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Douglas Jones

Douglas Jones

COME BACK TO YOUR TREES The Welsh people have a saying: “dod yn ôl at fy nghoed.” Translated it means, “to return to a balanced state of mind.” Lovely! The literal translation of the Welsh is, “to return to my trees.” Earthy! I'd like to invite you “to come back to your trees” by joining me on a Forest Bathing walk. 

Forest Bathing/Forest Therapy offers the opportunity for a guided sensory immersion in nature. On this walk, you’ll be invited to slow down and focus on your sensory connection with the beings in nature — the sights, sounds, textures, smells, and even tastes of the land, the trees, the water, the rocks, etc. This is not a fitness walk or a naturalist walk. Walks are typically less than half a mile, and may take two to two-and-a-half hours. 

This slow, sensory immersion in nature will allow you to access the physical, psychological, and personal restoration available when spending time in nature. Among the many benefits of Forest Bathing are boosted immune function, reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, improved concentration and creativity, increased relaxation, and soothing experiences of awe. Many Forest Bathers have reported that their walks enhanced and deepened their relationships with others and with the more-than-human world.

I've practiced as a psychologist for over thirty years in the Greater Pittsburgh area, both in private practice and as a consultant to several independent, public and charter schools. I am a Certified Forest Therapy Guide, having received my training from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Coupled with my lifetime of wild tending and vacationing in the woods and lakes of northwestern Michigan, my background as a psychotherapist, prepares me well to accompany and support others on Forest Therapy walks.

Pittsburgh’s city parks, and parks in surrounding communities offer wonderful venues for Forest Bathing walks. A recent participant had this to say about her Forest Therapy walk with me: “The walk was very carefully designed and expertly guided, which resulted in all of us experiencing something extremely personal and beneficial. I especially enjoyed how we were given guidance and direction - but also invited to explore and discover on our own.” 

Feel free to "come back to your trees" and “to return to a balanced state of mind!” Use this app to join a walk, or use the contact link to inquire about scheduling a custom walk for your family, friends, colleagues or staff. I am regularly guiding walks at the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens, Frick Park, and Walker Park. I look forward to partnering with you and nature on a Forest Bathing walk in the Pittsburgh area soon!

And, in the summer of 2024, I hope to be guiding walks in the Good Harbor Bay/LIttle Traverse Lake area of Leelanau County!

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

May 19, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Women's Adventure Club - Western PA. Forest Therapy Walk at Walker Park, Shelter #2

Women's Adventure Club - Western PA. Forest Therapy Walk at Walker Park, Shelter #2

Jun 06, 2024 | 06:00 P.M. - 08:30 P.M.

Walker Park, Sewickley, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. We will walk less than half a mile, and the experience will last from two and a half hours. With Certified Forest Therapy Guide Doug Jones’ guidance, we’ll wander along the path and banks of Little Sewickley Creek, stopping every so often for invitations designed to maximize being present and deepen your connection with nature. Maybe the best thing about Forest Bathing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just come as you are. No advance preparation is needed other than arriving ten minutes early for the walk and dressing appropriately for the weather. On our walk, we will be crossing the Creek on blocks designed for the crossing. Feel free to bring water shoes or waterproof boots if you would like to wade in the Creek. This is not a hilly trail, but may be muddy and uneven in spots. If you have mobility issues, please contact Doug in advance.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Jun 08, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
VA -- Walker Park, Shelter #2

VA -- Walker Park, Shelter #2

Jun 09, 2024 | 05:30 P.M. - 08:00 P.M.

520 Little Sewickley Creek Road, Sewickley, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. We will walk less than half a mile, and the experience will last from two and a half hours. With Certified Forest Therapy Guide Doug Jones’ guidance, we’ll wander along the path and banks of Little Sewickley Creek, stopping every so often for invitations designed to maximize being present and deepen your connection with nature. Maybe the best thing about Forest Bathing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just come as you are. No advance preparation is needed other than arriving ten minutes early for the walk and dressing appropriately for the weather. On our walk, we will be crossing the Creek on blocks designed for the crossing. Feel free to bring water shoes or waterproof boots if you would like to wade in the Creek. This is not a hilly trail, but may be muddy and uneven in spots. If you have mobility issues, please contact Doug in advance.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Jun 12, 2024 | 04:30 P.M. - 07:00 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Juniper Village at Forest Hills

Juniper Village at Forest Hills

Jun 27, 2024 | 03:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M.

107 Fall Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based experience in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this experience is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. With Certified Forest Therapy Guide Doug Jones’ guidance, we’ll enter the woods along the banks of Ardmore Run. Every so often Doug will offer invitations designed to maximize being present and deepen your connection with nature. Maybe the best thing about Forest Bathing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just come as you are. No advance preparation is needed other than arriving on time for the event and dressing appropriately for the weather.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Jun 29, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Jul 06, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Women's Adventure Club - Western PA. Forest Therapy Walk at Walker Park, Shelter #2

Women's Adventure Club - Western PA. Forest Therapy Walk at Walker Park, Shelter #2

Jul 07, 2024 | 06:00 P.M. - 08:30 P.M.

Walker Park, Sewickley, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. We will walk less than half a mile, and the experience will last from two and a half hours. With Certified Forest Therapy Guide Doug Jones’ guidance, we’ll wander along the path and banks of Little Sewickley Creek, stopping every so often for invitations designed to maximize being present and deepen your connection with nature. Maybe the best thing about Forest Bathing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just come as you are. No advance preparation is needed other than arriving ten minutes early for the walk and dressing appropriately for the weather. On our walk, we will be crossing the Creek on blocks designed for the crossing. Feel free to bring water shoes or waterproof boots if you would like to wade in the Creek. This is not a hilly trail, but may be muddy and uneven in spots. If you have mobility issues, please contact Doug in advance.
Juniper Village at Forest Hills

Juniper Village at Forest Hills

Jul 18, 2024 | 03:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M.

107 Fall Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based experience in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this experience is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. With Certified Forest Therapy Guide Doug Jones’ guidance, we’ll enter the woods along the banks of Ardmore Run. Every so often Doug will offer invitations designed to maximize being present and deepen your connection with nature. Maybe the best thing about Forest Bathing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just come as you are. No advance preparation is needed other than arriving on time for the event and dressing appropriately for the weather.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Jul 20, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Jul 24, 2024 | 04:30 P.M. - 07:00 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Aug 21, 2024 | 04:30 P.M. - 07:00 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Aug 24, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Juniper Village at Forest Hills

Juniper Village at Forest Hills

Aug 29, 2024 | 03:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M.

107 Fall Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based experience in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this experience is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. With Certified Forest Therapy Guide Doug Jones’ guidance, we’ll enter the woods along the banks of Ardmore Run. Every so often Doug will offer invitations designed to maximize being present and deepen your connection with nature. Maybe the best thing about Forest Bathing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just come as you are. No advance preparation is needed other than arriving on time for the event and dressing appropriately for the weather.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Aug 31, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Sep 07, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Juniper Village at Forest Hills

Juniper Village at Forest Hills

Sep 26, 2024 | 03:00 P.M. - 04:00 P.M.

107 Fall Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based experience in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this experience is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. With Certified Forest Therapy Guide Doug Jones’ guidance, we’ll enter the woods along the banks of Ardmore Run. Every so often Doug will offer invitations designed to maximize being present and deepen your connection with nature. Maybe the best thing about Forest Bathing is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just come as you are. No advance preparation is needed other than arriving on time for the event and dressing appropriately for the weather.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Sep 28, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Oct 12, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Oct 19, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Oct 27, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

Nov 09, 2024 | 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, USA

Join us and experience nature’s power to soothe, refresh, and open your heart. The Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing in English) is a slow, sensory-based walk in the woods, during which we focus on the sights, sounds, smells, feels, and tastes of nature. This is neither a naturalist exploration nor a fitness trek; this walk is about soaking in the health benefits of relaxed time in nature. It’s also about tending to and mending our relationships with nature, ourselves, and others. There are no requirements – just come as you are. PBG is a well-loved natural landscape of over 400 acres; 60 acres are groomed and tended as gardens, meadows, woodland, and grassy areas around a vibrant pond. The terrain is rolling, but there are no severely steep areas. We will walk on just a few trails, and our journey will be less than half a mile. We’ll walk rain or shine. Be sure to check the cancellation policy when you register.

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