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  • 2.5hrs
  • Max People: 20-25
  • March 13

Forest Bathing Walk w/ Merrell

Rescheduled Due to Weather: Now SUNDAY, March 13

Note that this event will now take place on Sunday, March 13 at 2pm. It looks like a bright, sunny afternoon and we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Let’s get together and celebrate International Women’s Day! Relax, reconnect, and start your Spring out refreshed and renewed!

  • Sunday, March 13
  • 2pm – 5pm
  • $10/person (with an option to increase your donation at check out)
  • Botanical Gardens of Asheville

Please join us for a guided forest bathing experience and unplug for a moment! Forest Bathing encourages you to slow down, relax, and reconnect with nature by quieting the mind and awakening your senses. Your guide will share mindfulness practices and invitations to support you in connecting more deeply to the world around you. All proceeds benefit the Asheville Botanical Gardens.

As a bonus, Merrell will be bringing demo shoes to try out on the trail! Put them to the test and get our shoes dirty, not yours! (BYOS – bring your own socks 😉 

The walk begins at 2pm. So please arrive early so we can outfit everyone wanting to try demo shoes beforehand. Once everyone has arrived, we will begin our Forest Bathing experience. Slowing down your hectic pace, quieting your mind, tuning into your senses, and allowing yourself to simply be immersed in the atmosphere of the forest. Gently awakening to the many gifts of the present moment while deepening your connection to nature and community.

This gentle and restorative walk is suitable for most ages and activity levels and will not exceed 1 mile round trip.

“Walk together. Feel the heart beats. Experience the presence. This is how to be thankful.” Amit Ray

Post walk, we will enjoy a tea ceremony with snack bags and water provided by Merrell. After we get our forest bathing fill, Merrell will hold a raffle for participants to win some cool gifts from a local retailor to be picked up in store!

Hope to see you in the forest for a morning of rejuvenation and celebration!

What Is Forest Bathing?

Forest Bathing is simply a guided walk in nature. Your guide will share mindfulness practices and invitations designed to connect you more deeply to your inner landscapes, as well as the world around you. Inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of immersing oneself in a forest environment, forest bathing walks invite guests to spend time in nature in a way that invites healing for ourselves, our fraught ecosystems, and our community. It is true nature therapy!

This is essentially a mindful, rejuvenating walk in the forest…no actual “bathing” required.

For more information, visit the Forest Bathing Tour Page or the blog: All About Forest Bathing.

FAQ

1Where will we meet?

We will meet in the parking area at the Asheville Botanical Gardens, 151 WT Weaver Boulevard. Please note that the restrooms will not yet be open for the season.

2What should I bring?

Make sure to dress in layers (your key to comfort!) and come prepared for ever-changing weather with both rain and sun protection. We recommend long pants and closed-toe shoes. Please bring a full water bottle and an open heart.

3What about Covid?

Your health and safety is of the upmost importance. To that end, please keep the following in mind:

  • Social distancing is a breeze in outdoor spaces. Our instructors are a friendly bunch but will refrain from getting close unless necessary (injury, first aid, etc). Please also respect and maintain distance from the guide as well. You’ll find plenty of room to spread out in the forest. Enjoy the spaciousness!
  • Masks: required anytime distancing is not possible.
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