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