Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

Schedule and Location

Spring 2019

(Register now)
Locations Vary

Saturdays (9:30 to 12:30 p.m.)

  • Section B: May 18, meet at Prairie Visitor Station, P-25 with Brenda Spitzer
  • Section F:  June 29, meet at P-29 with Jeanne Iovinelli
  • Section D: May 11, meet at P-21 with Laura Kamedulski

Monday (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

  • Section C: Monday, May 6, meet at Prairie Visitor Station, P-25 with Jeanne Iovinelli
    Section E: Monday June 3, meet at Big Rock Visitor Station, P-13 (Special class: Ephemeral Woodland Art Focus) with Brenda Spitzer

Would you like a shorter walk?  Join us for our Forest Therapy Walks  (1 hour 45 min).

Summer 2019

(Registration opens May 21, 2019)
Location Vary

Saturdays (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

  • Section A: July 20 Meet at P-21
  • Section B: August 17 Ephemeral Woodland Art Focus Meet at P-29
  • Section C: September 7  International Forest Bathing Day! Meet at P-25 Prairie Visitor Station

Mondays (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

  • Section D: July 29 Meet at P-25 Prairie Visitor Station
  • Section E: August 5 Meet at P-13 Big Rock Visitor Station
  • Section F: September 23 Autumn Equinox! Meet at P-13 Big Rock Visitor Station

Fees and Registration

$29.00 member
$34.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Experience the healing and wellness promoting effects of Shinrin-Yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the atmosphere of the forest. Take a slow and 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 sensory awareness exercises. The walks will conclude with tea made from edible plants foraged along the trail. 

Ephemeral Woodland Art Focus: Select sections will include an opportunity to spend extra time in nature creating ephemeral woodland art. In this meditative activity, participants gather rocks, sticks, cones, and other bits of nature and create a temporary design on the woodland floor.  Time will also be set aside for journaling or informal sketching. See the schedule and location for dates.

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Brenda Spitzer, Laura Kamedulski, or Jeanne Iovinelli, certified nature and forest therapy guides

Course Details

Notes: Held entirely outdoors, rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.  If the weather is cold, dressing in warm layers is recommended.    Max 15.
Supplies: A hat, sunglasses, water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent.  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.
Recommended ages: For adults, ages 18 and over

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Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)