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Thu, Jun 08


Hickory Hill Park- Bloomington St

Summer Yoga + Forest Bathing

Honor the seasons within and without with the practice of Forest Bathing and Yoga.

Summer Yoga + Forest Bathing

Time & Location

Jun 08, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Hickory Hill Park- Bloomington St, 1439 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA

About the Event

Join Backyard Abundance, certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Emelia Sautter, and Iowa City Yogini Mandy Dickerson for a restorative evening connecting with nature at Hickory Hill. Give yourself this time to slow down, become more present with self, and immerse in the vibrance of Summer.

Forest Therapy is a guided immersion in natural environments that promotes the well-being of people and the land. Research shows these numerous therapeutic benefits:

• Reduces stress, anxiety, depression, anger and pain.

• Improves cognitive functioning, sleep, mood and creativity

• Boosts the immune system, regulates blood pressure, improves relationships and increases feelings of gratitude.

Yoga is a method for tuning in to how our bodies experience and direct flows of energy. This long-standing and widely accepted wellness practice offers a path to:

• longer, rhythmic breath

• release of accumulated physical and mental/emotional tensions that drive stress

• boosted longevity via safe levels of physical and mental challenge.


  • Water bottle
  • Good shoes for being outdoors
  • Walking or hiking pole
  • Yoga mat or towel
  • Insect repellant
  • Anything else that might help you feel comfortable being outdoors.


Dress for the weather and for being OUTDOORS for 2 hours!

If it is wet or rainy wear clothing to keep you warm and dry.


Sliding scale fee: $25 - $5, based upon your access to resources.

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount.


Call 319-325-6810 to reach the educator of your class.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Mandy Dickerson is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, an herbalist, and the owner of Plantchanters Garden. She enjoys sharing practices that enhance relationships with our ecosystem partners, plant buddies in particular.

Emelia Sautter is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. She is the foundress of Good Medicine, Nature and Forest Therapy Practice in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


Hickory Hill, 1439 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA 52240, USA


The event is held outside. Masks are optional. We will try to maintain 6' distancing.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners and was funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP). It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please  frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of  time, materials and funds.





  • Abundance of Resources


    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.




  • Traditional Resources


    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.




  • Reduced Access to Resources


    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.




  • Under Resourced


    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.






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