Saturday, March 19, 1 to 4 p.m.
Welcome the first signs of spring and join us for a unique forest bathing experience on-site at the Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG). Certified Forest Therapy Guide Emma Rooney will lead you on a guided opportunity to stretch your sensory awareness while deepening your connection with nature. Forest bathing is a practice that originated in Japan in the 1980s to address burnout caused by the technological boom. Now, the practice has inspired people all over the world to connect with nearby nature. You will learn about some of the benefits of forest therapy and be guided in the practice. As you walk leisurely through TBG’s grounds, you’ll receive gentle prompts to help fully engage your senses—seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching the nature surrounding you. Immerse yourself in the colours and scents of the season and deepen your relationship with the wild things in our city. The walk ends with a seasonal tea, where you’ll share some songs and poetry to allow the experience to sink in. Don’t miss your chance to try forest bathing for yourself in a beautiful outdoor setting!
Instructor: Emma Rooney
Public $50, TBG Member or Volunteer $40 (plus fees + HST)
The walk will be at a slow pace throughout, following designated pathways and trails but sometimes covering uneven terrain. The total walk distance over the three hours is approximately 2 km. Introductions will be made while participants are standing. 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. Dress appropriately for the weather and time of day. Closed-toed shoes are required. 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, near the parking lot.