Forest Therapy

Forest Therapy Walks are offered November-April. If you would like to schedule a walk please email or call (772) 589-5050 ext. 108.

Forest Therapy, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku”  (Forest Bathing.)refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. The Japanese words translate into English as “Forest Bathing.” Although we are inspired by the Japanese practice, our use of the terms Forest Therapy and  Shinrin-Yoku do not mean a specifically Japanese practice-- We mean spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions. There is a long tradition of this in cultures throughout the world. It’s not just about healing people; it includes healing for the forest (or river, or desert, or whatever environment you are in).

There are an infinite number of healing activities that can be incorporated into a walk in a forest or any other natural area. An activity is likely to be healing when it makes room for listening, for quiet and accepting presence, and for inquiry through all eight of the sensory modes we possess.

We encourage becoming fully present through an evolving series of invitations given by our ANFT certified guide, who has learned to listen deeply to the forest and often co-create these invitations in the moment, working in partnership with the forest and what it offers. Each invitation is crafted  to help participants slow down and open our senses, giving the forest access to our emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual being. As we do this, we begin to perceive more deeply the nuances of the constant stream of communications rampant in any natural setting. We learn to let the land and its messages penetrate into our minds and hearts more deeply.

Cost of Program:
$30.00 General Public
$27.00 ELC Members
$22.50 Students & Educators (You will be asked for credentials on arrival)

Nature Therapy Walks are scheduled at Sunrise or Sunset
Reservation required. 
Call (772) 589-5050 ext. 108 to make a reservation. 

A minimum of 24 hours cancellation notice is required to receive a refund.
If less than 24 hours’ notice is given, we will try to reschedule for another trip,
though this cannot be guaranteed.

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