Winter Forest Bathing
A guided sensory exploration in the winter wonderland of the Adirondacks
So, what is Forest Bathing?
Notice what's in movement in the forest around you. See the shapes of the shadows on the snow? Gently cup your ear forward with your hands, like little deer ears to amplify the forest sounds. A woodpecker? The breeze in the pines? Listen to the silence between the sounds. Breathe in the aromas of the forest in winter. Feel the distinct texture of each tree's bark. The feel of the snow flakes melting on your tongue.
Forest Bathing immerses you in the sights, sounds, scents and textures of the forest. Experience mindfulness, presence and lightness of being without trying.
"In full disclosure, my brain is trained to constantly shift from one task to the next, while mulling about how I could have better handled a work situation. I was admittedly skeptical. I left Forest Bathing feeling calm and centered, a novel and welcomed state of mind." CG, Lake Placid
Can't I do this on my own?
Would it be in the same way? Your guide is there to open the door to a new way of being in nature. Gentle direction and guided sensory activities give you the space to enjoy your own personal experience, to explore and to adapt in the a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
Forest Bathing is a learned practice. You can take it home. Your garden, a favorite tree or a nearby park are all inviting places to take a sensory nature break in the midst of your day. We can show you how. It's simple.
There is no better place to learn than away from home, in the six million acre wilderness preserve of the Adirondack Park. More traveled or off the beaten path, we have a great variety of trails and we can choose the one that feels most comfortable to you.
Is Forest Bathing just another new fad?
In fact, the practice is several decades old, pioneered by the Japanese Ministry of Health. Early studies revealed that it can lower stress hormones and blood pressure, relieve anxiety and depression, and boost the cancer-fighting cells of your immune system for as much as 30 days.
"I am a hopelessly restless sleeper. For the first time in ages, I slept like a baby after Forest Bathing." SRK, Saratoga Springs
Brought to America seven years ago, it has sparked a wellness movement that connects people with nature, for both human and nature's wellbeing. We protect what love, what inspires awe in us. Especially when we feel how interconnected we are as species.
Our certified & experienced guides are available from December 15 to April 1, 2020 to guide you.
Duration: approximately 2 hours
Rates start at $200 for 1-5 people (snowshoes included).
Additional participant fees: $25/per adult and $20/per child
Suitable for children 10-17 years
Maximum group size is 10 people
Locations: Saranac Lake/Lake Placid/ Tupper Lake area
Book your private Winter Forest Bathing trip early. We want to be available on the day and time of your choice. For next day or same day trips, call us to book at 518-637-2963.
Are you in the area for a family gathering, a corporate meeting or travelling with a group of friends? Let us customize a trip that is accessible to everyone, regardless of fitness level. A new and relaxing activity for families!
You will receive an email confirmation with meeting location, directions. And suggestions what to wear and what to bring.
Meet our winter partners and also find Winter Forest Bathing events at their site.
The Wild Center
Meet great-grandmother pine along the trail. Make a day of it. Tour the award winning natural science museum of the Adirondacks.
Monday, January 19, get a taste of Winter Forest Bathing with 60-minute walks during Community Free Day.
Looking for a new family adventure during Presidents' Week? There's so much to see and do! Check out Wild Walk and iForest.
Sunday, February 16 and Saturday, February 22, Winter Forest Bathing walk from 10am to Noon.
Dewey Mountain Recreation Area
Cozy snowshoe trails and lodge on the outskirts of Saranac Lake village. A day pass is included in the price of your walk.
Saturday, February 22, Winter Forest Bathing walk from 10am to 11:30am, a part of the Adirondack Snowshoe Festival.
About Adirondack Riverwalking
We are the partnership of two women, Certified Forest & Nature Therapy Guides and NY State Licensed Hiking Guides. We have a passion for connecting people and nature and for sharing the beauty of the Adirondacks. A guided sensory experience in every season: Forest Bathing, Riverwalking, Kayaking & Forest Bathing and Winter Forest Bathing.
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