Field Trip: Forest Therapy - Hooker Oak

Field Trip: Forest Therapy - Hooker Oak

$25 Adult; $10 Youth

Saturday, Jan 27, 2024 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Meet at Patrick Ranch Museum (Map)

Mostly birding by car and/or easy walking Mostly birding by car and/or easy walking


Forest Therapy is designed to support health and wellness through guided immersions in natural environments to promote the well-being of both people and the land. Inspired by Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of "Forest Bathing," Forest Therapy has been proven to enhance health, wellness, and happiness.

Forest Therapy is an opportunity to slow down and experience the natural world through your senses. During your guided immersion, a certified guide will offer a series of invitations to deepen your sensory experience and assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land. There is no right or wrong way to do it; just come and be yourself. It's all welcome in the forest. Forest Therapy experiences finish with tea made from wild-harvested forest herbs and snacks. Studies from around the world have shown that Forest Therapy can:

  • Reduce cortisol and adrenaline levels.
  • Enhance immune system function by increasing the production of natural killer cells.
  • Improve respiratory and cardiovascular function.
  • Decrease anxiety and depression.
  • Improve mood, focus, academic performance, and creativity.

Field Trip Leader

Josh Trout

I became interested (more like obsessed) with wellness after nearly dying from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever when I was 8. Today, I promote physical activity as a Kinesiology Professor, but I am growing more interested in the need for mental wellness and rest. I love how Nature isn't rushed and I want more of that feeling. After every Forest Therapy walk, I'm just a better version of myself for the next several days. I have more of a calm, clear, and decisive demeanor that makes life easier and more pleasurable.

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