Forest Bathing in the Redwoods

Apr 27, 2024 • 11:30am - 1:30pm

Practice the Art of Forest Bathing in the Redwoods

Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 11:30am - 1:30pm

You are invited to a special practice of forest bathing! Register for a Mountain Experience day visit and be a part of this session of resonance with the natural world around us.

Called shinrin-yoku in Japan, forest bathing is a practice that supports health and wellness through a sensory experience in the forest and other natural environments to promote the well-being of both people and the land. Our nervous systems are built to resonate with set points derived from the natural world. When we reconnect with our natural habitat and awaken all of our senses, we are able to experience a sensory extravaganza helping us feel fully physically alive.

During this nature immersion, you will be guided on a safe, gentle walk through the majestic redwoods with a clearly defined sequence of invitations to slow down and encourage your senses to open and experience the environment. All you will need to do is accept the invitation, and Mother Nature will do the rest.

The day's program will also include:

  • Brunch & dinner in the shared community dining hall
  • Personal time
  • Yoga class
  • Option to stay for arati (ceremony of lights) after dinner
  • Option to book a wellness treatment at the Kaya Kalpa Wellness Center (additional cost)

Read more about forest bathing:

Mount Madonna BLOG

National Geographic article

Mountain Experience Schedule:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

10:00 am | Arrival & Check-in

10:00 - 11:00 am | Brunch

11:30 - 1:30 pm | Forest bathing

1:30 - 4:00 pm | Personal time

4:00 - 5:15 pm | Yoga

5:15 - 6:15 pm | Dinner

6:00 pm | Arati

7:00 pm | Program Concludes

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Presented by

maria bestMaria Best is a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, as well as a Board Certified Professional Organizer and Feng Shui Practitioner specializing in Biophilic Design. She lives in Salinas, California, an abundant agricultural town nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Redwoods and spends countless hours visiting the forests and the seashore. Maria is committed to her partnership with nature to enhance the well-being for both people and our land.

Passionate about volunteering in her local community, Maria works with high school students in the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) program, a multi-disciplinary approach to architectural design that empowers students in creating harmonious spaces on their campuses. Maria also volunteers as a Purpose Workshop Facilitator with the Blue Zones Project Monterey County.

Maria recently published her first book, Come to Me Called the Sea.

Visit Maria Best’s website.