Forest Bathing: Second Sundays at Sunset - The Arboretum
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Sunday, February 11; 3:30PM - 5:30PM

Forest Bathing: Second Sundays at Sunset

Program Details

Join a rotating roster of guides, all certified by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, on the second Sunday of each month for a gently guided immersion into the more-than-human world.

This term, coined by the cultural ecologist David Abram in his book, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, acknowledges the living and breathing nature of the environment as akin to our own, and seeks to mend the contemporary separation and hierarchy that exists between humans and nature. This, too, is a primary intent for Forest Bathing.

You will first be guided in a grounding exploration which brings you into deeper connection with all of your senses, before being given a variety of carefully crafted invitations to wander out and use to explore your relationship with the Arboretum environment. After each invitation we gather to share with each other what we are noticing. Every practice ends with an herbal tisane.

This experience is timed to take place at sunset on Sundays. Accompanied by the Arboretum’s trees, plants and inhabitants, as well as the gentle ending of daylight, we bring our weekend to a peaceful end and reset ourselves for the week ahead. A lovely regular ritual to participate in by yourself or with family and friends, this practice will help to regulate stress and anxiety and strengthen one’s bond with self and with the earth.

Because of the slow and meditative nature of this class, we strongly recommend that participants be 12 years old and older.

We recommend:
-Wear or bring comfortable layers of clothing so as to be prepared for the temperature shift that occurs after sundown and into the night.
-Apply sunscreen and/or insect repellant before class
-Silence your phone

What to bring:
-Water

About Our Guides

Debra Wilbur is an ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide, a UCLA/Marc-trained Mindfulness Meditation Instructor, sound healing practitioner, Usui Reiki Master.  She weaves together these practices along with her interests in astrology, ritual and ceremony to create a singular nature-based immersion aimed at quieting the mind and body, easing stress, freeing the imagination, and creating community among strangers.

Website: www.insideoutimmersion.com

Email: debra@insideoutimmersion.com

IG: @insideoutimmersion

 

Ben Page is a Forest Therapy Guide, council carrier, DJ, creator of Story Weaving and the author of Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing, The Wild Garden and The World In My Pocket. His work focuses on the philosophical ethic of non-striving and self-love as a gateway to inner peace and compassionate action. Ben holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.

Website: www.integralforestbathing.com

Email: integralforestbathing@gmail.com

IG: @integralforestbathing

 

Dr. Novellyn Heard is an ANFT Certified Forest Therapy Guide, bird watcher, meditator, and retired mental health professional. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Medical School. Through forest immersion practices, she helps herself and others relax, connect with nature, and improve well-being. 

 

 

 

 

Cancellation/Reschedule/Refund Policy:

Cancellations or reschedules must be requested in advance of one week prior to the program start date in order to qualify for a refund or reschedule. Cancellations or reschedules requested within 7 days of the class start date will not qualify for a refund or reschedule. The Arboretum does not offer credit or reschedules for missed classes. If you are unable to cancel within the required refund window, please consider your program fee a donation to the garden. Your registration confirms your understanding of and agreement with this policy. 

Cost

Members: $25
Non-members: $35

*Advance online registration required.
*Admission to Arboretum included with class registration. Feel free to explore the gardens before/after your class.

More Information

Cancellation/Reschedule/Refund Policy:

Cancellations or reschedules must be requested in advance of one week prior to the program start date in order to qualify for a refund or reschedule. Cancellations or reschedules requested within 7 days of the class start date will not qualify for a refund or reschedule. The Arboretum does not offer credit or reschedules for missed classes. If you are unable to cancel within the required refund window, please consider your program fee a donation to the garden. Your registration confirms your understanding of and agreement with this policy. 

*Please arrive 10 minutes before class to ensure you have time to check in!
*Refunds will not be granted to registered guests who miss the class due to tardiness.

*Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623 or email at education@arboretum.org

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