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Forest Bathing Walk at Kingman Island

May 18, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Join Casey Trees and author and certified nature and forest therapy guide, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a forest bathing walk among the trees on Kingman Island. This peaceful oasis in the Anacostia River feels worlds away from D.C.

Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, began in Japan in the 1980s as a response to the overly stressed and over-worked status of citizens of Tokyo and other urban areas. The Forest Agency of Japan began encouraging people to get out into the forests periodically and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature with all of their senses. The practice, which is rooted in the ancient Japanese reverence for nature, has caught on all around the world as people everywhere are discovering the joys—and proven mental and physical health benefits—of time spent in nature.

Melanie has visited Japan and participated in forest bathing walks led by Shinrin-yoku guides near Tokyo and in the Japanese Alps. Melanie has led many tree walks, cycling and kayaking trips for Casey Trees, and she looks forward to spending a spring morning with us in one of her favorite spots in the City of Trees.

Melanie will guide us on a slow-paced walk through the trees and terrain of the island with plenty of time to stop and soak up the beauty of our surroundings.

What to Wear and Bring: Dress in layers for the weather and bring water and snacks. Wear sunscreen and a hat. Insect repellant may be desirable.

What to Expect: We will be walking very slowly and covering a short distance during our 2.5 hour forest bathing walk while soaking up the beauty of our surroundings. Be prepared for some rocky and unpaved terrain at times. Melanie is happy to answer any questions about the practice of forest bathing prior to our walk: mcb@melaniechoukas-bradley.com.

About our Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees, A Year in Rock Creek Park, two books about Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, and new, The Joy of Forest Bathing. She is a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with certification from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs of Santa Rosa, CA.


Melanie Choukas-Bradley — naturalist and author of City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park


Advance registration is required; space is limited.

Who Should Attend?

This tour is ideal for anyone who would like to learn about the health benefits of spending time in nature.

Come Prepared

This event will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather where safety could be jeopardized, the tour will be rescheduled.

To ensure you enjoy your experience with us:

  • Dress for the event and weather. Be prepared for rain if forecast.
  • Wear layers and comfortable hiking boots or shoes that can get muddy.
  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Bring water and snacks.

Getting There
To get to the island follow the directions for RFK Open Air Farmers Market: 2615 Benning Rd NE, Washington, DC 20002. You can park in Lot 6 and then walk over to the meeting point, the entrance area to KJingman and Heritage Islands Park (see map below). Once congregated at the meeting point, Melanie will guide the group to Kingman Island.

If arriving by bike

The meeting location is located along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. There are bike racks there.

By Public Transportation

The X1, X2 and X3 bus stop across from the RFK parking lot on Benning Road and 26th St. NE. The Stadium Armory Metro Station is a 1 mile walk from the meeting location.

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May 18, 2019
9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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Kingman Island
2615 Benning Rd NE
Washington, DC 20002 United States