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Forest Bathing–A Mindful Experience with Nature, June 10, 10:30-12:30

In partnership with Crabtree Farms of Chattanooga, TN, I will be leading a Forest Bathing experience. Contact (in advance) Crabtree to register.

Forest Bathing, also called Shinrin-yoku, is a Japanese concept of immersing oneself in the rich sensory experience of the forest with open awareness and no expectations. The body and mind “bathes” in the smells, sounds, light, movement, taste and feel of the forest.

Through mindful experiences such as Forest Bathing, we can be present with the body and senses, simply resting in natural awareness, grounded. We will practice skills in how to work with difficult thoughts and feelings to reduce stress and anxiety.

Research in Japan is providing evidence of what nature-lovers have intuitively known for years: that reconnecting to the forest will heal us. Studies show, specifically, that intentional forest walking elevates the mood, reduces stress hormones such as cortisol, boosts the immune system, and reduces the heart rate.

Experience it for yourself.

Location:  Guild-Hardy Trail at Lookout Mountain Conservancy.  (The trail is located at the northern end of Lookout Mountain within the Chattanooga city limits.  Park in the far west end (gravel) lot at Ruby Falls where we will meet to start our walk.)

Crabtree Farms Fall Plant Sale – Saturday, Sept 8th

Come by Crabtree Farms, Chattanooga’s urban educational sustainable agriculture farm, for their annual fall plant sale. I will be speaking about creating an herbal “farmacy” in your yard and how to use it. Or, if you have already started an herb garden, but aren’t sure that you’re putting it to use, you’ll likely go home with some new appreciation for the medicinal qualities of your garden and some confidence in how to use it. My talk is at 10:30am Saturday, and it is followed by great talks on composting by Bud Hines, and an organing gardening Q & A by Joel Houser.

About Crabtree Farms, from their website:

“Crabtree Farms was founded in 1998 to bring urban sustainable agriculture to Chattanooga. The mission of Crabtree Farms is to promote research & education in sustainable agriculture.  Crabtree Farms serves the greater Chattanooga community through education and advocacy programs that teach about growing food sustainably and choosing local produce.”

 

 

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