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Forest Bathing with Your Dog
November 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm€25,00
Forest bathing with your dog is an intentional and shared experience that can be relaxing and enriching for both dog and human.
Forest bathing is a practice known in Japan as ‘shinrin-yoku’ that focuses on fully immersing yourself in nature using your senses to experience your place in the natural world. This is not a rigorous hike or a naturalist examination of the forest. Forest bathing is a slow, intentional walk that is good for the mind, body and spirit.
The being who has taught me the most about being fully present to a walk in the woods is my four-legged friend Sookie who is never, ever distracted by to-do lists or troubling thoughts while sniffing her way through the forest.
The benefits of forest bathing with your dog?
Instead of having a set idea of what the walk will look like, you will allow yourself to be led by your dog. When they stop to sniff something, you will take that moment to really absorb your surroundings, rather than hurrying them on. Allowing our fur friends to have their own noseful moment is so good for their bodies and minds too. By slowing down the pace of your walk, or even taking the time to sit or stand still with your dog, you’ll have an opportunity to notice what they notice, be fully present to their experience and feel a sense of mindful presence to the forest yourself.
This will be a slow walk so it’s a good idea if your dog has burned off a little energy in a dog park or nice romp with you before you arrive.
Human and canine participants will be led on a guided walk led by an ANFT certified nature therapy guide.
Humans will receive a hand-made, upcycled mini-journal and enjoy tea and light snacks.
Our canine friends will be offered pup-friendly biscuits and plenty of time to experience the forest in their own way.
The event is limited to a maximum of 8 participants and their dogs.
You know your fur-baby better than anyone. Please only sign up for this experience if you are sure your canine companion enjoys the company of other dogs and people. If your fur baby feels anxiety or aggression around other dogs, I am happy to take y’all on a walk designed just for you.
Dress for the weather with comfortable, waterproof footwear. Please also ensure you have your dog lead and poop bags with you. A
Please dress for changeable weather. As we will be walking slowly, stopping and sitting, it’s good to have an extra layer if you’re feeling chilly. We may be walking through long grass so waterproof shoes and long pants are also recommended.