God’s Plan(et) is an initiative of Catholic Climate Covenant

Forest Bathing (Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center)


Jun 09 2024


12:30 am - 2:30 pm
In Person Event 13475 Proctor Road, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Shinrin-yoku (Japanese: 森林浴, 森林 (shinrin, “forest”) + 浴 (yoku, “bath, bathing”), also known as forest bathing, is a practice or process of therapeutic relaxation where one spends time in a forest or natural atmosphere, focusing on sensory engagement to connect with nature.

Practicing shinrin-yoku means spending time in nature, amongst the trees and grass, and mindfully engaging within a forest atmosphere or other natural environments. It is usually done by walking through a forest at a slow and gentle pace, without carrying any electronics, and taking the time to soak up the surrounding nature.

It involves using all five senses, and letting nature enter through those senses. Some examples of exercising this can include:

  • Listening to forest sounds, i.e. birds and insects.
  • Touching the ground, the trees, and the leaves.
  • Smelling the flowers and other essential oils of the plants and trees.
  • Observing the surroundings and scenery
  • Tasting the crispiness of the air while breathing

Click Here to learn more about and register for the COMBO full day Eco Spirituality program by also participating in From Lightbulbs to Vessels, Arks and Wells: Responding to the Climate Crisis Workshop from 3 – 8:00 pm and enjoy a discounted rate of $68 for both programs!


Sue MacQueen
Sue is the Campus Engagement Coordinator at the Scott Arboretum and is a forest bathing instructor. Prior to coming to the Arboretum, she was the Executive Director of University City Green in West Philadelphia for eight years. She also held the position of Land Manager at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown…
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