Our experience begins with an orientation to the history of the land and to forest bathing or shinrin-yoku. Then we move into a deeply immersive guided meditation that piques all of our senses and prepares us for our wander. As your guide, i give intermittent invitations intended to engage ones senses or deeper connection to the more-than-human world. After each of these invitations, we have brief council shares. The experience ends with a sitting tea ceremony and snacks. The tea is a concoction particular to the trail and the plants we find there. Snacks also accompany our final ceremony. A take-home gift memorializes the experience and provides a prompt to incorporate the practice on your own.
Typically fruit (dried or fresh), nuts, chocolate, or cookies.
We enjoy a tea at the end of the walk that is concocted from local herbs, flowers, bark (depends on what is in season).
Major life transitions started me down the path of healing practices and qualifications: reiki master, advanced transcendental meditation practitioner, and horticulturist/herbalist/forager. i have ventured in Japan along the Nakasendo Trail, where shinrin-yoku (or forest bathing) first came into practice. I am a certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy guide and i combine that practice with my foraging knowledge and interests in astrology, nature, ritual and ceremony to create a unique nature-based immersion aimed at quieting the mind and body, easing stress, freeing imagination, and creating community among strangers in the big city of LA.
We will explore a little-used dry stream bed redolent with beautiful rocks, mountainsides, and native plants and trees.
Please note that there is no cell service once one turns up the drive into the park, so we will not be able to receive messages or questions. Please make certain that you make any enquiries prior to the day of the event.
Forest Bathing and Nature Immersion