Forest Therapy Walk

Forest Therapy Walk at Sinsinawa Dec. 22
Snowy forest

Nature will provide the setting for a Forest Therapy Walk at Sinsinawa Mound from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. Forest Therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Forest Bathing. Forest Therapy is not a naturalist walk. Rather, it is a slow, meditative walk in nature that takes a holistic view to the physiological, mental, emotional, and psycho-spiritual benefits to be derived from an embodied contact with nature and aims to engage humans through their senses, not their intellects. Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems as well as stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. We look to build on those benefits by reminding people that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways. Our Forest Therapy walk draws on the latest developments in the field of nature connection and ancient traditions of mindfulness and wellness promotion. The walk requires no exceptional skill or exertion and will be limited to 15 participants.

Our facilitator will be Richard Collins, a guide-in-practicum for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) who is based in Morristown, N.J. His company, Friendly Territory, specializes in Forest Therapy walks.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 18, and the fee is $15. For more information, contact Guest Services at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.

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