In collaboration with certified Forest Therapy Guides, the Highlands Center is now offering Forest Bathing classes and series. In these classes, guides will lead groups on a gentle walk through the woods, providing instructions—referred to as “invitations”—for sensory opening activities along the way.
Reconnecting with Fall
With Jackie Kuang
From August to October in Prescott we see a lot of change in nature. The temperature and leaves begin to drop and certain animal activity tends to wind down.
We invite you to experience the changes in a new way with our Forest Bathing Classes. Forest Bathing is a practice of going outdoors and opening all your senses to soak and immerse yourself in the atmosphere. A certified Forest Therapy guide will facilitate and support you in slowing down and awakening your senses. Then you may begin to notice incredible things that you hadn’t before. You may find unparalleled beauty in the moment, and in doing so, relax into that beauty. This is an opportunity of wellness for humans and, you’ll discover, other-than-humans.
This is a continuation of our popular Winter Forest Bathing series.
The entire walk is typically 2 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. In that short distance most people experience nature in a deeper way than they have before. Guides are trained in the skills and perspectives needed to be supportive witnesses of these experiences. Please bring your own drink (water, tea, etc.) and healthy snack for the conclusion of the walk. We will be practicing social distancing.
Jackie has been guiding regular forest therapy walks at the LA arboretum and the surrounding canyons for the past two years before moving to Prescott AZ. Her calm, engaging and confident ways easily help people, even the skeptics, to open up to a deeper connection with nature and themselves. She’s also a mentor and a trainer of guides for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs. Jackie’s work has been featured in several magazines and/or blogs, including WebMD. You are welcome to find out more on her upcoming website
When: 9am-11am Saturday September 19th, and October 24th
At the Highlands Center for Natural History
Cost: $27 for members, $30 for nonmembers