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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Shinrin-Yoku Forest Immersion Practice

gathering & walking meditation
Opening: 1:00 PM
Main Event: 1:00 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM

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Join us as we are ‘bathed' or immersed in the sensory experiences of time among trees. Shinrin-yoku (a.k.a. forest bathing or forest immersion) involves mostly walking slowly through a wooded area, incorporating plenty of chances for standing still or sitting while you appreciate the details of the beauty around you, taking time to re-connect with the natural world.

We will start with a brief explanation of shinrin-yoku practice, plus calling the corners and a brief meditation to prepare us. Then we'll spend an hour or more on our own, gently and reverently immersing ourselves in the sensory experience of the woods. At the end, we'll re-assemble and share insights from our experiences.

We will be outdoors for the full two hours – please dress in layers and wear comfortable clothes and shoes for spending time on an easy/moderate trail. If you won't be able to walk or stand for the full length of time, please bring a portable chair or stool, and we'll help you settle in somewhere to enjoy the trees. Masks and safe distancing practices requested as appropriate.

Novasutras encourages wellness practices like shinrin-yoku to keep us resilient and engaged with earth care, community, and climate justice work. Come join your fellow activists and others who hold the living world in reverence for this restorative practice.

Sponsor: Novasutras
Place: Schwan Lake Park, off 17th Ave
meet in the parking lot behind Simpkins Family Swim Center, 17th Ave
Accessibility: Restrooms, Parking

Contact Information:
Michelle Merrill

Admission: Optional/Requested
Cost: any donation welcome
Use of funds: Organization Fundraiser
RSVP: Required
Michelle Merrill