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Forest Bathing Walk at the Franciscan Monastery

July 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-4

Join Casey Trees and author and certified nature and forest therapy guide, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a forest bathing walk among the lovely and contemplative gardens and trees of the Franciscan Monastery. This peaceful oasis in northeast Washington is the ideal location for a forest bathing walk.

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 will guide us on a slow-paced walk through the trees and gardens of the Franciscan Monastery with plenty of time to stop and soak up the beauty of our surroundings. 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 summer morning with us in one of her favorite spots in the City of Trees. Her forthcoming book, The Joy of Forest Bathing, will be published in September.

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 at a slow pace and soaking up the beauty of our surroundings. Melanie is happy to answer any questions about the practice of forest bathing prior to our walk: mcb@melaniechoukas-bradley.com.
If you purchased a Thermos: We will bring for you to use in the tea ceremony and hand out on site! Here it is — a stainless steel thermos to get you through the summer heat and winter chill, and allow you to broadcast your Casey Trees pride.
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 the forthcoming book, 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
The Franciscan Monastery is a 0.7 mile walk from the Brookland-CUA Metro Station on the Red Line. The #6 Fort Lincoln bus will take you directly in front of the building.

Site Information
We will be walking very slowly and covering a short distance during our 2 hour forest bathing walk.

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July 8, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-4
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Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
1400 Quincy St NE
Washington, DC 20017 US