Looking for a safe, healthy, outdoor activity?
How about forest bathing?
On Saturday January 22, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Aurora Community Arboretum (meet at Leisure Complex parking lot), 135 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, Slanja Forest Bathing Walks will host Winter Magic Forest Bathing Experience.
Forest bathing, forest therapy, or Shinrin-yoku, was developed in Japan in the 1980s.
There is a large amount of scientific evidence surrounding the health benefits of spending time in nature. Because of this, forest bathing became an integral part of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
The idea is that when humans spend time in a natural setting, especially under the canopy of a forest, they experience rejuvenating benefits to the mind, body and spirit.
You’re invited to join and engage your senses in the forest environment.
In the wintertime, the pattern of tree trunks, exposed roots and fallen remains of trees stand out in contrast against the white of the snow. We get to reflect on how the life cycle of trees provides sheltering homes for the non human creatures that inhabit our wild spaces. We might hear some creatures scurrying about, see their nests and other evidence of their presence among the trees. We might recognize their footprints in the snow. And we might leave some interesting patterns of our own. Dress warm and come out to enjoy the winter wonderland.
Tickets are $30 each. For more information, click here.
Additional Slanja Forest Bathing Walks include:
Mon, Feb 21, 1:00 PM
Sat, Mar 26, 1:00 PM