We’ve been brainstorming what a monthly or bi-monthly event at CopperMoon might look like. We want to give folks a chance to come soak in the abundance that we nuture here at CopperMoon: the wildness of our forests, learning and sharing art, permaculture practice, love of natural building, sustainable living, camaraderie, and community. We want to offer a wide range of activities, from an all-out mud-stomping, cob-slinging sauna raising to a drum jam around the fire in the dark. After some wild name-calling and silliness, we’ve decided to call these events Jamalot (at least for the moment :), and you’re invited!

Monty Python: Let's Not go to Camelot, it is a silly place!
Yes! Go to Jamalot instead!

I’ve been intrigued by the idea of Shinrin-yoku, a Japanese term that literally means Forest Bathing. If you go to the link, it’ll tell you all about it. There are scientific studies showing that luxuriating in the forest is good for you: it relieves stress and has scientifically measurable positive effects on your well-being. My response is more emotional: there’s a heart-opening soaring of my spirit that comes when I’m surrounded by the forest, and I want to share that with all of you!

So, our first Jamalot is all about that!  Here’s the information:

Shinrin-yoku Jamalot

Come meander in the CopperMoon forest. Walk the trails, breathe in the wild, and let it soak in to relax your body and mind. Come at any time during the open hours. We’ll be offering guided walks or you can feel free to wander the trails yourself, then warm up with hot tea before you head back home.  And in case you’re thinking, “why would I forest bath in the wintertime and rain?”, I’d answer that there is never a bad time to visit the forest!  Just wear proper clothes!

Date: Sunday Feb 22, 2015
Time: 10am to 2pm
What you need: Check the weather and bring appropriate clothes for being outside.
What we provide: Guided shinrin-yoku walks, hot tea.

As for the future Jamalots, we’re experimenting with timing, so expect us to be shaking things up, and please let us know what works and what doesn’t – feedback is L<3ve!