About this Event
Guided Forest Bathing - originally coined "Shinrin Yoku" in Japan - is the practice of connecting with one's senses and the natural world through guided invitations and prompts that bring peace, stillness and relaxation. Connect with breath, body, Mother Nature and other like-hearted humans in this guided experience. I am simply here to accompany you, the true medicine is the forest.
This practice has been shown to improve overall well-being, from reducing stress hormones, increasing relaxation and boosting the immune system.
Please come dressed appropriately for the weather, with layers and appropriate foot gear. You are invited to bring some water or any non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Bring any tokens or items that might help you feel supported.
This walk is for you if:
-You are open to guided meditation
-You are interested in connecting with plant and earth wisdom
-You would like to connect with like-hearted community
-You care about the natural world
-You are curious to learn Guided Forest Bathing techniques to support you in your life
-You are comfortable standing, walking and sitting in nature
You will also receive FREE access to a guided forest meditation practice that you can take with you on your next journey into nature.
This gathering is offered by donation on a sliding scale basis.
Suggested base donation: $50/person
Base donation & subsidize the cost for another: $100/person
Base donation, subsidize cost for another & donate to support making guided forest bathing accessible & other greening initiatives: $200/person
Generosity code: If finances are an obstacle, please consider your expenses and see what you are able to donate. If it aligns for you, you are always welcome to participate. Donations are voluntary.
Bring water and something to sit on if desired. We meet in High Park just North of Grenadier restaurant parking lot, west of Hawk Hill at 6:00pm EST. To avoid feeling rushed, or disrupting the group, please arrive on time.
As with any experience, there is a possibility of injury, and by purchasing a ticket for this Guided Forest Bathing Journey, you confirm you are fully aware of and willing to assume the risk involved in participating in this walk.
Meditative nature journeys are led by Lucy Szczesniak who completed her Honours Bachelor of Science specializing in Ecology and Biology, and Master of Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto. Her thesis was inspired by the practice of Shinrin Yoku which originates in Japan. The practice of "Guided Forest Bathing" - spending time immersed in nature and receiving guided prompts which facilitate relaxation - supports psychological, emotional and physiological wellbeing. Lucy has studied Buddhist meditative practices and shares her love for nature by now offering guided nature meditation journeys. Lucy has spent 60 days in silent retreat, in solitude in the wilderness where she connected deeply with the profound healing benefits of the forest. She now helps others cultivate relationship with self and the natural environment through guided nature meditation practices.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
High Park, 1873 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Canada