Forest Bathing

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

South Shelter

1439 East Bloomington St.

Iowa City


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 all 7 classes

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.

Your Guide
Walks are guided by Fred Meyer, master gardener, master conservationist, master woodland manager and permaculture designer at Backyard Abundance.

Corporate Sponsorship

Give staff a stress-reducing, team-building boost by sponsoring this program and offering free access to classes.

You receive...

  • Free registrations (see below)

  • Your logo on this page

  • Co-sponsorship on the Facebook event

Level 1: $100

  • 5 registrations


Level 2: $275

  • 15 registrations
    (fill one class)

Level 3: $500

  • 30 registrations
    (fill two classes)

Level 4: $700

  • 45 registrations
    (fill three classes)

Tailored 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.

This program would not be possible without sponsors and supporters. Please frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of materials and funds.

Logo: Iowa City Parks an Recreation
Iowa Healthiest State Initiative: Endorsed
Backyard Abundance

Backyard Abundance is a leading educational nonprofit that helps people create vibrant, engaging outdoor spaces that benefit families and our environment.

P.O. Box 1605

Iowa City, IA  52245


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