"The tragedy in life is not what we suffer, but what we miss." -T. Carlyle
The above quote is one of my favorites. This earth and all our relations are too beautiful to miss.
Forest Bathing slows you down, if only for a short time, so that you do not miss. It serves to guide us back to our senses, back to our evolutionary design. We humans know a lot and we think a lot, thank goodness. However, thinking inhibits perception. And with blind spots in our relational and physical perception - we miss things. We miss people. We miss relationships. We miss opportunities. We miss beauty. And we miss a felt sense of belonging.
Our connection to nature is embedded within our DNA, yet we miss or forget this fact. 'Nature is not a place to visit, it is home', says poet Gary Snyder, and he is correct. Our brains, bodies, and relationships have their origins in nature, and it is there we find peace. Nature and the forests provide us with all the physical, psychological and chemical attributes needed to live healthy lives – but our challenge is to learn how to reconnect with the living forest.
Shinrin Yoku is Japanese for “forest bathing” or “taking in the forest atmosphere”. This popular Japanese therapy represents a new form of nature-based healing. Shinrin-Yoku was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a building block of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established an extensive body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Our 'rewilding' approach to forest bathing expands the conventional approach to Shinrin Yoku; This emphasizes reciprocity and stewardship along with thehealing abilities presented by the natural world, and incorporates wildcrafting and relationship with the sentient forest. It is important to remember that it is not only nature that is good for us; with intention and care, we are good for nature.
Visit our Public Programs page for class times, or call for a private Forest Bathing experience.
"Being guided by Kimberly feels like meeting nature and myself with increased respect, appreciation and awareness. She challenges me to open up and use my senses and self through ancient ways of being that invite closer contact and harmony with our living world and all creatures that call it home." --Jen S., Rewilding participant
Who: Individuals, Public Classes, Couples, Families, Friends, Small Groups Where: Locations listed in advertisement or private participants choose with facilitator the desired local location. Options may include county parks, city parks, private property, national forest. When: Year-round guided programs, specific times decided with participant(s) or are located on 'Public Programs' page. Session length may vary between 2-4 hours. What: Outings are either offered to the public in 'Scheduled Nature Programs', or arranged for private individuals or parties. Our time together may alternate between hiking, wandering, sitting, sensory practices, natural movement, writing, wildcrafting, and discussions. Plan to leave more grounded, relaxed, and aware than you came. How: Wild Forest Bathing sessions are easy to moderate, depending on length and location. Bring layers, sunscreen, water, notebook if desired, snack if desired. Contact us to schedule your private Wild Forest Bathing. Cost: Varies between $15-$40 per person, per session - depending on length.
Jefferson County parks, wildlife areas, national forests, nature centers, Lookout Mountain, our property on LM, your back yard.
What Our Participants Are Saying:
I go hiking all the time, but wanted some depth to my outings. That is exactly what I got! I learned about plants and birds near where I live, while learning about myself and how I relate to them all. Kimberly is engaging, inspiring, and fun. I left feeling like a part the area we hiked instead of an outside visitor, and more connected to this beautiful place I call home! - Joyce R.
(970) 222-8460 Wild@relationalrewilding.com Based on Lookout Mountain, Golden, CO