We are shifting this month’s plans a bit for our Project Stewardship [young adult program] “outing” as we continue to follow NYS COVID-19 guidelines. Connecting what our young people learned in the Mindful Journaling workshop in May, we will use this opportunity to incorporate mindfulness practices while connecting with the energy of nature.
Sometime before this virtual outing, participants can watch an Introductory Orientation to “Forest-Bathing” for some background information. Then, during our Zoom session, we will participate in a virtual “Forest-Bathing” session with Stephanie Gaglione, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. The session will be followed by an outdoor extension with guided activities that participants can embark on with a parent (at Mill Pond or another nature setting).
Nature therapy is an open-ended practice based on Japanese Shinrin Yoku or “forest bathing”. Although there are many scientifically proven health benefits, there is no expectation for what a person “should” experience or what benefits they “should” receive. Instead, it is a practice of developing and deepening our relationship with the natural world. Connection to the present moment and the natural world occurs through stimulation and exploration of all our senses. As a guide, Stephanie will facilitate this process by offering invitations largely composed of simple experiences that encourage presence, calm, curiosity, and overall well-being.
Join us to try something new and explore the benefits that nature has to offer!