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Three-Hour Forest Therapy Walk

Schedule and location

Registration will open Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
Locations vary

9:00 a.m. to noon

  • Section A: Monday, April 13 with Laura Kamedulski at Big Rock Visitor Station (P-13)
  • Section B: Monday, April 20 with Brenda Spitzer at Prairie Visitor Station (P-25)
  • Section C: Saturday, April 25 with Brenda Spitzer at P-29

9:00 a.m. to noon

  • Section D: Monday, May 4 with Brenda Spitzer at Big Rock Visitor Station (P-13)
  • Section E: Monday, May 11 with Laura Kamedulski at Prairie Visitor Station (P-25)
  • Section F: Saturday, May 16 with Brenda Spitzer at Thornhill Shelter (P-21)

9:00 a.m. to noon

  • Section G: Monday, June 8 with Laura Kamedulski at P-29
  • Section H: Monday, June 15 with Brenda Spitzer at Prairie Visitor Station (P-25)
  • Section I: Saturday, June 27 with Brenda Spitzer at Thornhill Shelter (P-21)

Are you interested in a shorter walk? Take a look at our Two-Hour Forest Therapy Walk.

Fees and Registration

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

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted (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. Awaken your senses and reconnect with nature during these mindful walks with a certified Forest Therapy guide. No two walks are the same; visit different locations at The Morton Arboretum and enjoy a variety of awareness-raising exercises.

"’Forest bathing’ suggests to me a more casual experience among the trees, unburdened by expectations, oriented to simple pleasures."  - Amos Clifford, Your Guide to Forest Bathing
On the three-hour walk, you will experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses and cultivate presence, with more time to deepen the healing interactions between people and the natural world. Conclude with a tea ceremony, with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail. 

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Brenda Spitzer and Laura Kamedulski, 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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Three-Hour Forest Therapy Walk