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Forest Therapy

 06/23/2021  |  01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Gateway Natural Area  |  Registration Required

Wellness - Adult

Experience the Japanese tradition of Shinrin-Yoku on this guided nature walk. Learn to open your senses to nature’s healing power. Location: Gateway Natural Area, meet at Shelter A Parking Passes will be provided for all participants About the experience: Our walk will begin at 1:00 pm and will end around 3:00 p.m. We will walk very slowly, stopping often, and sitting for periods of time, so it is a very low-intensity activity. Unlike a hike, we are not concerned with getting to a certain place by a certain time. - The walk will cover approximately 1/2-3/4 miles of very slow walking over gentle terrain. - Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the season and temperature. - Forest therapy walks continue in light rain unless the threat of lightning or hypothermia is present. Bring rain gear and an umbrella if rain is in the forecast, including waterproof shoes. - Weather permitting, you will be invited (not required) to remove your shoes for earth connection time, so you may want to bring a small towel to wipe your feet. - Bring a mask, water, sunscreen, insect repellent, a light snack, a hat/cap and a day pack large enough to carry these items (and rain gear, if needed). -A waiver is required to sign upon arrival for all participants. Masks will be optional for all vaccinated participants and volunteers. We kindly request that unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals wear a mask while indoors or when within 6 feet of anyone not in their household group, including the volunteers. Waivers will be required to be signed either online or in person upon arrival. If you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (cough, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste/smell, etc.) do not attend this program. Visit https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19 for more information.

Minimum Participants: 2
Maximum Participants: 10

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Thank you Fort Collins and Larimer County voters! Your support of citizen-initiated sales taxes makes land conservation and educational activities like this possible.

AJ Chlebnik

Pronouns: she/her/hers

City of Fort Collins

Natural Areas Department

Public Engagement Specialist



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Madeline M - Volunteer Naturalist Assistant

Our connection to nature is often a deeply personal, spiritual experience. When I trot up a trail, it is about so much more than the physical act of walking. It puts me in a more receptive mindset, I am paying attention to things that are there as much as the things that aren’t. Nature is where I feel at home, where I come to seek clarity, seek guidance, seek thought and yes, seek answers, about the challenges that life throws my way.