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