Wednesday, August 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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 nature nearby. During this 90-minute special event, certified forest therapy guide Emma Rooney will touch upon some of the benefits of forest therapy and then guide us to try it for ourselves. We’ll begin with a slideshow of images to transport us into the magic of the TBG and surrounding ravine. You’ll get a chance to step away from the screen for a few minutes to engage all your senses in your own surroundings. There will be opportunities for community sharing and enjoying some nature-inspired poetry, art, and music for a true garden celebration. As a memento from the evening, you’ll receive a set of five special edition digital nature invitation cards to experiment with on your own until we get a chance to gather in person. How to Participate: Join this virtual event from anywhere that’s comfortable: your home, your window, or even your balcony. A quiet spot in which to participate is always helpful, but you don’t need to be outside to benefit. Grab a comfortable chair and pour yourself a summer beverage before signing in. Accessibility Level: The Forest Bathing Summer Celebration is designed to be inviting, gentle, and accessible to all participants who want to experience nature in a new way. No prior experience with forest therapy or naturalist knowledge is required.
Public $25, TBG Member or Volunteer $20
plus fees + HST
Location: Online (Zoom)
Registration Deadline: August 11, 12 p.m.
About the Presenter:
Emma Rooney is a community programmer, environmentalist, health and wellness advocate, gardener, and foodie. She is the proprietor of Blooming Caravan, a mobile business that brings Creative Companionship—therapeutic gardening, seasonal cooking, and storytelling—to older adults in the comfort of their homes. She also works as a horticultural therapy practitioner, offering nature connection programs in long-term care and to various community groups. Her hands-on approach is informed by an ethic of caring for the land and people and by hours spent wandering High Park, dreaming up possibilities. Emma is a newly certified forest therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and offers weekly community sessions at her Forest Bathing Studio.