Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing)

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Tuesdays, June 25th & July 2nd, 7:00pm

In this 2 part series, Head Student Anyu Debra Savelle will introduce the practice of Forest Bathing. Forest Bathing, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku,” refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness.

The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. The Japanese words translate into English as “Forest Bathing,” and means spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions. There is a long tradition of this in cultures throughout the world. It’s not just about healing people; it includes healing for the forest (or river, or desert, or whatever environment you are in).

We will first explore this practice in the Zendo garden, and then on July 2, we will meet at the temple and carpool to take a "forest bath" on a nearby trail. Questions? Email Anyu at