Forest Bathing

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.

Befriending Winter Series

with Jackie Kuang and Michele Balfe-Keefer

Join us at the Highlands Center this winter for our very first Forest Bathing series! In these colder months, we may notice those quiet details of nature that are only apparent in the absence of summer growth and the presence of winter light.

During this remarkable time of year, participants will have a unique opportunity to strengthen their connection to the natural world.




When: November 23 (CLASS IS FULL), December 21 (CLASS IS FULL), January 18(CLASS IS FULL, registrants will be placed on wait list), February 15 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Where: Highlands Center for Natural History
Cost: $30 per class; 10% Discount on individual classes for Members.

Welcoming Spring Series

with Jackie Kuang 

Spring is the season associated with renewal and growth. It’s the time when animals emerge and return and plants begin to bud.

We invite you to sink in, renew, and emerge in our Spring 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.

The entire walk is typically 2 hours in duration and often covers no more than a quarter mile distance. We conclude each walk with forest tea and healthy snacks.





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.  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: March 28th, April 18th, May 23rd| 9:00 am-11 am
Where: Highlands Center for Natural History 
Cost: $27 for Members, $30 for nonmembers

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