Forest Bathing at the Gardens

This class invites us to find new ways of relating to and interacting with nature in the Gardens. Forest bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin yoku, is known for promoting overall wellness and inspiring a sense of awe in nature. By simply slowing down and carefully observing through our senses, we experience the incredible sights, sounds and smells that may have been eluding us. Escape the rapid pace of daily routines and relax into the unparalleled beauty all around. Each month the walk is led by a certified guide and takes place in a different area of the Gardens. It covers a short distance and is accessible to all ages and levels of physical fitness.


Special instructions: Please arrive 10 minutes early so we can gather as a group. As always in Colorado, dress for the weather; bring layers and a trusty water bottle.


Price: $35,$30 member

Instructors: Jane West, Zuza Bohley


Jane has been guiding forest bathing walks since 2015 and was the first certified nature and forest therapy guide in Colorado. Jane has brought these lovely wellness walks to individuals, couples and groups of all kinds, including wedding parties, frontline medical and mental health professionals, and community leaders from all over the state. Jane has also been a part of the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy international training and has helped naturalists in Colorado integrate forest bathing into their existing activities. In Eagle County, Jane has been providing snowshoe nature tours and alpine and telemark ski lessons for Vail Resorts for over 25 years. Jane is a longstanding licensed professional counselor and child development specialist and a documentary producer.


Zuza is a trained anthropologist and educator with more than 30 years of experience, teaching early childhood education to adulthood level (university). She is a certified bilingual guide for Nature and Forest Therapy and offers guided walks in English, Spanish and German. Zuza believes in creating strong connections to nature to foster resilient communities and build a better future for generations to come. Her nonprofit, Love 4 Nature, offers access, care and adventure for the underserved communities via cultural and ecological restoration with the ultimate goal of planetary healing. Besides her deep commitment to her work, Zuza loves spending time with her family; especially taking her two young granddaughters on outdoor adventures.


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