New Year Forest Bathing in Leidse Hout
You are invited to take time to connect more deeply with the created world through a gentle, contemplative walk in the Leidse Hout forest of Leiden with afternoon of shinrin yoku – forest bathing.
There will be a short hike at the beginning and end but very little physical activity overall, with plenty of time to just sit and be. Light refreshments are provided but please come prepared with whatever you need to be comfortable over a 1.5 – 2 hour timeframe.
We will begin and end at The Tea House (Theehuis De Leidsehout / Houtlaan 100 / 2334 CL Leiden) where afterwards all participants are invited to sit for a snack and beverage to talk about the experience.
In the event of cancellation due to severe weather, participants will be notified by 8 a.m. day-of the event.
Suggested donation is €5. Space is limited to 12 participants. Please register using the form below to RSVP.
Did you know that in 2018 the National Health Service of Sheltland (Scotland) started prescribing “birdwatching, rambling and beach walks in the Atlantic winds to help treat chronic and debilitating illnesses for the first time.”
“Forest bathing” originates from a Japanese practice called shinrin-yoku, which means “taking in the forest.” This will be a slow paced, mindful time spent in the woods and an opportunity to reconnect with the natural world.
What if the land actually loves humans?
What if it needs us?
As our species evolved with all other species
in an interdependent dance,
a long ceremony of mutuality,
each of us bound by invisible threads
within a vast web of interdependence?
If this is the way of things,
then does it not make sense that the land needs us?
Come to it ready to invite its gifts.
Speak to it; let it know what you need.
Listen; let it whisper its medicine. 1