Tag: Health Focused

  • Forest Bathing & Nature Therapy Session at Missouri Botanical Garden

    May 14 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm CDT

    In Partnership with Missouri Botanical Gardens

    Immerse yourself in the restorative embrace of the Missouri Botanical Gardens during a Guided Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy journey with Jess Thenhaus, ANFT Certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide. Disconnect from the digital world and engage with the living tapestry of the gardens. Delve into Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing, and indulge in a sensory exploration amidst the flora. 

    Nature’s Invitation: 
    This experience is a leisurely walk, not a strenuous hike, intended for deep relaxation and connection. As Jess guides you through gentle, mindful invitations, you’ll engage with nature intimately, using all your senses. Each session includes opportunities to share your insights and learn practices for nurturing your nature connection at home. 

    Why Join a Forest Therapy Walk? 
    Countless studies have confirmed the myriad benefits of dedicated time in nature, including: 

    • Profound relaxation 
    • Reconnection with self 
    • Slower, deeper breaths 
    • Reduced heart rate 
    • Boosted creativity and focus 

    Who Should Attend? 
    This event is designed for anyone seeking to reduce stress, find healing, or reconnect with nature. Open to all fitness levels, each walk offers a unique, personalized experience. 

    Preparing for Your Walk: 

    • Wear weather-appropriate, layered clothing. 
    • Walks continue in rain, enhancing sensory connection (except during thunderstorms).
    • Bring water for hydration; facilities may be limited. 
    • Protect against sun and insects as preferred (closed shoes, tucking in clothes, hats, sunscreen).


    Note: Your guide is wilderness first aid certified for added safety. 

    Unique Journey: 
    Each walk at the Missouri Botanical Gardens is a distinctive encounter, welcoming individuals of all fitness levels.

    $34 Per Participant

    Missouri Botanical Garden

    (314) 577-5100

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    Missouri Botanical Garden

    4344 Shaw Blvd
    St. Louis, Missouri 63110 United States
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  • Forest Bathing & Nature Therapy Session at Missouri Botanical Garden

    April 27 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm CDT

    In Partnership with Missouri Botanical Garden

    Forest Bathing & Nature Therapy Session at Missouri Botanical Garden-April 2024

    Immerse yourself in the restorative embrace of the Missouri Botanical Gardens during a Guided Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy journey with Jess Thenhaus, ANFT Certified Forest and Nature Therapy Guide. Disconnect from the digital world and engage with the living tapestry of the gardens. Delve into Shinrin-Yoku, the Japanese art of forest bathing, and indulge in a sensory exploration amidst the flora. 

    Nature’s Invitation: 
    This experience is a leisurely walk, not a strenuous hike, intended for deep relaxation and connection. As Jess guides you through gentle, mindful invitations, you’ll engage with nature intimately, using all your senses. Each session includes opportunities to share your insights and learn practices for nurturing your nature connection at home. 

    Why Join a Forest Therapy Walk? 
    Countless studies have confirmed the myriad benefits of dedicated time in nature, including: 

    • Profound relaxation 
    • Reconnection with self 
    • Slower, deeper breaths 
    • Reduced heart rate 
    • Boosted creativity and focus 

    Who Should Attend? 
    This event is designed for anyone seeking to reduce stress, find healing, or reconnect with nature. Open to all fitness levels, each walk offers a unique, personalized experience. 

    Preparing for Your Walk: 

    • Wear weather-appropriate, layered clothing. 
    • Walks continue in rain, enhancing sensory connection (except during thunderstorms).
    • Bring water for hydration; facilities may be limited. 
    • Protect against sun and insects as preferred (closed shoes, tucking in clothes, hats, sunscreen).


    Note: Your guide is wilderness first aid certified for added safety. 

    Unique Journey: 
    Each walk at the Missouri Botanical Gardens is a distinctive encounter, welcoming individuals of all fitness levels.

    $34 per participant

    Missouri Botanical Garden

    (314) 577-5100

    View Organizer Website

    Missouri Botanical Garden

    4344 Shaw Blvd
    St. Louis, Missouri 63110 United States
    + Google Map
    (314) 577-5100
    View Venue Website
  • Nature’s Healing Touch Community Talk

    April 22 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am CDT

    Community Talk at St. Louis County Library – Natural Bridge Location

    Discover the health-promoting benefits of Forest and Nature Therapy in this engaging presentation led by Jess Thenhaus, a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.

    Did you know that a regular nature connection practice can significantly reduce stress, improve mood, boost cognition, and even lower blood pressure? In this session, you’ll learn about the key principles of Forest and Nature Therapy and uncover practical, effective strategies to incorporate this accessible wellness practice into your everyday life.

    Whether you’re looking to manage stress and anxiety or to enhance your physical health and mental clarity, you’ll find valuable insights on how to harness nature’s healing properties. 

    Adults. Registration requested. Limited Seating

    Free Sponsored by BJC Community Health Wellness Hub

    BJC Community Wellness Hubs

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    Missouri Botanical Garden

    4344 Shaw Blvd
    St. Louis, Missouri 63110 United States
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    (314) 577-5100
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  • Nature as a Refuge: Managing Stress in the Age of Climate Anxiety – Earth Day Festival

    April 21 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm CDT

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    Community Talk: Connecting with Nature for Health and Stress Management


    In an era where climate anxiety can overwhelm our sense of well-being, finding solace and strength in nature is more important than ever. This talk explores the crucial role that connecting with the natural world plays in our health and stress management.

    We’ll discuss practical ways to forge a deeper relationship with nature, seeing ourselves as an integral part of it. Through this connection, not only do we find a powerful antidote to the stress of modern life and environmental concerns, but we also awaken to the natural stewardship that arises from recognizing our place within the ecosystem. Learn how embracing our bond with nature can inspire us to take meaningful climate action, contributing to both personal peace and planetary health.

    Free Sponsored by St. Louis Earth Day 365

    St. Louis Earth Day 365

    314-282-7533

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    Missouri Botanical Garden

    4344 Shaw Blvd
    St. Louis, Missouri 63110 United States
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    (314) 577-5100
    View Venue Website
  • 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 “Forest Bathing.” 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