(Colorado Springs, CO) When was the last time you bathed in the forest? If you can't remember, it is time for one.
Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is a Japanese practice of being fully present in nature, bathing in the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of the environment. Forest bathing includes a slow, mindful walk in nature that allows one to connect with the environment.
It can awaken the senses and promote relaxation, and no bathtub, soap, or water is required.
Research indicates that immersing ourselves in nature is a preventative health measure that can decrease heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and increase relaxation. The fresh air and beautiful scenery can calm the mind, help the body release stress and tension, and enhance overall well-being.
On Saturday, August 19th from 1:00 - 3:30 pm at Bear Creek Nature Center, Summer Lajoie will lead a guided nature-based mediative walk (forest bathing) followed by a tea ceremony. The featured tea is Chokecherry tea.
The event is $30 per person or $20 for nature center members. Space is limited and prepaid registration is required. To register, go here. Follow the link to the El Paso County site and scroll to the third page to find the forest bath registration button.
If you can't make it this month, forest bathing will be offered twice a month (Wednesday and Saturday) starting in September.
After a relaxing bath and tea ceremony, take a moment to explore the free indoor education center at Bear Creek Nature Center. The center has a working honeybee hive that is a must-see.
- Location: 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906
- Nature Center hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Trails are open from dawn to dusk