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Update in the time of COVID-19:

In times of COVID-19, all forest bathers will be required to wear a face mask. If you don't have a mask, please don't expect to walk with us.

When you go off on your own during an invitation, you may remove the mask, if you choose. Coming back to circle, everyone is required to have their masks on.

No tea or snacks during this time. However, there is a closing tea ceremony adopted for safety.

Thanks for understanding.

Public walks at arboretums and preserves are scheduled to begin again in August 2020.

With love and light,


Upcoming events (5)

Alley Pond Environmental Center Forest Walk

Alley Pond Environmental Center

Join us for a 75-minute forest bathing experience, in the style of the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku. Led by certified forest therapy guide, Linda Lombardo of Wild Heart Nature Connection, you will learn about forest bathing, also called forest therapy, a way to create a deeper connection with nature. You will slow down as we open our senses to what is in motion around us. A warmup to some more personal invitations created in partnership with the forest, designed especially for this Alley Pond Park walk! You will have the option of sharing your experience with others or sharing the beauty of silence as you rediscover your wild heart in nature. All precautions are taken to create a safe and enjoyable nature connection in compliance with New York’s phase 4 reopening. Masks must be worn in the group. Please feel free to bring whatever you require to make this a safe and enjoyable experience. $15 per person Limited to 10 participants. ADULTS Tickets: alleypond.doubleknot.com/event/forest-therapy-walk/[masked]

Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue Forest Walk

Downs Farm Preserve

Hosted by Group for the East End and Wild Heart Nature Connection **PLEASE READ FULL DESCRIPTION. Registration is limited and required to attend. Registration links at the bottom of description. Thank you!** A walk always includes opening our senses gently and slowly and noticing all the worlds within worlds and what’s in motion when it isn’t you. The Beauty of Imperfection and Impermanence: We’ll walk in search of the beauty of imperfection and impermanence. How do they inform our stories and being? Your authentic colors: You may gather leaves in a wild bouquet of colors and journal about how those colors impact you; red, yellow, orange, brown, and yes, still some green. What do they mean to you? What do you love most about them? Be a Leaf Doula: A Doula is a person who helps in a life process. There are birth Doulas who help mothers bringing a newborn into the world and death Doulas who help a human departing from this world. You’ll find trees that call to you, following their falling leaves from branch to ground. You may even choose to cheer them on. Even trees that aren’t dropping their leaves yet; trees that are holding onto them, can inform us about many things. All precautions taken to create a safe and enjoyable nature connection in compliance with New York’s phase 4 reopening. Masks must be worn in the group. Please feel free to bring whatever you require to make this a safe and enjoyable experience. For questions about this walk, please contact Taralynn Reynolds, outreach and education manager, Group for the East End, [masked] TICKETS: https://bit.ly/3ibsmU3 *While tickets are free on Eventbrite there is a $5 materials fee due prior to the program. You can pay it directly to Linda on Venmo at LinLo52. Waivers will be emailed to you that have to be filled out to participate in the program. Linda Lombardo is a certified forest therapy guide and life coach. Linda finds beauty in the natural world: sharing it with others, photographing it, and writing about it.

Monthly Wellness Walks Guided by Nature at Sands Point Preserve

Sands Point Preserve

Monthly Forest Therapy Walks at Sands Point Preserve led by certified guide Linda Lombardo. Based on the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku, a wellness practice developed in the 1980s, each unique walk inspires mindful connections with the natural elements of the woods for a range of healthful benefits. Walks conclude with a peaceful tea ceremony. Registration is through the Sands Point Preserve website at http://sandspointpreserveconservancy.org/events/forest-therapy-walk/ and the 2020 dates will be posted soon. Walk-ins are welcome and pay at the gate. $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members, always with a percent of the proceeds going back to the preserve to support one of Long Island's natural treasures. We meet at Hempstead House. Just follow the signs or ask the person at the gate.

Monthly Wellness Walks Guided by Nature at Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Each month, a different walk inspired by the season, the weather and the spirit of connecting with nature. Inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku, Forest Bathing has been scientifically proven to boost immune strength, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning. But beyond these physiological changes, Forest Bathing also offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with the natural world. By slowing down and carefully observing with all our senses, we may notice incredible things that may have eluded us for our whole lives. In escaping the rapid pace of our daily routines, we may find unparalleled beauty in the moment and in doing so, relax into the beauty all around us. On these walks, your certified guide, Linda, will offer a series of guided invitations to assist you in finding your own authentic way of interacting with the land. The end of each walk features a tea ceremony and some healthy snacks! There’s no right or wrong way to do it. Ages 16+, please. Just come and be yourself. The forest is inviting you home! Bayard Cutting Arboretum is one of Long Island's treasures and a beautiful place to explore year round. Forest Therapy is an 'all-seasons' wellness practice and where better to reconnect to nature than this gorgeous arboretum! The walks are always different and in different parts of the arboretum. We may explore the gardens, the forested trails, the river, or stay in the groves with the Oaks, Dawn Redwoods and Weeping Beech. $40 energy exchange per person with 50% of the proceeds going to Bayard Cutting Arboretum's Natural Heritage fund. Walks are 2 hours depending on the season. Your certified forest therapy guide, Linda Lombardo, brings portable camping stools and hand warmers in colder weather. There is always a thermos of piping hot organically foraged tea for the tea ceremony at the end of the walk. Like a yoga practice or meditation, forest therapy builds your mindfulness, immune system and community with each walk. No one needs to be an athlete! If you have any physical or health concerns, please let Linda know in advance. Even though we are walking and experiencing the arboretum together, each person is on his or her own journey. Please message Linda if you have any questions.

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