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November 19th Nature Immersion - Shinrin Yoku Forest Connection

It turns out spotting the elusive alligator amongst the California Redwoods is exceedingly rare. And yet we will be using our senses in unique ways so who knows what "you" might discover. Scouting a trail for a recent walk, a Red tailed hawk flew directly over my head. Shortly thereafter a coyote listening intently to the ground suddenly sprang into the air, pouncing upon a gopher emerging from it's burrow, a vole gathered and ate grasses at my feet, Redwood trees towered overhead and flowers showed off their colors. Myriad songbirds sang from the trail in front of me and searched for a meal in the nearby trees. What treasures await us on our next exploration? Come commune with nature as we explore what's alive in our inner and outer worlds.


Like trees dropping their leaves, the fall season gives us the opportunity to let go of what no longer serves us making way for something new. Whether your looking to release something old, embrace something new or simply connect to the land, come play, heal and simply be in the forest with us this Sunday. 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. 


"You didn't come into this world. 
You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. 
You are not a stranger here." 
Alan Watts

Our next Shinrin Yoku walk is Sunday November 19th. Come breath in the essence of the forest, you're among 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 our core.

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***
***Improved sleep***

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 2 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.

WHAT TO BRING: Layered clothes for the variable Bay Area temperatures. Currently the weather forecast is predictingit to be sunny for our walk on Sunday. 

Bring water to drink during the event. We'll be in the forest during lunch so please eat before arrival and have enough snacks to keep you comfortable. Feel free (though not obligated) to bring a snack to share for the closing circle.

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: Simply click on the green tickets tab on the eventbrite link and all options will show up.
Sapling: $20
Forest Friend: $30
Mother Tree: $40

Donation Ticket: Pay What You Can:
While we suggest $20 to $40 you can pay any amount. Let your heart and your level of abundance be your guide. Ensuring as many people as possible can share in this deep connection to nature supports us all while supporting the earth. This ticket helps promote that by allowing us to support you with a lower priced ticket while also allowing you to support us by paying more if you can happily do so. Your gift of any amount will help support us in doing this work in support of and in connection with the forest and each other.