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Forest Therapy Walks – Free

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July 22, 2017 – July 23, 2017
10 AM – 1 PM
The following event is being organized by Ken Quendag.
Hello friends (and friends of friends) in the Lower Mainland,

I’m looking for your help. I recently completed a training with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides, and currently looking for people interested in joining me on FREE guided walks in July.

Please note: I AM OFFERING WALKS ON THE FOLLOWING 3 DATES IN JULY; HOWEVER FACEBOOK ONLY ALLOWS FOR ONE DATE PER EVENT.

Sunday July 16, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. **JULY 16TH IS NOW FULL**
Saturday July 22, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sat July 29 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Some of you may have heard of “forest bathing”, “shinrin-yoku’, or “forest therapy”. In the early 1980’s, the Japanese coined the term “shinrin-yoku”, which literally translates to “forest bathing”. Since the 80s, a great deal of research has been done in Japan and in other parts of the world, indicating that forest therapy practices can offer a wide spectrum of health benefits to humans, ranging from increased creativity and attention, to improved mental health, memory, and immune system functioning, as well as the lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol.

For me, the typical outcome of a forest therapy walk is a sense of grounding and relaxation – a sort of natural high.

Forest therapy guided walks are different from what most of us are used to doing in nature. Unlike hiking, we will cover very little ground – less than 3 kilometers over 2.5-3 hours. And our focus won’t be on learning about plants or other life we see along the way; rather, we’ll be spending time experiencing ways in which we may develop and/or deepen our connections with the more-the-human world. We’ll do this while broadening our sensory awareness through participation in a series of “invitations” that I will be offering to the group.

As part of my practicum, I am required to guide groups of at least 4 people. Please have a look at the dates below and send me a message indicating which date you’d like to join. I’d really appreciate your commitment to joining at least one of these walks. Feel free to come more than once.

All walks will be take place in Stanley Park.

TO SIGN UP, PLEASE SEND ME A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK OR WRITE AN EMAIL TO krouendag@gmail.com

I will message you with further details once we’ve been in contact.

Please share this with anyone you know who may be interested in joining.

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