Forest bathing offered at Rookery Bay nature center

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NAPLES (Sept. 18) – Forest bathing led by a certified forest bathing guide will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 along the Snail Trail at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Forest Bathing is a slow, quiet, guided sensory experience with nature that has proven physical and mental health benefits. Forest bathing will be offered the first Saturday of the month from October through April. The $50 fee includes same-day admission to the center that has aquariums, touch tank, exhibits, butterfly garden, picnic areas, art gallery, and gift shop. The program is available for ages 18 and older. Pre-registration is required at rookerybay.org/events. For more information, call 239-530-5972.

UPCOMING DATES:

October 7, 2023

November 4, 2023

December 2, 2023

January 6, 2024

February 3, 2024

March 2, 2024

April 6, 2024

ABOUT FOREST BATHING

Forest Bathing is a slow, quiet, guided sensory experience with nature that has proven physical and mental health benefits. It is not a hike or an educational program but rather a time to unwind and relax.

Rookery Bay’s forest bathing takes place on the Snail Trail, a scrub and mangrove forest along Henderson Creek at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. From seating on a dock overlooking the water, a certified forest bathing guide will conduct a guided meditation session and offer a series of invitations for participants to use their curiosity and senses to connect with nature and themselves.

Optional opportunities for sharing throughout the program create a communal sense of a shared experience. Light refreshments during a closing ceremony help participants feel refreshed as they continue their day.

Decades of research have shown that forest bathing can reduce stress and depression and improve immune function as well as cardiovascular and respiratory health, among other benefits.

Rookery Bay’s guide holds certification from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.

Private forest bathing experiences for a minimum of 4 guests can be arranged by emailing info@rookerybay.org or calling 239-530-5972.