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Guided Forest Therapy Walks

Friday, January 21, 2022 12pm to 1:30pm

3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Join us for a gentle, restorative walk in the Reed Canyon (or nearby Reed grounds depending on participants' accessibility needs). Led by Kristy Gonyer '10.

A forest therapy walk (which is related, though distinct from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku or “forest bathing”), is more than a “nature walk” in the woods. It is a guided contemplative wellness practice that invites participants to slow down, become immersed in their senses, and to cultivate reciprocal, healing relationships to the more than human world. It is a research-based framework that has demonstrated a wide array of health and wellness benefits.

The practice is adaptable and accessible to all participants regardless of ability, fitness level, or experience in the outdoors. Please contact Kristy (gonyerk@reed.edu) in advance if you have any accommodation concerns that could better facilitate your participation.

Please come dressed comfortably for the weather, and with shoes that get along with potentially muddy terrain. (Tip: While hiking gear is unnecessary to participate, the Reed Backpack Co-op has boots and other gear that all staff, faculty, and students can check out for free.)

While participants are encouraged to try to stay for the full 90 min practice, opportunities will be provided for participants who need to leave earlier.

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