Shinrin-yoku, Forest Bathing, photo by Michael Borg
photo: Michael Borg


University of MN course CSPH 5642 Nature Heals: An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics

Take a Walk in the Woods. Doctor's Orders

The Human Relation With
Nature and Technological Nature

Natural environments and mental health

This Is Your Brain on Nature - National Geographic - read the article

The Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' is scientificially proven to be good for you

Forest Bathing Studies: Why You Need To Start Today!

Introduction to Shinrin Yoku

Introduction to Forest Therapy and Shinrin Yoku

What is Forest Therapy?

This Is Your Brain on Nature - National Geographic - watch the video

Real Fountain Of Youth | Forest Bathing Learn about "killer cells"

Crazy Circle Illusion a video about perception

Earth Compared To The Rest Of The Universe a video that will blow your mind about our insignificance

Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum

Tom Bezek, trained Nature Therapy guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy

For adults, age 16 and older
Enjoy the tranquility and well-being of Shinrin-yoku, a Japanese mindfulness practice that invites nature to be your healer. Through guided awareness exercises, you will awaken all your senses and calm your mind. Shinrin-yoku (translation: 'Forest Bathing') fosters a deep connection with nature that will nourish you -- mind, body and spirit. According to Garden Media Group, one of the top trend-spotting agencies, a forest therapy guide was featured in the Washington Post saying "think about where yoga was 30 years ago and where it is today...forest therapy is making the same journey toward cultural definition in a way that will mainstream the practice."

Please watch this 2-minute video prior to registering in order to gain a better understanding of what to expect from a session of Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum.

Limit 12 people, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter


  • Sessions of Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum will not necessarily take place in a forest--this meditative practice can take place anywhere in nature. Arboretum location will be chosen at instructor's discretion 
  • The Arboretum is a public place; solitude from other visitors is not expected nor guaranteed. 
  • Shinrin-yoku walks celebrate all aspects of nature and will run rain or shine unless the conditions are deemed too dangerous by the Arboretum. 
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather. 
  • Be prepared for possible sun burn, insect bites, or allergy conditions. Where appropriate please bring necessary repellents, protection, and medications.

Shinrin-yoku does not serve as a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Sessions of Shinrin-yoku at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum do not engage in the practice of medicine, nor enter into a health-care practitioner/patient relationship. Please discuss your personal health with a qualified health practitioner.



Shinrin-yoku at the Arboretum

Saturday, July 13, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-07-13-19)
Saturday, August 24, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-08-24-19)
Saturday, September 14, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-09-14-19)
Saturday, October 5, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (100-10-05-19)

Limit 12, Meet at Ordway Picnic Shelter

Saturday, July 13, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
$16 member/$31 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, August 24, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$16 member/$31 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, September 14, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
$16 member/$31 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, October 5, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$16 member/$31 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission



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