Guided Forest Swim Session – River Journal Online – News for Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Irvington, Ossining, Briarcliff Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, Cortlandt and Peekskill


Explore the beauty of winter, connect with nature in a gentle way, and experience the magic of the Japanese-inspired practice of forest bathing.

We will explore the forest and connect with nature through a slow and easy paced sensory exploration based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku (“forest bath”). Decades of studies have discovered a wide range of health benefits associated with the practice, including stress relief, better sleep, lower blood pressure and inflammation, and improved immunity.

Your trained and certified guide will lead the way, offering optional invitations designed to help you experience your own authentic way of being in the great outdoors.

When we intentionally slow down and awaken our senses, we can find a sense of connection with parts of ourselves and the natural world that we may not have even noticed we are missing.

Everyone is welcome. No special skills or equipment required. We will cover less than 1 mile in total distance, taking many sitting breaks along the way for our invitations. Think of this as a mini retreat for mind, body and soul.

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“Forest therapy walks are so refreshing and soothing. I really feel relaxed, full of energy and in a better mood. Plus, Fru is an amazing guide! She is very welcoming and fun and made it easy to relax in the experience. – Former participant in the march

Come and sit down, we’ll make room for you. 🌿


Covid-19 protocols:

Because this is entirely an outdoor event, masks are optional, but encouraged. All participants are requested to maintain a distance of 6 feet between you and all other parties.
This event will be limited to 12 participants.
Do not attend if you have symptoms or feel unwell in the two weeks before the event.
Anyone who develops symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19 within two weeks of the event is urged to notify the guide as soon as possible.
Ages: This experience is designed for adults (18+).

Arrival and Parking: Parking spaces are available at Pomeroy St / Robin Dr. Please arrive 10 minutes early to make sure you find parking, to use the facilities if you need to and to sign our responsibility form and discharge.

Toilets: There are free public toilets at Depew Park.

What to bring / wear:

– This is an event rain or shine, so please come dressed for the elements (extra layers, gloves, scarves, warm socks and waterproof shoes, etc.). In case of really bad weather, we will send you an email the day before with reservation or refund options. Otherwise, stack those layers and let’s enjoy the glow of winter!
– A light bag or backpack for your belongings to keep your hands free
– Bottle of water if you wish


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