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21 June 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm PDT
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Come slow down and observe the sights, sounds, and smells of nature in an intimate forest bathing guided session with Irene Yu. Through a sequence of invitations, participants will be encouraged to become aware of their senses and foster a deeper connection with the natural world. By slowing down, participants may find incredible things in what would normally seem ordinary or simply go unnoticed. Several sharing circles will be facilitated throughout the program. There are no expectations of participants or outcomes, just come and enjoy an evening in Stanley Park!
Note: Irene is not a licensed counselor or therapist. This walk follows the practice developed by the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, which is based on the Japanese “shinrin-yoku” forest bathing practice.
Irene Yu loves to spend time in nature. She discovered the forest bathing practice when she was looking for ways to make her outdoor experiences more immersive and memorable. It then amazed her that forest bathing is not simply a practice to help people find joy and healing from nature. It invites people to be their authentic selves and promotes reciprocal human and nature relationships. Irene has since gone on to receive training from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy to become a forest therapy guide. Now, she wants to share this powerful practice with others. This is Irene’s passion project to lead donation-based forest bathing walks as a way to give back to her community and to Mother Nature.
This program will meet at the Stanley Park Pavilion and will proceed around neighboring trails. Please try to arrive 10-15 minutes early to make sure you are not left behind! Open to 18 years and older. Due to the intimate nature of this walk, the maximum number of participants is 8 people. The pace of this walk is very slow and likely will not cover more than 1km. Participants can expect to walk on slightly uneven surfaces. Wheelchairs can be accommodated and are welcomed. (1) (2) (3) (4)
Terms and conditions
(1) Registration required - NO DROP-INS ARE ALLOWED. Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale – you choose what you pay!
(2) Weather dependent - Please check your email 12 hours before the program date and time to confirm it has not been cancelled due to inclement weather such as high winds, heavy rain, or extreme heat.
(3) Program Availability – Program full or you cannot attend this day or time? Sign up here to be notified when the program runs in the future.
(4) Cancellation policy – We refund cancellations due to illness to keep everyone healthy, but the number of recent cancellations is impacting our capacity to run these programs. If you must cancel, please let us know if you need a refund or if you are able to help us offer affordable programs for the public by donating your registration fee. (This is one way we can all subsidize programs in this changing economic climate and ensure these programs are available on a sliding scale.)
We gratefully acknowledge that the land on which we gather and help steward is the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish peoples have lived reciprocally with the land, harvesting and cultivating foods and medicines and practicing ceremony. The abundance of these lands and waters, which enables us to live, work, and play here today, is a result of the past and on-going stewardship and advocacy of the Coast Salish peoples.