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Adult Opportunities

LGBTQ+ Forest Therapy Walk

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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In this forest therapy walk for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies, join other nature lovers for a mindful walk with a certified forest therapy guide on the grounds of The Morton Arboretum.

On this walk, you will experience a series of guided invitations to slow down, open the senses, and cultivate an embodied relationship between yourself and the natural world. The class concludes with a tea ceremony, with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail. There’s no right or wrong way to come home to ourselves. Come as you are; it’s all welcome in the forest.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Jessica Rodriguez, certified forest therapy guide

Age: 16 and older

Course number: WELL116

Jessica Rodriquez, certified forest therapy guide

Jessica Rodriguez is a certified forest therapy guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and has been guiding since March 2022. They hold a BA in environmental studies and sociology and currently also work as a horticulturist. Their passion lies in opening the doors between people and nature to connect and heal together. They can be found on Instagram and Facebook @reciprocalforestbathing.


What to Know

Held entirely outdoors, rain or shine. Check the forecast and dress for the weather. An extra layer is recommended.

Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.

Walks are at a slow, gentle pace with frequent stops.

A mat to sit on is optional.

Nongendered restrooms are available at the Visitor Center, and portable toilets are available at the walk location.

Program Schedule

Section A: Saturday, June 3, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Section B: Saturday, July 22, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to noon

Parking Lot 29


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