ACES Forest Bathing Walk | TWO
Join ACES and certified nature and forest therapy guide, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a magical morning forest bathing walk in the aspen groves above the Catto Center at Toklat. Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, began in Japan in the 1980s and is rooted in the ancient Japanese reverence for nature. This mindfulness practice has since gained popularity all over the world. On our morning walk, we will breathe deeply and move slowly, as we soak up the beauty and wonder of the meadows and forests above the lodge, with their glorious mountain views. We’ll engage all of our senses as we explore the trees, wildflowers, meadow grasses and icy waters of a picturesque tributary of Castle Creek. Our walk will last for three hours and we’ll close with maple sap tea.
Join us for an optional Nature Journaling after this walk, from 1:00-2:30pm. Bring your sketch pad and/or woodland journal. We’ll have quiet time to write and sketch along the River Run Trail with an opportunity to share our woodland impressions with each other.
Join us for an evening presentation in addition to the two series of walks Melanie will be leading for ACES. Come for the evening presentation, and for a Forest Bathing walk!
About the Instructor:
Melanie Choukas-Bradley is an award-winning nature book author and forest therapy guide, certified by the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs in Sonoma County, CA. Her most recent book is titled The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. Melanie is based in Washington, DC and she has written the authoritative guide to the trees of the capital, City of Trees, and an independent publishers’ award-winning nature memoir, A Year in Rock Creek Park. She led a forest bathing walk at Toklat last June as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival and fell in love with our aspen groves, wildflowers, mountain views and the story of Toklat. She is very happy to return to lead walks for ACES this June!
Dress in layers for the weather. It’s apt to be quite chilly at the start of our walk. Since we move slowly on a forest bathing walk, standing and sitting often, you’ll want to dress more warmly than you would for a hike. As the day warms, you may want to take off your shoes (optional) to commune with the earth barefoot. Bring water and snacks.