Treat yourself to a mindful walk in the woods.
Do you need more than a short vacation from the bustle of fast-paced life? The constant daily flurry may cause you to forget how to slow down, enjoy precious moments, and quiet your running mind.
Forest bathing is a restorative, joyful practice that is scientifically proven to enhance wellness, reduce stress, improve concentration, boost your immune system, sharpen senses and deepen your relationship with nature. It will help you remember how to view, with child-like wonder, the beauty of each moment.
Hickory Hill Park
1439 East Bloomington St.
Enjoy the forest and see it change throughout the year. You will walk along trails of Hickory Hill Park in a slow, relaxed way that helps you learn to still your mind and enjoy the present moment.
Each class has a different focus, intermixing playful, exploratory activities during the delightful stroll. Lessons about plants, birds, insects and the ecological health of forests will be woven into each walk.
You should be comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Dress appropriately for the weather and for sitting in the woods. Small sitting mats will be provided. Please bring items for your comfort: water bottle, insect repellent, hat, long pants, walking stick, full-length mat or portable chair. If desired, bring materials for sketching or writing. We recommend walking without electronic devices.
Yummy snacks generously provided by New Pioneer Food Co-op.
Dates and Time
Saturdays, May through October
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Please register soon: Classes are limited to 15 people and are expected to fill quickly.
Register at the Iowa City Parks and Recreation website by clicking on the provided links.
Register for the Entire Series
Fee for all classes: $115 (save $25)
Register for Individual Classes
$20 per class
May 4: Mindfulness
Practice top mindfulness activities that can help you be more present.
May 25: The Six Senses
Cultivate presence and deepen your appreciation of the forest by engaging all your senses.
Jun 29: Foraging Wild Edibles
Identify and munch berries and greens while learning top tips for preparing your forest bounty.
Jul 27: Animal Moves
Playfully move like a bear, fox, bunny and other animals to enjoy the forest through their eyes.
Aug 31: Plant Connection
Sit with a plant and open all your senses to discover messages it may provide.
Sep 28: Art and Creativity
Inspire and grow your creativity by building tiny structures, writing or drawing.
Oct 19: Dreams and Journeys
Meditate in the woods with a specific intention and listen to guidance from the land.
Walks are guided by Fred Meyer, master gardener, master conservationist, master woodland manager and permaculture designer at Backyard Abundance.
Give staff a stress-reducing, team-building boost by sponsoring this program and offering free access to classes.
Free registrations (see below)
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Level 1: $100
Level 2: $275
(fill one class)
Level 3: $500
(fill two classes)
Level 4: $700
(fill three classes)
Does your organization have a specific interest in nature or are you seeking a relaxing team-building activity?
We will happily tailor one or more classes for desired times, activities and locations. Classes typically last 2-4 hours with 8-15 people.
Contact us to discuss details and coordinate registration.