In the '80's Japan formulated a term and an activity were created.....Shinrin-Yoku.......Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of well being.
For 3 separate Mondays this summer we will gather at select locations and spend the day with easy hiking, walking meditations, mantra and finish with Nature Bathing. The purpose of Nature Bathing itself is to relax and accomplish nothing.
The day will include the above incorporating Mindfulness techniques, various meditations and some easy yoga. Each person joining in does so with the recognition that although we will be "social" this will be "quiet" time
If this sounds like a good way to spend your Monday sign up and join us.
Each location will be announced the week prior and will be accessible by transit bike and/or car. One intended location is Bowen Island on the English Bay Launch as long as we are able to book it for the Monday from Granville Island (cost is $40 return but we may be able to get a group discount).
What you will need:
Comfortable walking shoes that are able to walk on rocky areas.
Picnic lunch and water
Sunhat and Sunscreen, possibly bug spray
Maybe a small towel or blanket to sit on.
Things that make you happy when you are in the trees
Your intention to "accomplish nothing" and just be
Have your phones fully charged but be prepared to turn them off and disconnect for this time.
$45 + GST