Land trust sponsors 'forest bathing' walk May 24

May 15, 2017
Courtesy of: Boothbay Region Land Trust Medomak Valley Land Trust presents a 'forest bathing' walk May 24.

Waldoboro — Medomak Valley Land Trust offers a  "forest bathing' walk at the Goose River Peace Corps Preserve, Finntown Road, Wednesday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m.

The Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, or “forest bathing,” is a chance to experience the forest through a special guided walk. Participants will discover the health-boosting benefits of moving slowly and mindfully through the forest. This walk consists of a series of invitations, in which participants slow down and open their senses while interacting with the natural world. It is an opportunity for walkers to enhance their health, wellness and happiness during aneasy walk that covers less than a mile in about an hour.

This hike will be led by Boothbay Region Land Trust Environmental Educator and Certified Forest Therapy Guide Tracey Hall. Part walk, part therapy, Shinrin Yoku blends short, sense-opening exercises with ritual, in the natural environment of a forest. “The practice began in Japan during the 1980s,” Hall said. “Japanese people were stressed out, and doctors began to search for ways to help them. Walks in the forest were not only recommended, they prescribed them for their patients. The forest was the therapist.”

To get to the preserve, from Route 1 in Waldoboro, drive south on Route 220 for 5.6 miles. Turn left onto Finntown Road. The preserve entrance is located on the right in 0.9 miles. Parking is available on either side of the road.  Registration is required for this free event, and group size is limited to 10 people. Participants are encouraged to wear extra layers and footwear with good traction. For more information, call 832-5570 or email info@medomakvalley.org.

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