Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, “Forest Bathing” has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning as we deepen our connection with the natural world by slowing down and engaging our senses. Certified ANFT guide, Emily vonSwearingen, will offer a series of guided “invitations” that tune participants into the environment with mediative Native flute and tongue drum accompaniments. Learn about the Japanese Kodama Tree Spirits and create a cyanotype with textures you find during your session. The end of each walk features brewing tea with plants grown at Hudson Gardens. This session takes place entirely outdoors. Portable seating is provided. Limited to 10 participants.

About: Emily vonSwearingen is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. She is also an art therapist, specializing in adapting mixed-media arts for a diverse array of participants of all ages and abilities.

*Classes may be cancelled, rescheduled or moved to an online format in accordance with public health orders and/or inclement weather.