Forest Bathing (February 15th)

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2020

Time: 8:30AM - 11:00AM

Instructor: Elena Rios

Location: Garden Grounds

Member: $25 | Non-member: $35

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Forest Bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice shinrin-yoku, a practice meant to reconnect you to yourself and to nature in a slow, relaxing, and sensory way. Studies of forest therapy show that the practice can provide a wide range of health and wellness benefits. On your walk, Certified Forest Therapy Guide Elena Rios will offer a series of invitations to guide you in finding your own way of immersing yourself in the natural world. Our forest bathing walk will be highly accessible, covering no more than a half-mile on a gentle trail at a leisurely pace. The walk will end with healthy snacks and a tea made from local edible plants.

Please arrive 10 minutes before class at the main entrance. Class begins promptly at 8:30am. For your comfort, consider wearing warm layers, sturdy shoes with tread, a hat and sunscreen, and bringing a small pad or camping stool to sit on.

Pre-registration required. No walk ins.


Image of Elena RiosElena Rios is a Native Californian, who presently makes her home on the ancestral land of the Chumash peoples. She is a Nahua (Azteca Mexica) indigenous woman of the Americas with mixed ancestry. Elena is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT) as well as an Interdisciplinary Artist and Facilitator. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, she is the artist/illustrator of Mitohtiancalli – The House of the Dancer. Elena has spent the majority of her early adulthood as a Wildland Firefighter and is currently a CWN employee of the Chumash Fire Department. She has experienced and witnessed the healing power of the Native American sweat lodge and also plays a part in helping to coordinate indigenous circles of learning rooted in the structure and ways passed down by elders and teachers of the past.

If you have trouble registering, please contact the Registrar at 805-682-4726 ext. 102

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