"Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself." - Hermann Hesse
Feeling stressed out or disconnected? Looking for a simple way to reset? Forest Bathing (known as Shinrin Yoku in Japan) is a restorative way to return to YOU. Don't worry, no actual bathing required - we are immersing ourselves in the healing qualities of the forest in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Scientific research shows that nature is good for us in a multitude of ways. Spending time outdoors soothes our parasympathetic nervous system, brings our heart rate and blood pressure down, lowers the stress hormone cortisol, boosts creativity and feelings of overall wellbeing.
During a forest bathing experience with a certified nature and forest therapy guide, we'll linger in the present moment, awaken our senses, and quiet our weary minds. At the end, we'll celebrate with a tea ceremony featuring an infusion of locally foraged plants. You'll leave with a practice that you can drop into whenever you need to recenter. Join us for a gentle wander in the woods...
you might just find yourself.
Spring Awakening & Renewal Community Forest Bathing Retreats
The changing seasons are rich with wisdom and guidance. Winter is a time for rest and dreaming, followed by spring, ripe with opportunities for renewal and growth. Cultivate those winter dreams and birth them into reality during these enlivening afternoon retreats. Let your most authentic Self emerge from within and flourish amidst the beauty of early spring!
Your guide, Kelly Bruce, will lead you on a gentle journey through the awakening forest, weaving mindfulness, breathwork, forest bathing (Shinrin Yoku) and nature therapy together for a restorative afternoon. We’ll celebrate the experience in community, enjoying a wild-foraged tea ceremony and snacks. Bring an open mind and an open heart. All are welcome.
2pm March 16 at Conserving Carolina's Transfiguration Preserve, Bat Cave, NC
2pm March 23 at the North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC (Arboretum members: register here for a 10% discount)