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Forest Bathing - Forest Bathing, Hike, & Moʻolelo - Spring Break Special! - Kids Walk Free! - Saturday, March 18, 2023
- Forest Bathing, Hike, & Moʻolelo - Spring Break Special! - Kids Walk Free! - Saturday, March 18, 2023
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Looking for a way to create family memories and outdoorsy kids this Spring Break? On Saturday, March 18, from 9am – 1pm, you and your keiki can enjoy a fun, guided walk on the Nānākuli Lookout Trail! Learn stories of this land from Auntie Eva of Camp Pālehua, then find playful ways to connect with nature led by Hawaiʻi’s experienced, certified forest therapy guide, Phyllis Look. Kids (8 – 15 years old) are free with an accompanying adult. Space is limited for this Forest Bathing, Hike & Moʻolelo, specially designed for Bigs and Littles! For more details and to book, visit forestbathinghi.com.
About Forest Bathing, Hike, & Moʻolelo
A mindful walk in a eucalyptus forest to a spectacular lookout, accessible by an easy hike and accompanied by stories of the land.
Starting at 9am
3.5 - 4 hours long
Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi brings the wellbeing practice of forest bathing to west Oʻahu, in a unique combination with a place-based learning opportunity. Known as "shinrin-yoku" in Japan, where this self-care practice originated, the growing global movement of forest therapy is backed by more than 30 years of scientific research on the physical and psychological benefits of immersing yourself in a natural environment.
This experience begins at Camp Pālehua, a puʻuhonua (place of refuge) on private lands on the southern slopes of the Waiʻanae mountains. A Hawaiian cultural practitioner and educator from the area guides us to the trailhead and on the first half mile of our hike. Along the way, this guide shares moʻolelo (stories) of the ancient mountains of the Waiʻanae Range.
We then transition into the slow, mindful forest bathing experience. Along the next half mile, your certified forest therapy guide will offer a series of sensory-opening “invitations” to help you find your own personal connection with the natural world. You'll have opportunities to sit quietly in contemplation, as well as share with others in the small group, all at a safe physical distance outdoors. The forest bathing walk ends with a tea ceremony at the lookout with its surprising views and claims to a famous myth. We return to the Camp on the same trail, perhaps with a reinvigorated sense of aliveness and refreshed eyes.
The Nānākuli Lookout trail has been named by Honolulu Magazine one of the best family friendly trails on the island. Unlike a traditional forest bathing path, however, part of it is still a hike and requires good physical fitness and ability to negotiate uneven ground and inclines.
Masks are optional; social distancing encouraged.
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Forest bathing (aka "shinrin-yoku"), the latest wellness trend making news around the world, has come to Oʻahu with the stateʻs first and only certified forest therapy guide, Phyllis Look.
Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi offers its guided, mindful walks on the verdant grounds of the Lyon Arboretum in Mānoa Valley to individuals (public groups) and in private bookings.
Grounded in scientific research, these three-hour sessions reconnect participants with the natural world, leading to lowered blood pressure, boosted immune functions, mental focus, and a sense of calm.
Find out more about this simple, but profound way to leave behind the stresses of the modern world at www.forestbathinghi.com or follow on Facebook (forestbathinghi).
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