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Forest Bathing in Glen Stewart Ravine – those with pain & fatigue limits

October 24, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT

Experience the healing nature of Forest Bathing on this walk for people who may experience limitations associated with pain and fatigue.

About this Event

Forest Bathing Walks in the Glen Stewart Ravine

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, October 24

Nature lovers who may experience limitations of pain & fatigue and anyone else

10 am – 12 pm

Join Dr. Kari Krogh with Rosemary Anderson for a 2-hr walk starting at the Glen Manor entrance. This 2-hr Forest Bathing Walk experience for people with who have an ability to walk over sloping terrain but who may experience limitations associated with pain or fatigue. Quiet time in nature has been associated with an increase in our ability to tolerate pain while time near water improves energy levels for some people. We will move through a series of nature-connection invitations and conclude with a tea ceremony using harvested items from nature. Please bring a portable chair, stool or towel to sit on.  We will have a volunteer available to carry your items if needed.

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.


October 24, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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