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"Forest Bathing" at New Canaan Nature Center

  • New Canaan Nature Center 124 Oenoke Ridge Road New Canaan, CT 06840 (map)

“New research suggests that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood.” Florence Williams, The Nature Fix.

The Japanese practice of shinrin-yuko, which translates to ‘forest bathing’, is the medicine of simply being in the forest. It is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness. The purpose is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment. The mental and physical health benefits include reducing stress and fostering relaxation, boosting the immune system, increasing energy, and decreasing anxiety, depression and anger.

With the glow of summer upon us, we hope you will join us to explore the practice of forest bathing. We’ll learn about the practice and then take an experiential walk outside, inspiring us to tune into our surroundings by using all of our senses - the smells, textures, tastes and sights of our natural world.

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better”. Albert Einstein

A great big “Thank you!” to the New Canaan Nature Center for inviting us to use their beautiful grounds for this practice!!


When: Wednesday July 24 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Where: New Canaan Nature Center 124 Oenoke Ridge Road, New Canaan
We'll meet in the parking lot prior to 9:30 AM
What: An explanation of Forest "Bathing", then an invitation to use the grounds to practice it. There will be a period of sitting, as well as movement around the property. Please bring a chair or cushion that you can sit on the grass with.

*****Please note that if it is raining, the session will not take place. ********