Location: Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River, Long Island, NY

Ages: Adults (15 and Up)




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!


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 $35/person. A parking fee may apply, depending on the time of year or day of the walk. Click here for more information about parking.


Register for a Wellness Walk at Bayard Cutting Arboretum today!



Image of Linda Lombardo, Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Life Coach, and Sacred Activist


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.