Free Family Forest Fun
March 14, 2020 from 1-3pm @ Olin Park off of John Nolan Drive in Madison WI | Join Kate Bast of Shinrin-YokuMadison.com by Kate Bast LLC and Moira Farrell of Hike & Heal Wellness for two hours of family fun in nature. You will experience the self-care skill and benefits of Forest Therapy, in addition to bonding with the people you love!
What to Expect
Let "nature be the healer" while Kate & Moira guide you into finding community, a sense of wonder & so much more. Late winter & early spring is such a wonderful time to be outside in nature! Things become clearer with mostly barren trees and dead brush, so we get to be extra curious with our footsteps, taking us closer to our discoveries. With spring approaching, we get to revel in the excitement of more bird songs and growing buds on trees. We will offer a wide variety of invitations to build community, spark curiosity, ground in gratitude and most of all - play! After you are greeted, checked-in and participate in our community nature game we will circle up to introduce the practice of Forest Therapy, also known as Forest Bathing. From here we split into two groups (kids and adults), explore separately for a while to drop in and then come back together to share in the delight that nature provides. We end with a community tea ceremony to celebrate in community while offering gratitude to the land, those that tended/preserved/cared for it and each other.
Event Date: March 14th, 2020
Location: Olin Park | 1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715
Meeting Spot: Olin Park Pavilion
Items to Bring
Be prepared for long periods of stillness. You want to have enough layers on so that over the course of two hours you aren't itching to leave due to unprepared coldness. Allow yourself to be as comfortable as possible by layering your clothing and dressing warm. You can always take layers off. Parents of Teens & Tweens- be firm :) Even if it's 50 degrees, the wind will likely be coming off of the lake. Gloves, hat & several layers on top and bottom are highly encouraged.
Please fill out the electronic Family Event Waiver here. Waivers are required for participation. Filling them out ahead of time 1) saves the environment by cutting down on printing paper and 2) saves time/stress before the walk
Any Questions? Email Kate or Moira!
Rain Date: March 15, 2020 from 1-3pm at Olin Park.
In the event that the forecast on Saturday morning calls for rain or high winds, all registrants will be notified via email that the walk will be rescheduled for Sunday at the same time and same place.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the walk to ensure we start and end on time for all! Upon arrival, you will check in to ensure waiver forms are covered for your family & everyone is wearing the proper attire. From there, you'll be invited to play a community game to get us in the mindset of the way of the forest.
If your kids are 5 or younger, please be prepared to tag along and play with the kid group when we split!
This donation-based event is a sneak peak to our Family Forest Fun Earth Day Weekend overnight. All donations received will go towards a scholarship fund to offer fee reductions for families on Earth Day weekend. Come experience what forest therapy can give you and your loved ones in 2020!