Gardiner County Park Public Forest Therapy Walks
Our December 14th walk is a Winter Solstice walk.
Yule, the winter solstice, is a time of great symbolism and power. It marks the return of the sun, when the days finally begin to get a little longer. It's also a time to celebrate with family and friends, and share the spirit of giving during the holidays.
This walk will feature the solstice with some special invitations and tea ceremony.
Gardiner Park is 231 acres. There are many trails. AllTrails app sites a 1.3 mile loop. Really, you can walk as much or as little as you like here. This park is dog-friendly with leash restrictions. I ask that you speak with me before bringing a dog to a forest therapy walk.
I love this park for Forest Therapy! The trails are easy and wide; not a lot of roots to trip you up, so you can look up at the trees rather than staring at your feet or the ground. There's enough trails to make it interesting; walks are constantly changing even though I have my favorite trails and spots. People with their dogs adds another charm to the trails: the human community and the more-than-human community enjoying the same space.
Walks are 2.5-3 hours depending on the season. Your certified forest therapy guide, Linda Lombardo, brings portable camping stools and hand warmers, in colder months, in addition to a thermos of piping hot organically foraged tea for the tea ceremony at the end of the walk. The tea may or may not be foraged on the day of the walk or from that specific location.
Ages 15 and up, please. Walks for families are being scheduled for the near future.
More about forest therapy: Like a yoga practice or meditation, forest therapy builds your mindfulness, immune system and community with each walk.
Come prepared to be outdoors with layers and anything else you might need to be a forest bather!
Forest Therapy is slow, mindful wandering in a nature area. No one needs to be an athlete! If you have any physical or health concerns, please let Linda know in advance. Even though we are walking and experiencingtogether, each person is on his or her own journey.