What we're about

Do you love the outdoors, being in nature, taking the time to breathe the air and experience the world around you? Do you like to hike, but not with a capital "H"? This club might just be for you! While power-walking and strenuous hiking are fun, sometimes you just want to stop and smell the flowers.

This club is for the person who just wants to go for a walk, to see the natural beauty of our area, maybe take some pictures. The goal is schedule one nature walk a month, weather permitting. Won't you join us?

Upcoming events (3)

Forest Bathing at Conway Robinson State Forest (Gainesville, VA)

Conway Robinson State Forest

Come with us and practice the Japanese art of Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing. In our hectic lives, we forget the power that nature has to restore our mental and physical well-being. It only takes a couple of hours in the forest to lift your spirits, improve your blood pressure, and heighten your mood for up to several days. And it's not difficult to do!

We will meet at the beginning of the walk to meditate and set our intention for our practice. Then, we will slowly walk the trail and in the surrounding woods, using our five senses to experience what the forest has to offer. This will be a relatively silent and meditative walk -- phones away in our pockets --, one where we each will commune with nature in our own way, be it hugging a tree (don't knock it until you've tried it!), walking barefoot in safe areas, smelling the flowers, listening to the birds, or just sitting and meditating. The experience is yours.

At the end of the walk, which takes 2 hours, we will meet and eat and talk about how we are feeling. There will be a pre and post-survey to complete to help you see how forest bathing helped you on this day.

BRING WITH YOU
good shoes
water
bug spray
a small mat to sit on (if you wish)
appropriate clothing for the weather
a pencil
a lunch/snack (preferably healthy, locally sourced foods as that is part of the practice)

DISCLAIMERS

This is NOT a hike. This is a chance to explore nature with that being the only goal in mind.

I am not a certified forest therapy guide, a physician, or a therapist, just someone who has been reading about, studying, and practicing forest bathing on my own.

For more information on Shinrin Yoku, please check out the following:

The Art and Science of Forest Bathing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12CCjoixpkA&t=28s&ab_channel=PenguinBooksUK

How Forests Heal People: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-wHq6yY2CI&ab_channel=NitinDas

How Forest Bathing Clears the Mind and Body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0MEFNyLPag&ab_channel=CBSThisMorning

Forest Bathing at State Arboretum of Virginia (Boyce, VA)

State Arboretum of Virginia

Come with us and practice the Japanese art of Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing. In our hectic lives, we forget the power that nature has to restore our mental and physical well-being. It only takes a couple of hours in the forest to lift your spirits, improve your blood pressure, and heighten your mood for up to several days. And it's not difficult to do!

We will meet at the beginning of the walk to meditate and set our intention for our practice. Then, we will slowly walk the trail and in the surrounding woods, using our five senses to experience what the forest has to offer. This will be a relatively silent and meditative walk -- phones away in our pockets --, one where we each will commune with nature in our own way, be it hugging a tree (don't knock it until you've tried it!), walking barefoot in safe areas, smelling the flowers, listening to the birds, or just sitting and meditating. The experience is yours.

At the end of the walk, which takes 2 hours, we will meet and eat and talk about how we are feeling. There will be a pre and post-survey to complete to help you see how forest bathing helped you on this day.

BRING WITH YOU
good shoes
water
bug spray
a small mat to sit on (if you wish)
appropriate clothing for the weather
a pencil
a lunch/snack (preferably healthy, locally sourced foods as that is part of the practice)

DISCLAIMERS

This is NOT a hike. This is a chance to explore nature with that being the only goal in mind.

I am not a certified forest therapy guide, a physician, or a therapist, just someone who has been reading about, studying, and practicing forest bathing on my own.

For more information on Shinrin Yoku, please check out the following:

The Art and Science of Forest Bathing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12CCjoixpkA&t=28s&ab_channel=PenguinBooksUK

How Forests Heal People: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-wHq6yY2CI&ab_channel=NitinDas

How Forest Bathing Clears the Mind and Body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0MEFNyLPag&ab_channel=CBSThisMorning

Forest Bathing at Bull Run Regional Park (Centreville, VA)

Bull Run Regional Park

Come with us and practice the Japanese art of Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing. In our hectic lives, we forget the power that nature has to restore our mental and physical well-being. It only takes a couple of hours in the forest to lift your spirits, improve your blood pressure, and heighten your mood for up to several days. And it's not difficult to do!

We will meet at the beginning of the walk to meditate and set our intention for our practice. Then, we will slowly walk the trail and in the surrounding woods, using our five senses to experience what the forest has to offer. This will be a relatively silent and meditative walk -- phones away in our pockets --, one where we each will commune with nature in our own way, be it hugging a tree (don't knock it until you've tried it!), walking barefoot in safe areas, smelling the flowers, listening to the birds, or just sitting and meditating. The experience is yours.

At the end of the walk, which takes 2 hours, we will meet and eat and talk about how we are feeling. There will be a pre and post-survey to complete to help you see how forest bathing helped you on this day.

BRING WITH YOU
good shoes
water
bug spray
a small mat to sit on (if you wish)
appropriate clothing for the weather
a pencil
a lunch/snack (preferably healthy, locally sourced foods as that is part of the practice)

DISCLAIMERS

This is NOT a hike. This is a chance to explore nature with that being the only goal in mind.

I am not a certified forest therapy guide, a physician, or a therapist, just someone who has been reading about, studying, and practicing forest bathing on my own.

For more information on Shinrin Yoku, please check out the following:

The Art and Science of Forest Bathing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12CCjoixpkA&t=28s&ab_channel=PenguinBooksUK

How Forests Heal People: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-wHq6yY2CI&ab_channel=NitinDas

How Forest Bathing Clears the Mind and Body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0MEFNyLPag&ab_channel=CBSThisMorning

Past events (8)

Manassas Battlefield Nature Walk

Manassas Battlefield

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