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. 

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Three-Hour Forest Therapy Walk

Three-hour walks will be back in Spring.

COVID-19 Precautions:

Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines

 

Instructors: Jeanne Iovinelli, Beth Bengtson, and Alison Paul, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guides

Jeanne Iovinelli became a Certified Forest Therapy Guide in January 2019.  She was trained under Amos Clifford, the founder of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood, CA. She has enjoyed nature throughout her life and has been visiting The Morton Arboretum since early childhood. She is also a volunteer at The Morton Arboretum with Tuesdays in the Tallgrass.

Beth Bengtson is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). She has also been an Education Program Guide at the Arboretum since 2008, teaching nature education programs for youth and adults in both lab and outdoor settings. Beth has certifications in Natural History and N-ACT (Natural Areas Conservation Training) through The Morton Arboretum. She works with a volunteer steward group restoring the Arboretum’s East Prairie, and leads students and youth volunteers on natural areas restoration projects. Beth has a BA in English from the University of Iowa and, prior to entering the field of nature education, worked professionally as a writer/editor. She still enjoys writing freelance and personal projects. Her work has been published in literary journals and various print and online publications.

Alison Paul has more than 15 years of experience strengthening people’s connections to themselves, others, and the place where they live. Allison is an active mom of two little kids, a yogi, a meditator, an outdoor fanatic, and a certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT). She spends her weekdays at the Field Museum of Natural History where she is the Keller Science Action Center’s Senior Program Manager for their Chicago Region community environmental work.

Schedule and Location

9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thornhill Shelter

Section A: Friday, January 28, 2022, with Alison Paul

Section B: Saturday, February 12, 2022, with Jeanne Iovinelli

Section C: Friday, February 18, 2022, with Jeanne Iovinelli

Section D: Saturday, March 19, 2022, with Beth Bengtson

Section E: Friday, March 25, 2022, with Beth Bengtson

Held entirely outdoors. Dressing in layers, and bringing a hat, scarf, gloves, and extra socks will help keep you comfortable for extended time outdoors. You may also wish to bring hand or toe warmers, and a blanket or sit pad. Limit of 15 participants.

 

SCHEDULE AND LOCATION
9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thornhill Shelter

Section A: Friday, January 28, 2022, with Allison Paul

Section B: Saturday, February 12, 2022, with Jeanne Iovinelli

Section C: Friday, February 18, 2022, with Jeanne Iovinelli

Section D: Saturday, March 19, 2022, with Beth Bengtson

Section E: Friday, March 25, 2022, with Beth Bengtson

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