Tu Bishvat Forest Bathing

Tu Bishvat Forest Bathing

Date(s) - January 25, 2024
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hoyt Arboretum
4000 SW Fairview Blvd
Portland, OR 97221


We invite you to join this very special Forest Bathing event, honoring the Jewish “New Year of the Trees”, or Tu Bishvat. All are welcome (Jewish or not) as we celebrate and connect with these miraculous beings. We’ll explore our interconnections, and reflect on what the trees can teach us (and what we can offer back). As ritual leader and writer Dori Midnight reminds us, “Like trees, we are earthbound beings arching toward sky, holding root hands under the earth.”

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 Wednesday, January 24 at 12pm

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.

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If you qualify for an Oregon income assistance program, please email nina@hoytarboretum.org for details about further discounted program rates.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Hoyt Arboretum Friends member for discounted program rates, please click HERE.





Bookings are closed for this event.

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