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Forest Bathing in Glen Stewart Ravine – those with mobility aids (wheelchairs, walkers, canes) & their support assistants and anyone else

September 12, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT


Forest Bathing, or Shinrin Yoku, is a practice that originated in Japan that involves relaxing and connecting to nature while adopting a soft gaze of fascination. Research has demonstrated that this practice increases pain tolerance, immune function and creativity while decreasing stress hormone levels. The next time you go for a walk in the ravine, pause to take in the sounds of birds, wind and water, all of which have been associated with calming the mind and body through the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system.

The Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine in partnership with Kingston Road United Church, invite you to register for a guided walk to explore and experience the potential benefits of forest medicine. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Glen Stewart Ravine, come engage in gentle “invitations” to connect with nature and soothe your mind, body and soul.

Thursday Sept 12

Nature lovers who use mobility aids (wheelchairs, walkers, canes) & their support assistants and anyone else

10:00 – 11:30

Join Dr. Kari Krogh with Rosemary Anderson for a 1.5-hr nature immersion experience starting at the Balsam Ave. entrance. Forest Bathing is not about strenuous exercise but rather about slowing down, breathing deeply and noticing the textures, scents and sounds of nature. A nature printing art activity will allow us to explore textures in the natural world. At the end of the time together, participants will be invited to taste or smell cedar tea made from local trees. Please bring your own snack if you like. You are encouraged to bring a support assistant or friend since the guides will be unable to attend to individual needs.

Walks are limited to 12 participants.

RAIN DATES If the walks are cancelled due to poor weather, a notice will be sent out through Eventbrite.

Walks are free however donations to cover expenses are welcome.

These walks are offered as an outreach community service by Kingston Road United Church (KRUC) in partnership with Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine. Walks are led by KRUC volunteer Dr. Kari Krogh (Ph.D. psychology, health researcher & contemplative nature walk guide) and her guest assistants (Rosemary Anderson – physiotherapist, David Gordon – environmental educator and Mildri Behm – pre/postnatal spiritual care provider in training). Funding was received from a United Church of Canada’s Seeds of Hope Grant (Watkins Fund), to expand KRUC’s mindfulness programming designed in response to community-identified needs and interests. Kim Dunlop, who offers a Mindfulness Meditation Program on Monday nights at KRUC, will assist with coordination.

We gratefully acknowledge Courage Foods for donating the snacks provided on the three longer walks. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Inflow Inventory.


September 12, 2019
10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
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