Forest Bathing Anyone?

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Date(s) - 21 Aug 2016
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Paw Paw Picnic area
130th and Valley parkway
Strongsville, OH 44136

Shinrin Yoku is a Japanese term that means “Forest Bathing.” In Japan, it is a popular health-enhancing practice that connects people to nature. Shinrin-Yoku strengthens our relationships with the natural world, the type of relationships that support sustainable living. Incorporating forest bathing trips into a healthy lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan, and groups are active in the U.S. as well.

“It was not an herb walk and it was not a nature walk! It was not a “power walk” through nature, it was a way to become part of the ”nature-moment.” – Participant

Join the SWUU Earth Alliance to explore forest bathing in the local Cleveland Metroparks, after the church service. Bring a picnic lunch, and we will meet at noon at the Pawpaw Picnic area (sledding hill) at W. 130th and the Valley Parkway. We will take a short, slow, silent walk, with frequent stops, and then return to eat lunch and discuss our experience. Those with trouble walking far could also bring a folding chair and sit quietly in the woods while we walk.