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Design Your Own Urban Forest Bathing Experience - Saturdays Sep. 7-Oct. 12

  • Taborspace 5441 Southeast Belmont Street Portland, OR, 97215 United States (map)

The Japanese art of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is a scientifically backed practice of using the natural environment, and our in-born affinity for it, to support human health. In this workshop we’ll read a book together on the topic, discuss research related to forest bathing, and explore the elements of the practice. We will discuss safety, consider urban elements such as neighborhood streets with green space, understand some of the science about how the practices function in relation to the human body, and review the recommended sequence/practices of a forest bathing walk so that participants can design their own forest-bathing experience.

RSVP by Monday Sept 2 to save your spot! We’ll send you a working draft syllabus so you can see the class schedule of topics and reading, ask questions and get ready for fun in the forest.

If by the end of attending all six weeks and actively participating (i.e. reading the book, contributing to the group discussions) the following aren’t true for you, you can have your money back. By the end of the six weeks participants will:

Have a group-developed forest bathing route you can use on your own.
Understand the science on why being outside in nature can support health.
Have a set of practices you can use to reset and recover from overload.

Classes are structured as a mix of facilitated discussion in the first half with applied practices as a group walking outside in the Tabor Space yard, through Mt Tabor park, and in the surrounding neighborhood in the second half. If participants request ADA accessible routes, that is an added opportunity and definitely doable – even if people don’t request it we can go over considerations during the safety discussions. Please prepare for variable weather by wearing layers and sun protection, bring water, and wear comfortable walking shoes (no flip flops please).

All class participants must sign a waiver form related to understanding potential risks of being outside in the elements for the walking portions of the course.

During weeks 5 and 6, the course “final” involves participants co-designing and then co-guiding a forest-bathing route. The route may include neighborhood streets (street greenery), part of Mt. Tabor Park, the sequence and invitations of the forest bathing experience, and taking turns sharing with one another.

Optional Course Assignment: participants can choose to develop a route near where they live/work, or a place they like to visit, that incorporates a neighborhood and park area and plots out a sequence of invitations they can use on their own. You can share/get feedback from your peers to see people’s ideas!

We use a sliding scale of prices based on ability to pay:
$306 (for people making $86,000 or more a year)
$249 (for people making $50,000-$85,000 a year)
$186 (for people making $26,000-$49,000 a year)
$126 (for people making up to $25,000 a year)
Class Size: Space limited to 12 students.

Required book: Your Guide to Forest Bathing by M. Amos Clifford (available at Multnomah County Library)

Other references you may find useful:Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li; The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing by Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller (also both available at Multnomah County Library)

Dates & Times
Class is on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm each session
September 7, 2019 in the Tabor Space (T.S.) Library
September 14, 2019 in Room 04 at Tabor Space
September 21, 2019 in the T.S. Library
September 28, 2019 in the T.S. Library
October 5, 2019 Meet in the main area before going outside
October 12, 2019 Meet in the main area before going outside
TBA: Possible opportunity to sign up for a walk from a Certified Forest Bathing Guide

Instructor Bio
Tia is an educator, author, and community health advisor who continually explores the question: “what if curiosity was your autopilot?” Her background in researching community health strategies, two decades of meditation practice, and her work leading nature-based mindfulness walks inform this course. She is forest-bathing curious, has read a lot on the topic, and wants to help more people learn about this in an accessible way while also supporting groups collaborating together to build their own forest-bathing walk. You can learn more about her at Finding Mindful Now.

“I am excited to co-learn and co-practice the experience of Shinrin-Yoku with you (in forest bathing clothes stay on!) and to share what I’ve learned about research on the topic. I know devoting money and time to something new can feel risky, which is why I have the money-back guarantee described above.” – Tia

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