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Forest Bathing Walk at Langdon Recreation Center
June 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDTFree
Join Casey Trees and certified nature and forest therapy guide, Farjana Islam, for a forest bathing walk among the trees at Langdon Park.
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.
Research has shown that forest therapy provides boosts in immunity, reduction in stress and blood pressure, and improved cognitive functioning. Inspired by the Japanese practice of “Shinrin yoku,” or “forest bathing,” forest therapy has expanded globally through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. As an evidence based integrative wellness practice benefiting people and nature, forest therapy offers participants an opportunity to slow down and become connected to themselves, others, and the more than human world through a guided, sensory walk. Tea and snacks will be offered.
Farjana will guide us on a slow-paced walk through the trees and terrain of the park with plenty of time to stop and soak up the beauty of our surroundings.
- All volunteers must sign a completed volunteer waiver form on the day of the event before participating.
- No specific skills required. The event will start with a tool safety and pruning demonstration. Volunteers will have access to a National Park Service employee for any questions that arise.
- Register in advance. Space is limited. If your plans change prior to the event, please update your registration status so we are sure to have the necessary number of volunteers.
- Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required. All necessary tools and safety gear will be provided.
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.
Farjana Islam — Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Certified Guide in training
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.
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.
- Something to sit upon, like a pad, stool, or yoga mat (if you’re not comfortable sitting on the ground).
Public Transportation: The nearest Metro station to the planting is Rhode Island/Brentwood, which is a mile away. The B8, B9, and H6 buses all stop near the planting site.
Parking: A parking lot is available on-site.
Bike Parking: Bikes can be locked to nearby signs.
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