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Two-Hour Forest Therapy Walk (In-person)

Schedule and location

Winter 2021

9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Thornhill Picnic area, P-21

  • Section C: Saturday, March 20, 2021  (SOLD OUT)


Spring 2021

Please note: Early online registration is open February 24 through March 1 exclusively for Ginkgo Circle, Oak Circle, Hawthorn Circle, Elm Circle, and Thornhill Circle members. Registration opens to all members and guests on March 2.

  • Section A: Thursday, April 8, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., with Retta Hennessy at at P-8
  • Section B: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., with Retta Hennessy at Big Rock Visitor Station (P13)
  • Section C: Monday, June 14, 2021, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Laura Kamedulski at P-8 (SOLD OUT)


Are you interested in a longer walk? Take a look at our Three-Hour Forest Therapy Walk (Spring registration will open March 2021).

Fees and registration

(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

$25.00 member
$32.00 guest

(Spring registration will open to members and guest on March 2.)


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

Two-Hour Forest Therapy Walk
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. Conclude with a tea ceremony, with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail. 

Covid-19 Safety:

  • If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is unwell in the last two weeks, you must stay home. A full refund will be issued on request.
  • Participants must wear face masks. Face masks are required while participating in Arboretum adult learning programs.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others whenever possible.
  • 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



Laura Kamedulski, Retta Hennessy, and Jeanne Iovinelli, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

Course details

Notes: Held entirely outdoors. Dressing in layers, and bringing a hat, scarf, gloves, and extra socks will help keep you comfortable for extended time outdoors. You may also wish to bring hand or toe warmers, and a blanket or sit pad. 
Recommended ages: Ages 18 and over