Adult Programs

Forest Therapy Walks (in person)

Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest.

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Experience the healing and wellness-promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Awaken your senses and reconnect with nature during these mindful walks with a certified Forest Therapy guide. No two walks are the same; visit different locations at The Morton Arboretum and enjoy a variety of awareness-raising exercises. 

“’Forest bathing’ suggests to me a more casual experience among the trees, unburdened by expectations, oriented to simple pleasures.”  – Amos Clifford, Your Guide to Forest Bathing

Two-hour Forest Therapy Walk

On the two-hour walk, you will experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses, cultivate presence and invite healing interactions between people and the natural world. Conclude with a tea ceremony, with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail.  

Three-hour Forest Therapy Walk

On the three-hour walk, you will experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses and cultivate presence, with more time to deepen the healing interactions between people and the natural world. Conclude with a tea ceremony, with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail.  

COVID-19 safety

  • If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is unwell in the last two weeks, you must stay home. A full refund will be issued on request.
  • Participants must wear face masks. Face masks are required while participating in Arboretum adult learning programs.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others whenever possible. 
  • For more information on the Arboretum’s guidelines, please watch the video at https://www.mortonarb.org/visit-explore/plan-visit/know-you-go-visit-information.

Laura Kamedulski, Retta Hennessy, and Jeanne Iovinelli, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

 

  • Held entirely outdoors, rain or shine.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
  • Bring insect repellent and sun protection.
  • Dressing in layers will help keep you comfortable for extended time outdoors.
  • Supplies: Bring a water bottle. Sunglasses and a mat or towel to sit upon are optional.

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