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Forest Bathing at the Arnold Arboretum
May 1, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Slow down and awaken your senses on a guided therapeutic experience in the Arnold Arboretum, led by certified forest therapy guide Tam Willey. Forest Bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, is a restorative sensory exploration that supports health and healing for all beings. From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, come discover for yourself what happens when we unplug, slow down and open our senses to notice more of our natural surroundings. Forest Bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization. All the prompts, invitations, sharing and ways of participating are optional and open to interpretation.
This program is geared towards adults (18+) and has a cap of 15 participants. Registration is required.
Tam Willey (they/them) is a certified forest therapy guide, trainer, mentor and teacher with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and is the founder of “Toadstool Walks,” a guiding practice based in Boston, Massachusetts. Tam has guided Forest Therapy in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Mass Audubon, Boston Harbor Now, Peabody Essex Museum, Lesley University Holistic Psychology and Wellness, Boston University School Of Theology, and more. Tam is passionate about the ways that forest therapy can build our collective empathy and compassion, broadening and healing relationships, human and beyond, supporting our re-membering that we are not only in relationship with nature but rather that we are nature. For more information about Tam, check out Toadtstoolwalks.com