Forest Bathing Workshop

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Distance

under a mile Miles

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Elevation Gain

100 Feet

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Difficulty

Easy

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Cost Per Person

$50

Hike Overview

Forest bathing is a different way of experiencing the natural world than most people are used to. Best known for its health benefits, including stress reduction, forest bathing is also a nature connection practice. During this workshop, expect to have fun, reawaken your sense of wonder and awe, experience the healing benefits of the forest and learn ways to incorporate forest bathing into your everyday life.

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Forest Bathing Workshop

Hike Overview Continued

Join us at our Field Camp location inside Glacier National Park as we welcome esteemed Forest Bathing instructor, Ellen Horowitz. Ellen has over 40 years of experience as a naturalist, educator, award-winning author, and Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide.

Forest bathing is a different way of experiencing the natural world than most people are used to. Best known for its health benefits, including stress reduction, forest bathing is also a nature connection practice. During this workshop, expect to have fun, reawaken your sense of wonder and awe, experience the healing benefits of the forest and learn ways to incorporate forest bathing into your everyday life.

Meeting Place: Glacier Institute Field Camp.

Itinerary: We will meet at the Glacier Institute Field Camp at 6pm. Our instructor, Ellen, will begin the workshop with a brief history of shinrin-yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing, and some of the research behind this evidence-based practice. Most of our time will be spent forest bathing as Ellen guides us on a slow, gentle walk or provides opportunities to sit quietly while she offers simple, sensory invitations that strengthen our awareness of and relationship with nature. The workshop concludes at 9pm

Food: Please bring plenty of drinking water and snacks.

Park Entrance Fees: Participants are responsible for purchasing their park entry passes prior to the course. These can be purchased online at: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74280.
Equipment: Feel free to bring a light-weight camp chair or stool, or a yoga mat as you will have opportunities to sit quietly for 10 – 20 minutes at a time.
Physical Requirements: This course is suitable for all participants. Total walking distance is less than one-quarter mile.

Recommended Reading:
Williams, Florence. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More
Creative. 2017. W.W. Norton & Company Inc., New York.
Arvay, Clemens G. The Biophilia Effect. 2018. Sounds True. Boulder, CO.
Clifford, M. Amos. Your Guide to Forest Bathing. 2018. Conari Press, Newburyport, MA.
Li, Qing. Into the Forest. 2019. Penguin Life. U.K.

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What to Expect On Your Forest Bathing Workshop

During this workshop, expect to have fun, reawaken your sense of wonder and awe, experience the healing benefits of the forest and learn ways to incorporate forest bathing into your everyday life.

Hike Details

  • This Glacier Institute program meets at Glacier Institute Field Camp.
  • Instructor: Ellen Horowitz
  • The program will begin 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Hiking distance covers less than 1 miles with less than 100 feet elevation change.
  • On-site parking available.
  • There is a maximum number of 15.
  • This program has a minimum guest count of 3 people. In the unlikely case we don’t reach that number, you will be notified prior to the event.

What to Bring

Please remember that weather in NW Montana during all seasons can change quickly from warm and sunny to freezing at any time of the year. We recommend checking the weather prior to your trip. Please also check your course information sheet for specific gear requirements in addition to those listed below.

  • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
  • 2 liter sized water bottle or Camelback
  • Day Pack with plastic bag liner or cover
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant & lip balm
  • Camera (optional)
  • Trekking poles, if you like to use them for hiking (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Field Notebook notes and sketches

Download complete checklist here