Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)

Schedule and Location

Winter 2019

9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Thornhill Shelter, P-21

  • Section F: Saturday, March 23 with Brenda Spizter


Spring 2019 

9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Locations vary (registration opens February 19, 2019)

  • Section A: Saturday, April 13, meet at P-29 with Laura Kamedulski
  • Section B: Earth Day Walk, Monday, April 22, meet at Big Rock Visitor Station, P-13 with Retta Hennessey
  • Section C: Saturday, May 18, meet at  P-21 with Laura Kamedulski
  • Section D: Monday, May 20, meet at Prairie Visitor Station, P-25 with Retta Hennessy
  • Section E: Monday, June 17, meet at Big Rock Visitor Station, P-13 with Retta Hennessy
  • Section F: Summer Solstice Walk, Saturday, June 22, meet at P-29 with Laura Kamedulski

Would you like a longer walk? Join us for Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

Fees and Registration

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and 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 sensory awareness exercises. The walks will conclude with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail.  


A visitor walking through Virginia bluebells on a wood-chipped path

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Brenda Spitzer, Laura Kameduski or Retta Hennessy, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

Course Details

  • Notes: Held entirely outdoors, rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.  If the weather is cold, dressing in warm layers is recommended.    Max 15.
  • Supplies: A hat, sunglasses, water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent.  Long sleeves and long pants recommended.   Optional supplies to bring if you wish include a sketchbook/journal, and a mat or towel to sit upon or a carry along canvas chair/camp chair.
  • Recommended ages: For adults, ages 18 and over
  • Arboretum class weather, cancellation and refund policies