Date(s) - October 14, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
4000 SW Fairview Blvd
Portland, OR 97221
Note: This special session of Forest Bathing is specifically for people who are grieving. No matter what you’re grieving for, you are welcome. There will be opportunities to speak your grief out loud, or not – in the forest, you decide what your heart, body, and spirit need.
Experience a two-hour guided forest bathing walk through Hoyt Arboretum’s unique tree collection and forested areas. Forest Bathing (also known as Forest Therapy) offers many health benefits from stress relief to immune system and mood support.
Forest therapy is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness through immersion in forests and other natural environments. Forest therapy is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates to “forest bathing.” Studies have demonstrated a wide array of health benefits, especially in the cardiovascular and immune systems, and for stabilizing and improving mood and cognition. We build on those benefits and look beyond, to what happens when people remember that we are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways.
- Class size is limited, please register in advance
- Registration closes Friday, October 13th at 4:00pm
About the Instructor: Heather Dorfman, LMSW (she/her) is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and founder of Rose and Cedar Forest Therapy. After many years of working with children, youth, and adults who are grieving or in crisis, Heather now partners with the natural world to offer gentle, accessible, and trauma-sensitive care, especially for those most marginalized. Heather believes that every person has the right to develop and deepen relationships with the other-than-human world, and loves to support people in this ever-evolving process.
Registration closes Saturday, August 5th at 5:00pm.
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