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Health & Well-Being, Hiking/Walking, Recreation

The vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring and is characterized by equal amounts of daylight and darkness. This celestial occurrence has long been celebrated as a time of renewal and growth, symbolizing balance and harmony in nature.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in combining the healing benefits of nature with mindful practices such as meditation and mindfulness. Forest therapy, an emerging practice rooted in Japanese Shinrin-yoku, offers a structured approach to immersing oneself in nature to promote relaxation, stress reduction, and improved well-being.

By engaging our senses through guided walks or activities, individuals can cultivate a deep connection with the natural world while nurturing their physical and mental health. This harmonious combination of vernal equinox celebration, forest therapy practice, and mindfulness technique creates a unique opportunity for personal growth and self-care.

Led by Forest Therapy Guide Robert Sarnoski (Mind Body Simple, LLC)

Full Length Forest Therapy Session: This longer format Forest Therapy walk helps you embrace a mindful and intentional approach to immersing oneself in nature. We will walk further into the forest, finding quiet spots to sit and observe our surroundings. By taking time to connect with nature through guided invitations and shifting focus to each of your senses – be it the sound of birds chirping, the scent of earthy soil or the soft touch of moss beneath your fingertips, you can allow yourself to become attuned to the rhythm and energy of the forest and become an active participant rather than a passive observer. Please prepare yourself physically by wearing comfortable clothing suitable for the climate and sturdy footwear that can navigate uneven terrain.

The meet-up for this event will be at McConnell Hall (Mansion Parking lot) and will last approximately 3 hours. Please dress according to the weather and feel free to bring a walking stick, water bottle, a sense of curiosity or anything that will make your journey in the forest more enjoyable.

Guest Guide Info: https://www.mindbodysimple.com/

**Due to the increasing popularity of our programming and the growing number of people on the waitlist for programs, we require a 24-hour cancellation notice for all programs. This will allow us time to reach out to other participants/families on the wait list and allow them to fill your spot. Individuals who repeatedly do not cancel before the program and who repeatedly do not show up to the program will be prohibited from signing up for future programs.


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Friends of Nolde Forest: Vernal Equinox Forest Therapy Walk