1st & 3rd Thursdays
May 7 & 21, June 4 & 18, 2020
8:00-9:15 am (HST)
Price: $20 / per walk
A live online facilitated nature therapy session. Connect with others and the natural world from a green space near you!
During this time when many of us are experiencing heightened stress, disorientation, and a sense of isolation, this forest bathing walk (conducted virtually via the free video conferencing platform Zoom) offers opportunities to connect to others, to yourself, and to the grace of the natural world. It is led by a certified forest therapy guide based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, and you are welcome to join from wherever you are.
Unlike Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi’s regular offerings in which you’d meet your guide in person in a designated forested location, these online meetings invite you to join from a safe and familiar outdoor space near you (it can even be your backyard) or from inside your home. Your guide will be on a trail or at a green space on the island of Oʻahu and you’ll be able to experience Hawaiʻi’s natural and healing beauty through your screen. She will be inviting you to tune into your senses, to slow down, and to give your attention to the elements of the more-than-human world around you.
To find the start time for the walk in your timezone (0800 Hawaii Standard Time), click here to access World Time Buddy.
You can join using phone or internet connection, but prior to the session, you’ll need to download and familiarize yourself with the Zoom app on whatever equipment you’ll be using on the walk: your smartphone, mobile device, or computer.
IMPORTANT: The meeting link will be sent to your email 1 HOUR IN ADVANCE. You will need this link to join the walk.
Further details of what to expect and what you may need for the walk will be sent to you.
Let us keep our hearts open, celebrate being alive, and traverse this time together. Let’s forest bathe…virtually!
“Forest Bathing” (translated from “shinrin-yoku,” an established public health practice in Japan) is a growing global wellness movement backed by 30 years of scientific research on the physical and psychological benefits of immersing yourself in nature. See more, including recent national media coverage on forest bathing at www.forestbathinghi.com.
Virtual walks require a minimum of 2 participants. The walk will be cancelled and you will be contacted and fully refunded if fewer than 2 people have signed up by 12 hours in advance.
When you walk together with Phyllis along easy trails under the forest canopy, she invites you to touch and listen to the trees, to smell and taste the wind, to notice what you are seeing for the first time. Slowly, time deepens and the stresses of the modern world fall away.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Phyllis has lived for almost 60 years in the same valley in which she now guides. She has always loved the outdoors. An avid hiker, she belongs to the Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club and has trekked in the Grand Canyon and in Provence, France.
She is the owner of Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi and the state’s first and only forest therapy guide trained and certified by the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs, now having guided more than 70 walks. She is also certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA).
Owner, Certified Guide, & Trail Certification Consultant
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What better way during challenging times to place our attention in the present moment than to connect with nature, letting our senses come alive? We can receive gifts in brief moments sensing the coolness of grass beneath our bare feet or the smooth or bubbly sensation of water across our palm as we trail our hand in a flowing stream. Our breath slows down, our hearts and minds relax, and the strong grip of stress/anxiety on our nervous system loosens. Simply focusing on one aspect of nature, we can train our minds to settle. We might experience the interconnectedness of all life by merely opening ourselves to be in relationship with one thing in nature: Think tree- whisperer… snail-whisperer… flower-whisperer!
Lizabeth tells of a recent nature meditation experience: “I had chosen to connect with an unopened yellow lily bud. As I sat for several minutes engaging with this plant, I saw that despite some browning and peeling edges that reminded me of its impermanence, it also seemed to display a complete and utter confidence and acceptance of itself, despite its marks of aging. Eventually, my mind wandered and I noticed boredom arising, but I brought my attention back, noticing this plant in greater and greater detail. When the meditation was over, I briefly turned away from the plant. Looking back at it about 5 minutes later, I saw that the bud had fully opened!
“For a moment, I thought I must be looking at the wrong plant, but I recognized its features so well, I knew it was the same flower I had just been attending to. I gazed for a moment to my left, and in that very instant, the bud on a neighboring plant suddenly burst open, too! I felt such gratitude to have been able to witness the blossoming of a flower, and such tenderness and care for these lilies in my backyard that I had barely noticed before my meditation. Had I not been paying attention and made a connection with nature, I would never have witnessed that simple, yet profound moment.”
Each live, online session with Lizabeth will include a 15-20 minute nature-based, mindfulness meditation, followed by 10 minutes of optional sharing in community. While you will ideally be able to sit outdoors in your yard or on your lanai, you can also do this practice indoors, perhaps sitting with a potted plant or pets, fish, or any object from nature, such as a stone, feather, etc. In truth, EVERYTHING is part of nature – even our cell-phones and computers came from the earth in the broadest sense!
Lizabeth has been passionately protecting Hawaiiʻs unique species and ecosystems throughout her 25 year career. She believes that cultivating loving kindness towards ourselves and the earth is one way to do this. Through guided meditations, yoga classes, and nature based workshops and retreats, she incorporates ways to deepen our connections to and love for the natural world.
Lizabeth has most recently led the Ecosattva training at Still & Moving Center with Krista Hiser. Lizabeth has also worked in the field of conservation in Hawaii since 1994. She began practicing hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation in 2000. She discovered that these practices helped to still her active mind and recover from health challenges. Lizabeth completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Honolulu in 2009 and has been teaching yoga ever since. She completed a mastersʻs degree in Ecopsychology in 2012 at Naropa University. An avid horse-woman, ocean lover, and hiker, Lizabeth feels most at home outdoors!