Shinrin-yoku – Woo-Woo or Yahoo?

cedar frondsDisconnecting from our everyday lives is not something we do often, even though we know it’s good for our well-being to step away and de-stress. If you’re anything like me, you try, with occasional success. I make a rule that I won’t check Facebook for a week. Which becomes, ok, maybe just today. And then, maybe just not until tonight. More often than not, my rule quickly goes by the wayside as the electronics or the to-do list pulls me back in.

What works better for me than saying what I won’t do is planning for what I will do. That’s what brings me to Shinrin-yoku. It’s the focus of our next Jamalot, Mar 26 from 10-2. Shinrin-yoku translates literally as forest bathing, and is a way to mindfully reconnect with the world.  Although it’s termed bathing, it doesn’t involve towels and sudsing up au naturel. Forest bathing is more like a long, luxurious soak of your senses… in the luscious play of light in the green, the rich smell of humus and cedar, and the call-and-response of the forest critters. It’s meditation, heart-opening, letting go, and taking in. Is it Woo, or Yahoo?  Let’s find out together!

We’ve chosen this next Jamalot to immerse ourselves in the awakening forests. Join us!

What to Expect

The point of Shinrin-yoku is to slow down, disconnect from our everyday lives, and reconnect with ourselves, others, and the world around us. Here’s a little of what you can expect. 

We’ll spend about an hour in the forest, with the goal of coming to know it and ourselves a little better. The physical distance we cover will be short, but hopefully the distance we move from everyday to extraordinary will be far.

Starting with deep breath, and some simple exercises to ground us and awaken our senses, we’ll start.  We’ll walk slowly and stop frequently along the way. At each stop, we’ll invite you to participate in small meditations that aim to open up one of your senses more to what the forest has to offer, and give you time to explore it a while. After each, we’ll then gather and as people feel moved, share what comes up for them. Everyone can choose to share, or just listen and be present. How might the sharing of our experiences expand on or enrich our own experiences?

Individual Exploration

If, at the end of the guided exploration, you feel moved to spend more time in the forest, you are welcome to continue forest bathing until the close of Jamalot. We ask that you come to the house for the closing circle by 1:45pm.

Prepare for Shinrin-Yoku

Besides coming with an openness towards what the day holds, also dress so you’re comfortable in the forest in PNW spring weather, which can be anything. We’re hoping for a crisp dry spring day, but will be ready for whatever the day brings. We’ll be starting our journey at 10:30, so get here with time to settle in a bit and be ready to walk into the woods by then.

We’ll be walking down the New Moon Trail, which is the richest and most beautiful trail at CopperMoon, but is also the most rustic. Let us know if you have any concerns or need any help navigating the trail. We want to make this accessible to as many people as possible, and our pace will be slow.

Sign Up!

I’m looking forward to sharing this with you! Attendance is free.  If you’d like to make a small donation towards the cost of refreshments, it will be welcome.

To keep this experience intimate, we’re limiting attendance to 12 people. Register here to save your spot Sunday, Mar 26, from 10am – 2pm Looking forward to seeing you!

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