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Posted on: January 20, 2023

Parks to feature forest bathing in the parks during 2023 starting Feb. 11

Washington County Parks will feature four forest bathing sessions throughout 2023 in four different county parks.

Experience an ancient wellness practice being rediscovered anew in the 21st century. Join the group for an immersive, meditative, and awe-inspiring Japanese forest bathing experience (Shinrin-Yoku).

The 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. sessions are planned for:

·         Feb. 11 at Pine Point Regional Park;

·         May 20 at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park;

·         June 10 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park; and

·         Oct. 14 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

The practice encourages people to simply spend time in nature — no actual bathing required. It’s also very low impact, which means there are no intense trail runs or hikes. The goal of forest bathing is to live in the present moment while immersing the senses in the sights and sounds of a natural setting.

See first-hand how nature’s fractals, sounds, and sensations reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance focus. Give yourself permission to slow down and connect your senses to the healing beauty of the county’s green forested spaces.

Space is limited for the program. The cost is $40 per person each session and a Washington County park vehicle permit is required ($7/daily or $30/annual). Register online.

For more information on Washington County Parks locations, programs, and events, see the parks' pages on the county website. Follow Washington County Parks on social media at @WashCountyParks.

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