Alternating between Friday and Saturday typically (but not always) on the last weekend of the month, Wild Alabama’s Janice Barrett teams up with writer and teacher Anne Markham Bailey, founder of Forest Bathing Alabama to offer walks in what the Japanese call Shinrin Yoku, or literally translated, wood-air bathing, or forest bathing. A forest bathing walk is not a hike but is rather an opportunity to open deeply to the awareness of being in the forest, in one’s self, and in the shared and sacred space. We move in silence, have opportunity for deep connection to the earth, the water, the trees and to our own interiority. Time for writing, sketching, movement or meditation is built into the schedule for the day which concludes with a sharing circle and hot tea. For ages 16 and over. Contact us for arranging a session with younger participants. Please watch this short video by Anne Bailey about Forest Bathing. The recorded Forest Bathing webinar that Wild Alabama hosted in early July 2021 may be viewed here.
To see when our upcoming Forest Bathing hike is be sure to check out our events page here.
Ask questions and sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org Location in the Bankhead National Forest will be revealed to those who sign up. The forest bathing walk will be a total walking distance of about 1.25 miles roundtrip on a trail that is unmaintained, uneven and sloped (gradual downhill most of the way in, gradual uphill most of the way out). The route will be easily doable for most people who hike. Bring lunch, snacks, drinking water, a journal and/or sketchbook and pen, a small pad or cloth for comfortable sitting or lying down. A detailed list of what to bring and directions will be emailed to those who sign up. Participants in this contemplative forest immersion will enjoy guided meditation, silence, invitations and suggested techniques for connection to the elements through the senses, deep rest, reflection and tea. Group size is limited to five. No dogs and no smoking, please.