Colorado Springs is a great place for forest bathing.
Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is a Japanese practice of fully immersing yourself in nature by mindfully walking through the forest while attending to your senses. What do you see and hear? What can you smell or touch?
Research indicates that immersing ourselves in nature is a preventative health measure that decreases heart rate, reduces blood pressure, and increases relaxation.
On Saturday, February 19th from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at the Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs, Summer Lajoie will be leading a mindful walk (forest bathing) followed by a tea ceremony.
The event is $20 per member or $30 per nonmember. Prepaid registration is required. To register, go here.
While walking through the forest with Summer, look for birds as research indicates that our experience of depression, anxiety, and stress is inversely related to the number of birds we see.
This study found that the more birds the participants saw, the less negative emotions they reported.
Bear Creek Nature Center is a perfect bird-watching spot.
After the event, explore the free indoor education center. There is a working honeybee hive!
Bear Creek Nature Center hosts numerous programs and events for all ages. There may be a small fee for these experiences, but access to the indoor nature center and the walking trails are always free. You will find their program schedule here.
- Location: 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
- Nature Center hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Trails are open dawn to dusk
- Phone number: 719-520-6387
Bear Creek is one of two El Paso County Nature Centers. You can read about the Fountain Creek center here.
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