Location: Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River, Long Island, NY
Ages: Adults (15 and Up)
September 12, 2020
October 17, 2020
November 21, 2020
December 12, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
A Wellness Walk is a unique immersion in nature; a connection with the natural world and ourselves. Unlike a hike or a naturalist walk, it’s a time to slow down and get grounded in nature; bringing some peace and quiet to our otherwise busy lives. The wellness benefits of Forest Therapy or Forest Bathing include:
- A boosted immune system
- Lower blood pressure
- Better sleep/Better mood
- Improved cognitive function
- And more!
The Japanese term for ‘taking in the forest atmosphere’ or ‘forest bathing’, is currently back in fashion as a popular type of preventative health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
At Bayard Cutting Arboretum, walks are designed to be a single or monthly practice with a different walk each month using the arboretum’s diverse collections, such as the Old Pinetum, the River and Holly Walks and the Dawn Redwood and Oak Grove. Walks are designed for each season and the weather; so you enjoy the arboretum in the best possible way!
Wellness Walks at Bayard Cutting Arboretum are approximately 2-1/2 hours long and end with the traditional Shinrin-Yoku tea ceremony.
Cost per walk is $40/person. A parking fee may apply, depending on the time of year or day of the walk. Click here for more information about parking.
You must register in advance. You’ll be sent a waiver by Wild Heart Nature Connection that must be signed and returned electronically (scanning or photo) via email prior to the walk.
- All forest bathers are required to bring their own masks and wear them at all times they are in the group.
- Considering bringing your own essentials: water, bug spray, sunscreen, if needed, tissues, and hand sanitizer or wipes for your personal use.
- Bring a journal and pen, if desired.
Register for a Wellness Walk at Bayard Cutting Arboretum today!
About the September Walk: The Autumnal Equinox
The name “Equinox” is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). The Autumnal equinox marks a time when the day and night are nearly equal.
It’s a beautiful time to forest bathe, even if it’s not on the day of the Equinox, because it’s about balance, endings and beginnings.
The walk always begins by opening the senses; slowing down and noticing what’s in motion when it isn’t us in motion.
We will explore the Dawn Redwoods and Oak Grove this month.
Some of the invitations you may experience include:
Wander with Balance
It’s called wandering in forest therapy because there isn’t any one direction you take or any specific destination; there’s no plan or outcome. Wander, exploring balance in the forest, by water, when available, or simply looking up at the sky. Some people even give Balance a persona and have a conversation. Test your own balance; nothing dangerous, of course. It’s always up to each person how they participate in these invitations.
An invitation to go out and find resilience in the forest. It may be the last wild rose, or crabapple. It may be a bird’s song, or any number of things. It will be personal to each forest bather. How does nature’s resilience inform us?
Even in September, the trees may begin to change colors. Creating a palette of leaves or other fallen objects makes beautiful forest art in the Fall.
Equinox Poetry or Reflection
This is a time to write or read poetry to create a personal solo walk that may be journaled about later, or simply remembered fondly.
This is another good time to sit spot with nature. Find a water source and reflect, lean into a tree, close your eyes and feel the connection.
ABOUT YOUR FOREST GUIDE
LI Forest Walks founder and guide, Linda Lombardo, is certified through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, an international community of forest therapy guides founded in 2012 in Sonoma County, CA. The ANFT combines elements of the Japanese Shinrin-Yoku, Zen meditation, psychotherapy, educational consulting and nature connection in their certification program and protocol.
Linda Lombardo is also a certified life coach through the Coaches Training Institute since 2001. Additional background includes a current NOLS Wilderness First Aid certification and American Red Cross CPR training; all active certifications. Liability Insurance information is available upon request.
These walks are offered in partnership with Long Island Forest Walks, led by ANFT certified guide, Linda Lombardo, who has been leading walks on Long Island for over two years.