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Wed, Jun 19


Wetherby Park

Forest Bathing with a Taste of Nature

Nourish your soul and senses in an edible forest.

Forest Bathing with a Taste of Nature
Forest Bathing with a Taste of Nature

Time & Location

Jun 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Wetherby Park, 2400 Taylor Dr, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

Immerse yourself in the Wetherby Edible Forest where you will connect with nature by becoming a part of it.

Mindfully stroll through this interconnected orchard ecosystem, finding and nibbling on thyme, oregano, lovage, yarrow, and rhubarb. It's a sensory journey that nourishes both the body and soul, tailored for people seeking a tranquil escape.

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

  • Reduces stress, anxiety, depression, anger and pain
  • Improves cognitive functioning, sleep quality, mood and creativity
  • Boosts the immune system and regulates blood pressure
  • Strengthens relationships and increases feelings of gratitude

Rejuvenate, unwind, and deepen your bond with Mother Nature.


If it is chilly, dress extra warm and bring a blanket. If it is wet or rainy, wear clothing to keep you warm and dry.

  • Yoga mat
  • Good shoes for being outdoors
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent 
  • Anything else to keep you comfortable outdoors


Sliding scale fee: $30 - $5, based upon your access to resources.

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount. Learn about Backyard Abundance membership


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.


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


We'll meet at the Wetherby Park Edible Forest: 2400 Taylor Dr, Iowa City. After parking in the lot, head west down the path and look for the forest.


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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