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Shinrin-yoku (Forest bathing) for Veterans

May 21, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


We are proud to bring this unique experience to our Veterans as a part of the KCVS Recreation Program!

Join us for a special afternoon in nature and explore the benefits of Shinrin-yoku, a relaxing Japanese wellness practice also known as “forest bathing.” Shinrin-yoku is a well-researched method for natural stress relief, and is an approach to time in nature that focuses on slowing down, awakening our senses, and offering a deep level of our attention to what is happening in the world around us.

This 3-hour gathering will be led by ANFT certified forest therapy guide Katie Venechuk, who is the founder and primary program guide at In Your Element Wellness.

Katie will start our afternoon with a brief introduction to the research and science behind shinrin-yoku and how it is different from a hike in the forest, and then we’ll transition into a guided forest bathing experience to help you relax, awaken your senses, and notice the most subtle of details in the web of life around you.

We’ll end with a wild foraged tea ceremony and time to visit among the trees.

Note: This is not a hike and during the 3-hours we will walk less than 1-mile. However, the walk into the forest is uphill to a flat spot where our where our group will settle (10-15 minutes). This will be a relaxing pace – no cadence will be called and no ruck sacks required!

Parking: There is ample free parking

Bathrooms: There is a porta potty available

We will post a “packing list” closer to the event.

Give us a shout if you have any questions!


May 21, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Veterans Rising
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