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Forest Bathing: Learning with the Land
July 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Join scientist Lori Benoit to learn about the simple practice of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, which originated in Japan. Take a calming walk through Kestrel Land Trust’s Greenberg Family Conservation Area and learn the benefits and techniques you can use to relax and recharge outdoors.
Lori Benoit, Ph.D. is an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager for a consulting firm in Northampton. Lori has conducted research ranging from red blood cell mutations to birds of salt marshes, invasive plants, and plant evolution. She has a passion for the natural world that takes many forms including hiking, kayaking, bird-watching, and as a member and volunteer for regional land trusts. Lori leads classroom and field courses in Massachusetts and Connecticut on the flora of New England, aquatic and wetland plants, coastal botany and ecology, and plant evolution.
Lori engages in a personal practice of forest bathing or nature immersion, guided by the following excellent books:
- Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness by Dr. Qing Li
- The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life by Melanie Choukas-Bradley
- Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature by M. Amos Clifford
Watch now to learn about this beautifully simple way to re-experience a walk in the woods!