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Two-Hour Forest Therapy Walk

Schedule and location

Summer 2020

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

  • Section A: Thursday, July 23 with Retta Hennessy at at Prairie Visitor Station  Register now
  • Section B: Thursday, August 6 with Retta Hennessy at Big Rock Visitor Station (P13)  Register now
  • Section C: Thursday, September 17 with Retta Hennessy at at Prairie Visitor Station  Register now

Are you interested in a longer walk? Take a look at our Three-Hour Forest Therapy Walk

Fees and Registration

$20.00 member
$27.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

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 two-hour walk, you will experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses, cultivate presence and invite healing interactions between people and the natural world. 


Program participants must comply with current public health guidelines as required by the Governor of Illinois, which include social distancing and the use of face masks when indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors. For more information on the Arboretum’s guidelines, please watch the video at https://www.mortonarb.org/visit-explore/plan-visit/know-you-go-visit-information.

Course number



Retta Hennessy, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

Course details

  • Notes:

  • Held entirely outdoors, rain or shine. Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. If rain is forecast, bring rain gear. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. 

  • Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Be prepared to walk more than a mile over uneven terrain.   

  • Limit 8

    Supplies: Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a snack, and water. Optional: Bring a sit mat or camp stool, a sketchbook or journal with writing/drawing media. 

  • Recommended ages: Ages 18 and over
Two-Hour Forest Therapy Walk