The Joy of Forest Bathing Talk & Booksigning

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for an evening of sharing photos and stories from Forest Bathing in Japan. 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. The Joy of Forest Bathing book signing will follow the talk.

This evening presentation is in addition to a series of walks Melanie will be leading for ACES, when you get to experience the practice of Forest Bathing first hand. Come for the evening presentation, and for a Forest Bathing walk!

About the Presenter:

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!

How To Get There:

Please bike or walk to ACES  whenever possible! We understand that you'll need to drive to ACES for certain classes - 6am birding classes, photo field trips, etc. However, when you can, make it a personal challenge and see if you can drive fewer times than last year! Parking at ACES is limited.





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  • Adults