This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest. Shinrin-yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
“The key to unlocking the power of the forest is in the five senses. Let nature enter through your ears, eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet. Listen to the birds singing and the breeze rustling in the leaves of the trees. Look at the different greens of the trees and the sunlight filtering through the branches. Smell the fragrance of the forest and breathe in the natural aromatherapy of phytoncides. Taste the freshness of the air as you take deep breaths. Place your hands on the trunk of a tree. Dip your fingers or toes in a stream. Lie on the ground. Drink in the flavor of the forest and release your sense of joy and calm. This is your sixth sense, a state of mind. Now you have connected with nature. You have crossed the bridge to happiness.” —Qing Li author of FOREST BATHING: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
About Katie Hagel
Katie Hagel is yoga teacher, Ayurvedic Health Counselor and outdoor guide who enjoys facilitating transformational experiences that help create a kinder, more compassionate world. Katie is on the faculty at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA, where she teaches yoga and leads wellness workshops and outdoor programs. Katie’s adventures in leadership have included teaching yoga and facilitating therapeutic camping trips at an in-patient substance abuse treatment center, guiding international experiential education programs for high school and college students in China, India and Indonesia and running summer camps in a Native Alaskan village. She thrives on anything outside the office and outside the usual.
Independence Day Weekend Wellness Offerings & Activities at Race Brook Lodge
Race Brook Lodge is a hidden gem in The Berkshires, at the foot of Mt. Race and a short hike from the Appalachian trail. The yoga & event barn at Race Brook is simultaneously rustic and sublime, steeped in hundreds of years of New England history. The Stagecoach Tavern is unpretentious fine dining, exquisite farm-to-table cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Much of the food is sourced from Race Farm, right on the property!
For packages, including accommodations at Race Brook Lodge and dinner at The Stagecoach Tavern, check out the DCSC Special Package!