Spending time in the woods has provided healing medicine for human beings for thousands of years…
In Japan they began studying the science of how and why the forest provides this healing, calling it Shinrin-Yoku or “forest bathing”. The purpose is to slow down, spend quality time in the woods breathing, contemplating, and moving. We’ll focus on the sights, smells, tastes, and energy of the land, and how our body can benefit. This is not a hike, but more a mix of playtime and meditation.
This workshop will meet at Waynesville Yoga Center, then carpool to a location off-site approx 30 minutes away. We will walk slowly in silence to a spot in the woods and learn Daoist healing movement practices based on the forest and seasons. The trails chosen will be relatively short with little elevation change, open to all abilities. If you have mobility challenges, please let us know ahead of time so we can accommodate as best as possible. Bring water and clothes for potential weather changes.
“Go to a Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses.
This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy,
the medicine of simply being in the forest.”
Join Raymond Johnson April 28th from 1-4pm (with a rain date of May 5th from 1-4pm) for this contemplative and rejuvenating experience.