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Debra Wilbur

Debra Wilbur

Following early careers in fashion and the visual arts, I worked as an art director in the film and television industry for nearly 20 years—16 of those years on a worldwide number one television drama. I was steeped in a work life that absorbed all of my energies (mind, body, soul) 24/7. When you’re whole existance is defined and captured by your work life you are, of course, aware of its limited stainability, but it's so difficult to imagine let alone craft your way out of it. So, the Universe stepped in for me. An on-set accident prevented me from walking for several months. I used this “time off” to move my mother cross-country to attend to her during her decline and death resulting from Alzheimer’s. Almost simultaneously, I received a cancer diagnosis requiring surgery, radiation and chemical treatment. Sprinkle in a few more falls and broken bones as well as the development of a chronic pain condition and you have an intense three-year physical, mental and spirtitual transition story.  All this revived my interest in and exploration of stress relief and healing practices. I had already been studying TM (Transcendental Meditation), which I credit chiefly for my relatively peaceful navigation of these experiences. But I have also since achieved milestones and received accreditation in other arenas as well: I am a Reiki Master, advanced Transcendental Meditation practitioner, death doula, third certificate ikebana apprentice, sound healer, horticulturist/herbalist and a mindfulness meditation facilitator.   I have traveled the Nakasendo Trail in Japan and experienced firsthand where Shinrin-yoku (known here in North America as forest bathing) first came into practice. I am a certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy guide and I combine that practice with my plant and foraging knowledge, my regard for astrology, animism, ritual and ceremony to create a singular nature-based immersion--aimed at quieting the mind and body, easing stress, freeing the imagination, and creating community among strangers.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

May 23, 2024 | 08:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

May 24, 2024 | 08:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
The Huntington: Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington: Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens

Jun 01, 2024 | 08:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, USA

Join Certified Forest Therapy Guide Debra Wilbur for a two-day forest bathing class and discover pathways to restore emotional and physical well-being. Wilbur leads a guided nature immersion experience while exploring the beauty and tranquility of The Huntington. Suitable for all levels, no previous experience necessary. Registration includes two consecutive Saturdays. All walks include a day/place specific crystal stone and organic herbal tisane.
The Huntington: Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens

The Huntington: Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens

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

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, USA

Join Certified Forest Therapy Guide Debra Wilbur for a two-day forest bathing class and discover pathways to restore emotional and physical well-being. Wilbur leads a guided nature immersion experience while exploring the beauty and tranquility of The Huntington. Suitable for all levels, no previous experience necessary. Registration includes two consecutive Saturdays. All walks include a day/place specific crystal stone and organic herbal tisane.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Jun 21, 2024 | 08:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Jun 22, 2024 | 08:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Jul 14, 2024 | 06:00 P.M. - 08:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Join me at sunset on the second Sunday of the month for a gently guided immersion into the more-than-human world. This term, coined by the cultural ecologist David Abram in his book, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, acknowledges the living and breathing nature of the environment as akin to our own, and seeks to mend the contemporary separation and hierarchy that exists between humans and nature. This, too, is a primary intent for Forest Bathing. You will first be guided in a grounding exploration which brings you into deeper connection with all of your senses, before being given a variety of carefully crafted invitations to wander out and use to explore your relationship with the Arboretum environment. After each invitation we gather to share with each other what we are noticing. Every practice ends with an herbal tisane. This experience is timed to take place at sunset on Sundays. Accompanied by the Arboretum’s trees, plants and inhabitants, as well as the gentle ending of daylight, we bring our weekend to a peaceful end and reset ourselves for the week ahead. A lovely regular ritual to participate in by yourself or with family and friends, this practice will help to regulate stress and anxiety and strengthen one’s bond with self and with the earth.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Jul 20, 2024 | 08:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Jul 21, 2024 | 08:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Aug 18, 2024 | 07:00 P.M. - 09:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Aug 19, 2024 | 07:00 P.M. - 09:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Sep 16, 2024 | 06:00 P.M. - 08:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Sep 17, 2024 | 06:00 P.M. - 08:00 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Oct 13, 2024 | 04:30 P.M. - 06:30 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Join me at sunset on the second Sunday of the month for a gently guided immersion into the more-than-human world. This term, coined by the cultural ecologist David Abram in his book, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World, acknowledges the living and breathing nature of the environment as akin to our own, and seeks to mend the contemporary separation and hierarchy that exists between humans and nature. This, too, is a primary intent for Forest Bathing. You will first be guided in a grounding exploration which brings you into deeper connection with all of your senses, before being given a variety of carefully crafted invitations to wander out and use to explore your relationship with the Arboretum environment. After each invitation we gather to share with each other what we are noticing. Every practice ends with an herbal tisane. This experience is timed to take place at sunset on Sundays. Accompanied by the Arboretum’s trees, plants and inhabitants, as well as the gentle ending of daylight, we bring our weekend to a peaceful end and reset ourselves for the week ahead. A lovely regular ritual to participate in by yourself or with family and friends, this practice will help to regulate stress and anxiety and strengthen one’s bond with self and with the earth.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Oct 16, 2024 | 05:30 P.M. - 07:30 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

Oct 17, 2024 | 05:30 P.M. - 07:30 P.M.

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007, USA

Forest Bathing under a FULL MOON gives us an unparalleled opportunity to navigate with senses less dominant than our eyesight. We attune to and then let ourselves be guided by our more subtle senses: scent, sound, touch and intuition. We will move about this spectacular garden at night after it is closed to the general public. The time of the full moon offers us opportunity to see and to celebrate the myriad ways that the moon, the stars and the night sky can guide and influence us. The evening will incorporate an ever-varying combination of sound making and healing, forest bathing and nature immersion, reiki, and astrology.

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Feature Article in the LA Times about My Walks!

"The two-part class led by forest therapy guide Debra Wilbur over consecutive Saturdays. I was skeptical, but game. Seeking refuge in nature is hardly new and need not be exclusive — why pay for it? And how was this therapy?"

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