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Forest Bathing in Kootwijkerzand
April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
You are invited to take time to connect more deeply with your inner landscape through a gentle, contemplative walk in the stunning Kootwijkerzand with an afternoon of shinrin yoku – forest bathing. Kootwijkerzand is the largest shifting sandscape in western Europe and you will have a chance to get to know the nature beings of this space with a slow, intentional immersion in the more than human world.
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.
A good portion of our time together will be in silence. This offers you the opportunity to experience the forest and to connect with others who want to experience nature fully and deeply. By choosing to stay away from friendly chit-chat and explore what it’s like to walk in nature without speaking, we have a chance to engage our senses more fully and to truly connect with the natural world.
• Be Prepared
Dress comfortably for walking on natural terrains. Bring a water bottle, but little else so you are unencumbered for your walk. Participants will be asked to silence and pocket their phones, so let folks know you will be unavailable for a couple of hours.
All participants of any activities offered by Kimberly are personally responsible for their own fitness, safety and welfare and must be equipped accordingly.
• Meeting Place
Kootwijkerzand Campground –
The campsite is accessible via Heetweg and Lovinklaan
3775 KW Kootwijk
• Meeting Time
We will leave the campground parking lot at 2 p.m. sharp and we finish around 4:30 p.m.
In the event of cancellation due to severe weather, participants will be notified by 8 a.m. the day of the event.
Cost is €25, but everyone, everyone, everyone is welcome regardless of financial circumstances. Please email me if you would like to participate, but the fee is not in your budget this month.
Space is limited to 18 participants.
Did you know that connecting with nature is good for our psychological and physical well-being? It can help reduce stress, improve concentration and increase time spent being physically active, according to the American Psychological Association*1.
Regular, intentional connection with nature has been proven to:
Increase the ability to focus
Improve physical and mental health*2
Reduce production of stress hormone cortisol*3
Positively impact environmental attitudes and behaviors*4
1. American Psychological Association: Getting Back to the Great Outdoors
2. Dr. Qing Li, Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness (April 2018)
3. Kyoung Sang Cho et al., “Terpenes from Forests and Human Health,” Toxicology Research, (April 2017)4. Claudio D. Rosa & Silvia Collado, “Experiences in Nature and Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors: Setting the Ground for Future Research,” Frontiers in Psychology (April 2019)
4. Claudio D. Rosa & Silvia Collado, “Experiences in Nature and Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors: Setting the Ground for Future Research,” Frontiers in Psychology (April 2019)
“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.