Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)

A snowy trail through the woods

Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. The walks will visit different locations at the Arboretum and will include a variety of awareness-raising exercises. The walks will conclude with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail. 

Instructor: Brenda Spitzer, certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide
Notes: Held entirely outdoors, rain, snow or shine.  Dress appropriately for the weather.  Layers of clothing are recommended.  Max 15.
Supplies: Dress for the outdoors;  we’ll be spending the entire time outside.  Layers recommended: a light synthetic layer closest to your skin,fleece or sweater, and warm coat, warm pants, heavy wool socks and waterproof, insulated shoes or boots.  Hat, scarf and gloves also recommended.   
Water or a warm drink, snack also suggested.  Optional suggestions; mat or portable camp chair, journals and/ or sketchbooks.
Recommended ages: For Adults, ages 18 and over

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Winter Forest Therapy Walks (register below)

Select Saturdays, February 3 through March 24, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
P-21, Thornhill Shelter

  • Section A: Saturday, January 20 
  • Section B: Saturday, February 3 (SOLD OUT)
  • Section C: Saturday, February 17
  • Section D: Saturday, March 3
  • Section E: Saturday, March 24


Spring Forest Therapy Walks (registration opens February 20)

Mon., April 9, May 7, or June 11, 2018, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m., or
Sat., April 21, May 26, or June 23, 2018, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Locations vary

  • Section A: Monday, April 9 meet at Big Rock Visitor Station, P-13
  • Section B: Saturday, April 21 meet at P-29
  • Section C: Monday, May 7 meet at P-21
  • Section D: Saturday, May 26 meet at Prairie Visitor Station, P-25
  • Section E: Monday, June 11 meet at Big Rock Visitor Station, P-13
  • Section F: Saturday, June 23 meet at P-29

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$16.00 members
$20.00 nonmembers

CALL: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted)
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.