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shinrin-yoku madison

TREE TONIC for BODY MIND SPIRIT

Feeling stressed, burned out,
anxious or disconnected? 
You n
eed a restorative Shinrin-Yoku,
or Forest Bat
hing, walk. 
This gentle guided and im
mersive experience uniquely activates your senses,
calms the mind, and
brings the present moment alive.
Kate Bast, certified nature and forest therapy guide, helps you find stillness, peace, relaxation
- and much more through the beautiful and unique practice. 
Shinrin-Yoku is about just BE-ingness and connection, with Nature and its myriad health
and wellbeing benefits. 

Time in Nature is
the best
gift. 



March 3, 2024
Celebrate Someone
A walk to remember those who have passed, keep
memories alive, find connection.
3-5pm. Hoyt Park, Madison, WI.


March 19 + 26, 2024
Forest Bathing Experiences with
Basecamp Fitness!

Learn about Forest Bathing March 19, and enjoy a sense opening meditation with Kate Bast of Shinrin-Yoku Madison. Register via Basecamp, and learn about your chance
to win a free Forest Bathing Walk!
3/19 - 5-8pm at BaseCamp M
onroe St., Madison, WI.
3/26 - 6:30pm at BaseCamp Monroe St, Madison, WI.


April 27, 2024
Veterans Family Camp

Forest Bathing

Sharing Nature's heath and wellbeing benefits
with Veterans and their families. 
Easter Seals Camp, Wisconsin Dells, WI.


May 19, 2024
#63 Forest Bathing & Foraging Walk
Deepen your connection to and
awareness of Nature!

Join Kate Bast,certified nature and forest therapy guide and
owner of Shinrin-Yoku Madison,
and Vince Aiello, foragaing guide and expert,
again this spring for the Natural Resou
rces Foundation Walk.
Learn to connect with Nature and
receive its
myriad health and wellbeing benefits.
Donald Park, Mt. Horeb, WI. 9am-12pm.


September 8-9, 2024
SAVE the DATE for SOME FUN!

Details coming soon! 

October 13, 2024
#268 Forest Bathing & Foraging Walk

Deepen your connection to and ​awareness of Nature!
Join Kate Bast,certified nature and forest therapy guide, and
Vince Aiello, foragaing expert, again this fall for this Natural Resources Foundation Fieldtrip. Learn to connect with Nature and receive its myriad health and wellbeing benefits.

Hoyt Park, Madison, WI. 9am-12pm.


2024 registration links and 
more events coming isoon!

Gift certificates available for private individual and group walks. 
Book your company's
2024 employee wellness experiences NOW!
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What it is

forest bathing + nature connection

What is Shinrin-yoku? In Japanese it means "forest bathing," or immersing oneself in the atmosphere of nature. The Japanese coined the term in the 1980s, but really, going to the land is an ancient practice embraced by cultures throughout history for healing and insights. 

It is not a hike (no cardio!). Nor is it a naturalist walk filled with facts and data, nor psychological therapy nor even mindfulness.

It is meditative. It is a slowing down and experiential noticing, your senses fully activated to drop you into a state of just beingness. 

Time in nature increases our creativity and focus, and softens rumination, anxiety and depression. 

It is also healing, with plentiful evidence-based research documenting the positive health benefits: lowered pulse rate and blood pressure, decreased stress hormones, increased Natural Killer cell response, improved immune function—and more. 

The positive effects last several days. 

The forest is the therapist. Nature provides the medicine each of us needs. The guide opens the door. 

"We need the tonic of wildness. ...We can have never enough of nature."—Henry David Thoreau
 

I will guide you on a
Shinrin-yoku walk to find 
the calm + the balm,
the meaning + the connection
with Nature—and yourself.

What You Need to Know
About Forest Bathing
with Kate
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