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Forest

Wild Heart

Forest Bathing
& Yoga
©2023

At Wild Heart Forest Bathing & Yoga©2023, we offer a unique combination of forest bathing and yoga to help you connect with nature and yourself. We are  dedicated to helping you experience nature in a safe and grounding way. We believe in the healing power of nature and strive to share that with our community.

Get Outside, Go Within!

 

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” 

― John Muir, John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir

Outside In, LLC© 2023 d/b/a

Wild Heart Forest Bathing & Yoga©2023

Potomac, MD 20854 &

Garrett County, MD 21550

alex@wildheartforest.com

305-962-6439

Serving VA, DC, MD, and DE

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Well, I can assure you that you don't have to wear a bathing suit and you don't necessarily have to get wet.  "Forest Bathing," or as I like to call it, "A Mindful Saunter," is a practice that helps connect us to the more than human world (trees, rocks, creeks, and other beings along the way). The practice was inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku that was named in the 1980s.  I say "named" in the 1980s because we as homo sapiens have always been connected with and part of all of the beings of this universe. As Rumi said, "You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop."

 

In Japan during the 1980s many people were becoming ill and dying from stress.  This was such a common death that a word, Karōshi, was coined to describe this. It was determined that the move to a technology based society where people were working long hours indoors and without a connection to nature was the cause of so many stress related deaths. The Japanese Ministry of Health studied the effects of this behavior and concluded that more time outdoors was needed and began studying the effects of being in nature. The studies concluded that time spent in forests reduces pulse rates, decreased the stress hormone cortisol, increased the cancer killing cells, and helped decrease blood pressure in those with high blood pressure and increased blood pressure in those with low blood pressure.  The practice of forest bathing has made a move to the US and other parts of the world.  I like to describe it as a practice much like a yoga or meditation practice. 

During our time together we will walk slowly and take in our surroundings through a series of "invitations."  They are indeed just that, invitations--there is no right or wrong way. . .you will have the option to modify or adapt the invitation in whatever safe way feels right to you.  On some saunters we may begin with some body movement and breathing practices--just to awaken our bodies and open them to receive.  After each invitation, we'll come back together and everyone will have an opportunity to share their experience with the group in whatever way feels right, including silence.

We can also tailor your saunter--for example, if you yearn to connect with the fire element, we can experience flint & steel fire birthing, or perhaps you'd like to get your body moving with some yoga.  We can discuss the wide range of options.

Each saunter is different depending upon what our Mother Earth decides to show us at any particular time on any particular day.

 

The saunter is not a hike, so the distance we cover may be very short. . .but generally, we'll cover about a mile.  I'll provide specific information about the place before we meet up and let you know what you might want to wear to feel comfortable and safe. Please let me know ahead of time if you have any mobility requirements.

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The average time spent or our saunter is about 2 hours. But of course this can (and does vary).  

There is typically a fee to participate in a forest saunter and this will vary depending on the location and length of the saunter.

You will be asked to sign a liability waiver before participating in any of Wild Heart Yoga and Forest Bathing ©2023 experiences.

We look forward to meeting you and guiding you on your mindful saunter.  

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We offer customized experiences throughout the year, from forest therapy walks to yoga retreats. Contact us and let us help you plan your next outing.

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“Wild Heart provided me with an experience that I will never forget. The forest therapy walk was so grounding and peaceful. I can't wait to come back for more.”

Steffie Rapp

MD

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