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Lincoln Memorial Garden Forest Therapy
April 23 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Forest Bathing, also called Forest Therapy, is a practice of deepening a sense of connection or relationship with nature through a 1.5- 2-hour walk. It is typically a slow wander through nature, but it can be adapted in many ways for different groups and abilities. A Forest Bathing walk is not a naturalist walk, a rigorous walk, or actual bathing (all clothes stay on;)). This Experience is led by a certified guide, who does not serve as a therapist- the forest is considered the therapist-but whose role is to open the possible connections by offering suggestions (which we call invitations) that help the participant develop a more sensory and embodied relationship with the surrounding nature and forest. In addition, this experience has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and depression and help us slowdown from our hectic lives.
Lincoln Memorial Garden will be hosting 2 Forest Therapy sessions during the month of April. Longtime Garden member and supporter, Cassandra Claman will serve as the certified guide for these sessions. In order to enhance the overall experience, group size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Sessions will begin at 9:30am on April 23. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Please contact the Garden at (217) 529-1111 if you have any questions.