In the '80's Japan formulated a term and an activity called.....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.
In Japan and Korea the practice of Forest bathing is a national strategy for health.
It is understood through the study of and practice of ShinRin Yoku that immersing in nature in a mindful and meditative manner is a sure way to reduce stress and connect to many health benefits.
What they have found and many communities and cultures before them is that if one visits an area in nature and walks in a calm and meditative manner, some or many of the following benefits may be achieved.
Lower Blood pressure
More ability to be present and concentrate.
Boosted Immune system functioning.
Join Beverly for a guided movement through nature. The time will be divided between silent walking meditation, mantra and sound within nature, gentle movement, and journal or sharing time. The idea of Nature Bathing is to become comfortable with doing and accomplishing nothing. To just BE within the moment.
If joining in please be prepared to either leave your phone at home or turn it off for the duration of the afternoon. Dress appropriately for the weather with good, comfortable walking footwear. We will go rain or shine. The only thing that will cause cancellation is an absolute monsoon or wind storm that makes it dangerous to be in the trees.
Location will either be either Lighthouse Park or Stanley Park. Decided closer to the date
1:00 - 4:00 pm Friday March 9th, 2018
Investment: $50 + GST Bring a friend $85 + GST for both
Runs with a minimum of 4 students registered.
Each person joining in does so with the recognition that although we will be "social" this will be "quiet" time
What you may need:
Small comfortable backpack or bag with the following -
Comfortable walking shoes that are able to walk on rocky or uneven areas.
Appropriate clothing and extra layers if the weather is changeable.
Water (please no plastic throw away bottles) Food if you have not eaten.
Hat if the weather is bad
Maybe a small towel or blanket to sit on if it is not raining heavily.
A journal and pen.
Things that make you happy (i.e special totem...rock, picture, food, etc) to gift to Mother Nature.
Your intention to "accomplish nothing" and just be.
Investment: $50 + GST
Friday, March 9th, 2018
Stanley Park or Lighthouse Park