Topic: Forest Bathing
Location: Browne Preserve
Description: The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, which translates to ‘forest bathing’, is the medicine of simply being in the forest. It is a research-based framework for supporting healing and wellness. The purpose is to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment. The mental and physical health benefits include reducing stress and fostering relaxation, boosting the immune system, increasing energy, and decreasing anxiety, depression and anger.
About the Instructor: Carol Shear
Carol Shear, BNRN is a facilitator and grant writer/development strategist for Community Mindfulness Project, Inc non-profit, whose mission is to empower people to lead healthy lives by expanding access to mindful meditation: science has shown that evidence-based mindfulness practices offset the effects of stress, improve emotional regulation and foster a sense of connection. Carol is a Baccalaureate Registered Nurse, Duke University Integrative Medicine Health Coach and trained (Practicum, Mind-Body Medicine) in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Center For Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also a UConn certified Master Gardener.
About the Wellness Series: Residents from all walks of life have relied on the New Canaan Land Trust’s preserves to find peace and solace. As we move into the autumn months and the leaves begin to change color and temperatures cool, the New Canaan Land Trust, Let’s Talk About It New Canaan, and The Community Mindfulness Project are partnering to create a series of wellness events inspired by nature and the outdoors. Through walking meditation, shinrin yoku/forest bathing, and mindful eating and other practices, program participants will learn about and have the opportunity to practice a number of different techniques to promote mental health and wellbeing. The goals of each program will be to teach participants a practice, ensure that they have the resources and experience to continue that practice on their own, and introduce them to the Land Trust’s network of open space.