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Ben Page

Ben Page

Ben Page is a Forest Bathing Guide, global advocate for the practice and the author of the soon to be released Healing Trees: A Pocket Guide to Forest Bathing. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA and Integral Forest Bathing and has been guiding Forest Bathing walks since 2015.

During his tenure as a trainer and mentor of guides, Ben has trained hundreds of guides around the world. From 2017-2020, he served as the Director of Training for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, specializing in curriculum and pedagogical design.

Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women’s Health, USA TODAY, Good Morning America, The Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a co-founder of The Open School, Southern California’s only free democratic school. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.
Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

May 25, 2021 | 06:00 P.M. - 08:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Full Moon Forest Bathing at the LA Arboretum. Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us. On your walk, a certified guide will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land at the Los Angeles Arboretum. There’s no right or wrong way to do it and it’s great for all ages; just come and be yourself. It’s all welcome in the forest.
Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

May 26, 2021 | 06:00 P.M. - 08:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Full Moon Forest Bathing at the LA Arboretum. Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us. On your walk, a certified guide will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land at the Los Angeles Arboretum. There’s no right or wrong way to do it and it’s great for all ages; just come and be yourself. It’s all welcome in the forest.
VIRTUAL EVENT: Find Yourself In Nature: Find Nature In Yourself

VIRTUAL EVENT: Find Yourself In Nature: Find Nature In Yourself

Jun 13, 2021 to Aug 08, 2021

2255 Challenger Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, USA

NOTE: VIRTUAL EVENT - Group Calls on Sunday - 10 am PST - 8 week course - June 13th - August 8th We live in a narcissistic world, where we are taught that we should strive to be someone special. Through conditioning, we become focused on the story of who we are, of how the world sees us, and with every attempt to become someone heroic, we become more estranged from the inner nature and the ordinary beauty of being alive. We are thirsty for definition because we have been taught to crave acceptance from the world of humanity, but what if we were worthy of love just as we are in each moment? What if nature was waiting for us to come home? In this 8-week course, we’ll be exploring how to experience ourselves as nature experiences itself. Beyond separateness and specialness and egoic stories of who we think we are, this is a journey towards the most essential self, an ecological identity that is given to us even before we are born. It is something emergent, spontaneous, and beautiful in its ordinariness. We don't need to earn it or prove ourselves worthy of it; it comes naturally when we relax into being what we are. In this way, this course aspires to a kind of ecological liberation, an integration of the individual consciousness with the the landscape that is living and harmonious. This course is open to anyone who is curious about exploring their own sense of ecological self. For those who have trained as Forest Therapy Guides, this course may also offer a subtle exploration of the philosophy and embodiment of the Way of the Guide, focusing on principles of authenticity, spontaneity, unconditional acceptance, non-doing, playfulness and paradox. The course is not designed to teach Way of the Guide, but to explore our inner nature; however, you may find that these experiences inform one another at a fundamental level.
Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Jun 23, 2021 | 06:00 P.M. - 08:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Full Moon Forest Bathing at the LA Arboretum. Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may begin to notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us. On your walk, a certified guide will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land at the Los Angeles Arboretum. There’s no right or wrong way to do it and it’s great for all ages; just come and be yourself. It’s all welcome in the forest.

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