Forest Bathing Walk in Memory Grove

Saturday, October 8

9:30am

Cost $30

 

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The guided walk is limited to 15 participants and lasts approximately 1.5 – 2 hours.

Slow down, awaken your senses, and connect with the natural world through a guided forest bathing experience in Memory Grove Park, an oasis near downtown Salt Lake City. 

Forest bathing, also known as forest therapy, is inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku which translates to “soaking in the forest atmosphere.” It fosters a reconnection with nature through a slow-paced walk with a guide, who in connection with the forest, offers invitations that open your senses to engage with the natural world. As a growing global wellness movement, it is backed by nearly 40 years of scientific research on the holistic benefits of immersing yourself in nature. These benefits include reduced stress and blood pressure, increased creativity and focus, improved mood and sleep, and a boost to immune functions.

 

Your Guide:

IMG 5578Naomi Watkins (she/her) is a certified forest therapy guide, an educational leader, a breathwork facilitator, a yoga instructor, and a storyteller. She coaches and supports educators, explores the Wasatch mountains on foot and on her paddleboard, shares the stories of women past and present through writing and podcasting, and holds a Ph.D. in education. While she grew up on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, her chosen home is on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Ute Tribes in the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City. 

This walk will be slow-paced and cover less than a mile on an ADA-accessible, paved path through Memory Grove Park. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. IMG 5576

  • Once registered, you will receive more information on how to prepare for the experience and where to meet.
  • No pets or children under 16 for this experience.
  • No experience necessary – just an open heart and willingness to connect.
  • Please dress for the weather, including a hat, jacket, layers, umbrella, and proper shoes.
  • Walks will continue even in drizzling rain or light snow as both can enhance our sensory experience. An alternate date will be coordinated if there is severe inclement weather (e.g., high winds, thunderstorms, blizzards, etc).
  • Public restrooms are available during the walk.
  • Please contact us if you have any limitations that the guide should be aware of so that the walk can be modified if necessary.
  • Note that this walk concludes with a tea service of non caffeinated herbal tea.

“The Forest Bathing practice calmed the noises and brought me to a place of stillness, presence and deep awareness of my connection with the more than human world.”

–Forest Bathing Walk Participant

 

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