Learn how to do Forest Bathing invitations with your dog. Your dog will even be your guide! This outdoor experience called Forest Bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku which means taking the atmosphere of the forest with your senses. Hate to leave your dog behind? Me too, so I've developed my own way of bringing these two things together combining my experience as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and a dog owner. Spending time in nature with my dog and Forest Bathing are two of my favorite things to do. Using our senses to slow down and bring us to the present moment is the way of a Shinrin Yoku walk. So often our walks can be something we have to get done, rushed or full of conversation on our phones. Instead, learn how to make part of your walk a time to slow down, connect and release the stress in the Shinrin Yoku way. Even make it part of a mindfulness practice. Yes, even with you dog! If possible, please walk you dog before class. Suggested equipment: Extra-long leash. My preference is to use a 20 foot training lead. I will have extras if you'd like to try one out. No aggressive dogs or dogs in heat are permitted. We reserve the right to remove any dogs thought to be dangerous to other dogs or participants.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
A leisurely stroll of about a mile on the grounds of the deCordova museum and the woodland edges. Along the way we will gather and sit. Lightweight portable stools are provided. We will be staying on the grounds of the deCordova around the museum building and woodland edges. You will be able to stay on the trail or wander a bit if you prefer. There is some hilly terrain as the trail moves around the museum building. A bathroom will be available in the deCordova cafe. Please check the weather forecast so you are prepared and wear one more layer than you think you will need.
WHAT TO BRING:
Please bring an extra long leash for your dog. For yourself, bring water and a snack. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking on easy terrain. You may also want to have a sunhat, sunblock and bug repellent. Bring anything else you may want to be comfortable outdoors. I will have light-weight portable stools that you may use.