Forest bathing, or shinrin yoku, is the practice of relating with nature via specific invitations that engage your senses directly with natural elements and experiences. This practice helps to deepen one’s embodiment and strengthen and build tools one can use to better cope with stress, realign priorities and engage with one’s body, mind and purpose. The experience begins with a guided meditation where we still ourselves and find our place in nature. Then we embark on a series of invitations where one engages with various elements present on that day. Friendly goats will journey through the invitations with us, modeling for us ways in which we can more directly enter into communications with and sharpen our senses in relationship to the natural world. At the end of the practice, we gather for a sampling of handcrafted foraged foods accompanied by a tea infusion created from the plants around us. Our caprine friends will join us for a very special tea ceremony, supping from the treasures we bring back with us from our walk.
Debra Wilbur is certified guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. She is a Reiki Master and uses her craft to further infuse her walks with healing energy. She is a graduate of UCLA’s horticulture program, with a focus on California natives. Her family lineage includes a deep relationship to and understanding of plants and forested areas and healing. After many years spent in the high pressure worlds of fashion, visual arts and film and television production, she has at last returned to her passions of origin: nature, animals, healing and guiding. Follow on instagram @insideoutimmersion or contact me through my website www.insideoutimmersion.com
Jess Starwood M.S., owner of SunRaven Apothecary, is an herbalist, forager and plant-based chef. She creates an innovative yet traditional approach to herbal medicine, wild foods and has a passion for connecting the community with the local natural environment. Her unique multi-course wild food dining experiences are highly sought after and are the basis for the upcoming film project ‘Tasting the Wild’ (instagram.com/tastingthewild). Follow at Instagram.com/jess.starwoodor for more information www.jstarwood.com
Michelle Tritten owns and operates Hello Critter. She has cared for pet goats since the 1980’s and practiced yoga since the 1990’s. Her dream of working closely with her animals came true after she began facilitating Goat Yoga Experiences on Earthday of 2017. One of her greatest passions is sharing her animals with others. Michelle has found that goats have a profound way of elevating experiences and bringing out the best in people. They connect us to the present moment and to each other. They help us find the joy in life. https://www.hellocritter.com https://www.instagram.com/hellocrittercare/ https://www.facebook.com/hellocrittergoatyoga/ https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hello-critter-yoga-15207040317