvements in physical health and mood following sensory immersion in nature, including lowered blood pressure, lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and increased immunity to disease.
Lisa will guide you through a series of relaxing invitations to engage your senses, deepen nature connection, hone intuition and connect with the natural world around us. Wear comfortable clothing (maybe an extra layer) and good shoes for walking on uneven trails. (rain or shine, unless it’s torrential!) Journals and sketch pads are welcome. Join Lisa in feeling the healing powers of the forest.
About the leader(s)
Lisa Gwiazda is happily married and a mother of four sons. She is a Registered Nurse, Board Certified Holistic Nurse, Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Wilderness First Responder. She is currently an apprentice with Spoonful Herbals in Burlington, VT. She loves spending time outdoors connecting with nature and people.