Forest Bathing (March 29th)

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Time: 8:30AM - 11:00AM

Instructor: Elena Rios

Location: Garden Grounds

This class has been cancelled.

Member: $25 | Non-member: $35

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.

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