Forest Therapy Walk in July

Mandala: bird's foot trefoil.

Mandala: bird’s foot trefoil.   ~~ Let nature do the healing.~~

Here is the first of the promised summer walks in upstate New York, and a .pdf to pass on to anyone who might be interested.

July 22 Forest Therapy Walk flyer

**Please indicate your interest through the “Contact Us” link at the top of this site, and more information will follow.**

Light over the water: breathe in the calm.

Light over water: breathe in the calm.


FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016    10 AM TO 1 PM

at a six acre private residence in Troy NY

Led by Diane Kavanaugh-Black: Forest Therapy Guide, yoga instructor, local writer & photographer

This introductory walk is FREE, though donations will be happily accepted.

**Forest Therapy is a series of guided sensory invitations into a deeper connection with nature, that takes place in state parks, nature preserves, arboretums, gardens and private spaces. Light hearted and yet potentially profound, the approach slows us down and opens us to possibilities.

**Forest Therapy allows individuals and groups to experience the healing effects of the outdoors and is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or physical condition. The walks are generally under a mile and on easy terrain. No special knowledge or background is needed.

**Nature and Forest Therapy is a research-based restorative practice which comes out of Japanese shinrin yoku or “forest bathing.” Among other benefits, it has been shown to lower blood pressure, decrease cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and increase immune function. You may have seen articles in the Washington Post, Yoga Journal, USA Today or U.S. News & World Report recently, or on National Geographic Explorer channel.

**Further information and links to scientific research and media reports about Forest Therapy can be found at the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs .


Nature Photography Show, about Partridge Run, at Bethlehem Library

Photo in the show: "First, Center Yourself: Ox-Eye Daisy, unopened," July 2014

Photo in the show: “First, Center Yourself: Ox-Eye Daisy, unopened,” July 2014

Hello all. The project I have been concentrating on in lieu of workshops the past six months has bloomed in its first public venue.

My hiking partner Carole Fults and I are working on a series of books about the natural areas near Albany, NY, beginning with Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area in Berne.  Below find the announcement of our exhibit at Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY (south of Albany). The show runs through December, in the lobby; there is also an exhibit by a local printmaker and collage artist (link to follow) in the entryway.

Since Bethlehem Library does not have accommodations for formal receptions, I will be at the library for two informal opportunities to ask questions while you look at the photos:

Sunday December 13, from 12:30 to 2:30, with a short talk at 1 pm

Tuesday December 15, from 5 to 7 pm, with a short talk at 6 pm.

Getting to Know Pickerel Ponds photo show flyer