LOCATION: Redwood Glen Trailhead in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland,
It seems I've slept longer than intended this winter. Emergence is already well under way with a variety of flowers in bloom and bird song filling the air. I'm ready to emerge myself and I would love to have your company as we explore what's alive in our inner and outer worlds. We'll hone our senses in ways that often lie dormant. Senses and sensations that have often been forgotten in this modern world. These hidden abilities can be reawakened within us. We'll explore this when we next bathe together in the essence of the forest. Come immerse your senses both active and ancient with our next walk as we explore what wants to emerge with "Emergance"!!
"You didn't come into this world.
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean.
You are not a stranger here."
Our next Shinrin Yoku walk is Saturday May 20th. Come immerse yourself amongst friends. Simply being out in nature provides a healing, grounded and connective experience. The practice of Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing fosters a deeper more intentional connection to our roots with nature and to ourselves.
Research that started in Japan and continues around the world including locally at places like Stanford continues to prove the direct relationship between time spent in nature and our health.
Just a few of the scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
***Boosted immune system functioning***
***Reduced blood pressure***
***Improved mood with reduced stress and cortisol levels***
***Increased energy levels and enhanced ability to focus***
Opening our senses to nature also develops our intuition. We learn to connect in new ways to the world around us increasing our energy flow and our overall sense of happiness. Over the course of 4 hours you'll experience a series of invitations allowing you to experience nature as you never have before. In between these invitations we'll use the Way of Council for group interactions so we can learn from each other as we discuss what we are experiencing in connection with nature. We conclude with a tea ceremony where we literally drink in the essnce of the forest.
MEET YOUR GUIDE: Gregg has worked in healthcare as a paramedic and an RN from Florida to Alaska. With extensive training in wilderness medicine, he has traveled as far as Central America to be medical support for others in their enjoyment of nature. He brings his compassionate heart with his care for the natural world and the humans that inhabit it in combination with nearly 3 decades of leading people on wilderness explorations. He has been a sea kayak instructor around the country and beyond and has written extensively on the subject. He has been a naturalist and taught courses for Prescott College both in California and the Sea of Cortez, Mexico on marine ecology, leadership and mentoring. Gregg's knowledge of health and healing gained from his years of working as a paramedic and an RN, mindfulness practices, wildlife rescue and meld with his training in Shinrin-Yoku to bring you an immersive sensorial experience in deep nature connection.
TICKETS: Donations of $5 - $10 are suggested, any amount is appreciated and helps support these walks, though nothing is required. This walk is my gift to you and just you showing up to allow me to share this beautiful practice with you is your gift to me.
But what if it rains you ask, while not very likely, lots of pleasure can be found in the rain:
When you read the article don't despair if we have good weather because that has all it's own magic.