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Adult Opportunities

LGBTQ+ Forest Therapy Walk (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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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 Arboretum’s grounds.

On this two-hour 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. We’ll conclude 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 Morton Arboretum.

Instructor: Jessica Rodriquez (they/them), certified nature and forest therapy guide

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Age: 16 and older


Jessica Rodriquez (they/them), Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

Jessica Rodriguez is a certified forest bathing 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 at @reciprocalforestbathing.


What to Know

  • Held entirely outdoors, rain or shine. 
  • Please arrive at the gatehouse 20 minutes before class to allow time to drive to the walk location. Refunds will not be granted to registered guests who miss the walk due to tardiness.  
  • This program and the Arboretum is an inclusive environment that welcomes and affirms all gender identities. 
  • There is a portable toilet available at the walk location. A nongendered family restroom is available in the Visitor Center and Pavilion near the entrance.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Bring insect and sun protection and a water bottle.
  • Sunglasses and a mat or towel to sit upon are optional. 


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