The Sleeping Giant Park Association invites you to experience Shinrin Yoku, also known a “forest bathing”, at Sleeping Giant State Park. The hike will be led by Dr. Jennifer Botwick, adjunct faculty at SCSU in the Dept. of Public Health teaching Stress Management, Wellness and Weight management. She is a former clinical supervisor at University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, and guest lecturer at UCONN Medical School and Quinnipiac College.
Shinrin Yoku, also known as Forest Bathing is a “gateway drug”; i.e. a gateway to nourishing our hearts and mind as we walk mindfully and in silence together. Nature is often seen as something outside of us, but we are Nature, in need of more green time and less screen time. Green time is an essential part of Naturopathic protocols to attain and maintain wellness. Forest Bathing is an accessible and affordable way to reap the benefits of what movement, fresh air and no electronic devices have to offer.
NOTE: If you signed up for the October Forest Bathing Hike, which was cancelled due to inclement weather, you will not need to re-register.
This hike will cover a limited distance, and is suited for all hiking abilities. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable, supportive shoes. A day pack with water, sunscreen, and any other essentials is recommended.
Out of consideration for other participants, dogs are not permitted on SGPA hikes. All hikes leave from the kiosk at the park’s main entrance, unless otherwise noted.