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Shinrin-Yoku at Stella Niagara Preserve

Sunday, May 21, 2023

10:00 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Stella Niagara Preserve

Guide: Jennifer Fendya

Maximum number of participants: 8

Accumulating research, anecdotal evidence and our own intuition tells us that we’ve been “tamed” by our material comforts and technologies and that we would benefit from more time outdoors, connecting with the basic elements of our physical selves and the Earth systems in which we are embedded. Shinrin-Yoku, or “forest bathing,” is a restorative practice of nature immersion that supports physiological health and psychological well-being. It is increasingly prescribed as an intervention for healing our human relationships with the other-than-human world.


Jennifer Fendya, PhD, psychologist and certified nature & forest therapy guide, will lead a slow meander through the Stella Niagara Preserve, offering invitations for sensory-based explorations and reciprocity with the land, while stopping along the way to share with each other our noticings.


Limited to 8 participants. Meet at the main (gated) entrance. Lightweight tripod camp stools will be provided. Please note that forest bathing is NOT an aerobic, heat-producing activity so check weather reports and dress appropriately for the season and personal inclinations! Walks are designed for inclusivity and relaxation; although the Preserve is on a moderate incline, we will follow the most pleasurable path for all.

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