Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 minute)

Schedule and Location


Mondays (9:30 to 11:15 a.m.)

  • Section A: October 15, Prairie Visitor Center P-25
  • Section B: November 12, Thornhill Shelter P-21


Saturdays (9:30 to 11:15 a.m.)

  • Section C: October 27, Big Rock Visitor Station, P-13
  • Section D: November 17, Thornhill Shelter P-21


Fees and Registration

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember

Course Description


A wood chipped trail winding through a forest

Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a mindful walk with a certified Forest Therapy guide on a trail at the Morton Arboretum as you awaken your senses and reconnect with nature. The walks will visit different locations at the Arboretum and will include a variety of awareness-raising exercises. The walks will conclude with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail. 

Instructor: Brenda Spitzer, certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide
Notes: Held entirely outdoors, rain, snow or shine.  Dress appropriately for the weather.  Layers of clothing are recommended.  Max 15.
Supplies: A hat, sunglasses, water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.  Long sleeves and long pants recommended. Optional supplies to bring if you wish include a sketchbook/journal, and a mat or towel to sit upon or a carry along canvas chair/camp chair. Water or a cold drink, snack also suggested.  
Recommended ages: For Adults, ages 18 and over

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Course Details

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.

Weather Cancellation Hotline
Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.