Roots in Nature
Forest Bathing Walk
Stonebridge Waterfowl Preserve
Saturday, May 11, 2019
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Slow down.  
Awaken your senses.
Relax into the beauty around us.   

Join Association of Nature & Forest Therapy (ANFT) Certified Guide Sue Smith for a forest bathing walk in Aspetuck Land Trust's lovely Stonebridge Waterfowl Preserve.  

Inspired by the Japanese practice of  shinrin-yoku, forest bathing, or forest therapy, has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive function.  B eyond these physiological changes, forest bathing offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world.

A forest bathing walk is not a hike or a workout; we move slowly and, for the most part, in silence.  A series of guided invitations are offered along the way to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land.  The walk follows the standard sequence of ANFT and the experience ends with a tea ceremony, where you'll enjoy tea made from local plants, along with some healthy snacks.
Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather/temperature.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and socks, long pants and sleeves, and a hat with visor.  Bring enough bottled water to stay hydrated for the duration.  You also may want to bring sunblock and a small towel for sitting during portions of the walk.  

The terrain at Stonebridge is flat, and total distance covered is less than a mile.  Parking is available in the lot at the entrance to the preserve.  Walk begins promptly at 10:00 am.  

Meet Sue Smith

Sue is a Certified Guide with the  Association of Nature & Forest Therapy (ANFT) and believes in the healing power of nature.  She founded  Roots in Nature to complement her health counseling practice,  Prime Health Style.  Over the past 7 years, she's worked with individuals and groups to promote better nutrition and a happier, healthier lifestyle.  Sue lived in Japan, where the practice of  shinrin-yoku started, and is a frequent traveler and outdoor enthusiast.      

Her background includes work in the fields of culinary arts and design, evident in the special touches she brings to her walks.  Sue is a docent at the Asia Society, NYC, and a long-time volunteer at PAWS, an animal shelter in Norwalk, CT.  
Please email with any questions, and confirm your attendance at least 24 hours in advance.  I look forward to sharing the practice of forest bathing in the serenity and beauty of Stonebridge Waterfowl Preserve!

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