Join Rebecca Beidler of Walk in Awe, for a slow meander among the trees, getting to know the land at Mountain Hollow Medicinals. In the tradition of Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing, we will use all of our senses to experience the land through a series of invitations. We will walk quietly, focusing on the sights, smells, sounds, textures, and feelings of the forest, pausing periodically to share our insights with the group. We will end the walk by sharing a cup of tea made with plants from the place we have walked.
In the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that are demonstrating the mechanisms behind the healing effects of simply being in wild and natural areas. (some of this research is available here). For example, many trees give off organic compounds that support our “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of our immune system's way of fighting cancer.
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells.
Reduced blood pressure
Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
Increased energy level
Followed by our forest bath we will conclude our gathering with a guided sound bath meditation offered by Diana, using her tibetan sound bowls. Weather permitting Diana will offer the sound bath in the forest or in the yurt.
This will be a deeply healing experience and I hope you can join us.