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Forest Bathing & Nature Therapy for Breast Cancer Warriors & Survivors

April 7 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm CDT

Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy for Breast Cancer Warriors and Survivors - BABLER-STATE-PARK

In a heartfelt collaboration with the St. Louis Breast Cancer Warriors and Survivors Group, we invite you to join us for this free/donation based Forest Bathing & Nature Therapy session dedicated to the incredible community of breast cancer warriors and survivors. This gentle journey through nature is designed to offer a space of healing, stress reduction, relaxation, and self-care.

Forest Therapy is a practice that supports health and wellness through guided immersion in forests and other environments to promote the well-being of both people and the land. It is inspired by Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of โ€œForest Bathing.โ€ In Forest Bathing, people spend time in forested areas to enhance health, wellness, and happiness.

What to Expect: In Forest Therapy, people are guided through a clearly defined sequence of invitations to slow down, allow the senses to open, and experience the environment to deepen the reciprocal relationship between participants and the forest. This supports the wholeness and well-being of both. These Slow Walks in the Forest are typically one mile or less long and fit for all ages and physical conditions.

Invitations are open-ended. There is no expectation for what participants should experience or receive. Rather, participants spend time in silence, listening and feeling with a quiet and accepting presence. They become reconnected with their senses and their innate creative potential is tapped, which allows the imagination to awaken. 

This experience is not about physical exertion but about finding comfort and healing in the presence of nature and community.

Why Nature Therapy? Research shows that time spent in nature can significantly reduce stress levels, improve mood, and enhance overall well-being. For those navigating the journey of breast cancer, these moments of peace can offer a profound sense of grounding and renewal.

Building Community: More than a nature walk, this session is an opportunity to spend time slowing down with others who understand your journey. In the shared silence and connections, find strength in the knowledge that you are not alone. This is a chance to reconnect with yourself, build bonds with fellow survivors and warriors, and find a supportive network rooted in empathy and understanding.

Your Guide: Led by Jess Thenhaus, Certified Forest & Nature Therapy Guide, this session is crafted with care and sensitivity to the needs of those who have faced breast cancer. Our approach is trauma-informed, ensuring a safe, respectful, and empowering experience for all participants.

Registration Required – Limited to 20 participants

Free Free / Pay what you want

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