Forest Bathing Ravine Walk
October 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us at the Toronto Botanical Garden to take part in a unique forest bathing experience to connect with the element of water and how it can make us happier, calmer, and healthier. As part of Ravine Days, we invite you to explore Wilket Creek and the Don Valley Ravine with our Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Emma Rooney. This slow guided walk is a chance to stretch your sensory awareness and build a deeper relationship with the waters of life.
Forest bathing—taking in the forest atmosphere—is a growing global practice that originated in Japan in the 1980s to address burnout caused by the technological boom. This Ravine Days event will provide an introduction to forest bathing and a supportive environment to try it. While we will spend most of our time near the water, no bathing suits are required to immerse yourself in the experience. This session does not involve getting into the water, and no prior experience with forest bathing is required.
Participants are encouraged to bring a small bowl to fill with a tiny bit of water to reflect upon during the session. We’ll end our time together with a moment of water gratitude and a sip of drinking water. Leave the session with simple tips for adding a sit spot practice by water to your time outdoors.
Sunday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public $50, Member $40
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We’ll begin with an introduction indoors before heading outside. The walk will be at a leisurely pace throughout, following designated pathways and trails but sometimes covering uneven terrain and steep inclines. The total walk distance over the three hours is approximately 2 km. Dress appropriately for the weather and walk slowly. Wearing layers is recommended. Closed-toed shoes are required. You may wish to bring along your own folding stool, cushion, or kneeling pad for sitting on the ground and a walking stick or poles. In the event of severe weather, alternative arrangements to seek cover will be made by TBG staff. Bathrooms are available on-site. The program will finish at the TBG building.
NOTE: This program occurs rain or shine; please dress appropriately for the weather.
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Registration Deadline: Friday, September 29 at 12 p.m.