Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing Walk in Rock Creek Park with Melanie Choukas-Bradley - Sunday April 23
April 23, 2017 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Oregon Ave NW & Beech St NW, Washington, DC 20015, USA
Rock Creek Conservancy
Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing Walk in Rock Creek Park
with author/ naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Sunday, April 23, 9:30- approximately 12:30
Join the Rock Creek Conservancy and Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for our inaugural Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing walk. We will meet in the Pinehurst Branch area of Rock Creek Park for a mindfulness walk under the tall trees near the scenic tributary. For more than 30 years, the forest agency of Japan has encouraged Japanese citizens to spend quiet time in the forest, taking in the sights, sounds, smells and tactile sensations of nature. Numerous health studies in Japan, North America and around the world have demonstrated measurable improvements in physical health and mood following sensory immersion in nature, including lowered blood pressure, lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and increased immunity to disease. See the National Geographic January 2016 article: “This is Your Brain on Nature” and The Washington Post’s“’Forest Bathing is Latest Fitness Trend to Hit U.S. –‘Where Yoga Was 30 Years Ago,’” May 17, 2016. Melanie will share some simple techniques she has learned to help us connect more deeply with the beauty and wonder of the forest and waters that the Rock Creek Conservancy works so hard to protect. (Melanie is a Forest Therapy Guide who has received certification with the California Bay-area Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs Santa Rosa, CA.)
Registration: The cost of the event is $20 per guest. Interested participants can purchase tickets here.
Meeting Place and Directions: We will meet at the intersection of 6800 Oregon Avenue and 3000 Beech Street, NW. (Note, this is Beech Street, not Beach Drive.) The meeting place is 1 mile north of Military Road and .4 miles north of Nebraska Avenue on Oregon Avenue. From Connecticut Avenue, NW take Western Avenue east from the Chevy Chase Circle at the DC/MD line. In one mile turn right on Beech Street and take it to Oregon Avenue. There is parking along Beech Street near Oregon.
Please note: There are no restrooms at our meeting place. There are restrooms at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, 1.3 miles south of our meeting place. Nature Center opens at 9:00 a.m.
What to Wear and Bring: Wear warm comfortable clothing and dress in layers for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes with good soles as trails may be muddy. This is a rain or shine event, unless conditions are dangerous or miserable. Wear sunscreen and bring water and snacks.
What to Expect: We will be walking very slowly and covering a distance of about a mile during our 2-3 hour forest bathing walk. We will provide light portable canvas chairs that we encourage you to carry for the sitting portions of the walk. (Given the slow pace of the walk, extra layers of clothing are recommended for comfort.)