Fri Dec 31, 9:00 AM - Fri Dec 31, 2:00 PM

US National Arboretum

3501 New York Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002

Community: Georgetown

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Being outside is vitally important now more than ever. Let us guide you in disconnecting from the outside world and reconnecting with nature

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Being outside is vitally important now more than ever. Let us guide you in disconnecting from the outside world and reconnecting with nature

Join our nature and forest therapy guide in this two-hour program that encourages you to slow down and take in the National Arboretum through all your senses. Forest bathing, or shinrin yoku, is the simple practice of taking in the woods through the senses for health benefits. The benefits are immense: boosted immunity, lowered blood pressure and heart rate, improved attention and mood, and hitting the reset button on life. The Japanese have enjoyed shinrin yoku for decades as a regular public health initiative.

Our forest bathing walks consist of three ‘invitations’. Each time the guide will prompt you to reflect on a particular aspect of the natural world around you, give you time to wander and meditate throughout the garden collection, then reconvene the group to share reflections. While some people choose to walk extensively during this ‘forest bathing walk’, many others choose to sit and get to know specific areas of the collection. Each forest bathing walk will end with a modified tea ceremony — we will have small pre-packaged snacks to close the walk.

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