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Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

Schedule and location

November Walk
Thornhill Shelter, P-21
Saturday, November 23, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Holiday Forest Therapy Walk
Thornhill Shelter, P-21
New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Fees and Registration

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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. 

Ephemeral Woodland Art Focus: Select sections will include an opportunity to spend extra time in nature creating ephemeral woodland art. In this meditative activity, participants gather rocks, sticks, cones, and other bits of nature and create a temporary design on the woodland floor.  Time will also be set aside for journaling or informal sketching. See the schedule and location for dates.

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Brenda Spitzer, certified forest therapy guide and mentor

Brenda Spitzer has been a member and volunteer at The Morton Arboretum since 1993. She has earned certificates from The Morton Arboretum in Natural History and Botanical Art and Illustration. She became a Certified Forest Therapy Guide in 2015. She is also a Mentor for The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and a freelance artist and writer.  

Course details

Notes: Held entirely outdoors, rain or shine. Dress for the outdoors; we’ll be spending the entire time outside.  If the weather is cold layers  are 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.  Max 15.
Recommended ages: For adults, ages 18 and over

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Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)