Forest Bathing at the Arnold Arboretum

Slow down, unplug and awaken your senses on a guided nature therapy experience at 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 emphasizes slowing down and resting while connecting to nature. It is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization. All the prompts, invitations, ways of sharing and participating are optional and open to interpretation. Come discover for yourself what happens when we slow down and feel into the sensations of being surrounded by nature.

This program is geared toward adults (18+) and is capped at 15 participants. Registration is required. 

Tam Willey (they/them) is a nature therapy guide, trainer, mentor, and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are the founder of “Toadstool Walks,” a guiding practice based in Boston. Tam has guided forest therapy in collaboration with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Speak For The Trees, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Boston Harbor Now, Peabody Essex Museum, Mass Audubon, and more. Tam explores themes of belonging and attention through story and nature immersive experiences, facilitating ways of being together that support a culture of reciprocity and relational kinship. Tam’s guiding practice is informed by their diverse background, love for outdoor adventure, and more. Learn more about Tam at



Arnold Arboretum – Bussey Gate Entrance  Hemlock Hill Road (At Bussey Street)  Boston  Massachusetts  02130 

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