FOREST BATHING FOR WELL BEING
FOREST BATHING FOR WELL BEING
Try Forest Bathing
Forest Bathing in Duke Forest, NC
May 21, 2022, 2-4 pm,
Duke Forest Gate 26, on Whitfield Road
A map of Gate 26 can be found here.
Parking is available along the graveled roadside of Whitfield Road.
You are invited to slow down and attune to the forest in this quiet, gently guided walk. Let go of any stress or concerns as you use all of your senses to connect with the forest and relax. This experience incorporates practices of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) that intersect with research-based practices for well-being. Forest bathing is an immersive experience in which you breathe deeply, expand your awareness, and deepen your connection to the forest. Sharing this experience with others enhances mindful connection and well-being. Most importantly, this is a time to enjoy and appreciate Duke Forest. We will walk slowly, covering a short distance with time to sit in silence, savoring a lovely, rich mix of habitats along the trails inside Gate 26.
Duke Forest consists of over 7,000 acres of forested land and open fields in Durham, Orange, and Alamance counties, owned and managed by Duke University. The mission of the Duke Forest is to facilitate research that addresses fundamental and applied questions across a variety of disciplines and to aid in the instruction of all students in their pursuit of knowledge, especially regarding the stewardship of our natural resources. To learn more about the “outdoor classroom” and “living laboratory” that is the Duke Forest, please visit dukeforest.duke.edu or subscribe to our e-newsletter.
May 21, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmAges 16 and up. No dogs, please. Limit:15
You will receive more information about what to bring and where to meet after you register.
Your guide: Marjorie Pomper
Forest Bathing with Marjorie Pomper
May 2, 2021, 2-4 PM
Slow down and attune to nature in this flat, quiet, gently guided walk that incorporates the practices of forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). Forest bathing is an immersive experience that helps open your senses, expand your awareness, and deepen your connection to nature. Sharing this experience with others enhances mindful connection. We will walk a short distance with time to sit in silence or wander further, savoring a lovely, rich mix of habitats along the Chattahoochee River. Ages 16 and up. No dogs, please. Limit: 25
Forest Bathing Benefits
There are many benefits to slowing down and connecting with your surroundings.
Studies have found that forest bathing has positive physiological effects, such as blood pressure reduction, improvement of autonomic and immune functions, as well as psychological effects associated with feelings of well-being and resilience.
Furuyashi ki, A., Tabuchi, K., Norikoshi, K., Kobayashi, T., & Oriyama, S. (2019). A comparative study of the physiological and psychological effects of forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku) on working age people with and without depressive tendencies. Environmental health and preventive medicine, 24(1), 46. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12199-019-0800-1
What to Expect
In a forest bathing session, you will attune to your surroundings with all of your senses, breathe deeply and connect with the earth. You will have a chance to see things anew and offer gratitude from the heart. Connection with yourself, with nature, and with others is invited. You may find a loving presence that will follow you into all parts of your life.
Simple, yet profound.
What to bring:
Wholly Being Programs
Awake in the Woods