Forest Bathing-Meditation in Nature
Join us as we develop an appreciation of our local lands and nature in general, subtle and mindful ways.
Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature in a mindful way, using your senses to derive a whole range of benefits for your physical, mental, emotional, and social health. It is also known as Shinrin-yoku. ‘Shinrin’ means forest and ‘Yoku’ stands for bathing. The idea took birth in Japan in the 1980’s and proved to be a very effective tool to reduce the ill effects of a hectic life and stressful work environment.
A Guide will lead the group through the forest offering skillfully crafted meditation invitations which will allow participants to open their senses and experience the forest in a new way, even if they’ve been hiking in the forest for years. Spending time in the forest has known health benefits. This practice is a blending of nature and mindfulness, while bathing in the beneficial environment of the forest.
This program is suitable for all fitness levels, and is designed as a slow wander through the forest with attention to opening the sense and experiencing the forest in a new way, while receiving the health and wellness the forest naturally offers.
You may register for one or multiple classes. All will include meditations techniques you can use on your own.
Who: Adults 18yrs and older
What: Forest Bathing at PMEC
When: See dates below
Where: Peabody Mill Environment Center. 66 Brook Rd Amherst, NH 03031
Meet at the pond next to the parking area.
Fee: See fees below
About your instructor:
Laura Putnam is a Forest Therapy guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapist. She is also a registered nurse, avid hiker and Reiki practitioner. Laura, is a certified Wilderness First Aid.
Know before you go:
• To allow for social distancing, the maximum capacity of the hike is 15 people
• Our guides will maintain a social distance of 6 feet between themselves and your group
• Masks will be required during the hike
• We recommend that you bring water
• Please wear closed-toe shoes