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Forest Therapy Series, January Session

Forest Therapy Series, January Session

“A walk in the woods” has long been viewed as therapeutic. Now there is research to demonstrate that. Enjoy a guided walk through the woods and lakefront of the Siena grounds based on the practice of Forest Therapy.
Each two-hour experience will include brief explanations of the history and science of Forest Therapy, personal reflection time, and community building. The sessions balance guided events that provide structure and opportunities for creativity and serendipity. Enjoy experiencing nature through the senses and taking time for tea with the group.
Based on the Japanese practice of “forest bathing,” Forest Therapy is a science-based experience of wellness and connection with natural environments. It is based on the principle that we humans are a part of nature, not separate from it, and are related to all other beings in fundamental ways.

Come to all sessions, a few, or just one.
Saturday, October 1, 2022; 10:00am—12:00noon
Sunday, January 22, 2023; 1:00pm—3:00pm
Sunday, May 7, 2023; 1:00pm—3:00pm
Saturday, August 5, 2023; 10;00am—12:00noon

Please wear sturdy shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.
Cost: $15 per session

You can register and pay online by clicking the register button on the right, by calling the front desk at 262-898-2590 with a credit card number, or by mailing a check made out to "Siena Retreat Center". Payment must be received to complete registration.

Please register by Monday, January 9. By registering early, you assist us in providing quality organization and administration of our retreats and programs. We want to be fully prepared for your arrival with adequate staffing, supplies, and room arrangements. We make every effort to avoid canceling retreats and programs. However, most of these events require a minimum enrollment to move forward. Registering early can help assure that the retreats and programming you look forward to participating in can happen.

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on our health and safety protocols.

Julie Kanak is a certified Forest Therapy Guide through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. She spent most of her professional life in the nonprofit world and has worked for a foster care agency, a hospice program, as a professional mediator in the court system, and as executive director of an international peace organization. No matter where she worked, she always had time to get out into nature. Julie has also worked as a hiking guide for Trailbound Trips, a hiking company based in Barrington, Illinois. Julie lives in Barrington, has been married to her college sweetheart for 37 years, is the mother of four adult children, and grandmother of one delightful little girl. She loves being outdoors and helping people connect, or re-connect, with the restorative and healing power of nature.

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